In Reno, Nev., a time capsule from 1872 was to be unveiled Tuesday at the Whitney Peak Hotel, owner of the nearby Reno Masonic Lodge where the capsule was found in February. Masons were to be on hand to discuss the history surrounding the lodge, Reno's oldest standing building prior to its demolition.
A new prototype, new marketing, new personality and food-and-beverage revamping figure in a makeover plan for the Hilton Garden Inn brand, according to Senior Vice President John Greenleaf. "The timing is good, because when you're the market leader, you're being chased after," he says of the line that boasts 815 hotels with 307 on the way.
Building one's own website and making astute use of social media are keys to connecting with today's consumer, Mobilunity Marketing Manager Kateryna Boiko advises hoteliers. An online presence meets the current demand for personalization around the clock, she notes.
Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun has completed a remodel that includes upgrades to the spa. "For Blanc Spa, the efforts were concentrated on new floors, upgrading various equipment like massage beds and whirlpools, and adding thermal loungers, Digilocks and new lockers, a new spa boutique and lounge and refreshing the general decor of the spa," spa consultant Diana Mestre says.
Rihanna's recent trademarking of "Fenty Skin" signals a potential skin care line from the pop star. According to the trademark filing, the brand would offer "medicated and non-medicated skincare, soap, body care, and personal care products (excluding color cosmetics, perfume, and other fragrance-only products), and related accessories such as kits, tools, and applicators."
KHP Capital Partners has put together a $361 million fund that will focus on building and buying independent hotels.
Ian Schrager is taking the Edition brand to West Hollywood, Calif., after opening the Times Square Edition in New York this year. "Every hotel we do is always for the people who live in that city who are cool and sophisticated -- 'cool' is the wrong word, actually. These are people who are in the know and want to be a part of something special," he said.
An old mill in Forsyth, Ga., is in line for redevelopment as a boutique hotel with 14 guest rooms. "I'm hoping it'll unlock some evening life in Forsyth and allow folks to say, 'Hey, I'm going to go get a room in Forsyth and enjoy my evening,' " said owner George Emami.