Mike Dunphy writes about his stay at the Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach. The hotel's 5,000-square-foot Aveda spa offers waxing, makeup, nail and hair care, plus a Hydrocapsule system that combines a Vichy shower, aromatic steam and hydrocolor lighting therapy.
The world's largest hotel chain was born today as Marriott International closed on its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. The merger entails 30 brands with 5,800 hotels, comprising one in every 15 rooms around the world.
Three Sandals projects anchor Jamaica's plans to add 15,000 hotel rooms in the next five years for a total of 40,000, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said. The government intends to expedite development by expanding the Ian Fleming International Airport on the north coast so larger aircraft can use the facility.
Pilots at Southwest Airlines will vote on a tentative labor contract later this year. "We value our pilots and the role they play in our success," said Alan Kasher, vice president of flight operations. "The tentative agreement acknowledges their contributions, so I'm pleased that they will have an opportunity to vote on it."
FedEx plans to boost hiring for the holidays, aiming to bring on more than 50,000 seasonal workers. "Managing our operating companies as a portfolio of customer solutions helped FedEx achieve strong financial and operating results in the quarter, especially given the global economy's continued low growth," said Frederick Smith, chairman of FedEx.
Research firm Technavio predicts online gaming in the US could hit $4 billion in revenue by 2020. It ranked the US as the eighth-largest market in the world for online gaming.
The Westin is making adventures accessible to its guests worldwide through a new concierge service. Its Monache Resort in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., for example, will connect guests with local ski experts, while Westin Los Angeles Airport is offering surf lessons.
The 354-room Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel "is everything luxury travelers would expect from a five-star, cosmopolitan hotel," writes reviewer Meagan Drillinger. The property is a rebranding of the former Four Seasons Bangkok.
Hoteliers must be prepared to address accidental injury and loss of personal property claims. "From a liability standpoint, risk management is always better when done prospectively rather than retrospectively," says attorney Allen Wolff.
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