Hyatt Announces $1.3 Billion Investment in Convention Hotels

Dozens of Hyatt Regency hotels in convention cities across North America are currently in the midst of key renovations, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts recently announced. Part of a $1.3 billion multi-year revitalization project, the renovations are intended to enhance the Hyatt brand and improve the Hyatt guest experience for individual and group business travelers alike.

"We have done so much more than renovate; we are reinvigorating Hyatt Regency in North America," John Wallis, Hyatt's senior vice president of product and brand development, said in a statement. "The scope of the changes and improvements at many properties has been so comprehensive that the hotels are positioned to compete for new types of business."

In the last three years alone, 17 Hyatt Regency properties have been renovated as part of the hotel's brand revival, experiencing an average increase of 15 percent in both revenue per available room (RevPAR) and guest satisfaction survey scores. An additional 31 properties are scheduled to be revamped or newly opened by the end of 2010.

Among improvements at various Hyatt Regency hotels are improved dining options, revamped public spaces, upgraded technology and updated interior designs, all intended to match the already high quality of Hyatt convention and meeting facilities, according to the hotel.

Among the hotels already renovated, currently being renovated or scheduled for renovation are the Hyatt at Olive and the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Seattle; the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz.; the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina in San Diego; the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Washington, D.C.; the Hyatt Regency DFW in Dallas; Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center in Denver; the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco; and the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, among many others.