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CITY BEATNorthern Calif.
.........................FAIRMONT MOVES IN
The corks are popping in celebration of Wine Country hotel news.
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts put its moniker on the Sonoma Mission
Inn and Spa, after a renovation of the 228-room luxury resort
wrapped up last month. The property has 7,000 square feet of
meeting space and a 40,000-square-foot spa. In nearby Napa, an
80-room Hilton Garden Inn debuted in September with 1,200 square
feet of meeting space and, naturally, a wine bar.
IN SEARCH OF FUNDING
The city is debating the issuance of $41 million in bonds for a new
hotel. The deal would allow developer John Q. Hammons to build a
261-room Embassy Suites and conference center. Meanwhile, area
hoteliers are mulling a 1 percent lodging tax hike to pay for
convention center improvements and marketing initiatives by the
Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau. If they OK the idea,
the new tax of 6 percent would go to legislators next year.
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