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$100 Million Edgewood Tahoe Lodge Completed

The new $100 million Edgewood Tahoe Lodge has opened on the south shore of Lake Tahoe after more than two decades of difficulties of strict regulations regarding the environment and four years of reviewing plans and obtaining permits for construction to begin in 2012. The Edgewood Tahoe Lodge's completion was dependent on limiting storm water runoff that is harmful to Lake Tahoe, as well as protecting wetlands, according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

The Ritz-Carlton Debuts New Look

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia recently completed a $25 million hotel renewal project. This landmark hotel is inextricably tied to Philadelphia’s past, but the thoughtful restoration modernized it without stripping the storied past. The Ritz-Carlton was originally built as The Girard Trust Company and was completed in 1908. It was designed as a reproduction of the Pantheon in Rome, and the Neoclassical-style structure features 9,000 tons of Georgia marble!

Eden Resorts & Suites to Operate Independently

Effective Dec. 1, Eden Resorts & Suites will cease to operate as a Best Western Premier brand and operate independently. This will allow them to enhance the local experience without having to adhere to generic nationwide protocols.

The Lancaster, Pa.-based hotel announced this after completing a 10-year renovation that cost $50 million. The hotel features 300 rooms and suites, two award-winning restaurants, a cocktail lounge, indoor and outdoor pools, and an outdoor recreation complex and expanded fitness center.

It's Official: America Needs a Vacation

A recent study conducted by Allianz Travel Insurance, found that more than 170 million Americans haven’t taken a vacation in the last year. That’s more than half of the population—53 percent, to be exact!

However, this is down from last year when 56 percent of respondents noted they hadn't taken a vacation in the last year. 

VFTCB Looking Forward to a Successful 2016

2015 is coming to a close, and the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board is reporting that 2016 will likely be a strong for overnight stays at its area hotels.

Recently released metrics from the STR Global, a worldwide tourism data-analytics firm, show 2015 saw improvements across multiple fields:

Atlantic City Is Taking Meetings 'To the Next Level'

Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission had a fantastic year in 2015.

Just some of their accomplishments include booking two major industry shows—Meetings Professionals International and TEAMS, both who will host their 2016 events in Atlantic City.

Pirates Success Leads to Fiscal Success for Pittsburgh

While the Pittsburgh Pirates are done for the series, they did qualify for post-season play, and this qualification, likely led to a significant economic boost for the Pittsburgh area, according to Visit Pittsburgh and Pirates estimates.

Pope Francis' Visit is Upon Us

We're in the midst of Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. The historic event has been making news everywhere. Since Tuesday, he has traveled to Washington, D.C., and New York. His next stop? Philadelphia. Close to 1 million people are expected to head to the area for the 8th World Meeting of Families. The pope will host a Papal Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul upon arrival and attend the World Meeting of Families later that evening. 

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