At least 67 people were killed in the Polish city of Katowice
when the roof of the Katowice Trade Center collapsed on Jan. 29.
Approximately 120 exhibitors and 12,000 attendees were in the
center for Pigeon 2006, an international fair of racing pigeons,
according to Jan Kawaler, the chairperson of the convention. An
investigation is under way to determine how the roof of the
seven-year-old structure could collapse. The center, approximately
140 miles southwest of Warsaw, remains closed.
The Exhibition and Event Industry Audit Commission will
co-locate one of its two annual meetings with TS2 -- Where Trade
Shows and Corporate Events Begin, it was announced on Jan 31. EEIAC
advises and promotes implementation of attendance audits and will
offer attendees an educational session on the value of such audits
at TS2 2006, to be held at Chicago's McCormick Place July 25-27.
"We are committed to the importance of audits," said Robert E.
Harar, chairman of National Trade Productions, producers of TS2.
"We're pleased to welcome EEIAC to TS2 to educate and promote the
value of audits to our members."
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc. has entered into an
acquisition agreement with Kingdom Hotels International and Colony
Capital to sell the chain in an all-cash transaction for
approximately US$3.9 billion. The announcement this week ended
months of speculation that the Toronto-based chain would be
acquired in a takeover bid by billionaire financer Carl Icahn, a
majority shareholder. Under the deal, which was unanimously
approved by Fairmont's board of directors, Kingdom and Colony will
acquire Fairmont's entire portfolio of 87 properties. However,
Fairmont will remain an independent hotel management and ownership
company. Furthermore, Kingdom and Colony, the latter of which owns
the Raffles chain, announced their intention to combine the two
companies to create a global luxury chain. There are currently 33
Raffles properties, primarily in Asia and Europe, including the
flagship Raffles Singapore. Raffles, like Fairmont, will retain its
independent brand identify. The transaction is expected to be
completed in several months.
InterContinental Hotels Group announced earlier this week plans
to sell seven of its properties in Europe in the coming months. The
hotels are in Amsterdam, Budapest, Cannes, Frankfurt, Madrid, Rome
and Vienna. Sale of the properties is expected to take at least
nine months. IHG said the move is in keeping with its strategy to
reduce asset ownership and increase management opportunities.
Beginning Thursday, Feb. 2, Florence's Amerigo Vespucci Airport
will be shut down for three months to accommodate engineering work.
Flights to Florence will be diverted to Pisa, about 50 miles
Officials broke ground last week on a resort and residential
development in Branson West, Mo., that is expected to cost more
than $1 billion. The Indian Ridge Resort on Table Rock Lake will be
constructed on 1,000 acres in southwest Missouri and will include a
109,000-square-foot water park, a condo-hotel and
25,000-square-foot conference center, a championship golf course, a
shopping center, a 3,000-square-foot Ozark history center and a
full-service marina. The project will be constructed in phases,
with the first phase of retail and condos due to open next year.
Scott Decker, manager of resource development for the Table Rock
Lake Chamber of Commerce, estimated the entire project could take
up to seven years to complete.