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,