Mary Power, president of the Convention
Industry Council, has resigned, effective immediately. "My decision
to leave has not been an easy one, but I am very proud of what
we've been able to accomplish during my time as president," she
said in a statement. During Power's tenure, the CIC's Certified
Meeting Professional program has grown from 2,000 credentialed
planners to more than 12,000 CMPs today. She also helped initiate
the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative, which is
developing standards by which all meetings industry members can
improve efficiency. Management of the organization will continue to
be provided by Management Options Inc. Powers will assist in the
transition. No timeline has been set yet for finding her
The upscale Hotel ZaZa in Houston's
downtown museum district will begin accepting guests on June 4.
Like its Dallas sister, the 300-room property features the
over-the-top Magnificent Seven Suites, eight one-of-a-kind enclaves
here named Rock Star, Black Label, Tycoon, For Your Eyes Only,
Fatal Charms, Bella Vita, It Happened One Night and Outlaw. The
property also offers the 10,000-square-foot ZaSpa and about 17,000
square feet of meeting space.
The 448-room Westin Guangzhou opened
yesterday in China's Tian He District. The property offers 13,000
square feet of meeting space. Another Starwood property, the
346-room Sheraton Guiyang Hotel, has opened in the Forest City of
Guiyang, China. The hotel has about 15,000 square feet of meeting
The 1,100-room Hyatt Regency O'Hare has
completed the first phase of a $60 million transformation,
renovating all public spaces and the property's 110,000 square feet
of meeting space, and adding a conference center with 17 breakout
rooms. The second phase of the project, a guest-room renovation,
will begin and be completed next year.
The number of passenger flights between
the United States and China on U.S.-operated airlines will more
than double over the next five years, according to a civil aviation
agreement reached last week between the two countries. The deal
allows 13 new daily flights to China on U.S. carriers by 2012,
bringing the daily total to 23 flights. Three U.S. airlines not
currently authorized to fly to China will be granted access to the
market. The Department of Transportation will give away one of the
three slots this year and the remaining two in 2009. American,
Continental, Northwest and United airlines currently provide
service to China.
The International Association of
Exhibitions and Events announced last week that it will form a
Green Committee. It aims to be an industry resource on
environmental issues and will develop best practices for minimizing
the environmental impact of exhibitions and events. Jim Kelley,
director of sales for ICAT Logistics, will chair the committee.
IAEE currently is searching for volunteer committee members.
A 206-room W Hotel will be built in
downtown Providence, R.I., according to the Rhode Island Economic
Development Corp. The hotel will be part of a residential tower
going up on Westminster Street, near City Hall. A spokesperson for
the developer, BlueChip Properties LLC, said the company hopes to
break ground on the project in the next few weeks, but further
details about the hotel's design are not ready to be released.
According to the Providence Journal, the property will
include 15,000 square feet of meeting space, a full-service spa and
fitness center, and three restaurants.
MGM Mirage has formed MGM Mirage
Hospitality, a new corporate division focused on extending the
company's hotel brands and developing new luxury hotel brands. The
division currently is exploring sites in Beijing, Abu Dhabi in the
United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
The board of directors of Hilton Hotels
Corp. has chosen Matthew J. Hart, the company's president and COO,
to be president and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2008. Hart, who was
elected to the company's board last January, is replacing Stephen
F. Bollenbach, who will retire on Dec. 31 but will continue as
co-chairman of the board and serve as an employee consultant. Hart
will be only the fourth CEO in the company's nearly 90-year