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January 26, 2016

Venue Watch: Event Hotel Updates in Texas, Tokyo and Beyond

More hotels are announcing planned openings and updates to their meeting and event spaces as 2016 gets into full swing. 

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Gaylord Texan Resort to Add 86,000 Square Feet of Meeting Space

Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX, has announced a massive, $120 million expansion that will make the property the second largest non-gaming convention center hotel in the United States, as determined by total self-contained exhibit and meeting space. 

The project will add 300 new guestrooms and 86,000 square feet of meeting space, bringing the property’s totals to 1,811 rooms and more than 490,000 square feet of meeting space. 

The expansion, expected to be complete in 2018, will include a new 30,000 square-foot ballroom, 30,000 square feet of breakout space and approximately 26,000 square feet of carpeted pre-function space. In addition, a $5 million expansion of the resort pool complex, Paradise Springs, is expected to be complete in time for summer 2016.

After the expansion the property will be the largest resort convention hotel in the United States. 

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Hamilton Princess & Beach Club to Finish Renovations in June

In Bermuda, the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club has announced that it will take the wraps of its $100 million renovation this June. Over the course of the two-year process, the 400-room property has added 43 new suites designed by Botelho Wood Architects, three new restaurants, an exhale flagship spa, gym and boutique fitness studio, a private beach club, and a 60-berth marina.

For meetings and events, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club offers more than 22,000 square feet of newly restored indoor and outdoor event space. Custom-tailored programs meet the needs of busy groups and offer opportunities to positively impact the community such as Eco-Meet, an exclusive green conference planning option that lessens the environmental impact of a meeting through reduced resource consumption.

The most notable of the three new culinary venues is Marcus’, helmed by internationally-acclaimed Chef Marcus Samuelsson, the force behind the James Beard Award-winning restaurant Red Rooster Harlem in New York City. The 1609 Bar & Restaurant, a harbor-side cocktail bar and grill situated on the hotel’s new marina, and Crown & Anchor, an informal dining area, round out the resort's other new restaurants. 

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Jordan to Get Second Hyatt Hotel

In Aqaba, Jordan, Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced plans for the company's second Hyatt hotel in the country, a 286-room Hyatt Regency hotel. 

The Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla will be the first hotel to open within the Ayla development, a master-planned, multiphase project on the northern shores of Aqaba. When it opens in 2018, the hotel will be the second Hyatt hotel in Jordan, following the Grand Hyatt Amman.

hyatt centric ginza tokyoHyatt Centric to Expand Internationally in Uruguay, Japan

Hyatt is also poised to take its new boutique hotel brand, Hyatt Centric, worldwide with the announcement of new properties in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Tokyo, Japan.

The 178-guestroom Hyatt Centric Montevideo, Uruguay, which was previously announced as Hyatt Montevideo back in 2012, will have a waterfront location on the River Plate along the Rambla Republica del Peru, near the World Trade Center and the Montevideo Shopping Center. The hotel will have over 1,100 square feet of flexible meeting space. It is slated to open mid-2016. 

Expected to open in early 2018, the 164-guestroom Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo will occupy the top 10 floors of the 12-story commercial building tentatively known as the Ginza Asahi Building owned and under development by Asahi Shimbun. The hotel will offer dining and a bar with terrace seating, meeting space and a fitness center. The flexible design of the dining area will be able to be arranged to host a variety of events.

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Tokyo to Get Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel

2016 will be a busy year for Tokyo, as July is set to mark the debut of the first Luxury Collection hotel in the city. Owned by Prince Hotels, the Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel, will be located in Tokyo’s Kioicho neighborhood, and is the Luxury Collection’s second property in Japan following the opening of Suiran in Kyoto in April last year.

Hilton Launches New Tru by Hilton Brand in Secondary Markets

In midscale hotel news, Hilton Worldwide has announced a new brand that the company hopes will fill "a massive void in the midscale category" in the U.S. and Canada: Tru by Hilton

The company has 102 hotels signed up for the new brand, with 30 more going through the approval process in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Denver, Portland and Nashville. Bloomberg notes that the brand seems to have its eye on smaller college towns near major highways and resorts, as opposed to "pricey markets" like New York and San Francisco

The first hotel from Tru is expected to open by the end of the year. Phil Cordell, global head of focused-service brands for Hilton, said that the plan is to eventually expand the brand beyond the United States. 

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