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by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | October 01, 2007

The Cruise industry generated $35.7 billion in gross U.S. economic output in 2006, according to a report released in August by the Cruise Lines International Association. Embarkations from U.S. ports increased 4 percent over 2005 to 9 million and accounted for 75 percent of total global embarkations.

Loews Hotels will open its first property in Atlanta in 2010. The 414-room Loews Atlanta Hotel will anchor a $500 million mixed-use development and feature 24,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Lakeside Princeton Conference Center & Hotel is now the Wyndham Princeton Forrestal Hotel & Conference Center. The 364-room property, which features a 400-seat auditorium and 62,000 square feet of meeting space, is slated to undergo a makeover later this year.

The State of Tennessee rejected the proposal for a $14 million Lighthouse Lodge & Convention Center at Norris Dam State Park. Among officials’ objections was that the facility would be publicly funded but privately operated.