“We are tremendously proud to be part of this visionary project and to welcome InterContinental Hotels into the Benchmark management portfolio,” says Alex Cabañas, Benchmark’s CEO. “It is thrilling to be part of this thriving global city that is home to some of the world’s most innovative technology companies and equally welcoming to new startups and smaller businesses.”

Located just east of Seattle on the shores of Lake Washington, Bellevue is noted for its world-class shopping and dining, excellent transportation system, skilled workforce and high quality of life. Easily reached via I-405N and I-90, Bellevue is just 27 minutes from Seattle/Tacoma International Airport and 17 minutes from downtown Seattle.

The developer of this ambitious project is Fortress Development (www.fortressdevelopment.com), a commercial real estate developer and privately held investment company based in Bellevue. Its CEO and Principal, Andy Lakha, is a longtime resident of the city with a strong commitment to the community and great admiration for InterContinental’s pioneering efforts in developing the luxury market in destinations on six continents. “Growing up in Pakistan, my entire world view of luxury was shaped by the InterContinental Hotel in Karachi, which at the time was the country’s only five-star hotel,” Mr. Lakha says. “I am delighted to be able to introduce this revered luxury brand to the Pacific Northwest for the first time.” The world’s largest luxury hotel brand, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts includes 200 properties globally with 63 new hotels soon to open.

Designed in partnership with Seattle-based Weber Thompson (www.weberthompson.com) and HBA (www.hba.com), the largest hospitality design firm in the world, Avenue Bellevue residents will have access to the InterContinental Hotel amenities, including room service, housekeeping service, spa and fitness center, concierge assistance and valet parking.

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About BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company

BENCHMARK®, 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. www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com