Open for Business

  • The first new casino hotel to be built in Atlantic City, N.J., in 13 years will open this summer. The $1 billion Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will have 2,002 guest rooms and suites, 11 restaurants, a spa, and a 135,000-square-foot casino. There will also be 70,000 square feet of event space; a 1,000-seat theater; a 30,000-square-foot ballroom; and 20 meeting rooms.

  • In the business and entertainment district, adjacent to the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center, The Westin Charlotte opened in May with 700 rooms and more than 44,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space.

  • In Itasca, Ill., 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, IACC-accredited Doral Eaglewood Conference Resort & Spa, which opened in September, has opened its on-property golf course and spa. The 18-hole course is nicknamed The Little Green Menace for its sloping greens and narrow fairways.

  • The 390-room Grand Hyatt Tokyo opened in the multibillion-dollar redevelopment project Roppongi Hills. Billed as a city within a city, Roppongi Hills covers 28 acres and features a 54-story office tower, a museum, a cinema complex, four residential complexes, and 200 shops and restaurants.

In the Works

In Whistler, British Columbia, construction on the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre began this spring and is scheduled to wrap up in December 2004. In the heart of Whistler Village, the new 83-suite hotel will include a 25-yard lap pool, spa, sauna, and limited meeting space.

  • The Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel will proceed with a $5.5 million enhancement of its exhibit level. The 1,675-room hotel will add 7,000 square feet of meeting space, creating a new junior ballroom, while all of the 37,000-square-foot exhibit area will be updated. Breakout rooms will increase to 13.