The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has holiday trees and garlands that never come down, and the glockenspiel in the lobby pumps out carols twice a day. The most festive guests can reserve the Santa Suite, complete with St. Nicks and a unique gift delivered overnight.
IHG has signed off on the development of the Regent Kuala Lumpur to open in 2021. "I'm confident that our impressive new positioning and brand identity will allow us to continue to take the brand to the world's best destinations and help position Regent as a real leader within luxury hospitality," said IHG CEO Keith Barr.
A developer is proposing a hotel-condo development in the Turtle Creek section of Dallas. The luxury property would have 175 hotel rooms and 82 residential units.
You can prevent meetings from disrupting your day by determining if you need to attend, whether the information could be exchanged electronically or if someone else could go in your place, writes Scott Matteson. If attendance is required, hold fast to the agenda and keep yourself on schedule by lining up your meetings consecutively, he writes.
Tourism and economic development leaders in Raleigh, N.C., are concerned that a spate of proposed new hotels doesn't include any within walking distance of the city's convention center. While all the additions are welcome, said Bill King of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, a 400-room hotel near the convention center is needed to compete for bigger events and handle business travel growth.
Marriott and Hilton are among major hotel companies that are updating the designs of staff break rooms and other back-of-house areas. "We're definitely moving away from the focus on just utilitarian spaces to a space that is actually going to be attractive and [that] people want to be in," said Tim Freeman of design firm Zimmerman Weintraub Associates, which is currently doing a project for Marriott.
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