August 01, 2003
Meetings & Conventions: Newsline newsline.gif (8042 bytes)CITY BEATAnchorage
Stargazers and nature-lovers who flock to rugged Alaska have never had more places to stay, particularly in this city. The 125-room Hilton Garden Inn opened recently in the city’s business district. The new property comes on the heels of the 109-room Dimond Center Hotel, which opened last summer. At least five more hotels are planned for the near future, boosting the city’s room count to more than 6,000.

Huntsville, Ala.
Home to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville will have a new star in its hotel portfolio. John Q. Hammons is building a $40 million, 300-room Embassy Suites Hotel, to be connected to the Von Braun Center. A grand opening for the property is set for fall 2005. Meanwhile, this month the 290-room Huntsville Marriott wraps up nearly $2 million in renovations of guest rooms and meeting space. And, in October, the city unveils its new visitors center.

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