The 442-room French Lick Springs Resort
opens in French Lick, Ind., on Friday, pending an audit conducted
by the Indiana Gaming Commission after yesterday's trial run of the
resort's new 84,000-square-foot casino. The $382 million
restoration of the resort will be complete next spring, when the
nearby 245-room West Baden Springs Hotel opens. The resort offers a
total of approximately 30,000 square feet of meeting space; a
31,600-square-foot tennis and exhibition center; 45 holes of golf,
including an 18-hole course that is set to open in 2008; two
full-service spas; and various dining and entertainment options.
The property marks the return of gaming to the state after an
absence of more than 60 years.
JetBlue Airways will launch service to Chicago's
O'Hare International Airport on Jan. 4, with up to five nonstop
roundtrip flights a day from New York's JFK airport and up to two
nonstop roundtrips a day from Long Beach (Calif.). Although
initially approved to land only four planes daily at O'Hare,
JetBlue was able to buy additional slots.
Closing today is the Stardust Resort & Casino in
Las Vegas. Boyd Gaming Corp., the property's owners, will demolish
the building to make way for the $4 billion Echelon Place
development that will open in 2010. When it debuted in 1958, the
Stardust was the city's largest hotel but has since been dwarfed.
The Stardust's 1,552 rooms will be replaced by Echelon's 5,300,
while the former's 25,000 square feet of meeting space will be
obliterated by Echelon's 650,000-square-foot ExpoPlace Convention
The Kauai Beach Hotel & Resort in Hawaii
officially became the Hilton Kauai Beach Resort last Friday, after
the completion of an $18 million renovation. The work encompassed
all 350 guest rooms, the lobby, dining facilities and the 13,000
square feet of meeting space. The hotel offers four swimming pools,
a spa and a 24-hour business center.
A pilot program has been completed for the Certified
Medical Meeting Manager designation, a new certificate offered by
PMPN, a network of independent medical meeting planners. The CMMM
is awarded based on an online timed test covering both general
meetings topics and issues specific to medical meetings of all
kinds. The certificate is designed to complement the CMP and CMM,
so planners with one of those designations are allowed to skip the
general part of the test. The program will be tweaked over the
winter, and the test should be offered again in March or April.
PMPN owner and chairman James Montague is looking for an
independent accrediting body to legitimize the program further.