The 471-room Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel opened Monday.
Near the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the property
offers a "modern American" restaurant called 606 Congress, created
by chef and restaurateur Michael Schlow. The hotel's more than
21,000 square feet of meeting space includes a 10,700-square-foot
ballroom and a 4,400-square-foot junior ballroom. State-of-the-art
technology is available throughout the property.
Pinnacle Entertainment's $250 million gaming entertainment
complex called Riviere -- which will include a 70,000-square-foot
casino and a 100-room hotel, as well as a spa, a gym, a tennis
center, a golf course, an equestrian center and more -- has been
approved by voters in the Louisiana parish of East Baton Rouge.
Pinnacle now will pursue a development agreement for the complex,
which will be built in multiple phases on a 550-acre site along the
Mississippi River. No groundbreaking or completion dates have been
The 430-room Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina,
formerly known as the Hyatt Islandia, has unveiled a $65 million
transformation. The San Diego property now showcases the signature
Red Marlin waterfront restaurant, which offers several group-dining
areas, including an open-air terrace and a chef's table. Also part
of the revamp is a new poolside deck and lounge with fire pits,
30,000 square feet of remodeled function space and the new Blue
Marble Spa, featuring organic products and energy-efficient
Jonathan Tisch is stepping down as chairman of the board of NYC
& Co., New York City's convention and visitors bureau,
effective immediately. Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels, has
headed the NYC & Co. board since May 2002, contributing to the
city's most successful year in tourism; 46.3 million visitors came
to town in 2007. The organization's CEO, George Fertitta, will
serve as chairman of the board until a new chairman is named.
Meeting Professionals International will use the changes it
implemented to its trade show at the Professional Education
Conference-North America this month at its larger trade show during
the World Education Congress, to be held Aug. 9-12 in Las Vegas.
"We received a lot of positive feedback on the innovations we
brought to PEC-NA in Houston and will incorporate these successes
at WEC in Las Vegas," said the association's spokesperson. Creating
a new look in Houston, MPI eliminated the pipe and drape that
normally separates exhibit booths, allowing attendees to see from
one side of the show floor to the other. MPI also will continue to
implement changes to the conference's educational offerings,
inviting members to help create seminar topics and content.