Citing the spectacle of massive waste despoiling beaches, many hoteliers are banning plastic items such as soda straws. Biodegradable substitutes are becoming more widely used.
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson will be renamed Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, in an effort to raise the midscale brand's profile, owner Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced. "Globally, the Radisson name has high consumer awareness," said Carlson executive Ken Greene.
Hotel construction in Nashville, Tenn., in December increased 48% over the same period in 2016, while the US saw a 4% drop, according to industry analytics firm STR. Construction still took place in New York and Dallas, but their markets declined more than 18% year over year.
The Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks in Fairfax, Va., has been acquired in a joint venture of Blue Vista Capital Management and The LCP Group LP. Crescent Hotels & Resorts will manage the 316-room full-service property.
Greece's Cavo Spada resort has reopened after a renovation with wellness offerings such as Turkish bath therapies, hydromassage and beauty treatments. MarBella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas and Euphoria Retreat are among the resorts opening in Greece in 2018.
Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa in England offers guests access to a gym, swimming pool and hot tub. Elemis treatments are on offer at the spa, which features a pair of Jessica nail bars.
A record 55.2 million visitors came to Chicago in 2017, driving demand for hotel rooms. Chicago has eight major hotel projects happening in 2018, and the Marriott Marquis added 1,000-plus rooms to the city's hotel inventory last year.
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