October 26, 2005

John W. Marriott III announced he will leave his post as executive vice president, lodging, at Marriott International in January 2006, where he has worked with his father, Bill Marriott, for close to 30 years. John Marriott will become CEO of J.W.M. Family Enterprises LP, a private partnership he launched 12 years ago. Keeping his hand in the family business, Marriott will take the position of vice chairman of Marriott International's board of directors.

The 225-room Crowne Plaza St. Louis-Clayton in St. Louis, formerly the Radisson Hotel Clayton, opened Friday. Following a complete guest room renovation and the addition of an $8.5 million Executive Tower, the hotel now offers 14 meeting rooms totaling more than 20,000 square feet, including an 8,000-square-foot ballroom.

Brown's Hotel in London will reopen Dec. 12 following a 20-month, $33 million renovation. The 117-room property, part of Rocco Forte Hotels, has six conference rooms, a business center, banquet facilities and a fitness center with three spa treatment rooms.

Construction has begun on an expansion to the 584-room Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. The work will add a 14,635-square-foot ballroom and approximately 5,000 square feet of prefunction space. The hotel already has approximately 40,000 square feet of indoor event space, with another 50,000 square feet outside.

Nikko Hotels International plans two hotels in the United Arab Emirates. Nikko Fujairah Resort & Spa opens in December 2006 in Fujairah, on the Arabian Sea, 46 miles east of Dubai. The 262-room property will feature a spa and meeting space. Hotel Nikko Tower Dubai opens in December 2007, near Dubai's convention center. The 487-room hotel will have a spa and 17 meeting rooms.
The Gansevoort Hotel Group, a minichain formed to capitalize on the success of New York City's Hotel Gansevoort, announced the details of the two properties planned for Miami and Los Angeles. Gansevoort South, Miami, to open in fall 2006, will feature 232 rooms, 102 condo-hotel units, a 112-foot rooftop swimming pool, a 40,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, and a city block full of boutiques and restaurants. Gansevoort West, Los Angeles, to open in early 2007, will offer 170 guest rooms, a glass-bottom rooftop pool over the restaurant, a 1,800-seat amphitheater, two rooftop lounges, a rooftop restaurant, and a 5,200-square-foot spa and fitness center.