Once the sole possession of the big broadcast networks, made-for-TV movies now are, with increasing regularity, making their debuts on cable nets such as Sci Fi Channel and Hallmark, according to this report. In fact, Sci Fi will present 36 original movies this season, compared with 24 last year, and Hallmark will offer 30.
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.
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.
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.