The US and China lead the world in hotel-pipeline volume, with 41% and 20%, respectively, according to Lodging Econometrics. The firm's biannual "Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report" counts 12,839 hotels with 2.16 million rooms overall, both all-time highs and, for hotels, 86% above the cyclical low of 2011.
Snow Time Inc. is selling three central Pennsylvania ski resorts to Peak Resorts, which owns 14 other ski facilities in the Northeast and Midwest. Snow Time founder Irv Naylor has retired, prompting his family to let go of the Roundtop Mountain, Liberty Mountain and Whitetail resorts.
The Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn became the first Florida Keys property of OTO Development with a purchase from the Key Ambassador Co. The buyer, based in Spartanburg, S.C., plans a complete makeover of the 100-room hotel, built in the 1950s.
City and James Madison University leaders helped cut the ribbon as the Montpelier Restaurant & Bar opened in the Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. Hotel General Manager Wendell Bush said the restaurant would emphasize local food.
In addition to being the capital of Texas, Austin is a multifaceted cultural hub. Visitors can taste a variety of craft beers at Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, tour strange exhibits featuring shrunken heads and more at the Museum of the Weird and enjoy diverse genres of music at the Continental Club.
In May, Hawaiian Airlines expanded its cargo operation and brought on a couple of exclusive freight planes. The planes keep busy carrying produce, fish, bread and even bees between the islands and mainland.
American Airlines is offering new main cabin menu items by Zoes Kitchen, including a turkey bacon breakfast sandwich, breakfast box with a Belgian waffle, hummus with pita bread, and Zoes signature sandwich dubbed the Gruben. The airline will also still provide its breakfast platter, as well as fruit and cheese plates.
Alaska Airlines has rolled out virtual reality technology for first-class passengers on select flights between San Diego and Boston, and Seattle and Boston.
Southwest Airlines is now offering complimentary in-flight instant messaging via WhatsApp and iMessage for all passengers onboard flights with Wi-Fi service.
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