The 350-room Hilton Barbados opened
Monday. The property's 10,000 square feet of meeting space includes
4,000 square feet of conference rooms and a 6,200-square-foot
Ku, a 27-suite resort in Anguilla, will
open on Oct. 15. The luxurious but affordable resort will have a
dive center and a small spa.
Ground was broken June 1 on the MGM
Grand Macau in the Chinese port of Macau. Due to open in the second
half of 2007, the 600-room hotel will have a casino, a spa,
convention and entertainment facilities (no specifics as yet) and a
price tag of $975 million. Las Vegas-based MGM Mirage will own half
the property together with Macau-based Pansy Ho Chiu-King.
Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts will manage a new hotel in Kota
Kinabalu, the capital of the Malaysian section of the island
Borneo. Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu will have 292 rooms, a ballroom,
several meeting rooms, a spa and a rooftop pool, among other
facilities. The hotel will open in late summer.
The Rome Cavalieri Hilton has completed a four-year $45 million
renovation, which upgraded the property's 370 guest rooms, meeting
rooms, spa and public areas.
Oman unveiled plans this weekend for a $15 billion tourism
development called Al-Madina al-Zarqa, or The Blue City. The
seafront sprawl, spanning nearly 9,000 acres, will break ground by
December of this year and will include a port, numerous hotels and
resorts, two golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts, a theater
and an aquarium. Although officials expect the project to take 15
years to complete, the first phase, including five of the
development's resorts (offering a total of 2,000 rooms) and one of
its golf courses, should be ready by 2009.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts will manage a new 400-room hotel in
Guangzhou, China, the capital city of Guangzhou province. The
Westin Guangzhou will feature 13,000 square feet of meeting space,
four eateries, a health club, a spa and an indoor swimming pool
when it opens in 2007. "China's fast-growing travel sector has
raised the demand for upscale and international hotel products and
services," said Miguel Ko, president of Starwood Hotels &
Resorts, Asia Pacific. With the addition of the Westin Guangzhou,
Starwood has a total of 24 hotels open or in development in