The development of the Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas is nearing completion, with almost all of Park MGM's 2,700 rooms finished. The project is an update of the Monte Carlo casino-hotel.
RCD Resorts will assume control over development of the Nobu Hotel project in Chicago in a nearly $20 million deal. Actor Robert De Niro backs the project, and its 119-key hotel is expected to open next year.
The Oberoi in New Delhi will reopen Jan. 1 to reveal its $100 million update. The hotel, which opened in 1965, was shut down for nearly two years during the renovations.
Marriott International will bring its roster of upscale hotels to 422 in more than 60 countries next year with the opening of 40 new properties under its luxury brand banners, said Tina Edmundson, global brand officer. Marriott plans to open more than 200 luxury hotels in the coming years, Edmundson said.
Original artwork throughout the new H Hotel in Los Angeles carries the aviation ambience that guests and visitors can see in person from the rooftop, which gives a view of Los Angeles International Airport. Nine Dot Arts curated the exhibit in the 168-room addition to Hilton's Curio Collection.
A surging hotel industry in sub-Saharan Africa is reflecting higher midmarket demand, while the once-dominant luxury sector slows into oversupply status. Strong tourism has been augmented by increasing leisure and business travel within the continent thanks to growth in the economy and the middle class.
Former Shangri-La Hotels CEO Giovanni Angelini says hotels will increasingly have to stand out in a competitive market. "Technology has to be aligned with the hotel's overall strategic positioning and with the competitive advantages of the brand," writes the founder of Angelini Hospitality.
Owners of the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif., this week announced plans to rebrand the property as the Fashion Island Hotel. "Adding 'fashion' to the hotel name bolsters the alignment between these two important properties while emphasizing Fashion Island as an iconic and luxury destination," said Ralph Grippo, president of Irvine Company Resort Properties.
More of today's business travelers want to work in a communal area, avoiding the isolation of working in their room, and hotels are responding. Crowne Plaza, for example, is investing $200 million in its Worklife guestrooms and Plaza Workspaces concepts.