Orange Lake Resorts Expands to Gulf of Mexico

Orange Lake Resorts Expands to Gulf of Mexico

» Featured Columnists | By Scott Kauffman | May 10, 2012 9:00 AM ET

(Orlando, FL) -- Vacation resort developer Orange Lake Resorts, which features one of the largest timeshare resort properties in the country here in Central Florida, announced that it officially closed on a transaction with Cooper Industries, Inc., to expand its destinations to Tropical Breeze Resort in Panama City Beach, Fla., and Galveston on the Gulf Resort in Galveston, Texas. The intent for both resorts is to become a part of the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand in late 2012.

Galveston on the Gulf Resort, located on the barrier island of Galveston on the Gulf of Mexico, is a 78-unit resort featuring one- and two-bedroom luxury villas with lock-off features, all with Gulf of Mexico views from a private balcony or patio. Amenities include an outdoor, heated infinity-edge swimming pool, hot tub, kid's swim area, fitness center and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet service. The resort offers direct beach access.

Tropical Breeze Resort, located on Panama City Beach, is a 37-unit resort featuring one- and two-bedroom luxury villas, all with gulf views from a private balcony or patio. Amenities include an outdoor, heated swimming pool, hot tub, kiddies swim area, fitness center and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet service. The resort also offers direct beach access.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations was created in September 2008 as a strategic alliance between IHG, the world's largest hotel company, and Orange Lake Resorts, a leader within the resort industry with more than 30 years of proven success. The brand's flagship property in Orlando, located 10 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort, was established in 1982 by Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson. Other Holiday Inn Club Vacation resort locations include Lake Geneva, Wis., Brownsville, Vt., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Gatlinburg, Tenn., Marco Island, Fla., Las Vegas, Nev., and an additional resort location in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Once these two resorts are branded as Holiday Inn Club Vacations, guests who are members of IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club Rewards, will earn Priority Club points during their stays at these properties, which they can redeem for reward nights at IHG properties or non-hotel rewards such as merchandise and gift cards.

Holiday Inn Club members will have the ability to stay at the new beachfront resorts once they are branded as Holiday Inn Club Vacations and will continue to have access to IHG's network of more than 4,400 hotels worldwide, plus RCI's collection of more than 4,300 resorts.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations said it has plans to continue to expand their member resorts to top North American destination locations. Orange Lake Resorts has been a leader within the timeshare industry for more than 30 years. Their flagship property in Orlando, is a 1,450-acre golf, lazy river and sports resort. The massive property includes 2,478 villas with the ability to expand to 4,500 villas.

IHG is a global organization with nine hotel brands including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, as well as two new brands, EVEN Hotels and HUALUXE Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club Rewards, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 63 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,400 hotels and more than 658,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories, and has more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline.

Starwood's St. Regis Portfolio Continues to Grow

(Doha, Qatar) -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. recently announced the debut of the St. Regis Doha, marking the company's second St. Regis hotel to open in the Middle East within a year.

The first was St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, which opened last December; St. Regis Abu Dhabi is scheduled to open this fall on the Corniche fueling St. Regis' dynamic worldwide growth. In the past five years, the number of Starwood's top luxury branded hotels has nearly tripled worldwide.

St. Regis will continue to expand its portfolio with the debut of The St. Regis Mauritius Resort later this year.

Owned by Resorts Development Company and developed by Alfardan Group, The St. Regis Doha is Qatar's first St. Regis hotel and ideally located within Doha's newest waterfront destination at Al Gassar Resort. Combining classic sophistication and modern luxury, the St. Regis brand remains faithful to its commitment to excellence. Founded by John Jacob Astor IV, with the opening of the first St. Regis Hotel in New York City over a century ago, the St. Regis brand of hotels and residences is known for its unique luxury dimension, customized service and refined elegance in the best destinations worldwide.

Plans for the brand to globally continue its legacy include long-awaited St. Regis hotels and resorts in Buenos Aires and the Riviera Maya. In Asia, St. Regis has also announced plans to open hotels in Changsha, Chengdu, Kuala Lumpur, Lijiang, New Delhi and Zhuhai.

In Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the St. Regis brand will continue to expand in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Doha and Mauritius. The distinctive trait of the St. Regis experience is customized service and attention to detail through signature St. Regis Butler Service, coveted locations and luxurious design.

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