Recycling is a conspicuous priority at the MGM National Harbor hotel and casino in Prince George's County, Md., following a companywide sustainability policy. Guests have responded to the initiative, which features 135 recycling bins throughout the property and separation of recyclables from disposables by staff.
A mixed-use complex in Sykesville, Md., comprising 12 historically designated buildings, has been acquired by Warfield Cos. and is set for redevelopment. Plans call for the property, renamed Warfield at Historic Sykesville, to house a full-service hotel, about 180 residential units, a 27-acre park and 600,000 square feet of retail, office and light industrial space.
Rooms with stoves and full-size refrigerators, along with an indoor pool and two outdoor grills, highlight the TownePlace Suites Marriott that's set to open next month in Newburgh, Ind. The extended-stay hotel is the first of the brand in the Newburgh-Evansville area.
Hotel investors are looking beyond Miami for opportunities in Florida and finding potential for higher yields in the Fort Lauderdale area. The South Florida market saw revenue per available room growth of 9.2% from last September to February, according to STR.
Apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is partnering with hotel chain sbe to offer pop-up shops at hotels. Sbe's brands include The Originals, Mondrian and Delano.
Hotel Commonwealth in Boston offers guests discounts based on the number of steps they take throughout the day, using a Fitbit to track the step count. A guest who walks 20,000 steps could receive a 20% discount under the "Fit to be [Kenmore] Square" package.
The city of Rockford, Ill., is pressing Joseph James Partners to proceed with a planned 76-key boutique hotel. The project is a conversion of a historic downtown building.
A PwC report says hotel chains are likely to expand in Africa over the next five years, fueled by growing visitor numbers. "Tourism to the African continent has proven to be resilient in the face of economic and political uncertainty, impacts of droughts and other regulatory changes," said PwC's Pietro Calicchio.
Lavish Hotels & Resorts recently launched with properties in 36 countries. "Our aim was to create an exclusive club for the best hotels and resorts that go above and beyond to mesmerize their travelers and enchant them with exquisite destinations and unique experiences," said founder Ronak Patel.
In September, the Courtyard by Marriott Lancaster will become the first fully solar-powered hotel in Lancaster County, Pa., and companywide. The $1.5 million project involves installation of 2,700 panels on a warehouse roof a mile away.
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