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Hyatt Announces Sale Of Park Hyatt Washington »

October 02, 2014 at 7:01AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Westmont Hospitality Group today announced that a Hyatt affiliate has sold the 216-room Park Hyatt Washington to a venture comprised of Westmont Hospitality Group and Thomas Tan, a member of the Bestford Hospitality Group, for approximately $100 million or $463,000 per key. The Purchaser intends to spend approximately $5.5 million in additional capital expenditures over the next three years. A Hyatt affiliate will continue to manage the hotel under a new management agreement.
"We are delighted to expand our relationship with Westmont," said Stephen Haggerty, global head, capital strategy, franchising and select service for Hyatt. "This transaction is consistent with our asset recycling strategy and allows Hyatt to retain its brand and management presence in Washington DC, an established market with high barriers to entry...

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens Sixth Hotel In Columbus Area »

October 01, 2014 at 8:36AM PDT | Source: Homewood Suites by Hilton

October 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // COLUMBUS, Ohio, 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 Columbus/Polaris, OH.
The four-story hotel, owned by Alliance Hospitality; Inc., is the sixth Homewood Suites property in the Columbus area and features 92 suites. Donna Selby, general manager, and Thomas Graffeo, director of sales, have been in the hotel industry for a combined 50 years.
"From our proximity to local attractions, to our complimentary internet, breakfast and fully equipped kitchen in each suite, our hotel offers business and leisure visitors unmatched convenience and value," said Donna Selby, general manager, Homewood Suites Columbus/Polaris...

Westin Hotels To Launch In Greenwood Village, Colorado »

October 01, 2014 at 8:06AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

Opening in 2016, The Westin Greenwood Village Will Inspire Wellbeing in a Convenient Location near Leading Businesses, Shops and Downtown Denver
STAMFORD, Conn. - October 1, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced plans to open The Westin Greenwood Village in 2016. Owned by Greenwood Village Hotel, LLC, and managed by White Lodging Services Corporation, the newly constructed Westin will feature 203 spacious rooms, ample meeting space and all the brand’s signature amenities. Located in Denver’s southwest business corridor, The Westin Greenwood Village will be the Westin brand’s fourth hotel to open in greater Denver.
"We are delighted to bring the Westin brand to Greenwood Village, a leading business hub where guests will also enjoy convenient access to upscale shops, dining and entertainment," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts and Le Méridien...

New Zealand Wines Take Center Stage This Fall With The Sheraton Selects Spotlight Series »

October 01, 2014 at 6:47AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Starwood's Largest Brand Announces Second Installment of Sheraton Selects Spotlight Wine Program, Highlighting Trending Wine Regions and Varietals
STAMFORD, Conn. - October 1, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Following the successful launch of the Sheraton Selects wine program with a summer of refreshing Rieslings, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts turns the spotlight onto the fastest growing wine importing region to the United States: New Zealand. The Sheraton Selects Spotlight on New Zealand will kick off on October 1 with a wine pairing dinner at the Sheraton Boston, led by Export Director for Kim Crawford, Matt Deller. Now through the end of November, participating Sheraton properties will create compelling programming to feature carefully chosen Sheraton Selects New Zealand wines, including wine flights, food pairings, guided tastings and more...

Hilton Worldwide Opens First DoubleTree By Hilton In Queensland »

October 01, 2014 at 6:08AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Cairns Hotel Marks 400th DoubleTree Location
October 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // SYDNEY, Australia - Hilton Worldwide today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns. The 237-room Cairns hotel, formerly a Holiday Inn, occupies an exceptional waterfront location on the Coral Sea in the vibrant city of Cairns. The hotel also marks the fourth DoubleTree by Hilton in Australia and the 400th hotel in the brand’s global portfolio.
"Guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns can look forward to experiencing the brand’s signature service in the tropical surrounds of Far North Queensland," said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. "The opening of this hotel further cements our commitment to the Australian market...

Hyatt Announces Timing Of Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Release And Investor Conference Call »

October 01, 2014 at 4:51AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

October 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation ("Hyatt" or the "Company") (NYSE: H) announced today that it will release third quarter 2014 financial results on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, before the stock market opens, followed by a conference call at 10:30 a.m. CT.
All interested persons may listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call, 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, or by dialing 617.213.8060, passcode #95150754, approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available from 1:00 p.m. CT on October 29, 2014 through October 30, 2014 at midnight by dialing 617...

Wyndham Hotel Group Grows In Africa With First Hotel In Ethiopia »

September 30, 2014 at 11:13AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Management contract signed for Ramada in Addis Ababa
September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – 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 management agreement for the Hotel Group's first property in Ethiopia, the 136-room Ramada Addis.
Upon opening in the first half of next year, Ramada Addis will offer 128 guest rooms and eight suites, ideally located on a major transport route linking the city centre with Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
The addition of Ramada Addis expands Wyndham Hotel Group into its seventh market on the African continent and follows an announcement just last week that the company plans to introduce its flagship Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand to Kenya...

Hilton Worldwide Announces Opening Of Hilton Garden Inn Barranquilla In Colombia »

September 30, 2014 at 11:03AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

New Hotel in Colombia’s Caribbean Port City Furthers Company’s Expansion in Region
September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // BARRANQUILLA, Colombia and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of the newly-built Hilton Garden Inn Barranquilla, a 123-room Hilton Garden Inn property in Colombia’s Caribbean port city. Hilton Garden Inn Barranquilla is the brand’s first hotel in Colombia and the company’s seventh, reinforcing Hilton Worldwide’s plans to continue growing in Colombia, and Latin America.
"Colombia is an important country to focus on as we continue to grow in Latin America, and we are thrilled to announce the opening of the newest hotel for Hilton Garden Inn," said Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn...

Starwood Hotels' Eco-Wise Element Brand To Expand Florida Portfolio »

September 30, 2014 at 10:35AM PDT | Source: Element Hotels

Element Orlando Slated to Open in July 2016 less than a mile from Universal Studios Orlando
STAMFORD, Conn. - September 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its trailblazing Element brand plans to open a third hotel in Florida, less than a mile from Universal Studios Orlando. Element Orlando is slated to debut in July 2016, following next year's opening of both Element Orlando North and Element Miami Doral. Owned by Barakat Orlando Resort, LLC, developed by GCD Associates, and managed by New Jersey based Paramount Hotel Group, Element Orlando will offer 151 stylish, sustainable rooms and a light-filled atmosphere designed to fuel a life in balance and on the move...

CruiseOne® Promotes Rosemarie Reed To Vice President Of Marketing »

September 30, 2014 at 8:55AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

September 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne®, which is part of World Travel Holdings, the largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, has promoted Rosemarie Reed to Vice President of Marketing, where she will oversee the Consumer Marketing and Creative Services teams.
"Since joining us six years ago, Rosemarie has proven her ability in multiple roles to add value to this business and has demonstrated leadership attributes – not only leadership of people, but thought leadership, bringing about many significant changes in the way we go to market," said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne.
A resident of Parkland, Fla., Reed most recently served as Director of Marketing with CruiseOne where she was at the forefront of digitalizing the company’s award-winning marketing efforts and transforming print materials to adapt to the changing needs of consumers...

Value Place Opens New Hotel In Grand Junction, Colorado »

September 30, 2014 at 7:30AM PDT | Source: Value Place

124-room Hotel Provides A Clean, Safe, Affordable, Extended-Stay Option for Travelers
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - September 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Value Place, the nation's largest economy extended-stay hotel brand, has announced the grand opening of a newly constructed hotel in Grand Junction, Colorado, located at 651 Market Street. This is the brand's fifth hotel in the state, joining Value Place hotels in Denver, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs. Value Place has partnered with local franchisor VP Grand Junction, LLC to develop this hotel. The hotel will be open to the public effective September 30, 2014.
"We are pleased that VP Grand Junction, LLC has chosen our business model to secure their investment," said Andy Anderson, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Value Place...

Starwood Hotels And Resorts To Relocate Global Headquarters To India In March 2015 For Month-Long Immersion »

September 30, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

CEO and Senior Leadership Team to Conduct Day-To-Day Business Out of India, Reflecting the Strategic Relevance of South Asia as Starwood's 3rd Largest Market
Following Insightful Relocations to China in 2011 and Dubai in 2013, the Move Will Bring the Company Closer to Owners, Associates, Guests and Customers in a Key Growth Region
NEW DELHI - September 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it will relocate its global headquarters from the United States to India in March 2015 for a month-long immersion. Starwood President & CEO Frits van Paasschen and the company's top executives will split their time between Mumbai and Delhi, conducting day-to-day business from this important global destination with immense potential for outbound travel...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Debuts The Castle Hotel As Part Of The Luxury Collection Brand In China's Northern Coast »

September 29, 2014 at 9:45AM PDT | Source: Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

Owned by Dalian Yifang Group, The Castle Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian Sets a New Benchmark of Luxury in the Region
DALIAN, China - September 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Luxury Collection, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), announces the opening of The Castle Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian. Owned by the Dalian Yifang Group and managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, The Castle Hotel marks The Luxury Collection's first hotel in Liaoning, China offering the brand's signature concierge service and indigenous cultural experiences in a majestic urban retreat.
The exterior of The Castle Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian
The Castle Hotel joins a portfolio of distinct Luxury Collection hotels in China, including the legendary Astor Hotel in Tianjin; Twelve at Hengshan and The Hongta Hotel in Shanghai; and The Royal Begonia Resort in Sanya...

W Hotels Worldwide To Enter Morroco With W Marrakech »

September 29, 2014 at 7:54AM PDT | Source: W Hotels Worldwide

Slated to open in 2017, Landmark W Hotels Project will Bring Cutting-Edge Design and Contemporary Luxury to the Vibrant City of Marrakech
MARRAKECH, Morocco - September 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced that it will launch the W brand in Marrakech in 2017 with the opening of W Marrakech. Owned by Morocco-based Menatlas 14 S.A., the 148-room hotel will be located in the city’s dynamic Hivernage district.
"We are proud to partner with Menatlas 14 S. A. to bring the W brand to Morocco, particularly to Marrakech, one of the most dynamic and stylish cities in Africa," said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East...

InterContinental New York Barclay Undergoes Extensive Renovation »

September 29, 2014 at 5:53AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

Iconic luxury hotel in the heart of Manhattan to undergo extensive renovation; hotel to be restored to become the luxury hotel of choice in New York.
ATLANTA – September 25, 2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group ( IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announces that the InterContinental New York Barclay is now closed to commence the $175 million renovation, which was announced on 19 December 2013. The hotel recently checked out its last guest in preparation for the 18-month refurbishment, which will revitalize the landmark property into the Midtown East luxury hotel of choice for elite travelers.
"We are delighted to work with our partners, Constellation Barclay Holding US LLC, to manage the extensive renovation of our classic New York hotel," said Hervé Houdré, regional director of operations and general manager of the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel...

IHG® Signs InterContinental® Lisbon And Crowne Plaza® Porto »

September 29, 2014 at 5:18AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

September 22, 2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's largest hotel companies, has announced the signing of two flagship hotels in Portugal:
InterContinental® Lisbon and Crowne Plaza® Porto. Both properties will operate under management agreements between Hotelgal SA, a subsidiary of Global Hotels & Resorts, and IHG.
InterContinental Lisbon will open in just a few weeks' time and will undergo a phased refurbishment of the lobby and public areas. The property was built in 1984 as Le Meridien Hotel, before becoming the Tiara Park Atlantic Lisbon Hotel in 2008. Featuring 237 deluxe rooms, 78 executive rooms, 16 Suites, a fitness studio, 18 meeting rooms, delegate space and a spacious restaurant and bar, the hotel is set to become an icon of luxury in Lisbon's city centre...

IHG Announces The Opening Of A New Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites For Spruce Grove, Alberta »

September 26, 2014 at 12:30PM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

Convenient Location for Both Business and Leisure Travelers
September 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // SPRUCE GROVE, AB. – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the opening of a new Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites in Spruce Grove following an $18 million investment by the ownership group. This 79,500-square-foot property has been added to IHG's hotels in Alberta, is located close to some of the city's major attractions such as TransAtla Tri Leisure Centre, Fuhr Sports Park and 20 minutes away from West Edmonton Mall. Other neighboring attractions include the Tri-Village which features many shops and popular eateries and the Acheson Industrial Park, a major employment area, home to more than 200 businesses...

IHG® Announces Its Seventh Multiple Development Agreement In Germany »

September 26, 2014 at 10:47AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

September 11, 2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's largest hotel companies, has announced its seventh multiple development agreement (MDA) in Germany with existing owner partner Sierra Hotel Management Ltd. The first property already signed under the agreement is Holiday Inn Express® Karlsruhe – City Park, due to open in mid-2016.
Holiday Inn Express Karlsruhe – City Park marks the first hotel out of a total of five hotels in the agreement. The newly constructed hotel will feature 115 rooms, three multifunctional meeting rooms and ample car parking spaces for guests.
Holiday Inn Express Karlsruhe – City Park will occupy a prime location on Zimmerstrasse at the entrance to the city of Karlsruhe, which is home to the German Federal Constitutional Court, a number of large companies and several research institutions...

The Holiday Inn® Brand Launches #JourneyOnContest »

September 26, 2014 at 9:53AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn

Inspiring Consumers to Share Their Extraordinary Journeys Through Visual Storytelling; Campaign Also Gives Consumers The Chance To Win Free Room Nights
September 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the launch of its Holiday Inn® brand's #JourneyOnContest via Instagram as part of the brand's Journey to Extraordinary campaign. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a single image can convey a powerful story that inspires many. From the first family road trip to the finish line of a race, photographs help capture an unforgettable moment in time at its core. That's why the Holiday Inn brand wants consumers to share captivating photographs that tell the story of their extraordinary journeys, past or present, in order to win the chance to start their next one...

IHG Announces The Upcoming Opening Of A Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites For Mont-Tremblant In Quebec »

September 26, 2014 at 7:11AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

Hotel in Tremblant Pedestrian Village in Close Proximity to Numerous Ski Lifts
MONT-TREMBLANT, QC. – September 10, 2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, announces the upcoming opening of a new Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites in Tremblant in time for the 2015 winter ski season. Expected to open early 2015 and following a $3.2 million investment by the ownership, this property is located in the heart of the Tremblant pedestrian village, conveniently accessible to numerous ski lifts, restaurants and shops. IHG currently has 14 hotels open in Quebec Province with two more in the pipeline.
Nearby attractions include the Mont-Tremblant Activity Centre, which offers everything from sleigh rides and snowmobiling in the winter to rock climbing and white water rafting in the summer, and world class golf courses such as Le Diable and Le Géant which are located within a short distance of the hotel...



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