Busch Properties And Xanterra Parks & Resorts Announce Kingsmill Sale Agreement
Busch Properties, Inc. (BPI), owner of the Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, Va., has reached an agreement to sell Kingsmill to Denver-based Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company. The two entities expect the sale to be completed by August 2010 with Xanterra assuming ownership and management of the resort immediately after closing. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Xanterra is the largest concessioner within the National Park system and a leader in the hospitality industry, managing resorts, lodges, restaurants, gift shops, tours and activities in national parks, state parks and destination resorts. The company also is a leader in environmental stewardship, and its programs and accomplishments have resulted in numerous prestigious awards from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, American Hotel & Motel Association and many other governmental agencies, tourism entities and environmental organizations.
“Since first announcing our intent to sell Kingsmill, our goal has been to find a buyer that will enhance the long-term value of the resort and maintain the Kingsmill assets as a premier resort property,” said Michael Taylor, president of Busch Properties, Inc. “After a lengthy and thorough search process, I am pleased to announce we have far exceeded those expectations in a buyer that is the perfect fit for this exceptional property. Xanterra is widely recognized as an industry leader in park and resort hospitality, and we look forward to the company continuing the longstanding commitment to quality, service and stewardship that distinguishes Kingsmill.”
Kingsmill Resort & Spa includes 422 rooms; six restaurants; a 16,991-square-foot conference center; full-service spa and fitness center; marina; and 15-court tennis center. The resort is also widely known for its three award-winning championship golf courses and its executive nine-hole course. The Kingsmill Resort golf courses have been recognized repeatedly by top golf publications and other entities, with the River Course, which has served as host to 29 PGA and LPGA tour events, being named one of the “Top 10 Golf Courses in Virginia.” The Plantation Course was named one of the “Top 10 Best Courses for Women” by Golf for Women Magazine, and the Woods Course was named one of “America’s Best Resort Courses.”
“Kingsmill is one of the country’s premier resorts, and we are very excited to acquire such a high-caliber resort that complements our existing portfolio of properties and is consistent with the expansion of our company,” said Andrew Todd, Xanterra president and CEO. “We greatly respect Busch Properties’ longstanding commitment of excellence in connection with the resort and the surrounding community, and we will build on that tradition. We place great value in the employees, condominium owners, members and the resort’s other tremendous assets and look forward to being part of this prestigious property.”
“Our evaluation of the resort began with the hiring of commercial real estate broker CB Richard Ellis last September to explore a potential sale, and as we reach the culmination of this process we are very excited about the future of the resort and the community,” Taylor said.
This sale will not affect BPI’s realty or development operations or its role within the Kingsmill Community Services Association Board of Directors.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts® (consisting of several affiliated Xanterra entities) operates lodges, restaurants and other concessions at national parks and state parks and resorts. Xanterra Parks & Resorts operates concessions in the following locations: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and eight Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Arizona.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been committed to the preservation and protection of the environment for many years. Through its environmental program, “Ecologix,” Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been recognized repeatedly for environmental leadership in the hospitality industry and is the recipient of many honors.
For more information about Xanterra Parks & Resorts, links to individual properties and reservations numbers, visit xanterra.com.
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 48.9 percent share of U.S. beer sales to retailers. The company brews the world’s largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s leading brewer. Anheuser-Busch is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.