Montgomery, Alabama—known as the birthplace of the civil rights movement—has announced its new developments for 2021, including the destination’s first luxury hotel, an Autograph Collection property, as well a diversity, equity and inclusion training experience for groups.
The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has confirmed that the city has been certified as a safe destination by Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services, as it completes its "Safeguard Assurance" program. It says it is first city in the world to receive both the Bureau Veritas "Safeguard Assurance" label and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) "Safe Travels" stamp, which recognize the heightened safety standards, training and hygiene proto
Bettoja Hotels Collection, an Italy-based, family-owned hospitality collection, has completed work on the second phase of a major renovation project at its properties in Rome. The collection's Congress Conference Center has been completely refreshed and is now operational, adding to the total meeting space capacity of the three hotels that are part of the collection.
The renovations also included 70 new Premium rooms and suites, as well as other enhancements, at the group’s flagship property, the Hotel Mediterraneo.
Paris has returned as the top city for meetings, according to the ICCA’s Country and City Rankings report. The latest report, which covers 2018, sees Paris return to its number one position, which it had not held since 2016.
The JW Marriott Grosvenor House London is showing off some revamped meeting spaces as part of a recently wrapped, multimillion-dollar, full-scale renovation of the property. The renovation, in celebration of the hotel’s 90th anniversary, aims to incorporate present-day design while honoring the history of the property. The project is directed by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) and GA Design.
Big news in New Orleans event venues: Construction has begun on the Four Seasons New Orleans, the first of the brand’s properties in New Orleans. The new 341-key, 81-residence property is slated to open in 2020.
The structure it's located in, Two Canal, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been nearly vacant since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. The restoration, renovation and modernization of this structure will make it one of the largest Four Seasons hotels in the brand’s portfolio.
Looking to book a luxury event in Boston? Four Seasons is prepping to open its latest luxury hotel inside a new 61-story skyscraper in the Back Bay neighborhood. Designed by Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in collaboration with Gary Johnson of CambridgeSeven Associates, the building is now the third tallest in the city at 724 feet.
The Miami Beach Convention Center has just broken ground on a new, 5.8 acre park, which will be the product of a conversion of one of the facility’s surface parking lots. The new park, which is scheduled to be completed this October, will have 500 new trees, open lawn spaces and shade areas and public art pieces, as well as a public restroom facility, walkways and lighting.