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.