January 18, 2006

The 814-room Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort, in Orlando, Fla., completed an $18 million makeover on Jan. 11. Changes include a new Italian restaurant in the lobby and the addition of the 18,000-square-foot Palm Ballroom. In total, the property now offers 73,500 square feet of function space.

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts opened its first all-inclusive tented camp on Jan. 16. In the jungle of Thailand approximately 200 miles northwest of Bangkok, the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle can be reached only by riverboat along the Ruak River. On site are 15 luxury air-conditioned tents, all with king-size beds, outdoor showers and sundecks. A herd of elephants, all rescued from the streets of Bangkok, help with local transportation, and a spa and a restaurant are on hand.

The 120-room Radisson SAS Bosphorus Hotel has opened in Istanbul, Turkey. The property has a wellness center and four meeting rooms.

Earlier this month, there was an apparent break-in to the database at the 2,317-room Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Extensive data from 55,000 customers of the resort might have been stolen. Resort management has notified all affected customers; so far, no one has reported identity theft based on the break-in.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. will manage the 402-room Dameisha Resort in Shenzhen, China, under its Sheraton flag. The beach resort, encompassing 16,000 square feet of meeting space, a health club and spa, an indoor swimming pool, three restaurants and retail outlets, is set for a 2008 opening. Starwood currently operates 24 hotels in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, with 18 properties in development.