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January 10, 2017

Supplier News: New Event Hotels in North Africa

A guest room at the recently opened Hilton Garden Inn Tanger City Center.
A guest room at the recently opened Hilton Garden Inn Tanger City Center.

Two new event hotels in North Africa lead this week’s meeting industry supplier news. 

Hilton has announced plans to open its first hotel in Casablanca, the Hilton Garden Inn Casablanca Sidi Maarouf. Construction is set to begin this year for a projected 2021 opening, and plans call for the hotel to be part of a mixed use development with a 550 square meter ballroom. It will also have 118 guest rooms, an additional 300 square meters of event space and three dining options. The move follows Hilton’s re-entry into Morocco in March 2016 with the opening of the Hilton Garden Inn Tanger City Center

In Algeria, Marriott International has announced the opening of its seventh hotel, the Sheraton Annaba. The hotel has over 1,400 square meters of meeting facilities, high-speed Wi-Fi, and a full-service business center, as well as 201 guest rooms, including 15 Executive Suites and a Presidential Suite. Guests can also enjoy a variety of dining venues ranging from Mediterranean cuisine at Feast to patisserie at the Deli to Italian at Al Pesto, as well as the Hugo Bar. Other amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor pool, a Spa and an outdoor tennis court.

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In the United States, the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort just opened following a $320 million renovation of the former Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa

This fall, the resort will open a new 94-room, adults-only tower, bringing the resort to a total of 810 guest rooms and suites and a total of 100,000 square feet of flexible event space. The tower will also have a 12,000 square foot indoor entertainment center, a rooftop pool and a restaurant. 

Currently the resort’s culinary concept is led by Executive Chef Eric Vasta, who most recently held the post at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Culinary programming will include private sommelier-led wine tastings and Chef’s Table experiences at signature restaurant Ario, helmed by Chef de Cuisine Gerald Sombright. Beachside guests can enjoy fish-grilling classes, rum tastings and private dinners along the shoreline.

The resort also has a Spa by JW, offering a variety of menu options from full-service treatments to express spa services that start at a 12-minute entry point and are bookable without an appointment. Additional spa programming includes daily beach yoga and weekly spa events.

January 24 will mark the opening of the new Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, which will offer 343 guest rooms and over 22,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. 

Venues will include the area’s largest ballroom, the 10,632 square foot Dunes Ballroom that can host up to 800 people. Also available are seven different meeting rooms, divisible into 12 breakout rooms. Other venues can offer space for events ranging from 10 - 300 attendees. 

Each of the property’s guest rooms has a balcony or terrace, flatscreen TV and high-speed Internet access. The top-level Presidential Suite is a bi-level, three bedroom accommodation with a diving area, private balcony and separate living room including a sleeper sofa. The Presidential Suite is available with one king bed only. 

The B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale has taken the wraps off a top-to-bottom renovation project that has enhanced and expanded the resort’s event space. 

The resort’s 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space now extends to the second floor, where the Point Room offers floor-to-ceiling windows with an attached outdoor beachfront terrace. B Ocean's private beach, pool decks and first level ballroom can also be used for large group events, meetings or weddings. The project also updated the resort’s 484 guest rooms in a “coastal chic” design. 

Farther north, Marriott International just opened the first hotel for its Millennial-focused Aloft brand in Long Island City, Queens. The new Aloft Long Island City - Manhattan View has 1,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a rooftop terrace offering views of the New York City skyline, and 176 loft-style guest rooms. Though it is in Queens, the hotel is a short subway ride from many major Manhattan attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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