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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...

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Honors Top Award Winners For 2013 »

April 11, 2014 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: Country Inns & Suites

April 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS - Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, a leading upper midscale hotel brand known for its outstanding guest service and complimentary amenities, honored its 2013 top-performing hotels, general managers and employees at the brand's 2014 Business Conference held recently at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas. Following are highlights of the top award winners.
2013 Employee of the Year
Marsha McCreary, breakfast hostess from Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Hanover, Virginia was named the 2013 employee of the year. Miss McCreary exemplifies the brand's Be Our Guest service philosophy which encourages employees to treat guests as if they were hosting them in their own home with a mindful, genuine and welcoming spirit...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Launches Aloft Brand In Atlanta, Georgia »

April 10, 2014 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Aloft Atlanta Downtown Delivers Leading-Edge Design, Intuitive Technologies and Vibrant, Social Atmosphere
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 10, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced the grand opening of Aloft Atlanta Downtown, the first Aloft hotel in the state of Georgia. Owned by Tampa-based DeBartolo Development, LLC, and managed by Atlanta-based Banyan Investment Group, the 10-story property in downtown Atlanta underwent a multi-million dollar transformation prior to conversion. Aloft Atlanta Downtown offers 254 spacious, loft-like rooms, forward-thinking technology and a vibrant, social atmosphere.
"We are thrilled that Aloft has arrived in Atlanta, the largest economic and cultural center in the South, and expect that this new Aloft hotel will energize the downtown lodging market by offering an appealing new option for the next generation of travelers," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts To Open New-Build Hotel And Conference Center In Fast-Growing Austin Suburb »

April 09, 2014 at 7:35AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Sheraton Georgetown, Texas Hotel and Conference Center will launch in 2016 in the Summit at Rivery Park Mixed-use Development
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 9, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced it will soon debut in Georgetown, Texas, an affluent and rapidly expanding suburb of Austin. Sheraton Georgetown, Texas Hotel and Conference Center is slated to open in 2016, within the upscale Summit at Rivery Park development. Owned by a joint venture between Hines, the international real estate firm based in Houston, and The Novak Brothers, the new-build, Starwood operated Sheraton hotel will offer 224 spacious guestrooms, extensive meeting facilities and all the Sheraton brand signature amenities and services...

Forget Cars, Couture, Fame Or Fortune, Westin Hotels & Resorts Survey Proves That Well-Being Is Today's New Status Symbol »

April 09, 2014 at 6:23AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

Global Study Says 62% consider maintaining a balanced sense of well-being as a status symbol
Quest for Well-Being Trumps Booze and Sex - Nearly 40% of Global Respondents are willing to give up alcohol for a year if it improved their overall well-being and 24% would give up sex.
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 9, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Forget fame and fortune, well-being is topping to-do lists for global travelers in our "always-on" culture, according to a global well-being survey conducted by Westin Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:HOT). Some 62% of survey respondents consider maintaining a balanced sense of well-being as a status symbol, outranking professional accomplishment (47%) and a healthy relationship (48%). How important is well-being in today's stress-ridden society? With 64% of global respondents stating that their stress levels have increased over the last few years, 39% would give up alcohol and almost a quarter of global respondents and nearly half of U...

La Quinta Holdings Announces Pricing Of Initial Public Offering »

April 09, 2014 at 5:44AM PDT | Source: La Quinta Inn

IRVING, Texas - April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - La Quinta Holdings Inc. (the "Company") today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 38,250,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $17.00 per share. The Company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 5,737,500 shares at the initial public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions. The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on April 9, 2014 under the symbol "LQ". The offering is expected to close on April 14, 2014, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
The net proceeds of the offering are expected to be approximately $618 million after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and before deducting estimated offering expenses, prior to any exercise of the underwriters' option to purchase additional shares...



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