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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, September 2016 … The newly merged Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, recognized global leaders in the management and marketing of resorts, hotels and conference centers, announce a far-reaching new partnership with Teneo Hospitality Group. Founded in 2013, Teneo is a professional group sales organization, representing over 300 luxury hotels, resorts and destination management companies worldwide. Teneo will generate increased group business for the entire Benchmark and Gemstone portfolio, which spans 58 hotels, resorts and conference centers in three distinctive brands: Benchmark Resorts and Hotels®, Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts.

In announcing the new alliance, Tom Faust, Benchmark’s vice president, sales, said, “All of the Benchmark and Gemstone properties can actively benefit from Teneo’s expertise and services, which include targeted meeting planner events to bring hotels and planners together. Teneo hosts approximately 20 networking events per year in the United States.

Teneo’s President Mike Schugt noted, "There is a growing appetite in the group meetings market for individual personal luxury or boutique hotels as well as for dedicated conference facilities. Teneo will provide business for all Benchmark properties, not just the more traditional meetings-related hotels and conference centers.”

Schugt points out that Teneo is a Greek word meaning to “know, understand and persevere”.  This maxim informs the company’s mission and its successful track record of global expansion.  In less than three years, Teneo has grown into a prominent industry player. The company has expanded its staff of hospitality sales professionals whose resumes span major hotel brands, independent properties and top travel destinations.

Teneo is a socially-conscious company that works with its clients to organize and promote charitable causes in their communities. Its noted client events benefit projects in the community where they are held. Recent events in the US provided hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies for students in need.  In November, Teneo will host its annual summit, a three-day event in Mexico that will benefit a local orphanage. These innovative programs are an excellent fit with Benchmark’s and Gemstone’s community outreach programs, which include an alliance with Big Brothers and Sisters of America.

About Teneo Hospitality Group

Teneo Hospitality Group, the premier representation source for the global network of quality hotels, resorts and destination management companies, announced today that it has formed a new association of industry pioneers to serve the meeting professionals market. Teneo Hospitality Group was established to service the needs of the industry following the exit of the Krisam Group sellers from the marketplace, as of November 15, 2013. The new company will concentrate on its core competencies and industry relationships to offer an enhanced level of service and selection to meeting professionals across the globe.

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts LLC

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts represent the finest in preferred lodging, food and beverage, recreational, meeting and event accommodations throughout the United States and globally.  The recent merger of these two distinguished companies has created an extraordinary hotel collection with 58 unique and distinctive properties domestically and internationally, including 8000 guestrooms and 10,000 staff members passionately committed to delivering the industry’s most vibrant, experiential and memory-making portfolio.  Many properties are certified as delivering exceptional meeting experiences by IACC, the association that represents the best meeting venues in the world and have also been recognized with the Benchmark Conference Centers® mark of meeting excellence.  The  company is based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, and has regional offices in  Park City, Utah; Miami, Florida; New Brunswick, New Jersey; Seattle Washington; and Tokyo, Japan.

Contact: Ken Ellens / 201-758-2864

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