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Leading Travel Company To Award Five Caribbean Cruises Aboard Norwegian's Newest Ship »

September 02, 2014 at 10:37AM PDT | Source: Expedia CruiseShipCenters International Inc

Five Winners to be Selected as Part of Expedia CruiseShipCenters' Annual Contest
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - September 02, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) -There's nothing more blissful than cruising to the warm sandy beaches of the Caribbean with your significant other, family member or best friend – especially when the trip is for free. Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® – part of Expedia Inc., the largest travel company in the world – is gearing up for its annual contest and will be awarding five winners with the unforgettable opportunity to set sail on Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, Norwegian Getaway.
From September 1 through October 31, entries can be submitted in-store at any of Expedia CruiseShipCenters' 180 locations or by visiting the contest entry page at www...

Hyatt Regency Sochi Celebrates Opening »

September 02, 2014 at 10:27AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

198-room hotel marks first Hyatt property in Sochi
September 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Sochi, the third Hyatt-branded hotel in Russia. The 198-room hotel offers stunning panoramic city and sea views and caters to business and leisure guests.
"The opening of Hyatt Regency Sochi marks a significant step forward in expanding our brand presence in Russia, a country that is rapidly becoming a burgeoning business and leisure destination," said Peter Norman, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Development for Hyatt in the Europe, Africa, and Middle East region. "The new hotel will help to redefine the standard for hotels in Sochi, bringing an unprecedented level of quality, service and innovation to the city...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Lengthens Its Lead In Luxury With Plans To Open Four Resorts On Hainan Island In Next Five Years »

September 02, 2014 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

W Retreat & Spa Sanya-Haitang Bay will Mark China's First W Retreat, while St. Regis will Debut Resorts in Haikou, Qingshui Bay and Haitang Bay
SANYA, China - September 2, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced an agreement with Hainan Jianfeng Tourism Development Co., Ltd. to debut China's first W Retreat and the second St. Regis resort on Hainan Island. Scheduled to open in 2019 and 2020, respectively, W Retreat & Spa Sanya - Haitang Bay and The St. Regis Sanya Haitang Bay Resort will both be located at the North Wing of Haitang Bay, one of the most exclusive and sought-after addresses in the area.
"The rapid growth of Starwood's luxury brands in China reflects the robust demand for high-end hospitality from an increasingly affluent market, where domestic travel continues to thrive," said Qian Jin, President, Greater China, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific...

Hyatt Unveils New 2020 Environmental Sustainability Strategy »

September 02, 2014 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Goals Deepen Hyatt's Commitment to Environmental Stewardship with a Focus on Energy, Waste and Water Reduction, Sustainable Building, Supply Chain Management, and Stakeholder Engagement
August 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – In conjunction with the release of its 2013-2014 Corporate Responsibility Report, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) unveiled today an aggressive set of environmental goals for the year 2020, all designed to strengthen Hyatt's collective ability to collaborate, inspire and further its commitment to environmental stewardship. Hyatt, which is already an industry leader for tracking comprehensive global energy and water data since 2006, is significantly expanding the scope of its existing sustainability initiatives and will continue to focus strongly on measuring and reporting progress...

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens First Hotel In Billings Area »

September 02, 2014 at 4:30AM PDT | Source: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Extended Stay Brand Brings Home-Like Atmosphere to Montana
September 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // BILLINGS, Mont., and MCLEAN, Va. – Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's international brand of upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotels, announced the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Billings, MT.
The four-story hotel, owned by Ember Lane Lodging Investors, LLC, is the third Homewood Suites property in Montana and features 110 suites. Stacy Lind, general manager, and Sara Holliday, director of sales, have been in the hotel industry for a combined 30 years.
"Whether guests are looking to explore the area's exciting recreation options or are in town conducting business, our hotel offers patrons the perfect blend of value and convenience," said Stacy Lind, general manager, Homewood Suites Billings, MT...

SuperShuttle Now Serving Amsterdam »

August 29, 2014 at 7:10AM PDT | Source: SuperShuttle

PHOENIX - August 8, 2014 - SuperShuttle is now providing service in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Amsterdam Airport Schiphol NL(AMS) is SuperShuttle and ExecuCar's fifth European airport service area.
To book your ride, visit SuperShuttle.com and select Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as your destination, or download our mobile app to make your advance reservations on the go. In Amsterdam, SuperShuttle vehicles operate under the name: Connexxion Schiphol Hotel Shuttle.
SuperShuttle also allows customers to earn airline points and miles on participating carriers including; Delta Air Lines SkyMiles®, Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns®, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards®, United Airlines MileagePlus® and US Airways Dividend Miles® programs when booking reservations online or via mobile apps...

DoubleTree By Hilton Opens 10th London Location »

August 27, 2014 at 7:43AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Upscale Brand Welcomes Guests to Refurbished Hotel in Fashionable Islington
August 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // LONDON and MCLEAN, Va. - DoubleTree by Hilton today celebrated the opening of the latest addition to its growing London portfolio – the brand's 10th hotel in the capital area. DoubleTree by Hilton London – Islington is located in the heart of fashionable Islington, offering an ideal base for exploring London's many attractions. The stylish property, which marks the brand's 10,000th room in Europe, joins Hilton Worldwide's fastest growing full service brand after a multi-million pound refurbishment, and, alongside the recently opened DoubleTree by Hilton London – Chelsea, operates under a franchise agreement with Jurys Inn...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Names Thomas Mangas Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer »

August 27, 2014 at 4:13AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - August 26, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that Thomas B. Mangas has been named Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, effective September 29, 2014. Mangas will be a member of Starwood's Senior Leadership Team and report to President and Chief Executive Officer Frits van Paasschen.
Mangas most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Armstrong Floor Products, a division of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. From 2010 to 2013, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the parent company, Armstrong World Industries, Inc., where he was responsible for finance, investor relations, information technology, and global business services...

Renters Warehouse Joins Prestigious Inc. 500|5000 Honor Roll »

August 26, 2014 at 8:21AM PDT | Source: Renters Warehouse®

After 5th Straight Year on Fastest Growing Companies List
Minnetonka, MN (PRWEB) August 26, 2014 - Renters Warehouse, America's Professional Landlords, achieved Honor Roll status this year as Inc. Magazine announced their prestigious list of fastest growing privately held American companies on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014.
The Inc. 500|5000 list recognizes the top 5000 fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. Inc. stated that this year's list includes the most competitive crop in the list's history, with the average company on the list achieving a three-year growth of 516% and an aggregate revenue of $211 billion, generating 505,000 jobs over the past three years. This year, Renters Warehouse ranked #1549 nationally, marking their fifth consecutive time on the list...

Value Place Appoints Mike Varner As Senior Vice President Of Brand Strategy And Marketing »

August 25, 2014 at 7:55AM PDT | Source: Value Place

August 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // WICHITA, Kan. - Value Place, the largest economy, extended-stay hotel brand in the U.S., has named Mike Varner as Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy and Marketing.
Varner will strengthen the consumer appeal and developer performance of the brand, further establishing Value Place as the nation's preeminent economy extended-stay hotel chain. He joins Value Place from Choice Hotels International, where he was most recently responsible for brand strategy and management for the Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites brands. Previously at Choice, Varner led the Sleep Inn brand as well as the MainStay Suites and Suburban Extended Stay brands. Prior to Choice, Varner held leadership positions in brand management and innovation at Campbell Soup and 3M...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Expands Presence In Thailand With The Debut Of Sheraton Samui Resort »

August 25, 2014 at 7:20AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Renowned Sheraton Brand Debuts in Koh Samui, Thailand's Second Largest Island; Signifying Starwood's Confidence In The Long-Term Growth Plan Of The Destination
KOH SAMUI, Thailand - August 25, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) announced its world-renowned Sheraton brand will continue to expand its footprint in Thailand with the signing of Sheraton Samui Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand's second largest island after Phuket. The agreement with TCC Hotels Group, a member of the TCC Land Group, marks the conversion of the existing 141-room Imperial Samui Beach Resort to a Sheraton, anticipated to take place by December 2014.
"We are pleased to be able to continue the partnership and further strengthen our relationship with TCC Hotels Group, one of the leading developers in Thailand, on this conversion in Koh Samui, a popular resort destination," said Lothar Pehl, Senior Vice President, Operations and Global Initiatives and Regional Vice President, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam; and Japan, Korea and Guam, Starwood Hotels & Resorts...

Hyatt Regency Suzhou Opens In Eastern China »

August 25, 2014 at 6:43AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

CHICAGO - August 25, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Suzhou in Suzhou, one of the most important economic, cultural and historic cities of Eastern China, neighboring Shanghai.
"We believe that the authentic hospitality and care delivered by our colleagues will be well received by the hotel's guests and the community. We look forward to fostering meaningful connections among business and leisure travelers around the world."
The city of Suzhou, known as "the Venice of China," is renowned for its ancient canals, stone bridges and UNESCO-listed classic gardens. Hyatt Regency Suzhou provides contemporary comfort and high-tech amenities to business and leisure guests in the thriving heart of this historic city...

Hello Rewards Announced As New Loyalty Program For RLHC »

August 25, 2014 at 4:51AM PDT | Source: Red Lion Hotels

Red Lion Hotels Corporation Membership Program Based on Earning Loyalty of Guest
SPOKANE, Wash. - Aug. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - RLHC (NYSE:RLH) announced today it is launching Hello Rewards, a new program centered upon earning the loyalty of its members through surprise and delight moments.
"Our entire goal with Hello Rewards is to inspire and knowingly recognize our guests at different journey points through their experience with us," said Bill Linehan, Chief Marketing Officer at RLHC. "As we build one-to-one relationships with members, our guests will benefit from perks that are catered specifically to them."
Hello Rewards is a loyalty program based on three cornerstones of customer service including creating moments of instant gratification, knowingly recognizing guests and fueling their passions...

IHG Announces The First Holiday Inn® Hotel For Coatzacoalcos »

August 22, 2014 at 12:34PM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn

Ninth IHG®-Branded Property for the State of Veracruz
August 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // COATZACOALCOS, VER. – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] recently announced the opening of its first property in Coatzacoalcos - the 120-room Holiday Inn® Coatzacoalcos hotel. This is the ninth IHG®-branded property for the State of Veracruz – current properties include two Crowne Plaza® hotels, four Holiday Inn® hotels, one Holiday Inn Express® hotel and one Hotel Indigo® hotel. IHG's diverse family of brands continue to grow in Mexico.
"Coatzacoalcos is a major city in Veracruz, home to the busiest port in the Gulf of Mexico and many major petrochemical companies", said Gerardo Murray, regional vice president, Distribution and Commercial Marketing, Mexico, Latin America & Caribbean, IHG...

IHG® Announces Holiday Inn® Kayseri - Düvenönü »

August 22, 2014 at 11:26AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn

August 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's largest hotel companies, has announced the signing of Holiday Inn® Kayseri - Düvenönü in Turkey. Operating under a franchise agreement with Ali Sert Otel Tur. Ins. San. Tic. LTD, the new build hotel is due to open in early 2016.
The 161-room hotel will feature six meeting rooms, a gym and three treatment rooms, a rooftop bar and lounge offering panoramic views, as well as Holiday Inn's signature Open Lobby.
The Holiday Inn Open Lobby takes a unique approach to the in-hotel experience for guests, which has transformed the traditional hotel lobby format by combining the front desk, lobby, restaurant, bar, lounge area and business centre into one open, cohesive space, while refreshing the design to give it a more contemporary feel...

IHG® Celebrates Staybridge Suites® Brand's 200th Hotel Opening »

August 22, 2014 at 9:53AM PDT | Source: Staybridge Suites

Fastest Upscale Extended Stay Brand to Reach Milestone
August 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the 200th hotel opening for its Staybridge Suites® brand – a milestone met faster than any other brand in the upscale extended stay segment. The opening of the 102-room Staybridge Suites Denver-Stapleton hotel expands the brand's Denver, Colorado portfolio to five properties and creates 30 new jobs in the community.
"We're very pleased to welcome the Staybridge Suites Denver-Stapleton into IHG's swiftly growing portfolio of upscale extended stay hotels, and we are excited to celebrate this milestone 200th opening with valued owner Gary Tharaldson and his team at Tharaldson Hospitality Management," said Robert Radomski, vice president, Brand Management, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Eco-Wise Element Brand Debuts In Harrison, NJ »

August 22, 2014 at 8:56AM PDT | Source: Element Hotels

Element Harrison - Newark Offers Smart, Sustainable Lodging and a Center for Social Engagement within an Emerging Urban Lifestyle Destination
STAMFORD, Conn. - August 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of Element Harrison - Newark, the brand’s second hotel in New Jersey. Featuring 138 stylish, sustainable rooms and a light-filled atmosphere designed to fuel a life in balance and on the move, the new Element will quickly emerge as the social hub of Harrison’s burgeoning urban lifestyle scene where business and leisure travelers, professional sports fans and locals will intersect in a fun, stimulating setting. The hotel is owned by Harrison Hotel 1, an entity of Ironstate Holdings, LLC and The Pegasus Group, and managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts...

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Continues Latin America Expansion With Opening Of New Hilton Panama In Country's Bustling Capital »

August 21, 2014 at 12:44PM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Upscale Hotel in Panama City, Panama Features First eforea: Spa at Hilton in Latin America, Six Dining Outlets, Panoramic Views and More
August 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // PANAMA CITY and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of the newly-built Hilton Panama, a 347-room Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Panama City, Panama. With a privileged location in the heart of this booming city that offers panoramic ocean views, this newest hotel in Panama City opens its doors just in time to celebrate the Panama Canal's Centennial. To commemorate the occasion, Hilton Panama welcomes guests with special introductory rates starting at $129* per night.
"We are thrilled to welcome Hilton Panama as the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in the country to the brand's growing global portfolio," said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide...

Five Hilton Worldwide Hotels In Latin America Receive World Travel Awards Recognition »

August 21, 2014 at 3:58AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Five Hilton hotels were recognized during the 21st Annual World Travel Award Ceremony in Quito, Ecuador
August 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – With five 2014 World Travel Awards in Latin America alone, Hilton Worldwide's brands continue to lead the market providing outstanding service and unparalleled experiences to both business and leisure guests.
The following Hilton Worldwide hotels in Latin America were honored with one of travel's most prestigious recognitions:

Central America's Leading New Hotel, Waldorf Astoria Panama
Argentina's Leading Business Hotel, Hilton Buenos Aires
Brazil's Leading Business Hotel, Hilton Sa?o Paulo Morumbi
Peru's Leading Hotel, Hilton Lima Miraflores
Ecuador's Leading Hotel Suite, Presidential Suite at Hilton Colon Guayaquil

The World Travel Awards is said to be the most comprehensive and sought after awards for the global travel and tourism industry...

Wyndham Hotel Group Launches New On-Line Learning Management System »

August 20, 2014 at 10:07AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

August 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – 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 launch of a new on-line learning management system aimed at enhancing and expanding training opportunities for thousands of franchisees.
Available at no additional cost to hotel owners in the U.S. and Canada - with plans to expand internationally later this month - the system, known as the SoHO Learning Zone or SLZ, provides hotel general managers with easy access to a wide variety of self-paced training courses as well as live and pre-recorded webinars covering nearly all aspects of the hospitality business. The system also provides managers with the ability to enroll new team members, create customized learning paths and monitor team progress, all through one central portal...



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