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Value Place Opens New Hotel In Kansas City, Missouri »

October 21, 2014 at 7:40AM PDT | Source: Value Place

October 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // Kansas City, MO - Value Place, the nation's largest economy extended-stay hotel brand, has announced the grand opening of a newly constructed hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, located at 8805 Leeds Road, near the intersection of I-70 and Stadium Drive. This is the brand's sixth hotel in Missouri, joining Value Place hotels in Springfield, St. Louis, and other highly-trafficked Kansas City locations. This hotel opened to the public on October 17, 2014. A ribbon-cutting event is planned for October 28, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will offer catered lunch and door prizes to attendees.
"Kansas City is showing tremendous promise in terms of economic recovery and job growth," said Kyle Rogg, President and Chief Operating Officer at Value Place...

Wyndham Hotel Group’s Rui Barros To Oversee North America Franchise Operations »

October 20, 2014 at 7:05AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // Parsippany, N.J. – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the appointment of Rui Barros as president and managing director of North America franchise operations.
Rui BarrosIn this role, Barros will be responsible for Wyndham Hotel Group’s field and brand operations functions, overseeing operational performance, ongoing franchisee support efforts and preferred client services for Wyndham Hotel Group properties in North America. He will be based in the company’s Parsippany, New Jersey offices.
A seasoned hospitality industry veteran, Barros has held a number of high-level operations positions with Wyndham Hotel Group...

Value Place Announces Appointment Of Stuart Becker As Executive Vice President And Chief Financial Officer »

October 20, 2014 at 6:36AM PDT | Source: Value Place

October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // WICHITA, Kan. - Value Place, the nation's largest economy, extended-stay hotel brand, today announced the appointment of Stuart Becker to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective Monday, October 13, 2014.
In this role, Becker will oversee the company's finance and accounting functions and will be responsible for the financial management, planning, and operations for each of the brand's core departments, including property management, real estate and franchise development, construction, and franchise and legal services. Becker will leverage his past experience with lenders and private equity sources to identify additional financing to support the continued development of new Value Place properties across the country...

Wyndham Worldwide Named Outstanding Employer By New Jersey Business & Industry Association »

October 17, 2014 at 12:14PM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

October 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Parsippany, N.J. - Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, received the 2014 Award of Excellence for Outstanding Employer from New Jersey Business & Industry Association. This prestigious award is presented annually to a company that demonstrates a creative and forward-looking approach to managing its human resources. Wyndham Worldwide was recognized for its Be Well program, a holistic approach to associate health and wellness.
"Our culture at Wyndham Worldwide is based on our 'Count On Me!' service philosophy, and we take pride in our associates knowing that they can count on Wyndham Worldwide and our Be Well program to provide the support and resources they need to live healthier lives," said Mary Falvey, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, Wyndham Worldwide...

DoubleTree By Hilton Opens In Heart Of Historic St. Augustine »

October 17, 2014 at 9:10AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

DoubleTree by Hilton St. Augustine Historic District Offers Upscale, Modern Accommodations within Walking Distance of Spanish Quarter Attractions
October 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. and MCLEAN, Va. – DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton St. Augustine Historic District, located in the heart of the "Ancient City," the first permanent European settlement in the continental U.S. Formerly a Ramada Inn, the five-story hotel has been completely redesigned and renovated in the city’s traditional Old Spanish style while featuring modern updates and amenities throughout. Within easy walking distance of St. Augustine’s many cultural and historical attractions, and just 50 miles from the Jacksonville International Airport, the 97-room hotel offers leisure, group and business travelers the comforts of home blended with features that convey the city’s proud Spanish heritage...

Home2 Suites By Hilton® Opens First Hotel In South Dakota »

October 16, 2014 at 11:59AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

New Hotel Connects to Sanford Medical Center and Offers Guests Unmatched Amenities
October 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // SIOUX FALLS, S.D., and MCLEAN, Va. – Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests, today announced the opening of its 44th hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Sioux Falls/Sanford Medical Center, located at 1120 S Grange Avenue. This is the first property for the brand in South Dakota. It is owned and operated by Fargo, N.D.-based TMI Hospitality.
"The hotel’s connection to the reputable Sanford Medical Center is a great example of the value Home2 Suites can bring to travelers who are looking at staying at a hotel for an extended period of time," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites and Homewood Suites...

Aloft Hotels Set To Debut In Columbia, South Carolina »

October 16, 2014 at 11:11AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Aloft Columbia Downtown to open in early 2016 in the City's Revitalized Downtown Arts and Entertainment District, The Vista
STAMFORD, Conn. - October 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced its rapidly expanding Aloft brand will soon debut in Columbia, South Carolina. Aloft Columbia Downtown is scheduled to open in January 2016 in The Vista, the city's recently revitalized epicenter for the arts, entertainment, shopping and dining. Owned by Lady Vista, LLC, and managed by Lexington Hospitality, the new Aloft hotel will feature 108 spacious, loft-like rooms, forward-thinking technology and a lively, social atmosphere.
"Aloft will energize the lodging market in Columbia, South Carolina and cater to the next generation of travelers with its emphasis on design and live music offerings at the W XYZ Bar," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

Value Place Opens New Hotel In Fredericksburg, Virginia »

October 16, 2014 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Value Place

124-room hotel provides a clean, safe, affordable, extended-stay option for travelers.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - October 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Value Place, the nation’s largest economy extended-stay hotel brand, has announced the grand opening of a newly constructed hotel in Fredericksburg, Virginia located at 1455 Carl D Silver Parkway. This is the brand’s seventh hotel in Virginia, joining Value Place hotels in Chesapeake, Richmond, Gainesville, and Manassas. Value Place has partnered with a local franchisee to develop this hotel. The hotel opened to the public effective October 15, 2014.
"Since 2010, Fredericksburg is the fastest-growing locality in Virginia for both business and population," said Andy Anderson, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Value Place...

Home2 Suites By Hilton® Debuts Second Property In South Carolina »

October 16, 2014 at 6:20AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

The Eco-Friendly Brand Finds its Newest Home in Florence
October 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // FLORENCE, S.C., and MCLEAN, Va. - Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests, today announced the opening of its 43rd hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Florence, located at 900 Woody Jones Boulevard. This is the second property for the brand in South Carolina.
"Florence is an area rich in culture and history, and the brand believes this is an ideal location in which Home2 Suites can thrive and provide its guests with the most unique travel experience they will find with a hotel in the mid-scale segment," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites and Homewood Suites...

IHG Announces The Opening Of A New Holiday Inn Express® Hotel In Xalapa, Mexico »

October 15, 2014 at 12:26PM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

$6 million new-build hotel adds to growing IHG portfolio in Veracruz
October 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // XALAPA, Ver. – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announced the opening of a five-story, 110-room Holiday Inn Express® Xalapa hotel in Veracruz, Mexico. The city is rich in history and has a renowned cultural center dating back to the 19th century. Today the city hosts the prestigious Veracruz Cultural Institute and the University of Veracruz, which is home to one of the top-ranked symphony orchestras in the country. This is the tenth IHG®-branded hotel for Veracruz, which is currently home to two Crowne Plaza® hotels, five Holiday Inn® hotels, one Holiday Inn Express hotel and a Hotel Indigo® hotel...

Hyatt Place Savannah Airport Celebrates Official Opening »

October 15, 2014 at 10:41AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

Hyatt Place hotel offers 81 guestrooms, and is located minutes from Savannah Hilton Head International Airport and downtown Savannah.
October 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Hotel Equities today announce the opening of Hyatt Place Savannah Airport. The 81-room hotel is conveniently located two miles from the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport and a short distance from historic downtown Savannah.
"We are delighted to bring the Hyatt Place brand to the Savannah area with the opening of Hyatt Place Savannah Airport," said Joe Reardon, vice president of marketing and business development for Hotel Equities. "Hyatt Place was designed for a lifestyle, not a demographic, and as a result, we are confident that everyone from business travelers to family vacationers will appreciate the open, intuitive design, casual atmosphere and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour food offerings...

Ramada Celebrates 60 Years By Giving Away Six Dream Getaways »

October 14, 2014 at 11:56AM PDT | Source: Ramada Worldwide

October 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – What's your dream destination? In celebration of 60 years of providing travelers with convenient and modern accommodations, the Ramada® hotel brand today announced the launch of the "Ramada's 60 Reasons Contest," offering consumers the chance to win one of six trips of a lifetime to one of 60 global destinations.
Started in 1954 as a small 60-room motel off of Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona, over the last 60 years, Ramada has grown to become one of the most well-known hotel chains in the world, with more than 820 locations throughout over 50 countries.
"Ours is a globally known brand with an outstanding footprint and heritage," said Caryl Porter, Ramada brand senior vice president...

CruiseOne® Proudly Honors Military Veterans By Awarding Five Cruise Franchises And Meeting Military Goal »

October 14, 2014 at 11:30AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Company announces 30 percent of franchise network is comprised of military veterans and spouses at annual awards ceremony featuring government officials.
October 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Nationally recognized military-friendly cruise franchise CruiseOne®, which is part of World Travel Holdings, the world's largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, recently celebrated military veterans and their spouses at its third annual "Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General" awards ceremony. In addition to awarding free travel franchises each valued at $12,700 to five deserving U.S. military veterans, for a total value of $63,500, the company announced that it exceeded its 2014 military recruitment goals...

Value Place Expands Presence In Ohio With Columbus Grand Opening »

October 14, 2014 at 8:36AM PDT | Source: Value Place

October 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // COLUMBUS, Ohio - Value Place, the nation's largest economy extended-stay hotel brand, has announced the grand opening of a newly constructed hotel in Columbus, Ohio. The hotel, located at 375 Hutchinson Avenue, marks the brand's 10th location in the state and fifth in the region as the company expands to meet the growing demand for safe, clean, and affordable extended-stay lodging in the Midwest. Value Place has partnered with a local franchisee in the development of the new hotel, which officially opened to the public on October 9, 2014.
"Columbus' economy is improving rapidly and is starting to gain on other major metros across the country," said Andy Anderson, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Value Place...

Wyndham Hotel Group Launches First Ramada Encore Hotel In India »

October 14, 2014 at 8:13AM PDT | Source: Ramada Worldwide

October 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // BENGALURU, India - Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the launch of Ramada Encore Bangalore Domlur, the first Ramada Encore property in India.
The launch coincides with a significant milestone for the Ramada® brand as it celebrates its 60th year in the global hospitality space. Located in the Central Business District of Bangalore in the hub of corporate majors, the new Ramada Encore Bangalore Domlur offers business and leisure travellers world class facilities.
Stylish and sophisticated, the Ramada Encore Bangalore Domlur offers 90 rooms with warm ambience and comfort...

Hyatt Announces Plans For First Hyatt House Hotel In New Orleans »

October 14, 2014 at 6:53AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Adaptive re-use project includes redevelopment of an existing 24-story office building connected to Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
October 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with an affiliate of Waypoint NOLA, LLC for a Hyatt House hotel in New Orleans. The project, an adaptive re-use of an existing 24-story office building, includes the redevelopment and renovation of seven floors located within the building, with the lobby to be located on the 11th floor and the guestrooms on floors 12-17. Additionally, a second-floor sky bridge will connect the building to Hyatt Regency New Orleans, which reopened in 2011 following a $275 million redesign and revitalization...

Value Place Opens New Hotel In Cleveland, Ohio »

October 13, 2014 at 7:15AM PDT | Source: Value Place

124-room hotel provides a clean, safe, affordable, extended-stay option for travelers.
CLEVELAND - October 13, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Value Place, the nation's largest economy extended-stay hotel brand, has announced the grand opening of a newly constructed hotel in Cleveland, located at 20829 Emerald Parkway. This is the brand's 10th hotel in the state and the third serving the Cleveland metro area. The hotel opened to the public effective October 10, 2014. A ribbon-cutting event is planned for October 23, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will offer catered lunch and door prizes to attendees.
"This new hotel is conveniently located for our business travelers near the Hopkins Airport," said Kyle Rogg, President and Chief Operating Officer at Value Place...

Hilton Worldwide Releases 2013-2014 Corporate Responsibility Report »

October 13, 2014 at 6:07AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Global hospitality company achieves carbon reduction goal; announces youth commitment and receives three ISO certifications across hotel portfolio.
MCLEAN, Va. - October 13, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hilton Worldwide (NYSE:HLT) today released its 2013-2014 corporate responsibility report. The report is Hilton Worldwide’s third corporate responsibility report, and its first since returning to public markets following a record-breaking initial public offering (IPO) in December 2013. The report highlights efforts, achievements and priorities across the four focus areas of Hilton Worldwide’s corporate responsibility strategy, Travel with Purpose: creating opportunities, strengthening communities, celebrating cultures and living sustainably...

Wyndham Hotel Group Signs Deal For First Planet Hollywood Hotel In India »

October 13, 2014 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

October 13, 2014 // Franchising.com // MUMBAI, India - Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the signing of a franchise agreement with JMJ, a large conglomerate with a multi-faceted presence, for the first Planet Hollywood hotel in India.
The Hollywood-inspired theme hotel, expected to be operational by the end of 2014, will be only the second in the world after Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas.
Located on Goa's unspoilt southern coast, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort is a 115-room and 15 luxury tent resort situated on the white sands of Uttorda Beach at South Goa. The property is a tourist's paradise with its low-rise architecture depicting elegant Goan style, splendid landscapes, dramatic sculptures and gorgeous art works...

IHG® Signs Holiday Inn Express® Stuttgart – Hauptbahnhof, Germany »

October 10, 2014 at 10:15AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

October 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's largest hotel companies, has announced the signing of Holiday Inn Express® Stuttgart – Hauptbahnhof in Germany. The new build hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with existing owner partner Foremost Hospitality HIEX GmbH and will open in 2016.
Foremost Hospitality signed a multiple development agreement (MDA) with IHG in 2007 to develop 20 hotels. The signing of this hotel marks the 14th hotel in the agreement. Nine hotels are already open.
The 140-room hotel will feature a bar and reception area on the ground floor and a breakfast room and a conference room on the first floor. The hotel will also be providing ample car parking spaces for guests...



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