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LOTTE Acquires First North American Property

September 2, 2015 by Lori Smith

Korea-based LOTTE Hotels & Resorts has entered the North American market with the purchase of The New York Palace, an iconic luxury hotel in midtown Manhattan. The property, which was acquired August 28, 2015, will be relaunched this month as LOTTE


ALHI Adds More Sonesta Properties to Portfolio

August 25, 2015 by Lori Smith
Royal Sonesta New Orleans (exterior)

The relationship between Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) and Sonesta International Hotels Corporation has expanded with the addition of five more of Sonesta’s luxury, meetings-focused hotels to the ALHI portfolio. The five properties joining Royal Sonesta Harbour Court Baltimore (Baltimore,


Skyline Buys Third U.S. Property

August 12, 2015 by Lori Smith
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

Skyline International Development Inc. has reached an agreement with a company controlled by CTF Holdings Limited to buy the historic Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio for just under $20 million USD. The property is currently managed by Marriott Corporation.


ALHI Accepts Central Florida Resort

August 6, 2015 by Lori Smith
Streamsong Resort course in Central Florida.

Streamsong, Central Florida’s newest destination resort, has been accepted into the portfolio of the Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Global Sales Organization. The 16,000-acre property, which opened in December 2012,  is accessible from both the Tampa and Orlando international airports.


MPI Names WEC Destinations

August 6, 2015 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has released the dates and locations for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of its annual conference, the World Education Congress (WEC). MPI’s president and CEO Paul Van Deventer made the announcement during the opening general session


Marmara U.S. Flagship Property Set to Open in NYC

July 22, 2015 by Lori Smith
Marmara Park Avenue

Marmara Park Avenue, the U.S. flagship of the luxury Marmara Collection hotel group, is scheduled to open on August 25, 2015 in New York City’s lower Park Avenue area. The 21-storey property has 1,375 square feet of event space. The


WestJet Grows Service to Sun Destinations

July 22, 2015 by Lori Smith

WestJet is launching new non-stop service to Florida, Mexico and Costa Rica. The Calgary-based airline is also adding more than 85 flights across its domestic and international network. The changes are part of its 2015-2016 flight schedule. “WestJet continues to


Hawaii MICE Market Update

July 7, 2015 by Lori Smith

Meet Hawaii has released an update on new group programs, meeting venues and accommodation offerings available throughout its islands. Here’s what’s happening in the Aloha State. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa has been revitalized, inside and out. Improvements include freshly painted


Brooklyn Marriott Completes First Phase of Reno

July 6, 2015 by Lori Smith
Coffee Bar at New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

New York Marriott – Brooklyn Bridge completed the first phase of its $43 million-renovation with the unveiling of its reimagined Great Room, M Club Lounge, bar and lobby in June. The Bar, located off the grand entrance, is the property’s new social


Minister of State Confirms Government Commitment to Tourism at Rendez-vous 2015

May 27, 2015 by Lori Smith

The Government of Canada continues to be committed to promoting Canada as a premier tourism destination, said Conservative Minister of State Maxime Bernier during his address to tourism suppliers and international media on the opening day of Rendez-vous Canada (RVC) 2015, the


New Huntington Beach Joins ALHI

April 15, 2015 by Lori Smith
Artist's Rendering of Pasea Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach, CA - Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

The brand new Paséa Hotel & Spa, which will open in Huntington Beach, California in early 2016, is the newest member of Associated Luxury hotels International (ALHI) and will be represented by the ALHI Global Sales Organization.  “Paséa Hotel & Spa


LVCVA Gets Approval to Purchase Riviera Site

February 20, 2015 by Lori Smith
Las Vegas Global Business District (artist's rendering). Photo: LVCVA

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors has voted to approve a contract for the purchase of the historic Riviera Hotel & Casino’s 26-acre site as the cornerstone for its planned Las Vegas Global Business District.