July 28, 2004

On Friday, the Antlers Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Colorado Springs becomes the Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs. The 292-room property, which has been purchased by a real estate fund, has added free high-speed Internet access, and a $7.5 million renovation will begin in November.

Casino and hotel developer Kerzner International Ltd. has entered into an agreement with the Moroccan government to develop a resort near El Jadida, on Morocco's Atlantic coast. The project, set for completion in 2007, includes a 600-room hotel, a casino, convention space and an 18-hole golf course.

Japan-based Nikko Hotels International announced on Monday it will open the Palau Royal Resort in the small Pacific Ocean nation of Palau in July 2005. The company's 45th hotel, the six-story property will be in the village of Koror, on the east coast of Palau's Malakal Island. Along with 160 guest rooms, the hotel will have a spa, a gym, a pool and a private beach.

The 100-room Rex Papillon Resort in St. Kitts will be renamed the Sugar Bay Club on Aug. 1 and will be added to the Elite Island Resorts portfolio. Soft goods will be updated throughout the resort at that time.

Last week, developer John Q. Hammons announced plans to build a $30 million, 230-room Marriott hotel adjacent to a $25 million 125,000-sqaure-foot convention facility in the Pinnacle Hills area of Rogers, Ark. to be named the John Q. Hammons Convention Center. Both properties will link to a 250-suite Embassy Suites Hotel. The new Marriott and convention center will feature a combined 40 meeting rooms, and the Marriott will include a ballroom capable of accommodating up to 3,000 guests. The project is set for completion in late 2006.

Hilton Hotels Corp. has announced that its U.S. Hilton properties will roll out Hilton Integrated Business Solutions, which specifically target the needs of business travelers. Available by June 2005, the six services include: high-speed Internet access in guestrooms and meeting rooms; wireless high-speed internet service in public areas; 24-hour self-service business centers; remote guest printing services; mail and shipping services, and comfortable work stations in guest rooms. The fees for Internet access, mail and shipping services, will be set locally by each property.