June 29, 2005

The 196-room Four Seasons Nevis will begin a $10 million renovation in August, to be completed by the end of the year. A new pool will be added, as well as a 120-seat restaurant by the golf course. In addition, the resort's two luxury suites will be redecorated, and soft goods will be replaced for some guest rooms.

The Hotel Caruso, an Orient-Express Hotel in Ravello, on Italy's Amalfi coast, has reopened following a five-year, $30 million restoration. The property has 54 guest rooms, two restaurants and event facilities for up to 200.

The Seattle-based Dow Hotel Co. has purchased the Doubletree Hotel Bellevue (Wash.) from the Hilton Hotels Corp. for $48.5 million. The 353-room hotel, to be managed by Dow, will be substantially renovated and reflagged as a Hilton franchise. The property includes a 35,000-square foot exhibit hall, multiple ballrooms and six meeting rooms.

Vail Resorts Inc. has sold the Vail (Colo.) Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa for $62 million to DiamondRock Hospitality Limited Partnership. The 285-room property will continue to be managed by Marriott International. The hotel offers 16,500 square feet of meeting space. DRH also has completed the package purchase of four other hotels for a total of $315 million. They are the 985-room Los Angeles Airport Marriott; the 504-room Renaissance Worthington in Fort Worth, Texas (which is managed by Marriott); the 316-room Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta; and the 453-room FrenchmanÕs Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. These properties also will continue to be managed by Marriott.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will manage a yet-to-be-built, 114-room resort on Grand Cayman, to open in 2007. The property, to be called the Mandarin Oriental, Grand Cayman, will include 4,500 square feet of meeting space, an 18,000-square-foot spa with 11 treatment rooms and four spa-themed guest rooms.

The Convention Industry Council announced its 2006 Hall of Leaders inductees on June 23. The winners are Bill Boyd, CITE, CMP, CMM, president and CEO of Sunbelt Motivation and Travel, Inc.; Bob Dallmeyer, president of R.D. International; Virginia M. Lofft, former vice president and publishing director of Primedia Business, The Meetings Group Magazines; J. Frank Poe, director of the City of Dallas Convention & Event Services Department; Mickey Schaefer, CAE, president of Mickey Shaefer & Associates, LLC; and Carl C. Thompson, executive director of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals. The inductees will receive their awards Aug. 20, 2006, in Boston in conjunction with the American Society of Association Executives' annual meeting.

Spanish hotel chain Sol Melia will assume management of the Royal Palm, a Crowne Plaza Resort, in Miami's South Beach district, on July 1. During renovations that will finish up by the end of the year, the hotel will keep its current name. When renovations are completed, the hotel will be called the Melia Royal Palm. Proposed changes to the 417-room property include a new signature restaurant, a second pool and an enlarged lobby.