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JFK Airport’s TWA Terminal will be home to the new TWA Hotel in 2019


Rendering of the Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach, projected to open in 2020

AUSTIN, TX — Last month, the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa began a $150 million renovation and expansion that will add a new resort tower, conference center and ballroom, a event pavilion, six dining outlets, Mokara Spa and tennis complex. The project will also redesign the property’s 493 guestrooms, lobby, poolscape and golf course. FIJI — InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a management agreement with Quantum Hi-Tech Group Limited to develop the largest hotel in Fiji, the Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach. Opening in 2020, the 453-room beachfront resort will be located just a 10-minute drive from Fiji’s main airport, Nadi International Airport. Groups will be able to convene in what will be one of Fiji’s largest conference centers.

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts to operate the luxury hotel within one of the capital’s best-known and most prestigious monuments. Admiralty Arch Waldorf Astoria, London will open in 2022, following an extensive restoration of Admiralty Arch, commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of Queen Victoria. The hotel will include 96 guestrooms and suites, and three world-class restaurants. Plans include a rooftop bar with views across London’s skyline, private meeting and event spaces, as well as a spa. LOS CABOS and MEXICO CITY, MEXICO — Hyatt Hotels is bringing the Park Hyatt brand to Mexico with the opening of the 162-room Park Hyatt Los Cabos in late 2020 and the 155-room Park Hyatt Mexico City in early 2021.

LEESBURG, VA — The National Conference Center recently introduced a new approach to teambuilding and leadership development, “Challenge by Choice,” facilitated by The Browne Center for Innovative Learning. According to the Conference Center, Challenge by Choice is a method of making learning fun that enables people of all capabilities to learn from a common physical and cognitive activity. See our coverage of The National Conference Center in this issue’s Mid-Atlantic feature (p. 25).

LOUISVILLE, KY — The Omni Louisville Hotel, slated to open in March, recently began taking reservations. The 612-room hotel is located just steps away from 4th Street Live, the Kentucky International Convention Center and Whiskey Row. Groups will have approximately 70,000 sq. ft. of flexible function space at their disposal. Property highlights include Bob’s Steak & Chop House, an urban rooftop pool deck, fitness center, a Mokara signature spa, lobby art gallery and a speakeasy with a bowling alley.

LONDON, UK — Prime Investors Capital Ltd has appointed

MIAMI, FL — Wyndham Hotel Group recently signed the


largest hotel development in the Brickell district of Miami to its managed hotel portfolio: a 445room property combining the Wyndham Grand and TRYP by Wyndham brands. Expected to open in late 2019, the hotel is the first U.S. development for Galwan, one of the largest residential and hotel developers in Brazil. The 41-story hotel will offer 200 rooms under Wyndham Grand and 245 rooms under TRYP by Wyndham. Groups will have 8,000 sq. ft. of meeting space at their disposal. NAPLES, FL — Naples Grande Beach Resort reopened on Dec. 15 after a three-and-a-halfmonth closure to repair damage caused by Hurricane Irma. The property has invested millions to refurbish its 474 guestrooms, indoor and outdoor public spaces, and several meeting spaces within its 83,00 sq. ft. of function space. NEW YORK, NY — The TWA Hotel at JFK Airport is scheduled to open in the historic TWA terminal in early 2019. The retro-style, 505-room hotel will offer 5,000 sq. ft. of function space, eight restaurants and a 10,000-sq.ft. public observation deck. NEW YORK, NY — The restoration of the Waldorf Astoria hotel

began this month. According to owner Anbang Insurance Group, the project will create approximately 350 guestrooms and suites (a significant reduction from the original 1,413) and approximately 350 residences, as well as renovate public and event spaces. ORLANDO, FL — Universal Orlando Resort is debuting two hotels in the summer of 2019. Featuring a combined 2,800 guestrooms, the properties will provide value lodging options, with nightly rates starting below Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Universal’s Aventura Hotel (opening in August 2018). The 750-room and 2,050-room hotels will be located in proximity to Universal Orlando’s three theme parks and Universal CityWalk’s dining and entertainment options. WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The Hilton West Palm Beach has entered into an exclusive partnership with the historic Harriet Himmel Theater, located in Downtown West Palm Beach. The 400-room hotel now executes and services all events within the 4,500-sq.-ft. space that accommodates 600 guests. Group clients of the Hilton will have the option of booking the theater through the hotel’s sales team.

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