February 02, 2005

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will assume management of the 334-room Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Miami. The property will be reflagged the Sheraton Miami Mart Hotel in March, following an $8 million renovation. The hotel has approximately 25,000 square feet of function space.

Warwick International Hotels is investing $7 million to expand its Naviti Resort in Suva, the capital of the South Pacific island of Fiji. In the plans are 100 more guest rooms Ñ for a total of 240 Ñ and a new pool complex. The hotel has space for groups of up to 250 people.

The 380-room Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok opened the Residence on Jan. 27, a 10,277-square-foot meeting and banquet facility. On the hotel's mezzanine level, the new function space can host theater-style meetings of up to 100 people and receptions of up to 500.

In Los Angeles, talks between local Unite HERE hotel union leaders and seven area convention hotels received a jolt of urgency last week when the National Labor Relations Board announced it was considering filing a complaint against the employers for allegedly illegal behavior last July. The claim, brought to the NLRB by union representatives, accuses the hotel group of prematurely declaring an impasse so that it could charge union workers for medical care. Unite HERE and the hotels currently are in talks that are being mediated by NLRB officers. According to representatives at NLRB headquarters, if the parties fail to settle, the board will bring the claim before the Los Angeles courts. Meanwhile, contract negotiations between the union and the hotels are scheduled to continue Monday.

The number of hotel rooms going up around the newly expanded Colorado Convention Center in Denver continues to grow. A 138-room Best Western has been proposed for a plot of land that is now a parking lot. Construction might begin by May.