• Benchmark Hospitality Inc., based in The Woodlands, Texas (www.benchmarkhospitality.com) has purchased International Conference Resorts, bringing Benchmark's management portfolio of luxury resorts, hotels, and conference centers to 27 properties. The former ICR properties are Scottsdale Conference Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Carefree Conference Resort, Carefree, Ariz.; Graylyn International Conference Center, Winston Salem, N.C.; and Ocean Place Conference Resort, Long Branch, N.J.

  • The Sheraton Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia has become the first hotel in the United States to receive the Green Seal of Approval as an “environmentally responsible” property from Green Seal, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. Among the hotel's environmental initiatives are guest room walls covered with nondyed wallpaper, night tables made from recycled wood pallets, organic cotton linens, and a fresh air ventilation system that eliminates dust, pollen, and mold.