Nebraska's Ponca tribe is tackling site preparation for a casino just across the state line in Iowa even as a federal judge reviews the two states' efforts to stop construction. The tribe has hopes for a casino building that would feature about 2,000 slot machines, followed by a second phase with a seven-story hotel and a more elaborate casino.
Boutique hotel brand Ace Hotel is developing its first luxury offering, the 67-room Maison de la Luz, in New Orleans. "We hope there will be more opportunities in other cities, however New Orleans' singular spirit made it the perfect city to lay the foundation for Maison de la Luz," said Kelly Sawdon of Atelier Ace, the design studio behind Ace Hotel.
Celebrity Cruises' The Celebrity Revolution initiative calls for the cruise line's entire fleet to undergo $500 million worth of renovations. The upgrades, which will include redesigned suites and updated restaurants, will start next year and continue through 2023.
Travelers who only have 24 hours to spend in South Beach can still take advantage of the destination's many attractions. Travelers can dine on a delicious brunch at Stiltsville Fish Bar, listen to live jazz at Blues Bar at the historic National Hotel and enjoy a relaxing treatment at W South Beach's Bliss Spa.
Agents seeking to attract new clients with testimonials should engage their millennial clients, according to Allianz Global Assistance, because these clients are more likely to use social media to document their trips than members of any other generation are. Agents can encourage social media posts by offering millennial clients a chance to win a booking discount if they use agency-branded hashtags, Allianz Global Assistance's Daniel Durazo advises.
Milwaukee-based Dev Properties LLC has purchased the Holiday Inn & Suites hotel near General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee for $7.4 million. Built in 2000, the 130-room hotel as been owned since 2014 by CREFII Waramaug Milwaukee Airport LLC of Boca Raton, Fla.
Kawa Capital Management of Florida has acquired four hotels in Goodyear, Ariz., in a $20 million sale-leaseback transaction with Byrd Hotel Group. The properties are a Hampton Inn & Suites, a Holiday Inn & Suites, a Red Lion Inn & Suites and a Residence Inn, totaling 378 rooms.
The surging short-term rental market reflects a traditional lodging option for vacationers, albeit with several new twists. Among them are the increase in business travelers working improvisationally in the gig economy, and streamlined bookings through technology.
United Airlines has awarded $2 million in grants to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Urban League of Essex County and Year Up New York. "We are thrilled to be able to provide support to multiple New York and New Jersey communities to help individuals build their professional and personal development job skills," said United's Jill Kaplan.