Joint venture partners the Bernstein Companies and Boston Properties broke ground on the new Marriott International headquarters complex and adjacent Marriott hotel in downtown Bethesda, Maryland.
Universal Orlando Resort is maintaining its 10 percent commission rate for third-party meeting planners.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s luxury brand, announced it will convert the Mandarin Oriental on the Las Vegas Strip to the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas in August 2018. Waldorf Astoria will assume full operation of the property with plans to reimagine and renovate the hotel.
Cvent released its annual lists of “Top Meeting Hotels” for meetings and events worldwide in 2018. The top venues were sorted geographically and rankings are based on each hotel’s group business performance on the Cvent Supplier Network.
Dallas-based hotel developer Sam Moon Group and the city of Frisco broke ground on the Hyatt Regency Stonebriar at the Stonebriar Centre on May 9, 2018. The 18-story, 303-room hotel will feature a parking garage, conference center and city library.
Disney Destinations said it would keep commissions for independent meeting planners at 10 percent.
In the concrete jungle of Las Vegas, there exists a lush new oasis inspired by nature, the comforts of home, an eclectic sense of artistry and plenty of innovation: Park MGM. The property, formerly Monte Carlo, was officially reflagged April 30, 2018. Attendees of Meetings Today LIVE! West, running from April 29 to May 2, 2018, had the pleasure of being the first group to partake in its new offerings.
Expanding its presence on the East Coast, MGM Resorts International announced it will open the doors to MGM Springfield, New England’s first integrated resort and entertainment destination, on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.
High-flying billionaire Richard Branson added Sin City to his Virgin Group portfolio following the acquisition of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas. The approximately 1,500-room off-Strip property will be rebranded to The Virgin Hotel Las Vegas and will remain open during renovations that are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019, according to Virgin Group.
InterContinental Hotels Group is buying Regent Hotels and Resorts and reestablishing the iconic Regent brand in Hong Kong.