by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | June 01, 2007

American Airlines began daily, nonstop service between Austin, Texas, and Seattle in April, primarily to service 150 Austin-based Microsoft employees, who collectively fly to Seattle an average of 500 times each year.

TheRitz-Carlton Hotel Co. is being sued by famed Swiss spa Clinique La Prairie for trademark violation. The suit claims the La Prairie spa at Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, intentionally misleads customers and has damaged the Swiss facility’s 75-year reputation.

Global Hyatt Corp. has launched Andaz, a new brand of upscale urban hotels planned for London, New York and Los Angeles. The first Andaz will open in September in London’s financial district, with the rebranding of the existing Great Eastern Hotel.

Walt Disney World Hotels will ban smoking as of June 1 in all guest rooms, balconies, patios and other areas, except for designated smoking zones. A $200 to $500 cleaning fee will be tacked onto the hotel bill of any guest who breaks the new regulation.