As of yesterday, the Transportation
Security Administration is allowing travel-size containers (three
ounces or less) of toiletries in carry-on luggage. Such liquid, gel
and aerosol items must be packed into a single quart-size, clear
plastic bag with a zip top and must be removed and placed on the
security checkpoint conveyor belt for X-raying. In another change,
travelers now are allowed to bring liquids and other items on board
that have been purchased from airport concessions after passing
through security. More information is available at www.tsa.gov.
The Louisiana Superdome reopened Monday, little more
than a year after the stadium was used as the main emergency point
for thousands of displaced residents following Hurricane Katrina.
The stadium can host events for up to 70,000 people. In other New
Orleans news, a 26-story, 450-room hotel debuted adjacent to
Harrah's New Orleans casino on Sept. 21. Also opened alongside the
property is the Fulton Street Promenade, with a jazz club and a
Todd English restaurant among its attractions.
Sol Melià Hotels & Resorts is overhauling its
image worldwide. Over the next three years, visible improvements
will be made in hotel infrastructure, décor, guest room amenities,
restaurant offerings, health and fitness facilities, and
Ending months of speculation, Starwood Hotels &
Resorts Worldwide decided on a name for its new Westin
extended-stay brand, formerly known as Project ESW. Element hotels,
all smoke-free properties, will be introduced into diverse but
proven markets such as corporate centers, airports and business
parks worldwide, including Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East
and the United States. The first Element will open in Lexington,
Mass., in 2008. Another 150 development projects are in the
Golden Tulip Hospitality has launched a new luxury
brand called Royal Tulip. The first property in the brand, to open
in spring 2009, will be the Royal Tulip Amsterdam Symphony in the
city's financial district. The hotel will have 210 rooms and four
meeting rooms for up to 355 people.
The contentious two-year fight by hotel workers for a
contract in San Francisco is officially over. Members of UNITE
HERE Local 2 voted on Friday to ratify a contract with the San
Francisco Multi-Employer Group, covering 4,200 workers at 13 city
hotels. The new contract, which increases wages, protects medical
benefits and unionizing activities, and reduces workloads for
certain employees, lasts through 2009.
The hotel tax in Albany County, N.Y., is rising from 5
to 6 percent beginning Oct. 1, to pay for a new $200 million
convention center in Albany. Current plans call for 225,000 square
feet of meeting and exhibit space and a 400-room hotel.
Construction is slated to begin in spring 2008. The tax increase
will be levied until Dec. 31, 2008.