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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Finally Slated to Open in AprilHotels & ResortsNews

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, which will offer high-end amenities and eventually 1,800 guest rooms, is expected to begin operating in late April in Nassau, Bahamas. The property will be unveiled in phases, with 200 guest rooms slated to open on April 21. Eventually, Grand Hyatt will include 227 lavish suites, three restaurants, a pool bar and grill,…

Sheraton Miami Completes $10 Million RenovationHotels & ResortsNews

Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Meeting Center has just completed a $10 million renovation that includes refreshed guest rooms, a redesigned lobby, a transformed pool area and custom-built meeting space. The hotel, the closest one to Miami International Airport (MIA), has transformed its 405 guest rooms by featuring a primarily neutral palette, eclectic furniture, a Herman…

Fawn Germer: Catalyst for Positive ChangeMeeting Planning

Fawn Germer is helping to boost women leaders worldwide Born: Flint, Michigan Profession: International leadership speaker and best-selling author of eight books Current Residence: Dunedin, Florida Education: Bachelor’s degree in mass communications from University of South Florida; master’s degree in journalism from University of Florida When Fawn Germer went searching for a book on how…

Attuned to the Master’s Spirit: An Inside Look at Disney’s 21 RoyalFood & BeverageVenues

Special Disneyland residence offers extraordinary luxury experience The grand mastermind wasn’t physically present, but his spirit was felt throughout the evening during an extraordinary experience for media at the 21 Royal at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, earlier this year. Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian, envisioned offering such a place in which they would…

Engaging Spaces are TrendingMeeting PlanningTrends

Table linens by Creative Coverings Planners are looking for eclectic, lively spots for groups Consistent with other recent trends in the meetings industry, groups are seeking more inspiring and engaging spaces that facilitate learning and networking. “There’s an overall aversion to boring meetings that don’t inspire attendees,” says Kevin Dana, director of product development for…

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LAX Breaks Ground on $1.6 Billion TerminalAirlinesNews

Rendering courtesy of LAWA Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) broke ground on a $1.6 billion midfield passenger terminal Monday that will provide 12 aircraft gates, as well as lounges, retail stores, restaurants and a state-of-the-art baggage system. Midfield Satellite Concourse will be built just west of Tom Bradley International Terminal, which underwent a $2.1 billion renovation and…

7 Millennial Tendencies with Big Marketing ImplicationsBusinessTips & Tools

Millennials, like all other age groups, generally display certain tendencies, but older generations often market to them without taking these tendencies into consideration. Here are seven tendencies with major implications for marketing to millennial travelers, based on a recent Google survey. –Sixty-five percent of millennial travelers initiate interactions with a brand or an organization online. –Forty-one percent say…

New Florida Hotel to Feature Culinary TheaterHotels & ResortsNews

A culinary theater featuring world-renowned chefs is among the attractions planned at an upcoming 12-story hotel in Fort Myers, Florida. Chefs will teach culinary techniques to guests as well as the general public at the Autograph Collection hotel, which has not been named. Autograph Collection is one of Marriott’s top lifestyle hotel brands. The 225-room property…

Tasting the World with Anthony BourdainFood & BeverageNewsTravel

TV host and chef Anthony Bourdain has been virtually everywhere Birthplace: New York City Occupation: TV show host, chef, author, businessman Favorite Restaurant: “A little place in Rome that serves fettuccini and polpette. I wish I was there now.” (He didn’t want to reveal the name.) Favorite Hotels: “Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles is probably…