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DoubleTree By Hilton Enters Qixianling, China With Newest Resort Hotel »

July 28, 2014 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hainan Qixianling – Hot Spring; Marks First Global Hotel Brand to Open in City of Qixianling
July 28, 2014 // // HAINAN-Baoting, China and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hainan – Qixianling Hot Spring, on the island of Hainan, the southernmost province of the People's Republic of China. Located in the heart of beautiful Qixianling Hot Spring National Rainforest Park, the 254-room hotel is ideally situated just 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Lingshui Railway Station and 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Sanya Phoenix International Airport. The hotel is operated by Hilton Worldwide and owned by Hainan Gold Phoenix Hot Spring Resort Co...

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens First Hotel In Charlottesville, Va. »

July 28, 2014 at 9:21AM PDT | Source: Homewood Suites by Hilton

July 28, 2014 // // CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. 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 by Hilton Charlottesville, VA.
The four-story hotel is the first Homewood Suites property in the Charlottesville area and features 150 suites. The hotel is owned by Albemarle Suites, LLC, and managed by Heritage Hospitality Management, Inc. Tim Fitzgerald, general manager, and Amber Kemper, director of sales, have been in the hotel industry for a combined 45 years.
"Our property will offer guests of the Charlottesville area the amenities, quality service and added value that the Homewood Suites brand has come to be known for," said Tim Fitzgerald, general manager, Homewood Suites Charlottesville, VA...

Aloft Hotels To Expand Presence In Silicon Valley With The Signing Of Aloft Sunnyvale »

July 28, 2014 at 6:26AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Sizzling aloft Brand to Cater to Next Gen Travelers in California's Hub for Tech and Innovation
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 28, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its tech-forward aloft brand will soon add a second hotel in Silicon Valley. Set to open in December 2014, aloft Sunnyvale will feature 85 spacious loft-like rooms, forward-thinking technology, a lively social atmosphere and all of the brand's innovative programming. The adaptive re-use project will result in a total transformation of the Pacific Inn and will join aloft Cupertino as the second aloft hotel owned and developed by an affiliate of Shashi Corporation.
"aloft Sunnyvale will resonate with next gen travelers and area professionals with its distinctive urban design aesthetic, intuitive technologies and live music, all within close proximity of the area's leading technology and aerospace companies," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

Home2 Suites By Hilton® Continues To Build Momentum In Utah »

July 28, 2014 at 4:06AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Home2 Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City-Murray is the Fourth in the Salt Lake City Area
July 28, 2014 // // SALT LAKE CITY 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 35th hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City-Murray. This is the fourth property for the brand in Utah.
"The opening of the fourth Home2 Suites in Utah is impressive, and we are thrilled to announce that it is right outside of the Salt Lake City area," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites and Homewood Suites. "The local economy proves to be an area of opportunity for the brand to offer its unique approach to the mid-scale, extended stay hotel market...

Starwood Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results »

July 24, 2014 at 10:20AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - July 24, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today reported second quarter 2014 financial results.
Second Quarter 2014 Highlights

Excluding special items, EPS from continuing operations was $0.77. Including special items, EPS from continuing operations was $0.80.
Adjusted EBITDA was $324 million.
Excluding special items, income from continuing operations was $147 million. Including special items, income from continuing operations was $153 million.
Worldwide Systemwide REVPAR for Same-Store Hotels increased 5.3% in constant dollars (5.1% in actual dollars) compared to 2013. Systemwide REVPAR for Same-Store Hotels in North America increased 6...

Wyndham Worldwide Reports Second Quarter 2014 Earnings »

July 24, 2014 at 9:29AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Adjusted Diluted EPS Growth of 19%Raises Full Year EBITDA and EPS Guidance
PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN) today announced results for the three months ended June 30, 2014.
Second Quarter Highlights:

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $1.17, an increase of 19% from adjusted diluted EPS of $0.98 in the second quarter of 2013. Reported diluted EPS was $1.20, compared with $0.98 in the second quarter of 2013.
Revenues increased 7% compared with the second quarter of 2013.
Adjusted EBITDA increased 9% compared with the second quarter of 2013.
The Company repurchased 2.3 million shares of its common stock for $170 million...

CruiseOne® Announces 900th Franchise Location »

July 24, 2014 at 7:02AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Home-Based Travel Franchise Also on Track to Reach Veteran Recruitment Goal
July 24, 2014 // // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne®, a leading home-based travel franchise as part of World Travel Holdings, has reached another milestone with the opening of its 900th franchise location, with more than 100 locations opening since January 2014.
"While we are thrilled to achieve such an impressive milestone of having 900 franchisees, our ultimate goal is providing our network of franchise owners with an unparalleled level of personalized support," said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne. "We have a saying that we are large enough to lead the industry, but small enough to care about each and every franchise owner...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts To Launch Dual-Branded Aloft And Element Hotel Development In Columbus, Ohio »

July 24, 2014 at 6:57AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Aloft Columbus and Element Columbus to Debut in early 2017, Adjacent to the campus of The Ohio State University
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 24, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Accelerating growth in markets worldwide, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced plans for a dual-branded hotel development in Columbus, Ohio, featuring its popular Aloft and Element brands. Owned by Indus Hotels, the 136-room Aloft Columbus and 123-room Element Columbus will be ideally located adjacent to The Ohio State University, just minutes from downtown Columbus. Marking the debut of both the Aloft and Element brands in Columbus, the hotels are slated to open in early 2017.
"Our fast-growing Aloft and Element brands are a perfect fit for the lively city of Columbus and will help meet the demand for high-caliber lodging generated by The Ohio State University and the city’s thriving business community," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

DoubleTree By Hilton Makes Minsk Move »

July 24, 2014 at 6:51AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Hotel to Form Centrepiece of Galleria Minsk, the City's New Multi-Purpose Complex
July 24, 2014 // // MINSK, Belarus – Hilton Worldwide today announced further expansion of its fastest growing full service brand in Eastern Europe with the signing of DoubleTree by Hilton Minsk. The brand's debut property in Belarus is expected to open by mid-2015 with project plans unveiled today at a press conference organized by property owners Galleria Concept JLLC, and follows May's successful opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Warsaw, in the capital of neighbouring Poland.
The agreement will see the development of 14 floors of a 21 storey multi-purpose tower block on the city's centrally located Pobediteley Avenue, which lies just over one kilometre from the city's historic old town and the National Exhibition Centre known as Bel Expo II...

La Quinta Holdings To Report Second Quarter 2014 Earnings And Host Conference Call »

July 22, 2014 at 9:37AM PDT | Source: La Quinta Inn

IRVING, Texas - July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - La Quinta Holdings Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: LQ) today announced that the Company will release financial results for the second quarter 2014 after the market closes on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
The Company will host a conference call for investors and other interested parties beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. The call can be accessed by dialing (877) 407-3982, or (201) 493-6780 for international participants. Participants may also access the live call via webcast by visiting the Company's investor relations website at
The replay of the call will be available from approximately 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 12, 2014 through midnight Eastern Time on August 26, 2014...

Westin Introduces New Global Partnerships And Well-Being Council Member To Help Travelers 'Eat Well' On The Road »

July 22, 2014 at 6:19AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

Renowned Dietician Ashley Koff Joins Westin Well-Being Council
More than Half of Travelers Crave Healthy Food Options while traveling and 41% are Afraid of Putting on the Pounds, Inspiring Starwood's Wellness Brand to Partner with SuperChefs and The Juicery
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Today, Westin Hotels & Resorts unveiled the next stage of its year-long Westin Well-Being Movement with the announcement of two new nutrition-focused partnerships with SuperChefs™ and The Juicery and the newest member of the brand's Well-Being Council, dietician Ashley Koff RD.
As an advocate for wellness and healthy eating, Westin teamed up with SuperChefs, a group of doctors, dentists, dieticians, chefs and other experts dedicated to educating kids on the importance and the fun of eating smart, to create The Westin Eat Well Menu for Kids...

Hyatt Configures Organization For Increased Adaptability And Effectiveness »

July 22, 2014 at 6:03AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

July 21, 2014 // // CHICAGO – Mark Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), today announced organizational changes designed to support Hyatt's strategy of driving preference by providing distinctive brand experiences. The changes include the integration of the global operations structure, the formation of an integrated team to lead the Company's select service business and the creation of a new global franchising strategy function.
Chuck Floyd has been selected as Global President of Operations, effective August 1, 2014. In this newly created role, Floyd will continue to lead and develop the Company's Global Operations Center (GOC), Hyatt's shared operation services organization, and will assume responsibility for the operation of Hyatt's hotels globally...

DoubleTree By Hilton Opens New Property In San Francisco's East Bay »

July 22, 2014 at 4:37AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

With Convenient Access to Tri-Valley and Bay Area Attractions, Newly-Renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton at the Club Offers Small-Town Charms with Big-City Connections
July 21, 2014 // // PLEASANTON, Calif. and MCLEAN, Va – Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton at the Club, following a comprehensive multi-million dollar renovation. The 292-room hotel, formerly a Hilton Hotels & Resorts-branded property, is located in the Tri-Valley area within the East Bay region of greater San Francisco, at the crossroads of highways 580 and 680, and offers easy access to all of Northern California's best attractions, as well as the cities of Oakland and San Francisco...

Starwood Preferred Guest And Westin Hotels Show 'Love' For Members With One-Of-A-Kind 2014 US Open Experiences »

July 21, 2014 at 9:54AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

SPG Member Experiences Include Private VIP Clinic with Legendary Brothers John and Patrick McEnroe, Match Viewing in the SPG Luxury Suite and More
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), is giving members courtside seats to best of tennis with the launch of its 2014 US Open SPG Moments schedule today. Known for providing its members access like no other for the most exclusive events around the world, SPG is offering elite US Open packages between August 25 and September 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Members can bid Starpoints® on once-in-a-lifetime experiences including luxury suite and courtside seats to key matches, behind-the-scenes tours of Arthur Ashe Stadium, and a private tennis clinic with John and Patrick McEnroe...

Whitbread Appoints New Chairman »

July 18, 2014 at 9:11AM PDT | Source: Whitbread

Whitbread PLC Has Today Announced The Appointment Of Richard Baker As Chairman With Effect From 1st September 2014. He Succeeds Anthony Habgood Who, After Nine Successful Years As Chairman, Announced In January His Decision To Step Down From The Board.
July 18, 2014 // // Richard Baker has been an independent non-executive director on the Whitbread Board since September 2009. He is currently Chairman of Virgin Active Group, a role he has held since 2008 and Chairman of DFS Furniture Holdings where he has been since 2010. Richard was previously Chief Executive of (Alliance) Boots Group PLC from 2003 to 2007 and prior to that was Chief Operating Officer at Asda Group PLC.
Sir Ian Cheshire, Whitbread’s Senior Independent Director who led the Nominations Committee process commented:
"We have conducted a thorough search, with the help of executive search consultants, to identify the most suitable person to become the next Chairman of Whitbread...

J.D. Power Once Again Ranks Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Highest In Guest Satisfaction Among Economy/Budget Hotels »

July 17, 2014 at 11:26AM PDT | Source: Microtel Inns & Suites

July 17, 2014 // // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Once again, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® - part of Wyndham Hotel Group and parent company Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) - has been ranked highest in guest satisfaction in the economy/budget segment by J.D. Power in the 2014 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study.
Within its segment, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham ranked highest in six out seven factors measured by the study, including: reservations, check-in/check-out, guest rooms, hotel services, hotel facilities and cost and fees. This marks the 12th time in the last 13 years that Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham has been ranked highest in its segment by the study. It was previously ranked highest in its segment for 10 consecutive years between 2002 and 2011, and then again in 2013...

Hyatt And Playa Hotels & Resorts Introduce Hyatt Ziva Cancun »

July 17, 2014 at 9:49AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

CHICAGO - July 17, 2014  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) and Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V. (Playa) today announced plans to introduce the Hyatt Ziva brand to Cancun. Formerly Dreams Cancun, the resort's multi-million dollar renovation began June 1, and it is expected to reopen in late 2015 as Hyatt Ziva Cancun. The resort will be managed by Playa Resorts Management, the operational component of Playa Hotels & Resorts.
"Since the debut of Hyatt's first two all inclusive resorts late last year, Hyatt Zilara Cancun and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, we continue to listen to guests in order to redefine the all inclusive experience," said Chris Walker, vice president of brand experience for Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara...

RLHC Announces New Additions To The Lodging Development And Marketing Teams »

July 17, 2014 at 6:22AM PDT | Source: Red Lion Hotels

Red Lion Hotels Corporation Franchise and Lodging Development Team Spans the Country
SPOKANE, Wash. - July 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE: RLH) announced today the company has recruited new additions to its Lodging Development and Marketing teams to advance its plans to expand coast to coast. The company has hired David Attardi and Angela Rowe in Franchise and Lodging Development and Sarah Frank in Brand Marketing.
"These hires are indicative of the level of talent we are attracting to RLHC as we position the company for expansion," says Brian Quinn, Chief Franchise Officer for Red Lion Hotels Corporation (RLHC). "Each of these individuals bring unique talents and marketing skills that are key to our building relationships with the owners of the right hotels for our brands...

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Celebrates American Polo From Coast To Coast »

July 17, 2014 at 5:47AM PDT | Source: St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

With Announcement of Inaugural St. Regis Polo Cup in Sonoma Valley
With Nacho Figueras, St. Regis will Support Robin Hood Foundation in New York and Giant Steps in California This Year
NEW YORK - July 17, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT), continues to celebrate its commitment to the international sport of polo with upcoming polo matches in Bridgehampton on the East Coast and Sonoma Valley on the West Coast. In August, Nacho Figueras will captain the St. Regis team in the third annual Piaget Hamptons Polo Cup, once again partnering with the Robin Hood Foundation in a continued effort to support New York families in need. The following month, the inaugural St...

RLHC Opens New Franchise In Renton, Washington »

July 17, 2014 at 5:06AM PDT | Source: Red Lion Hotels

SPOKANE, WASH. - July 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE:RLH) announced the company has opened a new franchise location in Renton, Wash., after signing an agreement with the owners in June. This is the sixth franchise agreement completed by the company in 2014. The Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center - Seattle/Renton, 1 S. Grady Way, is located at one of the busiest interchanges south of Seattle and Bellevue.
"This is a highly visible intersection on the 405 corridor, providing excellent exposure for our brand," said Mike Castro, Regional Vice President of Lodging Development for Red Lion Hotels Corporation (RLHC). "We know our guests travel this region and these owners are committed to providing our guests with the same level of service they have come to expect...

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