Nikko Bali Resort & Spa was renamed Grand Nikko Bali following upgrades and the opening of MPF, a 12,000-sq. ft multipurpose event facility. A 30-person gazebo can accommodate outdoor events. The resort also added 19 one-bedroom villas and one three-bedroom villa.
The 169-room, $27 million ALT Hotel Halifax Stanfield opened in the Maritimes with more than 6,775 square feet of function space and two 280-sq.ft. creative lounges for brainstorming and informal meetings.
The 594-room/suite/apartment Hilton Shijiazhuang opened with more than 24,000 square feet of meeting space and six restaurants and bars.
The 333-room Renaissance Cairo Mirage opened with 14 meeting rooms and a 7,266-sq. ft. ballroom.
Grand Cayman Islands
Holiday Inn Grand Cayman Resort opened with 117 guest rooms, one 900-sq. ft. meeting room and a pavilion for outdoor functions.
The 450-room Hyatt Regency Gurgaon opened in New Delhi’s National Capital Region. The hotel has 40,000 square feet of multipurpose convention space, including the pillar-less Regency Ballroom (20,710 square feet), eight meeting rooms, a boardroom and a dedicated pre-function area for each space.
The 272-room/suite InterContinental Osaka opened with four meeting/event spaces and a full-service wedding chapel.
The 177-loft Aloft Cancun opened with 6,500 square feet of meeting and banquet space and a rooftop pool.
The Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda opened with 229 rooms (23 adapted for disabled guests) and eight meeting rooms, the largest of which holds 300 people.
The 109-room Hampton by Hilton Clug-Napoca opened with a meeting room that holds up to 35 people.
The 133-room Best Western Art Hotel Nikolaevsky Posad opened in Suzda with five conference rooms, three restaurants, a concert hall and a sports arena with a capacity of up to 800.
The 290-room/suite Holiday Inn Riyadh Meyda opened with 16 meeting rooms on a dedicated conference floor.
United Arab Emirates
The Holiday Inn Bur Dubai in the Embassy District received a TripAdvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence award.
The 252-room/suite Oberoi Dubai opened with nine meeting rooms and a 26th-floor boardroom with a private terrace. The hotel’s ballroom (capacity: 440 people) can be divided into three sections.
The 134-room Hilton Garden Inn Marina del Rey opened with 2,000 square feet of flexible function space that can accommodate up to 150 people.
Maya Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar by chef Richard Sandoval opened at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain in Vail Valley.
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village was awarded a AAA Four-Diamond rating.
The four-level, 600,000-sq. ft. Tampa Convention Center was approved as an Energy Star Partner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Energy Department.
W Atlanta-Buckhead earned the 2013 American Hotel & Lodging Stars of the Industry award in the ongoing special events category for its third annual ThinkPINK breast-cancer awareness campaign.
The 1,260-room/suite Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago completed a $110 million expansion/renovation that included construction of a 460-guest room tower, a 4,000-sq. ft. Prairie Room, a remodeled 25,000-sq. ft. conference center and three new boardrooms. It now has a total of 50,000 square feet of in-house function space.
The Millennium Hotel Minneapolis reopened after $22 million in renovations that included all 321 guest rooms and public spaces. The hotel’s 22,000 square feet of function space also was upgraded and a club floor and lounge were added.
The 300-room Tremont Suites Hotel relaunched as Embassy Suites Baltimore-Downtown. The hotel’s Grand Historic Venue has 45,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space with 19 banquet rooms and three ballrooms.
The 110-room Country Inn & Suites, Lincoln Airport NE ,opened with one meeting room that holds up to 50 people.
A 36-room Cobblestone Inn & Suites opened in Rugby with one meeting room that holds up to 100 people.
The 180-room Aloft Tulsa opened downtown with 9,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
The 92-suite Homewood Suites Newport Middletown opened; its largest meeting room is 782 square feet.
The 85-suite TownePlace Suites Whiskey Road opened in Aiken.
The 100-suite Residence Inn by Marriott, Columbia-Northwest, opened in Irmo with one 744-sq. ft. meeting space.
The 112-suite Homewood Suites Fort Worth — Medical Center opened with one 750-sq. ft. meeting room.