Hotel Happenings: Property Updates – Week of May 4

Resorts World breaks ground in Vegas, baby; Marriott earns high honor the British LGBT Awards; and Four Seasons and RIU head to Dubai. Here are this week’s property updates. 


Travel Weekly reports that Resorts World Las Vegas broke ground this week on the site of the former Echelon project and the Stardust. The hotel’s first phase is due to open in 2018 with 3,000 hotel rooms.

Marriott international won Brand of the Year at the prestigious British LGBT Awards. Marriott won for its support of the LGBT community as an inclusive employer, its pro-active approach to marketing, and its non-discrimination and equality celebration in all areas of business. Along with Attitude Magazine, Marriott will be creating a digital Pride Guide with tips and advice for Pride vacationing and an ultimate style guide.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo will reopen in late summer this year after undergoing a complete renovation, while Budapest will also be getting a Ritz-Carlton, a 192-room hotel that overlooks Erzsébet Square and St. Stephen’s Basilica. The unnamed Budapest property will undergo an extensive renovation and is scheduled to reopen mid-2016.

RIU Hotels and Resorts will expand into Dubai with a 750-room resort at Deira Islands, the first beachfront resort in Dubai and one of the largest by room count.

Travel Weekly reports that Embassy Suites will expand into St. Kitts with a new hotel located on Pelican Bay. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2017.

Hilton Worldwide announced that its Embassy by Hilton brand will debut in China. Located Bo’ao, in the Hainan province, the 300-room hotel is slated to open in 2019 and will cater to domestic and international travelers, as well as MICE guests.

Hilton announced the opening of Hampton Inn by Hilton Zacatecas in Mexico; DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette in Louisiana, a former Hilton hotel that underwent a $12 million transformation with a redesigned lobby, updated guest rooms, and a renovated pool and sundeck; Hilton San Luis Potosi, a full-service, upscale hotel in Mexico that was modeled after a hacienda; and Homewood Suites by Hilton Ankeny in Iowa, located in “a Best Place to Live 2013” as chosen by Time magazine.

Canopy by Hilton, Hilton’s newest hotel brand, announced its first digital collaboration, Canopy by You, which will tap local experts to share their favorite neighborhood destinations, such as food and wine venues, galleries, fitness options, and more. This collaboration will be made through Canopy by Hilton social media channels. The new brand will launch in North Bethesda, near Washington, D.C., in 2016, followed by Portland and Indianapolis.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the opening of Hyatt Place Lansing/Eastwood Towne Center, near Michigan State University and the Michigan State Capitol building; and the Hyatt Place Washington D.C./Downtown/K Street, in the heart of Washington, D.C., two blocks from the White House.

Four Seasons announced its second hotel in Dubai, the Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre, scheduled to open in 2016. The hotel will cater to international business travelers and local executives.



Last Week’s Highlights

Omni Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with The Atlanta Braves, are developing The Omni Atlanta Hotel at SunTrust Park, which will feature 16 floors, 260 guestrooms rooms and suites, and an elevated pool deck and bar overlooking the plaza and ballpark. The hotel is slated to break ground later this year.

Hilton Worldwide announced an agreement to open The Statler Hotel & Residences in Dallas, Texas, under the Curio – A Collection by Hilton brand. The 19-story hotel will feature 161 hotel rooms on lower five floors and 219 residences on the top 11, as well as four restaurants, a hotel lounge, and a 14,500-square-foot-ballroom. It is expected to debut October 2016.

Travel Weekly reports that Melia Braco Village, Melia’s first Jamaican resort, will open in later this year. Originally the Braco Beach Resort & Spa, which closed in 2013, the property is undergoing a renovation.


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