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by Jonathan Vatner | April 01, 2007

The Shelbourne, Dublin, Ireland’s most storied hotel, reopened March 12 under Marriott’s Renaissance brand. The 265-room property, where Michael Collins signed the Irish Constitution, was completely restored -- except for the famous Horseshoe Bar, which was left as is. The hotel has 11 meeting rooms comprising 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

Richard Branson, owner of Necker Island, a private luxury retreat in the British Virgin Islands, purchased nearby Moskito Island and plans to build a luxury eco-resort. The 120-acre island will have Balinese-style accommodations and will be entirely carbon-neutral; a project timeline had not been set as of press time.

Coach Inc., seller of high-end leather goods popular as merchandise rewards, announced it will no longer sell its products at a discount to end users through corporate accounts. The purpose, according to Coach, is to “ensure that the company has more control over where Coach product is ultimately sold, in order to certify that it is through authorized distribution in image-enhancing locations.”