Category Archives: News

SMARTER EDGE – CheckInWiz.com

Companies are consistently finding new ways to use the Internet as a way to provide better customer service. Take the Ottawa-based CheckinWiz—it promotes improved guest service and front desk efficiency at participating hotels. The product’s public launch in 2008 will allow travelers using PDAs, such as Blackberrys, to confirm their arrival time to a particular…

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Classic Vegas Gets Upgraded

After three years of construction and more than $100 million in renovations, the Las Vegas Hilton now offers refurbished guest rooms in its north and east towers.  The classic look of Hilton combined with amenities such as wireless Internet access, MP3 docking stations (in addition to plush beds and 37-inch plasma TVs) have brought the…

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East to West

Virgin America, having recently launched its domestic carrier service, has added a twice-daily flight between Washington D.C. and San Francisco International. By October 24, the airline will begin a service between the nation’s capital and Los Angeles International Airport. virginamerica.com

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New Look in New Mexico

The Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe, N.M. is wrapping up a $10.5-million renovation that debuts in November of this year.  In addition to the upgrades in the lobby and 219 guest rooms, the hotel’s 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space will be revived, including the city’s largest ballroom, with 6,488 sq. ft. First-rate…

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Largest Hotel in Pacific Northwest

The Sheraton Seattle has finally wrapped up a $130-million multiphase expansion. The hotel, adjacent to the Washington Convention & Trade Center in downtown Seattle, has 420 new guest rooms, bringing the total to 1,258—with the ability to commit group blocks of 1,000 rooms. Meeting space renovations included technology upgrades, three new kitchens, several midsize meeting…

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New Leader for Starwood

Frit van Paasschen, former president and CEO of Coors Brewing Company, will begin his post as the new CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide on Sept. 24. Van Paasschen’s positive leadership skills are evident in his professional track record— reversing nine quarters of declining sales during his two and a half years at Coors,…

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Castle Rock Fire is Out

The major fire that spread over more than 48,000 square acres in Idaho’s Sun Valley has been completely contained as of Tuesday, Sept. 4. No injuries or damage to any structures or ski lifts occurred. All facilities at Sun Valley Resort are intact. http://video.sunvalley.com

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New Giant in Town

Construction on a new full-service convention hotel is moving right along in Loveland, Colo. Big name developer John Q. Hammons is building a 263-suite, eight-story hotel and spa in Larimer County, expected to be the largest hotel north of Denver to Canada. Its adjoining 80,000-square-foot convention center will sit on 20 acres, conveniently located near…

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Better Dining in B.C.

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver in British Columbia will open its newly renovated yet-to-be-named restaurant and lounge this November. The space features a new open kitchen, bar and an exclusive glass-enclosed private dining room. The hotel’s meeting space (a total of almost 20,000 sq. ft.) has been unaffected by the construction. Additionally, Chartwell Restaurant will be…

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New Nonstops

Horizon Air will add nonstop service throughout the winter months along the West Coast. A daily nonstop flight between San Jose, Calif. and Palms Springs will begin in November and end in April 2008. Within the same time frame, new daily flights to and from Portland, Ore. and Palm Springs will supplement the seasonal traffic…

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