• LAKEWAY RESORT AND SPA near Austin, Texas, is completing a multimillion-dollar renovation. The resort features 168 guest rooms, a spa, 10 meeting rooms, and three ballrooms. The 5,200-square-foot Glass Ballroom is due to open this month.

  • ZERMATT RESORT & SPA, a Dolce Hotel, Resort & Conference Destination, in Midway, Utah, officially opened Sept. 13. The facility includes Hotel der Baer, with 226 rooms, and the Chateau Villas, with 126 condominium-style suites, and the Matterhorn Conference Center, boasting more than 41,000 square feet of meeting space.

  • NEMACOLIN WOODLANDS RESORT, in Farmington, Pa., has added new spa treatments to the Woodlands Spa, and is focused on men's services at Estuary: The Woodlands Spa at Falling Rock. The resort offers several meeting areas in Chateau Lafayette and The Lodge, including an 8,712-square-foot ballroom, a 4,080-square-foot ballroom, and several smaller meeting rooms. Falling Rock offers a 1,107-square-foot boardroom, and Horizon Point, located next to Falling Rock, can accommodate up to 580 guests.

  • FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS and Seaside Resort Development LLC plan to build a mixed-use development in Seaside on Monterey Bay in central California. Fairmont will manage the resort, which is scheduled for completion during 2009. The hotel will feature 330 rooms and suites, of which 160 will be in bungalows; 24,000 square feet of meeting space; a 14,000-square-foot Willow Stream spa; and the existing 36-hole championship Bayonet and Black Horse golf course. The resort and golf courses are on 440 acres, formerly part of Fort Ord.

  • A new $8 million HOTEL INDIGO will break ground in Columbus, Ind., as part of a major revitalization project. It will be the first Hotel Indigo in the area and the first hotel for downtown Columbus. The hotel will offer 85 guest rooms, a meeting room that seats up to 120 guests, as well as a boardroom. The hotel is scheduled to open by the fourth quarter of 2007.

  • HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE, on the Big Island, is in the midst of a $61 million resort enhancement capital project scheduled for completion by the end of 2007. The three-phase project launched in 2005, with renovations to the majority of the resort's 1,240 guest rooms, the 25,000-square-foot Kohala Sports Club & Spa, the 432-seat stadium court at Kohala Tennis Gardens, high-speed wireless Internet access, and more. All ballrooms and meeting facilities have been enhanced with refinished woodwork, new carpeting, and advanced lighting and sound systems. A Dolphin Quest Village will also be developed as part of the project.

  • TURTLE BAY RESORT on the island of Oahu in Hawaii has been acquired by Associated Luxury Hotels, which also owns MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL & BUNGALOWS on the Big Island of Hawaii, HALEKULANI ON THE BEACH AT WAIKIKI in Honolulu, and GRAND WAILEA RESORT HOTEL & SPA in Maui. Set on 880 oceanfront acres, Turtle Bay recently completed $60 million in renovations that included a new spa, a ballroom area, and a new 125-seat restaurant. The resort features 375 guest rooms, 26 suites, 42 beach cottages and luxury ocean villas, and more than 31,000 square feet of event and pre-function space.

  • Associated Luxury Hotels has also acquired INTERCONTINENTAL THE BARCLAY NEW YORK. The hotel, located near the United Nations and 10 blocks south of Central Park, features 686 guest rooms and suites, as well as 18 meeting and banquet rooms.

  • A $14.7 million renovation and expansion is under way at the HILTON MYRTLE BEACH RESORT, Myrtle Beach, S.C. The biggest portion of the project is a new 12,500-square-foot conference center, which will be available in January 2008. Renovations to the oceanfront pool complex are complete. The 82,000 gallon pool complex has connecting pools, one deep water and one sand. The resort currently has 34,000 square feet of meeting space, including an 18,000-square-foot exhibit hall. The 145-acre property includes the 385-room Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort.

  • ROSEN SHINGLE CREEK, Orlando, Fla., held its grand opening in September. The 1,500-room resort is minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and Orlando International Airport. The resort has one of the country's largest column-free ballrooms, at 95,000 square feet. The $300 million-plus resort is set on 230 acres and offers a David Harman — designed championship golf course and the 13,000-square-foot Spa at Shingle Creek. The resort has 445,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

  • The 190-room PARK HYATT BEAVER CREEK, Beaver Creek, Colo., is undergoing a $20 million renovation that includes Allegria Spa, public areas, meeting facilities, and guest rooms. The spa will double in size to 30,000 square feet and add 23 new therapy rooms. Improvements are also planned for the hotel's more than 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. The expansion and renovation is due for completion in mid-December.

  • Underneath the seats at the Birmingham (Ala.) Jefferson Convention Complex Arena, THE ARENA CLUB debuted last spring. The club, the result of a $2.2 million renovation of a former storage area, provides a 4,900-square-foot seating area with a bar, concession area, full-service kitchen, box office, and outdoor patio.

  • The SAN DIEGO CONVENTION CENTER CORP. introduced meetmeinsandiego.com, which gives attendees information on dining, transportation, nightlife, arts and culture, golfing, the local surf report, and more. The center plans to offer convention and trade show clients using more than 750 peak rooms the option to customize the front page of the site. Smaller groups can link to the basic site.

International Destinations

  • COUPLES RESORTS plans to build a fifth resort near the Harmony Cove luxury tourism project in the parish of Trelawny, Jamaica. The 370-room Trelawny resort is estimated to cost $57 million, and will be built on 38 acres. Construction is expected to be complete in 2008.

  • Micato Safaris launched THE MICATO BESPOKE COLLECTION in April. The collection comprises private ranches, family homesteads, country estates, and exclusive safari camps throughout Kenya and Tanzania. Viewing game on foot, by open-top vehicles, on horseback, or even on camelback are options. Many homes and camps also offer canoeing, rafting, swimming, tennis, and more.