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OCCIDENTAL GRAND XCARET WELCOMES THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS CHEERLEADERS

All Inclusive Resort Hosts Professional Cheerleading Team for Annual Calendar Photo Shoot Along with Fashion Shows, Variety Shows and Fun Activities for Guests  

Miami, FL (May 2, 2014)Occidental Grand Xcaret is proud to welcome the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders (WRC) as they shoot their annual cheerleaders calendar surrounded by the resort’s beautiful Rivera Maya backdrop. Following a successful visit to Occidental Grand Papagayo in 2013, the newly selected squad will engage resort guests through activities including a scavenger hunt, fashion shows, variety shows, group dinners, happy hours and much more during their week-long stay from May 22-28, 2014. Guests will also have the opportunity to attend at least one of the team’s photo shoot sessions.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders back to Occidental this year,” noted Andres Pichardo, SVP Operations, Sales & Marketing, USA, Mexico & Aruba and acting GM of Occidental Grand Xcaret. “It was such a pleasure working with this talented group last year in Costa Rica, and we’re so honored that they’ve chosen to return to the Occidental family this year in Mexico.”   

The WRC’s Caribbean getaway will kick off with a “Welcome Tequila Tasting & Happy Hour” where representatives from both Occidental and the WRC will join the resort guests as they mix and mingle with the 20 exceptionally talented women, otherwise known as the First Ladies of Football. The next morning their multi-day photo shoot will begin with photos staged throughout the property among the white sand beaches, authentic ancient Mayan ruins, one-of-a-kind Dolphinarium and more.

Throughout their visit – which will be filmed for a forthcoming ESPN broadcast – the cheerleaders will also host a variety show for resort guests along with a property-wide scavenger hunt. In addition, the cheerleaders will have the opportunity to swim with dolphins at the adjacent Dolphinarium Grand Xcaret – Xcaret Park’s 10,000 sq. meter dolphinarium, complete with over 20 bottle-nosed dolphins and a variety of unique and educational programming.

Occidental Grand Xcaret is an all-inclusive resort offering breathtaking views and exemplary service from its beachfront location just south of Playa del Carmen. In addition to dining at the resort’s 11 restaurants and ten bars, guests of Occidental Grand Xcaret can spend their days lounging by one of five whimsically-shaped pools, combing the private beach, exploring the Mayan ruins on property and throughout the adjacent Xcaret Park or interacting with more than 20 dolphins at the newly opened Dolphinarium Grand Xcaret.

For additional information about Occidental Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.occidentalhotels.com. To learn more about the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders and to purchase a calendar, please visit http://www.redskins.com/cheerleaders. To follow the First Women of Football’s activities while at Occidental Grand Xcaret, please follow them here http://www.facebook.com/occidentalgrandresorts.

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About Occidental Hotels & Resorts
One of the world’s leading hotel companies and one of the largest all-inclusive resort chains in the Americas, Occidental Hotels & Resorts has more than 20 properties in key destinations under the Allegro, Occidental Grand and Royal Hideaway brands, each perfectly suited to address the leisure travel needs of its market segment, from Allegro’s fun-filled packages, to the luxurious Occidental Grand and Royal Hideaway.  An even more exclusive component of all Occidental Grand properties, the “Royal Club” offers boutique-style services within the resorts such as a private concierge, separate check-in and check-out services. www.occidentalhotels.com.  

About The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders
From the Redskinettes to the First Ladies of Football, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders (WRC) are the longest running cheerleading team in the NFL. Founded in 1962, and originally named the Redskinettes, the team has brought worldwide recognition to the Redskins, the Washington, D.C. area and the NFL. Adorned in burgundy and gold, these dynamic women have been featured in national magazines and have performed with Grammy award winning artists. Annually regarded as one of the best professional cheerleading squads, the WRC have executed their routines at Super Bowls and overseas as part of goodwill military tours. Striving to make a difference both on and off the field, these talented women have played an instrumental part in a variety of charity, community and military events since their inception. The WRC also boasts the longest running Junior Cheerleader Program in which they mentor hundreds of young kids.  For more information on the WRC, visit www.Redskins.com/cheerleaders.
 

 

 

AGUSTÍN VALVERDE NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF OCCIDENTAL ROYAL OASIS LUXURY HOTEL IN PORT-AU-PRINCE HAITI’S UPSCALE ENCLAVE, PETION-VILLE

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (April 28, 2014)Occidental Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the appointment of Agustín Valverde as the General Manager of  Royal Oasis by Occidental – the luxury city hotel in the Petion-Ville neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Mr. Valverde joined the Occidental team in 2010 and has since continued to excel within the company, working with other destination resorts including Occidental Grand Xcaret and the Allegro Papagayo.   

“Agustín has displayed tremendous growth during his time with Occidental,” stated Jaime Buxó, Managing Director Occidental Hotels & Resorts. “He has not only mastered overseeing the technical operations of successful hotel, but goes above and beyond in meeting the unique needs of our largely international client base. We are very proud to have Agustín as the face of Royal Oasis.”

As a multi-talented hospitality professional, Mr. Valverde began his hotel career nearly a decade ago with the Meliá-Araguaney Hotel in Spain before working with properties in the Netherlands, Canary Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. With his international background and proficiency with English, Spanish, and German languages Mr. Valverde will be a valuable asset to Royal Oasis given the resorts location just steps away from several embassies, government agencies and international corporate offices.

Occidental Royal Oasis is an elegant 128-room property that serves as a lush, tropical hideaway in the heart of the bustling city of Port-au-Prince. With two unique restaurants, a selection of high-end boutiques, a well-curated art gallery giving guests an endless selection of amenities right at their fingertips.

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About Occidental Royal Oasis
The 5-Star Royal Oasis by Occidental Hotel is sprawled over 3 acres of beautifully manicured grounds and is located in the heart of Pétion-ville. Formerly an upscale residential suburb, Pétion-ville has now gradually evolved to become Haiti's most important business and commercial hub. Located in one of the safest neighborhoods, and only a 30 minute drive from Port-au-Prince International Airport, this earthquake resistant and hurricane proof hotel is the largest one in Port-au-Prince. Its refreshingly modern 128 luxurious rooms and suites, with stunning views of the capital, offer the finest amenities and highly-attentive personalized services to please the most demanding international travelers.  

Raising the bar in customer service by meeting worldwide standards, Royal Oasis by Occidental offers an unprecedented experience. Whether it's a light lunch at one of our restaurants, a drink at the bar of your choice, or simply by enjoying the coziness of your room, we will make sure that your stay will be one to remember. Within the premises of the Hotel, guests will find everything they need including elegant boutiques, a prestigious art gallery as well as bank services. Stress-free areas such as the Café Terrasses that will allow seclusion from the bustling activities of Port-au-Prince.

About Occidental Hotels & Resorts
One of the world’s leading hotel companies and one of the largest all-inclusive resort chains in the Americas, Occidental Hotels & Resorts has more than 20 properties in key destinations under the Allegro, Occidental Grand and Royal Hideaway brands, each perfectly suited to address the leisure travel needs of its market segment, from Allegro’s fun-filled packages, to the luxurious Occidental Grand and Royal Hideaway.  An even more exclusive component of all Occidental Grand properties, the “Royal Club” offers boutique-style services within the resorts such as a private concierge, separate check-in and check-out services. www.occidentalhotels.com

 

Allegro Cozumel Resort Announces “Ultimate Dive Experience” Program

All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico Introduces Package for Dive Enthusiasts to Enjoy and Explore the Palancar Reef, One of the Top Five Dive Destinations in the World


Miami, FL (April 2, 2014) – Occidental Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the new Ultimate Dive Experience package at the Allegro Cozumel Resort.  Located on the beautiful San Francisco Beach by the Palancar Reef, one of the top five dive destinations in the world, Allegro Cozumel’s guests can relax and rejuvenate on land, or enjoy and explore vibrant underwater life. The Ultimate Dive Experience offers ample scuba diving amenities and deluxe guest accommodations facilitating a superior experience for dive enthusiasts visiting from all over the globe.  


Ideal for all diving levels, this exclusive package features a variety of complimentary inclusions, such as: accommodations in a Superior Premium Ultimate Dive Experience Room, a daily Dive tank, access to an in-room special wetsuit drying rack, exclusive check-in and check-out service, a private lounge to socialize and hangout, as well as equipment storage, care and discounts at the Dive Shop. A brief five to ten minute boat ride carries guests from the resort to Cozumel’s best dive destinations including the Palancar Reef, which is part of The Meso-American Barrier Reef – one of the largest reefs in the world. With four boats departing daily from the Allegro Cozumel Resort at 8am, 10am, 1pm and 3pm, divers can choose when they would like to be transported to their tropical adventure under the sea.  


“We are proud to offer the Ultimate Dive Experience as we have one of the world’s best diving reefs in our backyard,” said Jose Maria Figuereo, General Manger of Allegro Cozumel Resort. “We want our guests to have easy access to diving resources and incredible accommodations providing an unforgettable vacation.”
Ultimate Dive Experience accommodations feature 36 rooms conveniently situated in close proximity to the beach and a private pool, ensuring that divers are just steps from the water at all times. Diving guests are also granted special admittance to a secluded lounge where they can unwind while taking in the beautiful sea views.  Guests who book the Ultimate Dive Experience must be PADI scuba certified, or equivalent. The starting rate for the Ultimate Dive Experience is $107 per person, per night for a single room which guests can book online via  occidentalhotels.com.


Allegro Cozumel is positioned within a National Marine Park of more than 11 thousand hectares of beaches and waters between the Paradise Reef and Punta Chiqueros. With water temperatures between 78 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, an average visibility of 100+ feet and currents of one to two knots, this region is a treasured dive site. The Palancar Reef serves as home to more than 4,000 species of fish and 700 species of coral and sponges. Divers enjoy exploring the reef’s breathtaking drop-offs, towering coral pinnacles, and underwater caves and tunnels, while observing various types of crustaceans, octopus, squids, rays, parrotfish, angelfish and more.


Allegro Cozumel Resort is one of the top all-inclusive destinations for couples and families alike. With its prime location overlooking the Mexican Caribbean Sea, unlimited meals and snacks at numerous restaurants and bars, refreshing pools, fitness facilities, nightly entertainment, and countless land and water sport activities, there are plenty of options for guests to explore.  As a family-friendly destination, children can play at the Kids Club and pirate themed water park, while parents take advantage of the relaxing boutique spa. Conveniently situated just 20 minutes from the international airport, and a 45 minute ferry ride from Playa del Carmen, Mexico, this tropical paradise is easily accessible for travelers.


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Occidental Hotels & Resorts
One of the world’s leading hotel companies and one of the largest all-inclusive resort chains in the Americas, Occidental Hotels & Resorts has more than 20 properties in key destinations under the Allegro, Occidental Grand and Royal Hideaway brands, each perfectly suited to address the leisure travel needs of its market segment, from Allegro’s fun-filled packages, to the luxurious Occidental Grand and Royal Hideaway.  An even more exclusive component of all Occidental Grand properties, the “Royal Club” offers boutique-style services within the resorts such as a private concierge, separate check-in and check-out services. www.occidentalhotels.com
 

 

OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS RENOVATES THE ICONIC OCCIDENTAL EL EMBAJADOR, THE ESSENCE OF A MODERN CLASSIC

With an investment of more than U.S. $5 million, this landmark hotel upgrades its facilities

Dominican Republic (March 24, 2014) -- Built in 1956 during Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic’s golden age the Occidental El Embajador has reached recognition as an iconic hotel among the country's social elite.

During 2013, Occidental Hotels & Resorts embarked on an ambitious renovation program and modernization of the facilities of the flagship city hotel; respecting the classic design of the hotel.  The renovation was inspired by the rich history of the city, introduced modern colors and shades, as well as new furniture and upgrades in line with the illustrious hotel’s five star status for excellence in the Dominican Republic.
 
The new Lobby of the Occidental El Embajador has become the perfect setting to enjoy cocktails and tapas at the innovative "Gastro & Wine Bar" concept that offers a wine cellar with an extensive selection of wines and champagnes, along with traditional Spanish tapas and Caribbean fusion served in a cosmopolitan and elegant environment. Similarly the new lobby bar offers an area where guests can sample the best international cocktails and a wide selection of Dominican rum. The hotel’s glamorous lobby has become the meeting place of Santo Domingo for both business and leisure guests, in addition to being a local society favorite.

The Occidental El Embajador has 278 rooms and suites across various categories to meet the needs of discerning guests. Currently, 61 of the Superior Rooms have been completely renovated in a classical contemporary design, where neutral colors and new furniture invite guests to rest and relax.

The 104 of the rooms and suites - all with ocean or city views- are part of Club El Embajador, the executive floor of the hotel. These rooms have been completely renovated using warm colors and new furniture and feature a separate reception area and new private VIP Lounge.
 
The eighth floor of the hotel houses the most exclusive and private area of the hotel, the Royal Club. Royal Club features 22 rooms and five suites which have been remodeled with new contemporary decor and furnishings continuing the new color palette of warm colors. The newly renovated Royal Club features an exclusive reception area, bar, restaurant and private meeting rooms, in addition to a magnificent terrace overlooking the hotel garden and the ocean.

Occidental El Embajador’s magnificent gardens provide two special events areas; The Garden Tent and The Garden Deck. The innovative Garden Tent- a state of the art pavilion– with maximum capacity of up to 700 people and  The Garden Deck terrace- situated around a century old tree - are unique spaces for exceptional weddings and events in the heart of Santo Domingo. . For the convenience of its guests, the legendary hotel has equipped its new parking facilities with more than 400 spaces.

Coinciding with the comprehensive renovation of Occidental El Embajador, the hotel has also launched a new catering and delivery service "El Embajador Gourmet" under the concept of the cuisine of the Occidental El Embajador for offsite events. Now, loyal fans of the El Embajador will be able to enjoy the icon’s distinctive gastronomic offerings in the comfort of their residences, businesses offices or venues around the city.

Subsequently, the hotel has also opened a gourmet market that will accept phone orders as well as online catering and delivery requests through their e-commerce site at “elembajadorgourmet.com”. The team is led by Occidental El Embajador’s renowned Executive Chef Alberto Martin. This new and innovative service has been designed to meet the needs of intimate events of 15 to large galas of 1,000, ensuring excellent cuisine anywhere in Santo Domingo and its surrounding areas.
 
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About Occidental El Embajador
Located near the financial and business district of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic the hotel has hosted numerous social events and important meetings. Its halls and lounges are home to treasured memories in history.
Today, nearly six decades after its opening, the Occidental El Embajador remains one of most important and iconic hotels in the Caribbean.

About Occidental Hotels & Resorts
Throughout its 30 year history Occidental Hotels & Resorts has established itself as a key player in the vacation industry, both on the hotel as well as on the timeshare level, primarily in the Caribbean region through the implementation and development of its own unique style based on service excellence, and defined by the “Occidental Experience.”

Today, Occidental Hotels & Resorts manages over 6,700 rooms in 19 hotels across 8 countries: Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain, Haiti and Mexico with more than 4,300 employees delivering service to more than 600,000 guests annually, and a Vacation Club with more than 23,000 members.

In May 2013, Occidental Hotels & Resorts concluded a significant long-term debt refinance agreement. As such the company has initiated a significant capital improvement investment plan in its hotels and resorts with the objective to enhance its product offering and increase differentiation among its four brands – Royal Hideaway, Occidental Grand, Allegro Resorts and Occidental City Hotels – to the satisfaction of its guests.

 

OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS NAMES IÑIGO ONIEVA AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING AND GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Miami, FL (February 3, 2014) – Occidental Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the appointment of Iñigo Onieva as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Distribution at the corporate offices in Miami.  Onieva will help support direct sales and online agencies, especially in key markets in the Americas, and also improve positioning, customer experience and the reputation of the brand portfolio, which includes: Royal Hideaway, Occidental Grand Resorts, Allegro Resorts and Occidental City Hotels.

“We are excited to welcome Iñigo Onieva to our team,” said Jaime Buxó, Managing Director of Occidental Hotels & Resorts. “Inigo’s role with the company will not only help us maintain our overall brand strategies but will also help us to continue reaching new goals well into the future.”

Onieva is a seasoned hospitality professional with extensive experience working in e-commerce, marketing and global distribution. Before joining Occidental Hotels & Resorts, Onieva held the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing & Electronic Distribution at NH Hoteles, where he spent more than nine years.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.
 

 About Occidental Hotels & Resorts
Throughout its 30 year history Occidental Hotels & Resorts has established itself as a key player in the vacation industry, both on the hotel as well as on the timeshare level, primarily in the Caribbean region through the implementation and development of its own unique style based on service excellence, and defined by the “Occidental Experience.”

Today, Occidental Hotels & Resorts manages over 6,000 rooms in 18 hotels across 7 countries: Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico with more than 4,600 employees delivering service to more than 600,000 guests annually, and a Vacation Club with more than 23,000 members.

In May 2013, Occidental Hotels & Resorts concluded a significant long-term debt refinance agreement. As such the company has initiated a significant capital improvement investment plan in its hotels and resorts with the objective to enhance its product offering and increase differentiation among its four brands – Royal Hideaway, Occidental Grand, Allegro Resorts and Occidental City Hotels – to the satisfaction of its guests.

ROYAL HIDEAWAY PLAYACAR EARNS PLACE ON U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT’S LIST OF THE BEST HOTELS IN MEXICO 2014

Playa del Carmen, Mexico – Jan. 28, 2014 – Royal Hideaway Playacar – the luxury all-inclusive resort from Occidental Hotels & Resorts in Playa del Carmen - has received recognition as one of the 2014 Best Hotels in Mexico by U.S. News & World Report.

Set on a quiet stretch of white sand beach along the idyllic shores of Playa del Carmen, Royal Hideaway is the area’s favored destination for a luxury escape to the tropics. Each of the resort’s 200 beautifully appointed rooms and suites are housed in intimate Mexican-colonial style villas and are accompanied by private villa concierges, furnished terraces and indulgent hydro-massage tubs.

Guests of the resort enjoy a variety of gourmet dining options from six different venues highlighting cuisines such as traditional Italian, authentic Mexican and Japanese delicacies. The hotel also offers a selection of recreational activities such as SCUBA diving, cooking classes and live entertainment as well as luxury amenities including a cascading infinity pool, bi-level oceanfront solarium decks and a full service spa.

“We are incredibly honored to have Royal Hideaway Playacar ranked amongst the Best Hotels in Mexico,” stated Jamie Buxo, Managing Director of Occidental Hotels & Resorts. “A true reflection of the Occidental brand, Royal Hideaway offers guests a wonderful selection of luxury amenities, diverse dining options and unique activities while the staff provides consistent and thoughtful service. We are very proud of their dedication to creating a memorable experience for each and every guest.”

The 2014 Best Hotels recognize hotels that were ranked based on an unbiased methodology that includes the collective opinion of travel experts and guests, expressed through online reviews and ratings. To create this year's rankings, U.S. News factored in the prominence of industry awards a hotel receives along with its reputation among travel experts and guests. In total, 1,693 U.S. hotels, 271 Caribbean hotels, 342 Mexican hotels and 223 Canadian hotels were evaluated for the 2014 rankings.

Hotels named "Best" in their destination are typically the properties that have ranked the top 30 percent of U.S. News-evaluated properties in that region. A smaller, more selective group of hotels that are ranked in the top 10 percent of all ranked luxury hotels in the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico or Canada received a "Best Hotels in the USA," "Best Hotels in the Caribbean," "Best Hotels in Mexico" or "Best Hotels in Canada" award, depending on their location.

"The 2014 Best Hotels were selected because they meet the highest standards of travel experts and guests alike," said Miriam Weiner, travel editor for U.S. News. "These properties are renowned in the travel industry for their luxury amenities and quality customer service."

The U.S. News rankings of the 2014 Best Hotels can be found online here: http://travel.usnews.com/Hotels

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About Occidental Hotels & Resorts
Throughout its 30 year history Occidental Hotels & Resorts has established itself as a key player in the vacation industry, both on the hotel as well as on the timeshare level, primarily in the Caribbean region through the implementation and development of its own unique style based on service excellence, and defined by the “Occidental Experience.”

Today, Occidental Hotels & Resorts manages over 6,700 rooms in 19 hotels across 8 countries: Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain, Haiti and Mexico with more than 4,300 employees delivering service to more than 600,000 guests annually, and a Vacation Club with more than 23,000 members.

In May 2013, Occidental Hotels & Resorts concluded a significant long-term debt refinance agreement. As such the company has initiated a significant capital improvement investment plan in its hotels and resorts with the objective to enhance its product offering and increase differentiation among its four brands – Royal Hideaway, Occidental Grand, Allegro Resorts and Occidental City Hotels – to the satisfaction of its guests.

OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS PARTNERS WITH ASK ME TO OFFER A DEDICATED WEDDING CALL CENTER

Personalized Wedding Planning for Brides-To-Be Expands the Resorts’ Expert Team of Event Coordinators

Miami, Florida (December 30, 2013) – With an impressive collection of all-inclusive resorts throughout Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, Occidental Hotels & Resorts is a long-standing favorite for newlyweds-to-be when planning destination weddings. In an effort to better serve their valued bridal guests, the resort brand has partnered with ASK ME, a company specializing in Travel Industry call centers, to provide a private label call center offering direct access to Occidental Hotels & Resorts’ expert team of event coordinators beginning January 1, 2014.

“We have always maintained a commitment to making the wedding planning process as seamless as possible for our guests,” said Richard Rodriguez, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Occidental Hotels & Resorts, USA. “With the introduction of the Dedicated Wedding Call Center and our new relationship with ASK ME, we are offering a more specialized wedding planning experience and bringing our level of customer service to new heights.”  

Through the partnership with ASK ME, potential wedding guests will be able to connect directly with the team of dedicated event planners who assist with all elements of the wedding planning process, from the color palette options to where the tossing of the bouquet can take place.  In addition to an immediate connection with wedding coordinators, guests can confirm and pay for reservations through the Dedicated Wedding Call Center with bilingual sales specialists.

“The primary mission of ASK ME is to work in tandem with companies such as Occidental Hotels & Resorts to grow their customer base and foster impactful relationships with the brand,” said Hilary Lanzer, Managing Partner of ASK ME. “We make it our priority to ensure that potential guests receive top-notch service from the start and have an easy, streamlined booking experience.”

During the planning process, couples will discover Occidental Hotels & Resorts’ wedding options boast a diverse selection of fully customizable wedding experiences sure to suit the wants and needs of each unique couple. Offerings such as the Infinite Bliss or Extravaganza Packages are perfect for relaxed, beachfront affairs and include beautiful selections of tropical flowers, beach-inspired ceremony décor and luxurious amenities like monogrammed robes, relaxing waterfront couple’s massages and a bottle of champagne. Couples looking to take a more cultural approach can dial the Dedicated Wedding Call Center to learn about the Traditional Mayan Wedding Package, which includes a ceremony performed by a Shaman in the original Mayan language. As the betrothed stand on the authentic Mayan ruins, the Shaman directs his prayers to the four cardinal points: water, earth, wind and fire, so that their presence may strengthen and bless the new marriage.

To access the Dedicated Wedding Call Center, guests can dial 877-622-9337 or email weddings@occidentalromance.com on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on Occidental Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.occidentalhotels.com.

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About Occidental Hotels & Resorts
Throughout its 30 year history Occidental Hotels & Resorts has established itself as a key player in the vacation industry, both on the hotel as well as on the timeshare level, primarily in the Caribbean region through the implementation and development of its own unique style based on service excellence, and defined by the “Occidental Experience.”

Today, Occidental Hotels & Resorts manages over 6,500rooms in 19 hotels across 8 countries: Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico with more than 4,300 employees delivering service to more than 600,000 guests annually, and a Vacation Club with more than 23,000 members.

In May 2013, Occidental Hotels & Resorts concluded a significant long-term debt refinance agreement. As such the company has initiated a significant capital improvement investment plan in its hotels and resorts with the objective to enhance its product offering and increase differentiation among its four brands – Royal Hideaway, Occidental Grand, Allegro Resorts and Occidental City Hotels – to the satisfaction of its guests.

OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS AND ESTELAR HOTELS JOIN FORCES

OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS AND ESTELAR HOTELS JOIN FORCES TO FORM MARKETING PARTNERSHIP

Occidental Grand Cartagena, the first luxury all-inclusive resort in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia has been under Occidental Hotels & Resorts management since January 2012.

The prestigious Latin American chain, Estelar Hotels, a leader in the Colombian hotel industry also features properties in Peru and Panama.

Madrid, October 24, 2013. Following the success of the Occidental Grand Cartagena, Occidental Hotels & Resorts together with Estelar Hotels announced a strategic marketing agreement which will allow the two companies to collaborate in the sales strategy for five key flagship hotels from each chain.

This alliance would enhance the visibility of Occidental Hotels & Resorts as well as Estelar Hotels in those markets where the companies currently do not have a presence. In addition, the companies will leverage the strengths of each of their well-established sales networks, Colombia and Peru for Estelar Hotels respectively and in Europe, USA and Latin America for Occidental Hotels & Resorts.

A total of 10 hotels are part of this ambitious strategic marketing alliance. Included in the partnership are the following hotels by Estelar Hotels; La Fontana (Bogota, Colombia), Hotel Estelar Milla de Oro (Medellin, Colombia), Hotel Estelar en Alto Prado (Barranquilla, Colombia), Estelar Santamar Hotel & Convention Center (Santa Marta, Colombia) and Hotel Estelar Miraflores (Lima, Perú) while Occidental Hotels & Resorts have included the following key properties; Occidental Grand Aruba (Palm Beach, Aruba), Hotel Occidental Miramar (Havana, Cuba), Occidental El Embajador (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), Occidental Grand Punta Cana (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic) and the Royal Hideaway Playacar (Playa del Carmen, Mexico).

“This agreement is another step toward our goal of diversifying and expanding the marketing strategy of our hotels” said Miguel Diez, President Estelar Hotels. “We believe that with the inclusion of these five magnificent Estelar Hotels onto the Occidental Hotels & Resorts’ distribution and marketing platforms we will be able to expand our reach to market to a larger number of international clients.” While Jaime Buxó, Managing Director of Occidental Hotels & Resorts declared; "We have seen a growth in arrivals to Caribbean destinations where Occidental has presence out of the Colombian and Peruvian markets. In recent years this number has increased with rates of over 50%. Our agreement with Estelar Hotels will allow us to improve our market share in these destinations, which are important to the company, due to their proximity and economic strength."

About Occidental Hotels & Resorts

Throughout its 30 year history Occidental Hotels & Resorts has established itself as a key player in the vacation industry, both on the hotel as well as on the timeshare level, primarily in the Caribbean region through the implementation and development of its own unique style based on service excellence, and defined by the “Occidental Experience.” Today, Occidental Hotels & Resorts manages over 6,700 rooms in 19 hotels across 8 countries: Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain, Haiti and Mexico with more than 4,300 employees delivering service to more than 600,000 guests annually, and a Vacation Club with more than 23,000 members. In May 2013, Occidental Hotels & Resorts concluded a significant long-term debt refinance agreement. As such the company has initiated a significant capital improvement investment plan in its hotels and resorts with the objective to enhance its product offering and increase differentiation among its four brands – Royal Hideaway, Occidental Grand, Allegro Resorts and Occidental City Hotels – to the satisfaction of its guests.

About Estelar Hotels Hoteles

Estelar S.A. was founded in 1968 and is a subsidiary of Corficolombiana. Today, the company is the first hotel chain in the country, thanks to the support of its shareholders and constant focus in the development and evolution of a strong service culture, to boast a total of 3,202 rooms including a 50% share in Hilton Cartagena. Estelar Hotels has 27 hotels in Colombia, Peru and Panama among them the Intercontinental Hotel Cali – an Estelar Hotel, Estelar La Fontana de Bogota, and Estelar Milla de Oro in Medellin. The company has a total of 2,200 employees and last year the company reported 682,000 guests and a hotel occupancy rate of 60%, averaging out all the countries where it operates. It is ranked among the 500 largest companies in Colombia and reported a final net income over 97 billion Colombian pesos at the end of December 2012. In 2012 it also became the first and only company in the hotel industry to enter the stock market with a successful initial public offering allowing the company to achieve significant growth and strengthen its leadership position, recognition, responsibility and reputation in the country.

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OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS TURNS UP THE HEAT ON ROMANTIC GETAWAYS

OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS TURNS UP THE HEAT ON ROMANTIC GETAWAYS THROUGHOUT THE CARIBBEAN

Amorous Offerings Include Traditional Mayan Weddings, Adults Only Properties, Unique Engagements and more!

(Miami, Florida) September 30, 2013 – With all-inclusive resorts throughout sunny locales such as Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico, Occidental Hotels & Resorts provides ideal destinations for couples looking for a picturesque, romantic oasis. From their first vacation to their wedding day, Occidental Hotels & Resorts can create lasting memories for every relationship milestone.

New couples can take the guesswork out of planning their first getaway by jetting off to Occidental Grand Papagayo. Located on a secluded hillside overlooking the lush tropical gardens of the Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, Occidental Grand Papagayo will become Guanacaste’s first and only adults-only property following its transition in November 2013. Guests can spend their days exploring Costa Rica’s rainforests and volcanic cliffs or toiling along the pristine coastline in hopes of spotting wild parrots, monkeys and sloths in their natural environment. In the evenings, couples can experience a variety of international cuisines at the all-inclusive property’s four unique dining venues before dancing the night away at the resort’s popular Disco Bar.

When the time comes to pop the question, the experienced team at Occidental Grand Xcaret can help create an unforgettable proposal. Directly adjacent to the Riviera Maya’s only open-water dolphinarium, the all-inclusive resort offers guests unbelievable access to the facility’s outdoor lounge area along with a selection of interactive packages such as the Couples Dream Swim – an intimate, one hour dolphin experience. While the team of expert trainers is on hand for daily tours and educational seminars, they are also able to work with hopeful grooms-to-be to orchestrate an over-the-top proposal that is sure to ‘make a splash.’

As they plan to say “I do,” betrothed couples will delight in the Occidental Hotels & Resorts’ 2014 Wedding Program which includes an expansive collection of customizable wedding experiences. In addition to the brand’s core amenities including services of a wedding coordinator, special turn-down services and steam service for the bridal gown, the program offers a variety of packages designed to give couples unmatched peace of mind on their big day. For a breezy, beachfront wedding, couples will enjoy offerings such as the Infinite Bliss or Extravaganza Packages that include beautiful selections of tropical flowers, beach-inspired ceremony décor and luxurious amenities such as monogrammed robes, relaxing waterfront couple’s massages and a bottle of champagne to toast on their wedding night. For more adventurous couples, the resort also offers a Traditional Mayan Wedding Package that includes a ceremony performed by a Shaman in the original Mayan language. As they stand on the authentic Mayan ruins, the Shaman directs his prayers to the four cardinal points, water, earth, wind and fire, so that their presence may strengthen and bless the new marriage.

In order to celebrate their union for years to come, Occidental also offers the Everlasting Vow Renewal Package that includes an intimate ceremony for the couple and their loved ones. The package includes a beautifully decorated aisle lined with rustic shepherd’s hooks leading to a simple bamboo canopy where the couple can reaffirm their love for one another. After the ceremony, guests can enjoy an elegant dinner before dancing the night away with the happy couple.

For more information on any Occidental Hotels & Resorts property, please visit www.occidentalhotels.com.

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About Occidental Hotels & Resorts

Throughout its 30 year history Occidental Hotels & Resorts has established itself as a key player in the vacation industry, both on the hotel as well as on the timeshare level, primarily in the Caribbean region through the implementation and development of its own unique style based on service excellence, and defined by the “Occidental Experience.” Today, Occidental Hotels & Resorts manages over 6,700 rooms in 19 hotels across 8 countries: Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain, Haiti and Mexico with more than 4,300 employees delivering service to more than 600,000 guests annually, and a Vacation Club with more than 23,000 members.

In May 2013, Occidental Hotels & Resorts concluded a significant long-term debt refinance agreement. As such the company has initiated a significant capital improvement investment plan in its hotels and resorts with the objective to enhance its product offering and increase differentiation among its four brands – Royal Hideaway, Occidental Grand, Allegro Resorts and Occidental City Hotels – to the satisfaction of its guests.

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Abbie Strichman,
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OCCIDENTAL GRAND XCARET MAKES A SPLASH WITH NEW OPEN-WATER DOLPHINARIUM

OCCIDENTAL GRAND XCARET MAKES A SPLASH WITH NEW OPEN-WATER DOLPHINARIUM

All-Inclusive Resort Offers Complimentary Access to Riviera Maya’s Only Open-Water Dolphinarium and a Dedicated Entrance to Xcaret Theme Park

Playa del Carmen, Mexico-- September, 9, 2013 - Occidental Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the opening of the Riviera Maya’s only open-water Dolphinarium, adjacent to Occidental Grand Xcaret. Officially opening in mid-September 2013, the new dolphinarium will grant hotel guests unlimited, complimentary access to the 10,000 sq. meter facility, complete with over 20 bottle-nosed dolphins and a variety of unique and educational programming.

This one-of-a-kind opening follows the successful launch of the “Unlimited Xcaret Xperience” which offers guests the opportunity to enjoy unlimited access to Xcaret Park and has made Occidental Grand Xcaret the first “theme-park hotel” in the Caribbean. As part of Occidental Hotels & Resorts’ dedication to creating unique and unforgettable experiences, these exciting developments help to create an authentic connection between guests and the rich, vibrant culture of the Rivera Maya.

“We are always focused on providing our guests with amenities they will not find anywhere else,” said Jaime Buxó, Managing Director of Occidental Hotels & Resorts. “With the launch of the Unlimited Xcaret Xperience and now the dolphinarium, those visiting Occidental Grand Xcaret will have special, priority access to some of the most exceptional experiences that the Mexican Caribbean has to offer.”

Outfitted with a bevy of lounge chairs and hammocks, travelers of all ages will delight in unlimited access to the dolphinarium’s outdoor viewing area where they can spend the day relaxing and watching the dolphins interact in their aquatic playground. For a closer look, guests are also invited to attend daily guided tours of the facility’s laboratory and learn more about the fascinating creatures as they interact with the hotel’s team of five trainers and veterinarians who look after the dolphins around the clock.

Of course, the best way to experience the dolphinarium is to dive right in and those looking to swim with the dolphins have four incredible packages to choose from - Primax Swim, Delphinus Couples Dream Swim, Dolphin Ride or The One:

• Primax: In groups of four or less, this package allows guests to soothingly caress dolphins’ backs and bellies as well as kiss them and be kissed. What truly stands out from this swim, however, is the Foot Push activity, where dolphins will propel guests with all their strength and glide them through and above the water. The dolphins’ impressive jumps just feet away top the experience.

• The One: This exclusive swimming opportunity provides incredible one-on-one time with a dolphin in the new open-water facility. With the guidance of a trainer, guests will have a full hour to interact with one of the most intellectual animals on the planet, giving them an uninterrupted, up close and personal experience.

• Couples Dream Swim: Recommended for those who want a more intimate, personalized dolphin experience. This hour-long swim with a trainer will allow couples to interact with a dolphin – and each other – in Mexico’s beautiful crystal clear water.

• Dolphin Ride: Groups of ten will have the chance to swim with dolphins and interact with them on the platform during this fun half hour-long experience. Each participant will take a ride around the pool while holding on to two dolphins and will end the event with a dolphin kiss.

Stress-free Family Travel

With the Unlimited Xcaret Xperience package guests staying 3 nights or longer can enjoy unrestricted admission to the theme park within operating hours, entering and exiting Xcaret as they please. The VIP hotel package allows guests the freedom to explore all that the park has to offer; more than 40 attractions of nature and culture including a Coral Reef Aquarium, butterfly conservatory, with the added flexibility of being able to return to the hotel as they please. Daily guided tours and the majority of experiential activities are suitable for children of all ages, allowing families to stay together and experience these one-in-a-lifetime moments with one another.

Unique Proposals and Honeymoon

Fun Guests looking to pop the question in the most extraordinary way can turn to the dolphinarium at Grand Xcaret’s talented team of trainers who can help orchestrate a unique and unbelievable proposal that she or he will never forget. Those who have already tied the knot and are looking to take their honeymoon to the next level can have some adventurous fun with the Couples Dream Swim – a personalized, intimate experience allowing them to spend time together while interacting with a dolphin for a whole hour.

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About the Hotel Occidental Grand Xcaret

Located south of Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes from the famous and picturesque town of Playa del Carmen, Occidental Grand Xcaret is an all-inclusive resort featuring an immaculate seafront and exclusive services. The resort offers five whimsically-shaped pools and a private white sand beach nestled in a quiet cove along with 11 restaurants and 10 bars. Occidental Grand Xcaret offers guests of all ages an incredible array of amenities and activities located in the pure oasis known as the Mexican Caribbean. About Xcaret Park In Xcaret, guests can enjoy more than 40 attractions of nature and culture including a Coral Reef Aquarium, butterfly conservatory and Sea Trek ®, a snorkeling tour to one of the incredible coral reefs near the park. Xcaret Park also features "Xcaret Mexico Spectacular", a musical that takes guests on a journey through the history of Mexico.

 

Occidental Hotels & Resorts Media Contact
Victoria Martinez Hart/ Jordanna Gualtieri
Dan Klores Communications
Victoria_martinez@dkcnews.com / Jordanna_gualtieri@dkcnews.com

OCCIDENTAL GRAND PAPAGAYO ANNOUNCES ADULTS ONLY

OCCIDENTAL GRAND PAPAGAYO ANNOUNCES ADULTS ONLY BEGINNING NOVEMBER 2013

First Adults Only Offering for Luxurious Guanacaste, Costa Rica Destination

Madrid, August 12, 2013 – Occidental Hotels & Resorts has announced that Occidental Grand Papagayo will convert to an Adults Only property beginning November 1, 2013.  This transition will make the property, located on a quiet hillside cove overlooking the lush tropical gardens of the Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, the first Adults Only hotel in the luxurious Central American destination.

The decision to convert the resort to an Adults Only location grew from a number of significant factors including past guest metrics that proved a growing trend from Papagayo’s clientele requesting an Adults Only experience. Occidental Hotels and Resorts saw the shift as a way to meet the needs of its loyal, often repeat, customers and to build upon its proven success of the Adults Only offering at its award-winning Royal Hideaway property, thereby applying best practices across the brand’s expansive portfolio.

“This transformation is part of Occidental Hotels & Resorts product differentiation and business development strategy,” said Jaime Buxo, Managing Director of Occidental Hotels & Resorts.  “Having the ability and determination to adapt within a competitive, constantly evolving market is what sets Occidental apart; to welcoming and hosting our guests with this new Occidental Experience”

Occidental Grand Papagayo’s boutique accommodations and luxury amenities are ideal for catering to the Adults Only market and the hotel’s team of dedicated guest services professionals will ensure that the transition is smooth and seamless. From a wide array of dining options featuring four restaurants, four bars and one disco bar to daily activities including kayaking, scuba lessons and bird watching, Papagayo will continue to offer guests a true taste of the wild, natural beauty characteristic of Costa Rica's northern Pacific coast complete with its highly personalized five star all-inclusive level of service.  

To celebrate this exciting transition, Occidental Grand Papagayo has also introduced a special “Adults Only Launch Offer” available for bookings now through October 31, 2013. Guests who travel between November 1, 2013 and April 19, 2014 will receive every second night free.  With this nearly 55% saving on travel, it’s now even easier to enjoy an adults-only escape to paradise.

For more information on any Occidental Hotels & Resorts property, please visit www.occidentalhotels.com.

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About Occidental Hotels & Resorts
Throughout its 30 year history Occidental Hotels & Resorts has established itself as a key player in the vacation industry, both on the hotel as well as on the timeshare level, primarily in the Caribbean region through the implementation and development of its own unique style based on service excellence, and defined by the “Occidental Experience.”

Today, Occidental Hotels & Resorts manages over 6,700 rooms in 19 hotels across 8 countries: Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain, Haiti and Mexico with more than 4,300 employees delivering service to more than 600,000 guests annually, and a Vacation Club with more than 23,000 members.

In May 2013, Occidental Hotels & Resorts concluded a significant long-term debt refinance agreement. As such the company has initiated a significant capital improvement investment plan in its hotels and resorts with the objective to enhance its product offering and increase differentiation among its four brands – Royal Hideaway, Occidental Grand, Allegro Resorts and Occidental City Hotels – to the satisfaction of its guests.

 

 

 

LORENZO CHAN NAMED GENERAL MANAGER AT ROYAL HIDEAWAY PLAYACAR


LORENZO CHAN NAMED GENERAL MANAGER AT ROYAL HIDEAWAY PLAYACAR

The experience of Lorenzo Chan positioned him to be appointed as the new General Manager of the adults-only all-inclusive luxury resort Royal Hideaway Playacar, located in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Royal Hideaway Playacar is a proud member of the prestigious The Leading Hotels of the World, a recipient of AAA Five Diamonds, and was recently named among the top resorts in Mexico by Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards Reader’s Survey and awarded the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for its service and amenities.

Madrid, August 8, 2013 – Occidental Hotels & Resorts has appointed Lorenzo Chan as the new General Manager of Royal Hideaway Playacar in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Mr. Chan enjoys extensive experience in the hotel industry and joined the company 11 years ago and has managed various properties within the hotel chain. According to comments from Mexico by Jaime Buxó, Managing Director Occidental Hotels & Resorts “Throughout his career at Occidental Lorenzo has demonstrated his commitment and dedication to our guests as well as the ability to deliver results to meet the objectives of the hotel while maintaining a high level of satisfaction from our guests. His leadership style has created an environment where his employees excel and place a high value on service creating an ideal work environment. This achievement recently was recently recognized, awarding Occidental position No. 5 by Great Place to Work® among the “100 best places to work in Mexico” as well as being achieving the highest marks from its employees for “Sense of Pride”. I am convinced that with this new role, Lorenzo will continue to contribute with the same level of dedication focusing on the needs of our clients at Royal Hideaway Playacar, a resort that already enjoys a high level of satisfaction as well as a high number of repeat guests that return to our resort live the Royal Hideaway experience.”


About Royal Hideaway Playacar
Royal Hideaway Playacar, situated on 13 lush acres on one of the Yucatan Peninsula's most stunning stretches of beachfront and just 45 minutes from the Cancun International Airport, effortlessly blends world-class service with impeccable style. It is the first adults-only, all-inclusive resort to receive membership in The Leading Hotels of the World and recognition on Condé Nast Traveler's 2010 Gold List, joins extensive accolades from industry leaders. Accommodations are in two-story colonial Mexican-style villas, each with a private concierge, housing 200 guestrooms including six duplex suites, 184 Luxury rooms, six Duplex Junior Suites, and two Presidential Suites with private Jacuzzis. All rooms provide a Zen-like ambiance with dark rich wood furniture, light floors, marble baths and tropical touches. Furnished terraces and balconies blend the outdoor with the indoor. The resort's all-inclusive plan includes a wide selection of restaurants including The Chef’s Table and Azia, recipient of AAA Four Diamonds, fitness center, basketball, bocce ball, horseshoes, tennis (two lit courts), SCUBA lessons, bicycles, kayaking, boogie boarding, windsurfing and aqua aerobics in the cascading infinity pool which overlooks the beach.


About Occidental Hotels & Resorts
Throughout its 30 year history Occidental Hotels & Resorts has established itself as a key player in the vacation industry, both on the hotel as well as on the timeshare level, primarily in the Caribbean region through the implementation and development of its own unique style based on service excellence, and defined by the “Occidental Experience.”

Today, Occidental Hotels & Resorts manages over 6,700 rooms in 19 hotels across 8 countries: Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain, Haiti and Mexico with more than 4,300 employees delivering service to more than 600,000 guests annually, and a Vacation Club with more than 23,000 members.

In May 2013, Occidental Hotels & Resorts concluded a significant long-term debt refinance agreement. As such the company has initiated a significant capital improvement investment plan in its hotels and resorts with the objective to enhance its product offering and increase differentiation among its four brands – Royal Hideaway, Occidental Grand, Allegro Resorts and Occidental City Hotels – to the satisfaction of its guests.


Occidental Hotels & Resorts Media Contact
Victoria Martinez/ Jordanna Gualtieri
Dan Klores Communications
Victoria_martinez@dkcnews.com / Jordanna_gualtieri@dkcnews.com    

ROYAL HIDEAWAY PLAYACAR NAMED AMONG TOP RESORTS IN MEXICO BY TRAVEL + LEISURE

ROYAL HIDEAWAY PLAYACAR NAMED AMONG TOP RESORTS IN MEXICO BY
TRAVEL + LEISURE 2013 WORLD’S BEST AWARDS READERS’ SURVEY


Madrid, July 15, 2013. Royal Hideaway Playacar, part of the Occidental Hotels & Resorts portfolio and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, proudly appears on the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards Readers’ Survey. The adults-only all-inclusive resort is included in the prestigious survey for the sixth consecutive year and is ranked 25th amongst the Top Resorts in Mexico.  

Poised on the white sand beaches of Playa del Carmen, Royal Hideaway Playacar provides a refreshing blend of world-class service and unmatched style in a luxuriously tropical destination. Guests of the resort enjoy a variety of dining options at six specialty restaurants along with an array of activities including cycling, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and SCUBA diving.  In addition to the many all-inclusive amenities, the property is also able to coordinate specialty excursions, golf course access and appointments in the full-service spa and beauty salon.

Originally launched in 1996, this is the 18th Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards survey. The survey results are featured in the publication’s August issue, as well as in the digital editions of Travel + Leisure on iPad®, NOOK Color™, and Kindle Fire™. The World’s Best Awards survey is a poll of reader-generated results and the methodology for the questionnaire can be found here.  

For a full listing of the 2013 World’s Best Awards please click here.


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About Royal Hideaway Playacar
Royal Hideaway Playacar, situated on 13 lush acres on one of the Yucatan Peninsula's most stunning stretches of beachfront and just 45 minutes from the Cancun International Airport, effortlessly blends world-class service with impeccable style. It is the first adults-only, all-inclusive resort to receive membership in The Leading Hotels of the World and recognition on Condé Nast Traveler's 2010 Gold List, joins extensive accolades from industry leaders. Accommodations are in two-story colonial Mexican-style villas, each with a private concierge, housing 200 guestrooms including six duplex suites, 184 Luxury rooms, six Duplex Junior Suites, and two Presidential Suites with private Jacuzzis. All rooms provide a Zen-like ambiance with dark rich wood furniture, light floors, marble baths and tropical touches. Furnished terraces and balconies blend the outdoor with the indoor. The resort's all-inclusive plan includes a fitness center, basketball, bocce ball, horseshoes, tennis (two lit courts), SCUBA lessons, bicycles, kayaking, boogie boarding, windsurfing and aqua aerobics in the cascading infinity pool which overlooks the beach.

About Occidental Hotels & Resorts
Throughout its 30 year history Occidental Hotels & Resorts has established itself as a key player in the vacation industry, both on the hotel as well as on the timeshare level, primarily in the Caribbean region through the implementation and development of its own unique style based on service excellence, and defined by the “Occidental Experience.”

Today, Occidental Hotels & Resorts manages over 6,700 rooms in 19 hotels across 8 countries: Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain, Haiti and Mexico with more than 4,300 employees delivering service to more than 600,000 guests annually, and a Vacation Club with more than 23,000 members.

In May 2013, Occidental Hotels & Resorts concluded a significant long-term debt refinance agreement. As such the company has initiated a significant capital improvement investment plan in its hotels and resorts with the objective to enhance its product offering and increase differentiation among its four brands – Royal Hideaway, Occidental Grand, Allegro and Occidental City Hotels – to the satisfaction of its guests.


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Occidental Hotels & Resorts Media Contact
Victoria Martinez/ Jordanna Gualtieri
Dan Klores Communications
Victoria_martinez@dkcnews.com / Jordanna_gualtieri@dkcnews.com

 

OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS RECEIVES SIX 2013 TRIPADVISOR EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Madrid, June 5, 2013. Occidental Hotels & Resorts has been awarded with six 2013 Excellence Awards by TripAdvisor recognizing the chain’s commitment and strategy to improve its product, service and guest satisfaction. In all awards were granted to 4 hotels in Mexico, 1 in the Dominican Republic and 1 in Aruba.

The hotels that have been recognized with the Certificate of Excellence are Royal Hideaway Playacar, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, and Occidental Grand Xcaret located in Playa del Carmen, Occidental Grand Cozumel on Cozumel Island, Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta in Riviera Nayarit, Occidental El Embajador in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Occidental Grand Aruba in Aruba. These hotels were granted this prestigious award based on their significant achievement and high level of guest satisfaction and positive feedback received from TripAdvisor users.


About Occidental Hotels & Resorts
Throughout its 30 year history Occidental Hotels & Resorts has established itself as a key player in the vacation industry, both on the hotel as well as on the timeshare level, primarily in the Caribbean region through the implementation and development of its own unique style based on service excellence, and defined by the “Occidental Experience.”
Today, Occidental Hotels & Resorts manages over 6,700 rooms in 19 hotels across 8 countries: Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain, Haiti and Mexico with more than 4,300 employees delivering service to more than 600,000 guests annually, and a Vacation Club with more than 23,000 members.
In May 2013, Occidental Hotels & Resorts concluded a significant long-term debt refinance agreement. As such the company has initiated a significant capital improvement investment plan in its hotels and resorts with the objective to enhance its product offering and increase differentiation among its four brands – Royal Hideaway, Occidental Grand, Allegro y Occidental City Hotels – to the satisfaction of its guests.

 

For more information please contanct: Marisa Labajo
E-mail: mlabajo@oh-es.com    
Tel.: 34 91 395 97 00    

www.occidentalhotels.com

OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS CLOSES AGREEMENT ON LONG-TERM DEBT REFINANCING

OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS CLOSES AGREEMENT ON LONG-TERM DEBT REFINANCING AND IS SET TO EMBARK ON AN IMPROVEMENT AND REFURBISHMENT INVESTMENT PLAN OF ITS HOTELS.


Madrid, May 10, 2013. Following months of negotiations, Occidental Hotels & Resorts has concluded its long-term debt refinancing process through an agreement with 10 Spanish and International entities which have endorsed the company´s 2012-2016 Business Plan.  The process, supervised by financial advisors of the firm IREA, which is subject to completion of the final terms, will allow the Company to refinance its debt, and initiate a significant amount in investments with an intensive renovation and improvement plan of its hotels and resorts within the chain.


Upon the successful completion of the refinance process, with the support of financial institutions, in accordance to its Business Plan, Occidental will focus the development of its hotel business activities over the coming years in 7 countries of the Caribbean and Central America (Aruba, Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico), where the Company manages 17 hotels, 12 of which are owned by the chain and 5 are under management agreements. Occidental Hotels & Resorts is also one of the leading companies in the time-share industry through its Occidental Vacation Club unit which has a portfolio of 23,000 members, mostly in the United States and Canada.


The commitment of the shareholders of Occidental Hotels & Resorts towards the Caribbean, and the agreement to terminate unprofitable operations in Spain, has permitted to reposition the Company at profitability levels that allow it to increase its competitive advantage. Between 2010 and 2012 the Company completed an important consolidation effort that has allowed it to increase its EBITDA from $29 million USD in 2010 (where the activities in Spain contributed to significant operating loss) to $54 million USD in 2012. This process of improvement, as well as strategic realignment, coupled with the successful refinancing of its debt, allow Occidental to embark on a new phase of development of its business activities through new investments in asset upgrade, that will permit their positioning as one of the successful companies in the hotel business as well as the all-inclusive time-share segment across the different countries in the Caribbean.

Occidental manages 6,000 rooms in 19 hotels in 8 countries in the Caribbean, Central America and Europe. The Company has more than 4,300 employees.

For more information please contact Marisa Labajo
E-mail: mlabajo@oh-es.com    
Tel.: 34 91 395 97 00    
www.occidentalhotels.com

OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS INITIATES AMBICIOUS REMODELING PLAN

Development of new product branding and differentiation of its four brands to increase guest satisfaction rate.

OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS INITIATES AMBICIOUS REMODELING PLAN FOR ITS
HOTELS AND RESORTS

Announces the exclusive Unlimited Xcaret Xperience program

Madrid, February 1, 2013. Today Occidental Hotels & Resorts announced an aggressive development plan for 2013 to enhance its product offering with refurbishments at some of the main hotels and resorts belonging to the chain. The goal of the improvements will be to create clear differentiation among its four brands to ultimately increase guest satisfaction.

In 2013 Occidental Hotels & Resorts will concentrate on the following three strategic business goals:

- Refurbishment of hotels and resorts

- A strategic improvement plan to differentiate and innovate the hotels

- Expansion and development of new destinations

 

Refurbishment of hotels and resorts

Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta***** (Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico)

Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta, completes the refurbishment which started in 2012 with an investment of $15 milllion USD with the addition of a second swimming pool, situated along the beach with beautiful views of the tranquil turquoise blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The hotel will also have a new theater offering daily shows and entertainment for the enjoyment of adult and children alike, as well as a brand new Kids Club for the more little ones.

Occidental El Embajador***** (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)

The iconic 5 star Occidental El Embajador in the city of Santo Domingo will undergo a complete renovation of with an investment of $4 milllion USD. The refurbishments will be throughout the hotel including public areas and rooms that will offer modern amenities for the well-being and of its guests combining modern design with classic decorative touch.

Areas like the Lobby Bar or the hotel’s Convention Center, boasting 8 salons ideal for hosting any type of event, will position the Occidental El Embajador as a unique hotel, ideal for leisure as well as business travelers in the capital city of Santo Domingo.

The renovations at El Embajador are set to be completed by November 2013. The project will take place in different phases and are planned to be performed in a discreet manner not to disturb guests and to guarantee a pleasant stay.

 

A strategic improvement plan to improve, differentiate and innovate the hotels.

The company has planned a total investment of over $ 25 million UDS to improve its hotels and resorts in the Caribbean and Central America.

The most important activities will focus on:

Occidental Grand Punta Cana***** (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)

Situated on the most spectacular stretch of white sand beach in the country, along the shores of Bavaro, Occidental Grand Punta Cana will complete the refurbishment of its rooms with a new décor and added comfort. The restaurants and the Lobby Bar will enjoy a fresh new image after the renovations totaling an investment of more than $3.6 million USD.

The iconic disco, Mangú, in Punta Cana will be unveiling a brand new image. With the start of this new phase, Mangú disco will offer an innovative alternative to the nightlife with its design as well as the type of performing acts that it will offer including acrobatic circus style dancers and entertainers as well as international DJ’s. The new Mangú will have two independent levels, climate controlled, outdoor terrace for those that prefer to lounge and enjoy their cocktails in a more relaxed atmosphere, 4 bars, 2 DJ booths with the latest equipment, 2 dance floors, and VIP area with private dance floor.

Occidental Grand Papagayo***** (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

The last phase of the room refurbishments will be completed in 2013 unveiling new decor and amenities as well as the upgrade of the Lobby Deck.

Allegro Papagayo**** (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

The successful Allegro Papagay will commence the renovation of its rooms and restaurants creating a more attractive and relaxing vacation atmosphere in one of the most privileged locations in Costa Rica, in Papgayo, where virgin beaches fuse with the spectacular surrounding nature.

Occidental Grand Xcaret***** (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

Among its plans for innovation, the company is clearly focusing on product differentiation of its hotels, with unique product offerings, announcing at FITUR 2013 the launch of the Unlimited Xcaret Xperience. An exclusive and strategic agreement made with the eco-archeological park Xcaret that make Occidental Grand Xcaret the first “hotel theme park” in the Caribbean.

The Unlimited Xcaret Xperience, is a unique concept of entertainment in the Riviera Maya where guests of the Occidental Grand Xcaret will enjoy unlimited Access of the exhibits and activities offered at Xcaret Park, one of the most beautiful sites in the Mexican Caribbean, a true paradise inside paradise.

With direct access from the hotel to the park, this entertainment package is targeted to adults and kids and allows families to enjoy added values and exclusive benefits such as VIP Check-in and exclusive in-room amenities, like a $1000 resort credit that can be used toward room upgrades, Spa treatments, area golf course green fees, Sea Trek tour and interactive Sting Ray encounters and much more.

The Trip Advisor Excellence Awards received by both companies guarantee the success of this innovative partnership, the Unlimited Xcaret Xperience.

 

About Occidental Grand Xcaret and Xcaret Park

Situated on an ecological reserve, Occidental Grand Xcaret is an all-inclusive resort that captivates its guests with its spectacular surroundings, its beachfront location and impeccable service. Located only 1 hour from the Cancun International Airport and just 10 minutes from the famous and colorful city of Playa del Carmen, this magnificent resort boasts 5 free-form swimming pools, a private white sand beach set on a cove, 10 bars and 11 restaurants to satisfy any occasion from a Romantic dinner to sharing an unforgettable meal with the family.

Those guests seeking rest and relaxation will find a little oasis at the small and secluded private beach of the resort.

Xcaret Park is a sacred Paradise in Mexico. A place filled with the culture and natural beauty where you can enjoy incredible water activities, cultural attractions and shows. A place filled with the natural beauty of the Caribbean Sea and the magic of a millennial civilization. The perfect place to discover the best of Mexico.

Guests will be able to enjoy over 40 natural and cultural attractions at Xcaret, including a Butterfly Garden, with native butterflies from the Yucatan Peninsula in their natural habitat; a unique Coral Reef Aquarium; an authentic Mexican Cemetery built in a cone shape with 7 levels and 365 different tombs.

You’ll be able to walk along the trail of a tropical rainforest and learn about gum, cinnamon and vanilla plants among the many species. Admire the views of “Paraíso Sagrado de México” and the Caribbean Sea from the revolving viewing tower and whisper your secrets in the House of Whispers. Or live a unique experience with optional activities like Swimming with the dolphins or the sharks. Descend to the bottom of the ocean with Sea Trek® and walk among multicolored fish, enjoy a snorkeling tour which will take you to one of the coral reefs near the park.

At the end of the day, be amazed with the celebration of "Xcaret México Espectacular," a musical presentation that takes you through the history of Mexcio from the pre-hispanic period thru the more traditional and typical. Witness a real Mayan ball game, a representation of the meeting of two worlds, a magical celebration of lights and color that will surprise your senses. Come and Live Xcaret!

 

Company Expansion

Occidental Hotels & Resorts, will continue its development and expansion efforts which have been confirmed with the opening of Occidental Grand Cartagena***** in Colombia in 2011 and Haiti in 2012 with the debut of the Royal Oasis by Occidental*****.

The group continues to negotiate with various hotel properties to close management contracts that will allow the company to expand its network of city hotels in the Caribbean as well as its resorts in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

Occidental Hotels & Resorts will continue to build strategic alliances that will allow it to expand its line of business with large leisure groups as follows:

- Occidental Hotels & Resorts and TUI Hotels signed a long-term 10 year lease agreement at FITUR 2013. This new lease agreement with TUI Hotels will allow for a more comprehensive development of the MAGIC LIFE brand at Occidental Grand Fuerteventura. TUI had been managing the hotel until the signing of this agreement.

- The results are absolutely positive, on the anniversary of our strategic Alliance with the Colombian hotel chain Estelar, which started with the opening of Occidental Grand Cartagena. Together with Grupo Estelar we continue to study new hotel development opportunities to increase the volume of business and our portfolio in Colombia.

 

About Occidental Hotels & Resorts

Throughout its 30 year history Occidental Hotels & Resorts has established itself as a key player in the vacation industry, both on the hotel as well as on the timeshare level, primarily in the Caribbean region through the implementation and development of its own unique style based on service excellence, and defined by the “Occidental Experience.”

Today, Occidental Hotels & Resorts, manages over 6,700 rooms, in 19 hotels across 8 countries: Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain, Haiti and Mexico with more than 5.200 employees delivering service to more than 600,000 guests annually, and a Vacation Club with more than 23,000 members and a sales projection of $230 million euros. The company has four brands namely: Royal Hideaway, Occidental Grand, Allegro and Occidental City Hotels.

For more information please contact Marisa Labajo
E-mail: mlabajo@oh-es.com            Tel.: 34 91 395 97 00              www.occidentalhotels.com

 

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