Update on Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Walt Disney World continues to take a measured and deliberate approach to reopening their Walt Disney World Resort hotels, and as of today, they are now accepting bookings for:  Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort for arrivals beginning March 22 Disney’s Beach Club Resort for arrivals beginning May 30 Disney’s Wilderness Lodge for arrivals beginning June 6. As we previously … Read moreUpdate on Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Drury Hotels to Develop Property in Disney Springs Resort Area

Drury Hotels is developing its largest property to date, the Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista, and will begin to welcome guests by spring 2021. The new hotel will be located in the Disney Springs® Resort Area and the entire project will be complete by the end of 2021, with its first set of rooms available … Read moreDrury Hotels to Develop Property in Disney Springs Resort Area

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels to Continue Offering Select Disney Resort Hotel Benefits Throughout 2019

For 2019, Walt Disney World® Resort is continuing to extend some benefits, including Extra Magic Hours and FastPass+, currently available to Disney Resort hotel Guests, to those staying  at nearby hotels, including the Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels, which are designated Official Walt Disney World hotels. Guests of these hotels, with a valid theme park ticket, will now have the opportunity to … Read moreDisney Springs Resort Area Hotels to Continue Offering Select Disney Resort Hotel Benefits Throughout 2019

RIU Hotels contributes to the creation of 100 temporary classrooms and the education of 4,000 children in Mexico

   Thanks to the collaboration between the hotel chain and UNICEF, half a year since the earthquakes, 1,020 teachers have received training in psychosocial support, and thousands of children and adolescents continue to attend school. Six months after the devastating earthquakes that shook Mexico, RIU Hotels & Resorts, with its contribution to UNICEF, has installed … Read moreRIU Hotels contributes to the creation of 100 temporary classrooms and the education of 4,000 children in Mexico

Universal unveils details on 2 hotels at former Wet ‘n Wild site

According to The Orlando Sentinel this morning, Universal Orlando has shared some details about the hotels that will be built on the former Wet ‘n Wild water park land. Pricing on the two hotels will be “value-driven,” according to a Monday news release that says their rates will be below that of Universal’s Cabana Bay … Read moreUniversal unveils details on 2 hotels at former Wet ‘n Wild site

6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes in Guatemala, Triggers Landslides

Several media outlets are reporting that a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Guatemala early Wednesday, causing moderate damage and injuring at least one person. CBS News is reporting that the quake in western Guatemala near the border with Mexico caused moderate damage to homes, triggered some landslides across highways and injured at least one person early … Read more6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes in Guatemala, Triggers Landslides

Mexico’s Colonial Cities Roll Out New Hotels, Attractions

Mexico’s colonial cities are making hotel headlines and otherwise ramping up their game. In San Luis Potosi, a new Conrad has opened its doors. It’s the first Conrad Hotels & Resorts property in Mexico and only the second in Latin America. The 134-room hotel is in the upscale Lomas neighborhood, and features a seven-story glass … Read moreMexico’s Colonial Cities Roll Out New Hotels, Attractions

Coming Soon to Universal Orlando: A Wizarding World Expansion, New Hotels, and More

Though we’re certainly excited about the impending opening of Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon next month at Universal Studios Florida and the 2018 debut of The Fast and the Furious: Supercharged, neither of these attractions are really a game changer for the resort. Like last year’s Skull Island: Reign of Kong, these new … Read moreComing Soon to Universal Orlando: A Wizarding World Expansion, New Hotels, and More

Gaylord Palms Adds FlowRider and Three New Water Slides

Aquatic Development Group (ADG) has completed a second phased expansion at the Gaylord Palms and Convention Center adding a FlowRider Double as part of a major $4.2 million expansion that included a new slide complex. ADG was also the original designer and builder of the resort’s two existing recreational waterfront areas, Cyprus Springs and South … Read moreGaylord Palms Adds FlowRider and Three New Water Slides

Marriott Reveals Dramatic Expansion Plans for Europe

Marriott International outlined a series of ambitious expansion goals for Europe on the heels of the company’s completed acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide last year. At the 20th International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin Tuesday, the company announced that it expects to significantly increase the size of its European portfolio across every segment … Read moreMarriott Reveals Dramatic Expansion Plans for Europe

Hyatt to Manage Baha Mar Properties Under Pact

Agreements to enable the long-awaited opening of the $3.5 billion Baha Mar mega-resort continue to fall into place. A Hyatt Hotels Corporation affiliate will manage the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, the Baha Mar Convention Center and several restaurants, bars and lounges at the Baha Mar property under a management agreement with CTF BM Operations Ltd., … Read moreHyatt to Manage Baha Mar Properties Under Pact

Marriott upgrades mobile app

Marriott International has revamped its smartphone app, enabling Marriott Rewards members to request room upgrades and late checkout, and to use their phones to check in and for keyless room entry. The company said 500 hotels are slated to get keyless room entry this year. The upgraded app also lets guests text requests directly to … Read moreMarriott upgrades mobile app

Mandarin Oriental to Open Luxury Hotel and Residences in Honolulu, Hawaii

Last week, we hinted at the possibility of Mandarin Oriental heading back to Hawaii and now Travel Agent can officially confirm that the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced its intention to open a new luxury hotel and branded residences in Honolulu on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The project, which has a target opening … Read moreMandarin Oriental to Open Luxury Hotel and Residences in Honolulu, Hawaii

New York hotel leaving Holiday Inn chain

The Holiday Inn New York City Midtown-57th Street will become an independent hotel on Feb. 14, operating as The Watson. The two-tower hotel has 600 rooms, a rooftop pool and the Gotham Café. The property is operated by BD Hotels.   -As reported in Travel Weekly By Danny King / February 03, 2017     Getting … Read moreNew York hotel leaving Holiday Inn chain

Fairmont will take over Los Angeles’ iconic Century Plaza

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will take over Los Angeles’s Century Plaza Hotel when the iconic property reopens after its planned redevelopment is completed next year. Upon reopening, the Fairmont Century Plaza, which is in the city’s Century City district, will have 394 rooms and 63 luxury residences, down from the 726 rooms it had when … Read moreFairmont will take over Los Angeles’ iconic Century Plaza