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Benchmark Hospitality International Assumes
Management of Resort in Makena, Maui

Introducing Makena Beach & Golf Resort
Makena,  Maui, September 17, 2009 … Benchmark Hospitality International today ushers in a new era for the Makena district of Maui, having been appointed as the management company for the sole hotel property in the Makena resort area.  Benchmark announced the property’s new name is Makena Beach & Golf Resort, which highlights its ideal location.
Benchmark Hospitality was appointed as management company for the resort on Tuesday, September 8.    Benchmark also operates Turtle Bay Resort, the landmark property on Oahu’s North Shore.
“We are so pleased to bring a fresh start to this wonderful resort located in this remarkable region of Maui,” stated Burt Cabañas, chairman and CEO of Benchmark Hospitality International.  “Makena’s history dates to ancient Hawaii and we celebrate and highlight this rich heritage with the resort’s new name.”
Benchmark Hospitality International formally assumed management of the 310-guestroom resort at 12:01 AM (HST) today and anticipates a smooth transition for the property, its employees and guests.  “Our goal is to provide a seamless change-over for all parties involved,” stated Bob Boyle, vice president and regional director of operations for Benchmark Hospitality, who will oversee the property in addition to Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu.  “We want this to be a celebration of renewal for the resort.”
In keeping with this, Burt Cabañas and Bob Boyle will be at the resort for the transition, and plan to meet with employees today to formally welcome them into the Benchmark Hospitality family. 
Makena Beach & Golf Resort
The Makena resort area is situated on the southern shore of Maui in the Makena district of the island.  The property commands sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as vistas of Makena’s diverse landscape and Mount Haleakala.  Makena Beach & Golf Resort's 310 guestrooms, each featuring private lanais, are complemented with exceptional resort amenities and dining opportunities. The property is ideally designed to comfortably accommodate leisure travelers, as well as special event celebrations, weddings, and corporate meetings.  Benchmark Hospitality International brings recognized and award-winning expertise in all areas of luxury hospitality, including corporate meetings and social gatherings.  The resort is 30 minutes from Maui's Kahului Airport.
Separating Makena Beach & Golf Resort from the azure waters of the Pacific is a vast white sand beach, which is ideal for sunbathing, leisurely strolls, beachcombing and viewing Maui's spectacular ocean vistas.  Water sports abound at the resort, along with exceptional tennis facilities.  
The resort features championship golf on the acclaimed Makena Golf Course, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr., 18-hole course that runs along the Pacific coastline, adjacent to the hotel.  The course, which opened in 1993 and provides stunning ocean views from nearly every hole, is renowned for its ancient Hawaiian rock walls, natural gullies and stream beds, which were incorporated into the course's original design. Golfers and resort guests can further develop their skills at the property's Golf Academy, which provides instruction for all skill levels.
For more information on Makena Beach & Golf Resort and for reservations call (800) 368-8444 or (808) 874-1111, or visit
About Benchmark Hospitality International
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 Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in 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 the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit  

Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax

Also See: Benchmark Hospitality International Appoints Bob Boyle Regional Director of Operations / July 2009



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