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Wyndham Vacation Ownership Takes Home ARDA ACE Community Service Award »

April 17, 2015 at 9:06AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

WVO Wins 14 ARDA Awards at the Industry's Annual ARDA World Event
April 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. – Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world’s largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), won the ACE Community Service Award, along with 13 other prestigious industry awards at the annual American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Awards Gala at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, April 15. The ARDA Awards celebrate the best and brightest in the vacation ownership industry in more than 60 categories.
The ACE Community Service Award recognizes the company’s integral role in last year’s Give Kids the World (GKTW) “Extreme Village Makeover” where 88 villas underwent renovations at the GKTW Village, a 70-acre, non-profit "storybook" resort in Kissimmee, Florida for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families...

Davie, FL Value Place Hotel First In Broward County »

April 16, 2015 at 11:10AM PDT | Source: Value Place

New Location is Second in Southern Florida and 21st in the State, More Planned
April 16, 2015 // Franchising.com // DAVIE, FL – Value Place, the nation’s largest and fastest growing economy extended-stay hotel brand, announced the grand opening of a newly constructed hotel, located at 5700 Reese Road Davie, FL 33314, on Thursday, April 16, 2015. This is the brand’s 21st hotel in Florida and the second in Southern Florida.
“We’re excited to offer business and vacation travelers a location minutes from Fort Lauderdale and the ocean while also being convenient to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Miami, and all the businesses, attractions, opportunities, and beauty of Southern Florida” said Kyle Rogg, President and Chief Operating Officer at Value Place, who will own and run the hotel...

Starwood Hotels Introduces Tribute Portfolio™ »

April 16, 2015 at 6:36AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood’s 10th Brand Sets Sights on World’s Most Distinct Independent Hotels
Launches with Five Diverse Hotels, including Famed Royal Palm South Beach Miami
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 16, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today introduced Tribute Portfolio™, the company’s 10th brand and second collection of independent hotels. Promising owners, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) members and guests the ability to “Stay Independent,” the Tribute Portfolio brand will be comprised of outstanding independent hotels and resorts. With a firm focus on four star, upper upscale hotels, Tribute Portfolio will complement Starwood’s The Luxury Collection brand and further solidify Starwood as the world’s most global high-end hotel company...

Choice Hotels To Report First Quarter 2015 Earnings On May 6, 2015 »

April 15, 2015 at 11:27AM PDT | Source: Choice Hotels

ROCKVILLE, Md. - April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) today announced that it will report its first quarter 2015 results on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, after the market opens. The company will hold a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2015 earnings on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 10 a.m. EDT. Mr. Stephen P. Joyce, Choice Hotels' president and chief executive officer, and Mr. David White, chief financial officer, will discuss the company's performance.
The dial-in number for the teleconference is (855) 766-6521 and the access code is 22622046. International callers should dial (920) 663-6286 and enter access code 22622046. A live webcast will be available on the company's website, www.choicehotels...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Debuts Its First Luxury Collection Hotel In Japan »

April 15, 2015 at 11:22AM PDT | Source: Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto Brings Enchanting Destination to Life for Global Travelers
KYOTO, Japan - April 15, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto. Owned by Mori Trust Co., Ltd., Suiran marks the first Luxury Collection hotel in Japan, offering the brand’s signature Luxury Collection Concierge service and indigenous experiences in Kyoto - a cultural and spiritual nexus for countless Japanese traditions.
“We are thrilled to unveil Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto - a portal to the city’s rich cultural heritage and exquisite natural setting,” said Lothar Pehl, Senior Vice President, Operations and Global Initiatives, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific...

Top Five Benefits Of Investing A Tax Refund In A Cruise Franchise »

April 15, 2015 at 4:48AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Low-cost, home-based cruise franchise CruiseOne® shares advice for entrepreneurs.
April 15, 2015 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - People with a passion for travel and an entrepreneurial spirit can experience exponential growth on their tax refunds by investing in CruiseOne, a low-cost and low-overhead home-based cruise franchise that is part of World Travel Holdings, the world’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company.
“Many Americans will seek creative ways to reinvest their tax refunds this year; however, one of the more lucrative ways is to reinvest in a business such as a home-based CruiseOne franchise,” said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne. “Not only is it financially beneficial in the long-run, but it also has emotional advantages that can improve a person’s way of life...

Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center Officially Opens »

April 14, 2015 at 12:19PM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Opening Marks the First Full-Service Hotel to Open in Tysons Corner in More than 20 Years
April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Macerich (NYSE: MAC) today announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center, the first new-build, full-service hotel in Tysons Corner to open in more than 20 years. The 18-story, 300-room Hyatt Regency hotel is designed to offer business and leisure travelers an upscale hotel experience, featuring rich design, modern guestrooms and state-of-the-art meeting space – all in the heart of the trendy downtown Tysons Corner.
Situated in one of the most dynamic and visited communities is the metro area, Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center is part of Macerich’s breakthrough Tysons Corner Center mixed-use expansion, which includes the award-winning Tysons Tower trophy office building, VITA luxury apartments (expected to open later this year) and new restaurants, all built around The Plaza, an elevated, 1...

Home2 Suites By Hilton Opens First Hotel In New Mexico »

April 14, 2015 at 10:34AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

New Property is Situated in Downtown Albuquerque
April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. 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, announced today the opening of Home2 Suites by Hilton Albuquerque/Downtown-University, located at 1660 University Blvd NE. Bringing 123 new rooms to the Albuquerque market, the hotel is the brand's first property in New Mexico and is owned by 1660 University, LLC.
"Introducing the Home2 Suites brand to a new state attests to the continued growth and recognition of the value of this brand," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites. "I believe Home2, with its fresh, new perspective on extended stay, will serve as a great addition to the Albuquerque market...

Historic Astor Hotel To Join Curio – A Collection By Hilton »

April 14, 2015 at 8:28AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide Welcomes First Curio in Paris
April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // PARIS, and McLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide has reached an agreement to rebrand Paris’ Astor Hotel Saint-Honoré under Curio – A Collection by Hilton. The hotel, owned by Maranatha Group, will undergo a substantial refurbishment prior to welcoming its first guests under the Curio brand in 2016 and will open under a franchise between Maranatha and Hilton Worldwide.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide said, “Having announced our first two hotels in Europe earlier this month, Curio is gaining momentum with an exceptional addition in the heart of Paris’ international fashion district...

First Holiday Inn Express Hotel In Papua New Guinea Opens In Port Moresby »

April 14, 2015 at 7:12AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has welcomed Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby to its portfolio, located in the heart of the government district in the Papua New Guinean capital. Situated in a secure compound, the hotel is set in the middle of 12 acres of landscaped gardens with a variety of recreational facilities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
The 199-room hotel, which is the first Holiday Inn Express hotel in Papua New Guinea, offers a choice of modern queen and twin rooms, as well as free on-site undercover parking and a complimentary airport bus for international travellers.
Access to the hotel is via a modern four-lane highway, only 6km from Jacksons International Airport and 8km away from the Port Moresby CBD...

IHG Announces Enhancements To Its Award Winning Loyalty Programme IHG® Rewards Club »

April 14, 2015 at 6:58AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

The world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme to add a new top membership level and focus on more personalised experiences for members.
April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announces exciting new enhancements to its award winning loyalty programme, IHG Rewards Club, focused on building more personalised relationships with its 84 million members worldwide.
IHG’s 2015 Trends Report showed that consumers are looking for more than an effortless transaction with their chosen brands. They want a rewarding relationship built on trust and respond best to efforts focused on building real brand loyalty over a sustained period of time.
Following extensive research into what members want from their loyalty programme, IHG Rewards Club will introduce a new membership level, to better reward its most loyal members with the most relevant benefits...

Holiday Inn® Hotel Opens In Huatulco, Mexico »

April 14, 2015 at 6:07AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn

Hotel is first Holiday Inn property located in beautiful southwest Mexico resort destination.
April 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // MEXICO, D.F. – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announces the opening of the first Holiday Inn® hotel in the resort town of Huatulco, following a $6 million investment by the ownership. The 83-room new-build Holiday Inn Huatulco hotel is located near one of the most beautiful beaches in the southwestern state of Oaxaca and offers unrestricted views of the Pacific Ocean. With the close proximity to the handicraft market and shopping center along with numerous restaurants, bars and live entertainment, this hotel is will be a popular destination for leisure travelers...

Eforea Spa Announces Debut Of First Location In The Caribbean With Opening At Hilton Barbados Resort »

April 13, 2015 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Spa Features Exclusive Treatment Journeys and Innovative Design Elements
April 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Hilton Barbados Resort announces the opening of the first eforea spa in the Caribbean. The 2,400 square foot spa offers an exclusive treatment menu, innovative design features and carefully selected product partners that appeal to today’s global travelers. As the spa experience becomes more important to business and leisure guests, the new eforea spa located at Hilton Barbados Resort enhances the travel experience.
“This is an exciting time for Hilton Barbados Resort as we continue to enrich the guest experience with the launch of the first eforea spa in the Caribbean,” said George Stanfield, general manager, Hilton Barbados Resort...

W Hotels Worldwide, Will.i.am And The Coca-Cola Company Introduce The EKOCYCLE™ Brand To W Hotel Guest Rooms Across The Globe »

April 13, 2015 at 8:42AM PDT | Source: W Hotels Worldwide

Stylish Sustainability Initiative Launches Tonight in New York City; W Hotel Guest Rooms around the World to Have Sheets and Bedside Chargers Made In Part with Recycled Plastic Bottles
NEW YORK - April 13, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced a new partnership with global music artist and entrepreneur will.i.am and The Coca-Cola Company to shake up the hotel industry, one guest room at a time. Together, they are bringing the EKOCYCLE™ brand to W Hotel rooms around the world, changing sheets and changing minds.
W Hotels will soon begin re-making their beds with new EKOCYCLE™ branded sheets, which are made in part with rPET (polyester partially made using recycled plastic)...

Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad Opens In Western India »

April 13, 2015 at 6:46AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Second Hyatt-Branded Hotel To Open In Key Indian City
April 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the official opening of Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad, the second Hyatt-branded property in Ahmedabad and the first Hyatt Regency-branded hotel to open in Gujarat state.
Strategically located in the city center, Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad is within walking distance of the Sabarmati riverfront, only 20 minutes (9.4 km/5.8 mi) from the airport and in close proximity to the business and shopping districts. The hotel offers: 210 spacious rooms, including 19 suites; large meeting space options for corporate and social events; and multiple dining options to suit every occasion.
"The opening of Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad in one of India’s most business-oriented cities reinforces our focus on India as a key market for development," said Kurt Straub, vice president of operations, India for Hyatt...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Supports Rapid Growth In Latin America With Two Strategic Appointments »

April 13, 2015 at 6:17AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Jean-Marc Janod Named Vice-President of Operations for Mexico, Central America & Caribbean; Ricardo Calo Appointed to Newly Created Role of Vice-President of Operations for South America
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 13, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced two strategic appointments to support the company’s rapidly expanding footprint in Latin America, where the company currently operates 96 hotels in 19 countries, with another 18 properties in the development pipeline. Jean-Marc Janod has been named Vice-President of Operations for Mexico, Central America & Caribbean and Ricardo Calo has been appointed Vice-President of Operations for South America, a new position created to support this important region for the company...

IHG Opens First Holiday Inn Express® Hotel In Cartagena »

April 09, 2015 at 7:11AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

New hotel is the fifth Holiday Inn Express property in Colombia
April 09, 2015 // Franchising.com // MIAMI – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the opening of the Holiday Inn Express® Cartagena Bocagrande hotel in Cartagena, Colombia. The new-build, 200-room hotel is the second IHG property in the city of Cartagena and the 12th property in Colombia. The Holiday Inn® Cartagena Morros hotel is currently open, and the InterContinental® Cartagena de Indias hotel will open later this year. The new Holiday Inn Express hotel is conveniently located in Bocagrande, the most modern area of Cartagena, which is home to numerous leisure attractions such as hotels, shops, restaurants, nightclubs and art galleries...

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Makes Rio Debut With Opening Of Hilton Barra Hotel In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil »

April 09, 2015 at 6:53AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Upscale Hotel Welcomes Travelers to Barra da Tijuca Neighborhood, Host of Many 2016 Summer Olympic Games and Fastest Growing Area of the City
April 09, 2015 // Franchising.com // RIO DE JANEIRO and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide today announced the opening of the new 298-room Hilton Barra hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – the company’s first hotel in this booming metropolis. With a privileged location on Avenida Abelardo Bueno in the heart of the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, this newest hotel in Rio de Janeiro is set to be the first choice of fans visiting the city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. To commemorate its opening, Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro welcomes guests with special introductory rates starting at US$159* per night and rewards Hilton HHonors members with 1,000 HHonors Points per night...

IHG® Brings Its Hotel Indigo® Brand To Bath, UK »

April 09, 2015 at 6:36AM PDT | Source: Hotel Indigo

April 09, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announces the signing of Hotel Indigo® Bath, United Kingdom. The hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with St James’ Hotels Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Somerston Group, a longstanding IHG partner.
This will be Somerston’s first Hotel Indigo property and forms part of a larger portfolio of Hotel Indigo hotels being developed by the group - a clear vote of confidence in the brand. The hotel is expected to open towards the end of 2016.
The 121-room property will be rebranded from two existing hotels and a restaurant all located in a Grade 1 listed historic Georgian building on South Parade...

Landmark Building Reopens As Embassy Suites In The Heart Of Downtown Louisville »

April 08, 2015 at 9:20AM PDT | Source: Embassy Suites

New adaptive reuse hotel blends historic building with modern all-suite amenities.
April 08, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOUISVILLE, Ky and McLEAN, Va - Embassy Suites Hotels, the Hilton Worldwide brand of upscale all-suite hotels, announced today the highly anticipated opening of the new 304-suite Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown, an adaptive reuse hotel in the former historic Stewart’s Dry Goods Building. Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown is owned by Eric P. Bachelor and managed by Al J. Schneider Co.
Opened in 1907, the Stewart’s Dry Goods Company Building is a downtown landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Louisville, Kentucky. With many historic details maintained, including a large clock that once graced the entry way, guests will delight in the preserved touches yet appreciate how it seamlessly blends with a modern décor for an intimate atmosphere...



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