The Hyatt Regency Wichita broke ground in March, with plans to open its doors in fall 1997. The 300-room, 18-floor property will be adjacent to the Century II Convention Center on the east bank of the Arkansas River. Facilities will include 12,000 square feet of meeting space, two Regency Club floors, a health club and swimming pool, and two restaurants.

Disney's Garden Pavilion will open in May offering convention groups a new Lake Buena Vista special event venue. Designed by Michael Graves, the open-air facility has two connected circus-tent&shyp;style pavilions-8,500 square feet and 13,500 square feet in area-next to Disney's BoardWalk Resort and surrounded by exotic landscaping, beach, and patio.