May's Hot News

Looking to book The James Chicago? Take Note: The hotel has switched to a new GDS chain code, going from “LW” to “NY.”  Word is The James’ GDS code switch was done to bring the brand closer to its affiliate hotels under the Denihan umbrella. Coming Soon: While The James brand is currently represented in Chicago, The James New York will open this summer in SoHo with 114 guest rooms and suites. We hear the top room will be the 1,300-square-foot Penthouse Loft on the 15th floor. www.jameshotels.com

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco has named Reggie Dominique ([email protected]) director of sales and marketing. Dominique knows the brand well, joining the hotel from The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, where he had been director of sales and marketing since 2007. Prior to Palm Beach, Dominique held roles at Ritz-Carlton hotels in St. Louis, Marina del Rey and Pasadena. www.ritz-carlton.com

Four Seasons Hotel Macau, Cotai Strip has named Royal Rowe ([email protected]) general manager. Rowe is known for his expertise in opening hotels  and led Four Seasons’ foray into Malaysia as GM of Four Seasons Resort Langkawi in 2003. www.fourseasons.com

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