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Event Space Reno Complete at The Westin St. Francis

February 3, 2016 by Lori Smith
St. Francis Suite, Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, CA

The Westin St. Francis, an iconic San Francisco property, has finished a $6 million renovation of 50,000 square feet of meeting and special event space in its Landmark and Tower buildings. “The renovation gives our meeting space a more contemporary

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San Antonio Convention Center Expansion Complete

February 2, 2016 by Lori Smith

The $325 million expansion of San Antonio’s Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is now complete. It is the largest capital improvement project in the city’s history and increases the footprint to 1.6 million square feet. The center’s reopening activities included

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Mandalay Bay Completes Convention Center Expansion

February 2, 2016 by Lori Smith
Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center Expansion (2015-2016)

The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center has opened the 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom, the final phase of its $70 million convention center expansion.  The majority of the expansion was completed last summer and opened in August. It included 350,000 square feet of new exhibit

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WestJet Adds to Toronto Service

January 26, 2016 by Lori Smith

WestJet is launching new non-stop service from Toronto to Nashville and Los Angeles as part of its 2016 summer schedule. “We are excited about our schedule and connectivity out of Toronto”, said Bob Cummings, WestJet executive vice-president, Commercial. “By this summer we

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ALHI Adds to Arizona Portfolio

January 22, 2016 by Lori Smith
Paradise Park Lawn, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch has been accepted as the newest member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The transformed Scottsdale, Arizona resort reopened in September 2015 following a $10 million renovation. It was formerly known as the Scottsdale

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Nashville Breaks Hotel Rooms Sold Record

January 18, 2016 by Lori Smith

Nashville, Tennessee has topped the hospitality industry charts with an unprecedented 60 straight months of year-over-year record number of hotel rooms sold and hotel taxes collected. “Exceptional and sustained growth at this level is further validation of Nashville as a top

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Javits Center Expansion Proposed by NY Governor

January 13, 2016 by Lori Smith
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC. Artist's rendering of expansion.

The Jacob K. Javits Center, New York City’s preeminent convention center, will undergo a $1 billion (USD) redevelopment. Construction is expected to begin in late 2016. The project was announced on January 7, 2016 and is the seventh signature proposal

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Five Canadian Venues Win Awards

December 16, 2015 by Lori Smith
Waterview, Vancouver, BC

Five Canadian venues took home top prizes in Unique Venues’ Best of Awards. Now in its second year,  the program recognizes special event spaces in Canada and the United States.  It includes 20 categories ranging from best venue high-tech venue to best

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Aria Opens New Spaces for Groups

December 9, 2015 by Lori Smith

Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas has announced several additions to its inventory of group event spaces. The AAA Five Diamond and LEED Gold-certified resort has refreshed its convention centre, debuted a dedicated event space in The Shops at Crystals and opened

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JW Marriott Opens in Mall of America

November 29, 2015 by Lori Smith
JW Marriott Mall of America

The JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America has opened.  The property, which was designed in collaboration with award-winning architects DLR Group and  hospitality industry leader Design Force, is the  brand’s first in Minneapolis and is part of Mall of America’s recent

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Air Canada Expands Service to U.S.

November 25, 2015 by Lori Smith

Air Canada will begin new non-stop services between four key Canadian hubs and 12 U.s. cities this summer. The new transborder routes will introduce new destinations, such as Toronto-Washington-Dulles, Toronto-Salt Lake City and Vancouver- San Jose, CA. It will also

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Air Canada Adds New Montreal to US Routes

November 19, 2015 by Lori Smith

Air Canada will begin new non-stop service between Montreal and three US cities next summer. The new transborder routes include Montreal-Denver, Montreal-Houston and Montreal-Philadelphia. “As one of the major corporations headquartered in Montreal and the largest airline serving the city,