August 03, 2005

Alan Fredericks, CTC, vice president and editorial director of Northstar Travel Media (M&C's parent company), died this past Sunday after a long battle with cancer. During his 40-year career with this company, Fredericks served as editor in chief of Travel Weekly for 25 years, earning a reputation as one of the industry's most influential travel journalists and publishing executives. He is survived by his wife, Cathy; daughter, Caitlin; sons Lon and Todd; and a brother, Jerry. Funeral services will be held today in Manalapan, N.J. Those who wish to make memorial donations may send contributions to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. 27106, New York, N.Y. 10087.

The proposal to build a city-funded $305 million convention center hotel in Baltimore was approved by a city council committee Monday by a narrow eight-to-seven vote. The bills covering the proposal now move to the full city council floor for what is called a second-reader vote on Aug. 15, as city council bills must be read three times before final passage. The convention hotel bills might go to a third-reader vote at the Sept. 19th meeting.

The West Paces Hotel Group has announced a new luxury hotel brand, Solís Hotels and Resorts. The first properties are planned for Phoenix; Atlanta; Chicago; Orlando; San Antonio; and Frankfurt, Germany. The Solís Hotel Chicago, with 454 rooms, will open in spring 2006. The first resort to open will be the 277-room Montelucia - a Solís Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, Ariz., in 2007. The other properties under construction or undergoing renovations for conversion are the 144-room Stanbury in Atlanta; the 300-room Solís Resort & Spa, Orlando; the 150-room Solís Hotel, San Antonio; and the 348-room Solís Hotel, Frankfurt.

Phase I of the $1.1 billion American Airlines Terminal 9 was dedicated last week at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Beginning Aug. 24, the new terminal will operate American's domestic flights, currently departing out of the old Terminal 9. After Labor Day, the new terminal also will accommodate flights to Tokyo, Brussels, Aruba and Bermuda; service to the Dominican Republic is expected to move to the new terminal by the end of the year. International arrivals will remain in Terminal 8 until a customs and border patrol facility opens in 16 to 18 months. Then, in spring of 2007, Phase II of the terminal will open, giving American 36 new gates in all.