Category Archives: News

Abrupt Adieu to Aloha Airlines

After 61 years of service to and from the Hawaiian Islands, Aloha Airlines operated its final flights March 31, following its March 20 filing for bankruptcy. Aloha’s code-share partner, United Airlines, plus Hawaiian Airlines and other carriers are prepared to help Aloha passengers affected by the situation. The Hawaiian Tourism Authority has been coordinating with…

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The King of The Strip?

New York-based developer FX Real Estate and Entertainment recently revealed its intentions to create a massive casino resort on the nearly 18 acres of land it owns on the Las Vegas Strip. Located across from the MGM’s CityCenter, the development’s first phase is expected to include an Elvis-themed hotel casino and five-star nongaming hotel. More…

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Sheraton Goes Global with Sweeping Upgrades

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of the Starwood brand, has launched a global revitalization that will include investing more than $3 billion in new hotel openings and renovations to current properties. The $1.3 billion in renovations will include improvements to 100 U.S. hotels—including upgrades to approximately 50,000 guest rooms and redesigns of all lobbies; lobby…

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Remarkable RockResort Renovation

La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa, a RockResort, will complete a $6.2-million property upgrade this May. The improvements include enhancements to all 157 guest rooms and suites, public spaces and a brand-new additional restaurant. The resort teamed with the Museum of New Mexico to incorporate fabrics and prints indigenous to the region; other…

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SMARTER EDGE – JourneyPod.com

Now you can download electronic travel guides featuring top hotels, remarkable restaurants and amazing attractions at 21 airport locations, courtesy of journeyPod and InMotion Entertainment.  The travel podcasts can be loaded into Apple iPods and various MP3 players from in-store airport kiosks, where travelers can also download free music, games, film previews and more. Major…

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The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Location is important—but so is ambience! Just a short walk from Costa Mesa’s theater district—not to mention 280 top-tier boutiques—The Westin South Coast Plaza features 393 guest rooms and 26 meeting spaces. The most popular event space at this newly designed hotel is the Waterfall Terrace (1,856 sq. ft.), a sheltered, tranquil area that takes…

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Major Merger in Meetings Management

Certain Software, Inc. has announced a merger with Amlink Technologies, resulting in the largest global supplier of technology solutions for the meetings and events management industry. The merger will produce a worldwide technology supplier for the meetings and events sector that’s able to deliver greater functionality, added deployment options, increased security levels and detailed product…

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Arizona Openings

Planners considering Scottsdale will have some new top properties to choose from this year. The W Scottsdale Hotel is scheduled to open downtown in late May, with 224 guest rooms, eight meeting spaces, a spa, restaurant and two bars. The first floor will contain a 3,500-square-foot ballroom and 2,000-square-foot outdoor terrace. starwoodhotels.com Early August will…

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Meet in Mexico

Azul Hotels by Karisma has just announced the opening of a new property in Playa del Carmen, on the Riviera Maya, in December—The Azul Fives Hotel. The luxurious new property will provide 360 suites, a state-of-the-art spa and meeting space for up to 250. Four gourmet dining options will include a seaside restaurant; a stylish…

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