Most hotels and facilities in Florida escaped unscathed from Hurricane Wilma. Lack of electricity was the biggest concern, but that didn't stop groups from meeting in South Florida. Wilma arrived in Florida after ricocheting off the Yucatan Peninsula, where recovery efforts are getting hotels and facilities back online as soon as possible.
The General Service Administration increased the standard daily allowance for meals, incidental expenses and lodging for government travel in most markets for fiscal year 2006. New per diem rates went into effect Oct. 1. In the cities where government meetings book the greatest number of rooms, the average allowed per diem rate is higher than […]
InterContinental Hotels Group opened a “Holiday Inn for the 21st century” in Pooler, Ga., on Sept. 28. The 63,000-sq. ft. Holiday Inn Savannah-Pooler is designed to capitalize on the iconic heritage of the Holiday Inn brand while offering modern, innovative amenities for business travelers and families. Rooms are equipped with business amenities, such as voice […]
Several hotel chains have waived cancellation fees for meetings scheduled in New Orleans. According to Lodging Econometrics, Inc., 160 Louisiana hotels (28,481 rooms) and 33 Alabama hotels (3,650 rooms) currently are closed. In Mississippi, 93 hotels with a total of 13,701 rooms are closed. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared the following counties […]
Helping hurricane victims, buzzy booths at PYM Expo Atlanta, hand-made gift baskets, and in-room fitness.
Marriott Hotels and Resorts unveiled its hip new room design — its first in 10 years — with a live billboard in Times Square Sept. 21. The mSpot billboard, a life-sized Marriott guest room that doubles as a soundstage, features live entertainment from musicians such as Ciara, Antigone Rising and Collective Soul, and morning workout […]