|WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 27, 2005 ó Independent resort owners, General
Managers, CEOís, CFOís, Risk Managers, Human Resource personnel and Insurance
Executives gathered at The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York, July 9-12
at the associationís 19th annual meeting. A record setting number of attendees
heard from insurance and travel industry leaders, attended educational
seminars, reviewed the current status of association insurance programs,
networked with fellow resort colleagues and enjoyed the scenic Adirondack
region of New York on historic Lake George.
This yearís conference featured two keynote speakers. Mark Lomanno,
President of Smith Travel Research, shared the latest research on the resort
market and emerging lodging trends. Patrick G. Ryan, Executive Chairman
of the Aon Corporation, a global leader in risk management, insurance and
reinsurance brokerage, addressed the health of insurance industry overall
as well as the impact on the industry resulting from New York State Attorney
General Elliott Spitzerís investigation of the insurance industry.
In addition to keynote addresses, the conference was packed with seminar
sessions and panel discussions on topics of interest to all segments of
the associationís membership. Educational sessions addressed everything
from Internet distribution channel strategies to risk transfer techniques
and hospitality industry financing. Resort & hotel security, mediation
& claims strategies, and techniques to improve spa profitability rounded
out the seminar sessions. Two special panel discussions featured lessons
learned from the 2004 hurricane season and spa loss control & claims
management. Association business included the annual meetings for both
the Resort Hotel Association and its affiliated captive insurance company,
the Resort Hotel Insurance Company.
The Resort Hotel Association, headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia,
is a not-for-profit, member-managed association that provides insurance
products to independent resorts, luxury and historic hotels, and destination
spas. Since itís founding in 1987 the association has grown from 13 to
118 properties throughout the United States today. The 2006 Resort Hotel
Association Annual Conference will be held July 15-18, 2006 at the Whitetail
Club and Resort, McCall, Idaho.