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Benchmark Hospitality InternationalBENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is a trailblazer in the development, management, marketing and owner-advisory services of resorts, hotels, conference centers and exclusive private clubs. In addition to the company’s established, iconic Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio, the newly-branded Gemstone Collection is a distinctive luxury portfolio of independent hotels & resorts in highly select and preferred destinations. Benchmark has a combined portfolio of over 70 extraordinary properties domestically and internationally, including 8,000 guestrooms, and 10,000 staff members that are passionately committed to delivering the industry’s most vibrant, unrivaled and memory-making experiences. Many properties have been recognized with the Benchmark Conference Centers® mark of meeting excellence. BENCHMARK, a global hospitality 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.
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Hotel Development

Skamania Lodge

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has announced that Skamania Lodge, in Stevenson, Washington, has joined its expanding Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio.The 258-guest room Skamania Lodge is set on 175 densely forested acres overlooking the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, just 45 minutes from Portland, Oregon.

Lansdowne Resort and Spa

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, announces the return of Virginia's Lansdowne Resort and Spa to its Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio. The award-winning property is located in Leesburg, just 30 miles from Washington, DC and 15 minutes from Dulles International Airport, in Virginia's bucolic wine and equestrian country.


"Chain" versus "Independent" - A View from an Operator of Independent Hotels

By Alex Cabanas

In recent years, the topic of "brand versus independent" has become increasingly popular. Every industry conference has a panel titled the same, numerous articles - and blogs - are being written on the topic by every publication, HotelNewsNow recently launched a newsletter dedicated to independent hotels, the inaugural Independent Lodging Congress took place in Philadelphia in late 2013 focused on gathering the owners and operators of independent hotels, and if that were not enough, numerous high profile "de-flagging" lawsuits have certainly highlighted the topic.

Benchmark Hospitality International’s Founder, Chairman & CEO, Burt Cabañas, Reflects on 30 Years in the Hospitality and Meeting Industries

Burt Cabañas came to the hospitality industry in 1961 as a 14-year old pool boy, following an unexpected exile in this country from Cuba in the aftermath of Castro's revolution. He became a general manager at 25, ran a multi-unit operation at 27, and headed a private management company at 34, purchasing it at age 39.