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Riverboat casino in Louisiana adding 150-room hotel

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Hospitality and Event Management | 0 comments

Pinnacle Entertainment revealed its plans to construct a hotel next to its Boomtown riverboat casino on Harvey Canal in Harvey, Louisiana, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Construction of the 150-room hotel is expected to take 13 months to complete and cost $20 million. The five-story building will feature a fitness center, meeting space and 250 parking spaces, along with its convenient location adjacent to the gaming riverboat. “In a time when many communities are struggling, we are pleased to work closely with the Boomtown management team on this exciting hotel project bringing new jobs and continued economic development to the West Bank,” said Ricky Templet, the Jefferson Parish...

Westin hotels getting innovative with exercise options

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Hospitality and Event Management | 0 comments

Westin Hotels & Resorts are expanding exercise options available to hotel guests by introducing the ElliptiGO, according to USA Today. The part bike, park elliptical machine is available for rent at an average fee of $10. The program has been implemented at five properties around the country for the summer – The Westin Georgetown in Washington, D.C., as well as Westin Resorts and Spas at Head Island in South Carolina, Kierland in Arizona, Savannah Harbor in Georgia and Mission Hills in California. “We are very excited to partner with Westin to offer the ElliptiGO to their guests,” said Bryce Whiting, the Vice President of Sales for ElliptiGO. “We’ve had...

Casino development plans flocking to Springfield, Massachusetts

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Hospitality and Event Management | 0 comments

A number of high-level casino developers have submitted plans to city officials to build a gambling resort in Springfield, Massachusetts, according to The Boston Globe. Bringing a casino resort to the state has been an arduous journey, especially regarding the countless battles between developers and opposing state officials. The various aspiring casino operators have cited the struggling economy of Springfield and the fact that a new resort would create hundreds of jobs as a substantial new revenue source for the city. The prime location of the city on the Connecticut River and just off the Massachusetts Turnpike has created a fierce competition to acquire the sole gambling resort license....

Best Western hotels use high-tech cleaning gadgets

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Hospitality and Event Management | 0 comments

As part of its “I Care Clean” program, Best Western in North America has begun rolling out advanced technologies for cleaning hotel rooms, according to Cleaning staffs at the hotel’s locations across the continent have introduced UV wands and black lights into their arsenal of cleaning products. Employees have been trained and instructed on how to properly use these tools and where to implement them. They have been primarily earmarked for what the hotel considers high touch and high risk areas, including telephones, door handles and light fixtures. Staffers have been using the UV wands to help sterilize certain higher risk areas in the room. The black lights...

Nevele Hotel owners unveil grand plans for casino, skiing

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Hospitality and Event Management | 0 comments

The owners of the Nevele Hotel in Wawarsing, New York, recently revealed plans for an elaborate expansion project, according to The Daily Freeman. This includes the construction of three new hotel buildings, a 150,000-square-foot casino, 40,000-square-foot grand ballroom and convention area, a seven-level parking structure and several other building for various hotel amenities. The operation of the casino depends on a state constitutional amendment that would approve legalized gaming in New York. The selected site would also have to be approved for gambling purposes. “It’s really essential that we get approved to operate gaming at the property,” Michael Treanor, the chief executive officer of Nevele Investors, told the news...

Milpitas High hires new security team for upcoming school year

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Safety and Security | 0 comments

The Milpitas Unified School District’s Board of Education unanimously approved an agreement with Admiral Security Services Inc. for a one-year security contract at Milpitas High School in California, according to the Mercury News. “This is going to be our first role in a public school and we’re really excited,” Jean Changeux, Admiral’s sales and marketing manager, told the news outlet. “One of the things I said was we do pay attention, we do listen to the needs of the client. Integration is really kind of the big thing that separates us.” The two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth $101,248. The agreement contains an option to be extended...

Hotel project at casino in Pennsylvania to bring jobs and tourists

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Hospitality and Event Management | 0 comments

The planned Mohegan Sun hotel and convention center at Pocono Downs celebrated its groundbreaking, putting the project on track to be completed by the end of 2013, according to the Pocono Record. The seven-story hotel will have 238 rooms available and be connected to the casino and racetrack. A 20,000-square-foot convention center will also be on site, all under the operational eye of Mohegan Sun. “While we’re excited for what it means for us here at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, we’re equally excited for what this means to the area in terms of job growth and tourism,” Bobby Soper, president and chief executive officer of the Plains Township...

Hyatt plans new development in Portland

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Hospitality and Event Management | 0 comments

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts are planning a 500-plus-room convention center and hotel that could be launched as early as next year, according to Oregon Live. The chain was one of two hotel groups to respond to the city’s request for a proposal to build a hotel next to the Oregon Convention Center, along with Starwood/Sheraton. “Portland has always been one of the most requested cities out there in where we don’t have a presence,” David Tarr, Hyatt’s senior vice president for real estate and development, told the news outlet. “It’s always been a high priority for us.” City officials have long cited the need for a major hotel adjacent...

Ski resorts seek out renewable power sources

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Efficiency Uses | 0 comments

Four ski resorts across the country, from the Northeast to the Rockies, have made significant efforts toward producing renewable power, according to ESPN. As resorts require more and more power and heat to operate chair lifts and lodges throughout the winter, there is increased pressure on them to install or invest in renewable power sources. Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont, Mt. Abram in Maine, Park City Mountain in Utah and Aspen in Colorado have all experimented with some source of cleaner energy. “We believe it is important not only for ski resorts, but for all energy users to take some responsibility for their energy consumption,” Dan Maxon, the solar installation...

Aloft Hotels provides stage for emerging musical talent

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Hospitality and Event Management | 0 comments

Responding to guests and fans, Aloft Hotels is bringing back its “Live at Aloft Hotels” performance series of music events at its locations around the world. As part of a partnership with pop culture and fashion magazine Nylon, the subsidiary of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide will feature a wide selection of up-and-coming musical performers on its long roster. The various artistes will put on live shows at Aloft hotels across North America and in the Asia-Pacific region. “Aloft is all about what’s next in design, tech and pop culture, and our music programming is a great way for us to share that,” said Starwood’s Senior Vice President of...