• BENCHMARK expands in the Pacific Northwest with Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel

     
    POSTED January 31, 2019
     
  • BENCHMARK expands in the Pacific Northwest with Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel

     
    POSTED January 31, 2019
     
  • BENCHMARK expands in the Pacific Northwest with Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel

     
    POSTED January 31, 2019
     
  • BENCHMARK expands in the Pacific Northwest with Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel

     
    POSTED January 31, 2019
     

BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company, will be expanding its presence in the Pacific Northwest to operate the newly-announced Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel. Part of a new billion-dollar condo, hotel and retail development in downtown Bellevue, Washington, the new property will be InterContinental Hotels & Resorts’ first venture in the Pacific Northwest. 

Construction is set to start mid-2019, and the two-tower development will feature 332 luxury residences and 85,000 square feet of high-end retail, food and nightlife, including a new restaurant from a three-Michelin-star chef. Avenue Bellevue will also feature the 252-guest room InterContinental Hotel, which will feature a full-service spa and fitness center, meeting space and other luxury amenities.

“We are tremendously proud to be part of this visionary project and to welcome InterContinental Hotels into the Benchmark management portfolio,” says Alex Cabañas, Benchmark’s CEO. “It is thrilling to be part of this thriving global city that is home to some of the world’s most innovative technology companies and equally welcoming to new startups and smaller businesses.” 

Located just east of Seattle on the shores of Lake Washington, Bellevue is noted for its world-class shopping and dining, excellent transportation system, a skilled workforce and high quality of life. 

Designed in partnership with Seattle-based Weber Thompson and HBA, the largest hospitality design firm in the world, Avenue Bellevue residents will have access to the InterContinental Hotel amenities, including room service, housekeeping service, spa and fitness center, concierge assistance and valet parking.

Benchmark is adding Washington's Skamania Lodge to its portfolio of resorts and hotels.

 

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.

 

Visit Seattle experienced record-breaking tourism in 2018, with downtown Seattle hotel occupancies above 80 percent despite a 2,934-room increase with new hotel openings in 2018 and 2019. Meetings and conventions bookings peaked at 691,163 total room nights booked in 2018.