Houston's Marriott Marquis continues to employ people from a pool that the city's hotels turned to for help during February's Super Bowl festivities: the once-homeless. "They come to work motivated; not only are they motivating, but being around them motivates the rest of our team," general manager Scot Cotton said.
AccorHotels will expand its luxury segment with the openings of Fairmont Amman in Jordan, Fairmont Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel and Fairmont Abu Dhabi Marina Resort, both in the UAE, within the next year. Also in the pipeline are Fairmont Fuka Bay, Swissotel Fuka Bay and Fairmont Cairo Pyramids Hotel & Residences -- all in Egypt -- and the Sofitel Wafi Dubai, UAE, and MGallery Jeddah King's Walk, Saudi Arabia.
Los Angeles-based Nimes Real Estate has purchased two hotels in downtown Austin, Texas, from Journeyman Group of Austin for an undisclosed sum. The Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown -- University and the Holiday Inn Express Austin Downtown -- University both opened in 2016.
The Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis is opening its celebrated rooftop bar and restaurant to the general public one day a week. Originally reserved for hotel guests and social club members only, the spot known for distinctive cocktails will serve all comers on Tuesdays.
Ensuring a marketing plan is in place is essential to making grab-and-go food items pay off, according to Rich Garcia, vice president of culinary for Crescent Hotels & Resorts. Royal Sonesta Houston focuses on placement of grab-and-go items in high-traffic areas.
Hawaii's Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel will undergo a $46 million update before being rebranded as the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort and reopening in early 2018.
Charlotte, N.C.'s dual-branded AC Hotel and Residence Inn will debut in February. The property will have 300 keys.
Plans for a 40-story Ritz-Carlton tower in New York City's NoMad neighborhood include 164 guest rooms and a rooftop bar. Construction of the $484 million project is slated to begin next year, with the hotel targeting a 2021 opening.
The Crowne Plaza Dubai Business Bay will open in 2019 under a new development agreement between InterContinental and API Hotels & Resorts. The partners will also build the InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Business Bay.
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