The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay opened with 140 guest rooms and six meeting rooms. The Grand Ballroom can hold 495 visitors.
The 567-room/suite Delta Toronto opened in Ontario with 17,000 square feet of meeting/conference space including a 6,000-sq. ft. ballroom and a 4,000-sq. ft. terrace for outdoor events.
The new Diaoyutai Boutique Chengdu opened with 45 guest rooms/suites and four restaurants as well as conference facilities.
A Holiday Inn Express hotel opened in downtown Yopal with 89 guest rooms and a 1,200-sq. ft. meeting room that can be divided by three.
The new Ramada Tikal Isla de Flores opened with a divisible-by-four conference room that holds up to 180 attendees.
The 115-room Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa opened with a 12,000-sq. ft. entertainment center and kids’ club.
The 200-room/suite Crowne Plaza Ahmedabad City Centre opened in Gujarat with five meeting rooms.
The 151-room Hampton Inn by Hilton Hermosillo opened with six meeting rooms, the largest measuring 1,200 square feet. It also has 680 square feet of pre-function space.
The 110-room Hampton Inn by Hilton Silao-Aeropuerto opened in Guanajuato with one 408-sq. ft. meeting room.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown, formerly the Kawarau, reopened with 98 guest room hotel and meeting space that accommodates 12 to 240 people.
The 155-room Hilton Garden Inn Krakow Airport opened with one boardroom, nine conference rooms and more than 3,000 square feet of pre-function space.
The former Admiral Club Hotel Belgrade reopened as Allure Caramel, a boutique art gallery hotel with 17 rooms/suites and a meeting room for 25 attendees.
The 91-room AC Hotel Colón Valencia opened with three meeting rooms.
The Centara Blue Marine Resort and Spa Phuket opened with 266 rooms, suites and villas. Its largest meeting rooms holds up to 180 people.
The 117-room Hampton by Hilton Gaziantep opened in the main business district with meeting space for 20 people.
The Holiday Inn Ankara Çukurambar opened with 140 guest rooms and more than 5,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space.
The 98-room AC Hotel Istanbul Maçka opened with three meeting rooms.
United Arab Emirates
The Palm hotel in Dubai was recognized twice by the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. It was named the No. 1 hotel in the Middle East and North Africa and No. 11 in the Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World.
The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach completed a six-month property-wide renovation of its 212 guest rooms, outdoor areas and 20,000 square feet of function space. A new private dining room with ocean views (capacity: 20) was added.
The B Ocean, formerly the Yankee Clipper Sheraton Fort Lauderdale, opened with 486 guest rooms and 7,500 square feet of function space. It also has a private beach.
The 125-acre Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club received the Florida Green Lodging Program’s Three Palm Rating for environmental initiatives. The 319-room resort has 34,000 square feet of function space.
The 600-room Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay completed a three-month renovation that included its 20,000 square feet of meeting space, new LED lighting, a state-of-the-art audiovisual system and new high-speed Wi-Fi.
The 272-room Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore Airport completed an $8 million renovation, adding two restaurants and 2,500 square feet of function space to its nine meeting rooms.
Catersource magazine named Proof of the Pudding in Atlanta one of the Leading Caterers of America.
The 101-room B Historic Savannah opened with 1,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Loews New Orleans Hotel completed a $4 million renovation of its 285 guest rooms and restaurant space. It has 17,000 square feet of flexible function space.
The 202-room Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans reopened as the Omni Riverfront Hotel after an $8 million renovation. It has more than 3,000 square feet of meeting space.
Lambertville Station Inn completed a $4 million renovation that included its 46 guest rooms and conference center and the addition of the 960-sq. ft. Riverview Suite. The inn has 5,000 square feet of meeting/event space.
The Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park completed a $10 million renovation of its 300 guest rooms/suites and 16,000 square feet of flexible meeting and outdoor event space.
The 139-room Hilton Garden Inn opened in Akron with 3,700 square feet of flexible meeting space.
The 77-room Country Inns & Suites by Carlson opened in Enid with a meeting room for up to 30 attendees.
The 130-room Courtyard Philadelphia Lansdale opened with 2,700 square feet of meeting and conference space.
The Cobblestone Inn & Suites opened in Corry with 37 guest rooms and one meeting room.
A new 73-room Hampton Inn opened in Kenedy with 600 square feet of meeting space.
The 214-room Courtyard by Marriott Houston North/Shenandoah opened with flexible meeting space totaling 1,999 square feet.
The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau won the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International’s 2014 Silver Adrian Award for its “My Houston” broadcast campaign.
The 193-room Courtyard by Marriott Ogden opened with 17,000 square feet of meeting space for up to 900 guests.
The 120-room Courtyard by Marriott Walla Walla opened three meeting rooms totaling 2,576 square feet of space.
— Compiled by Therra Gwyn-Jarimillo