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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Travel Business News North America) May 29, 2011

Aliante Station Casino & Hotel Judge approves Station Casinos' reorganization plans. A bankruptcy court-approved reorganization plan has the founding Fertitta family and their in-place lenders and co-investors retaining control of most of Station Casinos' assets. The company is expected to emerge from bankruptcy soon. First it will need to spin off the Aliante Station Casino & Hotel and its $378 million debt. May 27, 2011

AmaWaterways AmaWaterways is offering a bonus commission of up to $100 on any new FIT booking on its Danube, Mosel and Rhine river cruises sailing in November and December when booked by June 11. The bonus commission offer includes the OIn Celebration of Wine,O OJewish HeritageO and Christmas market itineraries. The company already offers $500 off per stateroom plus a free upgrade on OBlue Danube DiscoveryO cruises, with U.S. departure dates of Nov. 1, Nov. 3, Nov. 15 or Nov. 17; the OEnchanting RhineO departing the U.S. on Nov. 18; and the Nov. 21 departures of the OLegendary DanubeO cruise. Select ORhine Winter VoyageO and OChristmas Time CruisesO in November and December feature a $100 shipboard credit per stateroom in addition to the $500 off per stateroom and free upgrade. And November departures of OIn Celebration of WineO and OJewish HeritageO cruises feature a $200 shipboard credit per stateroom. For more information, call 800-626-0126 or visit www.amawaterways.com. May 23, 2011

American Safari Cruises American Safari Cruises is offering incentives to travel agents to book clients on the 36-guest Safari Explorer on its inaugural Hawaii season, which starts in November. For bookings made from June through July 29, clients get a $150 travel credit per person, while the agent gets one entry per booking into a drawing for a complimentary Hawaiian Islands cruise. Sailing weeklong or 10-night active itineraries between Maui and the Big Island from November through April, the all-inclusive 36-guest Safari Explorer visits Molokai, Lanai and Molokini. For new bookings made between June and July 29, agents may offer their clients a travel credit of $150 per person or $300 per couple. The credit is intended to help guests defray air costs to the Hawaiian Islands, where they embark on their cruise. Each cabin booked from June through July 29 earns travel agents one entry into a drawing for the cruise for two. The cruise may be booked 45 days prior to departure based on availability. Airfare and crew gratuities are not included. The drawing will be held Aug. 3. American Safari will participate in VirtuosoOs Hawaii Virtual Travel Show 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT on June 2. Plus, ODiscover a New AlohaO web presentations on the Hawaii itinerary are scheduled for June 21 and July 7. Agents can register through the travel agent portal at www.AmericanSafariCruises.com. Fares start at $4,995 for the seven-night cruise and $6,495 for the 10-night cruise, both per person, double occupancy. Fares include all from-the-yacht activities and equipment, transfers, meals, wine, premium spirits and microbrews, massage treatment and all port charges, taxes and fees. An all-American crew has a guest-crew ratio of 2-to-1 and includes Hawaii residents who have personal knowledge of the islands. For more information, call 888-862-8881 or visit www.americansafaraicruises.com. May 25, 2011

Best Western Hotelier banks on arena for Brooklyn Best Western's success. Hotelier Mukesh Patel, owner of the Best Western Arena Hotel in Brooklyn, N.Y., expects that his hotel will start to fill up when the Barclays Center opens in September 2012. The hotel opened last year and currently averages an occupancy rate of 60%. May 26, 2011

Carlson and Mortenson Construction Carlson breaks ground on Radisson Blu hotel in Minnesota. Carlson and Mortenson Construction broke ground Thursday at Minnesota's Mall of America on a 500-room hotel that will be the country's second Radisson Blu. Minnetonka, Minn.-based Carlson hopes to revive the Radisson brand with the Radisson Blu hotels. The hotel will include 23,000 square feet of meeting space, a FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, a spa and fitness facilities. It's expected to open in March 2013. May 27, 2011

Choice Hotels International Choice Hotels will redesign its Comfort brand. Choice Hotels International will redesign its 2,600 Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites hotels early next year to match travelers' demands for luxury and more access to technology. Choice said the new design of the Comfort brand would include amenities such as lounge chairs, sectional sofas and spalike baths, along with technological improvements such as flat-screen TVs and outlets for recharging mobile devices. Lobbies with free Wi-Fi will be available in Comfort Suites hotels, which will also have business centers. May 25, 2011

Choice Hotels International Choice Hotels unites brands to promote its booking site. Choice Hotels International is working with Southfield, Mich.-based agency Doner in a campaign that focuses on the company's booking site. The new logo and theme line of the campaign, "Your Voice. Your ChoiceHotels.com," will be used in TV and digital campaigns, as well as in-hotel advertising. "This campaign is a reflection of our commitment to listening" to guests and giving voice to the value-seeking traveler, said Bruce Dincin, Choice Hotels' senior director of marketing and advertising May 24, 2011

DiamondRock Hospitality DiamondRock enters Denver hotel market with $72.6M acquisition. DiamondRock Hospitality has acquired the JW Marriott Denver for $72.6 million. The 196-room property is the real estate investment trust's first hotel purchase in this market. May 24, 2011

Greater Baltimore Committee CEO proposes $900M development project for Baltimore. Greater Baltimore Committee CEO Donald Fry has unveiled plans for a $900 million project to redevelop Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The proposal calls for construction of an 18,500-seat arena, a 500-room hotel and a 760,000-square-foot expanded convention center. Fry and Whiting-Turner Contracting CEO Willard Hackerman plan to create a private partnership to fund the construction of the hotel and the arena, while GBC will ask the governments of Maryland and Baltimore to help pay for the convention center's expansion. May 27, 2011

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