News Briefs, Week of July 6, 2009

St. Regis brand coming to Bermuda
Starwood plans to open a 140-room St. Regis hotel in Hamilton, Bermuda, in 2013, marking what the company called its "debut" on the island. The St. Regis Bermuda will also have 80 serviced residences, a Remede Spa and 12,000 square feet of events space, including a 4,000-square-foot ballroom.

Shangri-La resort to open in Maldives
Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa in the Maldives is set to open July 26. The resort is the first in the Maldives to offer treetop villas. The 2,347-square-foot villas are perched 10 feet above the ground in the jungle with views of the Indian Ocean. The villas also feature elevated infinity pools and outdoor showers.

Hard Rock Hotel slated for Hungary
Hard Rock International and a development partner are planning a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in northwestern Hungary, along the Austrian and Slovakian borders. Expected to open in early 2012, the hotel ultimately will have more than 600 guestrooms, including a variety of suites such as the brand's Rock Star Suites.

Disney, Hong Kong agree to expand
After putting expansion plans on hold in March, the Hong Kong government and the Walt Disney Co. agreed to go forward with an estimated $3.63 billion expansion of their joint-venture Disneyland park in Hong Kong. The expansion would mean a 23% increase to the existing 310-acre theme park, including 30 new attractions, which would be completed in phases over five years.

United to mortgage its spare parts
Facing questions from Wall Street about liquidity amid a slump in air travel, United said in a regulatory filing that it intends to raise another $175 million by selling bonds backed by aircraft parts. United has raised more than $1 billion over the past year by mortgaging aircraft, engines, parts and future frequent-flyer miles, but the amount of assets it has left to sell has dropped from about $3 billion to $1.7 billion.

Cap Juluca resort to open year-round
Cap Juluca in Anguilla will remain open in September and October this year, becoming a year-round resort for the first time since it opened in 1988. The resort recently completed the first phase of an $80 million upgrade, following its purchase in 2008 by travel industry veteran Adam Aron.

US Airways to fly East Coast-Hawaii
US Airways plans to open its first East Coast-Hawaii route this year by inaugurating daily year-round Charlotte-Honolulu service on Dec. 17 with 767 aircraft. The carrier already offers Hawaii service from its Phoenix hub.

Carnival retains Roatan port calls
Carnival Cruise Lines said it will continue to call at Roatan, Honduras, despite a military coup that disrupted the nation's capital, Tegucigalpa. The overthrow was initially met with large protests, but by midweek the State Department said most areas outside the capital were calm. The Carnival Valor and Carnival Legend are the only ships currently calling at the island.

Friends & Colleagues

Wyndham Hotel Group has hired Flo Lugli as executive vice president of marketing. Lugli was most recently a senior vice president at Travelport, responsible for its GDS business in the Americas. Lugli, who joins Wyndham on July 20, will oversee distribution and e-commerce; loyalty and direct marketing; research; and analytics departments, and will work closely with the brand marketing teams. • • • Jacqueline Arzoz was appointed undersecretary of tourism planning for the Mexico Ministry of Tourism by Mexico's president, Felipe Calderon. Arzoz previously headed the economic analysis unit at the Mexico Ministry of Health. • • • Choice Hotels has promoted Kevin Lewis to the position of president for its extended-stay brands. Lewis will lead the operational strategies of all three of Choice's extended-stay brands. Choice also said that William Edmundson, who helped launch Cambria Suites, is leaving the company. • • • InterContinental Hotels Group's Asia-Pacific CEO, Peter Gowers, a 10-year veteran of IHG, will leave the company July 31, the company said, as part of a restructuring in that region. Instead of operating one Asia-Pacific division, IHG will have two business units in the region: Keith Barr will head operations in China, and Jan Smits will lead operations in southern Asia, Japan, Korea and the Pacific. • • • Cruise West has hired Jayme Porkolab as director of global sales. Porkolab spent the past eight years with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in leadership roles. Most recently, she oversaw its air/sea department.


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