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Hotel proposal divides Virginia Beach, Va., council The City Council of Virginia Beach, Va., has split over a proposed convention-center hotel that could cost USD109 million. Opponents of the proposal say the claims of lost business because of the lack of a hotel connected to the convention center are overblown. "The No. 1 reason we want a convention center hotel is, we want a convention center hotel. There is no other reason. The numbers don't justify it," Councilman Bill DeSteph said. Jan 3, 2012

AIDS Services Foundation, Disneyland Resort AIDS Walk returns to Disneyland Resort for 2012. AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF) announced today that the Disneyland Resort will once again serve as the venue for AIDS Walk Orange County. The 26th annual walk takes place Sunday, May 6. Five thousand supporters are expected to attend and enjoy the magical route through Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and Downtown Disney. The walk is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. "ASF is thrilled and humbled to be returning to the Disneyland Resort for AIDS Walk 2012. We received such amazing feedback about the location from last year's walkers and volunteers. And the experience for our clients in attendance was emotionally overwhelming," said Philip Yaeger, executive director of ASF. "One of our clients remarked, while standing among a crowd of thousands on Main Street, USA, at Disneyland, that he now knew he was not alone in his fight against AIDS." The Disneyland Resort, which agreed to host the 25th AIDS Walk last year, has been a corporate sponsor of the event since 2000. That support has included Disney VoluntEARS who have participated as walkers and provided volunteer assistance. "We raised nearly 25 percent more for AIDS Walk in 2011 because the event was held at the Disneyland Resort," commented Chris Bragg, event organizer and ASF director of events, "We're certain that the experience for all of our walkers will be even better this year!" First held in 1987 at Mason Park in Irvine, the walk has taken place in various locations and raised over USD14 million in donations to help provide services for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Orange County. ASF organizes the event with proceeds shared among several nonprofit agencies that provide services to people living in Orange County that are impacted by the disease. Jan 5, 2012

Aston Hawaii Resorts, Condominium Connection Condominium Connection Offers Free Night at Aston Hawaii Resorts. Condominium Connection is offering a third night free at most Aston Hotels & Resorts properties in Hawaii in selected room categories. Bookings must be made by Feb. 17, and spring travel dates vary by property. On Oahu, the offer is valid at the Aston Waikiki Joy, the Aston Waikiki Beachside and the Aston Pacific Monarch for travel April 1 through July 1. For the Big Island, the travel dates are March 25 through June 22 at the Aston Shores at Waikoloa, the Aston Kona by the Sea and the Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas. On Kauai, the travel dates at the Aston Aloha Beach Hotel, the Aston Islander on the Beach, the Aston Waimea Plantation and the Aston at Poipu Kai are March 25 through June 22. On Maui, the travel dates are April 9 through June 20 at the Aston KaOanapali Shores, the Aston Maui KaOanapali Villas, the Aston Mahana at KaOanapali, the Aston Paki Maui, the Aston at Papakea Resort, the Aston Maui Lu, the Aston Maui Hill and the Aston Maui Banyan. Jan 4, 2012

Aston Hotels Aston Hotels Announces Threebie Freebie Offer. Aston Hotels & Resorts has announced a Threebie Freebie offer, rewarding guests with every third night free, for bookings made by Feb. 17 at participating hotels and condominium properties. Nightly room rates start at USD137 at AstonOs Oahu properties for stays from April 1 through June 30; USD245 at the companyOs Big Island properties for stays from March 25 through June 21; USD119 at Kauai properties for stays from March 25 through June 21; and USD195 at Maui properties for stays from April 9 through June 19. Jan 5, 2012

Aston Hotels Aston MonteLago Village Resort Offers Breakfast Package. Aston MonteLago Village Resort in Lake Las Vegas is offering a Make Room for Breakfast package. Included is breakfast for two at HarryOs at Casino MonteLago, an Italian-American bistro. Package rates start at a nightly room rate of USD101. For reservations, call 866-774-2924 Jan 3, 2012

Bellagio Bellagio Completes USD70 Million Revamp of Main Tower Guestrooms. Bellagio has completed a USD70 million remodel of all 2,568 rooms in its main tower with three different color palettes. The Resort King Rooms feature an indigo and silver combination or a green tea and plum palette, while the Resort Queen Rooms feature an amber and butterscotch palette. All three designs also are offered with the Lakeview option, overlooking the Fountains of Bellagio. Jan 4, 2012

Buffalo Bill NevadaOs Buffalo BillOs Resort Unveils Renovations. Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino in Primm, Nev., has unveiled renovations to rooms, restaurants and the casino, among other areas. Included in the project was a redesign of the casino layout, the addition of a party pit on the gaming floor, an upgrade in the Attraction Zone Arcade, new carpeting, upgraded restroom facilities, new beds and an expanded retail facility. Jan 3, 2012

Caesars Palace Las VegasO Caesars Palace Opens Old Homestead Steakhouse. Old Homestead Steakhouse, a historic New York City restaurant, has opened at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. The 140-year-old eatery known for quality steak selections is located near the Forum Casino adjacent to Mesa Grill. The menu includes several signature dishes including the 32-ounce Gotham rib steak on the bone, USDA prime dry-aged porterhouse designed for multiple people and filet mignon on the bone. A raw bar offers an assortment of seafood dishes. The Caesars Palace menu also features Kobe meatballs and prime short rib in a wine reduction. The restaurant is open from 5 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. daily. Jan 2, 2012

Caribbean Airlines Easy connection from chilly Toronto to warm Grenada. Getting from the shivering cold to the sublime warmth is easier than ever with the new air connection from Toronto, Canada, to Grenada, which began mid-December of last year. The Ministry of Tourism and the Grenada Board of Tourism is pleased that Caribbean Airlines has engaged this new route, stating it is a welcomed development that will have enormous positive implications for GrenadaOs tourism industry. This new route will also strengthen the current services provided by Air Canada Vacations and Sunwing Airlines. According to Caribbean Airlines Ltd., the beginning of the flight will result in passengers traveling directly from the Maurice Bishop International Airport to the Lester Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada, on Sundays and Thursdays. This return flight, which will operate under the code BW608, will originate in Trinidad, connect in Grenada and continue non-stop to Toronto. Flight BW609 will conversely function non-stop out of Toronto to Grenada and then to Trinidad. In announcing this additional 154-seat service to Grenada, Caribbean Airlines stressed the airlineOs commitment to offering customers better connections between the Caribbean region and North America. It considered the new service as a natural progression for the airline, since the new service compliments existing services to Grenada from New York and Trinidad & Tobago. Tourism Minister Hon. Peter David opined that this new year-round route by Caribbean Airlines will positively impact arrival numbers from North America. He noted that Oour regional neighbors benefit tremendously from the Canadian market, and increased airlift between Grenada and Canada has always been a priority for us, having regard for the fact that the Canadian market is one of the few around the world that is not in recession.O Minister David also pointed out that Othe onus is for us to now increase our marketing drive to make maximum use of what the Canadian market can offer.O Jan 3, 2012

Carlson Carlson appoints interim leader for midscale brands. Carlson has announced the appointment of Scott Meyer as the interim leader of Carlson Hotels, Americas', midscale brands, which include Country Inns & Suites and Park Inn. Meyer, who replaces Steve Mogck, will retain his position as vice president of franchise operations for Country Inns & Suites. Jan 6, 2012

China Lodging Group China Lodging plans aggressive expansion strategy for 2012. China Lodging Group will undertake a multibrand expansion effort in 2012 that will add 25 to 30 Seasons hotels and 10 to 15 Hi Inns to its portfolio, said newly appointed CEO Qi Ji. The company's HanTing Express brand will see an addition of 240 to 250 properties this year, said Ji, who founded the group in 2005. The company's goals include upgrading the Seasons brand to clearly distinguish it from HanTing Express and pushing profitability for Hi Inn. Jan 5, 2012

Cox and Kings, The Americas Cox and Kings, The Americas Debuts Customized ODream TripsO. Cox and Kings, The Americas is offering Dream Trips custom-designed by the companyOs experts to provide an insiderOs view into a destination complete with opened doors, authentic experiences and new friends. The roster of new Dream Trips by Cox and Kings includes The Historic Coast of Turkey by Gulet with Thor Forsberg, Europe destination manager, a nine-night trip that begins and ends in Istanbul then sets sail in a Turkish gulet (traditional wooden boat) along the coast of Turkey. The price starts at USD8,150 per person double occupancy. Bookings made by Feb. 1 get a USD600 discount per couple. Another Dream Trip is Primates and Birding: Congo, S - o Tom and Prncipe with Megan Bryant, Africa and Indian Ocean destination manager. The 11-night trip travels into the rainforest in the...

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