Foxwoods Resort Casino in southeastern
Connecticut opens its new 825-room MGM Grand at Foxwoods this
weekend. The $700 million hotel has 115,000 square feet of meeting
space, giving the resort a total of 170,000 square feet; a
21,000-square-foot spa with 12 treatment rooms; a 4,000-seat
theater; multiple restaurants, and a 50,000-square-foot casino.
The Philadelphia mayor's office is
considering a 1 percent increase to the city's hotel tax, according
to published reports. Philadelphia's hotel tax currently stands at
14 percent, which includes a 7 percent occupancy tax, 6 percent
sales tax and 1 percent city tax. The increase would generate an
additional $5 million to $6 million, to be split by the
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greater
Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.
Last week, in response to the
increasing cost of oil, Delta Air Lines raised fuel surcharges on
domestic tickets to $65 per flight, an increase of $10. Roundtrip
fuel surcharges now stand at $130. Within days, the increase was
matched by American, Continental, Northwest, United and US
The Green Meeting Industry Council has
hired Tamara Kennedy-Hill as its new executive director.
Kennedy-Hill has worked in the meetings and hospitality industry
for 10 years, most recently as convention sales manager for Travel
Portland (Ore.), with a focus on the green meetings market. She
also served as program chair for the last two "Greening the
Hospitality Industry" conferences, hosted by the GMIC.
Steve Wynn, chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, announced grand
plans for increasing his company's room count and convention space
in Las Vegas. According to a transcript of Wynn's first-quarter
earnings call, posted at seekingalpha.com, the company is planning
to build two hotel towers, with approximately 2,600 rooms each, in
the area currently occupied by the Wynn golf course. The hotels
would share about 1.6 to 1.8 million square feet of exhibit space,
and easy access to both the Las Vegas Convention Center and Las
Vegas Sands would be provided by a free underground tram. Planning
still is in the preliminary stages, and no dates have been
announced for construction or opening.