AccorHotels Takes Major Leap

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Acquisition of FRHI highlights tremendous growth AccorHotels continued its aggressive worldwide expansion in 2015 by opening 228 hotels and 36,000 guest rooms while spreading into new geographical areas. Some 45 percent of the properties unveiled are in Europe, Middle East and Africa, 39 percent are in the Asia-Pacific region and the rest are in Latin…

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17 Top Renovated Hotels and Resorts

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As the U.S. economy continued to improve throughout 2015, stellar properties with impressive meeting spaces rolled out new looks and features that are sure to wow the events industry for years to come. Here are 17 renovated hotels and resorts that rock and caught the attention of Smart Meetings in 2015. 1. Bacara Resort & Spa Santa Barbara,…

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Continued Growth Projected for Omni Hotels & Resorts

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Omni Hotels & Resorts, a privately-held company with 60 unique, Four Diamond properties located across North America, is adding to its impressive portfolio. Predicting that Louisville, Kentucky will be the next hot market, it is breaking ground on a 600-guest-room hotel near the city’s newly renovated convention center. That property, expected to open in January…


24 Historic Hotels Inducted in 2014

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Historic Hotels of America has been honoring well-preserved hotels with rich, authentic histories for 25 years. One hotel that dates as far back as 1625 and a handful that are haunted by friendly ghosts are among the 24 hotels that have earned this prestigious recognition in 2014. “Historic Hotels of America is pleased to honor…


Best Mexico Spa Treatments

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Spa treatment at Sandos Cancun Luxury Experience Resort In our December issue, we wrote about Maya rituals and indigenous ingredients in spa treatments across the east coast of Mexico. Here are some of our favorite experiences in the area: Barcelo Maya (Riviera Maya) Five adjacent all-inclusive resorts share one of the longest stretches of private…


Converted Bullring Heads List of Top Extreme Hotels

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Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico   A lodge reached by scuba diving 21 feet underwater, a converted bullring and a space-age bubble hotel are among the Top 10 Extreme Hotels in the World chosen by Fox News this summer. They are as diverse as they are bizarre, and are immensely appealing to those tired of cookie-cutter…


Hard Rock Hotel Cancun Celebrates Grand Opening

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Hard Rock International is celebrating the opening of its Cancun, Mexico, resort with a number of events this weekend. The celebration began Thursday with the hotel hosting the brand’s traveling Pinktober Fashion Show to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a performance by rapper Flo Rida. It continues with a golf tournament and concert featuring…


New Mexico Hyatt Regency Resort Names New DOSM


The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in New Mexico has hired Troy Wood as its director of sales and marketing. Wood has almost 20 years of experience with Hyatt, including four years as director of catering and convention services for the New Mexico resort. Most recently he was part of the sales teams at…


$350 Million Upgrades Slated for Several Sheraton Hotels

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide isn’t quite done with efforts to spruce up its Sheraton brand. Having completed a $6 billion brand-wide revitalization campaign, the company is investing $350 million in flagship Sheraton properties, $160 million of which is represented by an ongoing renovation to the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers that is scheduled…


Historic Hotels

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When you lead your group to a hotel that has been standing for more than 50 years, you’re also bestowing a simple gift—the inevitable inclination to slow down and take in the property’s history. You can have your Wi-Fi, your in-house caterer and, in most cases, those flat-screen TVs, but historical accommodations offer something beyond…