Caribe Royale Resort Suites and Villas in Orlando is building a new convention center, featuring a 40,000-square-foot ballroom, 20 breakout rooms, two registration desks, and two meeting planner offices. The project, scheduled for completion in early 2003, will bring total meeting space to 150,000 square feet. The resort offers 1,218 one-bedroom suites and 120 two-bedroom, two-bathroom villas.
The historic Westward Look Resort in Tucson, Ariz., has begun a multimillion-dollar renovation to include all 244 guest rooms, conversion of some rooms to luxury two-bedroom suites with hot tubs, construction of a second ballroom, expansion of wellness center services, and the addition of a themed outdoor pavilion for group events. The resort currently offers 12,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 281-room Hotel Sofitel Miami has renovated its main ballroom, meeting rooms, and lobby, and has added new banquet and breakout space. The Monte Carlo Ballroom holds up to 700 guests while six parlor meeting rooms hold from 20 to 60 people each.
Harrison Conference Centers has added the 182-room Virginia Crossings Conference Resort in Glen Ellen, Va., to its portfolio. The conference resort is owned by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and is scheduled to open in August. Set on 20 acres 10 miles from Richmond, the property will offer 23,000 square feet of meeting space, and high-speed Internet access in all 24 meeting rooms.
Conference center company Dolce International has formed a partnership with Soros Real Estate to expand Dolce's portfolio in Europe and North America. Dolce is targeting new locations in Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, and Belgium.
Hilton Hotels Corp. and Camino Real Hotels have signed an agreement to affiliate 14 Camino Real hotels and resorts in Mexico and Texas with the Hilton family of brands. The deal gives Hilton 21 hotels in Mexico, including the 157-room Camino Real Acapulco, the 381-room Camino Real Cancun, the 205-room Camino Real Guadalajara, and the 709-room Camino Real Mexico City. All hotels will undergo improvements over the next two years prior to the rebranding.