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Fairmont Empress Restoration Complete

June 21, 2017 by Lori Smith

The two-year, $60-million restoration of the Fairmont Empress is now complete. The iconic Victoria property, which was named in honour of Queen Victoria, will celebrate its official Grand Opening on June 28. The restoration’s final phase included:  a renovated health club and pool; refreshed Willow

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Marriott Expanding Luxury Presence in Asia Pacific

June 6, 2017 by Lori Smith

Marriott International has unveiled plans to double its luxury presence in Asia Pacific by adding more than 100 luxury hotels to its current footprint of 113 luxury properties. Marriott made the announcement at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) conference

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Kwa'lilas Hotel Opens on Vancouver Island

May 18, 2017 by Lori Smith

Kwa’lilas Hotel, the first-Aboriginal-owned hotel to offer stay and play cultural experiences on the north end of Vancouver Island, has opened after a year-long renovation from the ground up of the former Port Hardy Inn. The Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation, who fully

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Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Completes Reno

May 11, 2017 by Lori Smith

The multi-million dollar renovation of the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre is now complete. It includes a makeover of all 461 guestrooms, the concierge lounge and fitness centre. The hotel’s revamp is part of Marriott Hotel’s current transformation of its brand, which

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St. Regis Expanding Presence in Mexico

May 9, 2017 by Lori Smith

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts in partnership with Impulsora del Golfo de Cortéz S.A. de CV, Gran Armee del Cabo S.a. de C.V. and SB Architects, will open a 120-room hotel and 60 residences in Quivira, Los Cabos, in early

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Hilton New Orleans Riverside Completes Reno

April 13, 2017 by Lori Smith

The 1,622-room Hilton New Orleans Riverside, located adjacent to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, has completed a $6 million renovation to the Grand Ballroom, Grand Salon and first and second level meeting spaces. Featuring a relaxed French-inspired design, the renovation

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Group Germain Names Alt St. John's GM

April 13, 2017 by Lori Smith

Group Germain Hotels has appointed Jane Kingston general manager of Alt Hotel St. John’s, its second property in Atlantic Canada. “We are pleased to have Jane take the helm of the new Alt Hotel in St. John’s,” says Christiane Germain,

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Dorchester Collection's Hotel Eden Reopens

April 4, 2017 by Lori Smith

The Hotel Eden, the Dorchester Collection‘s iconic property in Rome, has reopened following an extensive 18-month restoration. World-renowned architect and interior designers Bruno Moinard and Claire Betaille of 4BI & Associés, together with Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku from Jouin

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Marriott Sells Interest in Maui Resort

April 3, 2017 by Lori Smith

Marriott International has completed the sale of its long-term leasehold interest in The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali for approximately $317 million USD.  However, it will continue to manage the 759-room property under a long-term management agreement. The buyer

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Prince Waikiki Reopening, Reno Complete

March 30, 2017 by Lori Smith

Following an extensive $55.4 million redevelopment, the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club will reopen on March 31, 2017 as the Prince Waikiki. The renovation took eight months and included transforming 563 oceanfront guestrooms, redefining dining options, enhancing meeting

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Marbella Welcoming W Hotels Worldwide

March 27, 2017 by Lori Smith

W Hotels Worldwide has signed the W Marbella and The Residences at W Marbella. Scheduled to open in 2021 and developed in partnership with Sunrise Inversiones 2015 S.L (an affiliate of Platinum Estates Limited), W Marbella will be located on Playa

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Nashville Approves Joseph Hotel Room-Block Agreement

March 21, 2017 by Lori Smith

Nashville’s Convention Center Authority has approved a room-block agreement with The Joseph Nashville, a full-service, luxury hotel, which will be built by Ohio-based developer The Pizutti Cos. Construction is expected to being this summer on a three-quarter acres site at Korean