Although gaming is still illegal in Utah, legislators there are considering a proposal that would allow wagering on horse races. The bill would allow voters in each county to decide whether to welcome parimutuel betting.
At the Races and Sports Information Services have signed a media-rights deal with Ascot Racecourse in England. It allows them to sell live coverage of races for the purpose of betting starting in May.
A bill in Kentucky to legalize online poker, sports betting and daily fantasy sports cleared its first legislative hurdle this week. Three stand-alone sports betting bills also have been filed.
The Accor Live Limitless loyalty program will "open doors across a unique and iconic portfolio of over 30 hotel brands as well as an unrivaled collection of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and 'money can't buy' experiences," according to the company. The ALL program is launching a website and mobile app.
A 153-key boutique hotel is coming to South Carolina's Wild Dunes Resort. "The new hotel and amenities at Wild Dunes builds on the attributes of this world-class property and allows us to offer a captivating new first-class hotel and meeting experience [that] will take advantage of the Charleston area's continued growth," said Managing Director Frank Fredericks.
An abandoned terminal at JFK International Airport is being converted into a 512-room TWA Hotel that is designed to look like it is from 1962. The hotel, expected to fully open in mid-May, will include features like rotary-dial phones, a skating rink and a glass wall to dampen nearby airplanes sounds.
A Himalayan salt room is the latest addition to spa amenities at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando in Florida. The room is lined with salt bricks and can be reserved for 30-minute and hourlong sessions.
Disney Cruise Line regularly offers cruisers the chance to sail on themed voyages with a "Star Wars" Day at Sea. These passengers can meet Darth Vader, watch the Summon the Force fireworks show and attend a Star Wars drawing academy class.
InterContinental Hotels Group plans to open a new all-suites upper-midscale brand after reporting a successful year in its 2018 financial statement. IHG's total revenue rose 6%, compared with the previous year, and its net system size increased 4.8%, which was the highest growth rate in a decade.