New Center Being Built
Construction has begun on the new $192 million Raleigh Convention Center, to open in February 2008. The facility will feature 150,000 square feet of exhibit space, 16 meeting rooms and a ballroom seating 2,400. A 400-room Marriott hotel, to open at the same time, will be the headquarters property. The former Four Points Sheraton Crabtree is getting a $30 million revamp and will reopen in early 2006 as the Westin at Crabtree Valley.
Salt Lake City
More Space and Flights
An expansion of the Salt Palace Convention Center got under way last November, when construction began on a 145,000-square-foot exhibit hall and 80,000 square feet of new meeting space. Work is expected to finish in August 2006. In January, Delta Air Lines revealed plans to beef up operations at Salt Lake City International Airport with 13 new nonstop flights to several locations, including Austin and San Antonio, Texas; Maui, Hawaii; New Orleans; and Los Cabos, Mexico.
The 299-room Crowne Plaza Phoenix-Airport has completed a
$5.5 million renovation to round out its recent upgrade from a
Holiday Inn Express. The property offers 5,400 square feet of
meeting space, including a new 800-square-foot ballroom.
The 210-room Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale debuted several new
function spaces in December, including the 5,630-square-foot
Ironwood Ballroom and three breakout rooms, boosting total event
space to 36,000 square feet.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel completed a $15 million
renovation last month, giving its 302 guest rooms, 18,364 square
feet of meeting space and lobby lounge a chic vintage aesthetic.
Also new: a poolside lounge, a nightclub and a restaurant.
Victor victorious. Miami’s hopping South Beach
area welcomed the Jacques Garcia-designed, 91-room Hotel Victor
last month. Expect a full-size bar in every room, a rimless pool
overlooking the Atlantic, a jellyfish-filled aquarium and, of
course, a 6,000-square-foot spa. The property also offers a 25-seat
boardroom and several lounges for events. (305) 428-1234; www.hotelvictorsouthbeach.com
The 347-room Hyatt Regency Savannah will add 5,000 square
feet of meeting space (joining an existing 28,000 square feet) this
month as well as a new restaurant.
The 800-room Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, adjacent to the
convention center and home to a 12,000-square-foot ballroom of its
own, wrapped up an $8 million guest room renovation this month,
touching on every amenity from bed to bath.
The 295-room Eaglewood Resort & Spa transferred management to
Benchmark Hospitality International in December. The property
a 38,000-square-foot conference center and a 10,000-square-foot
spa. Also on site: a six-lane bowling facility.
IA, Des Moines
The 285-room Holiday Inn University Park Hotel re-opens
this month as the Sheraton West Des Moines, offering 18,000 square
feet of meeting space.
The 767-room Isle of Capri Casino Resort completed an $80
million expansion last month and now features 34,000 square feet of
meeting space, a pool and a spa.
PR, San Juan
Following a $7 million renovation, the 240-room Wyndham
Old San Juan became the Sheraton Old San Juan in December and now
has 11,300 square feet of meeting space.
The 977-room Hyatt Regency Houston completes $18 million
in renovations this month, offering luxurious featherbeds in every
guest room, along with 64,000 square feet of function space.