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Starwood Hotels' Stylish Aloft Brand Arrives In Western Canada »

April 23, 2014 at 6:27AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Aloft Calgary University Caters to the Next Generation of Travellers in Alberta
CALGARY, Alberta - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of Aloft Calgary University, the first of its cutting-edge Aloft brand hotels in western Canada. Owned by University Hotels Ltd., the hotel underwent a multi-million dollar transformation prior to conversion. Aloft Calgary University features an urban design aesthetic with 143 stylish guest rooms, 4,000 square feet of meeting space and a lively social atmosphere.
"We are thrilled that Aloft has arrived in western Canada. Calgary is a vibrant city for both students and travelling professionals who appreciate Aloft's style aesthetic and buzzing social scene," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

Michael L. Walker Appointed General Manager DoubleTree By Hilton Houston Downtown »

April 23, 2014 at 6:24AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Houston, TX. – Michael L. Walker has been named general manager of the 350-room DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown conveniently located in the heart of the downtown business and financial district, according to Ted Ratcliff, senior vice president operation eastern region for Hilton Worldwide. Effective immediately, Walker will oversee the day-to-day operations of the hotel which is connected to the Allen Center and is within walking distance to the theater and entertainment district.
Walker's background includes experience in all operations, revenue management, food and beverage and sales with over 20 years management experience in full service, upscale, branded properties. A results-focused and effectual leader with a proven ability to immediately impact market penetration index, profitability and guest and team member satisfaction ratings, Walker most recently held the position of general manager of Hilton New Orleans Airport, a position he held since 2008...

Jay R. Campbell Appointed General Manager Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort »

April 23, 2014 at 5:22AM PDT | Source: Hilton Hotels & Resorts

April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Clearwater Beach, Fla. - Jay R. Campbell has been named general manager of the 416-room Hilton Clearwater Beach resort nestled on 10 acres of white-sand coastline in Clearwater Beach, Florida, according to Ted Ratcliff, senior vice president operations, US eastern region. Campbell will oversee the day-to-day operations of the hotel which is centrally located near two major airports; Tampa International Airport (TIA) and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International (PIE), next door to Pier 60 and within walking distance to the Beach’s best restaurants and shopping. He will assume his new post, effective immediately. He most recently held the position of general manager of Hiltons of Branson.
Campbell brings over 30 years of leadership experience in hotel management, finance and operations...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Invites You To Live The Suite Life In New York City  »

April 22, 2014 at 7:06AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Launch of First Ever 'Suite Week' and Other Exclusive Deals
NEW YORK - April 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) launches "Suite Week," a booking period during which 10 of its New York City area luxury and upscale hotels are offering unique experiential suite packages at 30% off or more for stays through March 31, 2015. A new concept exclusive to Starwood Hotels, "Suite Week" spotlights many of the company's world-class hotel brands, including W®, Westin®, Sheraton®, and St. Regis®, all of which are offering the promotional suite rate with limited blackout dates. Premiering in the Manhattan area, which boasts Starwood's largest number of hotels worldwide, each of the participating properties are offering a specific suite package during Suite Week, with basic elements including early check-in, late check-out, complimentary Wi-Fi internet and parking...

Westin Hotels Welcomes Arianna Huffington To Newly-Launched Westin Well-Being Council »

April 22, 2014 at 6:52AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

Award-Winning Media Mogul Joins Forces with Global Hotel Chain to Help Guests 'Work Well' as Part of The Westin Well-being Movement
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - On the heels of the recent launch of its global Westin Well-being Movement, Westin Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the addition of Arianna Huffington to the Movement's Well-being Council. The Well-being Movement is an ambitious $15 million campaign designed to enhance the well-being of guests and associates around the world, and Huffington's role on the Council will be to serve as the expert on all things pertaining to the hotel brand's Work Well pillar. Huffington joins fellow Council member Andy Puddicombe, Headspace co-founder and meditation expert, who was appointed ambassador of the Feel Well pillar as part of the campaign's launch last month...

CruiseOne® Certified As A World-Class Franchise By The Franchise Research Institute »

April 17, 2014 at 1:46PM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // LINCOLN, NE – CruiseOne® has received World-Class Franchise® certification from the Franchise Research Institute®.
The recognition comes after an independent survey conducted by the Franchise Research Institute, in which 70.6 percent of a research control group of 300 CruiseOne franchisees participated.
"One of the most important means of creating and maintaining a truly successful franchise system is to meet or exceed the expectations of its franchisees," says Jeff Johnson, founder and CEO of the Franchise Research Institute. "A key step in this process is to obtain open, honest feedback from franchisees through confidential, third-party research. CruiseOne was not afraid to ask their franchise owners tough questions, and their high marks provide scientific proof that they are consistently meeting franchisees' needs...

Starwood Hotels' Innovative Aloft Brand Embraces The Creative Spirit At Moogfest 2014 »

April 17, 2014 at 7:19AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Aloft's Sponsorship at Moogfest Blends Art, Technology, Music and Design for the Next Generation Traveler
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 17, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced Aloft Hotels has partnered with Moogfest, The Synthesis of Technology, Art and Music Festival taking place April 23rd – 27th in Asheville, North Carolina. Aloft has redefined the traveler experience in a vibrant, innovative way with its design-led focus, live music programming and technology initiatives and is a key sponsor of the festival's New Media Art Exhibit.
"Aloft has a passion for innovation and shaping the guest experience through design-led initiatives that provide an atmosphere that fosters creativity and self-expression," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Aloft Hotels at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc...

Starwood Hotels' Renowned Westin Brand Launches In The Wilmington Riverfront District »

April 17, 2014 at 6:41AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

The Westin Wilmington Inspires Wellbeing in Ideal Location, Adjacent to the Chase Center on the Riverfront
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 17, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of The Westin Wilmington, a newly constructed hotel at the heart of the city's revitalized Riverfront district. Owned by a joint venture between The Buccini/Pollin Group and Westport Capital, and managed by PM Hospitality Strategies, Inc., The Westin Wilmington is directly connected to The Chase Center on the Riverfront and features 180 spacious rooms, full-service dining at The River Rock Kitchen, state-of-the-art meeting facilities and function space. Guests will also enjoy breathtaking views of the downtown Wilmington skyline and the entire Delaware Valley...

Starwood Hotels' Stylish Aloft Brand Debuts In Oklahoma City's Revitalized Bricktown District »

April 16, 2014 at 9:27AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown – Bricktown Caters to Next Gen Travelers with Leading-Edge Design, Intuitive Technologies and Live Music Programming
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its rapidly growing Aloft® brand has arrived in Oklahoma City. Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown – Bricktown opened today in an ideal location within a new mixed-use development in the revitalized Bricktown district. Owned by New Century Investments, new hotel features 134 spacious, loft-like rooms, forward-thinking technology and a lively, social atmosphere.
"We are proud to launch Aloft in Oklahoma City's popular entertainment district, where we provide an atmosphere tailored to the next generation of travelers complete with authentic, modern design, innovative programming and live music performances at the W XYZ® bar," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens Its First Hotel In Western Canada At Calgary Airport »

April 16, 2014 at 8:04AM PDT | Source: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Homewood Suites Calgary-Airport, AB, Canada is brand's 13th hotel in Canada
April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // CALGARY, AB and MCLEAN, Va. – Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's international brand of upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotels, announced today the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suites Calgary-Airport, AB, Canada. The 10-story, 122-suite hotel, and the first Homewood Suites property in Western Canada, is owned by Prestige Hospitality HW LP, and managed by Hilton Hotels. General Manager Marcel Berube and Director of Sales and Marketing Kerrie Buist bring more than 40 years combined experience in the hotel industry to their positions.
"We're pleased to offer visitors to the Calgary area a place to be at home while traveling away from home, with the opening of our 13th Homewood Suites property in Canada," said Bill Duncan, global head, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton...

Aloft Hotels Unveils Adaptive Re-Use Project In Little Rock, Arkansas »

April 15, 2014 at 10:36AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Slated to open in 2016, Aloft Little Rock Downtown will cater to the Next Generation of Travelers with Intuitive Technology, Social Atmosphere and Live Music
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 15, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its fast-growing Aloft brand has embarked on an adaptive re-use project in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. Aloft Little Rock Downtown will open in early 2016 as part of a mixed-use development that will bring new life to the historic Boyle Building on Capitol and Main Streets. Owned by Chi Hotel Group, the new Aloft will feature 140 spacious, loft-like rooms, forward-thinking technology and innovative programming. It will be Starwood’s first hotel to open in Little Rock...

Turn Tax Refund Into Profits By Purchasing CruiseOne® Travel Franchise »

April 15, 2014 at 6:41AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

CruiseOne® Offers Low-Cost, Low-Overhead, Award-Winning Travel Franchise Opportunity
Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - Entrepreneurs with a passion for travel can capitalize on their tax refund this year with the purchase of a low-cost, low-overhead travel agency franchise such as CruiseOne®, a leading home-based travel franchise, which is part of World Travel Holdings.
"Owning a home-based franchise is a popular option for baby boomers who are nearing retirement, but want to keep busy and travel the world,"said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne. "Reinvesting a tax refund into a CruiseOne travel franchise not only ensures supplemental income in years to come, but promises to be financially rewarding and bring balance to your life...

IHG® Drives More Growth For The Holiday Inn Brand In The UK »

April 14, 2014 at 12:11PM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn

April 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's largest hotel companies continues to build momentum in the UK with the world's most recognised hotel brand - Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts. Today IHG's owner partner Dominvs Group begins construction on Holiday Inn® Manchester - City Centre. Dominvs Group has also entered into a franchise agreement with IHG for its first Holiday Inn hotel in Scotland, Holiday Inn Dumfries.
Upon completion, Holiday Inn Manchester – City Centre will be a 306-room property located in the heart of Manchester, close to Manchester Piccadilly train station. Thanks to its prime location, the hotel is set to benefit from a healthy mix of leisure clientele attending local cultural and sporting events and corporate travellers frequenting the city centre...

Construction Begins For New Atlanta Area Value Place Hotel In Chamblee, GA »

April 14, 2014 at 8:24AM PDT | Source: Value Place

ATLANTA - April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Construction is officially underway in Chamblee, Ga., for a new four-story, 124-room Value Place extended stay hotel, with completion planned for February 2015.
Last fall, Value Place - founded in 2002 by extended-stay pioneer Jack DeBoer - announced plans to expand in the Atlanta area. Value Place continues to seek real estate in the region for future corporate and franchise hotels.
EMJ Hospitality of Chattanooga, Tenn., is managing the project at 2877 Dresden Drive, near the intersection of the I-85 Northeast Expressway and Chamblee Tucker Road.
"Atlanta is a great market and we look forward to expanding our presence in the local community," says Value Place Development LLC president David Redfern...

Value Place Appoints Industry Veteran Bruce Haase As CEO »

April 14, 2014 at 7:19AM PDT | Source: Value Place

New Executive Joins the Firm from Choice Hotels International
WICHITA, Kan. - April 14, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Value Place, the largest economy, extended-stay hotel brand in the U.S., has named Bruce Haase as CEO, effective Friday, April 11, 2014. He will be based in Wichita, Kan. at the Value Place corporate headquarters.
"The company has laid the foundation for a successful, proven, and profitable business model, and enjoys substantial growth opportunities in numerous undeveloped markets. This is a brand that’s on the move, and I’m excited to be a part of that progress."
Haase joins Value Place following a 12-year tenure at Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s largest lodging companies, where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s global operating functions, including brand management, marketing, franchise development, franchisee relations, international operations, loyalty, e-commerce, and procurement...

North Conway Hotel Nominated For 2014 Choice Hotels International's Comfort Inn – Suburban Inn Of The Year »

April 14, 2014 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: Comfort Inn, Suites and Hotel

Hotel Chosen as a Top Three Contender for Prestigious Award
North Conway. New Hampshire (PRWEB) April 14, 2014 - Comfort Inn and Suites of North Conway, today announced that it has been chosen by Choice Hotels International as one of the top three Comfort Inns in the country for the suburban market. The Comfort Inn & Suites – North Conway has been providing accommodations in the Mount Washington Valley since 2000.
Situated in North Conway at the base of the White Mountains, the hotel provides year round amenities for families, outdoor enthusiasts, and people looking to shop or dine in the hundreds of stores and restaurants in the area. With an indoor swimming pool and two Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf courses, guests have no shortage of on premise activities to choose from, as well as unlimited options within walking distance or a short drive...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts To Return To Montana With The Launch Of Its Eco-Wise Element Brand In Bozeman »

April 14, 2014 at 5:38AM PDT | Source: Element Hotels

Opening in Summer 2015, Element Bozeman Will Offer Stylish, Extended Stay Lodging in the Heart of Downtown
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 14, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced plans to debut its Element brand in Bozeman. Element Bozeman will open in June of 2015 at the heart of the downtown entertainment district. Owned by a group of Bozeman investors managed by Homebase Montana, the newly constructed Element hotel will offer a smart, new option for travelers with 104 stylish, sustainable rooms and a light-filled atmosphere designed to fuel a life in balance and on the move. Element Bozeman expects to receive LEED certification soon after opening from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design...

Wyndham Worldwide Recognized By Hispanic Association »

April 11, 2014 at 10:34AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

On Corporate Responsibility for Demonstrating Leadership and Commitment to Equality
April 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world’s leading hospitality companies, has been recognized by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) and its Corporate Inclusion Index for the second consecutive year. A HACR corporate partner, Wyndham Worldwide was recognized for its workforce and recruitment, community investment and supplier diversity.
The Corporate Inclusion Index takes a comprehensive measurement of Hispanic inclusion at Fortune 100 and HACR corporate member companies. It tracks and evaluates inclusion practices related to employment, procurement, philanthropy and governance, and then analyzes the implications for the Hispanic community...

Hotel Indigo® Opens In Heart Of Spanish Capital »

April 11, 2014 at 9:55AM PDT | Source: Hotel Indigo

April 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has opened Hotel Indigo® Madrid – Gran Via, a few steps from the most modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan strip in the Spanish capital.
Located in an area peppered with iconic buildings, fashion brands, film references and nightlife spots, the hotel is the boutique brand's second property in Spain, alongside Hotel Indigo Barcelona – Plaza Catalunya which opened in 2012.
As IHG's boutique brand, every Hotel Indigo property is designed to reflect the local neighbourhood. From the building design to the hotel's artwork and locally inspired menus, every Hotel Indigo is unique to its surroundings so no two hotels are the same...

Starwood Hotels Celebrates Key Partner Relationships At Annual North America Owners Conference »

April 11, 2014 at 7:04AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

The Prestigious President's Award Recognized the Exceptional Achievements of DiamondRock Hospitality Company, Rockbridge and Shashi Corporation
Top Developer Awards were Conferred on White Lodging Services Corporation and Grupo Puntacana
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 11, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) honored its leading hotel development partners this week at the 2014 North America Owners Conference, held in Dana Point, California. Starwood gave out a total of 14 awards in six categories including the President's Award and Developer of the Year.
“We are thrilled to once again honor our most outstanding development partners and highlight their extraordinary contributions to Starwood's portfolio growth,” said Serge Rivera, President of the Americas for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc...



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