The beachfront JW Marriott Marco Island resort in Florida has unveiled its three-year, $320 million renovation. The property's Lanai Suites and other guest rooms have been redesigned; a spa and five restaurants have been added; and a new tower features event and meeting space and an entertainment center.
Hoteliers, restaurateurs and other business operators in Milwaukee are girding for the historic challenge of serving an estimated 50,000 visitors for the Democratic National Convention in July 2020. "None of the hotels have seen demand -- the sheer number of people coming to the city -- and the types of parties and the times of parties," Potawatomi Hotel & Casino CEO and General Manager Rodney Ferguson says.
April showed year-over-year improvement for US hotels across three measures, according to STR. Occupancy was up 0.3% to 68%, average daily rate rose 0.9% to $131.85 and per-room revenue was up 1.2% at $89.67 -- marking RevPAR growth in 109 of the past 110 months.
Airlines for America predicts that 257.4 million passengers will fly on US airlines between June 1 and Aug. 31, up 3.4% compared to last summer. Airlines are adding 111,000 seats per day to accommodate the expected 93,000 increase in daily passengers.
Catherine Toth Fox describes a flight from Honolulu to Kahului, Maui, on Southwest Airlines. Fox writes that boarding was easy and civilized, the flight was pleasant and the price was great at just $29 for a one-way Wanna Get Away ticket.
The Massage Company is planning to open 50 locations in India under a new deal with FranGlobal. "We aim to become the global leader in membership-based massage, and we consider India to be a sizeable market which will enable us to achieve this goal," co-founder Charlie Thompson said.
The Government Tourism Office in Macao will poll visitors, travel-related businesses and residents about whether to add a tourist tax and how to spend resulting revenue. The concept is still in the early stages, with no details laid out yet.
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