VistanaTM Signature Experiences, developer of Sheraton Vacation Club and Westin Vacation Club resorts, took home seven awards at the recent American Resort Development Association (ARDA) convention in Las Vegas, including the Interior Design award for the distinctive lobby of The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas.
The award, which recognizes excellence in aesthetics and design, celebrated the Maui resort’s ability to authentically incorporate the spirit of aloha and significance of the Hawaiian culture throughout its expansive lobby space.
“We’re extremely proud to highlight important elements in the Hawaiian culture that were skillfully created by local artisans using natural materials and traditional methods passed down from generation to generation,” said Makalapua Kanuha, the resort’s complex director of culture. “The pieces, along with a corresponding ‘olelo no‘eau (Hawaiian proverb), are showcased within four pillars in the resort’s lobby and are on display for owners and guests to experience the history and values of Hawaiian culture.”
In addition, Vistana was awarded the HOA Unit Refurbishment award for The Westin Kierland Villas in Scottsdale, Arizona. The resort simultaneously managed and delivered on-time multiple interior and exterior renovation projects within a conservative budget, including energy conservation efforts and villa remodeling.
The Activities Program award was presented to The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas for its annual Red, White & Blue 4th of July event. Welcoming more than 800 owners and guests, this highly anticipated event featured a wide array of activities for both children and adults, music and food, including the beloved helicopter flower drop of more than 100,000 orchids used to create complementary fresh flower leis.
At Vistana’s corporate office, the Brand, Communications and Creative Resources team was awarded for its innovative employee video campaign — #officekarma. The six-part series addresses office etiquette with humorous and fun vignettes, depicting common workplace scenarios.
Two Vistana associates were honored in the Management & Administration Division. Mo Kahn from the Sheraton Desert Oasis Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona was recognized in the Activities Program Manager or Team category. Annette David from The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas won in the Human Resources Professional category for her work as a recruitment manager.
“It’s always a pleasure to witness our Vistana associates and teams receiving such well-deserved recognition,” said Steve Williams, chief commercial officer, Vistana. “They embody our commitment to excellence and are committed to going above and beyond for our owners, guests, and associates every day.”
About Vistana Signature Experiences
VistanaTM Signature Experiences, Inc., an operating business of ILG (Nasdaq: ILG), is the exclusive provider of vacation ownership for the Sheraton® and Westin® brands under license from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, LLC, and is an authorized partner of the SPG® program. More than 220,000 families own at the company’s 21 villa resorts in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean, which operate under the Sheraton and Westin brands. Vistana offers a flexible vacation lifestyle, giving Owners and Members the ability to vacation within a collection of villa-style resorts in the best locations within the most sought-after destinations. Customers also enjoy privileged access to trade their ownership for stays at more than 1,500 hotels and resorts in over 100 countries through Starwood Preferred Guest®, one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades, and flights, with no blackout dates. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Vistana continues to build on its more-than-35-year history of excellence in vacation ownership and leisure travel. For more information, please visit vistana.com.
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