Gaylord Entertainment Co. formally
revealed expansion plans for the 1,511-room Gaylord Texan in
Grapevine, Texas. More than 200,000 square feet of meeting space
will be added, as well as about 500 guest rooms, a resort pool and
other recreational amenities. The project, which will cost about
$315 million, will break ground next year and finish up in
Accor has sold its Red Roof Inn chain,
which consists of 341 properties, to Citigroup's Global Special
Situations Group and Westbridge Hospitality Fund for $1.3 billion.
Accor now intends to concentrate on expanding Motel 6, its economy
chain, in Canada and the U.S. Currently there are 928 Motel 6
properties; Accor will add another 200 by the year 2010.
The Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center
will open the Perimeter ballroom on Sept. 15. Connected to the
400-room hotel via walkway, the 3,200-square-foot event space can
hold 300 attendees for a reception and 200 for a banquet. The
center offers a total of 14,000 square feet of meeting space.
A $3 million ballroom renovation has been completed at the
371-room JW Marriott Hotel Buckhead Atlanta. The 9,000-square-foot
Phoenix ballroom seats 1,100.
Disney's 1,008-room Contemporary Resort in Orlando is the 34th
resort honored by Florida's Certified Green Lodging program,
launched in 2004. The property, which has 115,000 square feet of
event space, has installed programmable thermostats,
energy-efficient lighting, low-flow toilets and faucets, and
implemented a recycling program and a towel-and-linen reuse
Crescent Hotels & Resorts has
signed an agreement to purchase the 293-room Sheraton Tampa
Riverwalk Hotel in Florida. The closing of the transaction is
expected later this month, and the management company is planning a
$6 million renovation and expansion. The hotel will add 4,500
square feet of meeting and function space, for a total of 11,300
square feet, and will renovate the lobby and guest rooms.
A 7,750-square-foot, $1 million conference center will be built in
Elizabethtown, Ky. The Lincoln Heartland Conference Center will be
built by local hotelier 2009 Properties, adjacent to the 94-room
Comfort Inn on Mulberry Street; 1,600 additional rooms are within a
half-mile radius. The center will offer kitchen, catering and
audiovisual services and will be permitted to serve alcohol, even
though the county is dry. The space can be broken up into five
rooms and seat more than 500 people banquet-style. Construction
will begin next week for completion in May 2008.
Omni Hotels has purchased the building
that houses the Omni Austin (Texas) Hotel Downtown. The property,
just a few blocks from the Austin Convention Center, offers 375
guest rooms, 37 oversized condominium-style suites on the top five
floors and about 20,000 square feet of meeting space.
Ground was broken last week on the La
Quinta Inns & Suites - Chicago Downtown. The property, inside
the Loop in the financial district, will have 241 guest rooms, two
meeting rooms, and a spa and exercise facility.
Noble Investment Group is acquiring the
483-room Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. The group will spend $18 million
to update the property, which will continue to be operated as a
Hyatt. The hotel has nearly 20,000 square feet of meeting
The Radisson Edwardian Canary Wharf in
East London opened Monday. The property has 169 guest rooms, 17
suites, seven meeting rooms, a business center, a health club, a
spa with six treatment rooms, a restaurant, a bar and an outdoor
A major expansion is underway at the
291-room Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda on Mexico’s Riviera
Maya. Scheduled for completion in December, the resort will offer
984 rooms and a new convention center, the latter of which will
hold up to 600 guests in a space divisible into three rooms. Also
scheduled to open in December are an auditorium that accommodates
1,000 and a new spa.