April 14, 2004

The 263-room Radisson Edwardian Manchester will open in June in England's second-largest city. The property, which incorporates the landmark Free Trade Hall, offers 20 meeting rooms, a spa and a health club. The new hotel will be adjacent to the city's main meeting venues, GMEX Exhibition Centre, International Convention Centre and Bridgewater Hall.

The Lake Austin Spa Resort, outside Austin, Texas, has added the 25,000-square-foot LakeHouse Spa. Aside from 30 treatment areas (including private garden courtyards, couples' suites and cabanas), the facility has a meeting room for up to 30 people. The property, which has 40 guest cottages, offers 20 daily fitness activities such as canoeing, kayaking, sculling and hiking, as well as gardens with more than 200 species of plants, herbs, vegetables, spices and wildflowers.

The 253-room Hilton Garden Inn broke ground last week near Chicago's O'Hare Airport. The hotel will offer 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a 24-hour business center, a fitness center and free shuttles to O'Hare Airport. The Hilton Garden Inn O'Hare is set to open by the summer of 2005.

Construction began Tuesday on a 357-room Residence Inn in Midtown Manhattan, a few blocks from Times Square. The hotel, Marriott International's first of that brand in New York City, will open by the end of 2005.

The 1,260-room Westin and Sheraton at Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort announced last week the June 2 opening of a $30 million, 128,000-square-foot international airport terminal on Grand Bahama Island. The government of the Bahamas and resort officials have worked together to build the facility, which contains a U.S. Customs area, the first U.S. Customs pre-clearance facility built since 9/11.

The 413-room Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino on Monday announced plans for an expansion to its meeting facilities and casino. A 9,000-square-foot ballroom will be added, and the Stellaris Casino will receive 7,000 square feet of space, making the 18,000-square-foot casino the largest of its kind in Aruba. Completion for both expansions is expected by August.