July 16, 2008

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.