Oceanaire Resort At Ocean Beach Club Earns The ACE “Project of Excellence Award” At ARDA 2013
New Virginia Beach Resort by Gold Key | PHR Hotels & Resorts Wins International Recognition
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Ocean Beach Club’s newest addition, Oceanaire Resort, earned the distinguished Project of Excellence Award at the 2013 ARDA World Convention. The international award is presented to the premier new resort that demonstrates excellence in architecture and amenities and benefits the local community.
Located on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, the Ocean Beach Club complex features 536 deluxe rooms and suites, four oceanfront pools, including an adult only infinity pool, 2,600 square feet of ocean view meeting space, a 17(th) floor ocean view fitness center, an exclusive 10(th) floor lounge and sundeck, a tropical themed restaurant and tiki bar, an elegant martini bar and convenient access to beach amenities.
The ARDA Circle of Excellence Awards (ACE) are international awards that honor those who have attained the highest level of excellence in the resort industry and whose accomplishments and dedication spur the industry to new heights.
Craig Nash, Chief Executive Officer of Interval International, said, “This year’s Project of Excellence embodies every quality we aspire to as an industry.”
The Project of Excellence Award was among two awards Gold Key | PHR Hotels & Resorts earned at the 2013 ARDA World Convention, held April 7-11, 2013 in Hollywood, Florida. Vice President of Sales, Mary Reinhardt, was also crowned “Sales Management Executive of the Year.”
Previously, Gold Key Resorts and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Thompson, have been honored by ARDA for community service and philanthropic endeavors.
“We’re also honoring their commitment to their community, to their values, and to the principles that we want people to think of when they say the word ‘timeshare,’” said Stephen Weisz of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation.
In response to the recognition, Bruce Thompson said, “We built the Oceanaire Resort to complement the assets at Ocean Beach Club, and to create the region’s best vacation destination for owners and guests. With the May opening of Big Italy, featuring three restaurants, Mama’s Italian Kitchen, CafÃ© Amarino, and Pizzeria, and the 2014 opening of Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront, we will further enhance our best in class resort experience.”
The American Resort Development Association (ARDA)
The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries. Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate. The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org
About Gold Key | PHR Hotels and Resorts
Gold Key | PHR Hotels and Resorts is the Virginia Beach Oceanfront’s number one employer with up to 2,400 associates in season. The company owns and operates eight properties in the Mid-Atlantic region and oversees approximately 1,700 rooms. The integrated hospitality firm owns and/or manages hotels, vacation ownership resorts and leading area restaurants including Mahi Mah’s (TM), Catch 31(TM) and Salacia (TM). For more information on Gold Key | PHR Hotels & Resorts, visit www.goldkeyphr.com/. For more information about Oceanaire Resort Hotel, please visit www.vacationrentalsvabeach.com/oceanaire or www.facebook.com/OceanaireResortHotel.
Media Contact: Karen Lane, Gold Key | PHR Hotels & Resorts, 757-213-8902, Karen.Lane@phrinc.com
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