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IHG Announces The Opening Of A Holiday Inn Express® & Suites For Fredericton, New Brunswick »

November 25, 2014 at 10:59AM PST | Source: Holiday Inn Express

Hotel opens in New Brunswick's capital city after undergoing a nearly $3M renovation.
November 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, announces the opening of the newly renovated 91 room Holiday Inn Express® & Suites Fredericton. Formerly a Lakeview Inns & Suites hotel, the property is located in the growing business area of uptown Fredericton. The hotel offers easy access to the TransCanada Highway 2, Princess Margaret Bridge and Regent Mall. Near the hotel are the Fredericton Golf Club, Fredericton International Airport and St. John River, where guests can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, breathtaking views and local cuisine...

Expedia CruiseShipCenters® Gives Back At Sea »

November 25, 2014 at 4:02AM PST | Source: Expedia CruiseShipCenters International Inc

Leading Travel Franchise Raises $20,000 for Breast Cancer Research and Awareness
November 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // New York City – As Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® – part of Expedia® Inc., the largest travel company in the world, celebrated its annual 2014 National Conference aboard Norwegian Breakaway, the company once again leveraged the opportunity to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. Through fundraising initiatives both at the corporate and franchisee levels, more than $20,000 has been raised for the cause in 2014.
Conference attendees dressed in pink from head to toe participating in a spirited walk and workout onboard the Breakaway in support of finding a cure for breast cancer...

Hyatt Announces Plans For A Park Hyatt Hotel In Auckland »

November 21, 2014 at 11:07AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

November 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Fu Wah New Zealand for a Park Hyatt hotel in Auckland, New Zealand. Expected to open in 2017, Park Hyatt Auckland will mark Hyatt's return to New Zealand, and the first Park Hyatt-branded hotel to open in Auckland.
"This has been an exciting year for the Park Hyatt brand, and we are honored to collaborate with Fu Wah New Zealand on this landmark luxury development," said Ratnesh Verma, senior vice president, real estate and development, Asia Pacific, Hyatt. "Fu Wah New Zealand believes in the Park Hyatt brand, having recently purchased Park Hyatt Melbourne, and we are confident Park Hyatt Auckland will provide guests with the luxurious accommodations, culinary expertise and high-quality service for which the Park Hyatt brand is known...

Value Place Expands Into Chicago With 15 New Hotels »

November 21, 2014 at 7:27AM PST | Source: Value Place

Value Place partners with Holladay Properties for Multi-Unit Development Agreement
CHICAGO - November 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Value Place, the largest economy, extended-stay hotel brand in the U.S., has signed a long-term development agreement with Holladay Properties to build multiple hotels in the Chicago area.
The South Bend, Indiana-based Holladay Properties has entered into a development agreement with Value Place Franchise Services, LLC, to develop 15 hotels in the Chicagoland area within the next 60 months, with the potential to build additional properties. The first hotel is on track to break ground Spring 2015.
"This development group has the stamina and resources to aggressively grow with us in this area of the country," said Ron Burgett, Executive Vice President of Development at Value Place...

Starwood Hotels Continues Asset-Light Strategy With Sale Of Sheraton On The Park In Sydney, Australia »

November 21, 2014 at 5:03AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced it has sold Sheraton® on the Park in Sydney, Australia to Sunshine Insurance Group Corporation (SIG) for AUS$463.0 million [US$399.0 million]. Starwood will continue to operate the hotel as a Sheraton under a long-term management contract.
"We are pleased to advance our asset-light strategy with the sale of the iconic Sheraton on the Park hotel and look forward to working closely with SIG to ensure its continued success," said Simon Turner, President of Global Development for Starwood. "The terms of this sale underscore the strength of the Sheraton brand and the success of this hotel, as well as the tremendous value of this property in a high barrier to entry market...

Starwood Announces Regular Quarterly Dividend And Special Dividend »

November 21, 2014 at 4:00AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - November 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.35 per share. The regular quarterly dividend will be paid on December 29, 2014 to stockholders of record on December 8, 2014.
In addition, Starwood declared a special dividend of $0.65 per share. The special dividend will be payable on December 29, 2014 to stockholders of record on December 8, 2014. This is the fourth and final special dividend to be paid to stockholders in connection with the previously announced realization of approximately $500 million in net cash after capital expenditures from the completion of the St. Regis Bal Harbour residential project and sale of the hotel...

CruiseOne® And Cruises Inc.® Launch Revolutionary Travel Video Library »

November 20, 2014 at 5:00AM PST | Source: CruiseOne

Home-based travel agencies will have 35 travel videos in library by end of year with additional ones being added throughout 2015.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (PRWEB) November 20, 2014 - A first in the travel industry, CruiseOne® and Cruises Inc.® announced the launch of a video library of travel vlogs, blogs that are primarily video content. With 26 travel videos already created and 35 expected to be completed by year-end, these vlogs provide consumers a first-person look at what it’s like to stay at a resort or travel on a cruise by showcasing unique destinations, various cruise lines and different experiences available on land and at sea, as well as additional background information and insider tips.
"These videos are a game-changer in the travel industry and are unlike anything that already exists," said Rosemarie Reed, vice president of marketing for CruiseOne and Cruises Inc...

IHG Grows The Holiday Inn Brand® In New York City »

November 20, 2014 at 4:52AM PST | Source: Holiday Inn

Hotel on Staten Island Convenient for Both Business and Leisure Travelers
November 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the opening of the Holiday Inn® Staten Island hotel. With over 50 IHG-branded hotels open in the New York metropolitan area and nearly 15 additional hotels in the pipeline, this five-story, 105-room property is expected to generate nearly 20 jobs on Staten Island.
"We are thrilled to welcome this property to the Holiday Inn Portfolio of Brands," said Heather Balsley, senior vice president, Americas Core Brands & Brand Operations. "The Holiday Inn Staten Island hotel is one of more than 1,200 properties worldwide representing the new face of a brand that is redefining guest comfort and convenience, and Staten Island is a market where we believe this new Holiday Inn hotel will thrive...

The Westin Austin Downtown Celebrates Topping Out »

November 20, 2014 at 4:30AM PST | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

The Topping Out Milestone Signifies the Completion of Structural Construction
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Westin Austin Downtown welcomed clients and guests to downtown Austin today to celebrate the completion of structural construction on the 20-story, 366-room hotel.
The hotel broke ground Aug. 5 and is scheduled to open in June 2015 on the northeast corner of East Fifth Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. The Westin hotel is a joint venture between White Lodging Services Corporation, the Harry Whittington family and REI Real Estate Services, LLC.
Once open, the hotel will be the 21st White Lodging managed hotel in the Austin area.
"It's very exciting to bring the Westin brand into the heart of downtown market," said Alison Berg, the hotel's director of sales and marketing...

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens Near Downtown Rochester »

November 19, 2014 at 11:43AM PST | Source: Homewood Suites by Hilton

New Hotel Offers Extended Stay Amenities to Guests Near Reputable Medical Centers
November 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // ROCHESTER, Minn. 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 Rochester Mayo Clinic Area/Saint Marys.
The six-story hotel, owned by Carpenter and Torgerson II, LLC, is the fifth Homewood Suites property in the state and features 108 suites. Dan Nelson, general manager, and Gail Nelson, director of sales, have been in the hotel industry for a combined 40 years.
“Guests visiting St. Marys Hospital, the Mayo Clinic or downtown Rochester will feel at home in our spacious suites with fully-equipped kitchens,” said Dan Nelson, general manager, Homewood Suites Rochester Mayo Clinic Area/Saint Marys...

Hyatt Recognized By Human Rights Campaign As 'Best Place To Work' For LGBT Equality For 11th Consecutive Year »

November 19, 2014 at 7:08AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Continuing Focus on Making Hyatt a Place where Individuals Can Bring Their Whole Selves to Work Leads to Selection of Respected Diversity and Inclusion Leaders
November 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that for the 11th consecutive year, Hyatt has earned 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered annually by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). HRC is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
Hyatt's 100 percent rating includes perfect marks for the company's protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression; benefits programs for LGBT colleagues including equivalent spousal and partner benefits and transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage; diversity and inclusion training; and public commitment to the LGBT community...

IHG Announces A New Staybridge Suites® Hotel For Edmonton, Alberta »

November 18, 2014 at 12:02PM PST | Source: Staybridge Suites

Upscale Extended Stay Hotel Opens in the Edmonton Area
November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // EDMONTON, ALBERTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announces the opening of the new 122-room Staybridge Suites® West Edmonton hotel located just off Highway-16. This property, managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, is IHG's newest addition to hotels in Alberta and is the first Staybridge Suites hotel in Edmonton. The property is within driving distance to local destinations including West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton Valley Zoo and Shaw Conference Centre.
"We're very pleased to welcome the Staybridge Suites West Edmonton hotel to our quickly growing family of upscale extended stay hotels," said Robert Radomski, vice president, Brand Management, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® brands...

FibraHotel Acquires The Sheraton Ambassador Hotel In Monterrey, Mexico From Starwood Hotels & Resorts »

November 18, 2014 at 8:12AM PST | Source: Sheraton Hotels

The 229-room hotel will undergo a comprehensive renovation and continue to operate as a Sheraton under a new long-term management agreement.
MEXICO CITY - November 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - FibraHotel (BMV:FIHO 12), the first real estate investment trust specialized in urban business-class hotels in Mexico, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the sale of the Sheraton® Ambassador Monterrey hotel to FibraHotel, adding 229 rooms to FibraHotel's portfolio. The transaction will represent a total investment of US$13.5 million by FibraHotel, including a comprehensive property renovation over the next two years. The hotel will be operated by Starwood through a long-term management agreement...

Hospitality International, Inc. Welcomes Scottish Inns Spring Texas »

November 18, 2014 at 8:05AM PST | Source: Scottish Inns

November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Tucker, GA - November 12th 2014, Hospitality International Inc. is pleased to welcome the Scottish Inns Spring Texas to the Hospitality International franchise system.
The Scottish Inn is conveniently located off of I-45 close to Splash Town Waterpark, Inspire Rock, and minutes from Old Town Spring. There are over 25 restaurants within a mile of the Scottish Inn Spring, TX.
The newly renovated Scottish Inn Spring, Texas is proud to offer 37 inch flat screen TV's, microwaves, refrigerators and free Wi-Fi in all rooms. The Scottish Inn also offers free continental breakfast and free parking for all guests. Large groups are welcome, special rates are offered at the property for multiple nights or multiple rooms...

Hospitality International, Inc. Welcomes Red Carpet Inn Alexandria, VA »

November 18, 2014 at 7:57AM PST | Source: Red Carpet Inn

November 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Tucker, GA - November 15th 2014, Hospitality International Inc. is pleased to welcome the Red Carpet Inn Alexandria VA to the Hospitality International franchise system.
The newly renovated Red Carpet Inn is ideally located in Alexandria, VA, just 15 minutes from our nation's Capitol, and only minutes from George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Gunston Hall Plantation and Fort Belvoir Army base. Within a few minutes drive you can enjoy all that Alexandria, VA has to offer, such as hiking trails, horseback riding or a cruise on the Potomac River. The friendly and inviting staff is there 24 hours for anything that you may need and is pleased to welcome you as their guest...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Rings In The Holiday Season With Cyber Monday Sale And Instant Sweepstakes Giveaway »

November 18, 2014 at 5:42AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Savings up to 30% at more than 600 participating hotels across The Americas; 225 complimentary nights to be awarded in 60 fabulous prize draws during SPG’s 12-hour instant sweepstakes giveaway on Facebook
STAMFORD, Conn. - November 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and its award-winning Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) program today announced plans for Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Cyber Monday sale. The online sale will launch November 24th and run through December 7th featuring discounts up to 30% off regular room rates at more than 600 hotels and resorts throughout North and Latin America giving guests a great opportunity to book holiday stays, winter getaways and spring breaks...

La Quinta Announces Secondary Offering Of 20,000,000 Shares Of Common Stock »

November 18, 2014 at 4:44AM PST | Source: La Quinta Inn

IRVING, Texas - Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - La Quinta Holdings Inc. ("La Quinta" or the "Company") announced today that certain selling stockholders affiliated with The Blackstone Group L.P. have commenced a secondary offering of 20,000,000 shares of La Quinta common stock. The underwriters will have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 3,000,000 shares of common stock from the selling stockholders.
La Quinta is not offering any shares of common stock in the offering and will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares in this offering.
J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley are serving as representatives of the underwriters and joint book-running managers for the offering. BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Securities, Goldman, Sachs & Co...

J&Co. Hotels Group Opens Econo Lodge Hotel At The Jersey Shore In Ocean County »

November 17, 2014 at 8:13AM PST | Source: Econo Lodge

Toms River, NJ, November 15, 2014 - (PR.com) - J&Co Hotels Group, a hotel company with approximately twelve hotels and multiple rental properties, today announced the opening of the Econo Lodge - Seaside Heights / Toms River, the brand’s first Choice Hotels International franchise property in Ocean County, New Jersey.
The launch of this limited-service hotel, which features an outdoor pool, two-story patio deck, refreshed lobby and fresh guest rooms and which is conveniently located near the Seaside Heights boardwalk & beach, coincides with a significant milestone for the J&Co. brand – the second hotel in the area to be opened since Superstorm Sandy.
Part of a development agreement with Choice Hotels International to bring the Econo Lodge property to the Toms River market, the property plays a key role in J&Co...

Wyndham Hotel Group Partners With Polaris To Help Prevent Human Trafficking »

November 17, 2014 at 7:59AM PST | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Donates $150,000 and One Million Wyndham Rewards Points
November 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. - Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,590 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced its continued commitment to preventing human trafficking by partnering with Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors.
As part of the joint effort, Wyndham Hotel Group and Polaris are developing comprehensive training and educational tools for hotel owners and franchisees, property-level staff and employees at its corporate offices and call centers to educate them about all aspects of human trafficking.
Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery whereby criminals profit by controlling and exploiting vulnerable people...

Expedia CruiseShipCenters® Invited To Experience A Quantum Leap In Cruising »

November 17, 2014 at 4:08AM PST | Source: Expedia CruiseShipCenters International Inc

Leading Travel Franchise to Set Sail on Royal Caribbean® Quantum of the Seas Inaugural Cruise
November 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // New York City – Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® – part of Expedia® Inc., is gearing up for the highly anticipated 2-night inaugural cruise of the Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas sailing from Bayonne, New Jersey from November 16-18. As valued travel partners, all Expedia CruiseShipCenters corporate leadership staff and franchise partners have been exclusively invited aboard to celebrate and experience the debut of the new ship.
With its virtual balconies, robotic bartenders and radio frequency ID wristbands to enable passengers to make cashless payments, the Quantum of the Seas has been touted as the smartest ship at sea...



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