Category Archives: International

Italian Authorities Push for Ban on Cruise Ships in Venice

Two weeks after a tourist’s death brought new urgency to perennial complaints about Venice’s congested waterways, Italy’s environment minister has proposed new rules that would keep large cruise ships out of the Giudecca Canal, which separates Giudecca Island and the city’s Dorsoduro district. The legislation, which a parliamentary committee will consider in October, would ban…

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Montreal Convention Center Cancels Muslim Youth Conference Amid Controversy

A week before an Islamic youth conference was scheduled to begin at the Montreal Convention Center (Palais des Congres de Montreal), the organization that runs the city’s largest meeting venue canceled the event. Organized by the local Muslim group Collectif 1ndependance, the Entre Ciel et Terre conference (which translates as Between Heaven and Earth) had…

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Aruba Casino, Meeting Complex Completes Expansion Project

Divi Resorts has completed a renovation and expansion of Alhambra Plaza, a casino, entertainment, shopping and meeting complex in Oranjestad,  Aruba, that offers a 3,240-square-foot ballroom. Work included the a 2,000-square-foot expansion of the casino, as well as the addition of retail space, parking, two upscale restaurants and an outdoor plaza ideal for meeting breaks….

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Dominican Republic Resort to Open New Convention Center

Paradisus Palma Real—an all-inclusive resort on Bavaro Beach in  Punta Cana, Dominican Republic—is preparing to open an almost 18,000-square-foot convention center on Dec. 1. The center has 29-foot ceilings and has meeting spaces that can be set up in cocktail, theater, classroom and banquet configurations. It offers the latest A/V technology, provided by American Audio…

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First Radisson Hotel in Rio de Janeiro to Open Early Next Year

A beachfront hotel in Rio de Janeiro’s famed Barra de Tijuca borough will be converted to the Radisson brand, debuting in January. Atlantica Hotels International this week announced that the new Radisson Hotel Rio de Janeiro would join the other seven Radisson properties in Brazil that it currently manages. Another two Radisson hotels are scheduled…

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Marriott to Debut Collaborate Work Spaces at European Hotels

Marriott Hotels & Resorts’ Future of Meetings initiative has made its way to Europe. The brand will debut new meeting spaces next month at its properties in Munich and Amsterdam. Inspired by research that shows growing demand for collaborative work spaces as opposed to traditional meeting rooms, these new suites are somewhat similar in concept…

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The Ritz-Carlton to Open its First Hotel in Israel

By the end of this year, there will be a The Ritz-Carlton property in Israel. The company is due to open The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya in the seaside suburb of Tel Aviv. The newly built, 12-story hotel will feature 197 guest rooms, including 82 suites with views of the Mediterranean. It will have 4,500 sq. ft….

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Fire Destroys International Arrivals Terminal at Nairobi Airport

The primary airport serving Nairobi, Kenya, has partially reopened after a huge fire destroyed the international-arrivals terminal earlier today. Domestic and cargo flights have resumed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the largest airport in East Africa, but international traffic has been suspended until part of the domestic terminal can be converted to accommodate foreign arrivals….

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Hard Rock to Open First European Hotel on Ibiza

Hard Rock International will open its first hotel in Europe next year on the Spanish island of Ibiza. Palladium Hotel Group will combine two neighboring properties currently operating under its Fiesta Hotels & Resorts brand, the Fiesta Hotel Don Toni and Fiesta Club Don Toni, and rebrand the property as the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza….

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