Moevenpick Hotels and Resorts will
operate seven new hotels in Dubai, including two on the Palm
Jumeirah island. All will open by April 2009.
The 146-room Hotel de Rome has opened
in Berlin. The Rocco Forte Hotels property has a ballroom, five
meeting rooms, a spa and a fitness center.
An $80 million development called River
Market Place will be constructed in downtown Little Rock, Ark. The
project will feature a 19-story tower with 152 condominiums and an
eight-story, 120-room hotel. As part of the development, the ground
floor of the existing Tuf-Nut Lofts building will be refurbished
into 5,000 square feet of retail space, and an urban park will be
added to the center of the project. Groundbreaking is scheduled for
May, with an opening set for early 2009.
Workers at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki have ratified their new
contract. Covering more than 500 employees, the contract includes
wage increases of $2.40 an hour over four years for nontipped
employees and $1.20 an hour for tipped employees.
Ground has been broken on the Westin Verasa Napa (Calif.), a
160-unit, luxury condo hotel with 5,320 square feet of meeting
space. Construction will begin later this year and the property
will open in 2008. A spokesperson for the hotel said all 160 units
are likely to be in the rental pool.
The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa will open
Dec. 13. The 317-room property is owned and managed by Columbia
Sussex, which owns and operates 85 other hotels, including the
Westin Casuarina Grand Cayman. Features include a
10,000-square-foot spa; a casino; retail outlets; a swim-up bar;
and 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a
10,000-square-foot ballroom. In other St. Maarten news, a new US$90
million terminal opens Friday at the island's Princess Juliana
International Airport. The new terminal replaces the old one and
will accommodate 2.5 million travelers a year flying on American,
Continental, Delta, US Airways, United, Air Canada, Air France and
KLM. The airport serves both the Dutch and French sides of the
The South City Plaza Hotel has opened in Grenada. While the hotel
has just 24 rooms, it offers a convention center with capacity for
100 people banquet-style. An additional 50 rooms are planned.
Hilton Hotels Corp. no longer will co-brand the four all-inclusive
Coral Hotels & Resorts in the Dominican Republic. The Coral by
Hilton name was launched three years ago as the first step to bring
Hilton into the all-inclusive market, but the endeavor did not take