With massive rainfall and widespread power outages projected from Hurricane Florence, hoteliers in the approaching storm's path have been mapping emergency plans for operations, evacuations and assistance to first responders and displaced residents and visitors. The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association is providing daily advisories and arranging accommodations with out-of-state hotels.
Ridgway Hotel Group, headed by Adam Dubroff, has purchased the Ridgway-Ouray Lodge & Suites in Ridgway, Colo. The 52-guestroom property was developed in 1992 near a skiing destination.
The Moxy hotel scheduled to open Oct. 30 in Washington, D.C., will woo young professionals with such features as interactive games, a fitness boot camp and a tattoo shop. The District's first outpost of the six-year-old Marriott brand follows a host of trendy new arrivals for the hip set, including Eaton DC, the Pod DC and the Line.
Vail Hotel Talisa has joined Marriott International's Luxury Collection. "Vail is one of the most luxurious and thrilling mountain towns in the US, making it a natural fit for The Luxury Collection," said Anthony Ingham, Luxury Collection global brand leader.
Illustrator Jessica Bird is on hand at the London EDITION hotel through Tuesday to create guest portraits.
Hotel brands opening properties in Australia include Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis and Indigo. "There has not been a lot of growth in the high-end market in Australia for at least 15 years, but the market has turned the corner, and with rising demand it offers a value proposition for the operators," said Marriott's Bruce Ryde.
Marriott and InterContinental hotels in the path of Hurricane Florence are waiving cancellation fees and accepting pets as evacuees brace for the storm.