Latest Travel Updates: Happy 90th, Biltmore! Renaissance NYC to have a living wall, and which airline has the best beer?

Happy 90th, Biltmore! Renaissance NYC to have a living wall, and which airline has the best beer? Here are this week’s travel updates!

Property News

Biltmore turns 90!


This month marks the 90th anniversary of Miami’s legendary Biltmore Hotel. After it opened in 1926, the property quickly became one of the—if not the—most fashionable resort/s of the Jazz Age.

“Many people will come and go, but this structure will remain a thing of lasting beauty,” Dr. Frank Crane predicted in 1926, and his words have remained true.

During World War II, the hotel became an Army Air Forces Regional Hospital but reopened as a resort in 1992 by the Seaway Hotels Corporation.

Today it features five restaurants, a world class spa, a championship golf course, a cooking school, and cigar and scotch tasting events.


Renaissance Midtown Hotel

Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, scheduled to open spring 2016, will be New York City’s first digitally enhanced hotel in the garment district. The 348-room, new-build property will boast “a living wall” that will span the block and detect human motion, creating endless entertainment. A virtual concierge will showcase places in the city using this technology, and a four-story digital clock will change design every hour of the day, enhancing the New York skyline.

AC Hotel

AC Hotel

Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center opened after undergoing an extensive renovation and is the flagship brand’s largest hotel in Europe with 869 rooms. The hotel’s exterior boasts a new façade which “transforms from day to night” while internal renovations added a work desk and a Nespresso Coffee machine to every room.

AC Hotels by Marriott, an “upper-moderate-tier” lifestyle brand, announced 22 new hotels to open in 2016. Some of the hotels include AC Asheville, N.C.; AC Boston Cambridge and AC Boston North, Mass.; AC Minneapolis, Minn.; and AC San Jose Downtown, Calif. AC Hotels also scheduled openings aboard in Panama, Mexico, France, U.K., Germany, Brazil, and Poland.

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the signings of two new Candlewood Suites hotels in Nebraska. Both hotels will be new-build properties with 88 suites with 54 studio suites, 24 one-bedroom suites, and 10 two-bedroom suites. Candlewood Suites Grand Island will be near the Conestoga Mall, while Candlewood Suites Kearney will be located near Younes Conference Center. IHG has not specified when the hotels will open.

Choice Hotels International is expanding its Cambria hotels & suites brand, announcing new properties in Durham, N.C. and Hanover, M.D. The 119-room Hanover property is expected to open in June 2017 and is located near the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metro area.  The 146-room Cambria in Durham will open late 2016 and be within walking distance of Duke University Hospital.


Air Travel Updates

JetBlue Airways launched its new roundtrip, non-stop service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB). This is the only nonstop service offered to Daytona Beach from New York City.

Delta Air Lines carried Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s 100 millionth passenger of the 2015—a world record—on its service from Gulfport-Biloxi on Dec. 27. The Atlanta airport is the world’s busiest airport by passenger volume.

On top of its already many accolades, Delta Air Lines also was named the U.S. airline with the best beer, as declared by Beer Advocate. Delta received a score of 73.6 out of 100 and serves many high-ranking beers like Samuel Adams, Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale, and Blue Moon Belgian White.