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It's makeover time for the 2,022-passenger Sun Princess, the oldest ship in the Princess fleet.
The 77,000-ton vessel has entered a dry dock in Singapore for a two-week, $30 million overhaul that will bring several major changes including a new atrium with Princess' signature International Café. Also coming is a new sushi and seafood venue, an updated Horizon Court buffet and a refreshed Lotus Spa. Princess says the makeover also will include new interior furnishings and finishes, some with Asian-style touches, a nod to the ship's new role operating seasonal sailings in Japan.
First came the cracking sounds. Then windows started blowing out. And before they knew it, guests felt the ground beneath their Lake County resort near Disney World sink into the ground.
Guests had only 10 to 15 minutes to escape the collapsing buildings at the Summer Bay Resort on U.S. Highway 192 in the Four Corners area, located about 7 miles west of Walt Disney World resort, where a large sinkhole -- about 60 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep -- opened in the earth late Sunday. No one was injured but about three dozen resort goers left behind car keys, medication and other personal belongings inside their luxury condominiums after the crumbling edifices were evacuated. "My heart sunk. I was sick to my stomach," said resort president Paul Caldwell after getting a call about 10:30 p.m. from his staff that the 15-year-old buildings full of guests were sinking into the ground. "No doubt there would've been injuries if they hadn't gotten the building evacuated," he said during a live news conference.
After one of its best first quarters ever, Hawaii's hot hotel industry cooled off some in the second quarter, allowing New York to reclaim the distinction of having the nation's costliest nightly hotel rate.
Among the top five U.S. hotel markets at midyear, Hawaii ranked second in average daily rate (ADR) and revenue per available room (revPAR) behind New York and fourth in occupancy after New York City, Miami-Hialeah and San Francisco/San Mateo, according to a report released today by Hospitality Advisors LLC and STR. "New York typically leads the U.S. because it's a business center and a gateway tourism city," said Joseph Toy, president and CEO of Hospitality Advisors. "Overall, Hawaii still has a strong market. It's just a little more moderated, but we expected that, based on the pent-up demand that drove the market in the first quarter."
Key Appointments in the Industry
Congratulations to these new appointments…
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Atlantis, Paradise Island Marcy Miles is pleased to announce the return and appointment of John Washko as Vice President of Group Marketing and Sales for Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas. A veteran in luxury hospitality sales and marketing with more than 20 years of experience, Washko first joined Atlantis in 1995 as the Director of National Sales and later was promoted to Executive Director of Group Sales, a position he held until departing the company in 2002. Most recently, Washko was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Elite Meetings International, a hospitality marketing and technology company.
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has announced the appointment of Tony Pedroni as general manager of the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort in Thailand, effective August 1, 2013. Before joining Outrigger, Pedroni was with Marriott International, most recently as general manager of the JW Marriott Resort, Phuket. Prior to that he was with The Renaissance Seoul Hotel, South Korea. He has held hotel management positions in Kuwait, the UK and Washington D.C. He has also been a general manager and director of operations at two Hawaii beach resorts for Marriott.
The Latest in Hotel Openings
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced the Radisson Blu Conference & Spa Hotel, Istanbul Tuzla. The property has 249 rooms and is already under construction. Scheduled to welcome the first guests in Q4 2013, it is Carlson Rezidor’s seventh hotel in Istanbul. All across Turkey, Carlson Rezidor now operates and develops 11 hotels.
The Benjamin, a luxury boutique hotel in New York, has concluded the final stage of a $10-million renovation. Lauren Rottet, namesake and founder of Rottet Studio, was charged with the renovation by Denihan Hospitality Group, which included a complete guestroom redesign. Done in a palette of whites, silvers, mink and golds, the room features design choices such as mirror-meets-mural art pieces over the bed, mirrored coffee tables in suites and streamline parson's desks. Select suites include a kitchenette with spiral-patterned wall coverings designed exclusively for The Benjamin by Rottet Studio. The refresh of the Benjamin's premier suite will be unveiled in early 2014.
Generator has announced that it bought two properties in Paris and Rome that it will develop into hostels. Generator, London, which is owned by private equity group Patron Capital Partners, London, said the expansions are part of a plan to have 15 locations in Europe and the U.S. by 2015. Patron Capital has recently invested an additional €150 million (US$199 million) into the Generator. The 950-room Generator Paris, to be the company’s largest property to date, will be located in the 10th Arrondissement and Canal St-Martin neighborhood and is set to open in late 2014. Generator Rome will be located on Via Principe Amedeo near Stazione Termini and is set to open in the spring of 2014.
Radisson today announced the opening of the Radisson Hotel Atlanta Northwest, Marietta in Georgia. Located just minutes from downtown Atlanta, the hotel offers 218 spacious guest rooms and 26 suites. Hotel amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, a business centre, an outdoor pool, complimentary high-speed, wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, and a full-service restaurant with lounge serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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