Keeping the ears and mind open during development is essential to getting projects done on time and under budget, hospitality leaders agreed at a recent gathering. "When I look at it from the perspective of the designer and when I look at it from the perspective of the developer, I'm going to add two words: ego and humility," said Michael St. James of Acumen Development Partners, West.
A new restaurant called Cultivated F+B plays a starring role in Houston's Lancaster Hotel, set to reopen Monday after a multimillion-dollar renovation prompted by flood damage from Hurricane Harvey. The hotel's new owners opted for a complete redesign with a contemporary flair.
UPS has expanded UPS My Choice, which notifies UPS package recipients the day before a package is to be delivered and allows them to specify where and when it should arrive. The service is now available in 112 countries and territories.
Air Canada is increasing the frequency of its service from Vancouver International Airport to global destinations, including Delhi, India; Melbourne, Australia; Zurich, Switzerland and Osaka, Japan. "We are pleased to increase our capacity to these important markets as we continue to strategically broaden our international network from our Vancouver hub," said Mark Galardo of Air Canada.
United Airlines will increase its nonstop service between San Francisco and Tampa, Fla., from one daily flight to two on June 6. The additional frequency will give more seamless flight options for travelers connecting in San Francisco to and from Asian markets.
A $54 million hotel project is coming to Alexandria, Va. "Locals want awesome restaurants and awesome bars. We come in with the expectation that we're going to do the best restaurant in the market," said Michael Kitchen of Aparium Hotel Group.
The Arkansas Supreme Court dismissed two lawsuits filed in an attempt to keep a casino question off the November ballot. Voters will be able to decide whether the state constitution should be amended to allow two new casinos and to expand gaming at two racetracks.