Seamless & Secure Travel Commission Field Visit to Las Vegas Spotlights TSA Innovations

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WASHINGTON (March 1, 2024)—On Wednesday, TSA Administrator David Pekoske and TSA officials joined U.S. Travel Association leaders and members of the Seamless and Secure Travel Commission to demonstrate advanced security checkpoint technology at the Innovation Checkpoint at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. 

The commission—which launched in January in response to an eye-opening study on America’s flagging global competitiveness—comprises former government officials and private sector experts tasked with creating policy recommendations for the federal government to modernize the travel experience, increase U.S. competitiveness and facilitate growth.

Seated at table (left to right): commission member Patty Cogswell, TSA Administrator David P. Pekoske, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman, commission chair Kevin McAleenan, commission member Seth Stodder. Staff executives joining the tour are standing. Photo by Ronda Churchill for U.S. Travel Association.

The Las Vegas visit was an opportunity for TSA and DHS Science & Technology Directorate to showcase the cutting-edge innovations that bolster transportation security and revolutionize the travel experience. At the tour, commission members flying on a United flight experienced TSA PreCheck Touchless ID and learned about TSA’s commitment to industry collaboration – including current partnerships with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines – in providing Touchless Identity Verification at eligible TSA PreCheck locations.

Commission member Stewart Baker gestures during the field visit to Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. TSA Administrator David P. Pekoske is to the right, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman is left. Photo by Ronda Churchill for U.S. Travel Association.

In the coming months, the commission will further engage federal agencies during additional field visits to learn more about best practices, pain points and opportunities to improve and grow travel. The commission’s report will be delivered later this year.

U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing the $1.2 trillion travel industry, an essential contributor to our nation’s economy and success. U.S. Travel produces programs and insights and advocates for policies to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit ustravel.org for information and recovery-related data.

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Marriott International Announces Robust Growth Across the Caribbean and Latin America in 2023

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The region continued meaningful expansion across all segments from midscale to all-inclusive, and residential to luxury; conversions remained a main driver of growth.

PLANTATION, Fla.Feb. 26, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Following its recent announcement of strong global net rooms growth and a record year of global rooms signings, Marriott International today announced a year of robust room signings and additions across the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) in 2023. The company nearly doubled its number of organic deal signings in the region versus prior year, signing 57 transactions and nearly 7,300 rooms in 2023 to reach a solid pipeline of 24,000 rooms across the region at the end of last year.

In 2023, the company added over 170 properties to Marriott’s portfolio in CALA, growing its footprint to nearly 500 properties, including hotels and residences, and nearly 87,000 rooms across 37 countries and territories, making Marriott the largest hotel company in the region based on open rooms and pipeline.

At year-end, Marriott’s hotel pipeline in CALA stood at 155 properties and 24,000 rooms, which will further enhance the company’s leadership position in the luxury segment across the region, unveil new offerings in the affordable midscale segment, and increase its offering of all-inclusive properties.

“We are pleased to report a great year of growth for Marriott in the CALA region, with strong development activity in 2023. With continuing momentum in conversions, and our ongoing expansion across numerous segments, including luxury and all-inclusive, we remain focused on providing our guests and owners with more best-in-class options” said Laurent de Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer for Marriott International in the Caribbean and Latin America. “We see exceptional opportunities in the region across all segments, but particularly in midscale with the new City Express by Marriott brand, opening up fresh possibilities in this segment throughout the region.”

City Express by Marriott

In 2023, the company strategically positioned CALA as the launchpad for the company’s entry into the high-growth affordable midscale segment with the acquisition of the City Express brand portfolio. With 150 properties and approximately 17,500 rooms across MexicoCosta RicaColombia, and Chile, the deal increased Marriott’s footprint in the region by approximately 45 percent. In 2024, the City Express by Marriott brand is expected to further expand with new properties across the region.

Luxury Growth in the Region

With 60 properties across six of the seven global luxury brands of the company, Marriott remains a leading option for luxury travelers in the region, offering a broad portfolio of options from pristine beaches to city escapes. Opening highlights in 2023 included the debut of The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai (Mexico) in November 2023, and The St. Regis Kanai Resort (Mexico) earlier in the year. Anticipated luxury openings in 2024 include the JW Marriott Sint Maarten Beach Resort (Sint Marteen), Almare, a Luxury Collection All-inclusive Resort Isla Mujeres (Mexico), Nekajui, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Papagayo (Costa Rica), The St. Regis Aruba (Aruba), W Punta Cana, All-InclusiveThe St. Regis Cap Cana Resort (Dominican Republic), and W Sao Paulo (Brazil). The region holds a luxury pipeline of 34 properties and over 5,000 rooms.

Accelerating Momentum in Conversions

Hotel conversions continue to have momentum in the CALA.   Nearly 35 percent of Marriott’s rooms signings in the region in 2023 were conversions, including the recently announced Villa Lapas, Autograph Collection (Costa Rica), Aloft Guadalajara Country Club, Sheraton Guadalajara Expo and Delta Hotels Puebla (Mexico), and Las Terrenas, Autograph Collection (Dominican Republic). Hoteliers and investors are leveraging the efficiencies and advantages of renovating and rebranding existing properties throughout the region, further expanding the breadth of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of more than 30 global leading brands.

All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott’s all-inclusive resort portfolio in the region continues to meet consumer demand. With 31 open all-inclusive properties in CALA located across nine markets (Mexico – Riviera Nayarit & CancunJamaicaBarbadosAntigua & BarbudaSt LuciaCosta RicaDominican RepublicGrenada and Brazil) and four brands (Autograph Collection, Delta, Westin, and Luxury Collection), and 18 additional properties in the signed pipeline, the company is providing guests more all-inclusive offerings than ever before. The company recently signed the second Ritz-Carlton All-Inclusive property in the region to be located on the shores of Yanuna, Dominican Republic, along with a Luxury Collection All-Inclusive Resort to bring unparalleled luxury to the Dominican Republic.

Expected all-inclusive openings for 2024 in the region include Almare, a Luxury Collection All-inclusive Resort Isla Mujeres (Mexico), W Punta Cana, All-Inclusive (Dominican Republic), and the rebranding of several Elegant Hotels properties (Treasure Beach, The House, and Waves) into the Autograph Collection brand in Barbados, which will bring Marriott’s global all-inclusive roster to 49 open and pipeline properties across 12 markets and 10 brands. Six of the pipeline properties are slated to open in 2024.

Branded Residences Portfolio

The popularity of branded residences in CALA is experiencing a surge of customer demand. Marriott currently offers 15 open locations in 11 markets across the region. Anticipated residential openings in 2024 include The Residences at The St. Regis Kanai Resort (Mexico), Nekajui, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residence, Papagayo (Costa Rica), The Residences at The St. Regis Cap Cana Resort (Dominican Republic), and the W Residences Sao Paulo (Brazil). Globally, the company has a pipeline of 115 residential projects.

Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy, the company’s award-winning travel program, boasts a thriving community of over 6 million members in CALA and keeps growing to offer an even more enriching travel experience for its members, with new strategic partnerships, and increased ways to earn and accumulate points across the region. Announced in May 2023, the company entered a strategic collaboration with Rappi, the multilatina technology company, further enhancing the unparalleled advantages for its members and enabling the company to connect with Rappi’s more than 20 million users across ArgentinaBrazilChileColombiaCosta RicaEcuadorMexicoPeru, and Uruguay.

As Marriott continues to expand its footprint and offerings in CALA, the region is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the breadth and depth of its portfolio, with an array of growth and development opportunities.  

Note on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of United States federal securities laws, including statements related to deal signings, expected future project openings and portfolio growth; our development pipeline; the pace and momentum of development activity; future growth opportunities; demand trends and expectations; and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous evolving risks and uncertainties that we may not be able to accurately predict or assess, including the risk factors that we identify in our U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply in this press release. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of nearly 8,800 properties across more than 30 leading brands in 139 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on X and Instagram.

SOURCE Marriott International, Inc.

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Hyatt Announces that the Rio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas has Joined World of Hyatt Amid Multi-Million-Dollar Renovation

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News Release Issued: Mar 1, 2024

To view this release online and get more information about Hyatt Newsroom visit: https://newsroom.hyatt.com/news-releases?item=124469

Property-wide, multi-phase transformation is underway at the iconic 2,500-room hotel as it expands Hyatt’s brand footprint in a leading leisure and convention travel market and prepares to transition into the Destination by Hyatt brand this fall

CHICAGO (March 1, 2024) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H), together with

CHICAGO (March 1, 2024) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H), together with Rio Hotel & Casino, announced today that World of Hyatt members can now earn and redeem points for qualifying stays at the Hyatt-affiliated hotel, which is in the midst of a multi-phased, $340 million transformation. Phase one of the hotel’s two-phase renovation is expected to be completed in fall 2024, when the reimagined all-suite hotel will move into Hyatt’s Independent Collection under the Destination by Hyatt brand.

“We’re proud to collaborate with Rio Hotel & Casino on this transformational project to revitalize the iconic hotel as a Destination by Hyatt hotel in a key market like Las Vegas,” said David Tarr, senior vice president of development, Americas, Hyatt. “Destination by Hyatt hotels are individual at heart and embody the true spirit of the destination, and Rio Hotel & Casino will be no exception. This renovation will serve as a gateway for guests to experience a place of purposefully crafted entertainment and immersive experiences, infused with authentic design, and warm and welcoming service. We look forward to providing World of Hyatt members and guests an authentic and unforgettable experience in Las Vegas.”

Rio Hotel & Casino, which is owned and operated by Dreamscape, will mark the first Destination by Hyatt hotel in Nevada and the third Hyatt hotel in the Las Vegas area, strengthening Hyatt’s brand footprint and leading the way for new growth in one of the most visited leisure, group, and convention markets in the world.

When complete, the reimagined Rio Hotel & Casino will be completely transformed into a paradise for all. A place of adventure and discovery beyond the Strip, Rio Hotel & Casino renovation includes fresh design, thoughtful amenities, upgraded offerings and friendly service creating a place that is comfortable for everyone to enjoy, find inspiration and be themselves. Phase one renovations began in 2023 and are near completion with extensive upgrades and enhancements to the 1,501-room Ipanema tower, arrival area, building exterior, lobby, gaming floor, sports book, multiple food and beverage outlets, meeting spaces, and outdoor pool area.

Phase two will include a full renovation and redesign of the hotel’s 1,012 Masquerade Tower guestrooms and associated public areas.

“We are thrilled to welcome World of Hyatt members to the Rio Hotel & Casino as we embark on revitalizing this iconic Las Vegas landmark,” expressed Eric Birmbaum founder of Dreamscape. “For almost 30 years the Rio has been one of the most exciting and talked about resorts in Las Vegas.  Working with Hyatt opens the door for us to share this special place with an entirely new group of travelers and we look forward to them witnessing the changes we have made to date and will continue to make throughout the renovation.”

Redefining the hotel experience for leisure guests and business travelers, the reimagined hotel will welcome guests to enjoy spacious suites with floor-to-ceiling views of the Las Vegas Valley, vibrant dining and nightlife venues for inventive cocktails and cuisine, high-energy casino excitement and world-class entertainment that embodies the true spirit of Las Vegas, while providing everything travelers need in one place once renovations are completed in the fall. The hotel will meet the demand of Las Vegas’ burgeoning meetings and event business with more than 220,000 square feet of renovated function space and state-of-the-art meeting facilities.

Effective March 1, Rio Hotel & Casino is fully participating in the World of Hyatt program allowing members to earn and redeem points for eligible stays in Las Vegas. To provide World of Hyatt members even more ways to be rewarded, World of Hyatt is offering members 500 Bonus Points for every qualifying night at Rio Hotel & Casino from April 1 to June 30, 2024, as part of the new hotel bonus point offer. Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at hyatt.com/newhotelbonus. No registration is required and members can earn on top of other offers.

Centrally located at 3700 W. Flamingo Road, just a short walk from the Las Vegas Strip and a less than 15-minute drive from Harry Reid International Airport, Rio Hotel & Casino provides guests with even more options for exploration, adventure and creativity in the heart of Las Vegas, but away from the hustle and bustle.

To learn more about Rio Las Vegas, please visit www.riolasvegas.com.

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

For further information:

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people so they can be their best. As of December 31, 2023, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,300 hotels and all-inclusive properties in 77 countries across six continents. The Company’s offering includes brands in the Timeless Collection, including Park Hyatt®Grand Hyatt®Hyatt Regency®Hyatt®Hyatt Vacation Club®Hyatt Place®Hyatt House®Hyatt Studios, and UrCove; the Boundless Collection, including Miraval®Alila®Andaz®Thompson Hotels®Dream® Hotels, Hyatt Centric®, and Caption by Hyatt®; the Independent Collection, including The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®Destination by Hyatt®, and JdV by Hyatt®; and the Inclusive Collection, including Impression by SecretsHyatt Ziva®Hyatt Zilara®Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa ResortsSecrets® Resorts & SpasBreathless Resorts & Spas®Dreams® Resorts & SpasHyatt Vivid Hotels & ResortsAlua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Subsidiaries of the Company operate the World of Hyatt® loyalty program, ALG Vacations®, Mr & Mrs Smith™, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC destination management services, and Trisept Solutions® technology services. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

About World of Hyatt

World of Hyatt is Hyatt’s award-winning guest loyalty program uniting participating locations in Hyatt’s Timeless Collection, including in the Park Hyatt®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Vaction Club®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, and UrCove brands; Boundless Collection, including in the Miraval®, Alila®, Andaz®, Thompson Hotels®, Dream® Hotels, Hyatt Centric®, and Caption by Hyatt® brands; Independent Collection, including in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt®, and JdV by Hyatt® brands; and Inclusive Collection, including in the Impression by Secrets, Hyatt Ziva®, Hyatt Zilara®, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Hyatt Vivid Hotels & Resorts, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas brands. Members who book directly through Hyatt channels can enjoy personalized care and access to distinct benefits including Guest of Honor, confirmed suite upgrades at time of booking, diverse wellbeing offerings, digital key, and exclusive member rates. With more than 40 million members, World of Hyatt offers a variety of ways to earn and redeem points for hotel stays, dining and spa services, wellbeing focused experiences through the FIND platform; as well as the benefits of Hyatt’s strategic loyalty collaborations with American Airlines AAdvantage® and Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. Travelers can enroll for free at hyatt.com, download the World of Hyatt app for android and IOS devices and connect with World of Hyatt on FacebookInstagram, TikTok and Twitter.

About Destination by Hyatt

The Destination by Hyatt brand is a diverse collection of independent hotels, resorts and residences that are individual at heart yet connected by a commitment to embody the true spirit of each location. Ranging from upper-upscale to luxury, each property is purposefully crafted to be a place of immersive discoveries, authentic design, and warm and welcoming service. As an honored host, each Destination by Hyatt location connects guests to both people and place—offering a sense of belonging that invites all to make our destination yours. For more information, visit destinationbyhyatt.com. Follow the Destination by Hyatt brand on Instagram: @destinationhotels, Twitter: @Destination, and Facebook: Destination Hotels.

About Dreamscape

Dreamscape’s talented team of real estate professionals has collectively deployed in excess of $35 billion across residential, retail, hospitality, entertainment and gaming properties and has decades of experience in these verticals. Eric Birnbaum and his team have assets in New York, Miami, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, Charleston and Philadelphia. The team has worked on a diverse portfolio of significant properties, including critically acclaimed endeavors such as Henry Hall in New York’s Hudson Yards, The Pod Hotel in New York’s Times Square, The Goodtime Hotel in South Beach, Miami and Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

About the Rio Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Located one block off the famed Las Vegas Strip on Flamingo Road, Rio Hotel & Casino Las Vegas features over 2,500 580 Sq. Ft. all-suite guest rooms, 220,000/sf of convention and meeting space, a 5-acre pool area, and a 150,000/sf casino with 40+ tables and 1000+ slot machines. Dreamscape’s plan for the resort’s future includes a property refresh, from dynamic new dining offerings to a variety of entertainment options.  Dreamscape’s intent is to preserve the property’s architecture and honor its legacy. The property will remain open throughout the renovations.

Forward-Looking Statements

Forward-Looking Statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Our actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “likely,” “will,” “would” and variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us and our management, are inherently uncertain. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, general economic uncertainty in key global markets and a worsening of global economic conditions or low levels of economic growth; the rate and the pace of economic recovery following economic downturns; global supply chain constraints and interruptions, rising costs of construction-related labor and materials, and increases in costs due to inflation or other factors that may not be fully offset by increases in revenues in our business; risks affecting the luxury, resort, and all-inclusive lodging segments; levels of spending in business, leisure, and group segments, as well as consumer confidence; declines in occupancy and average daily rate; limited visibility with respect to future bookings; loss of key personnel; domestic and international political and geo-political conditions, including political or civil unrest or changes in trade policy; hostilities, or fear of hostilities, including future terrorist attacks, that affect travel; travel-related accidents; natural or man-made disasters, weather and climate-related events, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, floods, wildfires, oil spills, nuclear incidents, and global outbreaks of pandemics or contagious diseases, or fear of such outbreaks; the pace and consistency of recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and the long-term effects of the pandemic, additional resurgence, or COVID-19 variants, including with respect to global and regional economic activity, travel limitations or bans, the demand for travel, transient and group business, and levels of consumer confidence; the ability of third-party owners, franchisees, or hospitality venture partners to successfully navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, any additional resurgence, or COVID-19 variants or other pandemics, epidemics or other health crises; our ability to successfully achieve certain levels of operating profits at hotels that have performance tests or guarantees in favor of our third-party owners; the impact of hotel renovations and redevelopments; risks associated with our capital allocation plans, share repurchase program, and dividend payments, including a reduction in, or elimination or suspension of, repurchase activity or dividend payments; the seasonal and cyclical nature of the real estate and hospitality businesses; changes in distribution arrangements, such as through internet travel intermediaries; changes in the tastes and preferences of our customers; relationships with colleagues and labor unions and changes in labor laws; the financial condition of, and our relationships with, third-party property owners, franchisees, and hospitality venture partners; the possible inability of third-party owners, franchisees, or development partners to access the capital necessary to fund current operations or implement our plans for growth; risks associated with potential acquisitions and dispositions and our ability to successfully integrate completed acquisitions with existing operations, including with respect to our acquisition of Apple Leisure Group and Dream Hotel Group and the successful integration of each business; failure to successfully complete proposed transactions (including the failure to satisfy closing conditions or obtain required approvals); our ability to successfully execute on our strategy to expand our management and franchising business while at the same time reducing our real estate asset base within targeted timeframes and at expected values; declines in the value of our real estate assets; unforeseen terminations of our management or franchise agreements; changes in federal, state, local, or foreign tax law; increases in interest rates, wages, and other operating costs; foreign exchange rate fluctuations or currency restructurings; risks associated with the introduction of new brand concepts, including lack of acceptance of new brands or innovation; general volatility of the capital markets and our ability to access such markets; changes in the competitive environment in our industry, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, industry consolidation, and the markets where we operate; our ability to successfully grow the World of Hyatt loyalty program and Unlimited Vacation Club paid membership program; cyber incidents and information technology failures; outcomes of legal or administrative proceedings; and violations of regulations or laws related to our franchising business and licensing businesses and our international operations;; and other risks discussed in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including our annual report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which filings are available from the SEC. These factors are not necessarily all of the important factors that could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any of our forward-looking statements.  We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable law. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

, announced today that World of Hyatt members can now earn and redeem points for qualifying stays at the Hyatt-affiliated hotel, which is in the midst of a multi-phased, $340 million transformation. Phase one of the hotel’s two-phase renovation is expected to be completed in fall 2024, when the reimagined all-suite hotel will move into Hyatt’s Independent Collection under the Destination by Hyatt brand.

“We’re proud to collaborate with Rio Hotel & Casino on this transformational project to revitalize the iconic hotel as a Destination by Hyatt hotel in a key market like Las Vegas,” said David Tarr, senior vice president of development, Americas, Hyatt. “Destination by Hyatt hotels are individual at heart and embody the true spirit of the destination, and Rio Hotel & Casino will be no exception. This renovation will serve as a gateway for guests to experience a place of purposefully crafted entertainment and immersive experiences, infused with authentic design, and warm and welcoming service. We look forward to providing World of Hyatt members and guests an authentic and unforgettable experience in Las Vegas.”

Rio Hotel & Casino, which is owned and operated by Dreamscape, will mark the first Destination by Hyatt hotel in Nevada and the third Hyatt hotel in the Las Vegas area, strengthening Hyatt’s brand footprint and leading the way for new growth in one of the most visited leisure, group, and convention markets in the world.

When complete, the reimagined Rio Hotel & Casino will be completely transformed into a paradise for all. A place of adventure and discovery beyond the Strip, Rio Hotel & Casino renovation includes fresh design, thoughtful amenities, upgraded offerings and friendly service creating a place that is comfortable for everyone to enjoy, find inspiration and be themselves. Phase one renovations began in 2023 and are near completion with extensive upgrades and enhancements to the 1,501-room Ipanema tower, arrival area, building exterior, lobby, gaming floor, sports book, multiple food and beverage outlets, meeting spaces, and outdoor pool area.

Phase two will include a full renovation and redesign of the hotel’s 1,012 Masquerade Tower guestrooms and associated public areas.

“We are thrilled to welcome World of Hyatt members to the Rio Hotel & Casino as we embark on revitalizing this iconic Las Vegas landmark,” expressed Eric Birmbaum founder of Dreamscape. “For almost 30 years the Rio has been one of the most exciting and talked about resorts in Las Vegas.  Working with Hyatt opens the door for us to share this special place with an entirely new group of travelers and we look forward to them witnessing the changes we have made to date and will continue to make throughout the renovation.”

Redefining the hotel experience for leisure guests and business travelers, the reimagined hotel will welcome guests to enjoy spacious suites with floor-to-ceiling views of the Las Vegas Valley, vibrant dining and nightlife venues for inventive cocktails and cuisine, high-energy casino excitement and world-class entertainment that embodies the true spirit of Las Vegas, while providing everything travelers need in one place once renovations are completed in the fall. The hotel will meet the demand of Las Vegas’ burgeoning meetings and event business with more than 220,000 square feet of renovated function space and state-of-the-art meeting facilities.

Effective March 1, Rio Hotel & Casino is fully participating in the World of Hyatt program allowing members to earn and redeem points for eligible stays in Las Vegas. To provide World of Hyatt members even more ways to be rewarded, World of Hyatt is offering members 500 Bonus Points for every qualifying night at Rio Hotel & Casino from April 1 to June 30, 2024, as part of the new hotel bonus point offer. Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at hyatt.com/newhotelbonus. No registration is required and members can earn on top of other offers.

Centrally located at 3700 W. Flamingo Road, just a short walk from the Las Vegas Strip and a less than 15-minute drive from Harry Reid International Airport, Rio Hotel & Casino provides guests with even more options for exploration, adventure and creativity in the heart of Las Vegas, but away from the hustle and bustle.

To learn more about Rio Las Vegas, please visit www.riolasvegas.com.

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

For further information:

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people so they can be their best. As of December 31, 2023, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,300 hotels and all-inclusive properties in 77 countries across six continents. The Company’s offering includes brands in the Timeless Collection, including Park Hyatt®Grand Hyatt®Hyatt Regency®Hyatt®Hyatt Vacation Club®Hyatt Place®Hyatt House®Hyatt Studios, and UrCove; the Boundless Collection, including Miraval®Alila®Andaz®Thompson Hotels®Dream® Hotels, Hyatt Centric®, and Caption by Hyatt®; the Independent Collection, including The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®Destination by Hyatt®, and JdV by Hyatt®; and the Inclusive Collection, including Impression by SecretsHyatt Ziva®Hyatt Zilara®Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa ResortsSecrets® Resorts & SpasBreathless Resorts & Spas®Dreams® Resorts & SpasHyatt Vivid Hotels & ResortsAlua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Subsidiaries of the Company operate the World of Hyatt® loyalty program, ALG Vacations®, Mr & Mrs Smith™, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC destination management services, and Trisept Solutions® technology services. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

About World of Hyatt

World of Hyatt is Hyatt’s award-winning guest loyalty program uniting participating locations in Hyatt’s Timeless Collection, including in the Park Hyatt®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Vaction Club®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, and UrCove brands; Boundless Collection, including in the Miraval®, Alila®, Andaz®, Thompson Hotels®, Dream® Hotels, Hyatt Centric®, and Caption by Hyatt® brands; Independent Collection, including in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt®, and JdV by Hyatt® brands; and Inclusive Collection, including in the Impression by Secrets, Hyatt Ziva®, Hyatt Zilara®, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Hyatt Vivid Hotels & Resorts, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas brands. Members who book directly through Hyatt channels can enjoy personalized care and access to distinct benefits including Guest of Honor, confirmed suite upgrades at time of booking, diverse wellbeing offerings, digital key, and exclusive member rates. With more than 40 million members, World of Hyatt offers a variety of ways to earn and redeem points for hotel stays, dining and spa services, wellbeing focused experiences through the FIND platform; as well as the benefits of Hyatt’s strategic loyalty collaborations with American Airlines AAdvantage® and Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. Travelers can enroll for free at hyatt.com, download the World of Hyatt app for android and IOS devices and connect with World of Hyatt on FacebookInstagram, TikTok and Twitter.

About Destination by Hyatt

The Destination by Hyatt brand is a diverse collection of independent hotels, resorts and residences that are individual at heart yet connected by a commitment to embody the true spirit of each location. Ranging from upper-upscale to luxury, each property is purposefully crafted to be a place of immersive discoveries, authentic design, and warm and welcoming service. As an honored host, each Destination by Hyatt location connects guests to both people and place—offering a sense of belonging that invites all to make our destination yours. For more information, visit destinationbyhyatt.com. Follow the Destination by Hyatt brand on Instagram: @destinationhotels, Twitter: @Destination, and Facebook: Destination Hotels.

About Dreamscape

Dreamscape’s talented team of real estate professionals has collectively deployed in excess of $35 billion across residential, retail, hospitality, entertainment and gaming properties and has decades of experience in these verticals. Eric Birnbaum and his team have assets in New York, Miami, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, Charleston and Philadelphia. The team has worked on a diverse portfolio of significant properties, including critically acclaimed endeavors such as Henry Hall in New York’s Hudson Yards, The Pod Hotel in New York’s Times Square, The Goodtime Hotel in South Beach, Miami and Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

About the Rio Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Located one block off the famed Las Vegas Strip on Flamingo Road, Rio Hotel & Casino Las Vegas features over 2,500 580 Sq. Ft. all-suite guest rooms, 220,000/sf of convention and meeting space, a 5-acre pool area, and a 150,000/sf casino with 40+ tables and 1000+ slot machines. Dreamscape’s plan for the resort’s future includes a property refresh, from dynamic new dining offerings to a variety of entertainment options.  Dreamscape’s intent is to preserve the property’s architecture and honor its legacy. The property will remain open throughout the renovations.

Forward-Looking Statements

Forward-Looking Statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Our actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “likely,” “will,” “would” and variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us and our management, are inherently uncertain. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, general economic uncertainty in key global markets and a worsening of global economic conditions or low levels of economic growth; the rate and the pace of economic recovery following economic downturns; global supply chain constraints and interruptions, rising costs of construction-related labor and materials, and increases in costs due to inflation or other factors that may not be fully offset by increases in revenues in our business; risks affecting the luxury, resort, and all-inclusive lodging segments; levels of spending in business, leisure, and group segments, as well as consumer confidence; declines in occupancy and average daily rate; limited visibility with respect to future bookings; loss of key personnel; domestic and international political and geo-political conditions, including political or civil unrest or changes in trade policy; hostilities, or fear of hostilities, including future terrorist attacks, that affect travel; travel-related accidents; natural or man-made disasters, weather and climate-related events, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, floods, wildfires, oil spills, nuclear incidents, and global outbreaks of pandemics or contagious diseases, or fear of such outbreaks; the pace and consistency of recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and the long-term effects of the pandemic, additional resurgence, or COVID-19 variants, including with respect to global and regional economic activity, travel limitations or bans, the demand for travel, transient and group business, and levels of consumer confidence; the ability of third-party owners, franchisees, or hospitality venture partners to successfully navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, any additional resurgence, or COVID-19 variants or other pandemics, epidemics or other health crises; our ability to successfully achieve certain levels of operating profits at hotels that have performance tests or guarantees in favor of our third-party owners; the impact of hotel renovations and redevelopments; risks associated with our capital allocation plans, share repurchase program, and dividend payments, including a reduction in, or elimination or suspension of, repurchase activity or dividend payments; the seasonal and cyclical nature of the real estate and hospitality businesses; changes in distribution arrangements, such as through internet travel intermediaries; changes in the tastes and preferences of our customers; relationships with colleagues and labor unions and changes in labor laws; the financial condition of, and our relationships with, third-party property owners, franchisees, and hospitality venture partners; the possible inability of third-party owners, franchisees, or development partners to access the capital necessary to fund current operations or implement our plans for growth; risks associated with potential acquisitions and dispositions and our ability to successfully integrate completed acquisitions with existing operations, including with respect to our acquisition of Apple Leisure Group and Dream Hotel Group and the successful integration of each business; failure to successfully complete proposed transactions (including the failure to satisfy closing conditions or obtain required approvals); our ability to successfully execute on our strategy to expand our management and franchising business while at the same time reducing our real estate asset base within targeted timeframes and at expected values; declines in the value of our real estate assets; unforeseen terminations of our management or franchise agreements; changes in federal, state, local, or foreign tax law; increases in interest rates, wages, and other operating costs; foreign exchange rate fluctuations or currency restructurings; risks associated with the introduction of new brand concepts, including lack of acceptance of new brands or innovation; general volatility of the capital markets and our ability to access such markets; changes in the competitive environment in our industry, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, industry consolidation, and the markets where we operate; our ability to successfully grow the World of Hyatt loyalty program and Unlimited Vacation Club paid membership program; cyber incidents and information technology failures; outcomes of legal or administrative proceedings; and violations of regulations or laws related to our franchising business and licensing businesses and our international operations;; and other risks discussed in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including our annual report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which filings are available from the SEC. These factors are not necessarily all of the important factors that could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any of our forward-looking statements.  We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable law. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

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Rick Badgley, Chief HR Officer, Remington Hospitality

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I’m with my friends at Remington Hospitality hosting their annual conference. I love their corporate culture, so I grabbed their Chief HR Officer Rick Bagley to ask them about their secret sauce.

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Knowland Reveals a Significant Lift in Data Usage by Conference and Convention Centers

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As group business continues to escalate, sales teams with large-scale meeting space are using account insights to win new business

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 29, 2024 — Today, Knowland, the world’s leading provider of data-as-
a-service insights on meetings and events for hospitality, announced a significant increase of 50
percent in convention and conference center platform usage in 2023. This speaks to the impact
and importance of data-driven insights in staying ahead of the competition and increasing
revenue from the full range of space sizes.

Knowland’s recent meeting planner survey revealed that groups are more likely to relocate
events to alternative markets than move down in chain scale to reduce costs. This indicates an
opportunity for non-hotel venues to compete more strategically for group business.

•  Average booking comparison – Convention centers and non-hotel meeting venues
realize the importance of data-driven insights when competing with hotels that
average 20k+ of meeting space. Knowland data shows that these hotel venues
dominate in the Top 25 markets, over 2-1. The average large hotel venue in the U.S.
booked 397 events in 2023, while the average non-hotel venue booked 188 events.
•  Opportunities for non-hotel venues – As meeting planners consider alternate
destinations and venues to manage meeting costs, convention centers have a
unique opportunity to fill this need. Larger meeting space locations are turning to
data-driven analytics to fill need periods, analyze account behavior, and understand
target market trends for events for 25 or more attendees.
•  Leveraging data to capture event demand – Successful conference and
convention centers are leveraging Knowland data to capture event demand. Insight
into trends by market, industry, and meeting size; booking history and preferences;
competitor activity; and account intelligence are only a few of the critical insights they
can apply to compete in their markets.

Jeff Bzdawka, CEO of Knowland, said: “Booking groups is a complicated business with many
moving pieces. There is also fierce competition among venues across all meeting sizes. We
believe that finding that business shouldn’t be complicated. Data should be easily accessible
and provide the right insight at the right time. We are excited to see the growth in our
conference center business and look forward to working with these venues to ensure they have
the market and account intelligence to capture event demand.”

ABOUT KNOWLAND
Celebrating its 20 th year in 2024, Knowland is the world’s leading provider of data-as-a-service
insights on meetings and events for hospitality. With the industry's largest historical database of
actualized events, thousands of customers trust Knowland to sell group smarter and maximize
their revenue. Knowland operates globally and is headquartered just outside Washington, DC.
To learn more about our solutions, visit www.knowland.com or follow us on X @knowlandgroup.

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The Global Construction Pipeline Ascends to Record Project Counts at 2023 Year-End

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February 28, 2024 – PORTSMOUTH, NH

The Q4 2023 Global Hotel Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE) reveals that the global hotel construction pipeline hit all-time high project counts at Q4. At the close of 2023, LE analysts state that the total global construction pipeline stands at 15,196 projects/2,367,727 rooms, a 7% increase in projects and a 3% increase in rooms year-over-year (YOY).

There are 6,160 projects/1,096,748 rooms currently under construction worldwide at Q423, for a 2% increase by projects YOY. Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months stand at 3,850 projects/536,588 rooms, for a 7% increase by projects and a 5% increase by rooms YOY. Projects and rooms in the early planning stage are at all-time highs and stand at 5,186 projects/734,391 rooms, increasing 12% and 6% YOY, respectively. Additionally, the renovation and conversion pipeline globally is the highest it has ever been, reaching 3,291 projects/510,584 rooms at the end of Q4 2023.

The top countries by project count are led by the United States, with an all-time high by projects of 5,964 projects/693,963 rooms. Following the United States is China, reaching an all-time high of 3,788 projects with 691,772 rooms. At Q4, the United States represents 39% of the projects in the total global pipeline, while China accounts for 25% of the projects in the total pipeline, resulting in 64% of all global projects in just these two countries. Distantly following are India with 514 projects/61,075 rooms, the United Kingdom with 322 projects/43,990 rooms, and Saudi Arabia with 300 projects/72,761 rooms.

Three of the five cities with the largest construction pipeline totals are located in the United States at Q4: Dallas, TX, with 193 projects/22,291 rooms; Atlanta, GA, with 151 projects/18,730 rooms; and Nashville, TN, with 123 projects/16,148 rooms. Chengdu, China, also ranks among the top five cities with 148 projects/29,575 rooms. The Provincial cities in Saudi Arabia follow with 133 projects/28,656 rooms.

Globally, during 2023, 1,978 new hotels opened, accounting for 292,380 rooms. Six hundred thirty-six of those hotels and 94,559 rooms opened in the fourth quarter. LE analysts forecast, for 2024, an additional 2,550 new hotels with 389,799 rooms to open by year-end and another 2,804 new hotels/430,546 rooms to open in 2025.

About Lodging Econometrics (LE):
For over 25 years, Lodging Econometrics (LE) has been the industry-leading provider of global hotel intelligence and decision-maker contact information. LE custom-builds business development database programs for hotel franchise companies looking to accelerate their brand growth, hotel ownership and management companies seeking to expand their real estate portfolios, and lodging industry vendors wanting to increase their sales. To learn more about our business development programs contact us: +1 603.431.8740, ext 0025 or info@lodgingeconometrics.com.

To view other recent media releases from LE, visit our Global Insights page.

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Aimbridge Hospitality Names Craig S. Smith as Chief Executive Officer

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  • •  Craig S. Smith, most recently Group President and Managing Director – International at Marriott International, appointed to lead the world’s largest third-party hotel operator, effective March 18, 2024
  • •  Steve Joyce, elevated to Executive Chairman, effective immediately, assuming the top position as Glenn Murphy, Chairman, transitions to board seat
  • •  Michael Barnello, former CEO and President of LaSalle Hotel Properties and Founder and Managing Partner of Badlands Hotel Capital joins Aimbridge board

PLANO, Texas, Feb. 27, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Aimbridge Hospitality announced that industry leader Craig S. Smith will join the global hospitality management company as Chief Executive Officer effective March 18, 2024. As only the third CEO in Aimbridge’s storied history, Smith is expected to leverage decades of deep operational experience and proven leadership with Marriott International to solidify Aimbridge’s position as the frontrunner in comprehensive, performance-backed hotel operations.

Craig S. Smith

Having begun his hospitality career in hotel operations, Smith quickly rose to become a multi-time, award-winning General Manager before being tapped for top executive spots in several international markets, culminating with his rise to helm the entire international business prior to his retirement from the brand.

As Group President and Managing Director—International, Smith was responsible for the fastest growing division of the world’s largest hospitality company, and:

  • •  Oversaw more than 2,500 hotels worldwide – two-thirds of which were brand-managed—across 28 iconic brands in 136 countries and territories
  • •  Led a diverse workforce of more than 230,000 hotel and regional support center associates with direct responsibility for operations, development, brand acquisitions, sales and marketing, legal, and human resources across the entire international business
  • •  Spearheaded the realignment and resourcing of the company’s international markets, including reorganizing the division into four autonomous regions, resulting in faster growth and $23 billion in sales
  • •  Provided direct oversight of four International Presidents and their teams with proven results in driving best-in-class topline growth, GOP, guest satisfaction, and associate culture; and
  • •  Served as lead strategist for Marriott’s global growth plan and managed a robust development pipeline of more than 1,000 projects around the world, including new and emerging markets

With a clear point of view on superb operating standards and unmatched success leading complex, global businesses, Smith is expected to leverage his extensive experience to design and accelerate plans at Aimbridge that put the General Manager at the center, drive greater value at scale, result in superior property performance, and create an industry-leading culture.

“Aimbridge’s reputation as a trusted global hotel operator and the team’s desire to outperform at every turn is what excites me about taking on the CEO role,” said Smith. “There is still tremendous opportunity to enhance our service offering to consistently deliver outstanding results for our owners and further drive brand expansion across all verticals domestically and abroad. As we go forward, we’ll put even greater emphasis on strengthening operations and simplifying our approach to be built around the General Manager, activating operational efficiencies that leverage our scale and create material value for us and our partners, and doubling down on our commitment to recruit, develop and train the best people in the industry, including helping the next generation of talent thrive.”

To ensure success, the company announced it was also making changes to its Board of Managers that will provide active support to Smith and additional CEO-level hospitality experience.

Effective immediately, Steve Joyce, who joined the Aimbridge board in November 2023, will step up to assume the role of Executive Chairman.

Joyce, a long-time global hospitality leader with more than four decades of multi-brand and franchisee experience, including a successful 10-year run as President and CEO of Choice Hotels International, is expected to work closely with Smith and the company’s Senior Management Team to advance strategic plans, including finalizing the previously announced streamlined structure in the U.S. and broaden the company’s global footprint.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Aimbridge can – and will be – the best third-party operator in the world, and it starts with embedding a seasoned leader with a deep track record of driving outsized performance across all key metrics—that’s Craig S. Smith,” said Joyce. “If you look at what Craig has achieved during his 35-year career as a hospitality leader, it’s clear that he knows how to develop winning strategies, set superior operational standards, and most critically, motivate and activate teams to get the best out of his people. In my role as Executive Chairman, I look forward supporting Craig as we take Aimbridge to the next level and work to deliver the best product offering the industry has seen to date.”

Joyce succeeds Glenn Murphy who has served as Chairman since 2019 and will remain on the board.

Joining Joyce and Murphy on the board is long-time industry veteran Michael Barnello, Managing Partner and Founder of Badlands Hotel Capital and the former President and CEO of LaSalle Hotel Properties. The company expects to tap into Barnello’s extensive understanding of the hospitality real estate market and leverage his unique, owner-centric point of view as it looks to ignite worldwide growth and build out its newly announced Owner Relations team, including standing up an Owners Advisory Council.

About Aimbridge Hospitality

Aimbridge Hospitality is the world’s leading global hospitality management company. A trusted operator of over 80 globally recognized lodging brands and distinctive luxury and lifestyle assets, Aimbridge delivers compelling results for hotel owners by leveraging proprietary data and insights as an authority in key markets and destinations, while creating exceptional guest experiences. Aimbridge continually strives to set the new standard in hospitality excellence, leading the industry into the future through a wealth of unmatched resources and best-in-class supplier agreements, while recruiting and developing top industry talent in all key verticals and geographies. To learn more, visit www.aimbridgehospitality.com. Connect with Aimbridge on LinkedIn.

SOURCE Aimbridge Hospitality

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Jason Reader, COO, Remington Hospitality

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Jason Reader is COO with Remington Hospitality. While hosting their annual conference, I grabbed the recently promoted Reader to share his thoughts on what his role is and it relates to the trends in the hotel business.

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Hilton Partners with AutoCamp to Offer Elevated Outdoor Lodging Experiences in Iconic Natural Settings

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Hilton guests can now add National Parks, custom Airstreams, luxury tents and starry skies to their bucket lists

MCLEAN, Va., and SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced a new exclusive partnership with premier outdoor hospitality company AutoCamp to offer Hilton guests an experience that blends the spirit of an iconic outdoor adventure with the hospitality and design-forward thinking of a boutique hotel, in spectacular settings that include properties adjacent to popular national parks.

AutoCamp stays will be bookable on Hilton’s direct channels in the coming months, giving Hilton guests direct access to outdoor hospitality that goes beyond “glamping.” Hilton Honors members will be able to earn and redeem Points and enjoy exclusive member benefits while experiencing sought-after locations across the United States, such as Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Russian River in California; Zion, Utah; Cape Cod, Mass.; and Catskills, N.Y.; with Asheville, N.C. and Sequoia, Calif., opening this summer and Hill Country, Texas, in 2025.

                                                                    AutoCamp Cape Cod

“We know today’s travelers are craving adventures when planning their next trip, and that’s why we look for innovative and like-minded partners like AutoCamp,” said Chris Silcock, president, Global Brands and Commercial Services, Hilton. “This is the first time a major hospitality brand and outdoor lodging company have come together in this way to create even more choices for travelers while redefining the outdoor hospitality experience.”

“We know today’s travelers are craving adventures when planning their next trip, and that’s why we look for innovative and like-minded partners like AutoCamp. This is the first time a major hospitality brand and outdoor lodging company have come together in this way to create even more choices for travelers while redefining the outdoor hospitality experience.”

Chris Silcock

President, Global Brands and Commercial Services, Hilton

According to the Hilton Trends Report, in 2024, nearly half of travelers will prioritize exploration and adventure, with more than half of Gen Z and Millennials carving out more budget for these types of experiences, exceeding other generations.

Each AutoCamp location creates a unique experience that provides a comfortable and simple way for guests to immerse themselves in nature. Through an exclusive relationship with Airstream, AutoCamp offers custom-designed Airstreams, spacious cabins, luxury tents and other unique accommodations. Located at the heart of each AutoCamp is The Clubhouse, the social hub of the property, which serves food and beverage options from The Kitchen, and offers grab-and-go merchandise and retail items from a boutique market. Thoughtfully appointed to reflect its locale, each Clubhouse is designed by notable architects with a mid-century modern aesthetic. Surrounding The Clubhouse, sprawling grounds are punctuated with multiple common areas, including communal fire pits, trails, swimming pools (at select locations), group meeting spaces and other outdoor amenities.

“Our mission at AutoCamp has always been to reconnect people with the outdoors and each other,” said Neil Dipaola, founder and CEO, AutoCamp. “By partnering with an incredible global brand like Hilton, we’re able to introduce Hilton Honors members to a new hospitality experience rooted in nature – bringing them closer to the country’s most iconic national parks and explorable outdoor destinations without sacrificing the highest caliber of hospitality and comfort they expect.”

“Our mission at AutoCamp has always been to reconnect people with the outdoors and each other. By partnering with an incredible global brand like Hilton, we’re able to introduce Hilton Honors members to a new hospitality experience rooted in nature – bringing them closer to the country’s most iconic national parks and explorable outdoor destinations without sacrificing the highest caliber of hospitality and comfort they expect.”

Neil Dipaola

Founder and CEO, AutoCamp

AutoCamp Yosemite – Photo Credit: Aaron Leitz

Hilton continues to offer customers the right stay for every travel occasion through an unmatched portfolio of industry-leading brands plus exclusive partnerships that create more experiences for guests. The AutoCamp partnership, as well as the recently announced partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World, illustrates Hilton’s continued commitment to expanding the experiences and adventures offered to Hilton guests and Hilton Honors members, who can dream, book, and earn and spend Points for stays.

More details of the AutoCamp partnership will be announced soon.

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AHLA and Procure Impact launch Dignity of Work Pledge to create 100,000 hours of work for overlooked populations

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Take the pledge here

WASHINGTON – (February 27, 2024) – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), the largest hotel association in the United States, and Procure Impact, a first-of-its-kind B2B marketplace for products that support overlooked communities, today announced the launch of the Dignity of Work Pledge, an initiative to create 100,000 hours of paid employment for overlooked populations.

Many hospitality companies have made significant commitments to building positive and sustainable social impact through their supply chains. Procure Impact’s B2B marketplace provides companies the opportunity to easily source responsibly and achieve social impact goals.

Each vendor on the Procure Impact platform employs individuals facing barriers to work, including survivors of trafficking, veterans, at-risk youth, refugees, individuals with disabilities, and individuals who have experienced poverty, incarceration, homelessness, mental health issues and trauma, or substance use disorders.

Procure Impact tracks the impact of each transaction made on its platform by calculating the number of shift hours created, making it easy for hospitality companies to report on their impact goals and measure their progress.

By taking the Dignity of Work Pledge, hospitality companies commit to increasing the percentage of their purchases made with vendors on Procure Impact’s platform and to regularly report their progress, which will be shared on AHLA’s Responsible Stay website.

AHLA’s Responsible Stay initiative unites members behind core sustainability principles, including responsible sourcing, energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction.

“We believe the hospitality sector is uniquely positioned to harness its purchasing power to create unique and meaningful guest experiences and change millions of lives in the process. We are excited to partner with so many pioneers in hospitality who are building spaces and places grounded in belonging and purpose through the products that they feature and purchase,” said Procure Impact Founder & CEO Lauren McCann.

“Responsible sourcing is all about delivering value to guests while creating positive social and environmental impacts,” said AHLA President & CEO Chip Rogers. “Procure Impact makes it easy for hospitality companies to do just that.”

Founding partners who have committed and signed the Dignity of Work Pledge include Davidson Hospitality Group, Pyramid Global Hospitality, Sage Hospitality Group, CoralTree Hospitality, Atrium Hospitality, Pacific Hospitality Group, Modus Hotels and 21c Museum Hotels. Participating hotels manage over 110,000 hotel rooms nationwide.

“A job is one of the most transformative ways to help someone improve their life. By purchasing through Procure Impact, we get quality products and know that our company is having a lasting impact in our communities by creating job opportunities for people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to work,” said Kenzie Vath, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Pacific Hospitality Group.

“At Atrium, we take social and environmental responsibility very seriously and see it as a business imperative because of the significant correlation to the lives and health of the communities we serve. We are committed to providing an unparalleled vacation experience. Procure Impact helps us elevate the guest experience with wonderful products that inspire and delight our customers,” said Chris O‘Donnell, Chief Operating Officer, Atrium Hospitality.

“We firmly believe that a strong sense of community is essential. For the past 40 years, Sage has been dedicated to making an impact in the neighborhoods where we live, work, and play, and we are honored to partner with Procure Impact as we double down on our commitment to lead with purpose and accelerate our impact,” said Daniel del Olmo, President, Sage Hospitality Group.

“At Davidson Hospitality Group, we believe that strong community bonds elevate exceptional hospitality from profit-focused to people-first. Our partnership with Procure Impact goes to the core of who we are as a company — how we live our values to always do what’s right and serve others with love,” said Thom Geshay, CEO & President, Davidson Hospitality Group.

To learn more about Procure Impact visit procureimpact.us or fill out this contact form. To view the Dignity of Work Pledge, click here.

About Procure Impact
Procure Impact is a mission-driven, woman-owned B2B marketplace. Our marketplace offers a variety of products in high-demand categories like food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, furniture, and art. All our vendors employ individuals facing barriers to work in the United States, including those with disabilities, veterans, refugees, and people who have experienced poverty, mental health challenges, trauma, incarceration, and addiction. Our mission is to provide access to quality products made by underestimated individuals and organizations nationwide. We achieve this by offering corporations personalized onboarding gifts corporate logoed items for events, by sourcing products for retail, restaurants, hotels, and offices.

About AHLA

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the largest hotel association in America, representing more than 30,000 members from all segments of the industry nationwide – including iconic global brands, 80% of all franchised hotels, and the 16 largest hotel companies in the U.S. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and workforce development programs to move the industry forward. Learn more at www.ahla.com.

 

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