The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) has named its 2014 board of directors, an effort toward diversifying the leadership of the national organization. Equal spots were given to representatives from hotel chains and brands, leading management companies, small owners, REITs, and independent hotels and state associations. AH&LA, based in Washington, D.C., is the only […]
Arne Sorenson, president and chief operating officer of Marriott International, will become chief executive officer when JW Marriott Jr. steps down in March. Robin Graf was appointed vice president of operations for Castle Resorts & Hotels’ 22 properties in Hawaii, Saipan and New Zealand. Carlson Wagonlit Travel named Andrew Waller president of CWT Europe, Middle […]
International Lufthansa began twice-daily nonstop service from Frankfurt, Germany, to London’s Gatwick Airport. Virgin Atlantic will offer nonstop service between London and Vancouver, beginning in summer 2012. Argentina In Buenos Aires, the Algodon Mansion and its restaurant Chez Nous became members of Relais & Chateaux. They are the city’s first hotel and second restaurant to […]
A roundup of new hotel projects, renovations, expansions and other destination news both nationally and abroad.
Former ICCA CEO Tom Hulton received the International Congress and Convention Association’s Moises Shuster Award for outstanding service in the international meetings industry. Speaker Daniel Burrus received the “Legends of the Platform” award at the most recent Veterans Speakers Retreat. The annual award honors a select group of professional speakers who have been in the […]
New hires, sales managers and CVB staff throughout the meetings, convention and tourism industry.
Expect to see 10 percent fewer Crowne Plaza hotels next year. InterContinental Hotels Group plans to reposition the brand as an upper-upscale chain and estimates that about 40 of the existing 400 hotels will be unable to make the transition. For the full story, click here.
New hires and convention staff at hotels, service providers and tourism agencies domestically and internationally.
International The Ritz-Carlton is now managing the 250-room Al Bustan Palace in Muscat, Oman. The property has five meeting rooms, 200 acres of landscaped gardens and a private beach. Finnair will introduce a direct route to Chongqing, China, in 2012. Finnair is the first airline to open a direct flight route from Europe to Chongqing. […]
They haven’t lost the cookie, but DoubleTree by Hilton wants travelers to know they also care about the little things that make guests feel welcome and comfortable. The Hilton brand began a yearlong branding campaign May 26, after commemorating the opening of its 250th hotel. The once U.S.-focused brand now has hotels in 17 countries […]
Information on the newest hotels, renovation and expansion projects and hospitality industry awards, both nationally and internationally.
At a recent global owners meeting in Orlando, Hilton Worldwide distributed iPads to 1,700 attendees staying at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando hotels. Preloaded with a “virtual concierge” app, the iPads allowed attendees to schedule wake-up calls, request housekeeping, arrange transportation, make dinner reservations and even request drinks be brought to […]
A round-up of new hotels and developments, nationally and internationally.
A run-down of new hires, promotions and award-winners in the meeting and hospitality industry.
The world’s largest and most geographically diverse gaming company has a new name: Caesars Entertainment Corporation. “In recognition of Caesars’ status as the world’s preeminent and most respected casino brand, we have changed the name of our parent company to Caesars Entertainment Corporation,” stated Gary Loveman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Caesars Entertainment. […]
For the next two years, Hilton Worldwide is prohibited from creating any hotel brand that might compete with Starwood in the “lifestyle hotel or branded boutique space,” a federal court decreed. An independent monitor also will be keeping watch on Hilton to ensure trade secrets stolen from Starwood aren’t put to use. Starwood Hotels & […]
It may have taken 10 years to plan and more than two years to build, but the Peabody Orlando’s $450 million expansion project is finally complete. The project added a 32-story tower with more than 700 guest rooms; a state of the art conference center; a 22,000-sq. ft. full-service spa; and new dining and recreational […]
International India’s Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts named Thomas Lind its vice president of operations; Roger Wright became its general manager. Ana Maria Viscasillas was named board chairwoman of Best Cities Global Alliance. National Bob Gilbert became CEO of Travika, a specialized travel and hospitality consultancy group. David Gabri, president and CEO of the Association […]
In January, The Peppermill Reno will become the first geothermal-heated U.S. hotel, spa and casino. During an $8 million drilling project, contracted workers discovered a hot water aquifer beneath one of the hotel towers. The nearly 170 degrees F water isn’t hot enough to generate electricity, but it can provide enough heat and hot water […]
The 3,900-room Fontainebleau Las Vegas has canceled meetings and conventions scheduled for the first half of 2010 (Jan. 1 – June 29). Originally slated to open in October 2009, construction efforts on the $2.9 billion casino resort stalled after developers failed to get an estimated $800 million to finish the project. According to Associated Press […]
For a taste of what’s new in hotel technology, check into the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center in Alabama, which opened last month.
Marriott International has teamed up with Studio 54 legend Ian Schrager to launch its first boutique hotel brand, Edition.
More than 300 Sheraton and Four Points by Sheraton hotels and resorts throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Canada will become smoke-free properties by the end of this year.
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