* Holiday Inn Worldwide in Atlanta has promoted Laurie Donachy to senior vice president, worldwide sales and reservations. She had been vice president, worldwide reservations and guest relations.
* Indira Sukirno is the new executive director of the Jakarta (Indonesia) Con-vention Bureau. She had been deputy to the former consulting executive director.
* The DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau in Decatur, GA, has appointed Patrick A. Duncan as CEO and president. For the past ten years, Duncan had served as director of the Jekyll Island (GA) Convention and Visitors Bureau. Also at the DeKalb bureau, Janet Rodgers has joined as director of sales. She comes from the Four Points Hotel Atlanta Perimeter and Holiday Inn at Lenox, also in Atlanta, where she was director of sales and marketing.
* Joe O'Brien has started his own company, International Meetings & Incentives, Inc. The company is based in Malvern, PA, with a regional office in Chicago. He had been regional vice president, northeast, for Bitterman & Associates, a Min-neapolis-based meeting management firm.
* Benchmark Hospitality in The Woodlands, TX, has expanded Tom O'Shea's position to vice president of West Coast operations. He had been field vice president.
* Vail Resorts in Colorado announced three management changes as a result of its combination with Breckenridge and Keystone resorts. Retaining the title of senior vice president and CEO of Vail Associates, Christopher P. Ryman will take on full operations authority for the Vail and Beaver Creek resorts. John W. Rutter has been named to the newly created position of senior vice president and CEO for the Keystone resort. He had been head of ski operations for Ralston Resorts, also in Keystone. William A. Jensen has joined as senior vice president and CEO for the Breckenridge resort. He most recently served as president of Booth Creek Ski Holdings and the Fibreboard Resort Group, which included resorts in Tahoe and Bear Mountain, CA.
* The Singapore Tourist Promotion Board (STPB) has named Ying-Kwan Mak vice president, Western USA, responsible for corporate meetings and incentives. Mak, who will be based in Los Angeles, formerly headed the STPB's marketing services department/destination marketing division in Singapore.
* Rich Cortese has been named vice president of the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami. He had been senior vice president of operations for Sun International Bahamas.
* The Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau has appointed Jeri Wrenn associate vice president, midwest region. Wrenn, who will work out of the Chicago office, most recently served as associate vice president of sales in the Los Angeles office.
* The Paradisus Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive Resort has appointed Carmen Zepeda director of sales. Previously, she served as sales manager for the Royal Maeva Puerto Vallarta.
* The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. has announced a reorganization of its sales and marketing division in the New York City headquarters office. Deborah Yager has been promoted to director, strategic marketing and sales, worldwide. She had been director of sales, North America. Assuming her former position is Dianna Balabon, who joins from Venice-Simplon Orient Express Hotels, also in New York City, where she was regional director of sales.
* Marriott Hotels, Resorts and Suites has appointed Jim Luce, CMP, regional director of sales and marketing, western region. Luce most recently served as director of marketing for the Anaheim (CA) Marriott.
* Jeremy Yap has been named executive assistant manager and convention centre manager for the Radisson Anggana Plaza Hotel & Convention Centre in Jakarta, Indonesia, which is slated for a soft opening in December 1998. Yap most recently served as director of sales and marketing at the Cairns Convention Centre in North Queensland, Australia.
* Philip Gallo has joined LaPlaya Beach Resort in Naples, FL, as director of sales. Previously, he was national sales manager for the Boca Raton (FL) Resort & Club.
* The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association has appointed Kathleen M. Boozer director of sales. She had been general manager of the Spirit of Baltimore.
* The Westin Resort Miami Beach has named Samuel R. Zabawsky director of hotel sales. He had been director of hotel sales and marketing at the Pittsburgh Marriott Center.
* The Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA has appointed David Fried-berg director of marketing. He joins from the New York Marriott East Side, where he was also director of marketing.
* The Cairns Convention Centre in Queensland, Australia has promoted Kathryn Pullman to director of sales. She had been senior sales manager.
* The Regal Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago has named Jeffrey G. Guillory director of sales and marketing. Most recently, he was director of sales with the Sutton Place Hotel, formerly Le Meridien, also in Chicago.
* The SunBurst Resort in Scottsdale, AZ has appointed Bryan Goodman director of sales and marketing. He was director of sales and marketing at the Hotel Park Tucson.
* The Doubletree Carmel Highland Golf & Tennis Resort in San Diego has named Sheila L. Zable director of sales. She had been senior sales manager for the Double-tree Hotel San Diego Mission Valley (formerly the Red Lion Hotel San Diego).
* Mary Caswell has joined the Westward Look Resort in Tucson as director of sales and marketing. She had been sales and marketing director for the Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel in Miami.
* The Boulders in Carefree, AZ has named Jimmy L. Stewart director of marketing. He had been director of sales and marketing at the Palm Coast Resort in Florida.
* Grace Gordon has been named director of sales for the Doral Park Avenue hotel in New York City. She had been senior sales manager with the New York Hilton and Towers.
FROM THE GROUND UP * Opening of the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort in western Maryland is less than a year away. The property, set on 260 acres within Rocky Gap State Park near Cumberland, will have 220 guest rooms and 14,000 square feet of meeting space in addition to its sports facilities: an indoor swimming pool, two tennis courts, and an 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus- designed golf course. The resort will be managed by the Buena Vista Hospitality Group, which also manages the Buena Vista Palace Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World Village and PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
* Construction will begin this summer on The Westin Portland (OR), a 200-room, 20-story hotel in Portland's downtown retail district. When the property opens in the third quarter next year, facilities will include five to seven meeting rooms (5,000 square feet total), a business center, a health club, and a restaurant.
* In Maryland Heights, MO, 20 minutes from St. Louis, the huge Riverport Casino Center opened in March. A central 350,000-square-foot pavilion, themed as a turn-of-the-century Missouri riverboat town, offers restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and 10,000 square feet of convention space. The pavilion is anchored by the 291-room Harrah's St. Louis-Riverport and 120,000 square feet of gaming space in four casinos, two operated by Harrah's and two by Players.
* ITT Sheraton has won its bid to develop and operate the new $198 million Sheraton Riverwalk San Antonio Hotel. The 1,200-room hotel and convention center will break ground in September 1998 and is expected to open by the end of 2000.
ADDING ON * Construction is under way on 250 new oceanfront hotel rooms and 23,000 square feet of additional conference space at Amelia Island Plantation in northeast Florida. All rooms in the resort's new Inn and Beach Club facility will be equipped with a work table and a minimum of two telephone lines to meet the needs of conference attendees. The resort will have a total of 360 oceanfront hotel rooms when the addition opens in April 1998.
* Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa in Farmington, PA opened its 125-room Chateau Lafayette in late May. The new construction, designed in French renaissance style, joins the property's existing 98-room English Tudor Inn and 40 condominiums. Chateau Lafayette has a 8,500-square-foot ballroom, a French bistro displaying the resort's 10,000-bottle wine collection, and a smoking parlor for the cigar crowd.
* In Key West, FL, Pier House Resort & Caribbean Spa has added 26 new rooms and renovated 18 in a $7 million redo of its Beach Building. With the new facilities, the oceanfront property now offers 142 guest rooms, including 14 suites, and 3,000 square feet of meeting space.
* In March, golfers at The Westin La Paloma in Tucson, AZ began benefiting from an alliance between Westin Hotels & Resorts and Troon Golf Management. The affiliation gives resort guests access to the Troon-managed, 18-hole course at The Golf Club at Vistoso and establishes Troon as the manager of La Paloma's existing 27 holes of golf.
RENOVATION TIME * Marking its tenth anniversary, Marriott's Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, CA just completed $14 million in renovations to its pool area, guest rooms, restaurants, and lobby. The 884-room resort offers two golf courses, 51,330 square feet of meeting space, 20 tennis courts, and a 30,000-square-foot spa.
* Two Wisconsin properties are getting spruced up. The Abbey Resort & Fontana Spa in Fontana, WI is finishing a three-year renovation. Among other improvements, the resort has remodeled its 10,050-square-foot ballroom, added a business center, upgraded the phone system, and redecorated the guest rooms, including bathroom fixtures, vanities, and tiles. At Lake Lawn Lodge in Delavan, WI, work is under way on phased renovation of all guest rooms, including new beds, carpeting, wall covering, draperies, and other soft goods. Upgrades to the 284-room resort's meeting space, lobby, restaurant, bars, and golf course are also among the plans.
* Charleston Place, an Orient Express hotel in Charleston, SC has invested $4 million to renovate The Riviera, a 1938 art deco theater adjacent to the hotel. The theater offers planners a 4,000-square-foot ballroom and an amphitheater seating up to 280 persons.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS * The Hotel Adlon Berlin, a Kempinski Hotel, opens this month with 337 rooms, 12 meeting rooms for up to 500 persons, and as many technological conveniences as you'll find anywhere. Every guest will have a portable phone to receive calls within the hotel. Rooms feature two ISDN phone lines, CD players, fax machines (each guest will have a personal fax number), and exercise equipment upon request.
* In Cebu, the Philippines, construction begins later this year on a 325-room resort on Mactan Island, with plans to open under the Marriott umbrella in late 1999. The Mactan Island Marriott will be a full-service property with 9,900 square feet of meeting space, three restaurants, two tennis courts, a free-form swimming pool, an ocean sports pavilion, a child care center, a health club, and other amenities.
CORRECTION El Conquistador Resort & Country Club was inadvertently left out of April's Golf Resort Directory. The following information should have been included.