Last updated: 12:00 PM ET, Sat March 19 2016

The Intractable Mess That is Baha Mar: 5 Hotel and Resort Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 11-17

Hotel & Resort | Michael Isenbek | March 19, 2016

The Intractable Mess That is Baha Mar: 5 Hotel and Resort Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 11-17

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The Inter-American Development Bank conference will be held as scheduled (April) at Baha Mar — but that doesn’t mean the $3.5 billion mega-resort is opening anytime soon. The stalled project is bankrupt, and a vague promise of “interested investors” in December was the last positive news. Click for the latest in this complex interaction of developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, creditors, terminated employees … the list goes on.

Business is booming for peephole covers in the wake of the Erin Andrews trial. Filmed in the nude through a peephole, the sportscaster and TV personality was awarded $55 million and both Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University and her stalker, Michael David Barrett, were found culpable. Both hotels and consumers are snatching up the covers, but frugal travelers should note that a piece of tape or post-it will do in a pinch. Click for details.

Next stop for both Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide? Cuba. The two major hospitality chains have applied to the U.S. and Cuban governments for investment permission, and they are optimistic that the green light will be given. Click to find out more.

March Madness is in full swing, and traveling fans of college basketball’s championship will need a place to bed down for the night at the various host cities. Expense management firm Runzheimer has crunched the numbers for each two-night stay, and it’s a varied tapestry of numbers that span the U.S. Click for specifics.

Disney has been asking vacationers their feelings on resort fees — and the reception isn’t good, from both travel agents and travelers. Disney hasn’t made a final yes-or-no decision yet, but agents have provided a wealth of learned perspective about such add-on costs, as well as the best path toward making both destination and visitor happy. Click to see what they have to say.


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