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Hotel News You Can Use: Accessible Travel, Renovations and Retreats

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Fall is fast approaching and hotels are gearing up for the final push of 2012. Think openings, renovations and some exciting new retreats and amenities, plus we take a look at a pressing issue among accessible travel.

August Hotel Spotlight

This week, local disability rights activists in Rochester, New York, staged a protest in response to an ongoing debate regarding hotel pool accessibility. Back in July, disability rights activists throughout the U.S. launched a boycott of hotels and chains, which do not have permanent lifts that make pools fully accessible to all paying guests.

For a bit of background, back in 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice updated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations in order to require pools operated by hotels and other public entities to become accessible by March 15, 2012,unless it would not be readily achievable to make the changes. This year, hotel industry lobbyists at the American Hotel & Lodging Association fought hard to extend the deadline.

The most recent protest was run by ADAPT, which collaborated with disability rights activists across the nation. This is planned to be the first of several local protests as part of a guerrilla campaign, so plan on more coverage on

Openings & New Developments

Are you ready for the world’s tallest hotel? In early 2013, we’ll see the opening of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, a 1,164-foot-tall property that will have 1,608- luxury guest rooms and 15 restaurants, bars and lounges.

Prior to 2012, in Phuket, Thailand, Regent Hotels & Resorts, will open its flagship property, Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, in October 2012. Looking for the luxury market, the resort has its own private beach. Look for highly discounted rates to celebrate the opening, starting at $177 per night.

Open now is the third Kimpton hotel in the San Diego area, the re-launched Hotel La Jolla. Prior to the relaunch the 110 guest rooms and public areas had a $4 million refurbish including a new pool deck, updated guest rooms and a new Mediterranean restaurant. Again look forward to discounted opening rates with the Hang Ten opening package, which $10 savings on deluxe accommodations parking, Cusp Dining & Drinks, the Hiatus Lounge and OEX Dive & Kayak.