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
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.