The historic 349-room Eden Roc in Miami Beach, designed by architect Morris Lapidus, is in the midst of a $170 million upgrade, adding a 21-story, 283-room tower and renovating the existing one. Two new pillarless ballrooms are being created, along with an additional rooftop terrace that can be tented. The ballrooms will feature a combined total of more than 14,000 square feet of glass wall overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. A lush rooftop garden area offers a chic “sky bar.” The hotel closed April 2007 and is scheduled to reopen in October 2008; the new tower is scheduled to open in late 2008. Guests have access to a 228-square-foot private yacht; the Indies Spa offers treatments inspired by the Florida Keys.
Toronto Congress Centre
The News: In just a year, the facility's trade and convention space will have grown to more than one million square feet, making it the largest convention facility in Canada.
Specs: Located north of the existing Toronto Congress Centre, the expansion includes a massive lobby area, an additional 500,000 square feet of exhibition space, including 40 meeting rooms; and a 25,000-square-foot ballroom to be completed later this year.
Time Frame: The first show in the new facility is scheduled for February 2008; the official opening will take place in April.
The News: A $2.3 million renovation to 15,000 square feet of its grand ballrooms
Specs: The ballroom renovations are the first completed phase of the property's $10 million renovation, its largest investment since opening in 1990.
Time Frame: Ballroom renovations were completed in September 2007. A $5.8 million renovation of guest rooms began in December and $1 million will be invested in the lobby and great room in the first quarter of 2009.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando has named Patrick Anderson to mid-Atlantic national sales manager, responsible for the association market, for Rosen's three Orlando properties.
The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association has hired Heather Trent as senior sales manager in its Washington, D.C., satellite office. She had been with the Denver Metro CVB.