Intercontinental Hotels Group announced
that Stevan Porter, president of its Americas region, is stepping
down for health reasons. Porter, who was appointed president in
2003, was responsible for the management, growth and profitability
of 3,400 properties in the United States, Canada, Central and South
America, and the Caribbean.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will build a 220-room
luxury hotel in Dubai called the St. Regis Dubai, scheduled for
opening in 2012. The property will offer three restaurants, two
bars, a fitness center, a swimming pool and a shopping complex, as
well as 4,500 square feet of meeting space. The St. Regis will be
part of a new mixed-use development called the Starhill Towers
& Gallery with views of Dubai Creek.
The 107-room Montauk Yacht Club Resort
& Marina, in East Hampton, N.Y., has finished the first phase
of a multimillion-dollar renovation. The work added iHome docking
stations and new bedding to all guest rooms, revamped the fitness
center and enhanced the guest-room corridors. A new menu has been
introduced at the Lighthouse Grill. Phase two, starting in the
winter, will transform the resort's 23 cottages; flat-screen TVs
and new furniture will be added to the guest rooms; the Lighthouse
Bar will be refurbished; and new wall coverings, soft goods and
state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment will be added to the
property's eight meeting rooms. Completion is expected by the
beginning of summer 2009.
Eurostars Hotels has opened the
107-room Eurostar Das Letras in Lisbon, Portugal. The boutique
property offers four small meeting rooms, the largest of which
holds up to 80 people theater-style.
A $7 million renovation has been
completed at the 246-room Magnolia Hotel Denver. The project
touched all areas of the property, revamping the rooms, redesigning
the suites, adding wired and wireless Internet access throughout,
and upgrading the 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 430-room Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel
and Spa has opened in the heart of the Texas city's downtown,
following a $46 million transformation. The former Ramada now
offers 22,000 square feet of meeting space, Shula's 347 Grill and
the 8,000-square-foot Spa Beaubelle.