Golden Tulip Hospitality, which
franchises and manages more than 500 hotels in more than 45
countries, has launched a meetings and events website at www.goldentulip.com/meetings. The site features a
search engine, special meetings offers and tools such as a currency
converter, a space calculator and measurement converter.
The 308-room Hilton Arlington (Texas)
has been purchased by its management company, Interstate Hotels
& Resorts. The lobby and most of the guest rooms recently have
undergone $5 million worth of renovations; an additional $2.3
million will be spent to complete the upgrade of the remaining
rooms. The property offers 11,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 135-room Hotel Icon in Houston has
been purchased by Lowe Enterprises Investors. Lowe's affiliate,
Destination Hotels and Resorts, has taken over management of the
property from Benchmark Hospitality.
About 10,000 square feet of new meeting
space has been unveiled at the 335-room Grand Geneva Resort &
Spa, on 1,300 acres in Lake Geneva, Wis. Among the new facilities
are a 5,585-square-foot ballroom, two breakout rooms, four
executive conference rooms and prefunction space. The additions
bring the resortÕs total meeting space to 65,000 square feet.
Members of UNITE HERE Local 5 at the
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa ratified a four-year
contract last Friday for its 1,500 workers that includes wage
increases of $2.40 an hour over four years for non-tipped employees
and $1.20 an hour for tipped employees. UNITE HERE's unionized
workers at the four Sheraton hotels in Waikiki also have voted to
ratify a contract that will offer their 2,500 union members the
same wage increases.
The 255-suite Platinum Hotel & Spa
opens in Las Vegas today. The 17-story condo-hotel, just off the
Las Vegas Strip, features the Restaurant at Platinum; a spa called
WELL; and Misora, a rooftop terrace designed for private
The NH Kensington has opened in London.
The property has 121 guest rooms, including eight suites and 14
adjoining apartments available for long- and short-term stays, plus
two meeting rooms.
The 93-room CuisinArt Resort & Spa in Anguilla has announced
a $7 million, 19,000-square-foot expansion to its Venus Spa, to
open in March 2008. The new spa, which will be triple the size of
the current facility, will include a thalasso pool, areas for
hydrotherapy, a new relaxation room, an expanded fitness center and
more treatment rooms.
SuperClubs, the all-inclusive resort brand, has ended its
management contract with the 733-room Breezes Punta Cana Resort,
Spa & Casino. The resort is now the Barcelo Punta Cana. On
another note, SuperClubs has opened its second Sonesta-branded
property in Brazil, the 142-room Sonesta Brasilia