ConventionSouth

JUL 2018

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J U L Y 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 9 The PURE wellness room undergoes a seven-step purification process to treat every surface, in- cluding improved air quality with pollutant and irritant removal, for a certified allergy-friendly experience. PURE wellness rooms at Lakeway Resort and Spa are equipped with the leading technology in air-puri- fication treatment, filtered water in the shower, hypoallergenic mattress encasements and feather-free bed- ding. There are natural fresheners to ensure the standard of wellness is maintained in each guest room. Located on Lake Travis, which features 65 miles of lakeshore, the family-friendly resort offers 24,000 square feet of meeting space, a bou- tique spa with panoramic lake views and a pool promenade of three large freshwater swimming pools with water features. DFW Rebuilds Runway DALLAS — In late May, Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport began a major infrastructure project to rebuild one of its busiest runways. The refurbishment of Runway 17-Center/35-Center will include a partial closure but will still allow the southern portion of the runway to be used during daylight hours. Full closure of the runway will begin in August, with comple- tion slated for December. "This runway work is a critical need for DFW Airport and the first major step in our 10-year plan to modernize infrastructure across the airport," said Khaled Naja, execu- tive vice president of infrastructure and development at DFW Airport. DFW has worked with the Fed- eral Aviation Administration and its airline partners to reduce the time required to replace the center third of the runway, utilizing new construction techniques and taking advantage of seasonal air traffic pat- terns. DFW has six other runways that will allow airlines to continue operating a full schedule of flights. Traveling customers should not experience significant delays due to the closure. The project will include the installation of new technologies, including an updated pavement sen- sor system for measuring weather impacts and enhanced in-pavement lighting, which improves the safety of the runway and connecting taxi- ways. In addition, crews will also build connected portions of the planned perimeter taxiway for the northeast side of the airport. New General Manager HOUSTON — The Hyatt Regency Houston recently named Steven J. Smith as general manager of the 955- room, AAA Four Diamond property. Smith has more than three decades in hospitality leadership, all with Hyatt Hotels, including his most recent experience as general manager of the Grand Hyatt Washington and the Hyatt Regency Washington, both in Washington D.C. "Hyatt Regency Houston has a storied tradition in the hospitality in- dustry," said Smith. "It's a privilege to help write its next chapters as it continues to create the finest experi- ence for our guests." Located in the heart of downtown Houston, the hotel offers the Spin- dletop revolving rooftop restaurant, the city's only Shula's Steak House, 71,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a 24-hour Einstein's Bagels & More, and LobbiBar set in the midst of its 30-story atrium. Virginia New General Manager Appointed BRISTOL — Charlestowne Ho- tels recently announced the appoint- ment of Kevin Kruse to general manager of The Bristol Hotel, the city's first boutique property, slated to open in early fall 2018. He will lead the management operations for the eight-story, 65-room historic revitalization of downtown Bris- tol's notable Executive Plaza building. The hotel, managed by Charlestowne Hotels, will include a regionally inspired restaurant serving authentic Appalachian cui- sine, a rooftop bar and prime event space. Kruse brings more than 30 years of international hospitality experi- ence to the Bristol community, including a 27-year career at Ritz-Carlton properties in Laguna Niguel, Atlanta, San Juan, Chevy Chase and Dove Mountain. He also held general manager positions at B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Ga. The Bristol Hotel will feature 65 guest rooms, 2,800 square feet of meeting space housed in the Exec- utive Building's former "Arcade, " the Lumac rooftop bar and Vivian's Table, a family-style restaurant. n New Corporate Retreat Space ORLANDO — Isolé Villas – a luxury Orlando property that hosts corporate retreats, think tanks and events –held its grand opening recently. Located near Orlando's attractions and the Orange County Convention Center, the property features expan- sive grounds, with indoor and outdoor meeting spaces. "Executives are seeking extraordinary destinations and unique ex- periences for their corporate retreats and events," said David Krakauer, founder of the property. "Isolé Villas offers five-star, personalized ac- commodations, services and meeting amenities in a private estate to inspire teams, forge solid relationships and increase productivity." In addition to 15 suites, the 25,000-square-foot property offers a boardroom with comprehensive technology capabilities and seat- ing up to 14; a private theater for presentations or exclusive movie screenings; the grand dining room and outdoor lanai for private din- ners and special events; and a customized black Italian marble table, which can seat up to 40 people. A personal villa manager, concierge and meeting planners are available to attend to requests, such as transportation, customized private wine-pairing dinners, meeting set-up, team-building events, and free-time activities and excursions. Amenities include a multi-level saltwater pool, an indoor fitness court for basketball, yoga and Pilates; a spa and wellness center with a state-of-the-art fitness facility; cigar and sports lounges, a game room, family room and piano salon; and exclusive access to championship golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer. n Kruse

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