Wyndham to offer Chatwal's brands
Wyndham obtained worldwide rights to franchise and manage the Dream and Night boutique hotel brands, owned by Chatwal Hotels & Resorts. Dream, a full-service brand, has properties in New York, Bangkok and Cochin, India, with openings planned soon for Miami Beach's South Beach and New York's Meatpacking District. Night, an "affordably chic" brand, has one location, in midtown Manhattan.
Capella Telluride slated to close
The Capella Telluride ski resort went into receivership and will close Jan. 31. Capella said the project's owner, RAL Companies and Affiliates, has been unable to sell any of the resort's condo units and has been unable to pay its construction debt. Capella is the brand created by former Ritz-Carlton chief Horst Schulze; the Telluride resort was the brand's first U.S. hotel.
Hyatt to rebrand Waikiki property
Waikiki's 425-room Ocean Resort Hotel will become a Hyatt Place Waikiki this fall under a franchise agreement between Hyatt and the Chartres Lodging Group. Over the next 18 months, the property will undergo an extensive renovation.
Panama City hotel to get Aloft brand
Starwood plans to hoist its Aloft flag over a 312-room newbuild in Panama City in December 2012. The hotel is being developed by Nuevos Hoteles de Panama, which owns the Sheraton Panama Hotel & Convention Center. Aloft Panama will offer some 4,000 square feet of meetings space.
Qantas drops SFO for Dallas hub
Anticipating an "expanded commercial relationship" with Oneworld partner American, Qantas said it will drop service to San Francisco on May 14 and begin four weekly nonstops to American's hub at Dallas-Fort Worth on May 16. Southbound, flights to Sydney will stop at Brisbane. The move sets the stage for new South Pacific traffic patterns and rivalries: Continental plans Houston-Auckland nonstops next year when it gets the 787.
Boeing pushes back 787 delivery again
Boeing revised its 787 Dreamliner delivery schedule yet again, saying it now expects the first deliveries in the third quarter. The latest delay was prompted by a small fire in an electrical panel in one of the six test aircraft in November. All Nippon Airways remains at the head of the line for the first aircraft, which is three years behind the original schedule.
Middle East Airlines to join SkyTeam
SkyTeam said Lebanon's Middle East Airlines is expected to join the alliance next year and will sign a preliminary agreement on Feb. 28. Middle East is the second carrier from the region to begin the process, Saudi having signed an agreement earlier this month to become a member next year.
Corinthia London sets April opening The 294-room Corinthia Hotel London is accepting reservations for an April opening. The five-star hotel occupies a restored Victorian building near Trafalgar Square that originally housed the Metropole Hotel before it was converted to government use.
Friends & Colleagues
Lindsay Pearlman and Elizabeth Rice have been tapped to serve as co-presidents of the Ensemble Travel Group. Pearlman, based in Toronto, is the former executive vice president and general manager of Ensemble in Canada. New York-based Rice's most recent position was vice president of marketing for Voyage.tv; she has also held positions at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, American and Delta. They replace Jack Mannix, who departed in July. • • • Smith Travel Research has promoted Mark Lomanno to CEO and named Amanda Hite as its new president. Founder and former CEO Randy Smith has been named chairman. Hite has been with STR for five years, most recently serving as chief strategy officer. Lomanno served as president of STR for the past 12 years. • • • The Globus family of brands has promoted Mike Schields to managing director of groups and emerging markets. Schields had served as director of emerging markets at Globus for the last seven years. • • • Andrew Alexander has been formally named president of the Red Roof Inn hotel chain. Alexander has been leading the company through a reorganization since 2009. Prior to joining Red Roof as senior vice president and general counsel in 2007, Alexander was senior vice president and general counsel of the Boykin Lodging Co. for 10 years.