Oversupply concerns have arisen with the announcement of convention center hotel plans by three communities north of Dallas. The projects by McKinney, Frisco and Allen would add to 41 convention hotels already located in North Texas, but industry experts question if the area is over-saturated.
Hotel executives stressed the importance of protecting properties against terror attacks during a counterterrorism seminar held by the Hotel Industry Safety and Security Watch Group in Singapore. Hotels should employ the most up-to-date security technology and can train ambassadors to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior.
Ankush Khullar of Kalibri Labs highlights the importance of bench marking in hotel performance and development. "Knowing where a hotel falls in relation to the performance of its closest competitors is an important first step toward improving its business and profitability," he writes.
Carmel, Ind., has hired a team to attract a Marriott Autograph Collection property to the city. The hotel plan calls for up to 120 rooms.
The 82-key Penrose Walla Walla Hotel & Spa is on track for a 2019 opening in Washington. Amenities will include a restaurant, swimming pool and rooftop terraces.
Hotel de Crillon is close to reopening in Paris following a $222 million renovation. The palace-style hotel was built in 1758.
From its 100 rooftop solar panels to its high-efficiency faucets and its energy-generating elevators, the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, N.C., stakes its claim to being America's greenest hotel. The refurbished textile warehouse holds the LEED Platinum rating, which is the US Green Building Council's highest distinction.
New York City's Saks Fifth Avenue has opened The Wellery, a 16,000-square-foot space where shoppers can find skin-care products, leisurewear and fitness classes and equipment. Spa offerings include the Blink brow bar; a Sundays nail studio; a Breathe dry salt therapy room and Skinney MedSpa, which offers noninvasive body contouring and facials.