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California’s Meritage Collection Partners with Unique Hotel Solutions

Luxury Resorts Join with International Firm to Market Top Properties Globally.

The Meritage Collection, with luxurious AAA Four-Diamond properties in California’s most sought after destinations including Napa, Santa Barbara, Newport Beach and La Jolla has just teamed with Unique Hotel Solutions, based in Florida, to help market its properties to international markets. Meritage Collection properties include The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, and Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in La Jolla.

Partnering with Unique Hotel Solutions will allow the four properties within the Meritage Collection to have a broader international appeal. This partnership will benefit Meritage Collection properties by using Unique Hotel Solutions’ solid relationships with major international and domestic tour operators, virtuoso agents worldwide, and receptive tour operators. This allows the properties to go beyond their internal sales and marketing teams as both internal and external teams utilize their experience and expertise to reach the leisure market, including group meetings and incentive travel.

“We are excited to partner with Unique Hotel Solutions,” said Dave Gerdes, vice president of sales and marketing for Meritage Collection. “Meritage Collection properties showcase the best California has to offer from wine country to the best of coastal living and Unique Hotel Solutions will use their knowledge, experience and relationships to help us spread the word about these amazing properties around the globe.”

According to a Visit California research report released in August 2012, approximately 6.2 million overseas visitors came to California, while an additional 6.4 million were from Mexico and 1.5 million were from Canada. The top overseas markets were the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, China, France, Germany, South Korea, India, and Italy. The same report found that most overseas visitors spent an average of 22 nights in the United States, 11 of which were spent in California.

Meritage Collection properties aim to help visitors experience all that California has to offer during their visit by delivering an upscale, one-of-a-kind, elevated experience in outstanding California settings, ensuring ease of access and cultural integration at each of its coveted California locations. From yachting off the coast of Newport Beach to hiking a seaside bluff in La Jolla and basking in the sun on the Santa Barbara coast, the properties offer the lifestyle experiences domestic and international visitors expect when they visit California. A visit to the Napa Valley and The Meritage Resort and Spa, provides yet another essential California experience, wine tasting.

The Meritage Collection incorporates wine into its complete California experience, with special experiences at each of its properties, including its spas, and through a strong winery alliance network, focusing on California and international wineries. Trinitas Cellars, Foley Food and Wine Society, Fumanelli Winery, and numerious wineries and vineyards throughout the Napa Valley, all complete the inspiring life and style experience provided by the Meritage Collection.

“Partnering with the Meritage Collection will allow our team to bring some of the best California experiences to travelers worldwide,” said Maria Elena Kaldani, president and owner of Unique Hotel Solutions. “These four properties, with a combined more than 1,000 rooms and 130,000 square feet of flexible meeting space offer our team many unique opportunities to bring new travelers and groups to some of California’s top rated destinations.”

“Our clients are eager to present the Meritage Collection and promote in their travel programs as the properties provide diversity for California,” said Eli Marie Rodriguez, vice president and partner of Unique Hotel Solutions.

The top international feeder markets for the United States are: Canada, Brazil, Germany, UK, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, France, Italy, and Korea. Unique Hotel Solutions will help Meritage Collection properties go beyond occasional international trips, tradeshows and targeted mailings by leveraging personal relationships to tear down walls and book additional room nights. This isn’t a “pie in the sky” sales trip, Unique Hotel Solutions focuses on harboring long- term client commitments and relationships with each international group and travel operator they work with. 

About Meritage Colection

The Meritage Collection is a lifestyle and luxury hotel brand that blends iconic, one-of-a-kind places with locally-inspired experiences designed for the curious traveler. Débuted in 2013, Meritage Collection is comprised of six hotels & resorts throughout California and Hawaii – The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach (Opening May 2016), Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, and Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai. Reflective of its California roots, the Meritage Collection offers a laid-back luxury service culture that caters to the modern day traveler. The Meritage Collection properties are members of the Global Hotel Alliance and its DISCOVERY Rewards Program. DISCOVERY rewards travelers with local experiences and unique adventures not generally available to the public. For more information, please visit 

About Pacific Hospitality Group

Since 1987, Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) has maintained a strategic vision and strong sense of core values as guiding principles for business success. With luxury hotel properties from Napa Valley to Southern California, PHG’s growing portfolio of hotel and resort investments reinforces the company’s cohesive vision. PHG manages, develops, finances, and owns hotel assets in California. Its Meritage Collection properties include Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, and The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley along with Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach opening in early 2016. Also, the company owns and operates the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove, AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon/French Quarter Area, DoubleTree by Hilton Irvine Spectrum, and DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana / Orange County Airport. PHG successfully operates its hotels by consistently growing revenue while effectively managing costs, thereby maximizing each hotel’s NOI. By using a cluster strategy, PHG is committed to increasing its market share and adding value to its portfolio through renovations, repositioning, and expansion.