May 16, 2007

Nikko Hotels International has opened the 257-room Hotel JAL Fujairah Resort & Spa in the United Arab Emirates, the first Nikko property in the Middle East. The resort, with a third of a mile of private beach, features a diving center. All guest rooms face the ocean, as do the multipurpose room, swimming pool, fitness facilities and spa. The resort is on the East Coast of U.A.E. and is a 90-minute drive from Dubai. The hotel is owned by ACICO in Kuwait and operated by JAL Hotels Co. Two more Nikko properties will open in the next two years in the Middle East: the 486-room Hotel JAL Tower Dubai in 2008 and the 300-room JAL Bahrain Resort & Spa in 2009.

The 821-room Hilton Minneapolis has emerged from a $22.8 million renovation that redesigned all guest rooms and added a 7,400 square foot ballroom, bringing the hotel's total to 74,000 square feet of meeting space. The existing meeting space was also updated.