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Benchmark Hospitality International and Its Properties Achieve
Top Industry & Consumer Awards of Excellence


The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, February 2009 … Benchmark Hospitality International has announced that several of its properties entered 2009 with leading national industry and consumer awards of excellence.  Awards achieved by Benchmark Hospitality properties as 2008 came to a close and 2009 commenced included Travel + Leisure magazine’s “500 World’s Best Hotels,” Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 100 Hotels in U.S.,” Meeting & Conventions magazine’s “Gold Key” and “Gold Tee Awards,” Successful Meetings’ “Pinnacle Award,” Meetings Media’s “Best Of” award, Corporate Meetings & Incentives magazine’s “Paragon Award,” Smart Meetings’ “Platinum Award,” and many more.

Benchmark Hospitality International also announced that for the first time the company has achieved a place on Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Privately Held U.S. Companies listing – the prestigious “Inc. 500/5000 List.”

“We are absolutely thrilled with this consumer and industry recognition on the part of so many of our properties and our company,” said Burt Cabañas, chairman and chief executive officer of Benchmark Hospitality International.  “We have always held that these properties were at the top of the industry, but it’s gratifying to have this actively endorsed by such prestigious publications and their readers.”

Recipients of the top industry honors are determined by the leading magazines – and in many cases by the publications’ readers.  The magazines annually evaluate properties located within the United States and globally and present top awards to those that rank the highest in a number of important categories.  Awards received recognize exemplary service on the part of each property, as well as high quality hotel & resort facilities and amenities, superb dining and food & beverage opportunities, diverse recreational and destination options, among others qualifications.  The publications that present the awards represent some of the most prestigious in their industry. 

Benchmark Hospitality International’s
Top Awards Recipients

Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the United States
Inc. Magazine
   • Benchmark Hospitality International, The Woodlands (Houston), TX

World’s Best Hotels
Travel + Leisure 
   • Turtle Bay Resort, “A Top 500 Hotel in the World,” North Shore, Oahu, HI

World’s Best Hotels
Travel + Leisure 
   • Turtle Bay Resort, “A Top 25 Hotel in Hawaii,” North Shore, Oahu, HI

Best Golf Resorts in Hawaii 
Travel + Leisure 
   • Turtle Bay Resort, “Most Underrated Golf Resort in Hawaii,” North Shore, Oahu, HI

Best of the World:  Top 100 Hotels in U.S.
Condé Nast Traveler 
   • Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, TX

Award of Excellence
Wine Spectator
   • Swan Terrace, The Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach, VA
   • On the Potomac, Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, VA

75 Greatest Golf Resorts in North America
Golf Digest 
   • Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore, Oahu, HI

Best Places to Play
Golf Digest 
   • Mission Inn Resort & Club, Orlando, FL

Pinnacle Award
Successful Meetings 
   • Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, CO
   • Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Chicago, IL
   • Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, Scottsdale, AZ
   • Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV
   • The Founders Inn & Spa, Virginia Beach, VA
   • The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN
   • Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore, Oahu, HI

Gold Key Award
Meetings & Conventions
   • Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, CO
   • Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, VA
   • Mission Inn Resort & Club, Orlando, FL
   • Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, Scottsdale, AZ
   • Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore, Oahu, HI 

Gold Tee Award
Meetings & Conventions
   • Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, CO
   • Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, VA
   • Mission Inn Resort & Club, Orlando, FL
   • Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, Scottsdale, AZ
   • Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore, Oahu, HI 

Hall of Fame Award
Meetings & Conventions
   • Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, CO
   • Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, VA

Planners’ Choice Award
Meeting News 
   • Mission Inn Resort & Club, Orlando, FL

Best of the East Award
Meetings East 
   • The Heldrich Hotel & Spa, New Brunswick, NJ

Best of the South Award
Meetings South
   • The Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach, VA

Best of the West Award
Meetings West
   • Chaminade Resort & Spa, Santa Cruz, CA
   • Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore, Oahu, HI

Paragon Award
Corporate Meetings & Incentives
   • Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, CO
   • The Heldrich Hotel & Spa, New Brunswick, NJ
   • Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, Scottsdale, AZ

Award of Excellence
Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine
   • Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, CO
   • Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, VA
   • Mission Inn Resort & Club, Orlando, FL
   • Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, Scottsdale, AZ
   • Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore, Oahu, HI

Greens of Distinction
Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine
   • Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore, Oahu, HI

Platinum Award
Smart Meetings
   • Chaminade Resort & Spa, Santa Cruz, CA

Platinum Partner Award
Incentive
   • Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore, Oahu, HI

For a complete listing of Benchmark Hospitality International properties by State and Country, and for immediate access to each property’s website, please visit http://benchmarkhospitality.com/Property_Profile/Property_Profile.asp

Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™.  The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  Benchmark is a worldwide organization operating over 30 properties representing major metropolitan and resort destinations.   Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey and Connecticut.  International offices are located in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For locations of properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com

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Contact:

Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax
KenEllens@aol.com
 

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Also See: Benchmark Hospitality International Named the Hispanic Hotel Management Company of the Year by the Hispanic Hotel Owners Association / November 2008
Benchmark Hospitality International’s Top Five Dining Trends for 2009; Plus Five Cocktail Trends / December 2008
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