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Iconic downtown Dallas hotel opens following major redevelopment

The Statler, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, has opened in downtown Dallas on October 17. The opening of the Statler follows a $255 million redevelopment of the Curio Collection.

The Statler is housed in the Conrad Hilton's first convention properties, originally opened in 1956. The Statler brought many firsts to the hotel industry, such as the first to have elevator music. The Statler is known for symbolizing the heart and soul of Dallas, and embodies the iconic downtown Dallas experience.

JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America Offers New Nordstrom Exclusive

The luxurious and enriching experiences of JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America have been enhanced with the announcement of their new ‘Nordstrom Exclusive Shopping Package’. The new amenity invites guests to stay at the beautiful JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America and enjoy a $100 gift card for Nordstrom shopping per night. Nordstrom, located in the west wing of Mall of America, is just steps from the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America.

Post Oak to Open in Texas in December

Planned to open in December, the Post Oak will be opened by Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta. The Post Oak will include a two-story Bentley and Rolls-Royce showroom and a helipad for guests, which is the first hotel in the world to host a showroom and helipad.

The Post Oak will offer 250 guest rooms in its 38 stories. Other amenities include a 16,000 square foot ballroom, the second largest chandelier in the world, a spa and salon, Mastro's Steakhouse (a celebrity and athlete favorite), Willie G's seafood, and luxury retail all on the 10-acre property.

Sarasota County to See More Hotel Rooms

Sarasota County will see the addition of 1,112 new hotel rooms over the next two years. These new accommodations will largely fall within walking distance of downtown Sarasota and the dining, arts and scenery that it offers.

Jessika Alexander Earns CTE Designation

Jessika Alexander of Visit Houston has earned her Certified Tourism Executive designation from the Travel and Tourism College offered by the Texas Travel Industry Association.

"I am grateful to Houston First/Visit Houston for allowing me the opportunity to grow professionally," says Alexander. "The program offered by TTIA was exceptional and with what I have learned, I know I will be better able to market Houston as one of the world’s premier destinations."

Visit Austin President and CEO Nominated to two Board of Director Positions

President and CEO of Visit Austin, Tom Noonan, has been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for both the American Society of Association Executives and Destinations International. The nominations are in addition to his current service on the U.S. Travel Association Board of Directors. Noonan has also served on the board for the Association Forum.

Portillo's Announces Maple Grove Location

Portillo's Chicago-style restaurant, which recently opened its first Minnesota location in Woodbury, has announced details on its newest location on Elm Creek Blvd., in Maple Grove. Portillo's currently has 50 locations in seven states.

Sheraton Austin Opens New Restaurant

The newest concept to the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, a Sheraton Hotels & Resorts property, backYARD at Waller Creek, soft opened during SXSW 2017 in Austin. backYARD is Austin's newest restaurant, bar, and outdoor venue downtown, offering American cuisines with Texas flavors, a spacious outdoor event space, and house-infused spirits.

$100 Million Edgewood Tahoe Lodge Completed

The new $100 million Edgewood Tahoe Lodge has opened on the south shore of Lake Tahoe after more than two decades of difficulties of strict regulations regarding the environment and four years of reviewing plans and obtaining permits for construction to begin in 2012. The Edgewood Tahoe Lodge's completion was dependent on limiting storm water runoff that is harmful to Lake Tahoe, as well as protecting wetlands, according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

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