The Sydney Convention & Exhibition Center was named best venue at the annual Australian Events Awards. The 25-year old venue has 33 meeting, conference and seminar rooms for functions of 60 to 2,400 guests.
The 235-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center Regina opened in Saskatchewan following a property-wide renovation that included refurbishing 18,000 square feet of meeting space and adding a full-service restaurant.
An 18-story Holiday Inn opened in Bucaramanga with 187 guest rooms, a rooftop bar and 11,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe refurbished its 93 guest rooms, 29 suites and two apartments plus four flexible meeting rooms that hold a total of 60 people.
Grand Cayman Islands
The Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman received the InterContinental Hotels Group 2013 Renovation Award for updates to its exterior, lobby, public spaces and 174 guest rooms/suites. Its event room holds 30 people for meetings and 55 for receptions.
The 145-room Holiday Inn Amritsar opened in Punjab with a grand ballroom that holds 450 people.
The 145-room Agora Place Asakusa added certified and religious amenities to “Style My Stay,” the hotel’s concept lodging that supplies guest rooms with only basic services. Guests can personalize their stay by renting or buying items at the hotel’s lifestyle store.
The 128-room Holiday Inn Monclova opened in Coahuila with a presidential suite that has a living room, hot tub and meeting room for eight people. Other meeting spaces accommodate a total of 500 guests.
The all-inclusive, 619-suite Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos opened with 35,000 square feet of meeting/event space including the 11,624-sq. ft. Grand Theater, which can hold 500-plus guests. It also has outdoor lawn, garden and beach venues.
The 305-room Westin Singapore opened at the new Asia Square Tower 2 in Marina Bay’s financial district. The hotel has more than 14,000 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom and pre-function area.
United Arab Emirates
The 465-room Novotel Dubai Al Barsha opened with 10 meeting rooms and a business center.
Ireland’s Armada in Spanish Point and Hotel Doolin, both in County Clare, earned the Green Hospitality Awards program’s highest accreditation for reducing energy consumption by almost a third and landfill waste by more than 60 percent.
The 200-room, beachside Best Western Premier Havana Nha Trang opened with more than 16,000 square feet of conference/banquet space.
The Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau received its fifth Readers Choice Award from ConventionSouth.
The rebranded 264-room Declan Suites, near the San Diego Convention Center, opened with 5,200 square feet of meeting space.
District of Columbia
The 832-room/suite Omni Shoreham Hotel, with 24 meeting rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space, joined ALHI.
The 143-room Hyatt Place Daytona Beach-Oceanfront opened with 800 square feet of flexible, high-tech function space.
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club reopened its remodeled beachfront restaurant HB’s on the Gulf, which recently received an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. The 317-room resort also completed a $5 million renovation of its gulf-view ballroom and 34,000 square feet of function space.
The 155-room Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans French Quarter/Central Business District completed a $3.5 million renovation that included a lobby refresh and new furniture, carpeting, bathrooms and halls. It has 2,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Westin Kansas City Crown Center added Tangent at Westin, a flexible meeting/workspace with Smart Room technology. The 260-sq. ft. room holds four to six people and can be booked for impromptu meetings or for as little as one hour.
The Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza opened with 142 guest rooms/suites and 5,700 square feet of flexible event space.
The 159-room Hyatt Place Omaha/Downtown Old Market opened with more than 1,600 square feet of flexible function space.
The World Travel Awards recognized the Bellagio in Las Vegas as North America’s Leading Casino Resort for the fifth time. The resort has 17 meeting rooms, and four ballrooms that range in size from 9,750 to 45,000 square feet. Its outdoor Grand Patio measures 6,082 square feet.
The rebranded 427-room Hilton Meadowlands opened in East Rutherford with more than 30,000 square feet of flexible space, including 4,100 square feet of IACC-certified facilities. Its conference center has 15 meeting rooms and two ballrooms.
The Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains opened a 238-room hotel and adjacent convention center with 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
The Deadwood Mountain Grand Holiday Inn opened following a $50 million renovation. The 245,000-sq. ft. resort has a business center, indoor pool, casino and 2,000-person capacity event center.
The 109-room Homewood Suites by Hilton San Antonio Southwest/SeaWorld opened with 700 square feet of meeting space, plus an outdoor gathering area with a kitchen and grills.
The 288-room DoubleTree by Hilton Salt Lake City Airport opened following a $5.3 million renovation to guest rooms and public spaces. The hotel has 13,000 square feet of meeting space including a 3,948-sq. ft. ballroom that can hold up to 500 people.
The 42-room/suite Best Western Germantown opened with meeting space for up to 40 people.
— Compiled by Therra C. Gwyn