Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts has
broken ground on a new resort on Boracay Island in the Philippines.
To open in mid-2007, the beachfront resort will have 170 guest
rooms and 50 villas, all with ocean views. Meeting space will
include a 6,000-square-foot ballroom and an outdoor pavilion for up
to 50 people.
The Hyatt on Capitol Square in
Columbus, Ohio, has completed a $3.5 million renovation of all 400
rooms. Included in the upgrade was the addition of Hyatt's Grand
Beds. The property offers 16,500 square feet of meeting space.
The Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima,
Peru, has reopened following a $4.6 million renovation and
expansion. The 81-suite property, owned by Orient-Express Hotels,
Trains and Cruises, added a spa, a new restaurant and a fourth
The 472-room Crowne Plaza City Centre
in Cleveland is Crowne Plaza's latest acquisition. The property,
formerly the Sheraton City Centre, changed flags earlier this week
and is scheduled to undergo a $2 million renovation by year-end.
The property features 27,000 square feet of meeting space,
including 20 meeting rooms and four ballrooms.
Best Western International's online
booking site, www.bestwestern.com, now features property
information in French, German, Italian and Spanish. In addition,
its Asian properties all provide reservation web pages in
simplified Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The chain's Internet
bookings comprise 44 percent of all Best Western reservations
across its 4,100 hotels in 80 countries.
The 154-room Pueblo Bonito Pacifica
Holistic Retreat & Spa opened this weekend in Cabo San Lucas,
Mexico, next to the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach. The new hotel has a
seven-room Armonia Spa and meeting space for 200.