The Temecula Valley region in Southern California has seen a surge in hotels over the last three years and there is still a need for more. Driving demand is the growth of the region's wine and medical industries and the Pechanga Resort & Casino, says Patrick Ellis, president of the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce.
Virginia's Graduate Richmond hotel has opened the the Byrd House, a rooftop bar overlooking downtown Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University's Monroe Park campus. The chain opened the hotel last July after paying $10 million in 2015 to purchase the building, which formerly housed a Hilton DoubleTree.
A "grocery guru" is on staff for consultations at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort in the North Beach neighborhood. The one-on-one session includes a 90-minute grocery store tour.
The W Hotel brand has hired a director of style for its W San Francisco hotel. Leila Reyes will be responsible for brand styling throughout the hotel and managing housekeeping operations.
Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta is looking to World Travel & Tourism Council member organizations to set goals for carbon emissions reductions. "We must take collective action because ensuring life-changing travel experiences for the billions of travelers we will welcome during the golden age of travel also requires us to be great environmental stewards of the communities where we operate," said Nassetta, who serves as chairperson of the council.
The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills assigns each guest a personal concierge, an additional service to Los Angeles' high tally of luxury properties. The city is among the top 10 globally when it comes to luxury hotels.
Melia Chief Operating Officer Andre Gerondeau says his firm needs to be "an all-[around] hotel company that really understands all segments, all markets, and we need to be present." Gerondeau cites the importance of relationships.
The Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek in Denver has found success by celebrating nontraditional holidays such as National Rubber Ducky Day and National Gumdrop Day.
The historic Jewelers Building in Chicago is slated to become a 39-key boutique hotel. The building recently sold for $7.2 million.
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