Marriott International plans to open 95 hotels throughout Latin America and the Caribbean by 2016. Flags will include four Ritz-Carltons, four Marriotts, four JW Marriotts, three Residence Inns and eight Courtyard by Marriotts.
CITS American Business Travel was named 2011’s Best Corporate Travel Management Company in China by TravelWeekly China.
Ritz-Carlton plans to open new hotels in Wuhan and Dalian by 2017.
Suadade, a four-star hotel, opened beachfront in Gradac. Amenities include 26 double rooms, three apartments, a restaurant, a fitness center and a wellness center.
Near Opatija, the four-star Hotel Villa Kapetanovic opened with 21 rooms and three apartments. Other amenities include an exhibit hall, spa and on-site dining.
A cave bar opened in Dubrovnik at the hotel More. It’s accessible from the hotel and the hotel’s beach.
The Sonesta Hotel Guayaquil opened with 112 rooms in Guayaquil’s La Gran Manzana complex.
Icelandair is adding service to/from Denver on May 11, 2012. There will be four flights a week to/from Reykjavik.
The Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, near Limerick, was named “Ireland’s Leading Hotel” by the World Travel Awards, which has been called the “Oscars” of travel and tourism. The Kildare Hotel, Spa and Country Club (also known as The K Club) was named “Ireland’s Leading Golf Resort.”
A new, $422 million international airport is scheduled to open in Timna, 11 miles north of the seaside resort town of Eilat, in 2014.
The Royal Beach Tel Aviv hotel is scheduled to open in summer 2012.
A Four Seasons hotel is scheduled to open in Okinawa by 2014.
The RIU Plaza Guadalajara opened with 550 rooms and meeting space for up to 1,700.
Hilton plans to open a 259-room resort in Puerto Vallarta next year.
The Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama opened in Punta Pacifica with 369 guest rooms and 46,000 square feet of meeting space.
Trump International Golf Links is scheduled to open along the coastline of Aberdeen in 2012. The links-style golf course will be 15 minutes from the Aberdeen Airport.
In Loch Lomond, the luxurious Cameron House, an 18th-century baronial mansion/golf resort, completed a $40 million renovation.
A 237-room Sheraton hotel is expected to open in Adana in 2013.
The Birmingham Crossplex, a $46 million aquatic center and indoor track complex opened with broadcast-ready press accommodations, a 54-ft. jumbo screen, hydraulically banked indoor tracks and an Olympic-style swimming pool.
Virgin America will begin nonstop service between San Francisco International Airport and Palm Springs International Airport on Dec. 15.
The Viejas tribe will build a $36 million, 150-room hotel on its reservation in San Diego County next to its Viejas Casino. The business-friendly hotel is scheduled to open by 2013.
In downtown San Diego, the Westin Gaslamp Quarter is undergoing a $25 million renovation. Updates of its 450 guest rooms are complete; the hotel’s 35,000 square feet of meeting space will be renovated later this year.
The Embassy Suites Ontario-Airport opened in southern California with 175 suites and 5,300 square feet of meeting space.
The Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau announced plans for four new hotels, including a Hampton Inn and a Courtyard by Marriott.
Destination Colorado has launched a new website at destinationcolorado.com that caters to meeting planners and incentive buyers.
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater received the U.S. Travel Association’s 2011 Destiny Award for its marketing and promotional campaign about its new Dali Museum. The national award recognizes excellence and creative accomplishment in travel marketing and promotion.
In Orlando, a $360 million, 444-room Four Seasons hotel is scheduled to open at Walt Disney World in 2014.
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club’s championship golf course reopened after adding new grass to all the fairways.
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers now has a mobile-friendly website: edisonfordwinterestates.org.
Construction on a 37,000-sq. ft. conference center is underway in downtown Douglasville. The multi-million dollar project is funded by the city’s hotel-motel tax.
The 285-room Public Hotel Chicago (formerly the Ambassador East Hotel) has completed a $35 million renovation. A boutique-style property, it is the first of Ian Schrager’s new Public Hotel chain to open.
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans is scheduled to re-open this month after completing a $275 million redesign and revitalization project it began post-Katrina. James Beard Award-winning chef John Besh helm its coastal Louisiana meets Spanish seafood restaurant Borgne. Other amenities will include 1,193 guest rooms and suites, and 200,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Marriott Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland, received its Green Seal certification. It achieved LEED Silver certification in 2004.
The University Hotel Minneapolis (formerly the Radisson University Hotel-Minneapolis) is under new management: Noble House Hotels & Resorts.
A 212-room Embassy Suites is expected to open this month in downtown St. Louis.
Las Vegas’ Plaza Hotel reopened after completing a $35 million renovation of its guest rooms, suites, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Guests of Reno’s Peppermill Resort Spa Casino now can check in online and pick up room keys at the hotel’s express check-in kiosk.
The 486-room Valley Forge Casino Resort is undergoing a $100 million renovation and is expected to reopen in spring 2012. Formerly part of the Valley Forge Convention Center, the casino will be the Philadelphia area’s fourth.
In Newport, the Chanler at Cliff Walk’s Spiced Pear restaurant received Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence.
Construction is underway on a $250 million Omni hotel in Nashville. Amenities will include 800 guest rooms and more than 80,000 square feet of meeting/event space when it opens in 2013.
The Charleston Conference Center Hotel (formerly the Ramada Plaza) in South Charleston is undergoing a $10 million renovation. Amenities will include new meeting space and an indoor pool. When renovations are complete, it will be a Holiday Inn & Suites.