Escambia County, Fla., has eliminated a 10-year-old mandate that hotels limit 90% of their rooms to an average of 500 square feet or less. The rule was originally adopted as a way to differentiate hotels from condominiums.
Developer Forest City Ratner has announced plans to cut the size of the $4.2 billion Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn amid increasing criticism of the project. Plans call for cutting the size of the complex by 6% to 8% and eliminating hundreds of apartments from the proposal.
The roster of hotels offering special rates to federal travelers is expected to nearly quadruple in 2007, as the government works to increase awareness of its FedRooms program. The program expects to have as many as 4,500 hotels participating by 2007.
With six years having elapsed since the U.S. lifted its trade embargo against Communist Vietnam, Western hotel chains are sweeping into the region. Hyatt, InterContinental, Starwood and Accor have all entered the country, and the number of hotel rooms in Vietnam between 2000 and 2005 increased 72% to 95,700, according to the Vietnamese government.