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Who's News for May 12, 2022

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The Cormorant Boutique Hotel has opened in La Jolla, California. The 26-room hotel is named after the area’s famous cormorant birds and incorporates coast-inspired features into the rooms’ décor. With private balconies and a rooftop bar and lounge named Birdseye, there are panoramic ocean views at every turn. “Our hotel offers effortless elegance with comforts and activities of the barefoot-chic San Diego lifestyle and will serve as a relaxing escape for out-of-town guests and locals alike,” says general manager David Vecchione. Mid-century modern meets art deco in this intriguing design, with bold light fixtures, geometric wall art, two murals from local artist Vango. Guestrooms feature a soft neutral palette with ocean hues. Cormorant offers full-hotel buyouts for oceanside retreats as well as rooftop rentals for parties up to 50 people. The rooftop restaurant and bar offer modern coastal cuisine combining Argentinian cuisine with flavors of Southern California. Guests can also buy bottles of wine and charcuterie at the on-site Prospect Market for a picnic on the beach. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday, April 29 to officially celebrate the opening. 

GFO Investments, a private wealth management advisory firm focused on real estate development and hospitality ventures, is partnering with Airspan Networks and The Gale South Beach, a Curio Collection by Hilton, to provide guests with a 5G high-speed wireless private network, one of the first hotels in the country to do so. “This new technology will provide hotel guests with the fastest and most responsive digital connectivity available, impacting both guest engagement and hotel operations,” said Russell Galbut, chairman of GFO Investments. This private network will allow high-speed coverage and hotspot capabilities, a necessary investment for events and meetings using video conferencing. It will also streamline operations and speed up guest check-in and check-out, ultimately cutting labor costs and long lines. The network will provide coverage both indoors and outdoors, offering 5G mobile coverage to the dining outlets, rooftop pool, and public spaces and guest rooms. 

Hyatt Regency Morristown in New Jersey announced it will join over 30 other Hyatt properties in offering Work from Hyatt: Offsite, a corporate retreat concept created in response to the evolution of remote work. Work from Hyatt: Offsite provides teams the opportunity to reconnect, reinvigorate and relax together through unique team building experiences that bring people together in meaningful ways both on– and off – property. This retreat makes it easy for groups of all sizes to gather in meeting spaces with personalized menus and signature teambuilding activities. Hyatt Regency Morristown offers team yoga; on-site event managers; and 10% discounts on spaces, food and beverages, and guestrooms. No minimum number of team members or overnights required. 

Nanuku Resort in Pacific Harbour, Fiji, announced the addition of several new team members. Multi-award-winning Stu Luchs is joining as North America Sales Manager and will oversee all aspects of the resort’s business development within the United States and Canada. Misiwata Namali has been named Nanuku’s new Head Chef, bringing experience from resorts across the Pacific Rim. Finally, Marine Biologist Kelly-Dawn Bentley is rejoining Nanuku as Sustainability Manager. Bentley is committed to “sustainable luxury” and is known for her work with Nanuku’s coral planting, reef conservation, mangrove tree planting and shore protection. General Manager Logan Miller says of the three that they “bring a wealth of experience in their respective fields, adding even more strength to Nanuku’s highly skilled and spirited personnel.” 

The newly-updated event and meeting spaces at The Marker Key West Harbor Hotel, which totals 1,400 square feet, revive The Marker’s legacy of combining Key West’s history and tradition with unique character, modern amenities, and sophisticated eclecticism. The views of Duval Street and Mallory Square are breathtaking, and the event space ties the entire aura of the hidden sanctuary of lush tropical grounds together. The Marker invites guests to book a corporate meeting or even a reunion in their meeting room.  

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