• Benchmark, Gemstone Merger Results in New Identity, New Name and Four Distinct Brands

     
    POSTED September 29, 2016
     

Following their merger, Benchmark Hospitality International and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts have created a new name and corporate identity for themselves. They will be known as Benchmark, a global hospitality company that has more than 70 hotels, resorts and conference centers, 8,000 guest rooms and 10,000 employees.

The company now includes new hospitality brands within their properties. They are: Benchmark Resorts & Hotels the existing portfolio of hotels and resorts in the U.S. and Caribbean, Gemstone Collection a combination of Benchmark’s “Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels” and Gemstone’s “Gemstone Hotels & Resorts,” Benchmark Conference Centers which designates high-quality conference centers and Owner Advisory Group, which offers owners guidance in managing their assets.

“Our goal was to create an identity that reflects the global leadership, exceptional properties, and dynamic synergies, and opportunities the merged company now brings to its owners, guests and employees,” says Alex Cabañas, CEO, Benchmark.  

The Benchmark and Gemstone teams were advised by one of the leading hospitality market research and branding firms to help them rebrand.

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Although several cities are opening up again, many offices are still enforcing work from home policies. As they did when Stay at Home first began, plenty of organizations are still offering webinars with insights on how to tackle the new normal. Gaining new knowledge is a great way to use extra time that might have been spent on a commute. 

Here at M+E, we’ll keep the following list updated, as some webinars are live and some are pre-recorded. Please email lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com to add more applicable webinars to the list.