The International Hotel Casino & Tower Suites in Varna reopened after a two-year,$29 million expansion. It now has 325 guest rooms, flexible exhibition space in the lobby, a ballroom (capacity: 600), seven meeting rooms and an amphitheater that seats 450.
The 171-room Lensbury in Teddington refurbished its conference center and updated its main function room, the Thames View Suite. The conference center has 31 rooms for meetings or private dining for two to 250 people. The resort has also added raft-building and dragon boat racing to team-building activities offered.
The 120-room Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport opened in Kelowna British Columbia with 4,500 square feet of meeting space.
The 172-room Sheraton San Jose opened in the Eacszu business district with 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting space that includes four meeting rooms and an outdoor terrace for 180.
The 122-room Holiday Inn Airport opened in Guayaquil with eight meeting rooms that can hold a total of 200 guests.
The Prince de Galles in Paris reopened after a two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation aimed at restoring its original art deco design. The hotel has 159 guest rooms and a 969-sq. ft. meeting room.
The 71-room Ramada Sulaymaniyah Salim Street opened in Kurdistan with a ballroom that can seat up to 700 people.
Hotel Nicol’skaya Kempinski, which dates to the 1870s, opened in Moscow after a six-year reconstruction, with 211 rooms/suites, a ballroom, and conference facilities for 16 to 180 people.
The rebranded 92-room Doubletree by Hilton Dundee completed a multimillion dollar renovation that includes a glass-house restaurant for banquets and six meeting rooms, the largest of which measures 1,128 square feet.
The 284-room/suite Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach opened with nine meeting rooms that can hold groups of 10 to 600.
A 181-room Sheraton opened in Bursa with more than 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting/event space, including a ballroom with a pre-function area, five conference rooms, and an outdoor pool and garden that can hold up to 600.
The Aloft Hotel Bursa opened, with 133 guest rooms and three meeting rooms.
Embassy Suites Denver-Downtown was named to the Expedia Insiders Select List for 2013, an annual ranking of best-reviewed hotels.
The 200-acre, 2,000-room Orlando World Center Marriott Resort completed a multimillion-dollar renovation to its Falls Pool Oasis, adding two 200-foot winding water slides and a 90-foot speed slide, installing a playground and a poolside bar and grill. The resort has 450,000 square feet of event space, 10 restaurants and a food court.
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club received the 2013 Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings magazine.
StepStone Hospitality assumed management of the 114-room Ames Boston Hotel, which has meeting space for up to 55 people.
The 367-room Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Convention Center (formerly the Ponchartrain Hotel) opened with more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space in nine meeting rooms, and a ballroom that can seat 350.
A 176-room Country Inn & Suites opened in Traverse City with two boardrooms that can each hold 20 guests and also can be combined.
Triple Creek Ranch resort in the Bitterroot Mountains ranked No. 1 in the United States and Canada and 18th in the world for best service in 2013 by Travel + Leisure.
La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa in Santa Fe won a 2013 certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor.
The 149-room Kitano New York added two meeting rooms, bringing its total number of function spaces to six. The hotel also has a 14-seat boardroom and a Japanese tea room available for hourly rentals.
The 1,306-room Grand Hyatt New York (Manhattan) was awarded a 2013 Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings magazine. The Hyatt has 60,000 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate 10 to 1,500 guests in more than 50 meeting rooms.
The 203-suite Embassy Suites-Hamilton Place opened in Chattanooga with 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 354-room/suite Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville completed a six-month, $17 million renovation that added Mason Restaurant and Bar, an expanded lobby, new guest-room bathrooms, wider corridors and an updated outdoor patio with city views and a fire pit.
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Cottonwood opened with 124 guest rooms and 3,200 square feet of flexible meeting space.
A 92-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott opened on Chincoteague Island with one 264-sq. ft. meeting room.
The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa on the shores of Lake Washington has been awarded AAA’s Four-Diamond status for the 23rd consecutive year.