The 398 rooms at the Loews Ventana
Canyon Resort in Tucson are being renovated, to be completed in
October. The $10 million project will completely change the look of
the rooms, and the bathrooms are being redone, as well.
The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort
in San Antonio, Texas, has completed a $13 million renovation to
all 500 rooms. High-speed Internet and Wi-Fi access and addition of
Hyatt's Grand Bed were among the floor-to-ceiling improvements. The
property offers 33,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 2,003-room Hilton Reno was sold on
May 11 by parent company Caesars Entertainment to the Grand Sierra
Corp., which plans to change the propertyÕs name to the Grand
Sierra Resort by the end of the year. The new owners of the Nevada
property will build a second hotel tower and a 150,000-square-foot
water park, but no timeline has been announced for the additions.
The resort has 200,000 square feet of meeting space and 107,000
square feet of casino space. Work on the expansion will be finished
Hilton Hotels Corp. has formed a Multicultural Advisory Board to
advise the chain on the best ways to expand its reach into
multicultural markets. The 20-member board includes representatives
and meeting and event planners of major minority and multicultural
organizations, including the NAACP, National Urban League, the
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the National
Council of La Razza and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In
addition, Hilton has created two director of sales positions
responsible for increasing the chain's market share in
African-American and Hispanic markets.
Extended Stay Hotels announced it has acquired 16 Sierra Suites
Hotels, which will be reflagged Extended Stay Deluxe, a new brand.
The 16 properties are in Phoenix; Orlando; Atlanta; Boston;
Seattle; Washington, D.C.; and Pleasanton and San Jose, Calif.
Extended Stay Deluxe properties will offer more upscale rooms with
workspaces, full kitchens, personalized voice mail and exercise
facilities. Extended Stay Hotels will continue to expand the brand
in 2005, primarily through conversion of existing StudioPLUS hotels
and Wellesley Inn & Suites hotels, which it acquired in October
The government of Bermuda has approved
plans for Tucker's Point Hotel & Cottages, a residential resort
project that includes a 104-room luxury hotel, a Greenbrier spa, a
marina and a 5,000-square-foot conference center. The hotel will
debut in late 2007, at Tucker's Point Club, a golf club, tennis
center and beach club that has been built over the past few
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
has signed on to manage the Sheraton Urumqi Hotel in Urumqi, the
capital city of China's Xinjiang province. The property, set to
open in early 2007, will have 410 guest rooms and 18,500 square
feet of meeting space, in addition to three restaurants, a health
club/spa, an indoor swimming pool and retail shops. Starwood
currently operates 19 hotels in the People's Republic of China,
with 14 more in development.
The Hilton Hartford and its unionized
workers agreed to a four-year contract last week. The contract
calls for a total $1.65 per-hour raise over four years, increasing
every six months, as well as caps on health-insurance premiums and
reduced workloads for housekeeping employees.
The Ocean Edge Resort & Club in
Brewster, Mass., announced that the first phase of a three-year
renovation project has been completed. The resort improved its 335
guest rooms and grounds on the Cape Cod property, which offers
15,000 square feet of meeting space. The next phases will add a
ballroom in 2006 and a spa in 2007. In total, the resort will spend
$15 million on the improvements.