by Cheryl-Ann Sturken | December 01, 2006

The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach in Florida will celebrate its reopening this month, following an extensive redesign and overhaul. The 310-room luxury property has one more debut to come: Opening in early 2007 is the 28,000-square-foot Grand Spa.

The November elections included the successful passage of several antismoking measures. Arizona, Ohio and Nevada now join the growing list of states that prohibit lighting up in restaurants, bars and most public spaces. The new legislation takes effect as of January 2007.

The internal revenue service’s suggested mileage rate for using a car for the purposes of business travel will increase on Jan. 1, 2007, from 44.5 cents per mile to 48.5 cents per mile. The IRS rate is based on an annual study of the cost of operating an automobile.

Delta Air lines will launch four-times weekly nonstop service, beginning Dec. 9, from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Piarco International Airport in Trinidad.