Last week saw completion of the US$4.5
million expansion of the Hampton Inn & Suites Toronto Airport
Hotel. The property added 51 new guest rooms for a total of 200,
making it Canada's largest Hampton Inn & Suites. The new
800-square-foot Laurier meeting room was added to the already
existing 500-square-foot Pearson meeting room.
InterContinental Hotels Group announced
on June 9 it will manage the 560-room Holiday Inn Resort Regent
Beach Cha-Am (now known as the Regent Cha-Am Beach Resort & Spa), one-hour's
drive from Bangkok, Thailand. The beachfront resort has a
convention center comprising 11 meeting rooms that can accommodate
groups of between 20 and 3,000 people. Upgrades are planned for the
property's public areas, meeting facilities, restaurants and
The 121-room Steigenberger Strandhotel
Zingst has opened in the German Baltic Sea resort of Zingst. The
resort property has a large spa and three meeting rooms.
At this year's Marriott International
corporate awards, the San Antonio Marriott snagged top honors for
diversity, but not for the usual barometers of measurement such as
percentage of employees and suppliers from minority ranks. Instead,
the hotel won for its yearlong efforts at incorporating guest
services, accommodations, amenities, and food and beverage options
that would appeal to Japanese guests. Why? Later this year, Toyota
will open its sixth North American assembly plant in San Antonio,
and company officials have chosen the hotel as its preferred
Hotel Angeleno, a 209-room boutique
hotel, opened in Los Angeles last week as Joie de Vivre
Hospitality's first property in Southern California. The hotel has
four meeting rooms that total nearly 3,000 square feet. A pool, a
fitness center and a restaurant still are under construction but
are expected to open this month.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved a proposal last week
for a mixed-use project that would construct an office tower and a
hotel on top of Boston's downtown bus and rail hub, South Station.
Plans call for a 40-story office tower, a nine-story office
building, and a 13-story hotel with 200 guest rooms, and up to
195,000 square feet of residential space. An estimated $40 million
would be invested in transportation-related improvements. Private
investment in the project is expected to exceed $800 million. The
proposal still needs approval from the city's zoning commission,
which could come next month.
The Bermuda Hotel Association has created a hurricane guarantee,
which states that individual travelers may cancel reservations
without penalty if a hurricane is predicted to come within 200
miles of Bermuda, within five days. Any guest affected by such a
storm will not be charged for accommodations or food while hotel
services are compromised, and if a hotel is closed because of a the
storm, guests will be given a complimentary stay when it reopens.
The guarantee is valid at 16 island properties, including the large
hotels. As for meeting guarantees, they must be worked out
individually with the hotel.