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France Welcomes Its First Hotel Indigo® To Paris’ Operatic Heart »

September 19, 2014 at 8:03AM PDT | Source: Hotel Indigo

September 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's leading hotel companies, announces the debut of its boutique brand, Hotel Indigo®, in France, with the opening of Hotel Indigo® Paris – Opera at the heart of the capital's entertainment district. The new hotel marks a milestone for the brand as the 60th Hotel Indigo hotel globally, opening in the brand's 10th anniversary year.
The 57-room Hotel Indigo Paris – Opera is set in the elegant Opera quartier of Paris. Encircled by the most prestigious theatres, music halls and opera houses in France – as well as lesser-known but equally enthralling venues – the area was shaped by Haussmann and is best known for its ornate opera house: The Palais Garnier, which provided the inspiration for Gaston Leroux's world famous 'Phantom of the Opera'...

Hyatt Hotels Hosts The Fifth Gift Card Network Regional Summit In Chicago, Illinois On October 15, 2014 »

September 19, 2014 at 4:53AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Vancouver, Wa (PRWEB) September 18, 2014 - The Gift Card Network holds a series of regional creative brainstorming summits for the gift card industry. These summits focus on building comfortable working relationships and respect among a variety of merchants, vendors, and distributors.
Gift Card Network member Hyatt Hotel Corporation is hosting the event. The Gift Card Network thanks Hyatt Hotels as well as its additional sponsors, including Powerhouse Brands Consulting, GC Incentives, National Gift Card, Walgreens, Manna Group, and Scrip Pro.
"We are happy to host fellow members in the gift card industry at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for a day of collaboration and learning. Gift cards are an important aspect of our individual incentive offerings at Hyatt, providing a means to give the gift of travel and memories," says Todd Tomlin, Hyatt Hotels...

Hyatt Announces Sale Of 38 Select Service Hotels »

September 19, 2014 at 4:20AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

September 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that Hyatt affiliates have agreed to sell 38 hotels to a company organized by Lone Star Funds (the "Purchaser") for approximately $590 million. The portfolio of 38 hotels (the "Hyatt Portfolio") consists of Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels totaling 4,950 rooms. As part of the sale, Hyatt will enter into franchise agreements with the Purchaser, with all hotels maintaining their existing Hyatt Place and Hyatt House branding.
The Purchaser intends to spend approximately $50 million in additional capital expenditures across the Hyatt Portfolio over the next 24 months. Aimbridge Hospitality, LLC will manage the hotels for the Purchaser...

WorldMark By Wyndham Acquires Stablewood Springs Resort In Hunt, Texas »

September 18, 2014 at 10:29AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Anticipates opening to WorldMark owners and guests in early 2015
September 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. – WorldMark® by Wyndham, one of Wyndham Vacation Ownership's four primary consumer brands, today announced it has expanded its presence in Texas with the acquisition of Stablewood Springs Resort, located in Hunt, Texas. The resort is the Company's second in Texas and is anticipated to open to WorldMark owners in early 2015. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"The acquisition and development of this resort is an exciting opportunity for us to provide additional vacation options for our owners and guests traveling to Texas," said Geoff Richards, chief operations officer, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands...

Westin Hotels To Expand Portfolio On Florida’s Gulf Coast With New Hotel In Sarasota »

September 18, 2014 at 7:03AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

The Westin Sarasota Slated to Debut in 2016 at the Heart of the City's Arts District, Near Restaurants, Boutiques and Beaches
STAMFORD, Conn. - September 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it has broken ground on its first Westin hotel in Sarasota, Florida. Developed by Kolter Hospitality LLC, The Westin Sarasota will open in the summer of 2016 as part of a brand-new development in Sarasota's vibrant arts district, featuring 255 spacious rooms and spectacular waterfront views.
"This new Westin hotel will inspire well-being in Sarasota, the cultural center of southwest Florida, within close proximity of the city's best theater, arts and beaches," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin & Le Méridien Hotels...

Wyndham Rewards Partners With Red Cross, Offers Million Point Match »

September 18, 2014 at 5:41AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

September 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Now through the end of this year, Wyndham Rewards® is matching member point donations to the American Red Cross - up to one million Wyndham Rewards points - in celebration of the organization joining the growing loyalty program as its newest online redemption partner.
Through the partnership, Wyndham Rewards members now have the option of easily making a donation to the Red Cross directly from their member account, starting with as few as 3,000 points for a $15 donation, up to 22,000 points for a $100 donation. Regardless of the amount donated, 100 percent of all donations go directly to the Red Cross to assist with domestic and international disaster relief efforts, preparedness education and blood services...

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Appoints Mary Lynn Clark President Of Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America »

September 18, 2014 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

September 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Parsippany, N.J. – Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world's largest professional manager of vacation rentals and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), announced the appointment of Mary Lynn Clark as president of Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America.
As a member of the Wyndham Exchange & Rentals senior leadership team, Clark will be responsible for leading and growing the company's North American rental businesses, which include such well-known brands as ResortQuest, Kaiser Realty and Oceana Resorts. Clark will be based in Parsippany, N.J. and report directly to the COO & CFO of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals, Gail Mandel.
"With more than 25 years of experience, Mary Lynn has proven to be a leader within the hospitality industry," said Mandel...

IHG Welcomes A New Staybridge Suites® Hotel In Houston »

September 17, 2014 at 11:30AM PDT | Source: Staybridge Suites

Property Opening Adds to Brand's Growing Portfolio in Texas
September 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], announces the opening of the Staybridge Suites® Houston NW Willowbrook hotel, located just off Highway 249. With this addition to IHG's Houston hotels, there are now more than 30 Staybridge Suites hotels in Texas, with over 15 hotels more in the pipeline. Recently, the brand opened its 200th hotel in Denver, Colorado.
"We're very pleased to welcome the Staybridge Suites Houston NW Willowbrook hotel to our quickly growing family of upscale extended stay hotels," said Robert Radomski, vice president, Brand Management, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® brands...

Le Meridien Continues Growth In India With The Signing Of Le Meridien Ahmedabad »

September 17, 2014 at 7:51AM PDT | Source: Le Meridien

Slated to open in 2018, Le Méridien Ahmedabad will mark the re-entry of Le Méridien into this vibrant and historic Indian city
GURGAON, India & NEW DELHI, India - September 17, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the signing of Le Méridien Ahmedabad, a 200-room new build hotel slated to open in 2018. Owned by established real estate developer, Seven Leisure Private Limited, the hotel will be located within close proximity to the central business district and the Sanand Industrial Estate and will offer easy access to the main Gandhinagar Highway. Renowned institutes of higher learning and convention facilities such as the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Gujarat University Convention and Exhibition Centre are only a short drive from the hotel...

Hilton Worldwide Anticipates 60 Percent Growth Of Latin America Portfolio »

September 17, 2014 at 7:13AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Bringing Expected Hotel Count to more than 100 Properties in Two Years
Company's Commitment to Region Underscored by Recent Openings, Consistent Pipeline Growth and Recognition of Hampton and Hilton Garden Inn Brands
September 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va, USA - Hilton Worldwide announces plans to open nearly 40 hotels and resorts in Latin America by the end of 2016, increasing its portfolio in the region by approximately 60 percent within the next two years. With recent openings joining the portfolio and new projects growing the development pipeline, Hilton Worldwide is slated to maintain its development momentum and continue bringing its industry-leading brands to new destinations throughout the region.
As of Q2 2014, Hilton Worldwide has nearly 12,000 rooms at 62 hotels and resorts open and welcoming guests throughout Latin America, including recent openings such as the 347-room Hilton Panama and the 105-room Hampton by Hilton Cali in Colombia...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Continues To Expand Latin American Portfolio, Making Significant Gains In The Specialty Select Segment »

September 17, 2014 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Victor Vazquez Appointed as Vice President of Development and Acquisitions to Lead Aggressive Growth Strategy
QUITO, Ecuador - September 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - From the South American Hotel Investment Conference in Quito, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) announced that it is continuing its aggressive growth strategy in Latin America with significant gains across its Specialty Select Brands' (SSB), Four Points by Sheraton and Aloft. Currently, Starwood operates 80 hotels in the region, with 17 additional properties under development. The company also announced the appointment of Victor Vazquez to the role of Vice President, Development and Acquisitions for Latin America.
"Starwood's position and future prospects for growth in Latin America have never been stronger," said Jorge Giannattasio, Chief of Operations and Global Initiatives for Latin America, Starwood Hotels & Resorts...

Home2 Suites By Hilton® Opens First Property In Omaha »

September 16, 2014 at 10:09AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

Home2 Suites by Hilton Omaha/West Serves as the 41st Hotel Opening for the Brand
September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // OMAHA, Neb., 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 41st hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Omaha/West. This is the first property for the brand in Nebraska.
"Home2 Suites continues to be a brand of ‘firsts,’ and we proudly announce the opening of the first hotel in Omaha," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites and Homewood Suites. "Stakeholders are consistently impressed by the development of this brand, especially as it stays true to its innovative and sustainable approach from the overall structure of the building to the way in which it accommodates its guests’ travel needs...

Wyndham Hotel Group Signs Deal With Pronobis For Quito Airport Hotel »

September 16, 2014 at 7:32AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // QUITO, Ecuador – 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 for the Wyndham Quito Airport Gran Condor, the first Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® property in Ecuador's capital city.
The full-service, 146-room property, which is owned by Pronobis, is the only hotel on the new international airport grounds. The property is part of an existing deal to develop and franchise eight hotels in the country under Wyndham Hotel Group brands over 10 years.
Upon opening in late 2015, the hotel will be the fifth Wyndham Hotel Group property developed and operated by Pronobis, joining the Wyndham Guayaquil, the first Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property to open in Ecuador, and three Howard Johnson® hotels currently operating in Quito, Guayaquil and Loja...

Starwood Hotels' Leading-Edge Aloft Brand To Debut In El Paso, Texas »

September 16, 2014 at 6:33AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Set to Launch in the summer of 2016, Aloft El Paso Downtown will Appeal to the Next Generation of Travelers with its Loft-Like Design, Intuitive Technologies and Live Music at the WXY Bar
STAMFORD, Conn. - September 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced plans for its leading-edge Aloft brand to debut in El Paso, Texas. Owned by Bassett Partners EP and managed by Aimbridge Hospitality, Aloft El Paso Downtown is scheduled to open in July 2016, featuring 100 spacious, loft-like rooms, forward-thinking technology and a vibrant, social atmosphere.
"Aloft is a great match for the dynamic city of El Paso and will appeal to the next generation of travelers with its urban design, live music at the W XYZ bar, and unbeatable location at the heart of downtown," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

The Luxury Collection Celebrates The 140th Anniversary Of Hotel Imperial In Vienna, Following A Meticulous Year-Long Restoration »

September 16, 2014 at 5:40AM PDT | Source: Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

VIENNA - September 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - As part of a multi-million dollar investment to restore Europe’s most iconic hotels under The Luxury Collection, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today unveiled the restored public spaces at Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna. The one-year, $14M restoration of the hotel’s ground floor, which includes the landmark lobby, a signature restaurant, destination bar, Imperial Cafe and Imperial Torte shop, and private event venues, was led by esteemed British interior designer Alex Kravetz, in close collaboration with the Bundesdenkmalamt (Austrian Federal Office for the Care of Monuments).
"Just as with Prince de Galles in Paris and The Gritti Palace in Venice, we are thrilled to reestablish Hotel Imperial as the social center of Vienna following its restoration," said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection, St Regis and W Hotels Worldwide...

Choice Hotels Celebrates Opening Of Cambria Hotel & Suites Washington, D.C. By Hosting A Local Craft Brew Showdown »

September 15, 2014 at 12:17PM PDT | Source: Cambria Suites

September 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // WASHINGTON - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, and Concord Hospitality, an award-winning hotel management and development company, celebrated the opening of the Cambria hotel & suites Washington, D.C. Convention Center by hosting a local craft beer tasting competition featuring local breweries and judged by a panel of celebrity food and beverage experts, including local restaurateur and Bravo's Top Chef alum, Chef Mike Isabella. The winning brew will be added to the hotel's impressive list of local craft breweries including: Flying Dog, Starr Hill, 3 Stars, DC Brau, Evolution, DogFish Head, Port City and Old Dominion. The hotel, located at 899 O Street NW, in the historic Shaw neighborhood and just one block from the Walter E...

Celebrate 10 Years With Up To 10,000 Wyndham Rewards Bonus Points »

September 15, 2014 at 7:54AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Wyndham Hotel Group's Loyalty Program Marks Tenth Anniversary
September 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – To celebrate its milestone 10-year anniversary, Wyndham Rewards®, the free-to-join guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group and the world's largest lodging loyalty program as measured by number of participating hotels, is offering its most loyal members the opportunity to earn up to 10,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points with qualified stays at participating hotels around the world.
Now through October 31, 2014, members who register for the promotion at www.wyndhamrewards.es/diezmil and book stays at participating Wyndham Hotel Group properties will earn 2,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points for each qualified stay up to five times, receiving as many as up to 10,000 bonus points...

Hilton Buenos Aires Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of First Ever Hotel Barbie® Room With Themed Room's Return »

September 12, 2014 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Barbie Room Returns to Hilton Buenos Aires Offering a Once in a Lifetime Experience with All Things Barbie
September 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // BUENOS AIRES – Hilton Buenos Aires and Mattel® team up again to introduce the Barbie® Room to the newest generation of Barbie admirers. In line with Mattel's effort to encourage and inspire young girls that "with Barbie, anything is possible", the Barbie Room returns to the Puerto Madero hotel ten years after the debut of the first ever hotel Barbie Room at Hilton Buenos Aires in 2004.
Located on the first floor in room 136, guests can immediately see the Barbie Room's pink door from the hotel's welcoming atrium lobby. Offering a connecting deluxe room for parents, grandparents or family members making a child's dream come true, the Barbie Room brings glamour and fantasy to life with all the elements of a Barbie-themed paradise...

Wyndham Hotel Group Signs Deal For First Wyndham Resort In Costa Rica »

September 12, 2014 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

September 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // GUANACASTE, Costa Rica - 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 for the first resort in Costa Rica to fly the upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand flag, the Wyndham Papagayo Yu Resort in Guanacaste.
The 151-room property, owned by ASECCSS, is currently under development in one of the most popular vacation destinations in Latin America and is scheduled to open by the end of 2015. It will be a mixed-use resort affiliated with RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and part of Wyndham Hotel Group's sister company, Wyndham Exchange & Rentals...

Westin Hotels Expands Portfolio In Arlington, Virginia With The Opening Of The Westin Crystal City »

September 11, 2014 at 12:01PM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

Located just one mile from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, The Westin Crystal City Opens as an Oasis of Well-being Following a $20 million Renovation
STAMFORD, Conn. - September 11, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its world-renowned Westin brand has opened its third hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The Westin Crystal City offers 220 luxurious guest rooms and extensive meeting facilities in a convenient location, just one mile from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Owned and managed by HEI Hotels & Resorts, the former Sheraton hotel underwent a $20 million renovation to reposition it as a Westin and implement the brand’s signature services and amenities designed to inspire wellbeing...



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