In Brief 4-1-2007

The International Association of conference centers has tapped Warren Call, 27, a sales associate at the Crystal Center at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Mich., as board associate responsible for identifying and advising the board of directors on emerging trends for generations X and Y.

The British Government has passed a resolution doubling the Air Passenger Duty tax on all flights leaving the United Kingdom, effective Feb. 1. The tax on economy-class tickets for long-haul flights is now $78.58; on business class, $141.14.

Gaylord Entertainment co. has proposed a $400 million expansion of its Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, which will add approximately 400,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, along with 400 new guest rooms. If approved, the addition will be completed by the end of 2010.

Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts has unveiled Talise, its own global spa brand. The new spa concept will be available at select properties.