The U.S. Department of
Transportation has awarded two nonstop flights between the U.S.
and China to Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. The routes --
between Atlanta and Shanghai for Delta, and from San Francisco to
Guangzhou for United -- will begin in 2008. Four more U.S.-China
flights are on the way for the four other domestic "legacy"
carriers: Awaiting final approval are a Chicago-Beijing flight for
American; Newark to Shanghai for Continental; Detroit to Shanghai
for Northwest, and Philadelphia to Beijing for US Airways. The
announcement follows a flight-encouraging agreement signed by the
U.S. and Chinese governments in July.
After years of negotiations, Washington, D.C., finally
reached an agreement with Marriott International and RLJ
Development for a $540 million convention center hotel. The
1,150-room property, which is 300 rooms fewer than originally
planned, will be built across the street from the Washington
Convention Center at Massachusetts and 9th Street NW and feature
100,000 square feet of meeting space. The compromise to build a
smaller hotel gives the Washington Convention Center Authority the
power to control close to 80 percent of the headquarters hotel's
room blocks. The WCCA estimates it has spent $2.6 million to bring
this project to fruition. Marriott hopes to break ground in the
next few months.
Officials from the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in
Atlantic City are investigating a fire that occurred Sunday at The
Water Club, a second property currently under construction adjacent
to the Borgata. According to a statement released by the hotel,
it's still too early to estimate what effect the fire will have on
the development timeline, if any. The $400 million, 800-room Water
Club previously was slated for an early 2008 opening. The hotel and
its construction company are currently assessing damages. The fire
did not affect the Borgata itself.
Last week, one day after Massachusetts Gov. Deval
Patrick announced a plan to develop three casino resorts in the
state, the Illinois Senate passed a bill that would create three
casinos in that state, including two riverboat gaming facilities
and one land-based casino in Chicago. Revenue generated from the
properties would help fund state construction programs. The bill
has been sent to the Illinois House for approval.
The Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors
Bureau has added a provision to its new contract with the county,
which goes into effect Oct.1, preventing 49 non-Orange County
member hotels from receiving convention sales leads. Sharon
Donoghue, the Orange County deputy county administrator, said the
decision was made because Orange County resort taxes go to the
bureau, and those tax dollars should benefit hotels within the
county. A spokesperson for the bureau said the CVB can ask the
county to include noncounty hotels in certain cases: In requests
for proposal for conventions with 50,000 attendees or more, and
when multiple conferences or conventions are scheduled in the area
at the same time. However, leads will be sent only to hotels that
meet the meeting planner's specifications. "If we can't meet the
planner's needs, we will go out of Orange County," the spokesperson
said. According to the Orlando Business Journal, some non-Orange
County hotels have threatened to cancel their memberships.
Riverhead Resorts LLC has been chosen to develop a $1
billion, 755-acre resort and recreation project in Riverhead, N.Y.
Following a seven-month selection process, the town has accepted
Riverhead's $155 million bid to purchase the municipally owned land
and now will enter into exclusive negotiations with the developer.
The project will feature eight resorts with a total of 1,970 hotel
rooms, 2,025 time-share units, a 90-acre man-made lake, a 350-foot
indoor ski slope, a year-round indoor water park, a spa, an
equestrian center, a seaport, a farmer's market and a
100,000-square-foot exposition hall. Construction is expected to
begin in 2010.
Exhibition and publishing company DMG World Media has
acquired the trade show producer George Little Management,
effective Oct. 1. Since 2000, DMG has owned a stake in George
Little Management, which will continue to operate out of White
Plains, N.Y., as a wholly owned subsidiary. DMG, which produces
more than 300 trade shows, also announced its intention to sell its
portfolio of 40 North American consumer home shows.
Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. will build its 10th Caribbean
resort at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic. The 220-room luxury
property will be on Juanillo Beach and will feature a
16,000-square-foot spa, three golf courses and 8,000 square feet of
meeting space. The resort is scheduled to open in early 2010.
Ground was broken Monday
on a 240-room Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver. Also offering
102 residences, the tower's first 16 floors will be dedicated to
the hotel. The property, scheduled to open in spring 2010, will
have 16,000 square feet of meeting space, a Four Seasons spa and a
rooftop pool with dining.