New golf resort in Scotland: Former BBC chairman Gavyn Davies and his wife have purchased the Machrie Hotel on the island of Islay for £1.3 million and are planning on spending additional millions of pounds to create a championship-level golf resort.
5th hotel for Resorts World Manila: A fifth hotel is set to be added at the Resorts World Manila mega-complex in the Philippines. A memorandum of understanding to manage the hotel has been signed by Travellers International Hotels Group for the planned 350-room five-star hotel. A construction date has not been released yet.
6 hotels for Londonderry: The Northern Irish city of Londonderry is set for a splurge of development with six new hotels planned for construction, including a Premier Inn ahead of the city’s year as UK Capital of Culture in 2013.
Hawaii occupancy rate weak: Average occupancy at Hawaii hotels increased only 1.4% in May, the smalled amount in the last 18 months according to a new Hospitality Advisors study.
3 free nights for Williams and Kates: The Red Lion Hotel Anaheim has a unique promotion for July. Any married US couple with the name William and Kate can stay for three free nights at the hotel this month and next month.
Orbitz launches iPad app: Online travel agency Orbitz released its first iPad application on Wednesday. Users can book hotels and airfare with the app using features not available on Orbitz’s iPhone app.