SOURCE: Carino Hotels and Resorts

Carino Hotels and Resorts

January 18, 2011 16:27 ET

Carino Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Debuts 2011 Initiatives at Global Conference

9th Annual Conference Presents New Developments for 2011, Leading Industry Experts and "Top CARINO Chefs" at Culinary / Client Event

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 18, 2011) - Member hotels gathered at CARINO Hotels and Resorts Worldwide 9th Annual Sales, Marketing & Reservation Conference held January 17-21 at the Harvard Club of New York City which featured the announcement of new initiatives for 2011 and panel discussions with the industry's top travel agencies, meeting planners and corporate travel leaders. Highlights also included an invitation-only dinner at the renowned James Beard House showcasing the culinary talents of some of CARINO hotels' top chefs from across the nation.

Carino executives outlined a number of new initiatives designed to aid the organization's growth, increase visibility and create additional member services, including:

  • Continuing to grow CARINO's current business model -- urban four- and five-star hotels along with corporate transient and group travel clientele -- and expansion to include leisure distribution/destination membership segment;
  • Augmenting CARINO's infrastructure to substantiate new market growth;
  • CARINO offices in South America & Central Europe.

CARINO Hotels and Resorts Worldwide experienced a year of strong, organic membership growth in 2010 and will continue to build on that momentum with these new programs in an effort to focus on the company's core business, provide value and increase revenues to member hotels, and increase the organization's collective presence in the global marketplace. 

Highlights of this year's conference included travel agency panel experts from ABC Global Services, CCRA Travel Solutions and Hickory Travel Systems; and breakout sessions with one-on-one meetings with member hotels to discuss new opportunities for 2011. Partners of the conference included, Continental Airlines, ABC Global Services, CCRA Travel Solutions, Hickory Travel Systems and Dav El Chauffeured Transportation Network.

"We were pleased to welcome our newest members and strengthen our long-term member relationships and create a more multi-layered and intimate partnership at our 9th annual global conference," stated Joe Carino, President, CARINO Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. "This year we look forward to bringing even more value and efficiency to our member hotels, as well as expanding our brand into new countries."

The conference included a 9th anniversary client recognition dinner at the renowned James Beard House and showcased the culinary creations of CARINO member hotels' top chefs from across the nation, taking top New York clients on a nationally inspired culinary tour. Featured chefs included Riccardo Traslavina, executive chef at the Alex Hotel; Colin Brown, executive chef at The Royal Park Hotel; Jeff Balfour, executive chef at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE; Eugenio Martignago, executive chef at West Inn and Suites', CA; and Andrew Dzejak, executive chef for the Windsor Court.

CARINO Hotels and Resorts Worldwide is the only hotel sales company that provides a centralized customer database, RFP tools and sales and marketing support for luxury hotels & resorts worldwide. With offices in New York and London, Chicago and Los Angeles, CARINO Hotels and Resorts Worldwide is a full service sales and customer information company, dedicated to assisting luxury hotels with the global sales process. At the heart of the company's suite of services is SalesConnect 2.0™, a web-based database of corporate, leisure and group account information. Visit us at www.carinohotels.com or call 212-808-6590.

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