The 430-room Radisson Slavjanskaya Hotel in Moscow, Russia, recently wrapped up renovating its 17,870 square feet of meeting space. New soft goods and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment have been added to the hotel's conference halls and boardrooms, capable of accommodating up to 800 attendees. The hotel's 550-seat theater, which offers simultaneous translation in five languages, also was redone.

Marriott International has been named to manage the 317-room Shanghai Marriott Hotel Hongqiao, set to open next summer near Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai, China. It will offer 19,700 square feet of meeting space, including a 12,900-square-foot ballroom divisible into nine sections. Amenities will include four restaurants, an executive floor lounge, a fitness center, and a business center with a boardroom. The Chongqing Marriott Hotel is set to open in mid-1999 in southwest China. The 531-room property is part of a mixed-use development

The 315-room Melia Cabo Real Beach & Golf Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, has begun a $2.5 million renovation program that will update guest rooms and add a state-of-the-art fitness center by this month.

The Pan Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur International Airport opened this past summer, the first hotel to open its doors at the new airport in Sepang, Malaysia. Linked to the main terminal by skybridge, the hotel has 450 guest rooms, a ballroom that accommodates 1,000 people theater-style, a 200-seat auditorium, and videoconferencing facilities.

The Lodge at Vail, the first resort ever operated at the base of Vail Mountain in the Colorado Rockies, has been a meeting place from the day it opened its doors in the winter of 1962. Back then, local townspeople would gather in its lobby to collect their mail and discuss the news of the day in front of a welcoming fire. Now people gather from around the world to hold meetings in the Lodge's new 5,800-square-foot slope-side ballroom, part of a recently added $15 million wing that also houses 18 luxury rooms and suites, and a 3,500-square-foot penthouse suite.

Reminiscent of a European chalet in its old-world decor, the Lodge also offers modern amenities. The ballroom, which can be broken down into four smaller rooms, has custom-patterned carpet woven in England, oversized walnut banquet chairs, original oil paintings featuring Colorado landscapes, and wrought iron chandeliers hung at the appropriate height to allow for unimpeded rear-screen projection. A fully equipped banquet kitchen is located adjacent to the ballroom, and the movable partitions are constructed of high-quality acoustical barrier materials to eliminate distractions when more than one meeting is being held in the space. Luxury condo units and suites are available for breakouts and smaller meetings as well.

A member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, The Lodge at Vail offers more than skiing to its meeting guests. World-class golfing, hiking, horseback riding, four-wheel-drive mountain treks, kayaking and rafting, snowmobiling, and mountain biking are among the many activities that are readily available in the Vail Valley. The hotel offers two restaurants: The Wildflower, featuring fine American cuisine and a spectacular view of Vail Village; and Cucina Rustica, which offers breakfast and lunch buffets featuring Northern Italian cuisine, and dinner during ski season.