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.
Hotel developers are finding opportunities in smaller cities. "Now more than ever, the interests of travelers -- including those termed 'adventure travelers' -- are piqued by the unknown and unseen. As a result, travel to small, off-the-beaten-path towns has grown," said Michael W. Tall, president and CEO of Charlestowne Hotels.
Wharf Hotels' comparatively small size is proving an asset as the hotel sector sees more consolidation. "We are a regional player that is both an owner and manager, so we manage and think like an owner," said President Jennifer Cronin.
Developers are planning a 2021 opening for the Margaritaville Beach Resort, Panama City Beach. "Panama City Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and we are excited to share this news and help bring positive energy back to the destination," said Jason Alley of Premier Development Group.
The 210-key Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North has finished its $13 million revamp. "Our vision has been to bring the warmth, beauty and grandeur of our surroundings into the guest room experience in a new contemporary fashion," said general manager Kelley Moreton.
Microsoft saw an increase from 2017 to 2018 in its female workforce as the company's global female workforce increased from 25.5% to 26.6%, including increases in intern and leadership roles. The company also announced it has had a 33% increase in representation of black and Latinx employees in the past four years with those groups reaching 4.1% and 6% of the company's US workforce, respectively.
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