Howard "Butch" Kerzner, CEO of Kerzner
International Holdings, which owns and operates One&Only
Resorts as well as Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, died
last week in a helicopter crash in the Dominican Republic while
looking for new resort sites; he was 42. Kerzner is survived by his
wife and two young children, as well as his father, Sol Kerzner,
who founded the company. Paul O'Neil, on the board of Kerzner
International Holdings, has been appointed acting CEO.
About $40 million will be spent to
renovate and expand the 167-room Omni Tucson National Golf Resort
& Spa. When the project is completed at the end of 2008, the
property will have 239 rooms, an expanded 15,000-square-foot spa
and a new 7,500-square-foot ballroom that will bring the meeting
space total to about 16,000 square feet. A new golf pro shop
will support the resort's two courses.
The 248-room Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel
opened its doors this week in Pennsylvania. It is the first
new-built Wyndham to open since Wyndham Hotels & Resorts,
unveiled its new design and marketing strategy earlier this year
under its newly formed parent company, Wyndham Worldwide. The
Gettysburg property features 16,000 square feet of meeting
InterContinental Hotels Group opened
the sixth hotel in its new chain of Indigo hotels on Oct. 13. The
Hotel Indigo Sarasota, Fla., is the first new-build for the chain
and has 95 guest rooms, a restaurant, complimentary wireless
Internet access and 1,100 square feet of meeting space.
Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts has opened the first hotel in a new
chain called ME. The 192-room ME Madrid Reina Victoria took over
the site of the former Hotel Reina Victoria. The property offers
4,000 square feet of meeting space.
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts will open a new hotel in Abu Dhabi,
UAE, next February. The Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu
Dhabi, will span 21 acres and have a 3,300-foot-long private beach;
214 guest rooms, all with sea views; 161 studio to four-bedroom
serviced apartments; and seven four- to six-bedroom villas, each
with a private pool. Six restaurants will complement a souk -- an
Arabian marketplace that will feature shopping, more dining, a spa,
a health club, five pools and a 2,296-foot-long waterway along
which Arab-style gondolas will transport guests around the
property. For meetings, there will be a 2,950-square-foot ballroom
and four breakout rooms.
The 270-room US Grant hotel reopened in
downtown San Diego on Tuesday following a $52 million renovation.
The hotel has 33,000 square feet of meeting space, plus two
4,000-square-foot terraces on the eighth floor.
Dolce International will manage a new destination resort in
Bend, Ore., which is being built by Arrowood Development. The Hotel
Tetherow will open in spring 2009 with 150 rooms, 50 cabins, a spa,
a restaurant, meeting space, two outdoor swimming pools, a fitness
center and an 18-hole golf course designed by David McLay Kidd.
Real estate investment trust Equity Inns Inc. signed a contract
last week to buy four Kentucky hotels, including the 140-room
Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Louisville, for $52.8 million.
The other three hotels are in the Lexington metropolitan area: the
90-room Courtyard in Hamburg, the 91-room Residence Inn in Hamburg
and the 108-room SpringHill Suites in downtown Lexington.
On the heels of a labor agreement with the Hilton Hawaiian
Village, UNITE HERE Local 5 has signed a new four-year contract
that covers about 2,500 employees at the Sheraton Waikiki, Sheraton
Princess Kaiulani, Sheraton Moana Surfrider and The Royal Hawaiian.
The agreement, which still requires ratification by the union,
calls for average wage increases of up to $2.40 an hour over four
The La Quinta Inn & Suites-Little Rock Downtown will undergo a
major renovation beginning this month. La Quinta, which purchased
the 260-room hotel in Arkansas last May, plans to spend more than
$4 million to upgrade the guest rooms, lobby, meeting space and
public areas. The renovations will be completed by March 2007.
Following two major earthquakes on Hawaii on Sunday that triggered
power failures lasting most of the day on the Big Island, Maui and
Oahu, all hotels closest to the largest quake off the coast of the
Big Island now are open. Several experienced minor damage,
including the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, ResortQuest Kona by The Sea,
the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and the Four Seasons Hualalai.