Hyatt Place Yerevan opened with 95 guest rooms and two 700-sq. ft. meeting rooms.


The 135-room Hampton Inn by Hilton Calgary-Airport North, Alberta, opened with conference and event space for up to 140 guests.


The 301-room Hilton Anhui-Suzhou opened with meeting and banquet space that includes a divisible ballroom for up to 1,000 guests and nine multifunction rooms.

The 309-room New World Beijing Hotel opened with six meeting rooms, a ballroom and a 10,000-sq. ft. outdoor terrace.

The 287-room Four Points by Sheraton in Bijie opened with six meeting/event spaces, the largest of which measures 7,191 square feet.

The ski resort Park Hyatt Changbasishan opened on Changbai Mountain with 163 rooms in 10 villas, an events center with a ballroom, meeting room, boardroom, and VIP room, plus an open-kitchen breakout area.

The 278-room Hyatt Regency, another ski resort on Changbai Mountain, opened with more than 20,000 square feet of meeting/event space and a restaurant with private dining for groups of eight to 22.

The 314-room Aloft Dalian opened with more than 10,000 square feet of function space, including a ballroom and five meeting rooms. Nook, the hotel’s restaurant, offers private dining for groups up to 10.

The 359-room Fairmont Nanjing opened in the Hexi New Town district with 26,900 square feet of event space in the upper half of the Jin Ao Tower, built to resemble a Chinese lantern.

The 305-room/suite DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou in Guangdong Province opened with flexible meeting/event space that includes a 400-person capacity ballroom and an outdoor pool terrace for up to 80 guests.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hangzhou East opened with 308 rooms, a grand ballroom, eight multifunction rooms, a VIP reception room and a boardroom.

The 520-room Hilton Wuhan Optics opened in Hubei Province with 54,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

The 299-room Aloft Yancheng opened in the Jiangsu Province with more than 1,000 square feet of event space.

Costa Rica

The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo opened with 153 guest rooms, including 21 luxury suites, and 8,200 square feet of flexible meeting space.


The Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées in Paris won the 2013 World’s Leading Serviced Apartments title from the World Travel Awards. The 110-suite apartment hotel has meeting space for up to 50 people.


The German National Tourist Board, DZT, was awarded a Green Globe certificate, the first national tourist board noted for sustainability efforts.


The Crowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar Noida opened with 160 guest rooms and an executive boardroom for up to 30 (seated).

The 193-room Holiday Inn New Delhi Mayur Vihar Noida opened with 7,500 square feet of event space for up to 650 guests.


The Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort opened with 415 rooms/suites, including 17 private villas, and meeting facilities for up to 600 people.


The 197-room Ritz-Carlton Herzliya opened in greater Tel Aviv a with two boardrooms and a lobby-level ballroom featuring views of the Mediterranean Sea.


The 508-room Radisson Blu Paradise Resort & Spa opened in Sochi with five flexible conference rooms and an 8,000-sq.ft. ballroom.




Gateway Canyons Resort, a AAA Four-Diamond resort with a conference center and 12,000 square feet of meeting space, joined ALHI.


Following a $2 million renovation, the Four Points by Sheraton Jacksonville Beachfront reopened with 72 oceanfront suites, full-service dining and 1,800 square feet of meeting space.

Miami’s South Beach Marriott was rebranded the Marriott Stanton South Beach following a $10 million renovation. The 234-room beachfront, boutique hotel has four meeting rooms for a total of 175 guests.

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando-Lake Buena Vista completed a multimillion- dollar renovation of its 229 suites, pool, recreation area and 4,000 square feet of public space. The hotel, in the Walt Disney World Resort, has a boardroom (capacity: 18) and a ballroom (capacity: 120).

A 437-room Park Inn by Radisson Orlando-Celebration opened a mile from Walt Disney World Resort with 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.


North Point Hospitality Group in Atlanta sold the 160-unit SpringHill Suites by Marriott Savannah Historic District to a Florida-based REIT.


The Hilton Garden Inn Pikeville opened with 113 guest rooms and 6.400 square feet of meeting space spread over four function rooms.


The 289-room Westin Portland Harborview opened following a $50 million restoration with eight meeting rooms, the largest of which measures 5,453 square feet.


The MGM Grand in Las Vegas was named World’s Leading Casino Resort for 2013 by the World Travel Awards. The resort has a Five Green Key conference center with 380,000 square feet of flexible space, a spa, a six-acre pool complex and a new 90,000-sq. ft. ballroom.

New Jersey

Atlantic City’s Tropicana Casino & Resort completed a $2 million redesign and upgrade of its divisible 18,000-sq. ft. ballroom, which has a total capacity of 1,940 people.

The 427-room Hilton Meadowlands Hotel reopened in East Rutherford following a multimillion-dollar renovation. It has 30,000 square feet of meeting/event space including a 4,100-sq. ft. IACC-certified conference center, and can accommodate groups of all sizes.

North Dakota

The 80-room/suite Brooks at Williston opened with a boardroom that holds up to 100 attendees.


The 119-room Gettysburg Hotel was named Best Historic Hotel by Historic Hotels of America. It has 9,000 square feet of event space including a grand ballroom that holds up to 300 guests.

The TownePlace Suites by Marriott opened in York with 101 suites and one meeting room.


The former Hilton Salt Lake City Airport completed a $5.3 million renovation and reopend as the DoubleTree by Hilton Salt Lake City Airport. It has 288 rooms, more than 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, an event lawn, an executive club lounge, putting green, basketball court and eight-acre lake.

A 125-room Home2Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City/South Jordan opened with meeting space for up to 50 people.

 — Compiled by Therra C. Gwyn