Houston's traditional Old World-style Warwick Hotel is being transformed into a hip new Hotel ZaZa Houston. New co-owner Charlie Givens describes the bold new property as "'Phantom of the Opera' meets George Clooney meets Versace meets Alan Greenspan."
Marriott CEO Bill Marriott says his parents taught him the value of treating employees well. "If the employees are well taken care of, they'll take care of the customer and the customer will come back," he said. "That's basically the core value of the company."
Miami-Dade County has sent hotel-tax assessments totaling nearly $10 million to major online travel companies including Orbitz, Travelocity and Expedia. The assessments mark the launch of audits of the companies over what the county says are unremitted bed taxes.
New legislation in Florida requires that all hotels, and eventually all new buildings in the state, install carbon monoxide detectors near boilers. The measure follows the poisoning of 26 people who stayed at a Key West resort in December 2006.
The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians is expanding its Spotlight 29 Casino, in Coachella, Calif., to include a 200-room hotel, a spa and a parking garage. The tribe plans for the hotel to be four-star and include a pool/recreation area with a spa and covered cabanas, a convention center and restaurant additions.