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Hilton Worldwide Unveils The 2014 CEO Light & Warmth Award Winners »

February 27, 2015 at 6:44AM PST | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Twelve Individuals Receive the Company's Highest Honor
February 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced that 12 Team Members at owned, managed and franchise properties have received the 2014 CEO Light & Warmth Award. This award is the highest accolade any individual can achieve, and was established to recognize exceptional Team Members and franchisee employees who embody Hilton Worldwide's Values of Hospitality, Integrity, Leadership, Teamwork, Ownership and Now.
In 2014, more than 2,000 Team Members and franchisee employees from around the world were nominated by their colleagues, and finalists were selected by a committee with representatives from across the company. The 12 winners were ultimately chosen by Hilton Worldwide President & CEO Christopher J...

Follow Along As Le Méridien Unlocks Global Destinations Through New Video Series With Photographer Gray Malin »

February 27, 2015 at 6:14AM PST | Source: Le Meridien

Le Méridien Introduces 'Follow Me' – a 24-Hour Immersive Video Journey Inspired by the Essence of Travel
NEW YORK - February 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today introduced Follow Me, a multi-faceted global art collaboration with photographer Gray Malin. As part of the brand's Video Art Programme, the captivating Follow Me video will debut in Le Méridien hotels around the world, and represents Malin's 24-hour visual journey to inspiring destinations from Palm Springs to Bhutan. Artfully synced with the day-to-night transition of the signature Le Me´ridien Hub™, this collaboration celebrates Le Méridien as the first global hotel brand to bring its guests an immersive experience of this scale, capturing the excitement of world travel through photography...

The Newly Built Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Red Deer Opens Doors »

February 27, 2015 at 5:16AM PST | Source: Microtel Inns & Suites

Crescent Hotels & Resorts, MRMA Commercial Real Estate Holdings and Wyndham Worldwide are proud to present the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Red Deer to the public.
Red Deer, Canada (PRWEB) February 27, 2015 - Crescent Hotels & Resorts, MRMA Commercial Real Estate Holdings and Wyndham Worldwide are proud to present the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Red Deer to the public on February 26, 2015.
"The newly built Microtel Inn & Suites is opening with great anticipation," said Alan Arsenault, developer of the hotel. "With the convenience of the amenities offered at the hotel and the advantage of an experienced staff, the hotel is a suitable accommodation for both business and leisure guests."
The Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Red Deer is conveniently located off Alberta Highway 2 nearby the City Centre, Red Deer College, Heritage Ranch and Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum...

Hyatt To Present At The Citi 2015 Global Property CEO Conference »

February 26, 2015 at 9:54AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Citi's 2015 Global Property CEO Conference
CHICAGO - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, will speak at the Citi 2015 Global Property CEO Conference at 11:30 a.m. ET on Monday, March 2, 2015. Atish Shah, senior vice president of strategy, FP&A and investor relations, will also attend the conference.
All interested persons may listen to a simultaneous webcast of the presentation, which may be accessed through the Company’s website at www.hyatt.com and selecting the Investor Relations link located at the bottom of the page. A replay will be available for 90 days.
About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome...

Starwood Hotels Debuts 14th Hotel In Texas With The Grand Opening Of Sheraton McKinney Hotel And Conference Center »

February 26, 2015 at 8:34AM PST | Source: Sheraton Hotels

New Hotel Opens in the Heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
MCKINNEY, Texas - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the opening of the Sheraton McKinney Hotel and Conference Center in McKinney, Texas. Owned by Gateway Hotel One, Ltd., the hotel offers 186 guest rooms and suites, ample meeting facilities and all of Sheraton’s signature services and amenities. The property will celebrate its opening today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and private reception attended by McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller and members of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce.
Sheraton McKinney is located 30 miles northeast of downtown Dallas and a short drive from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport...

Hyatt Place Hotel Planned For Saint Paul »

February 26, 2015 at 8:14AM PST | Source: Hyatt Place

Custom House, A Historic Building Being Redeveloped for Mixed Use, will Feature a 149-Room Hyatt Place Hotel
February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), Nelson Development and Exeter Group LLC today announced plans for a 149-room, five-story Hyatt Place hotel to be located in the former U.S. Post Office and Custom House building in Saint Paul, Minn. Exeter Group acquired the Custom House property from the U.S. Postal Service in August 2013, and has secured National Park Service approval to list the property on the National Register of Historic Places and to convert the building to a mixed use development with hotel and residential components, as well as a variety of supporting uses. Exeter Group LLC is the master developer of Custom House project and Nelson Development is acquiring a portion of the building for development of the hotel, which will be managed by LodgeWorks Partners, L...

Hilton Worldwide Announces Redevelopment Of Key London Property »

February 26, 2015 at 6:59AM PST | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Hilton London Docklands Riverside to Undergo Refurbishment and Open as DoubleTree by Hilton
February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // LONDON and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide has announced plans to redevelop and reflag Hilton London Docklands Riverside as DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands hotel in 2015. The hotel will continue to operate under a Hilton Worldwide management agreement with owner H.I.G. Capital and joins 10 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Greater London.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, "The property's recent sale and lease agreement's conclusion has created a unique opportunity to redevelop and transition the hotel under our upscale DoubleTree by Hilton brand...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Global Headquarters Earns Highest Environmental Certification »

February 26, 2015 at 6:51AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Company Headquarters Becomes the First LEED Platinum Building in Stamford, Connecticut
STAMFORD, Conn. - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.'s (NYSE:HOT) aggressive environmental goals and design-led approach earned the company's global headquarters the highest LEED certification available. Home to more than 1,200 Starwood associates representing nearly every global function, One StarPoint is the only building in Stamford, Conn., to achieve this level of LEED certification.
"We made a long-term investment in Stamford when we moved our global headquarters here and our extensive work for LEED certification is one way we continue to create a healthy and environmentally conscious work environment, which helps with retention, reduces energy consumption, and creates a more pleasant working experience," said Ken Siegel, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and head of Global Citizenship at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide...

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Debuts New Hotel At Philadelphia's Penn’s Landing »

February 26, 2015 at 6:41AM PST | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Waterfront Hotel Provides Instant Access to Dining, Entertainment and Shopping in the Heart of the Nation's Birthplace
PHILADELPHIA & MCLEAN, Va. - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, a 348-room hotel located in downtown Philadelphia.
"Hilton continues to grow in the City of Brotherly Love and is proud to welcome Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing to our growing portfolio of more than 550 hotels worldwide," said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. "With breathtaking views, modern amenities and large meeting and event spaces, this property provides the style, comfort and convenience that today's traveler desires...

Starwood Hotels Launches New "ProMeetings" App – A Mobile Solution For Planners On The Go »

February 26, 2015 at 5:39AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

The Latest in a Series of Innovative New B2B Technologies, ProMeetings Makes It Easy to Manage Events in Real-Time from the Palm of Your Hand
STAMFORD, Conn. - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Meeting planners can now manage events on-site, right from the palm of their hand, thanks to a powerful new app launched today by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT). Through ProMeetings planners who are SPG or SPG Pro members, can submit on-property requests – from an extension cord, to coffee service, to a change in lighting and everything in between – directly to associates who can fulfill requests in real time.
"Like our guests, our meeting planners and SPG Pro members are inherently mobile and want solutions that match the way they live their lives today," said Chris Holdren, Senior Vice President, Starwood Preferred Guest & Digital...

CruiseOne® Launches Elite Customer Recognition Program For Top Customers »

February 26, 2015 at 5:06AM PST | Source: CruiseOne

February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Leading home-based travel franchise CruiseOne®, which is part of World Travel Holdings - the world's largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, has launched its Elite Customer Recognition Program to thank its top customers for their patronage. In 2015, approximately 10 CruiseOne customers will be inducted into its Elite Customer Recognition Program and receive an exclusive gift of appreciation for their longstanding business and loyalty.
CruiseOne executives will be traveling around the country hosting private receptions for these elite customers and their agents. The first event took place in Houston with three customers being honored. Upcoming receptions will take place in South Florida, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Washington, D...

Starwood To Present At The Raymond James Conference »

February 26, 2015 at 3:44AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - February 25, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) will present at the Raymond James 36th Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, FL on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Tom Mangas, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, will speak at the conference at 2:50 p.m. Eastern Time.
The live webcast will be available on Starwood's investor relations website under the Events & Presentations section at http://www.starwoodhotels.com/corporate/about/investor/events.html. A few hours after the event, a replay of the webcast will be posted on the investor relations website; the replay can be accessed for 30 days.
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc...

La Quinta Holdings Inc. Reports Strong Results For Both Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 »

February 25, 2015 at 6:59AM PST | Source: La Quinta Inn

Exceeded upper end of guidance range with full year comparable RevPAR Growth of 8.0% and Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA of $375.5 million - Generated full year Pro Forma Earnings per Share of $0.45 - Opened 45 franchise locations in 2014 and increased pipeline 11% - Repaid $205 million of long-term debt in 2014, including $195 million of voluntary prepayments
IRVING, Texas, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- La Quinta Holdings Inc. ("La Quinta" or the "Company") (NYSE: LQ) today reported its fourth quarter and full year 2014 results on a pro forma basis, giving effect to La Quinta's initial public offering (IPO) and the related transactions as described below, as well as the results of operations for the fourth quarter and full year 2014 on a historical basis...

Starwood Preferred Guest® And Uber Rev Up Rewards With One-of-a-Kind New Partnership »

February 25, 2015 at 4:27AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

New Global Partnership Super-Charges Ability to Earn Starpoints Anytime, Anywhere for SPG Members and Uber Riders
Take a #SuiteRide with Uber and SPG on February 28 to Earn a Free Night
STAMFORD, Conn. - February 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and Uber are putting travelers on the fast track to valuable rewards with today's announcement of an exciting new strategic partnership that will give Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) members who ride with Uber the opportunity to earn coveted Starpoints during any Uber ride, anywhere worldwide.
"This new partnership with Uber accelerates our SPG members' drive to rewards and is just one more way that Starwood is combining high tech and high touch to transform their travel experiences," said Adam Aron, CEO, Starwood Hotels & Resorts...

Hilton Worldwide Signs Agreement To Open Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beach - Oceanfront »

February 24, 2015 at 10:09AM PST | Source: Embassy Suites

New Full-Service Hotel Expected to Open in 2017
February 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fl. and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with Key International to build a new Embassy Suites, an upscale, all-suite offering, in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. Expected to open in Q4 2017, the 180-suite Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beach - Oceanfront marks the third Hilton Worldwide property in St. Augustine Beach. The hotel is Key International’s first Hilton Worldwide property.
"We are excited to announce the development of our eighth Hilton Worldwide hotel in the St. Augustine area, located in a prime oceanfront location just minutes from the 'Nation's Oldest City’, Anastasia State Park and restaurants on Beachfront Avenue" said John Rogers, global head, Embassy Suites Hotels...

Value Place Breaks Ground In San Angelo, Texas »

February 24, 2015 at 9:19AM PST | Source: Value Place

February 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // SAN ANGELO, Tex. -  Value Place, the nation's fastest-growing extended-stay hotel brand has partnered with Pure Strike Development LP and CAMTOD Group to build the first Value Place hotel in San Angelo, TX. The property, which will be located at 4013 W Houston-Harte Expressway, broke ground on February 2nd. The San Angelo property will be the 39th Value Place hotel in Texas.
"The San Angelo market was chosen due to its diverse employment base and role as a regional healthcare hub," said Blake Schauer, Principal with Pure Strike Development LP. "We believe a Value Place hotel will be a great addition to the community due to the limited number of extended stay hotel options in the area."
The projected opening date for the hotel is August 2015 and will be located off of the West Houston-Harte Expressway and Arden Road...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Strengthens Dubai Portfolio With Debut Of Aloft And Element Brands »

February 24, 2015 at 8:30AM PST | Source: aloft hotels

With 2018 Openings of Aloft and Element, Dubai will be Home to all Nine of Starwood’s Iconic Lifestyle Brands
STAMFORD, Conn. - February 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (NYSE:HOT) today announced an agreement with wasl hospitality & leisure LLC, a subsidiary of wasl Asset Management Group, to debut the Aloft and Element brands in Dubai. Scheduled to open in 2018, Aloft Dubai Raffa and Element Dubai Raffa will bolster Starwood’s presence in Dubai – the city with the second largest concentration of hotels for the company after New York City. With the debut of both brands in 2018, Dubai will soon be home to all nine of Starwood’s brands.
"We are very excited to introduce the Aloft and Element brands into Dubai, and are delighted to expand Starwood’s successful relationship with wasl hospitality & leisure," said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Fuels Innovation With Debut Of Starlab In New York's Garment District »

February 24, 2015 at 7:14AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

NEW YORK - February 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (NYSE:HOT) today unveiled Starlab, the company's new brand innovation studio located in Manhattan's pioneering Garment District. Design-led with the spirit and agility of a start-up, Starlab brings together a cross-section of the company's digital, design and luxury brand teams in one urban office for the first time. The 46,000 square foot, bi-level office is an evolution of Starwood's approach to new style workspaces, following the debuts of the Starwood Experience at the company's global headquarters in Stamford, CT as well as its former Tribeca-based design center.
Starwood unveils Starlab, the company's new brand innovation studio, bringing together a cross-section of the company's digital, design and luxury brand teams in the heart of Manhattan's Garment District...

Don't Mess With Texas, Or Sixt: Sixt Rent A Car Opens New Branch At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport »

February 24, 2015 at 6:23AM PST | Source: Sixt

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Sixt SE and its U.S. Operating Unit (Sixt rent a car USA, LLC) announce the opening of a new branch inside the DFW Airport Rental Car Center (http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/dallas/dallas-fort-worth-airport). Opening at DFW is a logical next step in the expansion of the Sixt US airport network. The new branch at DFW is the second Sixt location to open in Texas, preceded by a franchise branch in Austin (http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/usa/austin/austin-35th-street).
"We are thrilled to open a new branch inside the DFW Rental Car Center, where we will offer travelers access to our fleet of premium vehicles like Audi, BMW, Cadillac, and Mercedes-Benz," said Craig Olson, Executive Vice President of North America Franchise Development for Sixt...

CruiseOne And Cruises Inc. Reveal The Top Three Cruise Destinations For 2015 »

February 20, 2015 at 4:39AM PST | Source: CruiseOne

Caribbean, Mexico and Mediterranean Top the List
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (PRWEB) February 20, 2015 - Consumers are seeking warm weather destinations as a result of this year's harsh winter, and no end is in sight with an extra six weeks of winter weather according to Punxsutawney Phil's annual Groundhog Day predictions. As proof, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.®, which are part of World Travel Holdings - the world's largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, has revealed the top three cruise destinations for 2015 based on cruise bookings scheduled to depart this year, and all three are renowned for their warm weather and beaches.
The top threecruise destinations for 2015 are all exotic destinations that offer a blend of beach and history...



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