July 23, 2008

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has launched Meetings That Matter, allowing event hosts to donate 10 percent of their room revenue to a charity of their choice, or to take the 10 percent as credit toward another meeting of equal or greater size. The program is available for groups with a minimum of 50 room nights, for business booked and completed in 2008 or 2009. The credit can be used toward events taking place by the end of 2010. Planners also can earmark their charitable donation for one of Fairmont's corporate partners, such as the National Geographic Society or the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. More information on Meetings That Matter is available at www.fairmont.com/meaningfulmeetings.

The 489-room Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has been reflagged as a Hilton Hotels & Resorts property. Rose Hall recently completed $40 million in renovations, which touched the guest rooms, lobby, restaurant and Grand Ballroom, and added a new spa and a pool. The property offers 14,000 square feet of meeting space, with a number of outdoor areas suitable for events. The resort also has 54 holes of golf and an 1,800-foot-long private beach.

The 1,400-room Hilton Orlando hotel, which will be connected to the Orange County Convention Center, will be topped off tomorrow. The property is expected to open in August 2009 and will include 175,000 square feet of meeting space, seven restaurants and lounges, a spa, two pools and a nine-hole golf course.
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has completed a US$27 million renovation of its 258-room Beijing property, which now has 102 suites and 13,000 square feet of meeting space. In addition to a new property in Singapore, which debuted earlier this year, St. Regis plans to open seven more hotels in Asia over the next three years, in Bangkok, Thailand; Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia; Lhasa, Tibet; Macau; Osaka, Japan; and Tianjin, China. Another property in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is slated to open in 2014.

A 250-room property, to be managed by InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, will open in Dakar, Senegal, in 2010. The oceanfront property will have a conference center, a business center and a spa.