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Destination Hotels & Resorts and Odyssey Teams Announce Partnership to Offer
Conference Clientele Innovative, Life Changing Team Building Experiences


CHICO, CALIF. (Aug. 18, 2009):  Destination Hotels & Resorts, consistently rated one of the top 10 independent hospitality management companies in the United States with more than 30 upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers, today announced it will be partnering with Odyssey Teams, creator of the renowned Life Cycles program and leader in innovative, philanthropic team building and leadership programs, to bring its conference clientele a one-of-a-kind offering for their team building needs.

“We are very excited to have Odyssey Teams as a preferred partner at our more than 30 properties coast-to-coast as we believe this is an incredibly impactful philanthropic program to offer our group and meeting clients,” said Maureen Callahan, vice president of marketing for Destination Hotels & Resorts. “Our properties are very much a part of the local community where they reside and Odyssey Teams’ programs, which encourage groups around the world to give back to their communities, fits in perfectly with our company’s core values.” 
 
Odyssey Teams, founded in 1991 has provided programs for eBay, Wells Fargo, Spherion, Pfizer, Kinko’s, Walmart and other blue-chip corporations, non-profits and educational institutions. Recognizing that people perform best professionally when their work is tied to a sense of purpose, Odyssey Team’s programs incorporate a philanthropic component: As participants build teamwork, creativity, leadership and intelligent risk-taking, they also build a sense of civic spirit and community service.
 
“We get people connected to who they are, who they work with, what they do at work and why they do it, which in turn helps them improve their connections to customers, customers service and their lives outside the office,” said Bill John, Odyssey Team’s president and co-founder. “We are thrilled to be a part of the Destination Hotels & Resorts experience and share in the sense of community it evokes while offering its clientele a life changing experience.”

Odyssey Teams Philanthropic Team Building Program Highlights

Life Cycles is a program invented by Odyssey Teams, and now much-copied in the industry, where participants assemble free bicycles for deserving children. More than 10,000 bikes have been donated worldwide since 2000. Helping Hands is Odyssey Teams’ newest program and brings together teams to assemble basic but highly functional prosthetic hands for donation to amputees in developing countries. To date, 1,035 adults and children have received a prosthetic hand at not cost to the recipients. Project Playhouse, allows participants to emphasize their organization’s community ties by building playhouses for children’s groups and donating them to various local children’s hospitals, youth hostels, orphanages, and residences.

For more information about Odyssey Teams’ programs please visit www.Odysseyteams.com or telephone Lain Hensley at 530-342-1650. For more information about Destination Hotel & Resorts’ meeting solutions please visit www.destinationhotels.com.

About Odyssey Teams
Odyssey Teams, founded in 1991, is a recognized pioneer in team building and leadership skills development. Odyssey Teams created the renowned Life Cycles program in which participants renew their commitments to their organizations and communities while building free bikes for deserving children. In the past eight years, more than 10,000 bikes have been provided worldwide. Odyssey Teams remains at the forefront of philanthropic team building with a new program in which participants create prosthetic hands for amputees. Odyssey Teams’ blue-chip clients have included Wells Fargo, Abbott Laboratories and eBay. For more information on how Odyssey Teams can help “build” individuals and teams, please visit www.Odysseyteams.com or telephone Lain Hensley at 530-342-1650.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is consistently rated one of the top 10 independent hospitality management companies in the United States with more than 30 luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California which opened to the public in June. The 102-acre ocean front resort features a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three ocean view restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com or to join the company’s loyalty program for the best offers available, visit www.destinationdelivers.com 

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Contact:

Odyssey Teams:
Kaity Ocean, kaityocean@att.net, 775-787-9257 or 775-544-9647
Abbi Whitaker, abbi@abbipr.com, 775-323-2977 or 775-722-2254

Destination Hotels & Resorts:
Kristin Yantis Mettler, Malen & Mettler, 775-831-4422 kmettler@malenandmettler.com
 

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