The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler, the largest all-suite convention hotel to be built in Whistler, B.C., welcomed its first guests in April. The 419-suite property offers more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space, the 8,000-square-foot Avello Spa & Health Club, and ski-in/ski-out access to Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain gondolas.
The Sheraton Grand Resort Paradise Island, Bahamas, has reopened after its second multimillion-dollar renovation in two years. The 340-room beachfront property had already begun a renovation project when Hurricane Floyd hit in September. New at the property: data ports and direct-dial phones with voice mail in all rooms, and modernization of the resort's 8,500 square feet of meeting space (including the 7,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom).
In Cannes, France, the Palais des Festivals has announced the addition of "Espace Riviera" to its collection of world-class meeting and exhibition spaces. With this addition, the Palais des Festivals has approximately 270,000 square feet of meeting space, and the possibility of 215, 000 square feet in one continuous block. The ability to combine exhibition space with up to 26 conference rooms allows the facility to accommodate functions ranging from 35 to 2,300 people.