August 09, 2006

The Courtyard by Marriott Spokane in Washington has changed its name to the Courtyard by Marriott Spokane Downtown at the Convention Center. The change is due to its proximity to the recently completed Spokane Convention Center and the Group Health Exhibit Hall.  

A 225-room hotel, 2,300-seat entertainment venue, conference facilities and more will be added to the Wild Horse Pass Casino in Chandler, Ariz., according to the Business Journal of Phoenix. About $150 million will be spent on the project, which includes a 100,000-square-foot expansion to the casino.

The first Hyatt Place hotel opened last Friday in Lombard, Ill., 20 miles west of Chicago. More than 145 Hyatt Place hotels, which are former AmeriSuites properties, are due to open before the end of next year. The 151-room Hyatt Place Chicago/Lombard/Oak Brook is an upscale, limited-service property with a 980-square-foot meeting room.

The 100-room Holiday Inn Hotel & School Panama Canal will open in mid-2008 in Panama City's City of Knowledge. The hotel will be in a Panama Canal Zone complex that housed Fort Clayton, a former base used by the U.S. Army until the canal was handed to Panamanian control at the end of 1999. All the U.S. fiber-optic technology that was installed before the handover remains in place for groups to use for meetings and events.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has inked a deal to manage the 333-room Sheraton Wenzhou Hotel in ChinaÕs Zhejiang province, set to open in mid-2009. The property will feature 15,800 square feet of meeting space, three F&B outlets, a health club, a spa and an indoor swimming pool.

The 130-room W Istanbul will open in late 2007.

Corinthia Hotels International has appointed Tony Potter as CEO of the 20-property chain. Potter, a hotel industry veteran, most recently served as CEO of Millennium & Copthorne plc.