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Michael Fletcher Appointed Director Of Sales And Marketing At Hilton Atlanta »

March 30, 2015 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

March 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Michael Fletcher has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Hilton Atlanta, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Atlanta’s convention district and home of the legendary Nicholas Roof with outstanding revolving views of downtown Atlanta. Fletcher will be responsible for the coordination of Hilton Atlanta’s sales and marketing functions, developing and implementing sales and marketing strategies for the 1242-room property.
Strategic and enthusiastic, Fletcher’s background includes more than 17 years of leadership experience overseeing the sales and marketing efforts of full service hotels with up to 1,560 rooms and 160,000 square feet of meeting space...

IHG® Announces Good Progress With Corporate Responsibility Targets »

March 27, 2015 at 11:17AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // London, UK - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has published an update on progress against its 2013-2017 Corporate Responsibility (CR) targets.
First announced in September 2013 to reinforce IHG’s long-term commitment to doing business responsibly, the targets were designed to measure our impact where it has the most influence on improving people’s lives – the environment and local communities. IHG’s progress against its targets has been driven through IHG’s three core CR programmes – IHG Green Engage™ system; IHG® Academy and IHG® Shelter in a Storm.
Richard Solomons, Chief Executive of IHG commented: “At IHG we have the global scale to be able to make a positive impact on the world around us...

Hyatt Announces Plans For Andaz Palm Springs »

March 26, 2015 at 5:37AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Andaz Palm Springs to open in 2016
CHICAGO - March 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management contract with Rael Development Corporation for an Andaz hotel in Palm Springs, Calif. The hotel will join Andaz hotels currently located in top resort destinations including Wailea (Maui), Napa (Calif.), and Peninsula Papagayo (Costa Rica), as well as other world-class cities such as London, New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Andaz Palm Springs is expected to open in late 2016.
Andaz Palm Springs will bring to life the brand’s mission of creating inspiring, indigenous experiences and immersing guests into the destination’s local culture...

Choice Hotels Names Mark Shalala Vice President Of Franchise Development For Cambria Hotels & Suites »

March 26, 2015 at 4:47AM PDT | Source: Cambria Suites

ROCKVILLE, Md. - March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International (NYSE: CHH), a leading worldwide lodging company, announced that it has named Mark Shalala as vice president of franchise development for Cambria hotels & suites. Cambria hotels & suites, one of Choice Hotels' upscale brands, is dedicated to making business travel easier – and more fun – than ever before.
In his new role, Mr. Shalala will be responsible for the franchise growth of the Cambria hotels & suites brand. He will be responsible for leading the franchise sales team in developing and implementing new strategies to increase the brand's distribution among key markets nationwide. This includes capitalizing on the company's commitment to the brand, including $250 million in corporate investments and other financial based incentives aimed to fuel the brand's growth, primarily in urban markets...

Caribe Hilton Hotel In San Juan Announces Debut Of Brand New Caribar »

March 25, 2015 at 10:40AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Destination Bar and Lounge Showcases Local Flavors and Caribbean Rhythms
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Caribe Hilton welcomes the addition of the brand new Caribar – a destination bar and lounge that blends Puerto Rico’s culinary influences with the resort’s heritage to deliver some of the most creative craft cocktails on the island. Bringing the soul of the island to the lobby of Caribe Hilton, Caribar is the newest spot in San Juan to enjoy exquisite tastings, socializing and “being seen.”
With an innovative drinks menu, coupled with culinary specialties created by Mario Ferro, Caribe Hilton executive chef, Caribar delivers the ultimate food and drink experience...

Multi-Million Dollar Renovations Underway At Embassy Suites Memphis »

March 25, 2015 at 9:14AM PDT | Source: Embassy Suites

Upscale Hotel Chain Updates Lobby, Atrium, Guest Suites and Restaurant
March 25, 2015 // Franchising.com // MEMPHIS, Tenn. and MCLEAN, Va. – The 220-suite Embassy Suites hotel in Memphis, TN has officially started a $7 million renovation, expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2015 with a brand new lobby, atrium, guest rooms and additional board room. The hotel’s on site restaurant, a favorite among locals and guests, Frank Grisanti’s Restaurant, will also undergo a major upgrade.
Currently the entire original lobby atrium is being transformed into more of a social lobby where guests will feel comfortable spending time outside their rooms. The atrium refresh will reflect Embassy Suites’ vision of modern, interactive living spaces, which will be unique to the Memphis marketplace...

La Quinta Prices Secondary Offering Of 20,750,000 Shares »

March 25, 2015 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: La Quinta Inn

IRVING, Texas - March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - La Quinta Holdings Inc. ("La Quinta" or the "Company") announced today the pricing of a secondary offering of 20,750,000 shares of La Quinta common stock by certain selling stockholders affiliated with The Blackstone Group L.P. at a price to the public of $23.71 per share. The underwriters have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 3,112,500 shares of common stock from the selling stockholders. The offering is expected to close on March 30, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.
La Quinta did not offer 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...

La Quinta Announces Secondary Offering Of 17,500,000 Shares Of Common Stock »

March 25, 2015 at 4:09AM PDT | Source: La Quinta Inn

IRVING, Texas - March 23, 2015 /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 17,500,000 shares of La Quinta common stock. The underwriters will have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,625,000 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...

Starwood’s Leading-Edge Aloft Brand Accelerates Growth In Silicon Valley With The Opening Of Aloft Sunnyvale »

March 24, 2015 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Aloft Sunnyvale Caters to Next Generation Travelers with its Tech-Forward Mind-set, Buzzing Social Scene and Live Music at WXYZ Bar
STAMFORD, Conn. - March 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its tech-forward Aloft brand has expanded its presence in Silicon Valley with the debut of Aloft Sunnyvale. The sleek, new Aloft hotel—formerly the Pacific Inn—features 85 spacious, loft-like rooms, an active social scene and a full line-up of innovative brand programming. Aloft Sunnyvale is located directly across from Sunnyvale Town Center, a 36-acre mixed-use development with shops, restaurants and entertainment.
“Aloft Sunnyvale is the perfect addition to this vibrant tech-hub that will attract early adopters with its distinctive style, state-of-the-art technologies and live music offerings,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

W Hotels Worldwide Set To Amplify Presence In Greater Seattle With Opening Of W Bellevue »

March 24, 2015 at 8:44AM PDT | Source: W Hotels Worldwide

Slated to Open in 2017, W Bellevue will Bring Dynamic Energy and Cutting-Edge Design to the Bustling City on Lake Washington
NEW YORK - March 24, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced an agreement with Kemper Development Company and Associates (KDC) to debut the iconic W brand in Bellevue, Washington, as part of the $1.2 billion expansion of The Bellevue Collection. W Bellevue is slated to open in spring 2017 with a contemporary design inspired by the hotel’s spectacular position near the shores of Lake Washington and Bellevue’s history as a lakeside vacation destination. W Bellevue will join W Seattle as the W brand’s second hotel in the Puget Sound area...

Red Lion Gives Guests 20% Off Of Spring Getaways »

March 23, 2015 at 7:37AM PDT | Source: Red Lion Hotels

Red Lion Hotels has announced their "Spring for a Treat" campaign, featuring savings of 20% on hotel stays through April 2015 and the chance to win a vacation giveaway at any Red Lion Hotel. The promotion encourages guests to enjoy the longer days, warmer weather and Red Lion’s diverse range of leisure destinations.
NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) March 23, 2015 - Red Lion Hotels Corporation (RLHC) announced a new spring campaign across all of their properties, encouraging guests to "Spring for a Treat." Featuring savings of 20% off of stays at participating properties through April 30, guests can learn about the offer at: http://www.redlion.com/spring.
With the approach of warmer weather and longer days, this campaign follows up on RLHC’s Daylight Savings campaign, based on the theme "Sleep Less...

Five DoubleTree By Hilton Properties Join Historic Hotels Of America »

March 23, 2015 at 5:39AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

March 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – DoubleTree by Hilton announced today that five of its most celebrated and distinguished hotels have joined the prestigious Historic Hotels of AmericaTM organization. From the ground on which Harry S. Truman once waved the “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline to the property now recognized as the “Official Hotel of the Alamo,” these five storied historic hotels embody the spirit and legacy of DoubleTree by Hilton in their own communities. The official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation®, Historic Hotels of America recognizes only the finest hotels for maintaining their authenticity, sense of place and architectural integrity. To qualify for the program, hotels must have historic significance, be at least 50 years old, be designated by the U...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Strengthens Latin America Portfolio With Four New Hotels In Mexico »

March 19, 2015 at 6:26AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

aloft Tijuana, aloft Coatzacoalcos and aloft Poza Rica Will Open by 2017Sheraton Chihuahua Soberano Hotel Will Debut this November
STAMFORD, Conn. - March 19, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (NYSE:HOT) today announced an agreement with GH Pegasus to open aloft Tijuana, aloft Coatzacoalcos and aloft Poza Rica by the end of 2017, and an agreement with Hoteles Real Chihuahua to unveil the Sheraton Chihuahua Soberano Hotel, a strategic conversion, by November 2015. With these new signings, Starwood will further strengthen its footprint across Latin America and Caribbean while significantly bolstering its presence in Mexico, the largest market for the company in the region.
“We are very excited to continue to expand our reach in Latin America with our fast-growing aloft brand and Sheraton, our largest brand – both of which continue to be sought-after by investors and guests alike,” said Jorge Giannattasio, Senior Vice President and Chief of Operations for Starwood Latin America and the Caribbean...

Embassy Suites Launches #PrettyGreat Family Travel Hacks Community To Help Make Family Vacations Better »

March 19, 2015 at 6:05AM PDT | Source: Embassy Suites

All-suite hotel brand will leverage original research to improve the family travel experience through enhanced team member training, family-focused amenities, and a new Family Travel Hacks online community.
March 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // McLEAN, VA - Three-quarters (77%) of parents across the nation take trips where they stay in a hotel at least once a year with their kids – regardless of how many children they have – with about one-third (30%) of families travelling three or more times a year.¹ Parents say that family vacations are among their favorite moments with their kids, and that’s why a favorite, family-friendly hotel brand is taking steps to help make these important journeys even easier on parents...

DoubleTree By Hilton Celebrates Its 25th UK Hotel »

March 19, 2015 at 4:39AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

First Guests Welcomed at DoubleTree by Hilton Nottingham - Gateway
March 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // NOTTINGHAM, UK and MCLEAN, Va. - DoubleTree by Hilton began welcoming guests at its 25th hotel in the UK - DoubleTree by Hilton Nottingham - Gateway. The hotel is operated under a franchise with Exceptional Resorts and Hotels (UK) Ltd, which will manage the hotel. Renovations began in 2013 with an estimated investment of £5.5 million.
DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer an industry-recognized service culture built around the idea of CARE, which stands for Create a Rewarding Experience for guests, team members and the community. DoubleTree by Hilton Nottingham - Gateway embodies this culture, offering the brand's signature warm chocolate chip cookie on arrival, welcoming guestrooms, and picturesque views across the moat which surrounds the hotel, all contributing to a peaceful stay...

Sixt Records 2014 As Most Successful Business Year In Corporate History – Dividend Payout To Increase By Around 20% »

March 18, 2015 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Sixt


Consolidated earnings before taxes (EBT) climb 14.1% to record figure of EUR 157.0 million
Consolidated operating revenue gains 9.3% with growth across the board
Foreign business grows once again very dynamically with an 18.0% increase in rental revenues
Managing Board to propose a dividend of EUR 1.20 per ordinary share and EUR 1.22 per preference share to the Annual General Meeting for fiscal year 2014

March 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // Pullach – The Sixt Group records 2014 as the most successful fiscal year in its corporate history. Revenues and earnings exceeded the original expectations of the Managing Board and reached best-ever figures. The international mobility service provider's consolidated earnings before taxes (EBT) rose 14...

New Sheraton Hotels Survey Reveals More People Reach For Wine Over Spouse Or Smartphone After A Long Day »

March 18, 2015 at 5:24AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

A Great Glass of Wine Also Trumps Sex and Social Media Among Global Travelers, According to New Wine Survey
Pinot Noir Takes Center Stage as the Latest Installment of the Successful Sheraton Selects Spotlight Program
STAMFORD, Conn. - March 18, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), today revealed the results of a newly commissioned survey on global wine and travel trends as part of the brand’s signature premium wine program, Sheraton Selects Wine program. The survey found that after a long day, one out of every two people would reach for a glass of wine (48%), rather than their smartphone/tablet (15%) or even their spouse (15%). The research was conducted by leading market research firm, StudyLogic, and surveyed respondents from the United States, Germany, China, Chile, and Argentina...

Hyatt Place Columbia - Downtown - The Vista Celebrates Opening »

March 18, 2015 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

Located near the University of South Carolina in the heart of Historic Downtown Columbia
ATLANTA - March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Noble Investment Group ("Noble") and Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the opening of Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown/The Vista in Columbia, SC. The hotel is located within The Vista, Columbia's premier dining and shopping district, and proximate to major downtown area businesses, the University of South Carolina, the South Carolina State Capitol, the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and the Colonial Life Arena.
"We are excited to introduce the upscale select service Hyatt Place brand to historic downtown Columbia and the Congaree Vista," said General Manager Chad Howard. "Our spacious guestrooms and hotel amenities, along with our prominent location, make us an ideal fit for business, leisure, university, and state government travelers visiting our dynamic city...

IHG Strengthens Australasia Leadership Team With Appointment Of Ruwan Peiris »

March 17, 2015 at 8:40AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

March 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed Ruwan Peiris as Regional General Manager for New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Victoria. In his new role, Ruwan will be responsible for the management of thirteen IHG hotels, the National Convention Centre Canberra and Parliament House Catering by IHG.
Ruwan, who holds an Associate Diploma in Hotel Management, joins IHG with over 20 years of experience in Australia's hospitality industry. He was most recently Area General Manager with Accor Hotels, where he was responsible for the operational performance of hotels across New South Wales, the ACT and the company's properties in Darling Harbour. During that time Ruwan also played a key role in integrating Mirvac Hotels & Resorts into the group whilst driving the company's reputational growth on a national level...

Home2 Suites By Hilton Debuts Its First Hotel In The State Of Washington »

March 17, 2015 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

New Property Offers Convenient Access to Bellingham International Airport
March 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // BELLINGHAM, Wash. 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 the opening of its 48th hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Bellingham Airport. The 105-suite hotel is located at 805 Home Lane.
"It makes us proud to watch the Home2 Suites brand as it continues to expand with our introduction and growth in Washington," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites. "This latest opening reinforces the brand's strength in growth and development in the extended stay market and continual expansion throughout the western part of the country...



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