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June 28, 2018

Aimbridge Hospitality enters partnership for management of The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler
North America’s largest hotel management group to manage iconic Canadian mountain

DALLAS, Texas
OHR Whistler Management Ltd. (“OHRWM”), operator of The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, is pleased to announce an agreement with Aimbridge Hospitality, LLC (“Aimbridge”). Under that agreement, Aimbridge has invested in OHRWM, and effective immediately Evolution Hospitality, a subsidiary of Aimbridge, will work closely with O’Neill Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. (“OHR”) to actively lead the day-to-day operation of the Resort.

Aimbridge Hospitality is North America’s largest independent hotel management company, currently operating more than 800 hotels and resorts, with nearly 400 properties under various Marriott flags. Evolution Hospitality, which specializes in full-service, lifestyle and condo-hotel operations, will provide expertise and resources that will bring incremental value to the property’s operations.

“We look forward to Aimbridge Hospitality and Evolution Hospitality bringing their focus and expertise to The Westin Whistler,” said John O’Neill, President and CEO at OHR. “This partnership will be instrumental in continuing the resort’s upward trend and delivering a world-class guest experience to maximize bottom-line performance for the benefit of the 419 home owners of this property.”

The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, located at the base of Whistler Mountain, offers travelers an unmatched destination with more than 400 residentially-styled suites, boasting features like warming fireplaces, spacious tubs, modern kitchens and stunning mountain views. The Westin Whistler is the only luxury all-suite resort and destination spa in Whistler.   This award-winning hotel has twice been named the #1 Ski Resort by Condé Nast Traveler, plus was the host resort for downhill events during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The luxury resort features Avello Spa & Health Club, plus three dining options. Grill & Vine, the resort’s upscale signature restaurant, offers guests vibrant, regionally-inspired cuisine. FireRock Lounge offers cocktails and tapas, and Grab & Go Café provides guests a selection of sandwiches, snacks and coffee. An ideal setting for meetings and events, The Westin Whistler features 14 meeting rooms and a scenic outdoor plaza totaling more than 20,000 square feet of creative event space.

“We are proud to partner with OHR Whistler Management and O’Neill Hotels & Resort,” said Dave Johnson, Chairman and CEO at Aimbridge Hospitality. “We are honored to add this iconic resort to our management portfolio and look forward to the positive results this partnership will produce. As our first property in Canada, we view this as a bridge to many more exciting opportunities in the Canadian market.”

The Westin Whistler Resort & Spa is located at 4090 Whistler Way, Whistler, British Columbia. For more information, visit the website.

 

About The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

The Westin Whistler Resort & Spa is located in Canada's greatest year-round recreation destination and was the host resort for the Alpine, Nordic and sliding events for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Located just steps from both mountain gondolas and in the center of the excitement of the pedestrian friendly Village of Whistler, the hotel has been twice-named by Condé Nast as the #1 ski resort hotel in North America!

About Aimbridge Hospitality

Aimbridge Hospitality is the nation’s largest independent hotel management firm with a proven track record for delivering superior returns for its strategic partners in a variety of markets and economic cycles. Aimbridge provides property management, asset management, development, renovation and consulting services. Based in Dallas, Texas and with offices in Chicago and Puerto Rico, Aimbridge currently owns and/or manages approximately 800 upscale, independent and branded hotels with more than 100,000 rooms across the United States and the Caribbean. For more information on Aimbridge Hospitality, please visit www.aimbridgehospitality.com.

About Evolution Hospitality

Evolution Hospitality is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aimbridge with expertise and emphasis on lifestyle, independent and condo-hotel operations, as well as California operations. The acquisition with Aimbridge in April 2015 brought a diverse portfolio of high quality hotels and resorts and the ability to leverage their well respected human capital, highly recognized technology / systems, and e-commerce search engine optimization with Aimbridge's world-class management platform to contribute to best-in-class management practices and value enhancement to owners. Evolution operates more than 50 properties with over 11,000 guestrooms representing 21 unique brands and twelve independent hotels.

About O’Neill Hotels & Resorts, Ltd.

O’Neill Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. is one of North America’s leading hospitality investment, development and management companies. Founded in 1990 by John O’Neill and Robert O’Neill, the company provides hotel management, development and investment services to properties throughout Canada and the United States. O’Neill Hotels & Resorts has been operating The Westin Whistler since its opening in 2000.

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