Despite the weak economy, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc., said it will continue its nearly $4 billion revitalization of the Sheraton Hotels chain. The project, which began in 2007, is 70 percent complete.
The Crowne Plaza Paris République opened with 328 guestrooms and 18 meeting rooms.
The 162-room Crowne Plaza London Kensington opened after completing a multi-million dollar renovation. It has meeting space for up to 110 people.
The 426-room Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort added a 5,665-sq. ft., 550-person capacity ballroom to its Peninsula Convention Center. The new addition gives the resort nearly 110,000 total square feet of meeting space, including 49,000 square feet of indoor space and 60,000 square feet of outdoor space.
United Airlines will begin offering Internet access for $12.95 on its transcontinental flights later this year.
Virgin America added two nonstop roundtrip flights from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to SFO and three daily nonstop roundtrips from BOS to LAX.
Southwest Airlines will launch service to New York LaGuardia Airport in June with five daily nonstop flights to and from Chicago Midway International Airport and three daily nonstops to and from Baltimore/Washington International Airport.
US Airways no longer charges fees for non-alcoholic beverages on domestic flights; alcoholic drinks will remain $7.
The Pasadena Convention Center completed a $150 million expansion. New additions include a 60,000-sq. ft. exhibit hall, a 25,000-sq. ft. ballroom and 25 renovated breakout rooms.
The San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf hotel completed renovations to its 285 rooms and 7,000 square feet of meeting space.
The AAA Four-Diamond Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa completed a multi-million dollar renovation of its lobby, restaurants, 155 guestrooms and 14,000 square feet of space.
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The Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion completed a $5.2 million renovation of its 198 guest suites and 6,400 square feet of meeting space.
The seven-story, 67-room Hotel Indigo Ft. Myers River District opened with a rooftop pool and lounge.
The 104-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando-Ocoee East opened with meeting space for small groups.
The St. Regis Atlanta opened with 151 rooms, a Remède Spa, a 40,000-sq. ft. pool piazza and 16,800 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.
The W Atlanta-Downtown opened with 237 rooms and 8,900 square feet of meeting and event space.
The Hotel Palomar opened in midtown Atlanta with 304 rooms and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa in Maui completed a $50 million renovation of its 780 guest rooms. Upgrades include enhancements to its 100,000 square feet of meeting space, spa, fitness center, pool and dining venues.
The 255-room Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove reopened after completing a multi-million dollar renovation of the entire property, including its 5,500 square feet of meeting space.
The 254-room Chicago Marriott Suites Downers Grove completed an $800,000 renovation, including upgrades to its 5,700 square feet of meeting space.
The Chicago Marriott Oak Brook opened with 350 rooms and 18,600 square feet of meeting space, including an 11,040-sq. ft. ballroom.
The 181-room Holiday Inn New Orleans West Bank Tower opened with 3,283 square feet of meeting and event space.
The environmentally friendly, 175-room Embassy Suites-Brooklyn Center opened in Minneapolis with over 15,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Durham Convention Center (formerly the Durham Civic Center) is undergoing renovations to its exhibit space.
The 312-room Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham was named the No. 1 Sheraton hotel in America. It has 34,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine added 203 new suites (total: 605) and opened a 20,000-sq. ft. conference center that has seven breakout rooms, an executive boardroom and an outdoor event plaza.
The LEED-certified Element Houston Vintage Park opened with 123 rooms and 456-sq. ft. of meeting space.
The Hyatt Regency Houston completed a $40 million renovation of its 947 rooms and 64,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 346-room Hyatt at Olive 8 opened in Seattle with 11,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Staybridge Suites Franklin opened near the Milwaukee airport with 118 rooms and 1,600 square feet of meeting space.