Two signature resorts in the most sought-after tourism regions of Argentina are branded as Tribute Portfolio Hotels—the aspirational independent hotel and resort brand of Marriott International, Inc.—through a franchise agreement that is the first of its kind for that region of the South American country.

Nicole C. Evans—a partner in Ballard Spahr's Resort, Hospitality, and Timeshare Group—represented resort developer Grupo EMR in franchising and branding the properties: Arelauquen Lodge in Patagonia and Auberge du Vin in the heart of Argentina's wine country.

Ms. Evans, who is based in the firm's office in Salt Lake City, Utah, represented Grupo EMR as owner and developer of the properties in negotiating and documenting the franchise agreement as well as related contracts and agreements for management and operation of the resorts. Ms. Evans advised on business aspects of the transaction as well as on compliance with condominium hotel requirements under U.S. laws and regulations.

Ballard Spahr's Resort, Hospitality, and Timeshare Group is well-known in the industry for its ability to provide the comprehensive legal advice and business insights needed to manage even the most complex projects. The Group's attorneys bring in-depth legal, industry, and market knowledge to each project and represent clients in the United States and abroad.

Expansion of the Tribute Portfolio to the two Argentinian properties was a significant milestone for Marriott, the world's largest hotel company, based in Bethesda, Maryland. The move reflects growing demand for independent travel experiences worldwide and is a direct response to loyalty reward members' desire for more hotel options in adventure travel and wine country destinations.

Arelauquen Lodge is located near San Carlos de Bariloche, a town in the heart of the Patagonia region, alongside Lake Nahuel Huapi and within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. The region is famous for hiking, trekking, and mountaineering. Arelauquen Lodge is part of the Arelauquen Golf and Country Club, which has an 18-hole golf course, two polo fields, an equestrian center, tennis and squash courts, trekking trails, and a yacht club.

Auberge du Vin is nestled in its own vineyard about 50 miles from Mendoza, a city in Argentina's wine country. The property is part of Tupungato Winelands, a country club development comprising private residences, private vineyards, a polo field, and a golf course in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.