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IHG Expands Luxury Portfolio With InterContinental Resort In Chennai »

May 22, 2015 at 9:29AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

106-room InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort to be first resort to open under InterContinental brand in India.
May 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of world’s leading hotel companies, today announced the signing of the management agreement for InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort with Adyar Gate Hotels Limited.
When it opens later this year, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort will join InterContinental Mumbai Marine Drive to be the second hotel under the company's luxury brand in India.
The signing of the 106-room InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort follows closely behind the recently announced deal between IHG and Adyar Gate Hotels Limited for Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park...

Cruise Planners, An American Express Travel Representative, Named A 2015 Hot Franchise For Veterans™ »

May 22, 2015 at 4:07AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Top travel franchise company is a 2015 Hot Franchise for Veterans, according to GI Jobs, and is offering 30 Percent in savings to the military community.
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) May 22, 2015 - G.I. Jobs®, the premier resource for helping transitioning service members find success in civilian careers, released its 2015 Hot Franchises For Veterans™ just in time for Memorial Day. The list includes Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, as the top travel franchise business for veterans due to its focus on recruiting and training more franchisees with military experience. Aspiring “vetrepreneurs,” those active military and their families with a passion for travel can be their own boss, travel and sell the world with Cruise Planners...

CruiseOne® Launches Fourth Annual Contest For Military Veterans On Memorial Day »

May 21, 2015 at 8:25AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

“Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” cruise franchise giveaway contest for military veterans begins May 25
May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Home-based travel franchise CruiseOne®, which is part of World Travel Holdings — the world's largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, celebrates Military Appreciation Month in May with the launch of its fourth annual “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” contest. Military veterans can enter the contest beginning on Memorial Day, which is Monday, May 25, 2015, until the contest’s deadline of Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Five deserving U.S. military veterans will each receive a CruiseOne home-based travel franchise, a total value of $63,500...

Hyatt Place Bowling Green Celebrates Official Opening »

May 21, 2015 at 4:12AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

108-Room Hyatt Place Hotel Located in the Heart of Western Kentucky University
May 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Dellisart Wellspring Investment, LLC today announce the opening of Hyatt Place Bowling Green, which is located at the Western Kentucky University (WKU) Gateway to historic downtown Bowling Green within the Bowling Green Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. The TIF district is a public financing project that covers 350 acres in the city's downtown, and with $187 million in capital investments certified as of December of 2012. From visiting parents and sports teams to guest lecturers and prospective students, business and leisure travelers will appreciate the casual hospitality and practical amenities offered at Hyatt Place Bowling Green...

IHG And Greenland USA To Develop The First Hotel Indigo® In Downtown Los Angeles »

May 20, 2015 at 9:40AM PDT | Source: Hotel Indigo

Boutique Brand Part of Greenland USA’s $1 Billion Metropolis Development
May 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA and LOS ANGELES – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, and Greenland USA, a leading developer of residential and commercial properties, today announce the signing of the first Hotel Indigo® hotel in the city of Los Angeles, California. The 350-room, 18-story Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles will be the flagship hotel at Metropolis, a more than $1 billion mixed-use development which promises to redefine the Los Angeles streetscape, skyline and lifestyle. Currently under construction, Metropolis will also feature three residential towers and a curated retail experience...

W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills Unveils $25 Million Transformative Renovation »

May 18, 2015 at 9:18AM PDT | Source: W Hotels Worldwide

Restyled Dynamic Hotel Injects Cutting-Edge Design, New Signature Programming, and Whatever/Whenever® Service into a Modern Day Hideout
LOS ANGELES - May 18, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) - W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the completion of the highly anticipated $25 million renovation of W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills, formerly known as W Los Angeles – Westwood. Nestled between the foothills of Beverly Hills and Bel-Air, while just minutes from Los Angeles’ Sunset Boulevard and the famed beaches of Santa Monica, the transformation, led by Dawson Design Associates, creates spaces where travelers can immerse themselves in a quintessential Los Angeles experience – hidden bungalows, fantastic service and innovative dining concepts...

Comfort Brand Announces New Programs To Elevate The Guest Experience »

May 18, 2015 at 8:48AM PDT | Source: Comfort Inn, Suites and Hotel

Comfort brands' guest enhancements include uniquely developed brand of bath products, more breakfast options, robust recharge capabilities and overall wellness
LAS VEGAS - May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The sweet scent of waffles is no longer the only aroma to delight the senses at Comfort branded hotels. Guests will soon enjoy hints of citrus and mint as well, but not from the free breakfast offered at Comfort branded hotels. At parent company Choice Hotels' 61st annual convention in Las Vegas, the Comfort brands unveiled "RAIO," the hotel brands' exclusive new line of bath products. These will come in addition to the roll out of other enhancements to the guest's bath experience, complimentary breakfast, and overall wellness initiatives...

Home2 Suites By Hilton Opens In New Mexico »

May 18, 2015 at 7:46AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

Farmington/Bloomfield Property Follows Albuquerque Debut Last Month
May 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // FARMINGTON, N.M. 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, announced today the opening of its 54th hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Farmington/Bloomfield, bringing 96 new rooms to the New Mexico market.
“Opening a second Home2 Suites location in New Mexico speaks to the brand’s popularity amongst developers and guests,” said Bill Duncan, global head for Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton. “From our flexible building models to our variety of amenities, our brand offers customizable options that provide a personal touch...

Embassy Suites And Hampton Hotels Add “by Hilton” Endorsement To Their Names »

May 18, 2015 at 5:23AM PDT | Source: Embassy Suites by Hilton

Strategic Change Linked to Brand Evolution and Global Recognition
May 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // McLEAN, Va – Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) today announced a re-branding of Embassy Suites Hotels and Hampton Hotels in the U.S., adding the “by Hilton” endorsement to their monikers. The new brand logos and names, Embassy Suites by Hilton and Hampton by Hilton, represent the next phase of a renewed business strategy to further reinforce the brands’ identities within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio and the company’s continued commitment to the future growth, expansion, and evolution of its brands. The phased rollout begins this quarter and will bring about greater consistency as these brands already carry the ‘by Hilton’ endorsement outside of the U...

Starwood To Present At The Nomura 2015 Annual Gaming, Leisure And Lodging Conference »

May 18, 2015 at 3:48AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - May 15, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) will present at the Nomura 2015 2nd Annual Gaming, Leisure and Lodging Conference in New York, NY on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Adam Aron, CEO on an interim basis, 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.
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Home2 Suites By Hilton Opens First Hotel In Kentucky »

May 14, 2015 at 11:12AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

Hotel Brand Expands into “Bluegrass State” with Lexington Property
May 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // LEXINGTON, Ky. 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, announced today the opening of its 53rd hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Lexington University/Medical Center. The hotel is the brand’s first property in Kentucky, and it will bring 103 new rooms to the Lexington market.
“The hotel’s connection to the Lexington Medical Center is a great example of the value Home2 Suites can bring to travelers staying at a hotel for an extended period of time,” said Bill Duncan, global head for Home2 Suites and Homewood Suites by Hilton...

Doubletree By Hilton Declares “Free Cookies For All” With Global Cookie Giveaways On Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, Friday, May 15 »

May 14, 2015 at 5:20AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Hotel Brand Invites Consumers to Visit Any DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Globally for a Free Cookie; Partners with World-Class Transportation Brands to Offer “Sweet Rides” to Thousands of Travelers
May 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // McLean, VA – This Friday, May 15, DoubleTree by Hilton will take National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day global with an international cookie blitz to surprise unsuspecting travelers with tens of thousands of the brand’s iconic chocolate chip and walnut cookies – the same signature greeting that is offered to each guest at check-in at DoubleTree by Hilton hotels worldwide. Whether journeying by air or ground, DoubleTree by Hilton is setting out to give travelers a sweet ride in honor of the day, teaming up with some of the world’s leading transportation partners, including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental, to brighten travelers’ days with free cookies at select airport locations in North America, the UK and Australia...

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens New Hotel In Woodbridge »

May 14, 2015 at 4:06AM PDT | Source: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Brand’s Growth Reflective of State’s Tourism on Upswing
May 14, 2015 // Franchising.com // WOODBRIDGE, Va. and MCLEAN, Va. – Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's international brand of upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotels, announced today its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Woodbridge.
“Whether a business or leisure travel guest, our hotel offers comfort, convenience and value, driving factors in most travel decisions,” said Charles Friend, general manager. “From complimentary daily hot breakfast and Wi-Fi to fully equipped kitchens and separate living spaces, Homewood Suites wants our guests to be at home, whether for a night or extended stay.”
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The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts Reveals Coveted Concierge Secrets For New Assouline Book, Certified Indigenous »

May 13, 2015 at 6:41AM PDT | Source: Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

NEW YORK - May 13, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), today unveiled its latest collaboration with Assouline. Available today, Certified Indigenous is a hardcover book, the third in the series, that reveals how hotel concierges around the world explore their respective locales, offering travel tips as only a local could. The limited edition tome shares secret shops, culinary tips and captivating stories that bring to life The Luxury Collection mantra, “Life is a collection of experiences. Let us be your guide.”
Adam Aron, CEO on an interim basis of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. commented “We are now in a process of putting an even brighter spotlight on our world-class hotel brands, with a renewed focus on Sheraton, the creation of Tribute Portfolio and expanded corporate resource for all of our Global Brand Organization...

Hyatt Announces Plans For Hyatt Place Jeddah/Medina Road And Hyatt House Jeddah/Sari Street »

May 13, 2015 at 4:37AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

The Hyatt Place And Hyatt House Brands To Expand To The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
May 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into an agreement with Abdulelah Mohammed Ali Maghrabi Commercial Est. for a Hyatt Place hotel and a Hyatt House hotel in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The hotels will be within one mile of each other and will be designed by Dubai-based Samuel Creations. Hyatt Place Jeddah/Medina Road and Hyatt House Jeddah/Sari Street will join the luxurious Park Hyatt Jeddah Marina, Club and Spa and the recently opened Hyatt Place Dubai/Al Rigga.
“We are delighted to announce the introduction of the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands to one of the largest countries in the Middle East,” said Peter Norman, senior vice president, real estate and development for Hyatt in Europe, Africa and the Middle East...

Holiday Inn Resort® Montego Bay Unveils Updated Property After $15M Renovation »

May 12, 2015 at 11:11AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn

Iconic Jamaican Resort Features Modern Updates in All Guest Rooms and Common Areas
May 12, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announces that the 518-room Holiday Inn Resort® Montego Bay hotel has completed a $15 million renovation funded by ownership. The resort now features fully updated guest rooms, an ocean-view lobby with an open design and four restaurants offering a variety of cuisines including seafood, Japanese, Caribbean and Italian.
Heather Balsley, Senior Vice President, Americas Brand Management, IHG said: “With locations around the world, the Holiday Inn brand plays a role in millions of guest journeys – for both business and fun – every year...

Leading Travel Franchise Targets New York For Expansion »

May 12, 2015 at 7:20AM PDT | Source: Expedia CruiseShipCenters International Inc

Expedia CruiseShipCenters Aims to Add More Than 30 NY Locations
NEW YORK - May 12, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® – part of the Expedia® Inc. family of brands – announced plans to add more than 30 additional locations through strategic franchise partnerships in New York over the next five to seven years. With more than 190 stores already operating in North America, Expedia CruiseShipCenters has identified New York as a prime market for development. The company recently opened its first New York franchise in Nassau County and will follow with a second store in Staten Island later this year.
According to NYCruise, more than $250 million was recently invested in the redesign of the Manhattan and Brooklyn cruise terminals, making them among the finest contemporary cruise terminals in the world...

Starwood Hotels’ Leading-Edge Aloft Brand Debuts In Sydney With The Signing Of Aloft Sydney Pitt Street »

May 12, 2015 at 6:42AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Slated to open in November 2016, aloft Sydney Pitt Street is Set to Amp up Sydney’s Hotel Scene with its Tech-Forward Features, Cutting-Edge Design and Buzzing Social Spaces
SYDNEY - May 12, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the signing of a long term management agreement with 302 Pitt Operations Pty Ltd., an affiliate of Melbourne based investment and development company, Ninety Four Feet P/L, to debut its leading-edge aloft brand, a vision of W Hotels, to Sydney, Australia. Sydney’s first aloft hotel will be located at 302 Pitt Street, after the city’s iconic Druids House building is transformed into a-state-of-the-art hotel by renowned, local designer, Carmen Glenister of Opera Studio Design and Sydney based Architects, Scott Carver...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Accelerates Growth In Vietnam With The Signing Of Sheraton Danang Resort »

May 12, 2015 at 5:30AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Scheduled to Open in Early 2018, Sheraton Danang Resort Will Mark the Debut of the Sheraton Brand into Danang, the biggest city on the South Central Coast of Vietnam
DANANG, Vietnam - May 12, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced its global powerhouse Sheraton® brand will debut in Danang, Vietnam’s third largest city, with the signing of Sheraton Danang Resort, a beachfront property. Scheduled to open in early 2018, the agreement with Oriental Sea Villas and Hotel Company Ltd follows closely behind the signing of Four Points® by Sheraton Danang late last year, signifying the growing presence of Starwood Hotels in the city and the country.
“We are excited to introduce the Sheraton brand in Danang, considered one of Vietnam’s most popular vacation spots and the gateway to Vietnam’s central region,” said Lothar Pehl, Senior Vice President, Operations and Global Initiatives, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific...

Element Hotels Unveils Design-Led Solar Collaboration With Sistine Solar, Inc. »

May 11, 2015 at 10:20AM PDT | Source: Element Hotels

Starting Today, Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport to Launch Pilot Program of Nature-Inspired Solar Charging Canopy for its Eco-Minded Guests
STAMFORD, Conn. - May 11, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Element Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) eco-innovation lab, today announced a collaboration with Sistine Solar, Inc. - a company that uses innovative design to change the way the world thinks about solar power - to produce a one-of-a-kind solar canopy for the Element brand. Starting today, Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport will debut a nature-themed, custom designed charging station that allows guests and locals to relax as they recharge their devices through the power of sunlight. A recognized industry leader in the eco-space, Element offers travelers a fresh, reimagined extended stay hotel experience...



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