The 2021 It List of Best New Hotels has been Announced by Travel + Leisure

TRAVEL + LEISURE | April 21, 2021

Travel + Leisure, a subsidiary of Meredith Corporation, has released its annual It List of the best new hotels of the year, highlighting the 73 most impressive new and recently renovated properties around the world. The hotels on this 16th annual list, selected by the editors of Travel + Leisure, have experiences that are sure to encourage wanderlust, giving travelers even more excuses to get up and go. The It List for 2021 can be found in the May issue of Travel + Leisure.

According to Jacqui Gifford, Editor in Chief of Travel + Leisure, "It's a pleasure to recognize each of these exceptional new properties, that provide travelers with so much to look forward to. In a year when hotels were forced to reconsider their approach to nearly everything, the industry forged ahead. Our portfolio of properties covers the world, demonstrating sustainability, commitment, and hope for the future. The It List for 2021 reminds us of so many of the joys of travel, and the new crop of openings is as thrilling as any we've seen in the It List's 16 years of its existence."

The hotels are located across 29 countries and six continents, and they vary in style from safari lodges and luxurious beach resorts to trendy city escape wellness retreats, and nature-inspired getaways. The It List contains 30 properties in the United States, including six in California and five in New York state, as well as properties in Denver, Des Moines, Chicago, Boston, Scottsdale, Austin, New Orleans, Charleston, Palm Beach, and other locations.

Travel + Leisure is the preeminent voice for the sophisticated traveler providing expert insight and the most engaging travel lifestyle content available. Travel + Leisure catches the joy of exploring the world's cultural delights—from art and architecture to shopping and style to food and drink—and provides convincing reasons to get up and go. The Travel + Leisure media portfolio includes the U.S. flagship magazine,, blogs, the Let's Go Together podcast, the World's Best Awards franchise, an extensive social media footprint, and regional editions in China, India, Mexico, and Southeast Asia, with an audience of more than 30 million. The U.S. version of Travel + Leisure, which was launched in 1971, is the country's only monthly consumer travel magazine. Travel + Leisure is owned by Travel + Leisure Co. and is part of Meredith Corporation's Luxury Group of best-in-class brands.


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Loews Hotels & Co Breaks Ground on New $550 Million Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center

Loews Hotels & Co | October 13, 2021

Loews Hotels & Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of Loews Corporation, has officially broken ground on the new $550 million Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center. Executives from the company were joined by Arlington Mayor Jim Ross, former Mayor Jeff Williams, Chairman & Managing Partner of the Texas Rangers Ray Davis, The Cordish Companies' Director of Communications, Cari Furman, along with members of the Arlington City Council and other community and business leaders, to recognize and celebrate this milestone. The addition of the Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center, a full-service resort, will further strengthen Arlington's robust convention and tourism opportunities. The city is one of the premier sports and entertainment destinations in the United States, and a leading destination for meetings, events, and leisure travel. "Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center will allow us to capitalize on what we do best – combine a unique meetings and events destination with a best-in-class leisure resort. This significant investment further underscores our confidence and commitment not only in the great City of Arlington, Texas but also in the strength of the travel and tourism industry and our belief in the recovery of post-pandemic travel." Jonathan Tisch, Chairman & CEO, Loews Hotels & Co. This property will be the second Arlington hotel for the hospitality company. Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center is scheduled to open in early 2024. This new hotel will be located across from Live! by Loews, which is a joint venture among Loews Hotels & Co, the Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies, built on the former Texas Rangers' Lot J parking lot. "Arlington has some of the best built-in demand generators in the country, such as AT&T Stadium and Globe-Life Field. These attractions, coupled with Loews Hotels' track record of offering distinctive experiences alongside operational excellence, will help establish the Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center as a centerpiece in The American Dream City," said Alex Tisch, President, Loews Hotels & Co. "Our goal is for Arlington, Texas to stand alongside Las Vegas and Orland as one of the preeminent family, sports and entertainment destinations in America." This new project marks the first time that Loews Hotels & Co is acting as the developer as well as the owner and branded operator. The nearly $550 million project is financed with Loews Hotels & Co capital and a $300 million loan from MetLife Investment Management. "Arlington continues to build on our incredible economic momentum, and today's groundbreaking is another exciting example of our commitment to job creation and providing world-class amenities to our residents and visitors," said Arlington Mayor Jim Ross. "Loews Hotels & Co is a best-in-class hotel brand and with innovative partners like Loews Hotels & Co, the Tisch Family, the Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies, we're able to further establish The American Dream City as a premier destination for visitors around the globe." Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center will feature: 888 guestrooms and suites 200,000 square feet of indoor meeting space 66,000 square feet of outdoor space, including an oversized event lawn Five food and beverage outlets, including a three-meal indoor/outdoor restaurant featuring two wood-fire pizza ovens and homemade pasta made on-site and a soon-to-be-named third-party restaurant from a well-known restaurateur 1,550-space parking garage Resort-style beach club with two pools, man-made beach, cabanas, fire pits and water slide The Arlington Convention Center, also operated by Loews Hotels & Co, will be located within the hotel Situated between Globe Life Field and AT&T Stadium, Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center will be accessible to the 300-room Live! by Loews via a Sky Bridge. The two hotels combined will offer nearly 1,200 guestrooms and more than 300,000 square feet of meeting and event space. "The addition of the Loews Arlington Hotel and the Arlington Convention Center bring the development of the Arlington Entertainment District to another whole level," said Texas Rangers Chairman and Managing Partner Ray Davis. "The existing world-class sports and entertainment venues will now be complimented by incredible hotel and meeting facilities that will attract national and international events of all kinds. I want to thank our partners, the City of Arlington, Loews Hotels & Co, and The Cordish Companies for sharing our vision that has become a spectacular reality in a few short years." Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center is part of phase two of the development of Arlington's Entertainment District. Continuing their public-private partnership with the City of Arlington, Loews Hotels & Co, The Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies are building upon the momentum and success of Texas Live!, Live! by Loews, and the Rangers' new Globe Life Field. Additional features of the new expansion include a mixed-use residential building and a Spark coworking space, both developed by The Cordish Companies. "It is an honor for The Cordish Companies to continue our partnership with the Texas Rangers, Loews Hotels & Co and the City of Arlington to deliver a transformative project for Arlington," said Blake Cordish, Principal of The Cordish Companies. "Loews is one of the preeminent hoteliers in North America and a leader in the convention and meetings industry. The groundbreaking of the new Loews Arlington Hotel and Arlington Convention Center is an important next step in our commitment to create a world-class, mixed-use development that will cement Arlington as one of the leading premier sports, entertainment, culture, hospitality and tourism destinations in the country." Loews Hotels & Co is working with HKS as the architect and Looney & Associates on the interior design for this new development. Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center is being built by JE Dunn, who recently built the Loews Kansas City Hotel, which opened in June 2020. Arlington's Con-Real is also involved in the construction of the project. About Loews Hotels & Co Headquartered in New York City, Loews Hotels & Co is rooted in deep heritage and excellence in service. The hospitality company encompasses branded independent Loews Hotels, and a solid mix of partner-brand hotels. Loews Hotels & Co owns and/or operates 26 hotels and resorts across the U.S. and Canada, including the new Loews Kansas City and Universal's Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, the eighth hotel in partnership with Comcast NBC Universal that opened at the end of 2020. Located in major city centers and resort destinations from coast to coast, the Loews Hotels portfolio features properties grounded in family heritage and dedicated to delivering unscripted guest moments with a handcrafted approach.

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Mastercard Expands Travel Suite

Mastercard | June 24, 2022

Mastercard expanded its Mastercard Travel and Lifestyle Services platform. New partnerships that focus on smooth travel experiences and memorable moments for its cardholders are at the crux of this expansion. New features include WhatsApp servicing, COVID alerts and offers like lounge access when flights are delayed are offered to customers. “Many of us eagerly await the chance to satisfy our love for travel, but it can be stressful to plan a trip with so many uncertainties about what traveling will look like, At Mastercard, we’re here to support every step of the journey — from planning to booking to transportation to experiences in destination — so travelers can focus on what really matters. After two years of disruptions, we know that time with our loved ones is truly priceless.” -Mastercard’s Stephanie Meltzer-Paul, executive vice president, Global Loyalty In addition to providing direct service to cardholders, Mastercard assists governments, businesses, and brands in understanding changing consumer patterns and preferences to build and test programs and incentives. Mastercard services give customers everything they need to welcome back travelers, from market analysis and insights to marketing solutions and consumer engagement strategies. The Tourism Innovation Hub in Spain, for example, was recently established to develop customized goods and solutions to enable a sustainable, inclusive return to travel through innovation, research, and collaboration throughout the ecosystem. Mastercard Travel & Lifestyle Services is a travel planning and booking portal that provides World and World Elite cards with unique guarantees, amenities, and upgrades, as well as 24/7 concierge and premium offers and entertainment from major travel brands. With the experience economy in full swing, travelers can satisfy their wanderlust with customized city tours informed by local experts and member favorites via the Inspiration Module. The program now features WhatsApp servicing, which is presently accessible in certain geographies2 throughout the world and will be available globally by the end of the year, where members can message Lifestyle Managers regarding travel and concierge requirements from their phone. Cardholders benefit from the Lowest Hotel Rate Guarantee, and the Mastercard Hotel Stay Guarantee, as well as free nights and preferential treatment at over 4,000 4- and 5-star properties worldwide. In addition, travelers can book once-in-a-lifetime Priceless Experiences while in location, such as a dream vacation to London and Paris with Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury glamping in Sweden's Blekinge archipelago, or a visit to the top of New York City's One World Observatory. Premier Programs and New Travel Partnerships In addition to the preferred experience of Mastercard Travel & Lifestyle Services, Mastercard has formed several new alliances to provide perks that reduce travel stress and promote more enjoyable experiences. Convenience: Cardholders enjoy access to a global network of over 1,100 airport lounges for delayed flights or relaxing in quiet. Mastercard Flight Delay Pass, currently accessible in select locations worldwide, provides complimentary lounge access on eligible delayed flights. FastTrack in Europe was also recently established, as was Mastercard Travel Pass in Canada, providing a hassle-free airport experience. Connection: Starting in the Asia Pacific and expanding to additional regions later this year, select cardholders now have access to complimentary worldwide roaming data packs for use in more than 200 countries, and a 15% Mastercard discount on top-ups via Flexiroam. Care: Through Sitata, cardholders can opt-in to get real-time notifications and the most recent COVID limits and requirements, including testing locations and cost. Convenience: The new is a digital insurance platform that allows Mastercard cardholders to instantly access – and smoothly submit – claims for the insurances contained on their card, such as vehicle rental, and lost luggage replacement, mobile phone, and trip cancellation. Cash Rewards: Use Mastercard Travel Rewards to shop and earn cash rewards at hundreds of prestigious retailers in 19 destinations, and thousands of online deals for unique save

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Leisure Travel Demand Fuels Continued Brand Growth for Hyatt, Including Apple Leisure Group, in the Americas

Hyatt Hotels Corporation | January 25, 2022

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced plans to accelerate its brand growth in the Americas region with a strong pipeline of expected hotel openings through 2023. Fueled by growing leisure travel demand, 45 hotels are expected to join Hyatt’s portfolio of brands, including Apple Leisure Group’s (ALG) AMRTM Collection brands, in 2022 and 2023 in key resort, all-inclusive and sought-after urban destinations. In addition, Hyatt has signed management and franchise agreements for hotels in 11 new markets and 19 existing markets across the Americas. “Listening to our guests, World of Hyatt members, and customers has never been more important. As we continue in our recovery from the pandemic, we remain very intentional about where the Hyatt brand footprint grows to ensure we're present in markets that matter most to the leisure-focused traveler of today and tomorrow, Our pipeline of new properties signals that Hyatt is well poised to deliver against the demand for more leisure travel experiences in places like Cozumel, Panama City, Punta Cana, and South Beach, and priority urban destinations, including Denver, Montréal, Oakland, and Memphis, which will welcome the first Caption by Hyatt hotel.” -Jim Chu, Hyatt’s executive vice president, global franchising and development. Debuting New Hyatt Brands in New Markets To continue driving brand awareness and World of Hyatt loyalty program growth, Hyatt expects to thoughtfully expand its brand footprint in the Americas through 2023 in 11 new markets with hotel openings under the Dreams, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place, Hyatt Regency, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, and Thompson Hotels brands. These new destinations will position Hyatt to capture leisure demand in the markets that matter most to guests, loyalty members, and customers. They include: 2022 Dreams Karibana Cartagena Beach & Golf Resort (268 guestrooms) in Cartagena, Colombia Hyatt Centric Ville-Marie Montréal (177 guestrooms) in Montréal, Québec Hyatt Centric San Salvador (138 guestrooms) in Antiguo Cuscatlan, El Salvador Hyatt House Monterrey Valle/San Pedro (91 guestrooms) in Monterrey, Mexico Hyatt Place Gainesville Downtown (145 guestrooms) in Gainesville, Fla. Hyatt Place Kent Narrows & Marina (120 guestrooms) in Grasonville, Md. Hyatt Place Monterrey Valle (133 guestrooms) in Monterrey, Mexico Hyatt Place Montréal Downtown (354 guestrooms) in Montréal, Québec Hyatt Place Panama City Beach (224 guestrooms) in Panama City Beach, Fla. Hyatt Place St. Augustine/Vilano Beach (120 guestrooms) in St. Augustine, Fla. Hyatt Regency Mexico City Insurgentes (201 guestrooms) in Mexico City, Mexico Numu (44 guestrooms), which will join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2023 Dreams Estrella del Mar Mazatlan (350 guestrooms) in Mazatlan, Mexico Expanding Access to Resorts and All-Inclusive Experiences Leisure travel continues on an upward trajectory with a notable, strong desire for resort and all-inclusive experiences. The end of 2021 and early 2022 showed elevated demand for leisure travel with multiple resorts reaching record RevPAR levels within the United States. Further, with the recent acquisition of ALG, the combined company will offer one of the largest portfolios of luxury all-inclusive resorts in the world and luxury hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean. Through 2023, Hyatt plans to significantly expand its resort and all-inclusive portfolio, which includes the AMR Collection brands Secrets and Dreams, with expected openings across the Americas, including: 2022 Banyan Cay Resort & Golf (190 guestrooms), which will join the Destination by Hyatt hotel portfolio, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Dreams Cozumel Cape Resort & Spa (154 guestrooms) in Cozumel, Mexico Hyatt House Lewes / Rehoboth Beach (105 guestrooms) in Lewes, Del. Hyatt Place Virginia Beach/Oceanfront (140 guestrooms) in Virginia Beach, V.A. Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico expansion (93 guestrooms) in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Hyatt Zilara Riviera Maya (291 guestrooms) in Riviera Maya, Mexico Secrets Impression Playa del Carmen (198 guestrooms) in Playa del Carmen, Mexico Secrets Moxche Playa del Carmen (485 guestrooms) in Playa del Carmen, Mexico Secrets Tulum Resort & Spa (300 guestrooms) in Tulum, Mexico Rancho Pescadero (103 guestrooms), which will join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio, in El Pescadero, Mexico 2023 Dreams Grand Island (600 guestrooms) in Cancún, Mexico Park Hyatt Los Cabos Hotel and Residences (135 guestrooms) in Los Cabos, Mexico Hyatt Place New Smyrna Beach (114 guestrooms) in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Secrets Baby Beach Aruba (600 guestrooms) Thompson South Beach (150 guestrooms) in South Beach, Fla. Growing in Urban Destinations Late 2021 showed strengthening travel demand among urban leisure and drivable destinations. Kicking off 2022 and throughout 2023, Hyatt hotels are expected to open in sought-after city locales across the Americas, including the brand debut and opening of the first Caption by Hyatt hotel in Memphis. They include: 2022 Thompson Austin (229 guestrooms) in Austin, Texas – opened in January 2022 tommie Austin (193 guestrooms), a JdV by Hyatt hotel, in Austin, Texas – opened in January 2022 Caption by Hyatt Beale St. Memphis (136 guestrooms) in Memphis, Tenn. Hyatt Centric Congress Avenue Austin (246 guestrooms) in Austin, Texas Hyatt Centric Santa Clara (220 guestrooms) in Santa Clara, Calif. Hyatt House Sacramento Midtown (133 guestrooms) in Sacramento, Calif. Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City (700 guestrooms) in Salt Lake City, Utah Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA (686 guestrooms) in San Francisco – rebranding from Park Central San Francisco A hotel (120 guestrooms) that will join the JdV by Hyatt portfolio in Middletown, R.I. Thompson Denver (216 guestrooms) in Denver, Colo. Hotel La Compañia, Casco Antiguo, Panama (88 guestrooms), which will join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio, in Panama City, Panama Kissel Uptown Oakland (168 guestrooms), which will join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio, in Oakland, Calif. 2023 A hotel (251 guestrooms) that will join the JdV by Hyatt portfolio in Anchorage, Ala. Hyatt House Lansing/MSU (131 guestrooms) in Lansing, Mich. Hyatt Place Toronto-Downtown/Jarvis Street (238 guestrooms) in Toronto, Ontario Thompson Houston (172 guestrooms) in Houston, Texas A hotel (64 guestrooms) that will join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio in Hollywood, Calif. For more information about Hyatt hotels, please visit: The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates. About Hyatt Hotels Corporation Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people so they can be their best. As of September 30, 2021, Hyatt’s portfolio included more than 1,000 hotel and all-inclusive properties in 69 countries across six continents, and the acquisition of Apple Leisure Group added 96 properties in 10 countries as of November 1, 2021. Hyatt’s offerings include the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Alila®, Andaz®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, Caption by Hyatt, JdV by Hyatt™, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Place®, UrCove, and Hyatt Residence Club® brands, as well as resort and hotel brands under the AMR™ Collection, including Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Breathless® Resorts & Spas, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Alua® Hotels & Resorts, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Hyatt’s subsidiaries operate the World of Hyatt® loyalty program, ALG Vacations®, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC destination management services, and the Trisept Solutions® travel technology platform. For more information, please visit

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