Robust lodging growth has taken place in Nashville, Tenn., since the opening of the $623 million Music City Center in 2013, an analysis of STR data shows. The number of hotels has increased by 20 to a total of 61, and revenue per available room rose to $180 from $111, with the latter jump second only to Maui, Hawaii, among US submarkets.
An economically and historically prominent agricultural crop for South Carolina is being honored by a new arrival in Mount Pleasant with the apt name Hotel Indigo. Management plans to carry the theme through, even though the 14-year-old affordable-luxury brand was created without connection to the region.
The Sleepbox Nap Lounge is opening its first US location soon in the Washington Dulles International Airport. Startup Sleepbox provides modular, soundproof sleeping pods.
Florida's Boca Raton Resort & Club resort dates back to 1926. Today, the sprawling resort has 1,047 guest rooms.
Shangri-La Hotels is tapping technology from Tencent to improve services. "We will strive to work with Tencent and integrate hardware with heartware," said Hui Kuok, chairman of Shangri-La Asia.
The 45-key Heckfield Place has opened in Hampshire, England. Plans for the property were first announced in 2012.
The Dallas area boasted the third-largest number of hotel rooms under construction -- 6,223 -- among US metro areas last month, according to STR. Finishing those rooms would mean a 7% year-over-year increase, second only to New York City's 12%.
Seven hotels under the La Quinta by Wyndham brand opened in the third quarter in five US states, raising that Wyndham Hotels & Resorts portfolio to nearly 900 properties. Wyndham also struck 10 La Quinta franchise agreements, nine of them new-construction, during the period.
The 15,000-square-foot Spa at Auberge Beach in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will open by year's end. It will have outdoor cabanas, a fire pit and 14 treatment rooms.
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