Agreement Brings 14 NH Collection Properties Into Immediate Representation of Preferred Hotel Group’s Family of Brands With Promise of Six More to Join in 2015
LONDON — 16 September 2014 — Two of the world’s premier independent hospitality brands have joined forces as Madrid-based NH Hotel Group selects Preferred Hotel Group as its exclusive partner for the launch of NH Collection, a new premium brand of hotels and resorts in iconic business and leisure destinations that is at the heart of NH Hotel Group’s new strategy and vision. Under the agreement, Preferred Hotel Group will provide sales, marketing, and distribution support to 20 NH Collection properties: 14 hotels and resorts across Spain, Italy, Mexico, and Argentina are under immediate representation of the Preferred Hotel Group family of brands, and six additional hotels located in Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands will join in early 2015.
With a goal of supporting the NH Collection brand’s debut into the upper-upscale segment, the global partnership is designed to allow participating NH Collection properties to leverage Preferred Hotel Group’s extensive sales capabilities in the corporate and luxury leisure sectors. Providing access to its established network of sales professionals located in nearly 40 offices worldwide, Preferred Hotel Group will support NH Collection in reaching key feeder markets outside of mainland Europe and drive incremental revenue to every participating property. The initial 14 hotels and resorts will join Preferred Hotel Group’s Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Preferred Boutique, and Summit Hotels & Resorts brands:
Three luxury hotels that had pre-existing relationships with Preferred Hotel Group—Hesperia Madrid (Spain) and Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa (Sicily, Italy), members of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, and Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi (Italy), a member of Preferred Boutique—have been brought into the NH Collection portfolio and are included in the global agreement.
“NH Hotel Group’s decision to partner with Preferred Hotel Group from the outset of the NH Collection launch is testament to our strength in key markets and success in executing innovative global strategies,” said Susan Devine, Executive Vice President of Europe for Preferred Hotel Group. “Preferred Hotel Group and NH Collection share a vision of what defines luxury hospitality to today’s traveller. We are pleased to align with this progressive company and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”
“With a strong foothold in key markets, especially across the Americas, and a proven track record of successfully supporting some of the world’s finest luxury hotels and resorts, Preferred Hotel Group is the ideal partner to support NH Collection’s entry into the luxury hospitality sector,” said Rufino Perez, Chief Commercial Officer. “This new brand will offer consumers truly extraordinary experiences that they will want to re-live thanks to world-class products and services, a carefully developed offering, and exceptional attention to detail. We are excited to communicate our unique new portfolio to a wide global audience through our collaboration with Preferred Hotel Group.”
Every NH Collection property that is represented within the Preferred Hotel Group family of brands receives support through a portfolio of business solutions, which include innovative worldwide distribution services, resourceful technology solutions, dedicated global and group sales efforts, and strategic communications and marketing support. Additionally, each property will benefit from participation in Preferred Hotel Group’s iPrefer guest loyalty programme, which attracts repeat guest stays and incremental revenue by offering points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary Internet to travellers upon every stay at more than 500 participating Preferred Hotel Group locations worldwide.
All aforementioned NH Collection hotels are now bookable via Preferred Hotel Group’s “PV” GDS master chain code. More information regarding the specific names and brands of the additional six properties scheduled to join in early 2015 will be announced in the coming months.
About Preferred Hotel Group™
Preferred Hotel Group represents more than 650 of the finest hotels, resorts, and serviced residences in the world. Preferred Hotel Group’s brands include Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, Summit Hotels & Resorts™, Sterling Hotels™, Summit Serviced Residences™, Sterling Design, and Preferred Boutique™. Travelers gain valuable benefits through branded programs iPrefer™, Preferred Family, Preferred Pride, Preferred Golf™, and Preferred Residences™. For more information, visit www.PreferredHotelGroup.com and follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter.
About NH Hotel Group™
NH Hotel Group is Europe’s third-ranked business hotel chain. It operates close to 400 hotels with almost 60,000 rooms in 28 markets across Europe, The Americas and Africa, including top city destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bogota, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Munich, New York, Rome and Vienna.
FOR PREFERRED HOTEL GROUP:
Senior Manager, Public Relations — EMEA
Tel: +44 207 440 0316
FOR NH COLLECTION:
NH Hotel Group’s Communications Department
Tel: +34 91451 97 18 (switchboard)