by Tom Isler | September 01, 2005

Palm Beach, Fla.
Help for Planners
The Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau has unveiled “With Our Compliments,” a new one-stop complimentary service dedicated to smoothing the meeting planning process, from program development to promotion. On the hotel front, the 270-room Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, is getting ready to wrap up a $25 million renovation, and the 69-room Colony Club in nearby Delray Beach recently completed an $8 million renovation. On the drawing board for West Palm Beach is City Center, a waterfront park, boardwalk and cultural hub set to open in 2007.

Awaiting the Spotlight
The Motor City’s new casinos, highway improvements and urban renewal projects are coming at just the right time: The city is turning itself into a mecca for major sporting events as the host of the 2006 Super Bowl XL, the 2008 PGA Championship, the 2009 NCAA Final Four and the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four.

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AZ, Scottsdale
The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch unveiled the $9 million, 21,000-square-foot Spa Avania in July. The 490-room hotel has 35,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 14,000-square-foot ballroom.

CA, Coronado
The Hotel del Coronado, immortalized in the 1959 film Some Like It Hot, recently finished a $10 million renovation of guest rooms in three of its buildings. The 381-room hotel has 44 meeting rooms, including a 12,500-square-foot ballroom and a 10,900-square-foot hall.

CA, Long Beach
The 374-room Renaissance Long Beach Hotel completed a $5.4 million guest-room renovation in July. The property has 10 meeting rooms, including a 7,400-square-foot ballroom, and plans to renovate its meeting space beginning in early 2006.

Shores Resort & Spa

Shore thing.
The Shores Resort and Spa, formerly the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, wrapped up a $33 million transformation in August. The 212-room property, owned and operated by Noble House Hotels and Resorts, has seven indoor meeting rooms, an oceanside terrace and a 6,900-square-foot ballroom. The property also unveiled a spa and a new restaurant. (386) 767-7350; 

FL, Miami

The former Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel and Convention Center has been redubbed the Sheraton Miami Mart Hotel following an $8 million renovation. The property has 334 guest rooms and nearly 25,000 square feet of meeting space.

Hawaii, Honolulu
The 1,230-room Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa wraps up a $16 million guest-room renovation this month. The property offers 10,000 square feet of exhibit space and five meeting rooms.

LA, New Orleans
The 331-room New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center, opened in July across from the Morial Convention Center, has 13 meeting rooms totaling 24,000 square feet.

MO, O’Fallon
Staybridge Suites O’FallonSt. Louis, a 97-room all-suite hotel with 1,000 square feet of meeting space, opened in June. All suites have ergonomic work stations, high-speed Internet access and kitchens.

NY, Lake Placid
The former Holiday Inn Lake Placid was revamped and reopened in July as the 200-room Crowne Plaza Lake Placid Resort, with 1,800 square feet of exhibit space and seven meeting rooms.

VA, South Boston
The former Marriott Inn and Conference Center Berry Hill has been reflagged as the Berry Hill Plantation Resort under the new management of Benchmark Hospitality International. The 750-acre property has 92 guest rooms and 12 meeting and event rooms, as well as an upscale restaurant and the Blackberry Spa. The resort plans to add 100 guest rooms, 12,000 square feet of additional meeting space and a golf course over the next three years.