Marriott brands make for Macau

Marriott International will enter the booming Macau market in 2015 with the planned openings of JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels comprising some 1,350 rooms and suites. Marriott reached an agreement with Galaxy Entertainment Group for the two properties to be developed as part of the second phase of the Galaxy Macau development, whose first phase will include more than 50 restaurants, cafes and bars. At almost 1,100 rooms and suites, the JW Marriott will be the brand's largest property, while the Ritz-Carlton will have 250 one- and two-bedroom suites, making it the brand's first all-suite property.

Aeromexico route to link two capitals
Aeromexico will launch daily nonstops between Washington Dulles and Mexico City on May 21, with 737 aircraft. The carrier also joins SkyTeam partner Delta on the Atlanta-Mexico City route on July 1.

ASTA to members: We have an app
ASTA launched its first mobile app, giving ASTA members access to news, member directories, information on ASTA events and industry alerts. The free app is available for users of iPhone, Android or BlackBerry smartphones.

American Queen returns to the river
The Great American Steamboat Co. staged a rechristening of the American Queen in Memphis to mark the return of the 436-passenger riverboat to the overnight Mississippi River cruise market after a four-year hiatus.

Hemingway estate to brand hotels
The estate of Ernest Hemingway agreed to license the name to Hemingway Hotels & Resorts, a new firm that intends to develop luxury hotels that reflect Hemingway's lifestyle, in locations related to his works and travels. To develop the brand, Hemingway Hotels is working with Trust Hospitality, an independent operator that manages a number of hotels in the U.S. and overseas under several brands.

Westin to debut in Punta Cana
Starwood Hotels & Resorts will debut its Westin brand in the Dominican Republic in late 2013. The 204-room Westin Puntacana will be located in the Playa Blanca area of the Puntacana Resort & Club, a 26-square-mile complex that includes Tortuga Bay resort; Six Senses Spa; four residential communities; plus a marina, restaurants, shops and golf courses. The resort will be the second Starwood property to open in the Dominican Republic; the 122-room Four Points by Sheraton Puntacana Village opens in November.

Hyatt Regency adds two hotels in India
Hyatt Hotels reached agreements with developer Piccadily Hotels Private Ltd. for two more Regency hotels to open in northern India by the end of the year. The Hyatt Regency Gurgaon will have 452 rooms and nearly 43,000 square feet of public meetings space. Gurgaon is about 20 miles southwest of New Delhi. The 167-room Hyatt Regency Ludhiana will be the second under the brand in the Indian state of Punjab, some 200 miles northwest of New Delhi.

Friends & Colleagues

Michel Nestour was appointed to the new position of vice president, global port and destination development/EuroMed region, for Carnival Corp. Prior to joining Carnival, Nestour spent seven years at the London offices of Ernst & Young, working in the company's transaction advisory services division. • • • Denihan Hospitality Group, a full-service hotel management and development company that owns and operates boutique hotels in major urban markets in the U.S., promoted Dani Elhachem to vice president, operations, effective immediately. At Denihan, he most recently served as regional managing director, Southeast, where he was responsible for the oversight and performance of a number of hotels in the region. Elhachem spent the majority of his 20-year career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. The Denihan portfolio includes properties operating under the James and Affinia Hotels brands; Manhattan luxury independents the Surrey and the Benjamin; and affiliates including the Royal Palm in Miami. • • • Todd Merry has joined Delaware North Cos. as chief marketing officer. Merry joins Delaware North from the Unisys Corp., where he served as vice president of global marketing strategy and integrated programs. • • • The Aruba Tourism Authority appointed Neville Every as area director of North America, based in its New Jersey office. Every was CFO in Panama of a Dutch-based electronics company. • • • Half Moon, a RockResort in Rose Hall, Jamaica, named Arlien Dyer industry sales manager. Dyer, previously the resort's prearrival concierge manager, is in charge of maintaining relationships with agents and wholesalers globally as well as pursuing partnerships in new and existing markets.
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