UNITE HERE Local 1 in Chicago has reached tentative agreements with
Hilton Hotels Corp. and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, which together
employ approximately 4,200 of the union's members. The workers will
vote today on the Hilton proposal, which calls for improved wages,
benefits and working conditions. The union is expected to accept
the terms, which will be released after the vote. No date is set
yet for the Hyatt vote, although it should follow shortly.
Meanwhile, negotiations with Starwood Resorts & Hotels have
stalled after the company "ran into an unexpected problem late last
week," Local 1 spokesperson Lars Negstad said. He declined to
elaborate and Starwood did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Eleven other Chicago properties, including Ritz-Carlton and
Fairmont, have pledged to abide by the terms Starwood negotiates
with the union. Elsewhere in union news, agreements have yet to be
reached between hotels and UNITE HERE locals in Honolulu; Monterey,
Calif.; or in San Francisco, where more than 60 hotel workers were
arrested Thursday for trespassing and obstructing lawful business
during a demonstration at the Palace Hotel San Francisco.
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, closed since last year's
Hurricane Wilma, reopened yesterday. The 365-room resort will debut
some new facilities, including a culinary center in association
with the upscale kitchen-equipment supplier Viking Range Co. and a
tennis program operated by former tour player and commentator Cliff
Drysdale. The resort has approximately 27,000 square feet of
Opening Sept. 9 is the 1,500-room Rosen Shingle Creek
in Orlando. Occupying a 230-acre site along Shingle Creek, the
headwaters of the Florida Everglades, the property will offer the
13,000-square-foot Spa at Shingle Creek and an 18-hole golf course.
The hotel's extensive function space includes 50,000 square feet of
outdoor event space and 445,000 square feet of indoor meeting
space. Hotel officials claim the property's 95,000-square-foot
ballroom will be the largest columnless ballroom in the
The 397-room Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at
Las Colinas in Irving has been sold to the BentleyForbes real
estate investment and operations company for an undisclosed amount.
The property will undergo an 18-month improvement program that has
yet to be defined. Just opened at the resort are 40 new villas and
an event lawn. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts will continue to
manage the property, which offers 34,000 square feet of meeting
space, two golf courses and a full-service spa with 16 treatment
Groundbreaking took place last week on the
headquarters hotel for the Puerto Rico Convention Center, which
opened last fall. The $209 million, 500-room Sheraton, scheduled to
open in 2009, will feature a 10,000-square-foot spa, a rooftop
pool, a 25,000-square-foot entertainment venue and 63,000 square
feet of meeting space.
The US$1 billion Wynn Macau casino resort opens today.
The 11-acre, 600-room property features 100,000 square feet of
casino gaming space, seven restaurants, 28,000 square feet of
retail shops, a spa, a salon and 23,680 square feet of meeting
space. A $345 million, five-acre expansion planned to open in the
first half of 2007 will include an additional 85,000 square feet of
casino space, two more restaurants, a theater and a new
Pinnacle Entertainment has signed an
agreement to purchase the Sands Casino in Atlantic City from
financier Carl Icahn. The total price of the casino and 18 acres of
land surrounding it is $270 million. Within 70 days, the Sands will
close its doors, and Pinnacle will build a larger and more modern
casino in its place. Pinnacle is owner/operator of casinos
throughout the Western Hemisphere, including Belterra Casino Resort
& Spa in Belterra, Ind., and L'Auberge du Lac Hotel &
Casino in Lake Charles, La.
Meeting Professionals International has
moved the date of its next trade show. Originally slated for
Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, during the Professional Education Conference
in New Orleans, the PEC Expo now will be held on Sunday, Jan. 21,
from noon to 4 p.m., following the opening general session. Online
registration begins Sept. 15 at www.mpiweb.org.