New CVB Forms
With work under way on the Davis County Conference Center here, county officials formed a convention and visitors bureau. A board was nominated in August for the new Davis Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. When the center opens in Layton in July 2004, it will offer 41,000 square feet of function space. An attached Hilton Garden Inn with 150 rooms also is being built and will open concurrently with the center.
Wing C Under Way
Work began in September on the new South Wing C at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center. This expansion will add 237,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space to the facility upon its completion in October 2005. When the project is finished, the center will offer a total of 425,700 square feet of exhibit space. Also coming in 2005 is the new Wyndham Louisville International Airport hotel, which will offer 225 guest rooms and some 12,000 square feet of meeting space.
The new Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Midtown made its debut
in August. The 156-room hotel has 7,500 square feet of meeting
space and is surrounded by nearly one million square feet of retail
and office space.
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC,
assumed management of the 139-room Hotel George, following a change
in ownership. The boutique property has 2,000 square feet of
meeting space and a 180-seat French restaurant.
FL, Miami Beach
The third in Ritz-Carlton’s trio of South Florida
properties, the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, will open next month.
The hotel is housed in a restored art deco building and will offer
375 guest rooms and 20,000 square feet of meeting space, along with
a 13,000-square-foot spa.
MI, Bay Harbor
Next month, The Inn at Bay Harbor becomes The Inn at Bay HarborA
Renaissance Resort. The property, along Michigan’s Little Traverse
Bay, offers 85 suites and 24 cottages. For groups, the inn has
11,000 square feet of combined indoor and outdoor meeting
LIVING LODGE. A new retreat for VIPs, the Lodge
at Keyah Grande, debuted in August. Eight suites host up to 16,
while Colorado’s San Juan Mountains offer privacy and views. The
conference room seats up to 24; it has high-speed Internet access
and a touch-activated screen for presentations. After meeting,
guests can unwind around the distinctive outdoor fire pit. (970)
MO, St. Charles
Ground was broken on the new Embassy Suites Hotel
St. Charles in September, adjacent to the site on which the new
St. Charles Convention Center will be built. The $36 million hotel
will open in January 2005 with 265 guest rooms and 5,200 square
feet of meeting space.
The Holiday Inn Springfield University Plaza Hotel and Convention
Center became the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in
October. The 271-room property, which has approximately 103,000
square feet of meeting space, including 69,000 square feet of
exhibit space, wrapped up a $5 million renovation in September.
Hershey Resorts will begin a $2 million renovation to the
Hotel Hershey in January. The project includes refurbishment of 120
of the property’s 234 guest rooms, which will be completed by March
2004. For groups, the hotel offers 23,500 square feet of meeting
The former Hilton Richmond Airport became the Doubletree Hotel
Richmond Airport in September. All 160 guest rooms are being
refurbished following the reflagging. The Doubletree has nearly
7,500 square feet of meeting space.