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April 2014

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IHG launches new Holiday Inn hotel in Mexico
17 April 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its cross-brand portfolio in the state of Queretaro, Mexico, with the launch of a new Holiday Inn brand...

Aloft to open new re-use property in Arkansas, US
17 April 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's Aloft brand has started development of a new property as part of a re-use project in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas in the...

Hilton opens new Waldorf Astoria property in Jerusalem
16 April 2014 Hilton Worldwide has expanded its Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand with the launch of the Waldorf Astoria...

Langham to open its first ever resort in Dubai, UAE
16 April 2014 Hong Kong-based hotel firm Langham Hospitality Group has signed a management agreement with DAS Real Estate to manage The Langham resort in Dubai,...

Carlson Rezidor expands presence with new hotel in Russia
15 April 2014 Carlson Rezidor has expanded its presence in Russia with the opening of the new Radisson Blu Hotel,...

Rockbridge purchases The Cliff House Resort & Spa in Maine, US
15 April 2014 US-based private equity firm Rockbridge has bought The Cliff House Resort & Spa in Ogunquit, Maine, from its operator New Castle Hotels &...

Hilton Worldwide to open its first hotel in Haiti
14 April 2014 Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Haiti-based firm CAB to handle the operations of the new Hilton Garden Inn Port-au-Prince Louverture Airport hotel in the...

Aloft brand debuts in Georgia, US with new hotel launch
14 April 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has debuted its Aloft brand in the US state of Georgia with the launch of Aloft Atlanta...

Starwood’s Sheraton brand to debut in Georgetown, US
11 April 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will introduce its Sheraton brand in Georgetown, Texas, in the US with the opening of a new property in the region in...

Carlson Rezidor opens first dual-branded property in Norway
11 April 2014 Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has launched the first dual branded hotel in the Nordics region, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Oslo Alna and the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Oslo...

Centara to open new hotel in Muscat, Oman
10 April 2014 Thailand-based hotel operator Centara Hotels & Resorts will expand its portfolio in Oman with the launch of a new hotel in...

Steigenberger Hotels opens new InterCityHotel in Germany
10 April 2014 Steigenberger Hotels has added to the growth of its InterCityHotel portfolio with the opening of a new hotel, the InterCityHotel Ingolstadt, in Bavaria,...

New Residence Inn by Marriott hotel to open in Portland, US
09 April 2014 Marriott International will open its new Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Portland, Oregon, US, on 11 April...

Soho Properties, MHP partner with Hampshire Hotels to build new hotel in New York
09 April 2014 Soho Properties in association with MHP Real Estate Services and the international hotelier Hampshire Hotels Management has moved further with its plans to develop a new hotel at Times...

Carlson Rezidor, Rockwood to open new Radisson Blu hotel in India
08 April 2014 Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has collaborated with Rockwood Hotels & Resorts to open the Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa in...

Alfardan Hospitality, Kempinski partner to build new hotel in Qatar
08 April 2014 Alfardan Hospitality has partnered with Kempinski Hotels to expand its hospitality portfolio in Qatar with the development of a new hotel, Marsa Malaz Kempinski - The Pearl,...

Marriott opens new Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Japan
07 April 2014 Marriott International has launched the new Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station as part of its efforts to boost the presence of its Courtyard by Marriott brand in...

LaSalle Hotel Properties buys Hotel Vitale for $130m
07 April 2014 Real estate investment firm LaSalle Hotel Properties has acquired the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco, California, US, for...

Carey Watermark buys Hyatt Place Austin Downtown hotel in US
04 April 2014 Real estate investment firm Carey Watermark Investors Incorporated (CWI) has acquired the Hyatt Place Austin Downtown in Texas, US, for...

Starwood to open Aloft Greenville in US
04 April 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced the expansion of its Aloft brand portfolio in the US with the planned opening of a new hotel in Greenville, South...

IHG opens new Holiday Inn Club Vacations resort in US
03 April 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), in association with Orange Lake Resorts, has expanded its Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand portfolio with the launch of a new resort in Williamsburg, Virginia,...

Renaissance Hotels opens third property in South America
03 April 2014 Marriott International's wholly owned brand, Renaissance Hotels, has expanded its South American portfolio with the opening of the Renaissance Santiago Hotel in...

Hilton Worldwide adds new DoubleTree by Hilton to US portfolio
02 April 2014 Hilton Worldwide has added a new property to its DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio with the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Norfolk Airport at Hampton Roads in Virginia,...

Hyatt to open Park Hyatt New York in summer 2014
02 April 2014 US-based hospitality company Hyatt Hotels has announced plans to open a new Park Hyatt branded hotel, the Park Hyatt New York, in summer...

Wanda Hotels & Resorts opens new luxury hotel in China
01 April 2014 Wanda Hotels & Resorts has opened the first hotel under its luxury Wanda Reign hotel brand, the Wanda Reign Wuhan, in...

Renaissance Hotels opens new hotel in Chengdu, China
01 April 2014 Marriott International's wholly owned brand, Renaissance Hotels, has opened a new hotel, the Renaissance Chengdu Hotel, in Sichuan Province, south-west...

March 2014

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Starwood to open new Aloft branded hotel in Australia
31 March 2014 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide plans to expand its Aloft Hotels brand portfolio in Australia with the opening of a new hotel, Aloft Perth Rivervale, in...

Value Place partners with Pure Strike to build new hotel in US
31 March 2014 US-based Value Place, an extended-stay hotel brand, has signed a deal with Pure Strike Development for the construction of a new hotel in San Angelo,...

Mandarin Oriental to expand hotel in Munich, Germany
28 March 2014 Mandarin Oriental International (Mandarin Oriental) will undertake a new construction and refurbishment project for the expansion of its wholly-owned hotel in Munich,...

Marriott opens new Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Germany
28 March 2014 Marriott International will expand its Courtyard by Marriott property portfolio with the opening of a second new-look hotel in Cologne, Germany, on 31 March...

Ritz-Carlton to open new property in Perth, Australia
27 March 2014 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, in collaboration with Asian residential apartment developer Far East Consortium, will open a new luxury hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Perth in...

Sheraton opens new property in Dominican Republic
27 March 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's Sheraton Hotels division has opened a new property in Dominican Republic, the Sheraton Santo Domingo...

Marriott boosts presence in India with new hotel launch
26 March 2014 Marriott International has expanded its presence in Central India with the launch of a new Courtyard by Marriott branded business hotel in Bilaspur,...

Starwood to open third Element brand hotel in Florida
26 March 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide plans to increase the presence of its Element brand in Florida, US, with the opening of a new property in...

Rubell Hotels completes restoration of Lord Baltimore Hotel
25 March 2014 US-based Rubell Hotels has announced that it has completed its restoration of the Lord Baltimore Hotel, which it acquired in March...

IHG completes $22.25m renovation of InterContinental San Juan
25 March 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has completed its $22.25m refurbishment of the InterContinental San Juan hotel in Puerto...

MHI Innside by Melia hotel to open in New York
24 March 2014 Spain-based hospitality group Melia Hotels International (MHI) has signed an agreement to open an Innside hotel in New York City's...

InterContinental to open New York Hotel Indigo property
24 March 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced that it will open a new Hotel Indigo property in the financial district of New York,...

Hilton signs management contract with PT Putragaya Wahana
21 March 2014 Hilton Worldwide has signed a new management contract with PT Putragaya Wahana for the launch of a new Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts hotel in Jakarta,...

Marriott unveils renovated Algonquin Resort in Canada
21 March 2014 New Castle Hotels and Resorts, Southwest Properties and Marriott International have jointly launched the renovated Algonquin Resort in New Brunswick,...

Jumeirah Group signs management agreement with GT Land
20 March 2014 UAE-based hotel company Jumeirah Group has signed a management agreement with GT Land to operate its new hotel in Guangzhou,...

Starwood to open Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor in June 2016
20 March 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will expand its Aloft brand portfolio in the US with the scheduled launch of a new hotel in Syracuse, New York, in June...

Hilton opens new 600-key hotel in China
19 March 2014 Hilton Hotels & Resorts has strengthened its foothold in China with the launch of a new hotel, the Hilton Foshan, in the southern province of...

IHG expands presence in Vietnam with new hotel launch
19 March 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its presence in Vietnam with the launch of a new hotel, InterContinental Nha Trang, in the coastal city of Nha...

IHG to launch new hotel in Rome, Italy
18 March 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is set to open a new property, Hotel Indigo Rome - St George, in Italy this...

White Lodging launches new SpringHill Suites by Marriott property in US
18 March 2014 US-based hotel management firm White Lodging has expanded it domestic portfolio with the launch of a new SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel in Bloomington,...

Novotel opens new hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE
17 March 2014 Novotel, Accor's mid-scale hotel brand, has opened a new hotel, the Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan in Abu Dhabi,...

Hyatt Hotels to open new Hyatt Regency branded hotel in Mexico
17 March 2014 A Hyatt Hotels affiliate has signed a joint venture agreement with an affiliate of Desarrolladora Mexicana de Inmuebles (DMI) for the construction and management of a new Hyatt Regency...

Ritz-Carlton to open new resort in California, US
14 March 2014 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company will expand its US portfolio with the opening of a new resort in Southern California's scenic Rancho Mirage region on 15 May...

IHG launches first Hotel Indigo property in Russia
14 March 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has launched its Hotel Indigo brand in Russia with the opening of a new hotel in St....

Starwood breaks ground for new Element brand hotel in US
13 March 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has broken ground on a new Element brand hotel, the Element Miami Doral, in Florida,...

Hilton Worldwide to open Waldorf Astoria hotel in Indonesia
13 March 2014 Hilton Worldwide has signed a new management agreement with PT Bali Ragawisata to open the first Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts property in Indonesia in...

White Lodging to manage Marriott at Glenpointe hotel in US
12 March 2014 US-based hotel management firm White Lodging has secured a contract to manage the Marriott at Glenpointe in Teaneck, New...

Multimillion-dollar renovation completed at Hilton Arlington Hotel
12 March 2014 The Hilton Arlington Hotel, located in Texas, US, has announced that its multimillion-dollar renovation is on track to be completed by 17...

Ayer and Wankawala acquire Holiday Inn hotel in Pennsylvania, US
11 March 2014 Ayer Capital Advisors and The Wankawala Organization (TWO) have acquired a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hotel located in Quakertown, Pennsylvania,...

Paulson acquires two oceanfront resorts in San Juan, Puerto Rico
11 March 2014 US-based Paulson & Co has acquired a majority stake in the Condado Vanderbilt and La Concha Renaissance Hotel and Tower and the accompanying Condado Vanderbilt condominium towers in San...

Marriott, Miyako open new hotel in Osaka, Japan
10 March 2014 Marriott International brand Marriott Hotels and Miyako Hotels & Resorts have opened the new Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel in Osaka,...

Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton open new hotel in San Francisco, US
10 March 2014 Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton have opened the new DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport North hotel in San Francisco,...

CIM, Denihan to bring The James hotel brand to Los Angeles, US
07 March 2014 CIM Group and Denihan Hospitality Group have signed an agreement to develop the first The James brand hotel in Los Angeles,...

Starwood Hotels to open more than 60 new hotels in Europe by 2020
07 March 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, an American hotel and leisure company, is planning to expand its European hotel portfolio by nearly 40% with the opening of more than 60 new hotels by...

Major renovation completed at Courtyard New York Manhattan hotel
06 March 2014 The Courtyard New York Manhattan/Upper East Side hotel in New York, US, has completed a major renovation of its lobby and guest...

IHG to develop two new hotels in Germany
06 March 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced that it will develop two more hotels in Germany, Holiday Inn Express Siegen and Holiday Inn Düsseldorf – Toulouser Allee, under existing...

Caesars Growth Partners to buy Caesars Entertainment assets for $2.2bn
05 March 2014 Caesars Acquisition (CAC) has announced that Caesars Growth Partners has signed an agreement with Caesars Entertainment to acquire Bally's Las Vegas, The Cromwell, The Quad Resort & Casino...

Hilton Worldwide opens new hotel in Saudi Arabia
05 March 2014 Hilton Worldwide has opened the Hilton Suites Makkah First Tower in Saudi...

Marriott to open new MOXY Milan Malpensa hotel in September 2014
04 March 2014 Marriott International plans to open the 162-room MOXY Milan Malpensa Airport hotel in Italy, in September...

Millennium to renovate properties across the US
04 March 2014 Millennium Hotels and Resorts has announced plans to renovate its properties located in Anchorage, Buffalo, Boulder and Scottsdale in the...

Hotel Equities to manage Home2 Suites property in St. Louis, US
03 March 2014 Above All Development group has selected Hotel Equities to develop and manage the Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel in St. Louis, Missouri,...

IHG launches new hotel in Monterrey, Mexico
03 March 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened a new Holiday Inn branded hotel, the Holiday Inn Monterrey Valle hotel in Monterrey,...

February 2014

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Woodridge, Colony Capital jointly acquire Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Resort
28 February 2014 Woodridge Capital Partners, in association with Colony Capital and its affiliates, has acquired the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Resort for an undisclosed...

Hilton Worldwide launches DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Airport in US
28 February 2014 Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton have announced the opening of a new all-suite hotel in the US, the DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah...

Hilton Worldwide to launch new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in India
27 February 2014 Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton have announced the opening of a new hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Agra, in...

IHG to open three Holiday Inn hotels in Turkey
27 February 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) plans to expand its portfolio in Turkey with the launch of three new Holiday Inn branded hotels in the...

Nova renovates Hollywood's first five-star hotel
26 February 2014 Nova Hotel Renovation & Construction (Nova HRC) has announced the completion of renovation works at Hollywood's first five-star hotel, the Christie...

Marriott International opens new hotel in Shanghai, China
26 February 2014 Marriott International, in association with the Shanghai Bao Hua Group, has expanded its presence in China with the opening of a new hotel, the Shanghai Marriott Hotel...

IHG opens first Crowne Plaza hotel in Barcelona, Spain
25 February 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its presence in Europe with the opening of a new Crowne Plaza hotel in Barcelona,...

Starwood to open first Westin property in Egypt
25 February 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will launch the Westin brand in Egypt with the opening of The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa Katameya Dunes in early...

Carlson Rezidor to launch new hotel in Greece
24 February 2014 Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group will launch its first hotel on the island of Crete in Greece under the Radisson Blu brand after renovations are completed on an existing property in the second...

Waldorf Astoria expands portfolio with new hotel launch in China
24 February 2014 Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, in association with Hilton Worldwide, has expanded its portfolio in China with the opening of a new hotel, the Waldorf Astoria...

Hyatt Hotels to open first Andaz branded hotel in Germany
21 February 2014 A Hyatt Hotels affiliate has signed a deal with Jost Hurler Group to open a new Andaz branded hotel in Munich,...

Mantra Group to open new Peppers property in March 2014
21 February 2014 Australia-based hospitality firm Mantra Group will expand its portfolio in Asia with the launch of a new resort under its Peppers brand in March...

Starwood to open new luxury collection hotel in South Korea
20 February 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed an agreement with Parnas Hotel to open The Parnas, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Seoul in South...

Residence Inn Irvine John Wayne Airport to undergo $3m renovation
20 February 2014 Residence Inn Irvine John Wayne Airport/Orange County will undergo a renovation project worth $3m to offer a better experience to...

Carlson Rezidor to introduce two new hospitality brands
19 February 2014 Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced plans to launch two new global hotel brands: Radisson Red, a 'lifestyle select' brand, and Quorvus Collection, a collection of luxury...

IHG divests InterContinental San Francisco Mark Hopkins hotel
19 February 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a deal to divest the InterContinental San Francisco Mark Hopkins hotel to a joint venture between affiliates of Woodridge Capital Partners and...

Rotana opens second five-star hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE
18 February 2014 UAE-based hospitality group Rotana has opened its second five-star hotel, the Hili Rayhaan by Rotana, in Al Ain city, Abu...

Pan Pacific Hotels to introduce PARKROYAL brand in China
18 February 2014 Pan Pacific Hotels Group has signed management agreements for two forthcoming hotels in China, the PARKROYAL Chengdu and the Pan Pacific...

Urban Commons, Brighton Management acquire Sheraton hotel in Pasadena, California
17 February 2014 US-based real estate investment firm Urban Commons, together with Brighton Management, has purchased the 333-room Sheraton Pasadena hotel, situated in Pasadena,...

Grace Hotels to build a new hotel in Greece
17 February 2014 Grace Hotels is planning to build a new hotel near Kalamata city, in the south-western part of the Peloponnese in...

Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers launches new hotel within premises
14 February 2014 Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers in Chennai, India, has launched a new exclusive residential facility, 'THE TOWERS', within its...

Pullman opens third hotel in Vietnam
14 February 2014 Pullman, the upscale hotel brand of Accor, has opened its third property in Vietnam, as part of its expansion...

SpringHill Suites by Marriott launches new hotel in California, US
13 February 2014 Marriott International has launched a new SpringHill Suites by Marriott property, the SpringHill Suites San Diego Oceanside/Downtown in California,...

Marriott to launch new hotel in New York, US
13 February 2014 Marriott International plans to open a new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Rochester, New York, US, on 19 February...

Ashford acquires Sofitel Chicago Water Tower for $153m
12 February 2014 Ashford Hospitality has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the four-star hotel Sofitel Chicago Water Tower in the US for...

Starwood to launch new Aloft hotel in UAE
12 February 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide plans to open a new 172-room Aloft hotel in Abu Dhabi,...

Ritz-Carlton opens Japan’s first urban resort
11 February 2014 Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, in association with Sekisui House, has opened what it claims is the first urban resort in...

IHG to open new Staybridge Suites property in Saudi Arabia
11 February 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed an agreement with Al Khorayef & Sons to manage the Staybridge Suites hotel for 20 years in Al Khobar, Saudi...

Shangri-La Hotels set for expansion in London
10 February 2014 Hong-Kong-based hotel group Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will open a new hotel at The Shard in London in...

Choice Hotels opens new Cambria Suites in Florida
10 February 2014 Choice Hotels International has expanded its portfolio with the opening of a new Cambria Suites property in Florida,...

Chesapeake to open new Hyatt hotel
07 February 2014 Chesapeake Lodging Trust has signed a franchise agreement with a Hyatt affiliate to transform its current property in New York to the Hyatt Herald Square in the third quarter of...

Steigenberger to open new InterCityHotel hotel in the Netherlands
07 February 2014 Germany-based hospitality group Steigenberger Hotels has announced plans to develop a new hotel under its InterCityHotel brand, the InterCityHotel Rotterdam, in the...

Starwood to debut W Hotels brand in the Netherlands
06 February 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is set to launch its W Hotels brand in the Netherlands with the opening of the new W...

Hilton to open first Conrad branded hotel in India
06 February 2014 Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Palm Grove Beach Hotels, a subsidiary of K. Raheja Constructions Group, to open the first Conrad Hotels & Resorts branded hotel in...

Hilton Worldwide opens Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort in UAE
05 February 2014 Hilton Worldwide has opened the Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort in the Ras Al Khaimah Al Hamra district of Dubai,...

Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration hotel completes $10m renovation
05 February 2014 Radisson Hotels has completed a $10m renovation project at the Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration resort, under which the group has upgraded the resort's guestrooms, meeting and event...

Provenance Hotels completes major upgrade at Hotel Lucia in Portland
04 February 2014 Provenance Hotels has completed a major renovation of its guest room floors at Hotel Lucia in Portland, Oregon,...

Starwood to launch new Aloft property in US
04 February 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will open Aloft Sarasota, its first Aloft branded property in Sarasota, Florida, in August...

Hyatt Hotels to launch new hotel near Heathrow Airport
03 February 2014 A Hyatt Hotels affiliate has signed an agreement with Magill Investments to launch a new Hyatt Place hotel near London Heathrow...

JW Marriott to open largest hotel in Austin, US
03 February 2014 JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts will open the JW Marriott Austin, the largest hotel in Austin and the largest JW Marriott hotel in the US, on 1 March...

January 2014

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Carlson Rezidor to launch new Radisson Blu Hotel in UK
31 January 2014 Carlson Rezidor intends to expand its UK portfolio by opening a new hotel, the Radisson Blu Hotel Kingston upon Hull, in collaboration with the developer Manor Property...

Starwood to launch new Aloft property in January 2016
31 January 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will launch a new hotel under its Aloft brand in Coral Gables, the Aloft Coral Gables, in January...

IHG opens first Crowne Plaza hotel in Serbia
30 January 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has launched a new Crowne Plaza brand hotel in Serbia, the Crowne Plaza...

Marcus Hotels to open AC Hotels by Marriott property in US
30 January 2014 Marcus Hotels & Resorts will transform its Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile hotel into one of the first AC Hotels by Marriott in the...

Commune to open new Thompson Hotels property in Mexico
29 January 2014 Commune Hotel & Resorts will open a new property under its Thompson Hotels brand at Playa del Carmen in...

Rosewood to open third resort in 2017
29 January 2014 Poly Real Estate Group has selected Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to manage the new Rosewood Sanya hotel, slated to open in 2017 in...

HMH to manage new hotel in Dubai
28 January 2014 Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH) has signed a contract to operate Corp Al Khoory Hotel in Al Barsha,...

GF Management affiliate acquires Embassy Suites hotel in US
28 January 2014 Hospitality group GF Management's affiliate, ESLBV Property Owner has acquired the Embassy Suites Orlando-Lake Buena Vista hotel in Florida,...

IHG to expand presence in Indonesia with new hotel launch
27 January 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and PT Hotel Dago Pakar have signed a management agreement for the new InterContinental Bandung Dago Pakar hotel in Bandung,...

Hilton Worldwide opens new dual-branded hotel in US
27 January 2014 Hilton Worldwide has expanded its US hotel portfolio with the opening of the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn Oklahoma City-Bricktown and Homewood Suites by Hilton Oklahoma...

Renaissance Hotels opens new hotel in France
24 January 2014 Renaissance Hotels has expanded its presence in France with the launch of a new hotel, the Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel, in...

Choice Hotels, Maplewood partner to introduce Cambria Suites hotels in Canada
24 January 2014 US-based hospitality group Choice Hotels International has signed a partnership deal with Maplewood Hotels & Resorts to launch new Cambria Suites properties in...

Westin Hotels to open new hotel in Qatar
23 January 2014 Westin Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, will open a new hotel, the Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, in Qatar in late...

Marriott agrees to acquire Protea Hospitality for $186m
23 January 2014 Marriott International has signed definitive agreements with South Africa-based Protea Hospitality Holdings to acquire its brands and management company for around...

Hyatt Hotels launches new hotel in Washington
22 January 2014 Hyatt Hotels and Interstate Hotels & Resorts have launched a new hotel under the Hyatt Place brand, the Hyatt Place Fredericksburg-Mary...

IHG launches new Holiday Inn Express hotel in Indonesia
22 January 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its presence with the launch of the first Holiday Inn Express branded hotel in the city of Jakarta,...

Starwood expands presence in Switzerland with new Sheraton hotel
21 January 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has expanded its Switzerland portfolio with the launch of a new Sheraton brand hotel, the Sheraton Zurich...

IHG to open new Crowne Plaza hotel in Barcelona
21 January 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will expand its presence in Europe with the opening of a new Crowne Plaza brand hotel in Barcelona, the Crowne Plaza Barcelona Fira...

Hilton launches new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Bangalore, India
20 January 2014 Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton have launched a new upscale hotel, the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Bangalore, in...

Streamsong Resort opens new luxury Lodge in Florida, US
20 January 2014 Streamsong Resort, a subsidiary of the Mosaic Company, has opened a new 216-room luxury Lodge in Florida,...

Starwood expands base in US with new Le Méridien brand hotel
17 January 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide intends to expand its portfolio in the US with the opening of a new Le Méridien brand hotel in Indianapolis in November...

Marriott to develop new EDITION brand hotel in New York, US
17 January 2014 Marriott International has announced plans to open a new EDITION brand hotel at the Times Square in New York City,...

Hyatt Hotels launches new Hyatt Place property in US
16 January 2014 Hyatt Hotels along with New Horizons Hospitality, has launched a new hotel, the Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands, in Houston,...

First DoubleTree by Hilton hotel opens in Saudi Arabia
16 January 2014 Hilton Worldwide in collaboration with the DoubleTree by Hilton brand has opened the DoubleTree by Hilton Dhahran hotel in Al Khobar, Eastern Province in the Kingdom of Saudi...

Home2 Suites by Hilton opens new property in US
15 January 2014 Hilton has launched a new hotel in the US, the Home2 Suites by Hilton Rochester...

Loews Regency Hotel to reopen after $100m renovation
15 January 2014 Loews Regency Hotel will reopen this week following the completion of a one year renovation process costing about...

IHG opens InterContinental Davos in Switzerland
14 January 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its presence in Switzerland with the opening of a new hotel, the InterContinental...

Crowne Plaza Greenville reopens after renovation
14 January 2014 Real estate developer Rialto Capital Advisors and Valor Hospitality Partners have completed full renovation of the Crowne Plaza Greenville in South Carolina,...

Meliá Hotels to open two new hotels in China
13 January 2014 Spanish hospitality group Meliá Hotels International will expand its Chinese hotel portfolio with the opening of two new hotels in Zhengzhou,...

IHG to open new Holiday Inn hotel in Poland
13 January 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its presence with the signing of an agreement to open its first Holiday Inn brand of hotel in...

Waldorf Astoria opens second property in UAE
10 January 2014 Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, the luxury division of Hilton Worldwide, has opened its second hotel in the United Arab Emirates, the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah in...

Shangri-La to launch new hotel in Tibet
10 January 2014 Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will open its new hotel, Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa, in Tibet on 17 April...

Omni acquires Montelucia Resort & Spa from KSL
09 January 2014 Omni Hotels & Resorts has completed the acquisition of the Montelucia Resort & Spa from US-based private equity firm KSL Capital Partners for an undisclosed...

Marriott opens new dual-brand hotel in US
09 January 2014 Marriott International and G Holdings have announced the opening of a new dual-branded hotel under the Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn hotel brands in Midtown Manhattan, New York,...

Starwood introduces Westin brand in Dominican Republic
08 January 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club in the Dominican...

Marriott International sells three EDITION hotels
08 January 2014 Marriott International has sold the London EDITION hotel and also signed agreements to sell two other EDITION hotels for a total price of...

Hilton opens Istanbul's largest hotel
07 January 2014 Hilton Worldwide has commenced operations at the new Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center, which is said to be Istanbul's largest hotel to...

Waramaug Hospitality and Interstate Hotels JV buys Hilton Concord
07 January 2014 Private investment group Waramaug Hospitality, along with Interstate Hotels & Resorts and an alternate money management firm, has acquired the Hilton Concord in Concord, California, from...

IHG launches new Crowne Plaza hotel in Phoenix, US
06 January 2014 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its Phoenix hotel portfolio with the launch of the new Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport...

Steigenberger opens new resort in Egypt
06 January 2014 German luxury hotel company Steigenberger Hotel Group has opened a new resort, the Steigenberger Aqua Magic, on the Red Sea Coast in...

Aloft expands presence in China with new hotel
03 January 2014 Aloft Hotels, a subsidiary of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, has opened a new hotel, Aloft Yancheng, in Jiangsu Province in eastern...

Hilton enters Wuhan with new property launch
03 January 2014 Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Worldwide have entered Wuhan with the opening of a new hotel, the Hilton Wuhan Optics Valley, in Hubei Province in...

Alena Hospitality to acquire Sheraton Orlando Downtown in Florida, US
02 January 2014 US-based Alena Hospitality is acquiring the Sheraton Orlando Downtown in Florida and plans to offer new jobs to the workers expected to lose their current jobs at the...

Starwood opens new Four Points by Sheraton brand hotel in China
02 January 2014 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, in partnership with King Yuan Da Real Estate, has opened a new Four Points by Sheraton brand hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton Bijie, in...

December 2013

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Hyatt Hotels launches Andaz brand resort in Costa Rica
24 December 2013 Hyatt Hotels has expanded its presence in Central America with the opening of the new Andaz Peninsula Papagayo resort in Costa...

IHG launches two new hotels in India
24 December 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed an agreement with India-based real estate firm Eros Resorts and Hotels to manage its two new hotels in...

RIDA Development, Houston First to develop Marriott Hotel in Houston, US
23 December 2013 Marriott Hotels will expand its presence in the US with the development of a new hotel, the Houston Marriott Marquis, in Houston,...

Hilton Worldwide to rebrand Concorde Opéra hotel in Paris
23 December 2013 Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement to rebrand the Concorde Opéra hotel under its Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand in late...

Starwood expands Four Points brand portfolio in US
20 December 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has expanded its portfolio in the US with the launch of a new hotel under its Four Points brand in Jacksonville,...

IHG to open two new Holiday Inn Express hotels in Germany
20 December 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its presence in Germany with the signing of two hotels under its Holiday Inn Express...

Ritz-Carlton unveils first hotel in Israel, The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya
19 December 2013 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, has unveiled its first hotel in Israel, The Ritz-Carlton,...

Hotelmanagement-network.com launches major industry survey
19 December 2013 Hotelmanagement-network.com would like to invite you to take part in our latest industry confidence tracking survey, examining industry sentiment on the latest economic and consumer...

Best Western to expand Latin American presence with new properties
19 December 2013 Best Western International is set to expand its presence in Latin America to meet the growing demand in the...

Hilton opens new Home2 Suites hotel in US
18 December 2013 Hilton Worldwide's mid-tier all-suite hotel brand Home2 Suites by Hilton has expanded its US portfolio with the opening of a new hotel, the Home2 Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City/ South...

Marriott International launches Tokyo Marriott Hotel in Japan
18 December 2013 Marriott International has expanded its portfolio in Japan with the launch of the Tokyo Marriott Hotel on a hilltop address known as Gotenyama in the city of Hirakata, Osaka...

Hyatt Hotels to expand presence in Indonesia with new hotel
17 December 2013 Chicago-based hospitality group Hyatt Hotels has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has signed a management agreement with PT Eka Ilalang Suryadinamika to establish a new Hyatt Regency hotel...

Starwood opens new Westin brand hotel in Portland, Maine
17 December 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has launched a new Westin brand hotel, the Westin Portland Harborview, in Portland,...

Marriott International to launch first hotel in Bolivia
16 December 2013 Marriott International is planning to enter the Bolivian hospitality market by opening a new Marriott Hotel in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in...

Noble Group acquires Q Hotel in Missouri, US
16 December 2013 US-based Noble Investment Group has acquired the Q Hotel in Missouri that will be rebranded as an AC Hotels by...

IHG expands Holiday Inn portfolio in Mauritius
13 December 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has launched a new hotel, the Holiday Inn Mauritius...

Fairmont Hotels open new luxury hotel in China
13 December 2013 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has expanded its presence in China with the opening of its fourth luxury hotel, the Fairmont...

Carlson Rezidor to open two new properties in Saudi Arabia
12 December 2013 Global hospitality firm Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group plans to expand its portfolio in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the opening of two new upper upscale Radisson Blu...

Hyatt Hotels introduces first Hyatt Place hotel in Europe
12 December 2013 Chicago-based hospitality group Hyatt Hotels along with Interarm-M has launched its first Hyatt Place brand hotel in Europe, in Yerevan,...

Centara expands Grand brand with new resort in Pattaya
11 December 2013 Thailand-based Centara Hotels & Resorts has opened a new Centara Grand Modus Resort...

Hyatt opens new hotel in Mexico
11 December 2013 Chicago-based hospitality group Hyatt Hotels and Grupo Hermosillo have launched Hyatt Place San Jose del Cabo in Baja California Sur,...

Starwood opens new Aloft brand hotel in China
10 December 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has expanded its portfolio in China with the opening of a new hotel under the Aloft brand, the Aloft...

Shangri-La breaks ground for new hotel in Myanmar
10 December 2013 Hong Kong-based hospitality group Shangri-La International Hotel Management has started construction of a new hotel Lakeside Shangri-La, Yangon in...

Omni selects Knowcross' Triton software suite for transforming hotel housekeeping
09 December 2013 Omni Facilities Management has partnered with Knowcross Solutions to offer Triton suite of applications to hotels looking for cost-effective solutions in hotel...

Hyatt opens first Hyatt Place hotel in Puerto Rico
09 December 2013 Chicago-based hospitality group Hyatt Hotels has launched its first Place brand hotel in the Caribbean market, the Hyatt Place Bayamon in Puerto...

Choice Hotels adds first Hawai property to Ascend Hotel Collection
06 December 2013 Choice Hotels International announced that it has added The Equus hotel in Hawai, to its upscale Ascend Hotel Collection, which includes a network of about 116...

Marriott International opens first hotel in Vietnam
06 December 2013 Marriott International has opened a new JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi, the brand’s third hotel to be launched in Asia and the first in Vietnam, within the two months after its recent launches...

Starwood signs agreement to operate two hotels on Samoa island
05 December 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed definitive management agreements to operate the Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows and Aggie Grey’s Lagoon, Beach Resort and Spa on the Upolu island...

IHG launches new Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Florida, US
05 December 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its portfolio in the US with the opening of a new hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Orlando East - UCF Area, in...

Sunstone completes acquisition of Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel for $262.5m
03 December 2013 Sunstone Hotel Investors has completed the acquisition of 802-room Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel, situated in San Francisco, California, US, for about...

Marriott International to open new Courtyard hotel in Mexico
03 December 2013 Marriott International is planning to expand its presence in North America with the opening of its first Courtyard by Marriott brand hotel in the capital city of Chihuahua,...

Topland Group acquires Menzies Hotels
03 December 2013 Topland Group, a privately owned international investment company, has announced that it has acquired the Menzies Hotels group for about...

IHG opens new Indigo brand hotel in Germany
03 December 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its presence with the opening of a new hotel, Hotel Indigo Düsseldorf - Victoriaplatz, in...

Alila to operate Jabal Akhdar Hotel in Oman
02 December 2013 Oman's tourism-related investment, development and management company Omran has selected hospitality group Alila Hotels & Resorts to manage the Jabal Akhdar...

Conor Acquisitions to buy Sioux City Hotel in US
02 December 2013 Sioux City and Conor Acquisitions have reached an agreement, pursuant to which Conor will buy and renovate Sioux City...

November 2013

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Henan Guozhiji selects pentahotels to manage new hotel in Luohe, China
28 November 2013 Henan Guozhiji Real Estate Development Company has selected pentahotels to manage pentahotel Luohe, situated in Henan Province,...

Hilton Worldwide franchises three Jurys Inn properties
28 November 2013 Hilton Worldwide has expanded its business portfolio with the signing of an agreement for the franchise of three Jurys Inn...

Alila Hotels and Resorts to open three new properties in 2014
27 November 2013 Asian boutique hotelier Alila Hotels and Resorts plans to open three new properties in 2014 - Alila Jabal Akhdar in Oman, Alila Seminyak in Bali and Alila Fort Bishangarh in Jaipur, India....

IHG opens first Holiday Inn Express property in Panama
27 November 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its hospitality portfolio in Latin America with the launch of the new Holiday Inn Express Panama Distrito Financiero hotel in...

Meliá Hotels to operate resort in Braco, Jamaica
26 November 2013 Meliá Hotels International's Meliá Jamaica division has signed an agreement with the government of Jamaica to operate the flagship Braco Village Hotel & Spa resort in...

NYRR acquires leasehold stake in Viceroy New York hotel, US
26 November 2013 American Realty Capital New York Recovery REIT (NYRR) has acquired a leasehold stake in Viceroy New York hotel, situated in Manhattan, US, for about $148.5m, exclusive of closing...

Marriott International to build new hotel in San Pedro Sula, Honduras
25 November 2013 Marriott International is planning to build a new Courtyard by Marriott brand hotel in San Pedro Sula,...

Ritz-Carlton opens new luxury resort in Aruba
25 November 2013 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, has opened a new luxury resort in the Caribbean islands, The Ritz-Carlton,...

DoubleTree by Hilton opens new hotel in Bemidji, US
22 November 2013 American hotel chain DoubleTree by Hilton has opened the DoubleTree by Hilton Bemidji hotel, with an investment of...

Hyatt, Playa open Hyatt Zilara Cancun in Mexico
22 November 2013 Hyatt Hotels and Playa Hotels & Resorts have opened Hyatt Zilara Cancun, a AAA Four Diamond Resort, in Quintana Roo,...

Ritz-Carlton set to launch new hotel in Nanjing, China
21 November 2013 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is planning to launch a new luxury hotel in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, in the first quarter of...

Marriott International launches new hotel in Saudi Arabia
21 November 2013 Global hotel operator Marriott International has expanded its presence in Saudi Arabia with the opening of a new hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott...

IHG opens new Holiday Inn hotel in Colombia
20 November 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its portfolio in Latin America with the opening of a new Holiday Inn hotel in the north-eastern city of Bucaramanga,...

DoubleTree by Hilton opens hotel in Salt Lake City, US
20 November 2013 DoubleTree by Hilton has opened the DoubleTree by Hilton Salt Lake City Airport hotel, after completing renovations with an investment of around...

Choice Hotels to open new Cambria Suites hotel in US
19 November 2013 Choice Hotels International has signed an agreement with franchise partner FIRC Group to construct a new Cambria Suites in Asheville, North Carolina in the...

Rosewood signs agreement with Vattanac to manage hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
19 November 2013 Cambodia-based Vattanac Properties has selected Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to manage Rosewood Phnom Penh, which is slated to open in...

Carlson Rezidor to expand Netherlands portfolio with new hotel
18 November 2013 Global hospitality firm Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group will expand its presence in the Netherlands with the opening of a new hotel, the Radisson Blu Palace Hotel Noordwijk aan...

SoTHERLY acquires Crowne Plaza Houston Downtown Hotel in Houston, US
18 November 2013 US-based SoTHERLY Hotels has announced that it has acquired the entity that owns the Crowne Plaza Houston Downtown Hotel, situated in Houston, Texas, US, for about...

Grace Hotels launches first hotel in Latin America
15 November 2013 Greece-based luxury boutique hotel group Grace Hotels has debuted in Latin America with the opening of the Grace Cafayate,...

IHG launches new Holiday Inn Amritsar Ranjit Avenue in Punjab, India
15 November 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the new Holiday Inn Amritsar Ranjit Avenue in Punjab, India, the seventh Holiday Inn hotel in the...

Carlson Rezidor to open first Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Colombia
14 November 2013 Global hospitality firm Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group plans to open the first Park Inn by Radisson in...

Starwood opens Westin hotel in Singapore
14 November 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced the opening of The Westin Singapore, which joins the rank of over 40 Westin properties in Asia Pacific, with plans to open further 20 properties...

Starwood to set up three new hotels in Africa
13 November 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed agreements to build three new Sheraton hotels in Mauritania, Guinea and South Sudan in Africa by...

Hyatt opens new hotel in Nashville, Tennessee
13 November 2013 Hyatt Hotels, a Chicago-based hospitality group, in collaboration with White Lodging Services, has opened a new hotel, the Hyatt Place Nashville/Downtown, in Nashville, Tennessee in the...

Marriott International to launch new hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina
12 November 2013 Marriott International has announced plans to launch the group’s first hotel in Bosnia and...

IHG launches new Holiday Inn Express hotel in Indonesia
12 November 2013 UK-based hospitality firm InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened a new hotel in Indonesia under the Holiday Inn Express brand, the Holiday Inn Express Semarang Simpang...

Novotel opens new hotel in Dubai, UAE
11 November 2013 Novotel, Accor's mid-scale hotel brand, has opened a new 42-storey hotel, Novotel Dubai Al Barsha, in Dubai,...

J/Brice to design new Hyatt Hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
11 November 2013 Saudi Arabia-based Al Derea has selected US-based J/Brice Design International to design a new luxury Hyatt Hotel in Jeddah, Saudi...

Marriott International to acquire Protea Hotels
08 November 2013 Global hotel operator Marriott International has signed an agreement with Protea Hospitality Holdings of Cape Town, South Africa, to acquire Protea Hotels' brands and its management...

IHG opens Crowne Plaza Lansing West hotel in Michigan, US
08 November 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the Crowne Plaza Lansing West hotel, situated at 925 South Creyts Road in Lansing, Michigan,...

Hyatt Hotels, Playa jointly open new resort in Mexico
07 November 2013 Chicago-based hospitality group Hyatt Hotels, in partnership with Playa Hotels & Resorts, has opened Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, the first Hyatt-branded all-inclusive...

DoubleTree by Hilton launches renovated hotel in Saskatchewan, Canada
07 November 2013 American hotel chain DoubleTree by Hilton has opened the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, marking the debut of the brand in the...

Arena International announces winners of fourth annual European Hospitality Awards
06 November 2013 Arena International, producer of the fourth annual European Hospitality Awards (EHA), has announced the final winners at an event in London,...

Starwood Hotels opens 100th hotel in Asia Pacific
06 November 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened the Sheraton Shantou Hotel in China, its 100th hotel in Asia Pacific under the Sheraton...

Ritz-Carlton debuts in Almaty
05 November 2013 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, has opened its first hotel in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in collaboration with real estate developer Capital...

Hyatt Hotels opens new property in Nebraska, US
05 November 2013 Hyatt Hotels, a Chicago-based hospitality group, has opened its first Hyatt-branded hotel in Nebraska,...

Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach Resort opens in Thailand
04 November 2013 Novotel, Accor's mid-scale hotel brand, has opened its newly built Phuket Kamala Beach Resort, its 100th property in the Asia Pacific region, in Phuket,...

Westin St. John Resort & Villas to undergo $35m renovation
04 November 2013 The Westin St. John Resort & Villas in St. John, USVI, will undergo a $35m renovation, which will include the launch of luxury Coral Vista Villas and renovation of the resort’s guestrooms,...

The Ritz-Carlton launches first hotel in India
01 November 2013 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, has opened its first hotel in India, The Ritz-Carlton,...

IHG launches Holiday Inn Warwick Farm in Sydney, Australia
01 November 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has launched Holiday Inn Warwick Farm in south-west Sydney,...

October 2013

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JW Marriott opens two new hotels in India
31 October 2013 JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Marriott International, has opened two new hotels in India, the JW Marriott Bengaluru and JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi...

Grace Hotels takes over La Margna hotel in Switzerland
31 October 2013 Greece-based Grace Hotels has acquired the La Margna hotel, situated in the centre of St. Moritz in Switzerland, from the Schweizer-Pitsch...

Starwood opens adaptive re-use hotel Aloft Orlando Downtown
30 October 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of its Aloft brand in Orlando, Florida, with the opening of Aloft Orlando Downtown, its third adaptive re-use hotel....

Pan Pacific Hotels to launch new hotel in Myanmar
30 October 2013 Pan Pacific Hotels Group has signed a conditional joint venture agreement with infrastructure development firm Shwe Taung Group for the construction of its first Pan Pacific hotel in Myanmar,...

Temple Hotels to acquire Nova Court hotel in Canada
29 October 2013 Canada-based real estate investment company Temple Hotels has signed an agreement to purchase Nova Court, an extended-stay property in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, for...

Al Zorah signs agreement with Oberoi to develop luxury resort
29 October 2013 Al Zorah Development, a joint venture of the Government of Ajman and Solidere International, has signed an agreement with Indian hotel operator The Oberoi Group to develop and operate a...

Rotana to open Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana Hotel in Saudi Arabia
28 October 2013 UAE-based Rotana Hotel Management will expand its presence in Saudi Arabia with the opening of a new hotel, Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana Hotel, in...

Kinseth breaks ground for Bettendorf Hilton Garden Inn in US
28 October 2013 US-based hotel management firm Kinseth Hospitality Company has broken ground for the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Bettendorf,...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts to re-open renovated hotel in Spain
25 October 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced the re-opening of the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel in...

glh. unveils new four-star Amba hotel brand
25 October 2013 Sinagapore-based GuocoLeisure Group's subsidiary glh. has launched a new contemporary four-star hotel brand,...

Carlson Rezidor unveils two new hotels in Moscow, Russia
24 October 2013 Global hospitality firm Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has expanded its portfolio in Russia with the addition of two new hotels in the country - the Radisson Congress Hotel, Moscow and the Park Inn...

IHG launches Holiday Inn Mexico Buenavista hotel in Mexico City
24 October 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Operadora ALRO have opened the Holiday Inn Mexico Buenavista hotel in Mexico City, which features 143...

Choice Hotels breaks ground on new Cambria Suites in Avon, US
23 October 2013 Choice Hotels International, Ceres Enterprises and Consolidated Construction have broken ground on a new Cambria Suites hotel on Detroit Road in Avon, Ohio,...

Hilton Worldwide to launch DoubleTree by Hilton brand in Chile
23 October 2013 Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with Hotelera Vitacura to launch a new hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Santiago-Vitacura, in Santiago,...

IHG opens Crowne Plaza hotel in Delhi, India
22 October 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its presence in India with the opening of a new hotel, Crowne Plaza Greater Noida, in...

Raffles Hotels & Resorts to build new hotel in Shenzhen, China
22 October 2013 Raffles Hotels & Resorts is planning to build a new hotel which will occupy the top floors of an 80-storey tower in the new One Shenzhen Bay development in Shenzhen, southern...

Ritz-Carlton opens new hotel in Tianjin, China
21 October 2013 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, has opened a new hotel in north-east China, The Ritz-Carlton,...

BHG acquires Marina Palace Hotel in Brazil
18 October 2013 Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG) has signed an agreement to purchase 100% of the shares representing the capital stock of LM Empreendimentos e Participações, following which it will assume...

Red Lion adds two new hotel franchises in US
17 October 2013 US-based Red Lion Hotels has opened two franchises in Greater Los Angeles and Eastern Washington wine country in the...

IHG opens Holiday Inn Monclova hotel in Mexico
16 October 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Auteles Kalionchiz have opened the Holiday Inn Monclova hotel in Monclova,...

Carlson Rezidor to open first hotel in Algeria by 2015
15 October 2013 Global hospitality firm Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced plans to open a new hotel in Algeria, The Radisson Blu Hotel, Algiers Hydra, which will be the group's first project in the...

IHG to open new Holiday Inn Express hotels in Brazil
14 October 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) plans to expand its presence in Brazil with the opening of three new Holiday Inn Express hotels this year - the Holiday Inn Express Belem-Ananindeua, the...

Fosun and Kerzner to open new Atlantis resort in Sanya, China
11 October 2013 Fosun International has signed an agreement with Kerzner International Holdings for development of a new resort, Atlantis, Sanya Hainan, on Hainan Island in...

Ritz-Carlton opens new hotel in Chengdu, China
10 October 2013 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, has launched a new hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu in south-western...

Carlson Rezidor to construct two new hotels in Saudi Arabia
09 October 2013 Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has expanded its portfolio in Saudi Arabia with two new hotels, the Park Inn by Radisson Riyadh and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Jeddah Al...

Delta Hotels to open new property in British Columbia
08 October 2013 Canada-based Delta Hotels and Resorts is set to launch a new hotel in Prince George, British...

Radisson to launch Brazilian hotel
07 October 2013 Radisson, a unit of Carlson Rezidor Hotel, has signed an agreement with Atlantica Hotels International (Brazil) to launch a new property in...

glh. launches Clermont luxury hotel brand
04 October 2013 GuocoLeisure Group’s hotel subsidiary glh. has unveiled a new luxury hotel and private residences brand, Clermont, with a gross development value of...

Thompson Hotels launches new property in Chicago
03 October 2013 Thompson Hotels has expanded its portfolio of luxury lifestyle hotels with the launch of a new property in Chicago's famed Gold...

Carey Watermark’s Lake Arrowhead resort joins Autograph Collection
02 October 2013 New York-based Carey Watermark Investors (CWI) has announced that Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa has officially joined the Autograph Collection, part of the Marriott International portfolio....

Wyndham, Grand City to launch 16 hotels across Germany
01 October 2013 Wyndham Hotel Group, a part of Wyndham Worldwide, has entered into an agreement with Grand City Hotels to launch 16 hotels across Germany and one in...

September 2013

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Hyatt Hotels opens new property in Virginia
30 September 2013 Hyatt Hotels and Macfarlane Stonefield have announced the opening of Hyatt Place Charlottesville in Charlottesville, Virginia,...

IHG signs new hotel in London, UK
27 September 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of Crowne Plaza London – Albert...

Hersha Hospitality to sell 16 non-core portfolio hotels to Blackstone affiliate
26 September 2013 Real estate investment trust (REIT) Hersha Hospitality has signed an agreement to sell 16 non-core portfolio hotels to an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Advisors for $217m....

Homewood Suites by Hilton unveils new property in DuBois, Pennsylvania
25 September 2013 Hilton Worldwide's international brand Homewood Suites by Hilton has opened its new property in DuBois, Pennsylvania, US....

R Hotels to invest in acquisition and development plans
24 September 2013 R Hotels, the hotels and hotel management subsidiary of R Holding, is set to invest AED1.5bn ($408m) towards its acquisition and development...

United Properties to acquire Days Hotel
23 September 2013 US-based commercial real estate development company United Properties has signed a purchase agreement with private REIT CRI Income to acquire a Days Hotel for an undisclosed...

Travelodge opens sixth Spanish hotel
20 September 2013 UK-based hotel chain Travelodge has opened a new hotel in Madrid, Spain, marking its third hotel in the capital city and its sixth in the country....

Choice, O'Reilly to launch new hotel in Arizona, US
19 September 2013 Choice Hotels and O'Reilly Hospitality Management have broken ground on a new hotel, Cambria Suites Phoenix-Desert Ridge, in Phoenix, Arizona,...

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to turn historic building into hotel in Pittsburgh, US
18 September 2013 Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has announced that it will convert an historic, Beaux Arts-style building in Pittsburgh into a 247-room hotel....

Hyatt signs agreement to launch hotel in China
17 September 2013 A Hyatt Hotels affiliate has signed a management agreement with Shenzhen Ping’An Financial Centre Construction and Development to launch a hotel in Futian, Shenzhen,...

Hilton to launch hotels in Georgia
16 September 2013 Hilton Worldwide has entered into management agreements with Tourinvest and LTD Chavchavadze to launch hotels in Georgia....

Ritz-Carlton plans to increase its hotels portfolio to 100 by 2016
13 September 2013 Maryland-based Ritz-Carlton is planning to increase its properties portfolio to 100 hotels and resorts around the world by 2016 under its new global expansion...

Starwood to open new hotel in Turkey
12 September 2013 St. Regis Hotels, a part of Starwood Hotels, has entered into an agreement with Nisantasi Konaklama (Demsa Group) to open a St. Regis hotel in Istanbul, Turkey....

Langham opens new hotel in Chicago
11 September 2013 Langham Hospitality Group has launched a new hotel in Chicago,...

IHG to launch Holiday Inn hotel in Turkey
10 September 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed an agreement with BED Turizm to launch a Holiday Inn hotel in Diyarbakir,...

BHG signs MoU with Ferplan Construtora to operate hotel in Brazil
09 September 2013 Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ferplan Construtora e Incorporadora to operate a hotel located in Itajai, Santa Catarina,...

Urban Commons acquires two hotels in San Mateo, US
06 September 2013 Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm, Urban Commons has purchased two 110-room hotels, Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn, in San Mateo,...

Capitas, IFA form JV to expand Yotel hotels in Saudi Arabia
05 September 2013 Capitas Group International (CGI) and UK-based IFA Hotel Investments (IFA HI) have entered into a joint venture (JV) agreement to expand Yotel branded hotels across Saudi...

IHG and Crowne Plaza to launch hotel in France
04 September 2013 InterContinental Hotels (IHG) has signed an agreement with Crowne Plaza Hotels to launch a hotel in Lyon,...

Wyndham Hotel Group to build first TRYP hotel in Dubai
03 September 2013 Wyndham Hotel Group has signed a management agreement with British-owned developer The First Group’s subsidiary Omega I to build the first TRYP by Wyndham hotel in the Middle...

Marriott International opens new business hotel in Pune, India
02 September 2013 Marriott International has opened a new international business hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan, in the Chakan region of Pune,...

August 2013

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IHG to open new hotel in Finland
30 August 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to open a new hotel, Hotel Indigo Helsinki - Boulevard, in Finland in...

Hyatt to purchase Peabody Orlando hotel for $717m
29 August 2013 Hyatt Hotels is planning to buy the Peabody Orlando hotel in the US for $717m from UST Hotel Joint...

Starwood Hotels to expand Sheraton portfolio in Iraq
28 August 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is to expand its Sheraton brand portfolio with the opening of the Sheraton Dohuk Hotel in the Kurdistan Autonomous Region in northern...

IHG, Makkah Real Estate sign deal for new Holiday Inn hotel
27 August 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Makkah Real Estate have signed a deal to open the Holiday Inn Makkah hotel in Saudi Arabia in...

Starwood to open Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph hotel in Ohio
23 August 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is to expand its Le Méridien brand with the opening of Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph hotel in Ohio in early...

Aloft Hotels to debut in Kiev, Ukraine
22 August 2013 Aloft Hotels, a brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, is to make its debut in Kiev, Ukraine, with the opening of the Aloft Kiev hotel in...

IHG unveils Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cuernavaca in Mexico
21 August 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has unveiled a new-build Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cuernavaca in the Morelos state of...

Wyndham debuts Ramada brand in Uzbekistan
20 August 2013 Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies, has debuted in Uzbekistan with the newly opened, 120-room Ramada...

Marriott to sell three EDITION hotels for $800m
19 August 2013 Marriott International, the largest publicly traded US hotel chain, has signed a non-binding letter of intent to sell three EDITION hotels for about...

BWI debuts in Makkah with BEST WESTERN PLUS Bakkah Awan Hotel
16 August 2013 Best Western International (BWI), an Arizona-based privately held hospitality firm, has made its debut in the Saudi Arabian Holy City of Makkah, with the opening of the BEST WESTERN PLUS...

Marriott International to sell three hotels to Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
15 August 2013 Marriott International is in talks to sell three of its hotels under development in London, New York and Miami Beach to Abu Dhabi Investment Authority...

Carlson Rezidor to open 13 new Radisson hotels in India
14 August 2013 Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which runs the Radisson hotel brand, among others, is gearing up to open 13 new Radisson hotels in India over the next...

IHG to open EVEN Hotels in Maryland, Connecticut
13 August 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is set to open the first two hotels of its new EVEN Hotels brand at 1775 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Maryland, and at 426 Main Avenue in Norwalk,...

Starwood adds King George hotel to Luxury Collection portfolio in Greece
12 August 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has expanded its footprint in Greece with the addition of the King George hotel to The Luxury Collection portfolio in...

Mayflower Inn and Spa, White Barn Inn join Grace family
09 August 2013 Grace Hotels has partnered with an affiliate of Three Wall Capital to acquire Mayflower Inn and Spa in Washington, Connecticut....

Great Hotels of the World selects VFM Leonardo to improve conversion, ADR
08 August 2013 Great Hotels of the World, a provider of global hotel reservation, sales and marketing services for an exclusive portfolio of primarily independent hotels and resorts worldwide, has extended...

Ellicott deploys EcoSmart energy management solution at New York hotels
07 August 2013 Ellicott Development, a US-based property management, leasing and development firm, has deployed Telkonet's EcoSmart energy management technology solution at three of its six hotels in New...

Starwood adds Palaceio del Inka hotel to Luxury Collection portfolio
06 August 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has added a new hotel, Palacio del Inka, in Cusco, Peru, to its Luxury Collection brand...

LaSalle acquires two San Francisco hotels for $47.8m
05 August 2013 LaSalle Hotel Properties, a Maryland-based multi-operator real estate investment trust with a portfolio of around 42 hotels, has purchased two San Francisco hotels, Harbor Court Hotel and...

LBA Hospitality selects M3 to streamline accounting processes at hotels
02 August 2013 Larry Blumberg & Associates (LBA Hospitality), an Alabama-based hospitality management firm with a portfolio of over 70 properties, has expanded its partnership with M3 Accounting + Analytics...

LVMH acquires Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France
01 August 2013 LVMH Moë Hennessy Louis Vuitton has purchased Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France from the majority owner Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners and others for an undisclosed...

July 2013

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Hard Rock International to open first hotel in Europe
31 July 2013 Hard Rock International, a Florida-based firm with a portfolio of 138 cafes, 17 hotels and seven casinos, is to open its first European hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, in May...

Grand Hyatt Shenyang hotel debuts in north-east China
30 July 2013 Hyatt Hotels, a Chicago-based hospitality company, has opened the Grand Hyatt Shenyang hotel in north-east...

Best Western opens three new hotels in West Africa
29 July 2013 Best Western International, an Arizona-based privately held hotel company, has expanded its West African portfolio by opening three new hotels in the...

Accor deploys Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi across Latin America hotels
26 July 2013 French hotel group Accor has selected Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi products and technology to offer its guests fast and free internet access at 100 hotels in seven Latin American countries,...

IHG, Pro Invest to develop 15 Holiday Inn Express hotels in Australia
25 July 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Pro Invest Group have entered into a multiple development deal to develop 15 new Holiday Inn Express hotels in...

Holiday Inn to open new hotel in Rome
24 July 2013 Holiday Inn, a brand of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), is to open a new hotel, Holiday Inn Rome - Pisana, in the fourth quarter of...

IHG signs management deal with SFL for Hotel Indigo Paris - Opera
23 July 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management deal with Société Foncière Lyonnaise (SFL) to operate the Hotel Indigo Paris - Opera hotel in...

Appy Hotel introduces new mobile marketing app in UK
22 July 2013 Appy Hotel, a Hong-Kong and Bangkok-based business that offers web-based technology to the hospitality sector, has introduced a new cost-free mobile marketing app in the...

IHG debuts in Nigeria with InterContinental Lagos hotel
19 July 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its presence in sub-Saharan Africa with the opening of the InterContinental Lagos hotel in Lagos,...

Marriott International opens Courtyard Aberdeen Airport hotel in UK
18 July 2013 Marriott International has expanded its Courtyard by Marriott brand portfolio with the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Aberdeen Airport Hotel in the...

Holiday Inn Express debuts in Singapore
17 July 2013 Holiday Inn Express, a brand of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has opened its first hotel in Singapore, the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard...

Two Australian hotels to use Guestline’s Rezlynx web-based PMS
16 July 2013 Two Australian hotels, Sydney Boulevard Hotel and the Arts Hotel, are to deploy and implement the Rezlynx web-based property management system (PMS) of Guestline, a UK-based privately-held...

IHG to debut in Rayong, Thailand with Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre
15 July 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to make its entry into Rayong, Thailand, with the construction of the Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre...

Starwood’s Element brand to debut in China with Suzhou hotel
12 July 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed a deal with Suzhou Science and Technology Town Kexin Cultural Tourism Development to open its first Element branded hotel, Element Suzhou Science...

Kimpton Hotels to open first Caribbean property in Cayman Islands
11 July 2013 Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, an American hotel and restaurant company, plans to open its first Caribbean hotel on the Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, in...

Starwood to open first Luxury Collection hotel in Ukraine
10 July 2013 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide will open the new Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Odessa, Ukraine in...

Mobile devices account for 21% of consumer online searches for hotels in UK: Greenlight report
09 July 2013 UK consumers made a total of 2.5 million online searches for hotels in May 2013, 21% of which were made on mobile devices, according to the latest report ‘Hotels Sector Report – Issue 16’...

WHG opens two Ramada hotels in Middle East
08 July 2013 Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG), a part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (WWC), has expanded its portfolio in the Middle East with the opening of two new Ramada hotels, Ramada Sulaymaniyah Salim...

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg debuts in Russia
05 July 2013 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, a Canada-based hotel management firm, has opened its new hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace, in St. Petersburg,...

Starwood introduces Four Points by Sheraton brand in Lima, Peru
04 July 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has introduced its Four Points by Sheraton brand in Lima, Peru, by opening Four Points by Sheraton Miraflores in the...

Marriott to introduce mobile check-in at 325 hotels in US, Canada
03 July 2013 Marriott Hotels, a brand of Marriott International, is to introduce a mobile check-in option at all of its 325 hotels in the US and Canada in summer...

WHG opens Wyndham Istanbul Petek hotel in Turkey
02 July 2013 Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG), part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (WWC), has opened a new Wyndham Istanbul Petek hotel under the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand in...

Hilton Worldwide reaches new milestone of operating 4,000 hotels
01 July 2013 Hilton Worldwide has reached a new milestone of operating 4,000 hotels with the opening of Hilton Shijiazhuang hotel in the Hebei province of...

June 2013

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Chesapeake Lodging Trust purchases Hyatt Santa Barbara hotel for $61m
28 June 2013 Chesapeake Lodging Trust (Trust), a self-advised lodging real estate investment trust (REIT), has purchased California hotel Hyatt Santa Barbara and two adjoining properties from Hyatt...

Luxury Collection reopens Prince De Galles hotel in Paris
27 June 2013 The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, a part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, has reopened the Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Paris, after a two-year restoration...

IHG signs three new Holiday Inn hotels in UK
26 June 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is set to expand its presence in the UK with the opening of three new Holiday Inn hotels in the...

AXA Real Estate buys NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam
25 June 2013 AXA Real Estate Investment Managers (AXA Real Estate), a Europe-based real estate firm and wholly-owned subsidiary of AXA Investment Managers, has purchased the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky...

AppATrip introduces guest review tool for hotel industry
24 June 2013 AppATrip, a mobile application wholly-owned by Coeus Solutions, has introduced a new tool, EasyReview, that allows hotels to collect and manage their guest reviews and act accordingly to...

Ritz-Carlton to open new hotel in Bali, Indonesia
21 June 2013 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, is to open a new hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali in Indonesia in...

Wanda signs deal with Green Property to develop five-star hotel in London
20 June 2013 Dalian Wanda Group (DWG), a Chinese conglomerate company with activities in real estate, tourism, hotels and entertainment, has entered into an agreement with Irish developer Green Property...

Hyatt Place forms joint venture with FSA to develop nine hotels in Brazil
19 June 2013 Hyatt Place, a brand of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (HHC) with more than 170 locations throughout the US, has signed an agreement to form a joint venture with real estate developer FSA Group, part...

Aloft Hotels doubles presence in Tulsa by opening second hotel
18 June 2013 Aloft Hotels, a subsidiary of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, has doubled its presence in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with the opening of its Aloft Tulsa Downtown...

Carlson Rezidor to open 38 new hotels in India
17 June 2013 Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, a global hotel management company previously known as Rezidor SAS, intends to open 38 new hotels in India as part of its strategy to have 100 hotels in the country...

IHG opens Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman hotel
14 June 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its Holiday Inn Resort brand portfolio with the opening of Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman...

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts debuts in Chicago
13 June 2013 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, a brand of Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG) and subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (WWC), has expanded its footprint in the US with the opening of Wyndham...

BEST WESTERN opens fifth hotel in Russia
12 June 2013 BEST WESTERN, a brand of Arizona-based hotel chain Best Western International, has opened its fifth hotel, BEST WESTERN Art Hotel Nikolaevsky Posad, in...

Britannia Hotels acquires Travelodge property in Edinburgh, Scotland
11 June 2013 Britannia Hotels, a UK-based hotel company with 43 hotels and over 8,000 bedrooms nationwide, has expanded its presence in Scotland with the purchase of Travelodge Edinburgh West End, with a...

IHG signs two new Holiday Inn Express hotels in Central America
10 June 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is set to open two new Holiday Inn Express hotels in Managua, Nicaragua and Tegucigalpa, Honduras in...

InterContinental Hotels to expand presence in Europe with hotel in Turkey
07 June 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will expand its presence in Europe with the opening of the new Holiday Inn Express Manisa - West hotel in Turkey in early...

Four Seasons to open new hotel in Shenzhen, China
06 June 2013 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, a Canada-based five-star hotel management company, will open a new hotel in Shenzhen, China, on 1 September...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts to expand business in China
05 June 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will expand its business in China with the opening of 20 new hotels in the country in...

StepStone expands managed hotel portfolio with acquisition of two Marriott properties
04 June 2013 StepStone Hospitality, a Providence-based hospitality management firm, has expanded its managed hotel portfolio with the acquisition of two Marriott properties in Baton Rouge,...

Chesapeake Lodging Trust purchases Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf hotel for $103.5m
03 June 2013 Chesapeake Lodging Trust, a self-advised lodging real estate investment trust (REIT), has purchased Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf hotel in San Francisco from an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels for...

May 2013

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Hotel investment in Canada set for record growth in 2013
31 May 2013 Canada's hotel investment industry is set to witness a record growth this year, according to the delegates who participated in the recent Canadian Hotel Investment Conference in downtown...

Interstate Hotels & Resorts opens seven hotels across Europe
30 May 2013 Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a wholly-owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging Group and Jin Jiang Hotels, has announced the opening of seven new hotels...

IHG reaches 200 hotels milestone in China
29 May 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has reached a milestone of 200 hotels in China with the opening of InterContinental Shanghai...

Abu Dhabi Al Maqta to rebrand as Hilton Abu Dhabi Capital Grand
28 May 2013 Hilton Worldwide is set to rebrand and reopen the Abu Dhabi Al Maqta hotel as Hilton Abu Dhabi Capital Grand hotel in summer...

Hyatt Hotels takes over four French hotels
24 May 2013 Hyatt Hotels, a Chicago-based hospitality company with 508 properties in 46 countries, has completed the rebranding of four hotels in...

IHG opens Holiday Inn Express Manhattan West Side hotel
23 May 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened a new Holiday Inn Express New York - Manhattan West Side...

Wyndham Hotel Group adds two new properties to portfolio
22 May 2013 Wyndham Hotel Group, part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, has expanded its portfolio with the addition of two new properties in...

IHG to open 200-room Staybridge Suites in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
21 May 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a deal with Dyafah Al Mutahida to open its first Staybridge Suites property in Jeddah, Saudi...

Shaftesbury Hotels selects RateTiger to manage distribution channels
20 May 2013 The Shaftesbury Hotels Collection, a London-based accommodation group with 22 properties and 17 suites, has selected RateTiger channel manager, developed by eRevMax, to manage distribution...

Starwood Hotels to increase business by 50% in Latin America
17 May 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide aims to grow its business by 50% in Latin America in the next five years by opening an average of seven new hotels per year in the...

UK hotel receives recruitment award
16 May 2013 The Whitehouse Hotel in north Wales, UK, has received the Employment Related Services Association’s (ERSA) Small or Medium Employer of the Year award, sponsored by Interserve Working Futures,...

Four Points by Sheraton to reach 200 hotels milestone by 2014
15 May 2013 Four Points by Sheraton, a brand owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, has unveiled a list of new hotels that will help the brand reach a milestone of 200 hotels in...

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention Centre opens in Wisconsin
14 May 2013 Arizona-based hotel chain Best Western International has expanded its BEST WESTERN PREMIER brand in North America with the opening of the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention...

IHG to open Holiday Inn Quito hotel in Ecuador
13 May 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the owner of the Holiday Inn brand, is to open a new Holiday Inn hotel in Quito,...

Starwood opens Le Méridien resort hotel in Bali, Indonesia
10 May 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, the owner of Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts brand, along with PT Tiara Raya Bali International, has opened a newly built Le Méridien resort hotel, Le...

DoubleTree by Hilton collaborates with Google to launch DTour
09 May 2013 DoubleTree by Hilton, a brand of Hilton Worldwide, has collaborated with Google to launch DTour, a YouTube channel for the hotel...

Luxury Collection unveils The Gritti Palace hotel in Venice
08 May 2013 The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, a brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, has unveiled The Gritti Palace hotel in Venice,...

Marriott International to open JW Marriott Hotel and Casino at Providenciales Island
07 May 2013 Marriott International plans to open a new JW Marriott Hotel and Casino at Providenciales Island in the Turks and Caicos...

IHG signs franchise agreement with AHL to open Holiday Inn hotel in Mauritius
03 May 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has entered into a 20-year franchise agreement with Airport Hotel Limited (AHL) to open its first Holiday Inn brand hotel in...

Marriott International opens third Autograph Collection hotel in UK
02 May 2013 Marriott International has expanded its Autograph Collection brand with the opening of St. Ermin’s Hotel in the Westminster area of...

InterContinental to expand IHG Army Hotels portfolio under PAL programme
01 May 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is set to expand its IHG Army Hotels portfolio by adding 18 US Military installations under the Department of the Army's Privatization of Army Lodging...

April 2013

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Starwood Hotels selects GEP software to automate procurement processes
30 April 2013 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, a Connecticut-based hotel and leisure company, has selected GEP's spend analytics services and sourcing and procurement software to automate and...

Marriott chooses MICROS OPERA property management system
29 April 2013 Marriott International, a Maryland-based lodging firm with over 3,800 properties in 74 regions, is to deploy MICROS Systems' OPERA property management system (PMS) across all its properties...

DoubleTree by Hilton to debut in Australia
26 April 2013 Hilton Worldwide is all set to debut in Australia with the rebranding of four Northern Territory hotels into DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Hotels & Resorts brands on 1 May...

IHG opens Crowne Plaza Madinah hotel in Saudi Arabia
25 April 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the Crowne Plaza Madinah hotel in the Madinah Province of Saudi...

Criterion Capital selects Aconex platform to develop London Trocadero hotel
24 April 2013 Criterion Capital, a UK-based property investment company, has selected an online collaboration platform by Aconex to develop the London Trocadero pod-style...

Hilton Worldwide unveils new dual branded hotel in Denver
23 April 2013 Hilton Worldwide has unveiled the dual branded Hampton Inn & Suites Denver Downtown-Convention Center and Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown-Convention Center hotel in Downtown...

Accor selects Monscierge Virtual Concierge system for Novotel
22 April 2013 French hotel group Accor has selected a new Virtual Concierge system developed by Oklahoma City-based software firm Monscierge for its Novotel...

Starwood unveils new Sheraton hotel in Pittsburgh
19 April 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has unveiled the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel in Pittsburgh,...

Hilton Worldwide opens second DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Spain
18 April 2013 Hilton Worldwide has expanded its presence in Spain with the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center La Mola in Catalonia,...

Marriott outperforms rival brands as most preferred hotel in London: LJ Research
17 April 2013 Marriott Hotels has outperformed other rival brands as the most preferred hotel in London by gaining top points for room satisfaction, friendliness of staff and cleanliness, according to a...

W Hotels to debut in Israel with W Tel Aviv - Jaffa project
16 April 2013 W Hotels Worldwide, a brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, is set to enter into Israel with a new project featuring a hotel and residences that are scheduled to open in the Jaffa...

Courtyard by Marriott hotel to debut in Colombia
15 April 2013 Marriott International has signed a deal with Colombia-based construction firm Inrama to open its first Courtyard by Marriott brand hotel in Bogota, Colombia, in April...

Leonardo Hotels completes acquisition of 20 QMH hotels in Germany
12 April 2013 Leonardo Hotels, the European division of the Israeli hotel firm Fattal Hotels, has completed the acquisition of 20 former hotels of Queens Moat Houses Holding Germany...

Marriot International to open two Autograph Collection hotels in UK
11 April 2013 Marriott International is to expand its Autograph Collection brand portfolio with the opening of two new hotels in the...

IHG unveils third Holiday Inn hotel in Philippines
10 April 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its Holiday Inn brand portfolio in the Philippines with the opening of Holiday Inn & Suites...

AC Hotels by Marriott expands presence in Europe
09 April 2013 AC Hotels by Marriott, a brand of Marriott International with a chain of over 80 hotels across Europe, has expanded its presence in Europe with the opening of two new hotels - the AC Hotel Nice...

Starwood Hotels opens The Westin Sacramento hotel in California
08 April 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has expanded its Westin Hotels & Resorts brand portfolio with the opening of The Westin Sacramento hotel in...

Hyatt Hotels to open first HYATT house hotel in Georgia, Atlanta
05 April 2013 Hyatt Hotels, Noble Investment Group and Interstate Hotels & Resorts are set to open HYATT house Atlanta/Cobb Galleria hotel in Georgia, Atlanta, on 5 April...

ALHI adds three new hotels to US portfolio
04 April 2013 Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), a US-based global sales organisation (GSO) with over 140 hotels and resorts worldwide, has expanded its portfolio with the addition of three...

Starwood Hotels to open Aloft Tuscon University hotel in Arizona
03 April 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is to expand its Aloft Hotels brand portfolio with the opening of Aloft Tuscon University hotel in Tuscon, Arizona on 4 April...

CHI launches SkyTouch Technology for hotel industry
02 April 2013 Choice Hotels International (CHI), a Maryland-based hotel company that franchises nearly 6,200 hotels in the US and in over 30 other countries, has unveiled a new division, SkyTouch Technology,...

March 2013

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Mobile devices drive luxury hotel industry growth: SLH study
28 March 2013 Travellers are increasingly using mobile devices for browsing information and hotel booking across the globe, according to the latest data on global browsing and booking trends by Small...

Distressed hotel sales in UK hit £1.62bn since 2010: Jones Lang study
27 March 2013 The UK hotel market has witnessed £1.62bn of hotels sold due to company administrations or administrative receiverships since 2010, according to research by The Hotels & Hospitality Group of...

IHG to build $36.63m Holiday Inn Express hotel in Australia
26 March 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a British multinational hotels company, is to develop a new $36.63m Holiday Inn Express hotel in Perth, Australia, to meet the growing demand for...

Starwood Hotels to open 11 W Hotels in Asia Pacific
25 March 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (SHRW) is to open 11 W Hotels and Retreats in Asia Pacific, as part of its plan to more than double its presence in the region and open 20 W Hotels in nine...

Wyndham to open eight Ramada hotels in China
22 March 2013 Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG), one of the three business units of Wyndham Worldwide, is to expand its presence in China with the addition of eight new Ramada properties in the next two...

Hilton Worldwide opens three Homewood Suites by Hilton hotels in US
21 March 2013 Hilton Worldwide has expanded its Homewood Suites by Hilton brand portfolio with the addition of three hotels, Homewood Suites Victoria in Texas, Homewood Suites Carle Place-Garden City in New...

KSL Capital Partners buys UK boutique hotel brands Malmaison, Hotel du Vin
20 March 2013 An affiliate of KSL Capital Partners, a private equity group dedicated to investing in travel and leisure businesses, has acquired UK-based Malmaison Group for approximately...

InterContinental opens Holiday Inn Express hotel in Detroit
19 March 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the new Holiday Inn Express Romulus/Detroit Metro Airport hotel in Detroit, following a multimillion dollar...

Rotana debuts in Bahrain with Majestic Arjaan by Rotana hotel
18 March 2013 Rotana, a UAE-based hotel management firm with properties in the Middle East and Africa region, has opened the Majestic Arjaan by Rotana hotel in...

Marriott International opens first Ritz-Carlton hotel in Abu Dhabi
15 March 2013 Marriott International has opened a new 532-room hotel in Abu Dhabi, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand...

InterContinental Hotels Group opens first Holiday Inn Express hotel in Veracruz, Mexico
14 March 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a British multinational hotels company, has opened the Holiday Inn Express Veracruz Boca del Rio hotel in Mexico, following a $10m investment by Grupo...

Hyatt Hotels to open Park Hyatt Mallorca hotel near Spain
13 March 2013 Hyatt Hotels, a Chicago-based hospitality company, is all set to open its first Hyatt brand hotel - Park Hyatt Mallorca - in Mallorca Island near...

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces opens 100th hotel in India
12 March 2013 Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), an India-based hotel group branded as Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, has reached a milestone of 100 hotels in India with the opening of Vivanta by Taj -...

Accor deploys Infosys CommerceEdge for social travel shopping experience
11 March 2013 French hotel group Accor has added Infosys CommerceEdge platform to its website, used for more than 3,500 hotels across 92 countries, to enhance customer's hotel travel...

Hilton Worldwide to open three DoubleTree hotels in UK
08 March 2013 Hilton Worldwide, a US-based global hospitality company owned by the Blackstone Group, is to open three new DoubleTree by Hilton brand hotels in the UK, as part of its plans to open five...

Accor plans to open 100 hotels by 2015
07 March 2013 Accor, a French hotel group that operates in 92 countries, plans to expand its current network of 300 luxury/upscale hotels to 400 hotels by 2015 under its four brands Sofitel, Pullman,...

Marriott, IKEA partner to develop MOXY HOTELS in Europe
06 March 2013 Marriott International, in partnership with Inter Hospitality, an organisation created to generate long-term value for the Inter IKEA Group's property division, is set to enter into the...

Hilton Cleveland East Beachwood hotel to rebrand as DoubleTree by Hilton
05 March 2013 Hilton Worldwide, a global hospitality company and owner of the DoubleTree by Hilton brand, and hotel management company Twin Tier Hospitality of Pennsylvania have announced that the...

Interstate Hotels & Resorts acquires Sanguine Hospitality management platform in UK
04 March 2013 Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a US-based global hotel management company, has purchased the management platform of Liverpool-based hospitality development and ownership firm Sanguine...

Temple Hotels to acquire three Nova Scotia hotels for $87.5m
01 March 2013 Canada-based real estate investment company Temple Hotels has agreed to buy the Prince George Hotel, Cambridge Suites Hotel Halifax and Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney from Nova Scotia for...

February 2013

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Strategic Hotels & Resorts full year total revenues up
28 February 2013 Strategic Hotels & Resorts, a real estate investment trust (REIT) with properties in the US, Mexico and Europe, has reported total revenues of $808.31m for the full year ended 31 December...

Marriott International to open new hotel in Recife, Brazil
27 February 2013 Marriott International plans to open a new Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil in the second quarter of...

Pacific Hospitality Group buys Bacara Resort & Spa in California
26 February 2013 Pacific Hospitality Group’s (PHG) affiliate BRS Ventures has purchased Bacara Resort & Spa of California from SB Luxury Resort, an affiliate of Ohana Real Estate Investors and Rockpoint Group,...

Wyndham to open Milagro del Mar Resort in Nicaragua
25 February 2013 US-based Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG) is all set to open its Wyndham Milagro del Mar Resort in Nicaragua in 2014 as part of its plans to expand in Latin...

Appy Hotel unveils new mobile marketing app for hotels
22 February 2013 Appy Hotel, a Hong Kong-based company that serves hotel brands including Marriott and Starwood, has rolled out a new mobile marketing app to help hotels worldwide promote their amenities...

Global travellers look for free Wi-Fi over other amenities: Hotels.com survey
21 February 2013 Global travellers see free Wi-Fi as the most important amenity when choosing a hotel, according to a global survey carried out in January 2013 by online accommodation booking website...

Marriott International net income up in 2012
20 February 2013 Maryland-based Marriott International has posted net income of $571m for the full year ended 28 December 2012, compared with net income of $198m during the same period in...

IHG to open 13 new hotels in India
19 February 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has entered into a deal to set up 13 new hotels over the next few years in India, taking the number of IHG hotels in the country to 47....

Choice adds 128 hotels to portfolio in Q4 2012
18 February 2013 Choice Hotels International added 128 newly opened franchised properties to its portfolio in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2012....

Premier Inn selects PCS keyless room entry technology
15 February 2013 Premier Inn, a UK-based hotel brand of Whitbread, is working with plastic card manufacturer Plastic Card Services (PCS) to implement a ‘keyless room entry’ system across all its new build...

IHG opens Holiday Inn brand hotel in Charleston, South Carolina
14 February 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened its new five-storey Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown, in Charleston, South Carolina,...

Starwood adds Hotel Bristol to Luxury Collection portfolio in Poland
13 February 2013 Connecticut-based hotel and leisure company Starwood Hotels & Resorts has added the newly renovated Starman Poland-owned Hotel Bristol of Warsaw to its Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts...

Marriott and Inversiones La Rioja sign agreement to open hotel in Peru
12 February 2013 Marriott International plans to open a new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Lima, Peru, under an agreement with Peru-based Inversiones La Rioja, which operates the 300-room JW Marriott Lima...

Rezidor adds two new hotels to brand portfolio
11 February 2013 The Rezidor Hotel Group, a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, has added two new hotels - the Park Inn by Radisson Troyitska, Kyiv in Ukraine and the First Class Radisson Blu Hotel,...

Marriott signs deal with Mori Trust to rebrand hotel in Japan
08 February 2013 Marriott International has entered into an agreement with Mori Trust Group to convert the Gotenyama Garden Hotel Laforet Tokyo to Marriott's flagship Marriott Hotels & Resorts...

Presidian Hotels deploys hotel SalesPro system throughout portfolio
07 February 2013 Texas-based international hospitality management group Presidian Hotels and Resorts has deployed hotel SystemsPro's hotel SalesPro Sales and Catering System across all of its properties,...

Starwood Hotels to open 200th Westin property in 2013
06 February 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's Westin Hotels brand is slated to reach a milestone of 200 properties with the opening of 11 new hotels across Asia Pacific, Latin America and North America...

Vienna International opens 4-star angelo Westpark Hotel in Munich
05 February 2013 Austria-based hotel operator Vienna International Hotelmanagement has opened its second angelo brand hotel in Munich, the 4-star angelo Munich...

Starwood sells four French hotels to Constellation Hotels
04 February 2013 Groupe du Louvre (GDL), owned by American investment company Starwood Capital Group, has sold four French hotels that are part of Societe Du Louvre, a partnership between Europe-based Louvre...

Marriott signs deal to manage seven TCC Hotels properties
01 February 2013 Marriott International, a US-based hospitality company, has signed an agreement with TCC Hotels to manage seven TCC properties across...

January 2013

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Peninsula Tokyo becomes first Japanese luxury hotel to offer academic scholarship
31 January 2013 Japanese hotel The Peninsula Tokyo has become the first luxury hotel in the country to provide a full-ride academic scholarship, following the announcement of the first recipient of the Great...

Paramount Hotel to add 10 to 12 hotels to management portfolio in 2013
30 January 2013 Paramount Hotel, a New Jersey-based independent hotel management and ownership company, expects to add 10 to 12 hotels to its management portfolio in...

Travelodge set to open 14 hotels in 2013
29 January 2013 Travelodge, a UK-based hotel chain, is investing £223m in 2013 to open 14 hotels and refurbish existing properties as part of its growth...

Starwood to expand Le Méridien hotel business in 2013
28 January 2013 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide is set to open nine hotels worldwide under the Le Méridien hotels brand in fiscal...

Accor steps up expansion plans in India
25 January 2013 European hotel company Accor plans to open 57 hotels across its five brands in the next five years in India as part of its expansion...

Viceroy Hotel to open Viceroy New York by September 2013
24 January 2013 California-based Viceroy Hotel Group plans to open a new hotel in Manhattan, New York, by September...

Mövenpick opens new hotel apartment in Dubai
23 January 2013 Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international hotel management company, has opened the new Movenpick Hotel Apartments The Square in the Al Mamzar area of Deira in Dubai....

Fattal Hotel in negotiations to acquire 22 hotels in Germany
22 January 2013 Israel-based hotel company Fattal Hotel Management is holding advanced negotiations with UK-based InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to acquire a portfolio of 22 hotels in Germany for €300m,...

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas unveils first Dubai hotel
22 January 2013 Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, part of Thailand-based hospitality company Minor International, has introduced its first hotel in Dubai,...

Carlson Rezidor opens The Radisson Blu Hotel Ludhiana in India
21 January 2013 Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has opened The Radisson Blu Hotel, a five-star deluxe hotel, in Ludhiana, a city in northern India....

Qube set to build 162-room ‘modular’ hotel in Perth
21 January 2013 Accommodation operator Qube is set to build a 162-room ‘modular’ hotel near Perth's domestic airport with an investment of $20m, in an effort to offer cheap accommodation targeted at the...

Iconic cruise liner to become floating luxury hotel
18 January 2013 Iconic ocean liner The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) will soon be converted into a five-star floating hotel and will be moored in an Asian...

Loews to open 400-room hotel in Chicago
18 January 2013 Loews Hotels & Resorts plans to open a 400-room property in Chicago in January 2015, as part of the company's strategy to expand its portfolio of hotels over the next five years....

Gemstone buys Hotel Durant in Berkeley
17 January 2013 Gemstone Hotels & Resorts has acquired Hotel Durant, which is adjacent to the University of California Berkeley...

Omni Hotels acquires The Westin Hotel in Providence
17 January 2013 The Westin Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, US, has been re-branded as the Omni Providence Hotel following its acquisition by Omni Hotels &...

Hotel sector affected by interest-rate swaps scandal: Berg
16 January 2013 The hotel sector has been hit by the interest-rate swaps mis-selling scandal, according to Berg, a Manchester-based law firm providing corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, real...

Hyatt opens upscale beachfront hotel in Qingdao, China
16 January 2013 Hyatt Hotels has opened Hyatt Regency Qingdao, its first upscale beachfront hotel in northern China, in Laoshan district of the Shandong...

Vienna International to open Astrum luxury hotel in Shelkovo, Russia
15 January 2013 Vienna International Hotelmanagement is set to open a 5-star Astrum luxury hotel in Shelkovo near Moscow by the end of this...

Northwood invests in three Florida Keys hotels
15 January 2013 Global real estate investment firm Northwood Investors, in partnership with original developer Pritam Singh, has invested in three properties in the Florida Keys - the Parrot Key...

IHG opens Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley San Francisco Area
14 January 2013 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley San Francisco Area hotel, following a $4m...

Orient-Express launches Associate Hotels programme
14 January 2013 Orient-Express Hotels has unveiled its Orient-Express Associate Hotels programme with Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, France, as the founding member. ...

Marriott opens 14th hotel in Shanghai
11 January 2013 Marriott International has opened the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong East in China, under a long-term management agreement with Shanghai Hengchang...

The Peninsula Hong Kong hotel deploys ITD HotelSnapshot application
11 January 2013 The Peninsula Hong Kong hotel has selected hospitality data solutions provider Intouch Data's (ITD) business intelligence application HotelSnapshot...

Global hotel deal volume to reach $32bn in 2013: Report
10 January 2013 Hotels and hospitality experts at real estate financial and professional services firm Jones Lang LaSalle predict that global hotel transaction volume will reach $32bn in 2013. ...

Choice Hotels International selects IO DCaaS service
10 January 2013 Choice Hotels International, which operates 6,200 hotels in more than 30 countries and territories, has selected modular data centre technology and services company IO's Data Center as a...

Starwood opens second Westin hotel in Panama
09 January 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened its second Westin hotel in Panama, as part of plans to aggressively expand the brand throughout Latin...

Supertel Hospitality sells 15 non-core hotels in 2012
09 January 2013 Supertel Hospitality, a real estate investment trust that specialises in the ownership of select-service hotels, sold 15 non-core hotels in 2012 for...

IFA HR unveils Fairmont The Palm hotel in Dubai
08 January 2013 IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFA HR) has opened a $330m five-star beachfront hotel - Fairmont The Palm - on the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah in...

LaSalle buys majority stake in The Liberty Hotel for $170m
08 January 2013 LaSalle Hotel Properties, through a joint venture with a firm controlled by Dick Friedman of Carpenter & Company, has acquired a majority stake in The Liberty Hotel for $170m....

Waldorf Astoria Berlin opens for business
07 January 2013 Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has opened its second European luxury hotel, in Berlin, Germany....

Carlson Rezidor opens second Park Inn by Radisson hotel in California
07 January 2013 Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has opened its second Park Inn by Radisson in California, in Covina. ...

Brazil Hospitality Group to develop Golden Tulip hotel in Natal
04 January 2013 Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG) has signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a new Golden Tulip hotel in Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte state, as part of plans to strengthen...

Interstate opens first Holiday Inn Express hotel in The Hague
04 January 2013 Interstate Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with The Vincent Hotel Group (TVHG), opened its first Holiday Inn Express hotel in The Hague on 21 December 2012....

DoubleTree by Hilton debuts in Fujian province, China
03 January 2013 Hilton Worldwide has entered into Fujian province of China with the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Putian...

Summit Hotel Properties buys three US hotels
03 January 2013 Summit Hotel Properties, a US-based hotel investment company, has acquired Residence Inn by Marriott in Salt Lake City, Utah; Hyatt Place in Long Island (Garden City), New York; and Hampton Inn...

Starwood Hotels expands footprint with over 125 new deals in 2012
02 January 2013 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide signed more than 125 new hotel management and franchise deals in 2012, an increase of 13% compared with the previous...

Innside by Meliá hotel to open in Aachen, Germany
02 January 2013 Meliá Hotels International is set to open a new Innside by Meliá hotel in Aachen, Germany, in the first half of...

December 2012

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts adds Hotel Tampa to portfolio in Florida
21 December 2012 Hilton Hotels & Resorts is to add a second property in Tampa, Florida, with the rebranding of Hyatt Regency Tampa as Hotel Tampa, an affiliate of...

Renovated Sheraton da Bahia Hotel in Salvador to reopen in Q1 2013
21 December 2012 Brazil hotelier GJP Hotéis & Resorts will operate the Sheraton da Bahia Hotel in Salvador under a franchise agreement recently signed with Starwood Hotels & Resorts...

Delta to cease operating Toronto hotel as part of brand restructuring
20 December 2012 Delta Hotels and Resorts, a unit of Great Eagle Holdings, will cease to manage the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Canada, from 1 July 2013, in tune with its brand repositioning to focus on...

Park Hyatt Chicago installs Telkonet’s energy management thermostats
20 December 2012 Park Hyatt Chicago has installed Telkonet’s EcoInsight energy management thermostats in its guestrooms to control the heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVAC)....

London hotel rooms yield declines by over 4% in November, says report
19 December 2012 A fall in room rate and occupancy resulted in a decline in rooms yield in London hotels in November this year, according to a survey conducted by PKF Hotel Consultancy...

Hilton debuts in Peru with hotel in Lima
19 December 2012 Hilton Worldwide has debuted in Peru with a new hotel in Lima under the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand, as part of its expansion in Latin...

Shangri-La inaugurates hotel in Chinese city of Yangzhou
18 December 2012 Luxury hotel group Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has opened a new hotel in Yangzhou in the Jiangsu province of...

New DoubleTree hotel opens in Istanbul, Turkey
18 December 2012 Hilton Worldwide has opened its fifth DoubleTree hotel in Turkey, in the Avcilar district of...

Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre hotel implements Pro-B’s probiotic systems
17 December 2012 The Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre hotel in the UK has implemented the Pro-B Air system and Pro-B Cleaning, supplied by Pro-B For Life, on a trial...

Hyatt Hotels announces new properties worldwide
17 December 2012 Hyatt Hotels has announced its plans to launch several new hotels worldwide under various brands in Tokyo, Morocco, Thailand, India and the...

Starwood to operate Westin and Sheraton hotels in Manila
14 December 2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will operate a Westin and a Sheraton brand of hotels in Manila, Philippines from mid-2016 and early 2017...

Meliá Hotels and Greenland team up to grow in China and Europe
14 December 2012 Meliá Hotels International and the Chinese real estate group Greenland have signed an agreement to collaborate, in a bid to expand in and out of...

Ritz-Carlton’s luxury Reserve resort opens in Puerto Rico
13 December 2012 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has announced the opening of its second Reserve property, on Dorado Beach in Puerto...

Two Hotel Indigo properties open in London and New Orleans
13 December 2012 InterContinental Hotel Group has announced the opening of two Hotel Indigo properties in London, UK, and New Orleans,...

IHG opens rebranded Crowne Plaza hotel in California
12 December 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has rebranded The Hotel Hanford in Orange County, California, US, and opened it as the Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange...

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in Texas to undergo $35m renovation
12 December 2012 Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas, US, will undergo a $35m expansion and renovation, which will be completed in 2013 to coincide with the property's 20th...

Hilton to operate new hotel in Manila
11 December 2012 Hilton Worldwide will open its first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Manila, Philippines, in 2014....

Marriott to introduce Fairfield Inn, Courtyard brands in Brazil
11 December 2012 Marriott International will launch two of its brands, Fairfield Inn and Courtyard, in Brazil, with the opening of hotels in Rio Grande do Sul and...

Starwood announces four new Aloft properties in Latin America
10 December 2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced its plans to open four new Aloft brand hotels in Latin America by 2015, as part of the group’s growth strategy in the...

Four Seasons to operate new resort in Izmir, Turkey
10 December 2012 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts will operate a new resort in Cesme, in the Turkish province of Izmir, from 2016, under an agreement signed with developers Dilek Gayrimenkul Yatirim ve...

New Hampton Inn & Suites hotel opens in Ocala, Florida
07 December 2012 Hampton Hotels has opened a new Hampton Inn & Suites property in Ocala, Florida, US, just a few days after inaugurating a new property in...

IHG to manage Sanctuary Cove Resort in Queensland, Australia
07 December 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed an agreement with Mulpha Sanctuary Cove (Developments) to take over the operation of a five-star resort on the Gold Coast of Queensland in...

Kew Green Hotels to manage four Holiday Inn properties in UK
06 December 2012 Kew Green Hotels has expanded its portfolio to 30 properties in the UK, with the addition of four Holiday Inn...

Ritz-Carlton to operate new hotel in Almaty, Kazakhstan
06 December 2012 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has announced that it will operate a new hotel in Almaty, the former capital city of...

Rezidor group inaugurates Park Inn by Radisson hotel in northern France
05 December 2012 The Rezidor Hotel Group has opened the Park Inn by Radisson Lille Grand Stade hotel in the city of Villeneuve D'Ascq in northern...

Loews Hotels & Resorts buys The Madison in Washington D.C.
05 December 2012 Loews Hotels & Resorts is buying the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. from Jamestown Properties, for an undisclosed amount, with the transaction expected to close in January...

Hyatt, Westin properties to come up at Jekyll Island Beach Village in US
04 December 2012 The Hyatt and Westin hotel groups are planning new hotels at the mixed-use development Jekyll Island Beach Village in the US state of...

Host Hotels & Resorts' European JV buys five hotels in Paris, Amsterdam
04 December 2012 Host Hotels & Resorts, a US-based real estate investment trust, has announced that its European joint venture has purchased five properties in Paris and Amsterdam from Whitehall for...

La Mola Hotel in Spain to rebrand as DoubleTree by Hilton
03 December 2012 The La Mola Hotel & Conference Center in Spain will be renovated and reopened under the DoubleTree by Hilton brand in early...

Premier Inn London Gatwick Airport opens with 630 rooms
03 December 2012 Premier Inn, the budget hotel brand of UK-based Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, has opened its largest ever property at London Gatwick...

November 2012

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Wyndham opens new hotel in San José, Costa Rica
30 November 2012 Wyndham Hotel Group has opened its third hotel in Costa Rica, the upscale Wyndham Garden San José...

US trade commission warns hotels against ‘drip pricing’ practice
30 November 2012 The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued warning letters to 22 hotel operators in the country for resorting to ‘drip pricing’ to charge consumers booking...

Hampton by Hilton opens at London Luton Airport
29 November 2012 Hilton Worldwide has inaugurated the Hampton by Hilton London Luton Airport hotel, which is the brand's UK tenth...

India’s Sahara group buys majority stake in The Plaza, New York
29 November 2012 Indian business conglomerate Sahara India Pariwar has completed the acquisition of 75% stake in The Plaza Hotel New York for $575m from real estate company El Ad US...

Jumeirah Group to foray into India with Mumbai hotel
28 November 2012 Dubai-based Jumeirah Group will enter the Indian hospitality market in 2017 with a new luxury hotel in Mumbai,...

Sun International’s revamped Maslow Hotel in South Africa to open in early 2013
28 November 2012 African luxury hotels and resorts operator Sun International has announced that The Maslow Hotel (also called The Grayston) in South Africa will reopen in January 2013 after...

American firm Blackstone buys Dublin’s Burlington Hotel
27 November 2012 The Burlington Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, has been purchased by US-based investment firm Blackstone for...

Marriott to open Renaissance hotel at Edmonton Airport in Canada
27 November 2012 New York-based Marriott International will open its first Renaissance hotel in Alberta, Canada, at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in...

Meliá’s new Innside hotel to open in Essen, Germany, in 2015
26 November 2012 Meliá Hotels International will open its first Innside Hotels property in Essen, Germany, in...

New Marriott hotel to open in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2014
26 November 2012 Marriott International and Nigeria-based Quantum Luxury Properties have signed an agreement to open a five-star luxury hotel in Lagos in...

Australia’s StayWell Hospitality to expand in India with three new hotels
23 November 2012 Sydney-headquartered StayWell Hospitality Group plans to open three Leisure Inn brand hotels in India during 2013-14, as part of its global...

Redefine buys majority stake in London’s Holiday Inn Earls Court hotel
23 November 2012 Property management company Redefine International has purchased a 60% stake in BNRI Earls Court, which owns the Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Earls Court,...

Work begins on new Premium Inn hotel in Birmingham, UK
22 November 2012 Whitbread has begun construction on the new Premier Inn hotel and restaurant in Birmingham, UK, on a site which currently houses the Exchange Buildings office...

Rebranded Holiday Inn Resort opens in Thailand
22 November 2012 The Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach, Thailand, formerly known as Sala Talay Resort, was inaugurated earlier in November...

Hyatt to develop new resort on Ka’anapali Beach in Hawaii
21 November 2012 Hyatt Hotels plans to open a resort on Ka'anapali Beach in Maui, Hawaii, in 2014, for which it has partnered with an affiliate of Host Hotels &...

Starwood to open Aloft Munich, Stuttgart in 2015
21 November 2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide plans to open two Aloft hotel projects in Munich and Stuttgart, Germany, in 2015. ...

Shangri-La Hotels launches Android application
20 November 2012 Close on the heels of launching iPhone and iPad smartphone applications, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has introduced an Android version which provides the functionality of the company's website...

New Hampton Inn inaugurated in Oxford, US
20 November 2012 Hampton Hotels has opened a new Hampton Inn in the college town of Oxford, Ohio, in the US....

Over 75% of European business travellers book hotels online, says Accor survey
19 November 2012 European business travellers are digital-savvy, with 76% of them booking hotels online, according to a survey by French hotel group...

Rezidor to rebrand two Radisson Blu properties in Germany
19 November 2012 The Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the rebranding of two Radisson Blu hotels in Germany....

New entrant Imperial Hotels buys the Tophams in London
16 November 2012 Imperial Hotels London, a new venture of the MC (Marbella Club) Hotel Group, has bought Tophams Hotel in Belgravia, following its plan to acquire properties in the prime areas of...

Online hotel reviews not helpful in decision making, says Market Metrix analysis
16 November 2012 Online hotel reviews and guest feedback on social media sites are not good sources of information as they are not statistically relevant, claims Market Metrix, a provider of customer and...

Foncière des Murs to buy 165 B&B hotels in France
15 November 2012 French real estate developer Foncière des Murs has announced that it will purchase 165 two-star hotels in France from B&B Hotels, for...

Hampton by Hilton Luton Airport installs CHP system for clean energy
15 November 2012 The Hampton by Hilton Luton Airport in the UK, which is scheduled to open in December 2012, has opted for clean energy with the installation of a combined heat and power system (CHP)....

De Vere Venues to open hotel at University of Nottingham, UK
14 November 2012 De Vere Venues, a provider of meetings, training and conference space, is opening the new Orchard Hotel in Nottingham, UK, on 16 November...

Hyatt forays into Costa Rica as part of Latin American expansion
14 November 2012 Costa Rica's first Hyatt brand hotel, the new Hyatt Place San Jose/Pinares, has opened in the country's capital city, as part of the group's plan to expand its Latin American portfolio by...

JW Marriott opens Marquis hotel in Dubai
13 November 2012 The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai partly opened with 804 rooms and suites on 12 November and is scheduled to open completely in February...

Hilton’s Hampton brand hotel to open in Warsaw in 2014
13 November 2012 Hilton Worldwide plans to open a new Hampton brand hotel in Warsaw, Poland, in early...

Autograph Collection opens first hotel in Asia Pacific in Bali
12 November 2012 Marriott International's Autograph Collection has opened The Stones Legian in Bali, Indonesia, the brand’s first property in Asia...

New Conrad hotel opens in Seoul
12 November 2012 Hilton Worldwide has opened a new Conrad hotel in the district of Yeouido in Seoul, South...

DoubleTree by Hilton to enter Spain with resort in Emporda
09 November 2012 Hilton Worldwide will open the first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Spain by the end of 2012, under an agreement signed with Urbano Rural...

Akkeron Hotel Group turns to e-cigarettes with Zebra
09 November 2012 UK-based Akkeron Hotel Group has partnered with Electric Zebra, a developer of e-cigarettes, to improve the health of its staff and increase...

Hyatt Hotels buys Birmingham hotel for $43m
08 November 2012 Hyatt Hotels has bought the Hyatt Regency Birmingham hotel in the UK for $43m through one of its affiliates, and plans to invest $10m in 2013 for its renovation....

Absolute Hotel Services announces first U resort in Laos
08 November 2012 Thailand-based Absolute Hotel Services will open a U Hotels & Resorts brand property in Luang Prabang, Laos, in...

IHG opens three hotels in UK
07 November 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened three Holiday Inn Express hotels in Braintree, Shrewsbury and Birmingham in the...

Jin Jiang International to open new hotel in China
07 November 2012 Jin Jiang International Hotel Management plans to open a new hotel in the Chinese city of Taizhou in February...

European Hospitality Awards 2012 recognise Kurt Ritter and Hotel Le Bristol Paris
06 November 2012 The European Hospitality Awards 2012 have drawn to a close with a total of 13 awards presented to leading innovators, business owners and developers from throughout the hospitality...

Hilton South Florida property reopens as DoubleTree hotel
06 November 2012 The Hilton property in Deerfield Beach, South Florida, has been rebranded and opened as DoubleTree by Hilton Deerfield Beach – Boca...

Accor to debut in Bangladesh with two Novotel hotels
06 November 2012 Accor plans to enter the Bangladesh hospitality market with the opening of two Novotel hotels in the country under management...

Microtel by Wyndham hotel opens in Estevan, Canada
05 November 2012 Wyndham's brand Microtel has opened its first prototype hotel in...

Temple REIT closes Saskatoon hotel purchase
05 November 2012 Temple Real Estate Investment Trust has completed the acquisition of the Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre, which was initiated in October...

Hilton to operate new hotel in Istanbul
02 November 2012 Hilton Worldwide will open a new hotel in Sisli district, Istanbul, taking its portfolio in the country to six properties under various...

Centara to open Pattaya hotel in 2013
02 November 2012 Centara Hotels & Resorts plans to open a new five-star property at Phratamnak Hill on the east side of Pattaya, Thailand, in...

Chesapeake buys The Hotel Minneapolis for $46m
01 November 2012 Chesapeake Lodging Trust has acquired The Hotel Minneapolis in the US state of Minnesota for...

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza fits windows with Solar Gard film to cut energy costs
01 November 2012 Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California, has retrofitted its guestroom windows with stainless-steel film supplied by Solar Gard, to reduce energy costs and guard against UV...

October 2012

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Hotels in north-east US prepare for Hurricane Sandy
31 October 2012 Hotels in the north-east US have been witnessing cancellations of bookings and are also receiving new enquiries on room availability from people stranded by Hurricane...

Hyatt to manage five Ista hotels in India
31 October 2012 Hyatt Hotels will operate five properties in India under a management agreement signed with IHHR Hospitality in London on 29 October 2012....

Meliá Hotels extends partnership with environmental management system EarthCheck
30 October 2012 Spanish hotel company Meliá Hotels International has extended its partnership with EC3 Global’s sustainable tourism certification programme EarthCheck, in a bid to strengthen the application...

Hard Rock International opens hotel in Cancun, Mexico
30 October 2012 Hard Rock International, owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, has opened the new Hard Rock Hotel Cancun in Mexico....

New Tropicana Las Vegas to be rebranded as DoubleTree by Hilton property
29 October 2012 Hilton Worldwide will re-enter the Las Vegas Strip hospitality market after 14 years, with the opening of Tropicana Las Vegas – a DoubleTree by Hilton in January...

IHG to open two new Holiday Inn Club Vacations resorts in US
29 October 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) plans to open two Holiday Inn Club Vacations resorts in Panama City Beach, Florida, and in Galveston, Texas, in December...

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust buys Palomar San Francisco for $58m
26 October 2012 Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has purchased the upscale full-service boutique hotel Palomar San Francisco from Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants for $58m, hot on the heels of its acquisition of Hotel...

Starwood’s Le Méridien Hotel opens in Mexico City
26 October 2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened Le Méridien Mexico City, its seventh property in the city, as part of its strategy to expand in Latin America....

IHG signs first EVEN brand hotel in New York City
25 October 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed the management agreement for the first EVEN brand hotel, scheduled to open in late 2014, in New York...

Hyatt Hotels agrees to manage hotel in Qingdao, China
24 October 2012 Hyatt Hotels, through an affiliate, has agreed to manage a Park Hyatt hotel in Qingdao, China, when it opens in...

Construction begins on Courtyard by Marriott at The Naval Yard, Philadelphia
23 October 2012 Ensemble Hotel Partners has begun work on a new $34m Courtyard by Marriott, the first hotel to be built at The Navy Yard, Philadelphia,...

Hostmark completes Florida luxury hotel acquisition
23 October 2012 America's Hostmark Hospitality Group has completed its acquisition of Florida-based all-suite luxury hotel Lake Eve Resort for an undisclosed sum, marking the further expansion of the...

Shangri-La Hotel debuts in Changzhou, China
22 October 2012 Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has launched a new 350-room luxury hotel in Changzhou, China, in collaboration with Qiaoyu...

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess to undergo $25m final phase of renovation
22 October 2012 Real estate investment trust Strategic Hotels & Resorts has announced the final phase of renovation to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort located in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona, US, as part...

Tata’s Indian Hotels makes $1.9bn joint bid for Orient-Express hotel chain
19 October 2012 Tata Group-owned Indian Hotels Company (IHC), which runs the Taj group of hotels, has made an aggressive move to acquire British luxury chain Orient-Express Hotels (OEHL) by launching a bid...

Marriott International to double European portfolio by 2015
19 October 2012 Global hotel operator Marriott International is set to double its European portfolio from 40,000 rooms to 80,000 rooms by 2015....

Hampton Hotels opens 18 new properties in Q3 2012
18 October 2012 Hampton Hotels, part of global hospitality company Hilton Worldwide, has opened 18 new properties in the third quarter of...

Citrus Hotels and Resorts to triple room count in five years
18 October 2012 India-based Citrus Hotels and Resorts has announced plans to invest about Rs5bn ($95m) in a bid to add 1,500 rooms to its current 475-room...

Pestana hotels in Brazil to deploy Micros Opera enterprise software
17 October 2012 Pestana Group, a Portugal-based hospitality group, will deploy Micros Systems' Opera enterprise software across its nine properties in...

Temple REIT to acquire Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre in Canada
17 October 2012 Temple Real Estate Investment Trust (Temple REIT) has announced its intention to acquire the Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre in Canada for $37.15m....

DoubleTree by Hilton to operate St. Louis Union Station Hotel
16 October 2012 DoubleTree by Hilton has taken over the management of St. Louis Union Station Hotel in Missouri, US, from Marriott, and renamed it into its...

Renaissance continues to operate Eden Roc Hotel on court orders
16 October 2012 Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Marriott International, will continue to manage the Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, after the Supreme Court of the State of New York issued...

Hotel, casino to form part of Oxford Properties’ new development in Toronto
15 October 2012 Oxford Properties Group has announced plans to construct an integrated casino and hotel as part of the mixed-use commercial property Oxford Place being developed in Toronto, Canada....

€6.7bn debt makes Irish hotels unattractive for equity investments, says report
15 October 2012 Irish hotels have been excessively relying on debt, with the total debt of the industry reaching unsustainable levels of €6.7bn, according to an independent economic report received by the...

Wyndham signs deals for new hotels in India, Indonesia
12 October 2012 Wyndham Hotel Group has signed agreements with various developers to open 12 new properties in India and four in Indonesia, to make Asia-Pacific the second largest region for the group with...

Swissôtel to open hotel in Changsha, China, in 2014
12 October 2012 Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts will open a new hotel in Changsha, the capital of the south-central Chinese province of Hunan, in...

IHG opens third Crowne Plaza resort in Jordan on the banks of Dead Sea
11 October 2012 nterContinental Hotels Group has opened the third Crowne Plaza in Jordan on the banks of the Dead Sea, near capital city Amman and Queen Alia International...

Weekapaug Inn in Rhode Island reopens after $20m renovation
11 October 2012 Weekapaug Inn in the Rhode Island, New England, US, has reopened after five years following a $20m...

Rezidor opens four new hotels in Q3 2012
10 October 2012 The Rezidor Hotel Group has opened four new hotels in the third quarter of 2012 in Eastern Europe and Africa, as part of its Route 2015...

Diamond Resorts completes acquisition of Aegean Blue in Greece
10 October 2012 Diamond Resorts International has added five resorts to its portfolio with the acquisition of Greece-based Aegean Blue...

World Travel Awards announces Europe winners
09 October 2012 Hôtel Le Bristol in Paris has won ‘Europe's Leading Hotel’ recognition at the World Travel Awards Europe Ceremony 2012, held at the new Conrad Algarve in...

Westin Atlanta Perimeter North new owners to undertake $14m renovation
09 October 2012 A joint venture of Carey Watermark Investors (CWI), The Arden Group and Marcus Hotels & Resorts has bought the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North hotel, US, from an affiliate of DiamondRock...

Cambria Suites to build three hotels in US
08 October 2012 Choice Hotels International brand Cambria Suites has announced plans to build hotels in West Orange, New Jersey; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Williamsport, Pennsylvania in the US. ...

Meliá Hotels to operate Innside Hamburg in Germany
08 October 2012 Spanish hotel chain Meliá Hotels International will operate the Innside Hamburg hotel in Germany when it opens in...

White Lodging announces opening of Hilton hotel in US
05 October 2012 White Lodging Services has announced the opening of the Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City Airport in Utah,...

Hilton signs agreement with Premier Hotels to manage hotel in Bangladesh
05 October 2012 Global hospitality company Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with South Africa-based Premier Hotels & Resorts to manage the Hilton Dhaka in...

Marriott International seals Gaylord acquisition deal for $210m
04 October 2012 Marriott International has completed the previously announced transaction with Gaylord Entertainment to acquire the Gaylord brand and hotel management company for...

Centara to manage resort hotel in Da Nang, Vietnam
04 October 2012 Thai hotel operator Centara Hotels & Resorts will take over the management of Sandy Beach Non Nuoc Da Nang Vietnam by Centara from 11 October...

Park Hyatt opens new hotel in Chennai, India
03 October 2012 Hyatt Hotels has opened Park Hyatt Chennai, the first Park Hyatt property in the south Indian...

IHG to establish electric car network for hotels in Australia
03 October 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is set to establish an electric car (EV) charge network in Australia, connecting eight properties across the group with new technology aimed at a...

Inland American buys three Bohemian luxury hotels
02 October 2012 Inland American Lodging Group has acquired three US hotels, Grand Bohemian Hotel in Orlando, Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront and Bohemian Hotel Celebration, from The Kessler Collection owned...

Hilton to open first hotel in Rio in 2014
02 October 2012 Hilton Worldwide plans to open the new 298-room Hilton Barra, Rio de Janeiro hotel in Brazil in June 2014, in the run-up to the 2016 Summer...

Accor to invest $1.5bn in new Brazilian hotels by 2016
01 October 2012 Accor plans to invest $1.5bn in Brazil by 2016 to open 4,000 new rooms each year, equivalent to 25...

JW Marriott to operate new hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
01 October 2012 Marriott International has signed an agreement with Operadora Punta Peninsula and ownership group Grupo Diestra to manage a new hotel in the Mexican city Cabo San Lucas, under the JW...

September 2012

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China’s 7 Days Group founders offer to buy outstanding shares to go private
28 September 2012 Chinese economy hotel chain 7 Days Group Holdings has announced that its board has received an offer from the co-chairmen and founding members, and joint sponsors including the Carlyle Group...

TUI Travel A&D buys Brazilian accommodation OTA MalaPronta.com
28 September 2012 TUI Travel Accommodation & Destinations (A&D), a unit of UK-based TUI Travel, has acquired Brazilian domestic accommodation online travel agent (OTA)...

Upper Eastside hotel in Cape Town to be rebranded as DoubleTree by Hilton
27 September 2012 Hilton Worldwide will rebrand the Upper Eastside hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, as DoubleTree by Hilton, under an agreement signed with the owners of the...

Summit Hotel Properties to buy ten properties for $110m
27 September 2012 Real estate investment trust Summit Hotel Properties is purchasing one Hilton, one Residence Inn and eight Hyatt properties in the US by investing over $110m, with the acquisitions expected to...

Rezidor to open first Park Inn hotel in Senegal in 2014
26 September 2012 The Rezidor Hotel Group will open the first Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Senegal, in the capital city of Dakar, during the fourth quarter of...

AA Hospitality Awards announced for UK hotels
26 September 2012 Lime Wood, Hampshire, England; The Torridon, Highlands, Scotland; Bodysgallen Hotel, Llandudno, Wales; and Four Seasons Hotel, Park Lane, London, have won the AA Hotel of the Year award for...

Westin Peachtree Plaza to complete $45m upgrade in November 2012
25 September 2012 The Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, US, is undergoing a $45m renovation, which is expected to be completed by November...

Starwood opens Sheraton hotels in Philadelphia, Macau
25 September 2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened two new hotels, one in King of Prussia, Philadelphia, US, and the other in Cotai Central in Macau,...

JW Marriott to operate Bristol Buenaventura in Panama
24 September 2012 JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts will take over the management of the Bristol Buenaventura resort in Panama, under an agreement with the Bristol Hospitality Group....

Hilton Worldwide cuts 20% waste with ‘LightStay’
24 September 2012 Hilton Worldwide has announced that it has cut its waste output by 20%, a target set for five years but achieved in three, in addition to saving $147m in efficiency, through its programme...

IHG to open Crowne Plaza Resort on UAE’s Marjan Island in 2015
21 September 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group plans to open Crowne Plaza Resort Ras Al Khaimah on Marjan Island, UAE, in 2015, under an agreement with Kuwaiti-owned developer Almadina Real Estate...

FelCor to sell two Embassy Suites hotels for $70m
21 September 2012 Real estate investor FelCor Lodging Trust has signed an agreement with an undisclosed party to sell Embassy Suites - New Orleans-Convention Center and Embassy Suites - Nashville-Airport for...

Two Cedar Court Hotels to cut carbon emissions with EuroSite Power CHP units
20 September 2012 Cedar Court Hotels has signed two 15-year agreements with EuroSite Power for installation and operation of combined heat and power (CHP) systems at two UK hotels, the Best Western Cedar...

Holiday Inn to mark 60th anniversary with diamonds as gifts
20 September 2012 Holiday Inn, a unit of InterContinental Hotels Group, will celebrate its 60th anniversary by placing diamonds in selected guestrooms across its hotels in...

Hilton Garden Inn hotel to open in Tucuman, Argentina in September
19 September 2012 Hilton Worldwide will operate a new-build Hilton Garden Inn hotel in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina, under a management agreement signed with the developer Abasto...

Best Western implements RateGain’s channel management platform in Asia, ME hotels
19 September 2012 US-based hotel chain Best Western International has selected RateGain’s channel management software platform for implementation in Asia and the Middle...

Marriott International to manage Gaylord’s assets in US
18 September 2012 Hospitality company Gaylord Entertainment plans to hand over some of its attractions assets to Marriott...

Interstate Hotels & Resorts takes over management of eight hotels in US
18 September 2012 Interstate Hotels & Resorts has taken over the management of eight US hotels from an affiliate of Investcorp...

Strategic Hotels & Resorts completes JW Marriott Essex House Hotel acquisition
17 September 2012 Real estate investment trust Strategic Hotels & Resorts has completed the acquisition of JW Marriott Essex House Hotel in Manhattan, New York, for $362.3m in a joint venture with an...

Motel 6 to install Telkonet’s energy management system across North American properties
17 September 2012 Energy management technology provider Telkonet will install its EcoSmart energy platform in Motel 6 and Studio 6 hotels across the US and Canada under an agreement recently...

Hilton’s new hotel in Saudi Arabia to open in 2013
14 September 2012 Hilton Worldwide has announced that it will open the Hilton Garden Inn Tabuk, in the Tabuk province in Saudi Arabia, in 2013. It will be the second Hilton Garden Inn and the 15th pipeline hotel...

Mövenpick opens hotel in Ankara
14 September 2012 Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has opened its third hotel in Turkey, the Mövenpick Hotel Ankara, in the capital city of...

MIG Real Estate buys three Marriott hotels in Florida
13 September 2012 California-based real estate investment company MIG Real Estate has entered the Florida hotel market with the acquisition of three Marriott hotels, the Courtyard and Residence Inn in Oldsmar,...

W Hotels to open first Central American hotel in Panama
13 September 2012 W Hotels Worldwide, a unit of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, plans to enter the Central American market with its first W Hotels property in Panama. W Panama is scheduled to be opened in...

Sunstone Hotel Investors sells three hotels in US for over $100m
12 September 2012 Lodging real estate investment trust Sunstone Hotel Investors has signed an agreement with an undisclosed party to sell the Doubletree Guest Suites Minneapolis, Hilton Del Mar and Marriott...

Wyndham Hotel Group opens Ramada Encore hotel in Mexico
12 September 2012 Wyndham Hotel Group, a subsidiary of US-based Wyndham Worldwide, has opened the 130-room Ramada Encore hotel in Guadalajara,...

Rezidor announces the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands, South Africa
11 September 2012 Rezidor, a unit of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, plans to open the Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Newlands, Cape Town, in the first quarter of...

Marriott's first Courtyard hotel in Chile to open in 2014
11 September 2012 Marriott International plans to open a Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Santiago, Chile, in collaboration with South American retailer Falabella Group....

Peninsula Hong Kong hotel unveils new technology concept
10 September 2012 The Peninsula Hotels, a wholly owned property of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, has revamped The Peninsula Hong Kong and launched the Peninsula Moments brand campaign and new PenCities...

IHG, Select Group partner to open hotel in Dubai Marina
10 September 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group plans to open a new hotel in Dubai Marina by the end of 2013, in collaboration with property developer Select Group....

Red Lion sells Sacramento hotel
07 September 2012 Red Lion Hotels has sold the Red Lion Hotel Sacramento at Arden Village for $9m to Northern California-based businessman Kumar Sharma. ...

Dow Hotel to manage resort property in Texas, US
07 September 2012 The Dow Hotel Company (DHC) is all set to manage the Lakeway Resort and Spa near Austin, Texas, US....

Temple REIT secures loan from GE Capital to acquire hotel in Canada
06 September 2012 Temple Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) has secured a $20m senior term loan facility from GE Capital, Canada's Franchise Finance business, as a support for its acquisition of the Hilton...

Carlson Rezidor opens Radisson Petra Concepción Hotel in Chile
06 September 2012 Hotel group Carlson Rezidor has announced the opening of the Radisson Petra Concepción Hotel in...

Interstate to manage Holiday Inn West Bay in Michigan, US
05 September 2012 Global hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts has taken over management of the Holiday Inn West Bay in Traverse City, Michigan, US....

Abu Dhabi reports rise in hotel guest arrivals
05 September 2012 Abu Dhabi has reported an 11% increase in arrivals between January and July 2012 compared to the corresponding seven-month period of...

HEI showcases Marriott La Jolla during Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge in US
04 September 2012 The HEI Hotels & Resorts-owned and operated Marriott La Jolla was recently showcased during a tour of the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge participant...

Pullman opens new hotel in Anshan, China
04 September 2012 Accor's hotel brand Pullman has announced the opening of Pullman Anshan Time Square in downtown Anshan, China....

Rezidor to unveil new hotel in Benin, Africa
03 September 2012 Global hotel management company Rezidor has announced plans for opening the Radisson Blu Hotel Cotonou in Benin,...

The Jade Hotel to open in Greenwich Village, New York
03 September 2012 A new luxury boutique hotel - The Jade Hotel - is set to open in Greenwich in Manhattan, New York...

August 2012

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Royal Orchid Hotels deploys RateTiger channel management solutions
31 August 2012 Royal Orchid Hotels has deployed RateTiger's RTSuite channel manager throughout its portfolio to optimise control over inventory and increase...

Ahn Luh inks deal to manage hotel near Shenzhen in China
31 August 2012 Hotel management company Ahn Luh has signed a deal to manage a new hotel on Xunliao Bay near Shenzhen in China....

City & Country Hotels selects Guestline hotel management solutions
30 August 2012 City & Country Hotels has chosen UK-based technology firm Guestline to provide integrated hotel management solutions to luxury five-star hotel The Wellesley and Number Ten Manchester Street...

Minor Hotel and Hemas Group to construct two hotels in Kalutara, Sri Lanka
30 August 2012 Hotel chain Minor Hotel Group has partnered with Hemas Group to invest over Rs2.6bn ($20m) to renovate and construct two hotels in Kalutara, Sri...

Ritz-Carlton Hotel debuts in Austria
29 August 2012 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, has opened a 202-room hotel in Vienna,...

DoubleTree by Hilton launches hotel in Iowa, US
29 August 2012 DoubleTree by Hilton has opened the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Des Moines Airport in Iowa, US....

Bespoke Hotels selects SiteMinder to expand online presence
28 August 2012 Bespoke Hotels, a London-based hotel group, has selected online distribution company SiteMinder to increase online bookings across the group....

Pan Pacific opens hotel in Ningbo, China
28 August 2012 Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts has announced the opening of its new hotel Pan Pacific Ningbo in the Eastern New Town of Ningbo,...

Richfield establishes hotel management JV in China
27 August 2012 Richfield Hospitality and a Shanghai China-based ownership group have forged a joint venture (JV) - Richfield Hospitality China - to operate hotels in China....

Starwood to debut Aloft brand in St. Petersburg, Russia
27 August 2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts and its brand Aloft Hotels have announced the signing of Aloft St. Petersburg in Russia....

Pebblebrook buys W Los Angeles - Westwood hotel in California, US
24 August 2012 Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has acquired the W Los Angeles - Westwood hotel in Los Angeles, California, US for $125m....

Hyatt Place hotel to be built in Manatí, Puerto Rico
24 August 2012 An affiliate of Hyatt Hotels has signed an agreement with Island Hospitality Partners, a joint venture of PRISA Group and McConnell Valdes Consulting, to build a Hyatt Place hotel in Manatí,...

Centium Software wins prestigious Stevie award
24 August 2012 Centium Software have been awarded a prestigious silver Stevie award for their GuestPoint PMS product by the 2012 International Business Awards...

IHG unveils Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park in Doha, Qatar
23 August 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has unveiled Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park in Doha’s banking district. ...

Hersha Hospitality buys Courtyard by Marriott in Ewing, New Jersey
23 August 2012 Real estate investment trust (REIT) Hersha Hospitality has acquired the remaining 50% interest it did not previously own in a Courtyard by Marriott located in Ewing, New Jersey,...

Chesapeake acquires W Chicago - Lakeshore in Chicago, US
22 August 2012 Chesapeake Lodging Trust has announced the acquisition of the W Chicago - Lakeshore in Chicago, Illinois, US, from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide for $126m....

BDL to develop 100-room hotel in Shetland, Scotland
22 August 2012 BDL Management, a Glasgow-based multi-brand and hotel management company for both branded hotels and standalone hotels, has bagged a ten-year project management contract for a new 100 bedroom...

Hyatt opens hotel in Chongqing, China
21 August 2012 Global hospitality company Hyatt Hotels has announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Chongqing in...

Strategic Hotels to buy Essex House Hotel from Dubai Investment Group
21 August 2012 Strategic Hotels & Resorts has agreed to buy New York City's Essex House Hotel from the Dubai Investment Group for around $362.3m....

Castle Resorts & Hotels expands Kauai, Hawaii portfolio
20 August 2012 Castle Resorts & Hotels, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Castle Group, took over the management of two oceanfront resorts on Kauai, the Kauai Kailani and Mokihana, and The Bull Shed Restaurant,...

Hotel Indigo to open new hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany
20 August 2012 Hotel Indigo, a boutique hotel brand of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has announced its expansion in Germany with the signing of Hotel Indigo...

Westin Hotels launches new lobby concept in San Diego, California
17 August 2012 Westin Hotels & Resorts, a brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, has unveiled a new public space concept with natural design elements, functional zoning and retail areas at Westin...

Hilton Worldwide opens third hotel in Goa, India
17 August 2012 Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Arpora-Baga, the third DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in India. ...

Swedish retailer IKEA to set up budget design hotels across Europe
16 August 2012 Inter IKEA, the development unit of Sweden-based budget furniture retailer IKEA, is planning to set up student residences and around 100 budget design hotels across Europe, as part of its plan...

COMO Hotels and Resorts unveils new brand identity
16 August 2012 COMO Hotels and Resorts has launched an updated brand identity, under which its nine properties will keep their individual logos supported with ‘by COMO’....

DIC's Ishraq, IHG unveil first Holiday Inn Express hotel in Bahrain
15 August 2012 Ishraq Gulf Real Estate Holding, majority-owned by Dubai International Capital (DIC), and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) have opened the first Holiday Inn Express hotel in Bahrain. ...

Bellagio to renovate Spa Tower in Las Vegas, US
15 August 2012 Bellagio, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International, is set to invest $40m to renovate all of the rooms and suites in the resort's Spa Tower in Las...

Greenwood Energy to install combined heat and power plant for hotel in New York, US
14 August 2012 Greenwood Energy is set to install a second combined heat and power plant (CHP) for Millennium Hotel and Resorts in New York City, US. ...

Marriott opens Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel in Turkey
14 August 2012 Renaissance Hotels, a brand of American diversified hospitality company Marriott International, has opened the 212-room Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel in Turkey under a franchise...

Starwood and Youngshin to launch Aloft hotel in South Korea
13 August 2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has entered into a development agreement with OKHOW's wholly owned subsidiary Youngshin HRD to set up an Aloft hotel in Yeongtong-dong, Suwon, the...

Marcus Hotels completes renovations at Hilton Milwaukee in Wisconsin, US
13 August 2012 Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation, has announced the completion of renovations of the lobby lounge in the Hilton Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US....

LeisureLink selects Groupize’s automated group hotel booking engine
10 August 2012 LeisureLink has partnered with Groupize to make its independent vacation and hotel properties available on an automated website for small group travel...

Hyatt Hotels opens Hyatt Place Delray Beach in Palm Beach County, US
10 August 2012 Hyatt Hotels, The Kolter Group and Interstate Hotels & Resorts have announced the opening of Hyatt Place Delray Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida,...

Red Lion Hotels to offload non-core Denver Southeast property
09 August 2012 Red Lion Hotels, a hospitality and leisure company primarily engaged in the ownership, operation and franchising of midscale hotels, has agreed to sell the Red Lion Hotel Denver Southeast...

Temple REIT acquires Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton in Canada
09 August 2012 Temple Real Estate Investment Trust (Temple REIT) has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton in a deal worth $31m....

IHG signs agreements for new HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts brand in China
08 August 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced its first set of signings for the new HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts brand, which has been specifically designed for Chinese consumers....

Strategic Hotels & Resorts reports loss in Q2 2012
08 August 2012 Strategic Hotels & Resorts has reported a net loss of $3m for the second quarter (Q2) ended 30 June 2012, compared with a net income of $39.5m during the same period of...

Sharjah plans new hotel classification criteria to boost tourism
07 August 2012 The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has made a presentation to a select audience of more than 60 leaders and representatives of the hotel industry to seek their input...

Regal Hotels signs agreement with Furao Group for new hotel in China
07 August 2012 Hotel operator Regal Hotels International has announced the signing of a new hotel project with Furao Group in Yantai, Shandong province, China....

Kokua Hospitality announces acquisition of Tremont Suites Hotel & Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore, US
06 August 2012 Hotel management firm Kokua Hospitality has announced that Baltimore's Tremont Suites Hotel & Grand Historic Venue in the US has been acquired by Garrison Investment Group and Chartres Lodging...

Ascott to acquire hotel in London, UK
06 August 2012 Ascott, a wholly-owned serviced residence business unit of CapitaLand, has signed an agreement to acquire a hotel in London for S$311m (£158.8m)....

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts launches first phase of mobile app for iPhone
03 August 2012 Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has announced the launch of the first of two phases of its mobile application (app) for iPhone, in a bid to provide better access and booking for its 72 hotels...

Admiral and Franklin Croft acquire Holiday Inn Express hotel in Texas, US
03 August 2012 The Admiral Capital Real Estate Fund (Admiral) and its joint venture partner Franklin Croft have announced the acquisition of the Holiday Inn Express hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, US, for...

Luxury Collection reopens Hotel Maria Cristina in Spain
02 August 2012 Starwood’s Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has reopened the Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastian, Spain, following a $25m renovation....

Crown to develop new hotel in Burswood complex in Perth, Australia
02 August 2012 Australian gaming and entertainment group Crown has announced plans to invest $568m to develop a new six-star hotel in the Burswood complex in Perth....

Sahara Group to acquire stake in New York's Plaza Hotel
01 August 2012 India’s Sahara Group has agreed to buy a controlling stake in New York's Plaza Hotel for...

White Lodging and Host Hotels break ground for new hotel in Nashville, US
01 August 2012 White Lodging and Host Hotels & Resorts have broken ground for a new Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Nashville,...

July 2012

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Jeddah hotels' ReVPAR in June 2012 rises by 15%: TRI Hospitality
31 July 2012 Jeddah hotels experienced a 15% rise in revenue per available room (RevPAR), which resulted in a profit growth of 13.8% in June 2012, according to a...

Accor sells stake in Mirvac and Novotel/ibis Sanyuan to A-HTRUST
31 July 2012 Hotel group Accor has sold its stake in Mirvac Wholesale Fund and the Novotel/ibis Sanyuan in Beijing to A-HTRUST for...

Wyndham expands Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand in Panama
30 July 2012 Wyndham Hotel Group has added the Wyndham Grand Playa Blanca, located on the Pacific coast in Panama’s Coclé Province, to its Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand in...

Samsung partners with Holiday Inn London Stratford City for 2012 Olympics
30 July 2012 Samsung Electronics, the official worldwide Olympic partner for mobile communications, has teamed up with Fingi, a Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program partner, to provide a suite of hotel...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Q2 2012 net income falls by 7%
27 July 2012 Hotel operator Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has said its net income for the second-quarter of 2012 fell by 7% to $122m, down from $131m in the same period a year...

Four Seasons opens new hotel in Guangzhou, China
27 July 2012 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has opened its new hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou in...

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts to acquire Laguna Beach Resort in Phuket, Thailand
26 July 2012 Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has inked a deal to acquire the Laguna Beach Resort located in Laguna Phuket, Thailand....

Hotel investment volumes in EMEA decline by 12% in H1 2012
26 July 2012 Hotel investment volumes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in H1 2012 declined by 12% against sales volumes in H1 2011, totalling €3.7bn, according to Jones Lang LaSalle...

W Hotels signs agreement to introduce new hotel in Bogota, Colombia
25 July 2012 W Hotels, a brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, has entered into an agreement with Terranum Hotels to debut a new hotel in Bogota, Colombia....

Hilton Worldwide and Mihtab Group to develop first Hilton Hotel property in Iraqi Kurdistan
25 July 2012 Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with the Mihtab Group to develop the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Erbil, Iraq, as part of its expansion plans in Iraqi...

London hotel occupancy in June 2012 declines by 9% YoY
24 July 2012 Hotel occupancy in London during June 2012 declined by 9% to 82%, down from 90.1% in June 2011, owing to economic concerns at home and overseas, according to figures released by PKF...

London hotel market increases by 33% ahead of 2012 Olympic Games: PwC
24 July 2012 The luxury hotel market in London, host to the Olympic Games from 27 July to 12 August 2012, has increased by 33% since the games were announced, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers...

Interstate acquires Williamsburg Hotel & Conference Center in Virginia, US
23 July 2012 Interstate Hotels & Resorts has announced the acquisition of the Williamsburg Hotel & Conference Center in Virginia, US, for an undisclosed...

MAF Properties to renovate Deira City Centre hotel in Dubai
23 July 2012 Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) Properties has announced an investment of AED120m ($32.7m) to renovate the Deira City Centre...

Pyramid Hotel to operate Westin Imagine, Holiday Inn San Antonio hotels in US
20 July 2012 Pyramid Hotel Group is set to operate Florida-based Westin Imagine and Texas-based Holiday Inn San Antonio NW SeaWorld in the...

Wyndham inks deal with MAP to open hotel in Scotland
20 July 2012 Wyndham Hotel Group has inked a deal with MAP Property & Leisure Developments Angus to open the first Wyndham Hotels and Resorts branded property in...

Host Hotels & Resorts acquires Grand Hyatt Washington
19 July 2012 Real estate investment trust (REIT) Host Hotels & Resorts has announced the acquisition of the Grand Hyatt Washington for $400m from 1000 H Street and 1000 H Street Trust....

White Lodging to manage Hilton Garden Inn Boca Raton hotel in US
19 July 2012 White Lodging Services has taken over the management contract for the Hilton Garden Inn Boca Raton in Florida, US, owned by Apple Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)....

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cape Cod reopens in US after renovations
18 July 2012 DoubleTree by Hilton has announced the opening of a newly renovated hotel in Hyannis, Massachusetts, US, which was closed for about eight months....

DiamondRock acquires portfolio of four hotels from Blackstone
18 July 2012 Real estate investment trust (REIT) DiamondRock Hospitality has completed the previously announced acquisition of a portfolio of four hotels from affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Partners...

Overland Park Marriott adds Wi-Fi connectivity to hotel rooms in Kansas City, US
17 July 2012 Overland Park Marriott has announced the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity from Guest-tek to its guest rooms, public areas and Kansas City meeting spaces....

Accor to acquire Grupo Posadas' South American hotel portfolio
17 July 2012 Accor will acquire the South American hotel portfolio of Mexican hotel company Grupo Posadas for...

Lalit Suri to open hotels in India and abroad
16 July 2012 India-based Lalit Suri Hospitality Group is all set to invest nearly Rs22bn ($395m) over the next five years, in a bid to expand in luxury and mid-segment hotels in India and...

Westin begins construction of new hotel in Wilmington, US
16 July 2012 Westin Hotels & Resorts has begun construction on a $37m hotel in Wilmington, US, set to open in early...

Hotel Indigo opens second property in Atlanta, US
13 July 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group's (IHG) brand Hotel Indigo has announced the opening of its second hotel in Atlanta,...

Golkonda Hospitality to set up hotel in Mysore
13 July 2012 India-based Golkonda Hospitality Services and Resorts has announced plans to invest Rs2,000m ($36m) to build a hotel at Mysore in Karnataka...

Range Developments and Kiawah Partners to build Park Hyatt hotel in West Indies
12 July 2012 Range Developments, an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels, and Kiawah Partners have signed an agreement to build Park Hyatt hotel, estimated at over AED734m ($200m), on the eastern Caribbean island of...

Hyatt Hotels and Rim Hospitality open first Hyatt Place hotel in US
12 July 2012 Hyatt Hotels and Rim Hospitality have announced the opening of Hyatt Place San Diego/Vista-Carlsbad in North San Diego,...

Marriott International inks deal to open hotel in Sri Lanka
11 July 2012 Marriott International has entered into an agreement with East West Properties’ wholly-owned subsidiary Weligama Hotel Properties to open a hotel in Sri...

DiamondRock to acquire four hotels from Blackstone in US
11 July 2012 DiamondRock Hospitality has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire a portfolio of four hotels in the US from Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI affiliates for about $495m....

Tune Hotels to open seven more properties in Philippines
10 July 2012 Malaysian hotel chain Tune Hotels is all set to open seven properties in the Philippines by the first half of 2014, in addition to three hotels already opened in the country earlier in...

Pebblebrook acquires Hotel Vintage Park Seattle and Hotel Vintage Plaza Portland in US
10 July 2012 Real estate investment trust (REIT) Pebblebrook has announced its acquisition of the Hotel Vintage Park Seattle for $32.5m and the Hotel Vintage Plaza Portland for $30.5m....

Starwood opens first Sheraton branded hotel in China
09 July 2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of the first Sheraton branded hotel in the new district of Jiaozhou, near Qingdao city in Shandong province, China....

Americans, French, Germans top London hotel bookings ahead of Olympics 2012
09 July 2012 In the run-up to the London Summer Olympics 2012 in August, sports fans from America, France and Germany have made the largest number of bookings of London hotel rooms, according to the...

LTD Hospitality completes renovation of Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Norfolk in Virginia
06 July 2012 LTD Hospitality Group’s development division has concluded renovation works on the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Norfolk in Virginia,...

Emaar to manage two more hotels in Downtown Dubai
06 July 2012 Emaar Hospitality Group has taken over management of two additional Dubai hotels, the Al Manzil and Qamardeen, from Southern Sun Hotel Group, for an undisclosed...

Carlyle Group buys 49% stake in Chinese hotel chain
05 July 2012 Global asset management firm Carlyle Group has acquired a 49% stake in China's Mandarin Hotel, in a bid to exploit the Asian nation’s booming growth in the mid-tier hotel sector segment....

IHG to open first hotel in Algeria
05 July 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of its first hotel in Algeria, the Holiday Inn Algiers-Cheraga...

South Korea’s travel intermediaries industry to rise by 4.9% till 2016, says report
04 July 2012 The travel intermediaries industry in South Korea is expected to grow at an annual growth rate of 4.9% in the next four years, according to a report by the UK-based research firm BRICdata....

Rezidor opens five hotels in Q2 2012
04 July 2012 Global hotel management company Rezidor has announced the opening of five hotels with 1,300 rooms and the signing of ten hotels with 2,300 rooms in the second quarter of...

IntelliStay Hotels to open 50 new hotels in India by 2015
03 July 2012 IntelliStay Hotels has announced plans to invest about $10m to open 50 new properties in India by 2014-2015, as part of its plans to expand in the region....

Homewood Suites, Hampton, SilverBirch to develop dual-branded hotel in Canada
03 July 2012 Homewood Suites by Hilton and Hampton Hotels, a part of Hilton Worldwide, have partnered with SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts to develop a $62m dual-branded hotel project in downtown Halifax,...

Home Inns Group acquires eJia Express of China
02 July 2012 Home Inns & Hotel Management has announced the takeover of Anhui Youle Fashion Hotel Management and Anhui Meibang Hotel Management, known as eJia Express, for RMB59.8m...

Mövenpick to manage new hotels in Vietnam and the Philippines
02 July 2012 Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced its plans to manage two new hotels in Vietnam and the...

June 2012

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John Q Hammons Hotels extends internet service contract with Windstream
29 June 2012 Hotel developer John Q Hammons Hotels & Resorts has extended its contract with network communications provider Windstream to provide high-speed internet support to an additional 44 of its...

Berggruen Hotels to invest in new hotels in India
29 June 2012 Mid-market business hotel chain Berggruen Hotels has announced plans to invest Rs4500m ($79m) in new hotel projects across India, operating under the brand Key...

Shangri-La Hotels to acquire Traders Hotel in Brisbane
28 June 2012 Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has signed an agreement with Holiday Inn Brisbane to acquire and manage the Traders Hotel in Brisbane,...

Elaf Group to build four new hotels in Saudi Arabia
28 June 2012 Hospitality firm Elaf Group has invested SAR400m ($107m) to construct four new hotels in Saudi Arabia to meet the demands from the growing number of tourists visiting the...

Host Hotels & Resorts to develop hotels in Brazil and US
27 June 2012 Real estate investment trust Host Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to develop two hotels in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for $72m and to co-develop one hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, US, for...

Aston Hotels to install Micros hotel management software at 27 US properties
27 June 2012 Aston Hotels & Resorts has announced a partnership with Micros Systems for the installation of a new hotel management software at its 27 properties in the Hawaiian Islands, California, and...

Bali hotels reduce use of disposable plastic by 23% in 2011
26 June 2012 The Bali Hotels Association (BHA) has announced that 30 of its member hotels have reduced their use of disposable plastic by 23% from May to November 2011, under the 'Say No to Disposable...

EasyRMS launches new revenue management system for hotel chains
26 June 2012 Easy (Ez) Revenue Management Solutions (EasyRMS) has introduced a new system to organise revenue management for hotel...

Cristal Hotels signs deals for three Saudi Arabian hotels
25 June 2012 UAE hospitality group Cristal Hotels and Resorts has signed agreements to manage three hotels in Saudi Arabia, in order to expand into key markets across the Middle...

Morgans Hotel to open two properties in Morocco
25 June 2012 Morgans Hotel has partnered with Moroccan entrepreneur Ahmed Bennani and Hivernage Collection to expand its Delano brand in the North African market, and will soon open its first two hotels...

Asian hotel group Kosmopolito reports revenue surges for fiscal 2012
22 June 2012 Kosmopolito Hotels International (KHI) has posted 26.4% growth in revenue to HK$1,096m ($141.24m) in the 2012 financial year, driven by a 38.3% year-on-year rise in room revenue in Hong...

Hyatt breaks ground for Hyatt Place hotel in Nebraska
22 June 2012 Hyatt Hotels has announced the groundbreaking for the first Hyatt-branded hotel, the $27m Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown/Old Market, in Nebraska,...

Sunstone buys Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown / Magnificent Mile
21 June 2012 Sunstone Hotel Investors has signed a purchase and sale agreement to acquire the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown / Magnificent Mile in the US, for $91.75m....

Centara to open two resort hotels in Sri Lanka
21 June 2012 Thai hotel operator Centara Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to open its first two resort hotels in Sri Lanka in 2012, which will become part of the company's core brand of four-star...

Marriott, OPIC to support sustainable hotel development
20 June 2012 Marriott International and the US state development finance institution Overseas Private Investment (OPIC) have teamed up to support new environmentally sustainable hotel developments in...

IHG, Grupo Presidente open new hotel in Mexico City
20 June 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Grupo Presidente have jointly announced the opening of the Presidente InterContinental Santa Fe in Mexico City, after investing...

Indian hotel industry to see $4.6bn investment by 2017, says hospitality association
19 June 2012 The hotel industry in India is expected to see about Rs260bn ($4.6bn) being invested by 2017, according to the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI), an apex body in...

UK cities to go mobile with hotel booking app
19 June 2012 JustBook, a provider of smartphone apps for booking hotels, has announced the launch of its services across UK cities in the next few...

Whitbread reduces UK carbon emissions in 2011
18 June 2012 Hotel and restaurant group Whitbread has announced that it saved more than 1,579t of CO2 across its hotels, restaurants and coffee shops in 2011, as part of its sustainability...

Mantis Collection, ICS form JV to develop hotels in India
18 June 2012 South African Mantis Collection has formed a joint venture (JV) with ICS Group in India to develop and operate boutique luxury hotels in the Indian sub-continent and South-East...

Mercure opens first hotel in Russia
15 June 2012 Accor's midscale hotel brand Mercure has officially opened its first hotel in Russia, the Mercure Arbat...

Temple REIT to acquire Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton
15 June 2012 Temple Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) has announced its agreement to acquire the Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, in a deal worth...

Raglan hotel implements QR Code-enabled interactive table talker
14 June 2012 The Raglan hotel in the UK will be one of the first businesses to use a new interactive table talker from zappit that uses QR Codes to improve customer relationship management...

Starhill to acquire three Marriott hotels in Australia
14 June 2012 Malaysia's Starhill Real Estate Investment Trust has signed agreements to purchase three hotels from the Marriott hotel group in Australia for A$415m...

ITP, WTTC partner with hotels to launch standardised carbon measurement tool
13 June 2012 The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have partnered with 23 global hotel companies to launch a method to analyse and communicate the...

Morgans Hotel Group to open London Hudson hotel
13 June 2012 New York hospitality management company Morgans Hotel Group has signed a 20-year management agreement for a boutique property in London, UK, to be branded with its lifestyle hotel brand...

Leelaventure to open five new hotels by 2017
12 June 2012 Indian hotel chain Hotel Leelaventure has announced plans to open five new properties over the next five years, in addition to the two hotels scheduled to open by the end of...

RLJ Lodging acquires Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge
12 June 2012 Real estate investment trust RLJ Lodging has announced the acquisition of the Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge for...

Bangalore hotel developers to delay new projects
11 June 2012 Hotel developers in Bangalore will only add a small percentage of the targeted luxury-segment rooms in 2012, as many are delaying projects due to a slowdown in demand, low risk appetite and...

Yotel hotels to expand in the US
11 June 2012 Yotel has teamed up with capital partners IFA Hotels & Resorts, Kuwait Real Estate and The John Buck Company to raise a $250m discretionary private equity fund to acquire and develop more...

Starwood opens Le Meridien Oran Hotel in Algeria
08 June 2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts has officially opened the Le Meridien Oran Hotel & Convention Centre in Algeria....

Hotel Indigo plans global expansion
08 June 2012 Hotel Indigo, a boutique brand of InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), has announced plans to open nine hotels in six different countries in the first six months of...

White Lodging to manage SpringHill Suites Bloomington in Indiana
07 June 2012 Hotel owner White Lodging has been selected by KPM Hotel Group to manage the new SpringHill Suites Bloomington in Bloomington, Indiana,...

Palms Casino Resort announces $50m renovation
07 June 2012 Palms Casino Resort has announced plans to invest $50m in the first phase of a transformation to renovate the hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada,...

Indonesia travel intermediaries industry to rise by 5.7%
06 June 2012 The Indonesian travel intermediaries industry is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7% over 2012–2016, according to a report by the UK-based research firm...

DoubleTree by Hilton opens new North Carolina hotel
06 June 2012 DoubleTree by Hilton has opened a newly renovated hotel in New Bern, North Carolina, which was damaged by Hurricane Irene in August...

Mexico’s travel intermediaries industry to rise by 5.78%
01 June 2012 The travel intermediaries industry in Mexico is forecast to grow at an annual growth rate of 5.78% in 2012–2016, according to a new report by the UK-based research firm...

Marriott to acquire Gaylord’s hotel brand
01 June 2012 Marriott International has signed an agreement with Gaylord Entertainment to acquire the Gaylord brand and hotel management company for $210m....

May 2012

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Nigerian state to construct five-star hotel
31 May 2012 The Oyo State Government in Nigeria has announced its intention to construct a five-star hotel in the state capital Ibadan, with an investment of NGN6bn...

Supertel acquires Hilton Garden Inn in Maryland
31 May 2012 Real estate firm Supertel Hospitality has announced the acquisition of the Hilton Garden Inn in Solomons Island, Maryland, for $11.5m....

Accord Group to buy more hotels in India
30 May 2012 Accord Group is looking to increase the number of hotels it manages from the present three to eight, by acquiring hotels within and outside India....

Ritz-Carlton opens first resort hotel in Japan
30 May 2012 Ritz-Carlton has announced the opening of its first resort hotel in Japan, The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa, featuring 97 guestrooms and two suites....

EuroSite Power to provide clean energy to Ability Group hotels
29 May 2012 UK-based clean energy company EuroSite Power has signed a 30-year, £11m agreement to supply clean energy to four UK hotels owned by The Ability Group and managed by Hilton...

KHC sells key stake in Fairmont San Francisco Hotel
29 May 2012 Investment firm Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) has completed the sale of its key stake in the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel atop Nob Hill for about $200m to a consortium led by Oaktree...

Hilton Worldwide opens DoubleTree by Hilton in Japan
28 May 2012 Hilton Worldwide has opened the DoubleTree by Hilton, Naha in Okinawa, Japan, the tenth Hilton Worldwide and the first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in the...

Lalit Suri to expand operations in India and abroad
28 May 2012 Indian hotel chain Lalit Suri Hospitality Group has announced plans to invest Rs12,000m ($217m) to expand its business in the next three years, with plans to enter the the mid-level...

Rotana to open two new properties in Dubai
25 May 2012 Abu Dhabi-based hotel management company Rotana is set to open two new properties in Dubai in the third quarter of...

Interstate to manage The Marker hotel in Dublin
25 May 2012 Hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts has signed a management agreement for luxury hotel and apartment complex The Marker in Dublin,...

Accor to sell US budget hotel division to Blackstone for $1.9bn
24 May 2012 French hotel group Accor has signed an agreement to sell its underperforming US economy hotels division to an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII for...

Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel to upgrade technology in June
24 May 2012 Marriott plans to upgrade the wireless network at its Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel in North Carolina, in June 2012 to provide guests and meeting attendees with faster internet connectiviy...

Hyatt affiliate acquires Hotel Nikko Mexico
23 May 2012 A Hyatt affiliate has closed the acquisition of the 756-room Hotel Nikko Mexico from Japan-Mexico Hotel Investment for approximately $190m and has rebranded it as Hyatt Regency Mexico City....

Daiwik Hotels to open five new hotels in India by 2015
23 May 2012 Daiwik Hotels has announced plans to invest Rs1.8bn ($32m) within 30 months to set up five new four-star hotels in prominent pilgrimage destinations across...

Robinsons Land opens fourth budget hotel in Philippines
22 May 2012 Real estate company Robinsons Land (RLC) has announced the opening of a new budget hotel in Tacloban, the Philippines, the company's fourth hotel in the planned chain of GoHotels.ph...

Wyndham, HPT sign agreement to rebrand 20 hotels
22 May 2012 Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT) has signed an agreement to rebrand 20 hotels owned by HPT to hotels with the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham brand...

Accor opens 500th hotel in Asia Pacific
21 May 2012 French hotel group Accor has announced the opening of the Pullman Gurgaon Central Park in India, its 500th hotel in Asia...

BHG to manage Hotel Presidente in Minas Gerais, Brazil
21 May 2012 Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG) has announced that it will start managing the Hotel Presidente in Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, on 22 May...

Starhill in talks to purchase three Marriott hotels in Australia
18 May 2012 Malaysia's Starhill Real Estate Investment Trust is in talks to purchase three Marriott hotels from an Australian wealth management company, in a deal worth A$400m...

Hoteliers to cut prices in Rio de Janeiro ahead of UN summit
18 May 2012 Brazil's government has requested hoteliers in Rio de Janeiro to cut prices ahead of the United Nations (UN) summit next month, after some government groups including the European...

ITC forays into Sri Lankan hotel market
17 May 2012 Indian diversified business conglomerate ITC has signed an agreement with Sri Lanka's Board of Investment to build a luxury hotel in Colombo, in the company's first foray outside...

HHM adds 21 hospitality contracts to management portfolio
17 May 2012 US-based Hersha Hospitality Management (HHM) has added 21 contracts to its management portfolio in the past 18 months, including 12 hotels in its newly-formed full-service...

Hilton inks deal for two new Qatar hotels
16 May 2012 Hilton Worldwide and Al Faisal's Al Rayyan Tourism Investment (ARTIC) have signed a management agreement for two new DoubleTree by Hilton properties in Qatar's capital...

Noble buys Hilton Garden Inn Boston Waltham
16 May 2012 US-based lodging and hospitality investment organisation Noble Investment Group has announced the acquisition of the Hilton Garden Inn Boston Waltham in Waltham, Massachusetts, US....

Marco Polo, XTT to set up five-star hotel in Philippines
15 May 2012 Marco Polo Hotels and Xin Tian Ti Development (XTT) have entered a cooperational agreement to develop a PHP3bn ($70m) five-star hotel in Ortigas,...

TRX unveils new software for hotel property normalisation
15 May 2012 US-based travel technology and data services provider TRX has unveiled HNN 2.0, the latest version of its Hotel Name Normalization (HNN) software for its TRAVELTRAX business intelligence solution....

Wyndham signs agreement with Hoteles Costa del Sol
14 May 2012 Wyndham Hotel Group has signed an agreement with Hoteles Costa del Sol to franchise three new Ramada Hotels in Peru, expanding its presence to four South American locations....

Autograph Collection adds Turnberry Isle Miami to portfolio
14 May 2012 Autograph Collection, a Marriott International brand, has announced the addition of Turnberry Isle Miami, a resort in South Florida, to its portfolio of independently owned and operated...

Hotel planned for Dunedin waterfront, New Zealand
11 May 2012 A new $100m 28-storey luxury hotel is being planned for Dunedin's waterfront on the South Island, New...

IDC to invest in hotels in east and west Africa
11 May 2012 South Africa's development finance body Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has announced plans to partner with local entities to invest in hotels in east and west...

Marriott to open three new hotels in Thailand
10 May 2012 Marriott International has announced that it will open three new properties in Thailand in 2012, taking the group's portfolio to 16 hotels in the...

Choice Hotels introduces iPad app
10 May 2012 Hotel group Choice Hotels International has introduced a global iPad application and upgraded its existing iPhone and Android apps to provide global travellers with access to the company's...

Hilton opens first hotel in Qatar
09 May 2012 Hilton has announced the opening of the new Hilton Doha in...

Denihan deploys Telkonet’s energy management technology
09 May 2012 Hotel management and development company Denihan Hospitality has selected Telkonet's cloud-based EcoSmart energy management platform for five of its boutique hotels in New York City,...

Mirah Hospitality to open new properties in India
08 May 2012 India-based Mirah Hospitality has announced plans to invest Rs5000m ($94m) to open nine new properties in the next two years in North Indian...

Chinese hotel partners with PURE Global for allergy-friendly rooms
08 May 2012 Chinese golf resort and leisure hotel Suzhou Taihu Golf Hotel has partnered with PURE Global to offer allergy-friendly rooms for its...

TIME signs contract to manage Egyptian Tuthotel property
08 May 2012 UAE-based TIME Hotels Management (TIME) has signed a contract with Egyptian travel and tourism company Edris Group for the management of the Tuthotel property in Luxor,...

Jumeirah opens first hotel resort in Europe
04 May 2012 Dubai-based luxury hospitality company Jumeirah Group has announced the opening of its first European resort in Mallorca,...

IDS Next, Energex partner to provide energy management systems for hotels
04 May 2012 India-based IDS Next has partnered with Energex, a manufacturer of occupancy-based energy management solutions, to provide energy management systems to both newly built and existing...

Choice Hotels opens 46 new hotels in Q1 2012
03 May 2012 US-headquartered lodging franchisor Choice Hotels International has announced the opening of 46 franchised hotels in the first quarter of 2012....

Sunstone Hotel Investors to buy Wyndham Chicago
03 May 2012 Real estate investment trust Sunstone Hotel Investors has signed an agreement to acquire the Wyndham Chicago hotel from an affiliate of The Blackstone Group for...

APG, Lemon Tree Hotels to build 35 new hotels in India
02 May 2012 Dutch pension fund manager APG has acquired a 6% stake in India's Lemon Tree Hotels for Rs6.5bn ($123m) and formed a JV with the group to build 35 hotels in the country in the next four...

Las Vegas Sahara Hotel secures $300m for redevelopment
02 May 2012 The Sahara Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has secured $300m for the redevelopment of the landmark property into a resort called SLS Las...

IHG, Muscat Golf Course sign agreement
01 May 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Muscat Golf Course Project have signed a 20-year management agreement worth OMR35m ($90m) for the InterContinental Muscat Hills Golf Resort in...

Katara Hospitality to double hotel portfolio
01 May 2012 Qatar-based hotels company Katara Hospitality, formerly known as Qatar National Hotels, has announced plans to more than double its portfolio of properties from 24 to 60 hotels by...

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Saudi Arabian company to spend $2.6bn on new hotels
30 April 2012 Abdul Latif Jameel Real Estate Investment Company (ALJREIC) has announced plans to invest SAR10bn ($2.6bn) to develop new hotels in Makkah, Saudia Arabia, under the Jabal Al-Ka’ba...

Hilton Garden Inn opens new hotel in Los Angeles
30 April 2012 Hilton Garden Inn has announced the opening of the Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood in California, US....

BHG signs agreements to manage hotels in Brazil
27 April 2012 Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG) has signed a series of agreements through its company Solare to manage hotels in...

White Lodging to break ground on JW Marriott Austin hotel
27 April 2012 Hotel ownership, development and operations company White Lodging is set to break ground on the new $300m JW Marriott Austin hotel in Texas, US, which is slated to open in early...

Noble buys Courtyard by Marriott Nashville Vanderbilt/West End
26 April 2012 US-based lodging and hospitality investment organisation Noble Investment Group has announced the acquisition of the Courtyard by Marriott Nashville Vanderbilt/West End Hotel in...

Lynne Franks implores hospitality employers to address gender gaps
26 April 2012 Businesswoman, broadcaster and speaker Lynne Franks has called on employers in the hospitality, passenger transport and travel and tourism industry to take action to encourage gender diversity...

Sunland announces sale of Palazzo Versace hotel
25 April 2012 Australian developer Sunland Group has announced the sale of its Palazzo Versace hotel, located on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, to focus on residential...

Hyatt affiliate signs agreement with Al Swailem
25 April 2012 A Hyatt affiliate has signed an agreement with Mohammed A Al Swailem Co. to set up a Hyatt Regency hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia....

Indian hotel occupancy levels to reach 65% by 2014
24 April 2012 Hotel occupancy levels in India are expected to increase to pre-crisis levels and may reach 65% by 2014, according to Crisil Research....

Hilton Worldwide signs two management agreements in Mexico
24 April 2012 Global hospitality company Hilton Worldwide has signed management agreements to operate two hotels in Queretaro,...

H20 Ventures to build hotel in Philippines
23 April 2012 Concept hotel developer H20 Ventures has announced plans to invest up to PHP2bn ($47m) to build a hotel in the City of Makati in Metro Manila, the...

Premier Inn secures consent for eight new hotel sites in UK
23 April 2012 UK hotel chain Premier Inn has announced that it has secured planning consent for eight new hotel sites within a four week period across March/April 2012....

Sheraton Hotels to invest $350m in worldwide renovations
20 April 2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ brand Sheraton Hotels and its owners plan to invest more than $350m to renovate its flagship properties globally....

Viceroy Hotels to divest hotel project
20 April 2012 India-based Viceroy Hotels has announced the sale of its hotel project under an advanced stage of implementation in the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India....

Gainford buys out UK’s Vermont hotel from administration
19 April 2012 The Vermont Hotel in Newcastle, UK, has been bought out of administration by Gainford Hotels for an undisclosed...

Thompson Hotels to deploy IDeaS Revenue Management System
19 April 2012 Global hospitality company Thompson Hotels will deploy the IDeaS Revenue Management System (RMS), from IDeaS Revenue Solutions, in six of its US...

VingCard, BMW to develop mobile hotel booking technology
18 April 2012 Hospitality security company VingCard Elsafe has partnered with automobile manufacturer the BMW Group to develop a system that will enable drivers to book hotel rooms on the...

QIA to acquire Sardinian hotel group
18 April 2012 Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), has signed an agreement to acquire Sardinia-based Smeralda Holding, which has a portfolio of four luxury hotel resorts on the...

Marriott announces Caribbean and Latin American expansion plans
17 April 2012 Marriott International is planning to double the number of its hotels in the Caribbean and Latin America by the end of 2017....

Carlson Rezidor opens Radisson Blu Hotel in Turkey
17 April 2012 Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the opening of its new Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Asia in Istanbul,...

EuroSite to provide clean energy to Ability Group hotels
16 April 2012 EuroSite Power, a subsidiary of American DG Energy, has reached a 30-year, £11m agreement to supply clean energy to four UK hotels owned by The Ability Group and managed by Hilton...

UK hotel builds biomass plant to cut energy costs
16 April 2012 Tre-Ysgawen Hall Country House Hotel and Spa on the island of Anglesey off the north-west coast of Wales, UK, has built its own biomass plant to slash its energy...

Rezidor provides updates on Q1 2012 hotel openings
13 April 2012 Global hotel management company Rezidor has announced that it opened four new hotels with nearly 1,000 rooms and contracted six new hotels with over 1,400 rooms in the first quarter of 2012....

Indian civic authority considers move to increase FSI for hotels
13 April 2012 The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in India is considering a request to increase the floor space index (FSI) for Delhi hotels to three from the current 2.25, which would allow hoteliers...

KSL Capital to buy Grove Park Inn
12 April 2012 US-based private equity firm KSL Capital Partners has signed an agreement to acquire The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, North Carolina for an undisclosed amount from an affiliate...

IHG opens world's largest Holiday Inn
12 April 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has unveiled the world's largest Holiday Inn, the Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central, as part of the opening of the latest Sands China integrated resort on...

Hilton Worldwide opens new hotel in India
11 April 2012 Hilton Worldwide has opened a new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Gurgaon, Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), India....

Pan Pacific to undertake hotel renovation
11 April 2012 Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts is planning to invest S$80m ($60m) to renovate its Pan Pacific Singapore...

Duet Hotels to construct new hotels in India
10 April 2012 Hospitality firm Duet Hotels is planning to build six new hotels in India with an investment of Rs5.7bn ($112m) over the next two...

Pebblebrook Trust acquires Hotel Milano
10 April 2012 Real estate investment trust Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has announced the acquisition of the Hotel Milano in San Francisco, California, US, for $30m....

Turkey's travel industry to reach $24.4bn by 2016
05 April 2012 The travel intermediaries industry in Turkey is set to reach TRY43.3bn ($24.4bn) by 2016, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.42% during 2012–16, according to a report by...

South African hotels show growth
05 April 2012 The South African hotel industry has showed double-digit improvements in occupancy and revenue per available room (RevPAR) in the last four months, according to STR...

Swiss International announces South Asia expansion
04 April 2012 Switzerland-based hospitality brand Swiss International Hotels & Resorts has announced its foray into India and other South Asian...

Supertel to acquire Hilton Garden Inn
04 April 2012 US-based real estate investment trust Supertel Hospitality has agreed to acquire the Hilton Garden Inn in Solomons Island, Maryland, US, for...

Carlson Rezidor, Bestech to open new hotels in India
03 April 2012 Global hospitality firm Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced a partnership with India-based Bestech Hospitalities to open 49 hotels under the Park Inn brand in North and Central India by...

Marriott opens new Courtyard hotel in Mexico
03 April 2012 Marriott International has announced the opening of its new Courtyard Mexico City Airport hotel in Mexico City, Mexico....

M&C Hotels announces energy-saving project
02 April 2012 Millennium & Copthorne Hotels (M&C) has started a new-energy saving project to reduce energy consumption by 1.2 million kilowatt hours (kWh), or 10% of its current energy usage....

George Mason University selects Crestline to manage Mason Inn Hotel
02 April 2012 George Mason University in Virginia, US, has selected hospitality management company Crestline Hotels & Resorts to manage The Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel beginning 1 April 2012. ...

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American Life, Williams/Dame announce new hotel project in Los Angeles
30 March 2012 US-based real estate development firms American Life and Williams/Dame & Associates have announced a new $172m hotel project in Los Angeles,...

Choice Hotels to build second Cambria Suites in Florida
30 March 2012 Choice Hotels has announced the construction of a second Cambria Suites hotel in Florida, US, as part of its expansion into urban...

Inland American acquires five hotels
29 March 2012 Inland American Real Estate Trust’s wholly owned subsidiary Inland American Lodging Group has announced the acquisition of five hotels for $393.1m....

Hyatt to rebrand Cambodia hotel
29 March 2012 A Hyatt Hotels affiliate has signed a management agreement with Hotel De La Paix for the first Hyatt-branded property in Cambodia, the rebranded Hotel De La Paix Siem...

DiamondRock completes sale of hotels to Inland American
28 March 2012 US-based real estate investment trust DiamondRock Hospitality has completed the previously announced sale of three hotels to Inland American for...

Future Inns deploys Acentic IPTV solution
28 March 2012 Canada-based Future Inns Hotel Group has deployed Acentic’s SMART IPTV system combined with Horizon high-speed internet connectivity for its first UK hotel, Future Inns Cardiff...

Whitbread selects Anesco to install solar panels
27 March 2012 UK hotel brand Premier Inn’s parent company Whitbread has selected energy efficiency products supplier Anesco to install solar photovoltaic panels for its hotels and...

US reports rise in March hotel occupancy
27 March 2012 Hotel occupancy in the US has increased by 2.2% year-on-year to 65.8% for the week of 11 to 17 March 2012, according to data from STR...

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts opens new Ukraine hotel
26 March 2012 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced that Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv in Kiev, Ukraine, the luxury brand's first hotel in Eastern Europe, will open on 27 March...

Hilton Worldwide, Schiphol to open new hotel in Netherlands
26 March 2012 Hilton Worldwide and Schiphol Group's real estate subsidiary Schiphol Real Estate have signed an agreement to introduce a new Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in...

New York Palace hotel to undergo $100m makeover
23 March 2012 Private equity firm Northwood, who purchased New York Palace hotel in summer 2011, is planning to invest $100m to renovate the property, located at 50th Street and Madison Avenue, New York City, US....

Westin Hotels to expand in Asia
23 March 2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts-owned Westin Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to add 30% more hotels in Asia this...

Colliers International divests Scarborough hotels
22 March 2012 Global commercial real estate organisation Colliers International has announced the sale of the Royal Hotel and the Clifton Hotel in Scarborough, UK, to Britannia...

Hyatt opens Hyatt Place New Orleans
22 March 2012 Hyatt Hotels and HRI Properties have announced the opening of Hyatt Place New Orleans/Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana,...

Sands Cotai Central to open in April
21 March 2012 Sands China, a subsidiary of global integrated resort developer Las Vegas Sands, has announced that the newest addition to the company's Cotai Strip development, Sands Cotai Central in Macao,...

White Lodging completes Courtyard by Marriott renovation
21 March 2012 US-based White Lodging Services has completed the renovation of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Austin, Texas, US....

Jumeirah to manage Pera Palace Hotel in Turkey
20 March 2012 Dubai-based Jumeirah Group has signed a management agreement with Demsa Group in Turkey to manage Istanbul’s Pera Palace Hotel....

Sofitel’s Bangkok hotel to open in April
20 March 2012 French brand Sofitel has announced that its new Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit hotel is currently in its final stages of opening preparation, with the opening scheduled for April...

IHG launches Chinese brand
19 March 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the launch of its international hotel brand Hualuxe Hotels and Resorts for the Chinese...

Tune Hotels opens first hotel in Manila
19 March 2012 Malaysia-based hotel chain Tune Hotels has announced the opening of its first property in Manila,...

Wyndham to launch Super 8, Wyndham Garden brands in Brazil
16 March 2012 US-based Wyndham Hotel Group has announced an agreement with Brazilian real estate company EmCorp to launch the Super 8 and Wyndham Garden brands in Brazil....

BHG reports rise in Q4 NOR
16 March 2012 Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG) has reported a 46.6% increase in its 2011 fourth quarter net operating revenue (NOR) of R$53.8m, compared to the same period of...

Mandarin Oriental to manage Atlanta hotel
15 March 2012 Hong Kong-based hotel chain Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (MOHG) has signed a management contract to rebrand and operate the Mansion on Peachtree hotel in Atlanta, US as Mandarin Oriental,...

Starwood unveils new mobile application for guests
15 March 2012 Starwood Hotels has partnered with mobile application development firm Bottle Rocket to design and develop a new application for iPhone and iPod Touch for the hotel group's loyalty...

Xi’an Haoxianglai selects Wyndham to manage hotel in China
14 March 2012 Xi’an Haoxianglai Investment Holding has selected Wyndham Hotel Group to manage the Wyndham Grand Xi’an South, a new hotel under construction in Xi'an, the capital of the Chinese province of...

Hyatt signs agreement with Roomlinx to upgrade in-room television services
14 March 2012 Hyatt Hotels is set to implement new technology from Roomlinx to transform its standard in-room television into an interactive entertainment centre and virtual concierge at its...

Holiday Inn unveils augmented reality hotel
13 March 2012 Holiday Inn, an official hotel provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has unveiled an augmented reality hotel in London, which features virtual versions of some of the UK's...

Marriott Executive Apartments opens second hotel in Latin America
13 March 2012 Marriott International has announced the opening of its second Marriott Executive Apartments (MEA) hotel in Latin America, the MEA Panama City, Finisterre in Panama City,...

Hilton Garden Inn Islip/MacArthur Airport completes renovation
12 March 2012 Hotel developer White Lodging has announced that the Hilton Garden Inn Islip/MacArthur Airport in the US state of New York has completed a renovation...

HPT invests $165m in renovations
12 March 2012 US-based Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT) has invested $165m to renovate 77 of its Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites...

Home Inns & Hotels reports rise in Q4 revenues
09 March 2012 China-based hotel chain Home Inns & Hotels Management has reported a 64.2% rise in fourth quarter 2011 revenues to RMB1.31bn ($208.1m), including revenues from the recently acquired Motel...

IHG announces expansion plans in South-East Asia
09 March 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced plans to double the number of properties it manages in South-East Asia in three...

Hyatt signs management agreements for two hotels in Switzerland
08 March 2012 Hyatt Hotels has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has signed a management agreement with Flughafen Zurich for two hotels in Zurich,...

Interstate to manage hotel in China
08 March 2012 Interstate China has executed an agreement to manage the Shanghai JC Mandarin Hotel, effective 1 February...

Starwood to expand in Europe with 25 new hotels
07 March 2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to open 25 new hotels in Europe over the next four years and 80 new hotels in 2012,...

DoubleTree by Hilton launches fifth London hotel
07 March 2012 DoubleTree by Hilton has introduced its fifth London property, DoubleTree by Hilton London-Victoria in the UK. ...

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Hotelmanagement-network.com launches new hotel survey
21 February 2012 To understand what our readers view as the most important business issues for 2012-2013, hotelmanagement-network.com is launching a major new global business survey....

India’s health and wellness tourism market to generate $6.38bn in 2016
17 February 2012 The health and wellness tourism industry in India is expected to generate revenues of INR315.4bn ($6.38bn) in 2016, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.6% over 2012–16, according to...

China’s travel intermediaries industry approaches $80bn
16 February 2012 China’s travel intermediaries industry registered a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.1% during 2007–11 to reach a market size of CNY502.7bn ($79.8bn) in 2011, according to a BRICdata...

India’s travel intermediaries industry to reach $24.76bn in 2016
14 February 2012 India's travel intermediaries industry is forecast to reach Rs1.21tn ($24.76bn) in 2016 from Rs679.9bn ($13.82bn) in 2012, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.7%, according to a...

Hotels in MENA region report marginal growth
09 February 2012 Hotels in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region's key cities have reported mixed fortunes in 2011, with Dubai and the Saudi capital Riyadh leading the pack, according to the...

Russia’s travel intermediaries industry to reach $37bn by 2016
09 February 2012 The Russian travel intermediaries industry is set to grow from RUR733.5bn ($24.62m) in 2012 to RUB1.10tr ($37bn) in 2016, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.7%, according to...

New York Helmsley to undergo $65m renovation
08 February 2012 The New York Helmsley Hotel is set to undergo a $65m renovation, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Host Hotels & Resorts have...

Hilton signs management agreement with Astana in Kazakhstan
08 February 2012 Global hospitality company Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of a management agreement with Astana Development Group in...

Brazil’s travel intermediaries industry to reach $41.55bn in 2016
07 February 2012 The value of the Brazilian travel intermediaries industry is expected to reach R$71.68bn ($41.55bn) by 2016, according to a BRICdata...

IHG opens Holiday Inn Express Atlanta Downtown
07 February 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta Downtown in Georgia,...

Hyatt signs management agreements with Naseel
07 February 2012 A Hyatt affiliate has signed agreements with Naseel Holding Company to manage three new Hyatt-branded hotels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ...

Starwood Capital buys Gansevoort hotel in US
06 February 2012 A consortium consisting affiliates of Starwood Capital Group, the LeFrak Organization and Invesco have jointly purchased a property that includes the former Gansevoort luxury hotel in...

DoubleTree by Hilton opens fifth New York hotel
06 February 2012 DoubleTree by Hilton has announced the opening of its fifth New York City hotel in Midtown Manhattan, located at 36th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues....

London reports rise in 2011 RevPAR
03 February 2012 London registered an 8.4% year-on-year increase in revenue per available room (RevPAR) in 2011, according to data from STR Global....

InterContinental Hotels opens New York property
03 February 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening in the US of the $52m Holiday Inn New York City Midtown-31st...

New York registers $3.5bn in 2011 hotel transactions
02 February 2012 New York City has recorded 18 hotel transactions in 2011, which comprised $3.5bn in assets traded and represented a 150% increase over 2010 volumes, according to Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels'...

Strand Development announces expansion plans
02 February 2012 US-based hotel operator Strand Development has announced plans to expand into the Midwest and West Coast of the US within the next three to five years....

Sahara Group makes £750m bid for Marriott hotels
01 February 2012 Sahara Group in India has made a bid for 42 Marriott hotels in London, which are being sold by Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for around...

Chesapeake to acquire Hyatt Place New York
01 February 2012 Real estate investment trust Chesapeake Lodging Trust has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Hyatt Place New York Midtown South in Manhattan, New York, US for $76.5m....

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IHG opens Crowne Plaza Suites hotel in Colombia
31 January 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of the Crowne Plaza Suites Tequendama Bogota in Colombia....

Marriott International plans hotel in Nice
31 January 2012 Marriott International has announced plans to open the first hotel under the AC Hotels by Marriott portfolio in Nice,...

Onyx to operate hotel in India
30 January 2012 Thai hotel management company Onyx Hospitality Group has been appointed by Apna Punjab Resorts in India to operate a hotel in Ludhiana, Punjab....

Northland Inn announces second phase of renovation
30 January 2012 Northland Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US, managed by StepStone Hospitality, has announced the launch of the second phase of its $24m...

BHG signs deal to acquire Grupo Solare
27 January 2012 Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG) has agreed the acquisition of hotel management company Grupo Solare in...

Starwood plans 80 new hotel openings in 2012
27 January 2012 Hotel and leisure company Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is set to open an additional 80 new hotels in 2012, following last year's addition of 81 new hotels around the...

Abu Dhabi hotel occupancy beats two-million target
26 January 2012 The Abu Dhabi hotel industry hosted 2,111,611 guests in 2011, beating its target of two million guests by 6.5%, according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority...

Best Western to open hotel in Haiti
26 January 2012 US hotel chain Best Western is to open an upscale hotel in Haiti for business...

Global leisure hotel rates rise by 8.3%
25 January 2012 Worldwide leisure hotel rates for December 2011 increased by 8.3% on the previous year's figures, while the business hotel market recorded smaller rate gains of 3.2%, according to...

Hyatt rebrands Summerfield Suites, Sierra hotels as Hyatt House
25 January 2012 Global hospitality company Hyatt Hotels is to rebrand 38 Hyatt Summerfield Suites and 15 Hotel Sierra hotels as new hotel concept Hyatt...

DoubleTree by Hilton announces tenth US hotel location
24 January 2012 DoubleTree by Hilton has added its tenth hotel location in the Washington DC/Baltimore area, the DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC-Silver Spring in Silver Spring, Maryland,...

RockBridge to invest in Wynfrey Hotel
24 January 2012 US hotel investment firm RockBridge is to make a preferred equity investment to recapitalise and reposition the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama,...

Vincci Hoteles to implement EZYield channel management system
23 January 2012 Spain-based Vincci Hoteles is to install EZYield's Fuzionlink channel management system across its entire hotel...

Vivanta by Taj expands Indian portfolio
23 January 2012 Hospitality brand Vivanta by Taj, part of Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces, has launched a hotel in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu,...

Parkside Hotels to make $400m investment in India
20 January 2012 US-based hotelier Parkside Hotels and Resorts is to invest $400m in expanding its operations in India....

Starwood to launch Westin brand in Cleveland
20 January 2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced plans to introduce its Westin brand to Cleveland, Ohio, US....

Marriott Hotels completes $30m Boston Marriott renovation
19 January 2012 Marriott International and Sunstone Hotel Investors' flagship brand Marriott Hotels & Resorts has completed a four-year, $30m full-property renovation of the Boston Marriott Long Wharf...

DoubleTree by Hilton acquires UK Mint Hotels
19 January 2012 DoubleTree by Hilton has added two former Mint Hotels to its hotel brand....

Potawatomi to build $150m green hotel
18 January 2012 US-based Potawatomi Bingo Casino, which is owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi Community, is to build a $150m smoke-free, green hotel in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley in Wisconsin,...

IHG eyes Middle East expansion
18 January 2012 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to open eight new hotels across six Middle East countries during...

KHC completes sale of key hotel stakes
17 January 2012 UAE-based investment firm Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) has completed the sale of its stakes in the Four Seasons Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the Movenpick Dar es Salaam in Tanzania for...

Starwood plans Indian expansion
17 January 2012 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is to open nearly 20 hotels in India by...

Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort renovation nears completion
16 January 2012 The Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront/Palm Beaches Resort on Singer Island, Florida, US, is nearing the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation....

New Orleans hotel deploys Agilysys software
16 January 2012 The Hotel Modern New Orleans is to use the Agilysys Guest 360 property management system and the Agilysys InfoGenesis POS solution to streamline its operations and deliver a personalised...

Autograph Collection adds Carlton Hotel to portfolio
13 January 2012 Marriott International's Autograph Collection brand has announced the addition of the Carlton Hotel in New York, US, to its...

Hotels unlikely to benefit from bigger business travel budgets
13 January 2012 Business travel buyers may receive extra budgets for 2012, but the extra money will not necessarily end up in the hotel community, a Business Travel Show study has...

Hyatt Hotels to continue brand growth in India
12 January 2012 Hyatt Hotels has introduced its new Hyatt House extended-stay brand in India with the signing of a management agreement for a hotel in...

IHCL to develop, manage two hotels in China
12 January 2012 Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has signed a memorandum of cooperation with China-based Yunnan Tourism to form a joint venture to develop and manage two hotels in...

China's secondary cities report revPAR growth
11 January 2012 China's secondary cities - those with fewer than ten million inhabitants - experienced higher revPAR growth than the national average of 2.8% for the year-to-November 2011, according to STR...

Shangri-La Hotels deploys MetricStream audit system
11 January 2012 Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has installed the MetricStream Audit Management Solution to power its internal audit programme....

IHG to manage first Holiday Inn Express in Kuala Lumpur
10 January 2012 Global hotels company InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed an agreement with RB Capital Group to manage Kuala Lumpur’s first Holiday Inn Express, scheduled to open in...

Chatwal Hotels to make $200m investment in India
10 January 2012 US-based Chatwal Hotels & Resorts is to spend $200m on opening more than 50 hotels in India over the next five...

Best Western plans Indian expansion
09 January 2012 US hotel chain Best Western International is to establish 66 new hotels with 5,919 rooms in India over the next five years as part of its business expansion...

Global hotel investment volumes rise in H1 2011
09 January 2012 Improved real estate investment trusts and a revival of the debt market boosted global hotel investment volumes during the first half of 2011, according to Jones Lang LaSalle's Hotel...

Centara opens new Pattaya hotel
06 January 2012 Thailand-based Centara Hotels & Resorts has launched the Centara Pattaya Hotel in Pattaya,...

Leela Group to launch new hotel category
06 January 2012 Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts in India is to introduce a third category of hotels with a new brand name during the first half of...

China tourist visitors to reach 3.46 billion within five years
05 January 2012 China's global tourist volume is poised to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.25%, from 2.43 billion in 2011 to 3.46 billion in 2015, driven mainly by increased investments in...

North American hotel market to grow during 2012
05 January 2012 Driven by an increase in rates and steady demand for rooms, hotels in North America will experience strong growth in 2012, according to TravelClick's December 2011 North American Hospitality...

LaSalle completes Park Central acquisition
04 January 2012 Real estate investment trust LaSalle Hotel Properties has closed the previously announced acquisition of The Park Central Hotel in New York, US for $396.2m....

Brazil expects to see seven million international tourists by 2015
04 January 2012 International tourist arrivals to Brazil are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.72% during 2011-15, resulting in seven million arrivals by 2015, according to a...

7 Days Group completes Huatian Star acquisition
03 January 2012 Chinese hotel chain 7 Days Group Holdings has completed its 100% acquisition of Hunan Huatian Star Hotel Management from Huatian Star's parent company Huatian Hotel Group for CNY136m...

US hotel occupancy rises by 8.1%
03 January 2012 The US hotel industry has registered an 8.1% increase in occupancy to 37.3% during the week 18-24 December 2011, according to data from STR...

December 2011

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Marriott to develop first hotel in Peru
23 December 2011 Marriott International has announced a management agreement with Inversiones La Rioja, owners of the JW Marriott Lima and the new JW Marriott Cusco, to develop its first project in Peru...

Hilton opens two hotels at Frankfurt Airport
22 December 2011 Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of Hilton Frankfurt Airport and Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport, part of the futuristic THE SQUAIRE complex, at Frankfurt...

IHG introduces app for Kindle Fire, Google TV and Android Tablets
22 December 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its booking solutions across the Android platform with the Priority Club Rewards app for Kindle Fire, Google TV and Android...

Tune Hotels registers three million guests in four years
21 December 2011 Malaysian hotel brand Tune Hotels has registered three million guests since the opening of its first hotel in downtown Kuala Lumpur in...

Russia anticipates robust tourism growth
21 December 2011 Inbound and outbound tourism in Russia will see robust growth in the next five years, according to a new report by UK-based research firm...

Morgans signs management agreement for Mondrian Istanbul
21 December 2011 US-based hospitality firm Morgans Hotel Group has entered a management agreement for a Mondrian-branded hotel to be located in Istanbul,...

Carlson opens new US Radisson hotel
20 December 2011 Global hospitality and travel company Carlson has launched the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth in West San Fernando Valley in Southern California,...

Marriott to build Algerian Courtyard by Marriott
20 December 2011 Marriott International is to develop the Courtyard by Marriott Setif, Algeria, under a management agreement with ownership group...

Accor acquires Mirvac hotel management business
19 December 2011 French hotel group Accor has bought Mirvac Hotels & Resorts, the hotel management arm of Australia-based Mirvac Group, for...

UAE confident about Christmas occupancy
19 December 2011 Hoteliers in the UAE are expecting an average hotel occupancy of at least 80% for Christmas and New Year due to an increase in...

SIPP completes Newport Creek acquisition
16 December 2011 Chinese diversified holding company in the food, hotel and broadcasting industries, SIPP International, has completed the acquisition of Newport Creek...

IHG signs agreements with BIM Group
16 December 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of agreements with Vietnamese conglomerate, the BIM Group, for two new-build Crowne Plaza properties in Vientiane, Lao...

Marriott’s Autograph Collection acquires Hotel & Spa do Vinho
15 December 2011 Marriott International's business venture Autograph Collection has added the Hotel & Spa do Vinho, in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, to its...

Marshall adds five US hotel management contracts to portfolio
15 December 2011 US-based hotel management and services company Marshall Hotels & Resorts has won five property management...

Indian tourist volumes to witness 11% annual growth until 2015
15 December 2011 Tourist volumes in India will witness an annual growth of over 11% during 2011-15, according to a BRICdata...

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel debuts in the Netherlands
14 December 2011 DoubleTree by Hilton has debuted in the Netherlands with the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, formerly the Mint Hotel...

Accor to debut first Sofitel hotel in India
14 December 2011 French hotel group Accor plans to debut its first Sofitel Luxury Hotel in India at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), in suburban Mumbai, by the end of December...

Rising debt prompts DLF to sell hotel subsidiary to Square Four
13 December 2011 In an effort to cut its Rs225bn ($4.27bn) debt, Indian real estate developer DLF will sell its hotel subsidiary DLF Hotels & Hospitality (DHHL) to Square Four Housing & Infrastructure for...

Starwood Hotels to debut Aloft brand in Detroit
13 December 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide debuts its Aloft brand in Detroit in Michigan, US, with a hotel in the historic David Whitney Building in Grand Circus...

Hyatt Place unveils Pali Tower to mark Hawaiian hotel debut
12 December 2011 Hyatt Place has opened the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach hotel in Hawaii, US, by unveiling Pali Tower, the first of two towers being constructed at the...

DoubleTree by Hilton opens ninth property in China
12 December 2011 DoubleTree, by Hilton, has announced the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Jiangsu-Taizhou, located in the commercial district of Hailing in Taizhou,...

New York Crowne Plaza Hotel to receive Hilton makeover
09 December 2011 The downtown Crowne Plaza in Albany, New York, US, will be rebranded as Hilton following the completion of an ongoing $10m...

21c Museum Hotels starts construction of Arkansas hotel project
09 December 2011 21c Museum Hotels has started building its 21c Bentonville hotel project in Arkansas,...

Currency fluctuation raises UK travellers’ costs
08 December 2011 The sterling's fluctuation against the euro in the first half of 2011 forced UK travellers to pay £97 a night on rooms abroad, the second-highest amount in the EU, according to Hotels.com's...

Grand Hyatt New York completes $130m renovation
08 December 2011 The Grand Hyatt New York in Manhattan, New York, US, has completed its $130m renovation with the installation of two sculptures by artist Jaume...

Rezidor announces two hotel projects in Norway
07 December 2011 Global hotel management company Rezidor Hotel Group has announced plans for two new hotels in Oslo, Norway: The Radisson Blu Hotel, Oslo Alna and the Park Inn by Radisson Oslo...

DoubleTree by Hilton opens eighth Chinese property
07 December 2011 DoubleTree by Hilton has launched a new property in Langfang, Hebei Province, China, the brand's eighth in the...

DLF buys Hilton’s stake in hotel joint venture
06 December 2011 Indian real estate major DLF has signed a Rs1.2bn ($23.42m) agreement to acquire the remaining 26% stake in its joint venture company DLF Hotels & Hospitality from an affiliate of...

Hilton Worldwide launches energy-saving drive at South African hotels
06 December 2011 In an effort to enhance sustainability, Hilton Worldwide has launched an energy-saving initiative at its three hotels in South Africa: Hilton Sandton, Hilton Durban and Hilton Cape...

TRYP by Wyndham debuts North American hotel
05 December 2011 TRYP by Wyndham has revealed its first foray into the North American market by debuting the 242-room TRYP Quebec Hotel PUR at the Saint-Roch quarter in Quebec City,...

Palace Kämp Group unveils Finland hotel project
05 December 2011 Finnish hotel and restaurant company Palace Kämp Group is to build a major hotel project in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki,...

Four Seasons Riyadh expansion underway
02 December 2011 The expansion of the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh in Saudi Arabia has begun, according to Kingdom Holding Company, the hotel's...

Tata PE buys stake in Ginger Hotels
02 December 2011 Tata Capital's private equity fund Tata Private Equity has purchased a 10% stake in Roots Corporation, which runs Indian budget chain Ginger...

ITC to build Sheraton hotel in Sri Lanka
02 December 2011 ITC Limited, the India-based franchisee for the Sheraton Group, is to invest $300m in a luxury hotel and mixed-use development project in Colombo, Sri...

Canada’s hotel industry records moderate growth
02 December 2011 Canadian hotels revealed moderate growth for the week ending 19 November 2011, according to data released by STR...

Hampshire Hotels & Resorts to run LA hotel
01 December 2011 A new hotel at Selma Avenue and Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, US, is to be run by Hampshire Hotels & Resorts under its Dream Hotel...

UK hotel industry reveals October results
01 December 2011 Hotels in London, UK, reported year-on-year growth with room yield rising to £112.70 from £111.14 in October 2010, driven by a 3.6% increase in room rates from £124.97 to...

Marriott unveils Haiti hotel project
01 December 2011 Marriott International is to open a new $45m hotel in Haiti under a management agreement with ownership group Unigestion Holding, a Digicel Group...

US hotel occupancy rises in November
01 December 2011 US hotel occupancy rose by 4.1% to stand at 59.4% and its average daily rate (ADR) increased by 3.7% to $102.11 in year-on-year comparisons for the week ending 19 November 2011, according...

November 2011

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Travellers International invests $1.1bn in Philippines Bayshore project
30 November 2011 Travellers International Hotel Group, a joint venture of investment holding firm Alliance Global Group (AGI) and Genting Hong Kong, is to spend $1.1bn on Resorts World Bayshore in Manila,...

Pramerica, Paris Inn Group to invest in Paris
30 November 2011 Pramerica Real Estate Investors and Paris Inn Group have formed a new joint venture company, Capital Inn, to invest in hotels in Paris,...

Colombian hotel investment to reach $2bn
30 November 2011 Investment in the Colombian hotel industry will reach $2bn by the end of 2011, according to Cotelco, Colombia's hotel...

Meliá Hotels plans fourth Cape Verde property
30 November 2011 Spanish hotel group Meliá Hotels International is to open its fourth hotel in the Cape Verde...

Retaj reveals Turkish expansion plans
29 November 2011 Qatar-based hospitality company Retaj Marketing and Project Management is to invest $500m in Turkish hotels catering to Muslim...

Hawaii reveals November hotel market
29 November 2011 Hawaiian hotels registered an increase of over 4% in average room rates last week, according to a weekly report by Hospitality Advisors and Smith Travel...

Holiday Inn Resort implements IDS Next technology audit
29 November 2011 Holiday Inn Resort in Goa, India, has used IDS Next's technology audit to optimise its IT infrastructure and increase efficiency within the...

Minor International to expand Sri Lankan portfolio
29 November 2011 Thailand-based Minor International is to build more hotels in Sri Lanka in partnership with...

Albany’s October occupancy rises
28 November 2011 Occupancy rates at 134 hotels in Albany and the surrounding area in the state of New York, US, increased by 6.2% in October 2011, according to STR...

YTC implements EzRMS solution at Peninsula Excelsior
28 November 2011 Singapore-based YTC Hotels has installed Easy Revenue Management Solutions' EzRMS web-based revenue management tool at its flagship property, the 600-room Peninsula Excelsior Hotel in...

Temple REIT reports decline in Q3 operating income
28 November 2011 Temple Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) reported a 4% fall in operating income for the third quarter of 2011 compared with the same period in...

TPS acquires Tanzanian hotel
28 November 2011 Kenya-based TPS Eastern Africa has bought a hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from Movenpick Hotels and...

Carlson reveals India expansion plans
25 November 2011 Global hospitality and travel company Carlson is to set up 100 hotels in India by...

Host Hotels introduces $1bn credit facility
25 November 2011 Host Hotels & Resorts has closed its new $1bn revolving credit facility, which represents an increase over its existing facility, with a syndicate of...

Rezidor to open Park Inn by Radisson Petrozavodsk in 2013
25 November 2011 The Rezidor Hotel Group will launch the Park Inn by Radisson Petrozavodsk in Petrozavodsk, Russia, in...

Morgans closes sale of London hotels
25 November 2011 Morgans Hotel Group has completed the sale of the Sanderson and St Martins Lane hotels in London, UK, for £192m ($300m) to Capital Hill Hotels, a Middle Eastern...

Hilton, NG Group to develop five-star Indian hotel
24 November 2011 Hilton Hotels & Resorts is to develop a hotel in Ahmedabad,...

BRIC nations report hotel price boom
24 November 2011 High demand from corporate travellers has driven up room rates in the BRIC nations in the first half of 2011, according to the Hotels.com Hotel Price...

Asia Pacific occupancy falls, revPAR rises
24 November 2011 Asia Pacific's hotel occupancy for October 2011 fell by 2% to 70% and its average daily rate rose by 8.4% to $150.60 year-on-year, according to an STR Global...

Concord sells four Canadian Marriott hotels to Genesis
24 November 2011 Concord Hospitality Enterprises, the largest operator of Marriott-branded properties in Canada, has sold a portfolio of four hotels to Manitoba-based private investment group Genesis...

Meliá Hotels adds two hotels to Asian portfolio
23 November 2011 Meliá Hotels International has acquired two new properties in Xi'an, China, and Da Nang,...

HFF arranges loan for nine hotels
23 November 2011 Holliday Fenoglio Fowler (HFF) has arranged $120m of refinancing for nine full-service US hotels totalling 2,264 rooms in the US states of California, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New...

Marriott to convert Panama Finesterre Suites
23 November 2011 Marriott International will convert the Finisterre Suites in Panama City, Panama, into a Marriott Executive Apartments extended-stay hotel in early...

DoubleTree by Hilton opens Pittsburgh hotel
23 November 2011 DoubleTree by Hilton has opened the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,...

Swissôtel to expand Chinese portfolio
22 November 2011 Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts is to open a new hotel, the Swissôtel Chengdu in Sichuan Province,...

Hersha acquires Courtyard Miami Beach Oceanfront
22 November 2011 Hersha Hospitality Trust has completed the $95m acquisition of the Courtyard Miami Beach Oceanfront in Miami, Florida,...

Shangri-La Asia to develop hotel in China
22 November 2011 Shangri-La Asia is to launch a new hotel in Yingkou, China, which will bring the company's total number of hotels in the region to...

Elysian Hotel Chicago to be rebranded Waldorf Astoria
22 November 2011 A joint venture of Hilton Worldwide, the parent company of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, an Equity Group Investments affiliate and Elysian principals has acquired the Elysian Hotel Chicago...

Redstone to build Embassy Suites property in US
21 November 2011 Redstone Suites is to construct a new Embassy Suites property in the Horn Rapids Golf Community of Richland, Washington,...

RLH to transform two New Mexico hotels
21 November 2011 Hospitality firm Red Lion Hotels (RLH) is to convert two New Mexico, US, hotels: the Red Lion Hotel Farmington and the Red Lion Hotel...

Marriott unveils European prototype for Courtyard by Marriott
21 November 2011 Marriott International has launched a new European model for its Courtyard by Marriott...

Rezidor to rebrand Athens Park as Radisson Blu hotel
21 November 2011 The Rezidor Hotel Group is to rebrand the Athens Park Hotel in Athens, Greece, as the Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens by mid-December...

Marriott’s Autograph Collection adds Union Station Hotel to portfolio
18 November 2011 Marriott International brand the Autograph Collection will add the Union Station Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, US, to its portfolio for January...

Worldhotels to develop ten hotels in India by 2014
18 November 2011 Germany-based Worldhotels is to launch ten hotels in India under the Worldhotels brand by 2014 as part of its newly launched brand licence...

Hilton opens Hilton Nanjing in China
18 November 2011 Hilton Hotels & Resorts has launched the new Hilton Nanjing in Jiangsu Province,...

Global hotel transactions double in H1 2011
18 November 2011 Despite the world's economic turmoil, hotel transactions for the first half of 2011 were over double the figure for the same period in 2010, a Deloitte survey...

Rezidor launches Park Inn by Radisson in Italy
17 November 2011 The Rezidor Hotel Group has unveiled its Park Inn by Radisson brand in...

El Encanto Hotel receives loan from Sonnenblick
17 November 2011 The El Encanto Hotel in Santa Barbara, California, US, has acquired a $45m loan from real estate investment banking firm Sonnenblick-Eichner on behalf of Orient-Express...

Marriott International signs 100th hotel in China
17 November 2011 Marriott International has signed up its 100th hotel, the 345-room JW Marriott Hotel Shenyang in Shenyang,...

Admiral acquires stake in Hilton Garden Inn Houston Energy Corridor
17 November 2011 The Admiral Capital Real Estate Fund has acquired a preferred equity interest in the Hilton Garden Inn Houston Energy Corridor in West Houston, Texas,...

Crestline to manage IHG’s Hotel Indigo
16 November 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Crestline Hotels & Resorts to manage its new Hotel Indigo in Newark, New Jersey,...

Fairmont to launch Chengdu hotel in 2014
16 November 2011 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will open a new property in Chengdu, China, in...

Investcorp buys debt to back Paramount hotel sale
16 November 2011 Investcorp's US-based real estate arm has bought two mezzanine loans with a principal balance of $40m from Fillmore Capital Partners, backed by the Paramount Hotel in New York,...

Marriott opens first UK Residence Inn
16 November 2011 Marriott International has opened the Residence Inn Edinburgh, Scotland, its first Residence Inn property in the...

Home Inns reports rise in Q3 revenue
15 November 2011 Chinese hotel chain Home Inns & Hotels Management reported a 12.3% year-on-year increase in total revenues for the third quarter (Q3) of 2011 to CNY988m...

DoubleTree by Hilton opens Chongqing hotel
15 November 2011 DoubleTree by Hilton has launched the 284-room DoubleTree by Hilton Chongqing North in Chongqing,...

Interstate to manage Four Points by Sheraton Kecskemét
15 November 2011 Interstate Hotels & Resorts has entered a long-term management agreement for the Four Points by Sheraton Kecskemét in...

US hotel October pipeline declines
15 November 2011 The number of rooms in the total active US hotel development pipeline fell by 9% in October 2011 compared with October 2010, according to the STR/McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Pipeline...

Wyndham opens TRYP San José Sabana
14 November 2011 The Wyndham Hotel Group has launched the TRYP San José Sabana in San José, Costa...

Hotel Sierra Green Bay becomes Hyatt on Main
14 November 2011 Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has revealed that the Hotel Sierra Green Bay in Green Bay, Wisconsin, US has changed its name to Hyatt on Main, Green...

Summit Hotel to acquire two US properties
14 November 2011 Real estate investment trust Summit Hotel Properties has signed agreements to acquire two US Marriott hotels and sell one non-core...

Rezidor to launch Netherlands Park Inn by Radisson in 2012
14 November 2011 Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group will unveil the Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Schiphol in the Netherlands in the third quarter of...

Marriott opens Courtyard by Marriott in Siberia
11 November 2011 Marriott International has opened its first hotel in Siberia, the Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City...

Hersha to acquire Miami hotel
11 November 2011 Hersha Hospitality has agreed to pay $95m to acquire the 263-room Courtyard Miami Beach Oceanfront and an adjacent beachfront land parcel in...

Hilton Worldwide signs agreement with Dijkhuis Vastgoed
11 November 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with the owner of Hilton Amsterdam, Dijkhuis Vastgoed Management, to open a new Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts...

RLH to sell two US properties
11 November 2011 Red Lion Hotels has announced plans to sell two properties in the US, one in Medford, Oregon, and the other in Missoula,...

Hilton to rebrand and operate Mint Hotel portfolio
10 November 2011 Hilton Worldwide is to rebrand and operate the eight Mint Hotel properties acquired by Blackstone as part of the DoubleTree by Hilton and mid-scale Hilton Garden Inn...

JHM to manage Ramada Hotel in India
10 November 2011 JHM Interstate Hotels India, a joint venture management company between Interstate Hotels & Resorts and JHM Hotels, has signed a contract to manage the Ramada Hotel in the Indian state of...

Starwood to use VingCard RFID locking system for properties
10 November 2011 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide has selected VingCard Elsafe's Signature Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) contactless electronic door locks and VISION access management system for...

Radisson Blu launches Chicago hotel
10 November 2011 Radisson Blu, part of the Rezidor Hotel Group, has opened a new hotel in Chicago,...

QHotels to roll out RMS across entire portfolio by 2012
09 November 2011 QHotels is to introduce IDeaS' Revenue Management System (RMS) across its entire portfolio by January...

Morgans Hotel Group reports Q3 net loss
09 November 2011 US-based Morgans Hotel Group (MHG) has reported a net loss of $24.8m in the third quarter (Q3) of 2011 compared with a net loss of $37.1m for the same period of...

Parsvnath to venture into budget hotel segment
09 November 2011 Indian realty firm Parsvnath Developers has joined forces with Choice Hotels International to offer 20-25 budget properties across...

Rezidor to launch Radisson Blu in Serbia
09 November 2011 Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group will unveil its Radisson Blu Hotel, Belgrade in Serbia in...

Hilton signs management agreement with HH Developments
08 November 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with HH Developments for the operation of a Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Santa Fe,...

DoubleTree by Hilton converts Aspen Suites Hotel
08 November 2011 DoubleTree by Hilton has converted the Aspen Suites Hotel, which is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US, into the DoubleTree by Hilton Baton...

Red Lion Hotels’ Q3 revenue falls
08 November 2011 US-based hospitality firm Red Lion Hotels has recorded a decline in total revenue for the third quarter (Q3) of 2011 to $46.2m, compared with $49.8m in the same period of...

US hotels record occupancy rises for October
08 November 2011 Hotel occupancy in the US increased by 6.8% to 61.6% in year-on-year comparisons for the week ending 29 October 2011, according to data by STR...

HPT affiliate to buy Sonesta
07 November 2011 An affiliate of Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT) is to acquire Sonesta International hotels for...

Equity International to invest in SAMHI
07 November 2011 US-based investment firm Equity International is to invest $75m in Indian developer and hotel owner SAMHI, which has a partnership with Marriott...

RLH acquires ten hotels from iStar
07 November 2011 Hospitality firm Red Lion Hotels (RLH) has acquired ten US hotels formerly leased from a subsidiary of iStar for $37m as part of a global agreement with iStar Financial and Hilton...

Marriott International to develop Courtyard by Marriott New York
07 November 2011 Marriott International is to develop the Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan/Herald Square under a management agreement with owner 960 Associates, an affiliate of real estate company...

Starwood, Sunstar launch Sheraton Panama resort
04 November 2011 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and Sunstar Hotel & Development have opened the Sheraton brand's first all-inclusive resort in Panama, The Sheraton Bijao Beach...

Beirut hotel occupancy falls to 55%
04 November 2011 The average occupancy rate of hotels in Beirut, Lebanon, dropped to 55% in the first nine months of 2011, compared with 68% in the same period last year, according to Ernst & Young's latest...

Holiday Inn Walsall to reopen in January
04 November 2011 Kew Green Hotels' Holiday Inn Walsall in the UK will reopen in January 2012 after a major...

Sheraton to open five hotels in China by end-2011
04 November 2011 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide's Sheraton brand will launch five new hotels in China by the end of...

Sinclairs acquires Savannah Sarovar Premiere
03 November 2011 India-based hospitality firm Sinclairs Hotels has acquired a majority ownership of Savannah Hotels, which owns Savannah Sarovar Premiere in Whitefield, Bangalore,...

Jumeirah Group opens hotel in Abu Dhabi
03 November 2011 Dubai-based Jumeirah Group has unveiled the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi,...

RLJ Lodging buys Courtyard by Marriott Charleston
03 November 2011 US-based hotel investment company RLJ Lodging has acquired the Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Historic District in South Carolina, US, for $42m from Noble Investment...

Rezidor unveils Radisson Blu in Turkey
03 November 2011 Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group has launched the Radisson Blu Hotel Mersin in Mersin,...

Fattal Hotel, Izaki Group commence hotel construction in Israel
02 November 2011 Fattal Hotel Management and Izaki Group Investments have started construction of the NIS300m ($83m) Herod's Hotel at the Herzliya Marina in...

Six Construct secures Bahrain hotel contract
02 November 2011 Six Construct, the Belgian unit of Egypt's Orascom Construction Industries, has secured a $2.5bn contract to build a tower that will house a branch of the Four Seasons hotel chain in...

ADNEC opens Aloft London Excel in UK
02 November 2011 Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced the opening of Aloft London Excel hotel in the...

Full House announces development of new hotel in the US
02 November 2011 Full House Resorts has announced that Rising Sun / Ohio County First and the Rising Sun Regional Foundation have partnered to develop a new hotel at its Rising Star Casino Resort in Indiana, US....

Wyndham Istanbul Kalamis to open in 2012
01 November 2011 The Wyndham Hotel Group has signed an agreement to unveil a second franchised Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property in...

Holiday Inn Manchester installs VingCard Signature locks
01 November 2011 The Holiday Inn Manchester-MediaCityUK has installed VingCard Signature locks, which are powered by the Vision software...

Algonquin Hotel to close for renovation
01 November 2011 The Algonquin Hotel in New York, US, is to close from 1 January 2012 to 30 April 2012 while it undergoes a major...

Interstate acquires Crowne Plaza Tampa East
01 November 2011 US hotel management firm Interstate Hotels & Resorts has acquired the Crowne Plaza Tampa East in Florida, US, through a joint venture with Waramaug Hospitality and a private investment...

October 2011

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Sofitel signs hotel in Singapore
31 October 2011 Sofitel Luxury Hotels has announced the signing of Sofitel So Singapore, its third hotel under the Sofitel So brand....

Chatham and Cerberus complete Innkeepers acquisition
31 October 2011 Chatham Lodging Trust and Cerberus Capital Management have completed the previously announced acquisition of 64 hotels from Innkeepers USA Trust affiliates for $1.02bn....

Pebblebrook reports rise in Q3 RevPAR
31 October 2011 US-based real estate investment trust Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has reported a 1.7% increase in pro forma revenue per available room (RevPAR) in the third quarter of 2011....

W Hotels to install LodgeNet interactive HDTV systems
31 October 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts brand W Hotels has decided to install Envision interactive HDTV systems from LodgeNet at its hotels across the US....

Preferred Hotel to use SuiteLinq technology
28 October 2011 Preferred Hotel Group has selected IT company SuiteLinq to be its North American and European partner for connectivity and management...

Maritim opens new hotel in China
28 October 2011 Maritim Hotels has launched the five-star Maritim Hotel Shenyang in Yuhong,...

White Lodging to open Hyatt Place Austin in 2013
28 October 2011 Hotel developer and operator White Lodging will unveil the Hyatt Place Austin in Austin, Texas, US, in...

Wyndham reports Q3 revenue rise
28 October 2011 Wyndham Worldwide's third quarter (Q3) 2011 revenues reached $1.2bn, a 14% increase on the figure for the same period last...

Rocco Forte to open Abu Dhabi hotel in November
27 October 2011 European hotel brand Rocco Forte Hotels is to open the Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi, the company's first hotel in the Middle East, on 7 November...

IHG to revamp Crowne Plaza brand
27 October 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has revealed its global repositioning strategy for the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts...

Davidson opens Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel in US
27 October 2011 Hotel management company Davidson Hotels & Resorts has opened the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel in Louisiana,...

Hyatt opens hotel in Philadelphia
27 October 2011 Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has unveiled the Hotel Sierra King of Prussia in Philadelphia,...

Wyndham signs agreements for Chinese properties
26 October 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group has signed franchise agreements in China for five new construction hotels under the company's Ramada...

Denver hotel awarded LEED Silver certification
26 October 2011 The 403-room Embassy Suites Downtown Denver/Convention Center hotel in Denver, Colorado, US, has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification from the US...

Virgin Hotels to open hotel in Chicago
26 October 2011 Hotel brand Virgin Hotels is to open the Virgin Hotel Chicago in 2013 in Illinois,...

Ritz-Carlton opens hotel in Saudi Arabia
26 October 2011 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has unveiled The Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, Saudi...

Retaj Hotels reveals Middle East expansion plans
25 October 2011 Qatar-based Retaj Hotels & Hospitality will expand its Middle East portfolio to 20 hotels over the next five...

Autograph Collection to expand portfolio
25 October 2011 Marriott International brand Autograph Collection is to add Hotel ICON in Houston, Texas, US, to its collection of independent...

Accor to double Middle East presence
25 October 2011 French hotel group Accor will double its presence in the Middle East by...

IHG’s US revPAR rises
25 October 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has reported an 8% increase in US revenue per available room (revPAR) for the third quarter of 2011, driven by an occupancy growth of 3% and a rate growth of...

Europe’s H1 2011 investments rise
24 October 2011 Hotel investment during the first half (H1) of 2011 in five core European markets reached €2.5bn, a rise of 29% on the figure for the same period last year, according to a report by BNP...

Hilton reveals 2010 sustainability results
24 October 2011 Hilton Worldwide, with its portfolio of ten hotel brands, has announced the 2010 results of its sustainability measurement system,...

STR reveals Middle East / Africa September hotel development pipeline
24 October 2011 The hotel development pipeline in the Middle East and Africa for September 2011 comprised 481 hotels totalling 130,479 rooms, according to STR's Global Construction Pipeline...

LaSalle records rise in Q3 revPAR
24 October 2011 LaSalle Hotel Properties reported a 6.4% increase in revenue per available room (revPAR) for the third quarter of...

Hyatt Regency New Orleans reopens after post-Katrina renovation
21 October 2011 Hyatt Regency New Orleans in Louisiana, US, has reopened following a $275m redesign after Hurricane Katrina in...

Hard Rock signs Mexican resorts rebrand agreement with Palace Resorts
21 October 2011 Hard Rock International has signed an agreement with Palace Resorts to transform Palace Resorts properties in the Mexican resorts of Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Maya into Hard Rock...

Fairmont adds Pekin Hotel to portfolio
21 October 2011 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has added Moscow's Pekin Hotel to its...

DiamondRock to sell hotels to Inland American affiliate
21 October 2011 DiamondRock Hospitality has entered an agreement to sell three US hotels to an affiliate of Inland American for...

Hilton signs new management agreements in Russia
20 October 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed agreements for four new hotels and a multi-site development agreement with Osnova Development to develop 1,500 rooms in multiple Russian...

Westwind sells two Hampton Inns to Terrapin
20 October 2011 US-based private investment firm Westwind Investors has sold two Hampton Inn hotels in the US states of North and South Carolina to Terrapin...

Mövenpick resort wins Condé Nast award
20 October 2011 Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts' Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea has been ranked as one of the top five resorts in the Middle East in the Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice...

Hyatt introduces Andaz brand in China
20 October 2011 Hyatt Hotels has launched its Andaz brand in Xintiandi, Shanghai,...

Hilton, Al Habtoor to convert Beirut hotels
19 October 2011 Hilton Worldwide is to partner the Al Habtoor Group to convert two hotels in Beirut to the Hilton Hotels & Resorts...

Marriott International to expand Asia Pacific portfolio
19 October 2011 US hotel chain Marriott International is to expand its Asia Pacific portfolio including China, India and...

India’s hotel occupancy rises
19 October 2011 Hotel occupancy in India's cities grew at an average of 1.7% during 2010-11, despite a substantial addition of rooms, according to a study by hospitality business consultant...

Accor to sell French Suite Novotel hotels
18 October 2011 Accor is to sell seven Suite Novotel hotels in France for €77m as part of its asset-light...

US records hotel occupancy rise
18 October 2011 Hotel occupancy in the US increased by 1.5% to 64.4% for the week ending 8 October 2011, according to STR...

DB Hospitality to sell stake in hotel company
18 October 2011 DB Hospitality, a subsidiary of Dynamix Balwas Group in India, is to raise over Rs10bn ($205m) by selling a stake in either the hotel company or any of its three operational and...

AXA completes IBIS London City Hotel acquisition
18 October 2011 European real estate portfolio and asset manager AXA Real Estate has completed the acquisition of the IBIS London City Hotel on behalf of the Co-operative Insurance Society from Mangrove...

Rezidor to open Park Inn by Radisson in Ukraine
17 October 2011 The Rezidor Hotel Group will unveil the Park Inn by Radisson Donetsk in Ukraine in...

Accor to expand in Asia Pacific
17 October 2011 France-based Accor is to expand its Asia Pacific portfolio with the addition of over 200 hotels by...

Worldhotels adds Brazilian hotel to portfolio
17 October 2011 Worldhotels has expanded its South American portfolio with the addition of the Hotel Transamerica Sao Paulo in...

Wyndham adds Bay Point Resort to Florida portfolio
17 October 2011 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has added the Wyndham Bay Point Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida, US, to its resort...

Concord reveals North America renovation plans
14 October 2011 US-based hotel management and development company Concord Hospitality will invest $18.5m this year in hotel renovations in Canada and four US states....

Hyatt affiliates sign agreements for hotels in China
14 October 2011 Affiliates of Hyatt Hotels have signed management agreements for two Hyatt Place properties and one Hyatt House hotel in Shanghai,...

Host Hotels records rise in Q3 revenues
14 October 2011 Real estate investment trust Host Hotels & Resorts reported a 15% increase in owned hotel revenues to $1.085bn for the third quarter of...

Las Vegas MGM Grand to undergo $160m renovation
14 October 2011 MGM Resorts is to carry out a $160m remodelling of its MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada,...

Canada’s active pipeline falls in September 2011
13 October 2011 The number of rooms in Canada's total active pipeline fell by 6.3% with 183 projects totalling 20,945 rooms in September 2011 compared with the same month last year, according to the STR /...

Hotelzon, Ecompter to launch green hotel booking feature
13 October 2011 Hotel distribution technology and booking services provider Hotelzon has partnered with Ecompter to introduce Hotelzon eCO-Impact, a new feature for its online hotel booking...

Hilton launches first hotel in Azerbaijan
13 October 2011 Hilton Hotels & Resorts has opened the Hilton Baku in Azerbaijan, its first hotel in the...

Wyndham reveals India expansion plans
13 October 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group has signed agreements to franchise three hotels under its Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Ramada brands in India, as part of its expansion...

Red Lion signs agreement for third New Mexico hotel
12 October 2011 Hospitality and leisure company Red Lion Hotels has signed a franchise licence agreement for a hotel in Grants, New Mexico,...

MHG to sell hotels to Capital Hill
12 October 2011 Morgans Hotel Group (MHG) and its joint venture partner have entered a definitive agreement to sell the Sanderson and St Martins Lane hotels in London, UK, for £192m ($295m) to Capital Hill...

North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel to open in 2012
12 October 2011 Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, is to partially open in April 2012 following decades of delays, according to...

Sheraton Parsippany to undergo $15m renovation
12 October 2011 The Sheraton Parsippany Hotel, part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts portfolio and located in New Jersey, US, is to undergo a $15m...

Toshali Resorts reveals Orissa hotel development plans
11 October 2011 India-based hospitality company Toshali Resorts, part of TK International, is to invest over Rs1.15bn ($23m) in new projects over the next three...

IHG to open hotel in Uganda
11 October 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to spend $80m on launching a hotel in Kampala,...

Optima, Sage to convert Cleveland Crowne Plaza
11 October 2011 US-based Optima Ventures and Sage Hospitality have partnered to purchase the Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Centre hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, US, and convert the property into a 481-room...

White Lodging adds Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale to portfolio
11 October 2011 US-based hotel development company White Lodging has announced the addition of the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale North/Perimeter Center in Scottsdale, Arizona to its US hotel management...

Far East Hospitality to rename Singapore's Paramount Hotel
10 October 2011 Far East Hospitality, the hospitality arm of Far East Organization, is to refurbish and rename the newly acquired Paramount Hotel in Singapore as the East Village...

Residence Inn by Marriott opens Munich hotel
10 October 2011 Residence Inn by Marriott has launched the Residence Inn Munich City East in Haidhausen, Munich,...

hotelAVE acquires Northland Inn
10 October 2011 Hotel Asset Value Enhancement (hotelAVE) has teamed up with an institutional investment fund to acquire the Northland Inn hotel and conference centre in Minneapolis, Minnesota,...

Regal Hotels partners Poly Guizhou for Guiyang hotel
10 October 2011 Regal Hotels International has partnered with Poly Guizhou Hotel Management Company to manage and operate the Regal Poly Guiyang Hotel in Guiyang,...

Hilton opens New Delhi hotel
07 October 2011 Hilton Hotels & Resorts has launched the Hilton New Delhi-Noida-Mayur Vihar in India under a management agreement with Eros Resorts &...

LaSalle acquires San Francisco's Villa Florence for $67m
07 October 2011 LaSalle Hotel Properties has bought the Villa Florence in San Francisco, California, US, for...

Al Habtoor Group to resume Dubai hotel construction work
07 October 2011 Dubai-based Al Habtoor Group is to resume work on a AED1bn ($272m) hotel project on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai,...

Msheireb Hospitality to manage Park Hyatt Doha
07 October 2011 A Hyatt affiliate has signed an agreement with Msheireb Hospitality, a subsidiary of Msheireb Properties, to manage Park Hyatt Doha in...

Marriott launches Qatar hotel complex
06 October 2011 Marriott International has opened its three-hotel Doha City Center complex in Doha,...

Joie de Vivre merges with Thompson Hotels
06 October 2011 Joie de Vivre Hospitality has merged with Thompson Hotels to create a new global hotel group, provisionally called JT...

Louvre Hotels Group to expand into Central and Eastern Europe
06 October 2011 France-based Louvre Hotels Group is to open 12 hotels in Central and Eastern Europe by the end of...

Hilton reveals Latin America expansion plans
06 October 2011 Hilton Worldwide is to expand into the Latin American...

BHG takes over Royal Tulip Rio management
05 October 2011 Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG) has taken over the management of hotel complex Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro in Sao Conrado, Rio de Janeiro,...

HRI, CWI to reflag Chateau Bourbon Hotel
05 October 2011 HRI Lodging (HRI) and Carey Watermark Investors (CWI) have secured a $22.8m loan from Canyon Capital Realty Advisors for the repositioning and reflagging of the Chateau Bourbon Hotel in...

Wyndham opens Wyndham Grand Orlando hotel in US
05 October 2011 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has opened its first owned hotel, the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, in Florida,...

Chesapeake closes Denver Marriott acquisition
05 October 2011 Chesapeake Lodging Trust has completed the $119m acquisition of the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado,...

Home Inns completes Motel 168 acquisition
04 October 2011 Chinese hotel chain operator Home Inns & Hotels Management has completed the acquisition of a 100% ownership interest in Motel 168 International Holdings for...

DIC sells Ishraq Dubai to Almulla Group
04 October 2011 Dubai International Capital (DIC), the private equity arm of Dubai Holding, has sold hotel operator Ishraq Dubai to diversified firm Almulla...

Accor to step up presence in UK with Jarvis franchise plan
04 October 2011 Accor has signed a franchise agreement with Jupiter Hotels, the new owners of the former Jarvis Hotels, as part of its plans to increase its UK network to 300 properties by...

Shangri-La to open hotel in China
04 October 2011 Shangri-La Asia will open a Shangri-La hotel in Jinan, China, in...

Wyndham to open hotel in Istanbul
03 October 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group has signed an agreement to open the new Wyndham Petek Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey, in the third quarter of...

US records increase in hotel occupancy
03 October 2011 The occupancy rate for the US hotel industry increased by 4.1% for the week ending 14 September 2011, according to data from STR...

ITC acquires stake in Logix Group hotel project
03 October 2011 India-based ITC has acquired a 26% stake in a 275-room hotel being developed by Logix Group in the Indian city of...

Hyatt opens Hyatt Regency Jinan in China
03 October 2011 Hyatt Hotels has opened the 343-room Hyatt Regency Jinan in...

September 2011

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Pacifica to renovate La Valencia hotel
30 September 2011 US-based Pacifica Companies will invest $10m in renovating its recently acquired La Valencia hotel in San Diego, California,...

ITC reveals Gateway brand investment plans
30 September 2011 Indian Hotels Company (ITC), a Tata Group firm, is to spend Rs7bn ($143m) adding 22 new hotels under the Gateway Hotels and Resorts brand by...

Abu Dhabi August hotel occupancy drops 5%
30 September 2011 The number of guests staying in Abu Dhabi's hotels and hotel apartments during August 2011 declined by 5% year-on-year, according to figures released by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority...

IHG unveils Holiday Inn Cartagena Morros in Colombia
30 September 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the Holiday Inn Cartagena Morros in Cartagena, Colombia, its seventh property in the...

Kimpton unveils Hotel Palomar San Diego
29 September 2011 Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has opened its Hotel Palomar San Diego in California,...

Hilton signs Croatian hotel management agreement with BP Pluto
29 September 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with BP Pluto for a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Zagreb,...

South American hotels record revPAR rise
29 September 2011 Hotels in South America registered a 26.8% year-on-year increase in revenue per available room (revPAR) for the year-to-date in August 2011, according to an industry report from STR...

Tune to spend $450m on new hotels
29 September 2011 Malaysian-based Tune Hotels Group is to invest MYR1.42bn ($450m) over the next five years in setting up 90 new...

Hilton launches Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul
28 September 2011 Hilton Worldwide has opened the Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Golden Horn in Istanbul,...

Wyndham to manage Wyndham Grand Foshan Gaoming
28 September 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group, part of Wyndham Worldwide, has signed an agreement to manage the 401-room Wyndham Grand Foshan Gaoming in southern...

Meliá opens second hotel in US
28 September 2011 Meliá Hotels International will open its second hotel in the US in the master-planned community of Celebration,...

Parkway to build hotel in Philadelphia
28 September 2011 Parkway Corporation is to construct a $60m hotel in the Center City district of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,...

Best Western Plus rolled out to the world
27 September 2011 Best Western has announced the worldwide launch of its Best Western Plus brand of...

South India to provide 14,500 more hotel rooms
27 September 2011 A total of 178 new hotels across India's southern states will provide 14,500 new rooms by the end of 2012, according to the Southern India Hotels and Restaurants Association...

US hotel occupancy rises by 5%
27 September 2011 Hotel occupancy in the US increased by 5% to 66.7% for the week ending 17 September 2011, according to STR Global's latest industry...

Kana expands hotel-management portfolio
27 September 2011 Hotel development and management company Kana Hotel Group, which is based in Knoxville, Tennessee, US, has added seven management contracts to its...

Akkeron expands UK hotel portfolio
26 September 2011 UK-based Akkeron Hotels Group has secured a support service contract with Coombe Abbey hotel near Coventry,...

Marriott, Host Hotels begin New York Marriott Marquis renovation
26 September 2011 Marriott Hotels and Host Hotels have embarked on a $39m renovation project on the flagship New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York, US....

Marco Polo to open hotel tower in Philippines
26 September 2011 International hotel chain Marco Polo is to manage a 313-room hotel in the Ortigas central business district of Metro Manila,...

RBS sells Hilton Glasgow City to Topland
26 September 2011 Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has sold the Hilton Glasgow City in Scotland to Topland Group for £35.7m as part of its efforts to dispose of its non-core...

Inland American Lodging sells US hotels to GVM
23 September 2011 Inland American Lodging Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inland American Real Estate Trust, has completed the $30m sale of five TownePlace Suites by Marriott to US-based hotel investment...

Delta to open hotel in Quebec
23 September 2011 Delta Hotels and Resorts will open the Delta Saguenay Hotel and Conference Centre in Quebec, Canada, in the second quarter of...

Choice Hotels to construct first US Cambria Suites property
23 September 2011 Choice Hotels International is to build the first Cambria Suites hotel in Washington DC,...

RIDA to renovate Pittsburgh Radisson
23 September 2011 RIDA Development Corporation is to carry out a $15m renovation of the Radisson Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,...

Lebara Group acquires hotel in India
22 September 2011 UK-based mobile virtual network operator Lebara Group has acquired a property in Chennai, India, from RAS Adyar Hotel for Rs1.1bn ($23m)....

South Africa hotel market suffers from oversupply
22 September 2011 The hotel guestroom supply in South Africa increased by 5.7% every year from the end of 2008 to the end of 2010 on a compound annual growth rate basis in anticipation of the FIFA World...

MIG Real Estate acquires Point Inn & Suites Hotel
22 September 2011 US-based real estate investment firm MIG Real Estate, formerly known as Stoneridge Capital Partners, has acquired the Point Inn & Suites Hotel in Jackson, Wyoming,...

RLH signs franchise agreements with Positive Investments
22 September 2011 US-based hospitality and leisure company Red Lion Hotels (RLH) has signed franchise licence agreements for two hotels owned by Positive Investments in New Mexico,...

Interstate invests in Dutch hotels
21 September 2011 US-based hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts is to invest in a portfolio of nine hotels in the Netherlands....

InSite, Carlyle buy Continental Hotel Bayside
21 September 2011 The InSite Group and Carlyle Group joint venture has purchased the Continental Hotel Bayside in Miami, Florida, US, from RFR Holding for...

AGI to increase Resorts World Manila hotels
21 September 2011 Investment holding firm Alliance Global Group (AGI) is to add four new hotels over the next five years at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City,...

Shangri-La Asia to open new hotel in China
21 September 2011 Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Asia has signed an agreement with Chinese real estate company Huayuan Real Estate Beijing to open a new hotel in Changsha, south-central China....

Hawaii Reserves to build Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Oahu
20 September 2011 Hawaii Reserves has received approval from Honolulu City Council for the construction of a $35m Courtyard by Marriott hotel on North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii. The 222-room project will include...

Blackstone to buy City Inn for $947m
20 September 2011 US-based investment firm Blackstone is to buy hotel operator City Inn and its Mint Hotels brand for $947m. City Inn owns and operates seven Mint hotels in the UK and opened its eighth...

Accor to take over 130 rooms at Hotel Lighter Quay
20 September 2011 International hotel brand Accor has signed a deal to manage the majority of rooms at the 170-room Hotel Lighter Quay in Auckland, New Zealand. The company will manage a minimum of 130 rooms...

STR reveals Caribbean / Mexico hotel development pipeline
20 September 2011 The hotel development pipeline for the Caribbean / Mexico in August 2011 comprises 129 hotels and 18,994 rooms, according to an STR Construction Pipeline report. The region opened ten...

Lindner Hotels installs Fuzionlink channel management solution
19 September 2011 German hospitality group Lindner Hotels has partnered with EZYield to install EZYield's Fuzionlink channel management throughout Lindner's portfolio. Lindner has 34 hotels and resorts...

Kimpton to reopen Philadelphia's Hotel Monaco
19 September 2011 US-based Kimpton Hotel Group is to reopen the 268-room Hotel Monaco in the Center City district of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, in 2012. The 11-storey property will have 12,000ft²...

Macao records increase in July hotel occupancy
19 September 2011 The average hotel occupancy rate of Macao, China, reached 88.9% in July 2011, with four-star hotels leading at 93.1%, according to figures released by the city's Statistics and Census...

G24 Innovations, Skyco secure hotel renovation contract
19 September 2011 UK-based G24 Innovations (G24I) and US-based Skyco Shading Systems have secured a contract with an undisclosed global hotel chain to take part in a major renovation of a flagship hotel. ...

GVM Hotel acquires five TownePlace Suites by Marriott
16 September 2011 US-based hotel investment venture GVM Hotel has bought five TownePlace Suites by Marriott for $30m. Four of the hotels are located in the Texan cities of Austin, College Station and...

Hilton unveils A$700m Surfers Paradise complex in Australia
16 September 2011 Hilton Worldwide has opened its A$700m ($715m) Hilton Surfers Paradise complex on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The 169-room Hilton Surfers Paradise is the eighth...

New Caesars Palace tower starts taking reservations
16 September 2011 Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, has started taking reservations for its new hotel tower, which will open on 2 January 2012. The 668-room Octavius Tower will feature 263,000ft²...

Ariane Systems launches guestroom keycard dispenser
16 September 2011 French technology company Ariane Systems has unveiled its new compact guestroom keycard dispenser. The KeyStation, which comprises a 9 inch digital touchscreen, a 2D barcode reader and...

IHG, Playa Poniente launch Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco
15 September 2011 The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and the Playa Poniente Group have opened the Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco in Guerrero, Mexico. The 224-room hotel features a gym, an outdoor pool,...

US active hotel development pipeline falls
15 September 2011 The US active hotel development pipeline for August 2011 registered a 12.4% decrease compared with August 2010, totalling 2,951 projects with 315,668 rooms, according to the STR/McGraw...

Rezidor to unveil Park Inn Hammamet in 2012
15 September 2011 The Rezidor Hotel Group will open the Park Inn Hammamet in Tunisia in the second quarter of 2012. The property is a rebranding of the Hotel Riu Park El Kebir and will be the group's third...

Ritz-Carlton to double presence in Japan
15 September 2011 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is to develop two new hotels in Japan. The 97-room Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa, which will open in April 2012, will be developed under an agreement with Kanehide...

Marriott installs water cooling technology in Mumbai properties
14 September 2011 The Marriott Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre and Marriott Executive Apartments in Mumbai, India, has deployed 3D Trasar technology for cooling water from Nalco, a sustainability...

Sage Hospitality expands hotel portfolio
14 September 2011 Hotel management and development company Sage Hospitality has added two US properties to its portfolio. The new Sage additions are the 136-room Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and...

Starwood opens tenth Westin hotel in Latin America
14 September 2011 Starwood Hotels and Resorts has launched its tenth Westin property in Latin America, The Westin Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. The 221-room hotel is owned by Heldan Hotels &...

Fairmont Hotels to develop conference centre in Arizona
14 September 2011 Canada-based Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is to develop a $20m conference centre at its Fairmont Scottsdale Princess hotel in Arizona, US. The centre will open in October 2012 and...

Grosvenor House Dubai opens second tower
13 September 2011 Grosvenor House Dubai, a JW Marriott Hotel in Dubai, UAE, has opened its second tower. The second 45-storey tower houses 206 rooms and suites, and features a business lounge, a meeting room,...

Canadian hotel industry reports slight rises
13 September 2011 The Canadian hotel industry reported a 2.1% increase in occupancy to stand at 69.1% for the week ending 3 September 2011, according to data from STR Global. Year on year, the industry's...

Hyatt to develop two hotels in Vladivostok
13 September 2011 An affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corporation has embarked on management deals with OJSC Nash Dom-Primorye for two new Hyatt hotels to be built in Vladivostok, Russia. Both hotels will feature...

White Lodging to manage Hilton Garden Inn
13 September 2011 White Lodging has taken over the management contract of the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Omaha / Old Market in Omaha, Nebraska, US, through an agreement with Apple Real Estate Investment...

Taj Hotels launches third Vivanta hotel in Bangalore
12 September 2011 Indian hospitality chain Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces has unveiled its Rs2.3bn ($50m) Vivanta by Taj hotel in Bangalore, India. The 327-room property is the third Vivanta hotel in the...

Egyptian hotels receive Green Star Certificates
12 September 2011 Twenty hotels in the Egyptian resort towns of El Gouna and Taba Heights have been awarded a Green Star Certificate under The Green Star Hotel Initiative. The scheme aims to improve...

Wyndham to open Days Inn hotel in Thailand
12 September 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group is to develop a Days Inn hotel in Phuket, Thailand. The two-storey, 120-room Days Hotel Phuket Town is owned by Phuket retail firm Winpro The Hotel Company and is expected...

Vienna International to use MICROS technology in European hotels
12 September 2011 Austrian hotel group Vienna International will implement MICROS Systems technology in all 33 of its hotels and resorts, as well as two hotel projects, across Europe. The MICROS OPERA...

Marriott opens Algerian Renaissance hotel
09 September 2011 Marriott International has expanded its Renaissance Hotels portfolio with the opening of the Renaissance Tlemcen Hotel in Tlemcen, north-west Algeria. The 204-room Renaissance Tlemcen...

Ohio Hyatt property to be rebranded a Sheraton
09 September 2011 Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Driftwood Hospitality Management are to rebrand a Hyatt property in downtown Columbus, Ohio, as a Sheraton hotel. The Sheraton Columbus Hotel is owned...

CWI acquires New Orleans property
09 September 2011 Carey Watermark Investors (CWI) has closed a joint venture investment of $45.7m in a New Orleans hotel with HRI Properties. The property, the Chateau Bourbon Hotel, was built in 1849 as the...

Movenpick launches first hotel in India
09 September 2011 Swiss hospitality company Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its first hotel in Bangalore, India. The 182-room Movenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore features a restaurant, a...

IHG to operate four new hotels in India
08 September 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed agreements to operate four new hotels in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Gurgaon in India, all to be operational by 2013. Together, the hotels will...

Starwood to use VingCard locking technology
08 September 2011 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide has selected VingCard Elsafe's Smart check-in programme with advanced RFID technology for one of its newest hotels, the Aloft New York Brooklyn. ...

Wyndham launches Ohio hotel
08 September 2011 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has unveiled the Wyndham Garden Dayton South in South Dayton, Ohio, US, following a five-month renovation. The 134-room hotel features a business centre, a health...

Sheraton Cerritos introduces PURE rooms
08 September 2011 Sheraton Cerritos Hotel, which is located on the border of Los Angeles and Orange County, California, US, has opened ten PURE rooms. According to Sheraton Cerritos, the rooms create...

TNI to overhaul Abu Dhabi hotel
07 September 2011 Abu Dhabi-based investment management and advisory firm The National Investor (TNI) has invested $50m in renovating and expanding its Mafraq Hotel in Abu Dhabi. TNI bought the 121-room hotel...

Hotel chains join forces to lower carbon footprint
07 September 2011 Global hotel chains have teamed up with International Tourism Partnership and the World Travel & Tourism Council to form a carbon measurement group aimed at forging an international...

Hilton opens second hotel at Heathrow Airport
07 September 2011 Hilton Hotels & Resorts has launched the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, the chain's second hotel at Heathrow Airport, London, UK. The 350-room hotel offers 926m²...

Hero Group to enter Indian hospitality market
07 September 2011 Indian motorcycle manufacturer Hero Group is to invest Rs6.5bn ($141m) in developing a five-star deluxe hotel in Gurgaon, India. The 280-room project, part of the company's plans to venture...

Home Inns gets green light to acquire Motel 168
06 September 2011 Chinese hotel chain Home Inns & Hotels Management has received anti-trust approval from the government's Ministry of Commerce for its proposed acquisition of Motel 168 International...

Dubai's hotel occupancy rises to 81%
06 September 2011 Hotel occupancy in Dubai, UAE, increased by 10.5% to stand at 80.8% for July 2011, compared with the same month last year, according to global consultancy firm Ernst & Young. The...

ORIX starts Japanese hot spring hotel operations
06 September 2011 ORIX Real Estate has begun operating the Japanese hot spring inn Tateshina Grand Hotel Takinoyu in Chino, Japan. The 143-room hotel is the fifth Japanese inn operated by the company. ...

Hilton signs franchise agreement with Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe
06 September 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed a franchise development agreement with Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe for the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The 259-room resort...

Hyatt closes $660m LodgeWorks deal
05 September 2011 Hyatt Hotels has closed the $660m acquisition of 20 properties from LodgeWorks and its private equity partners, with one hotel acquisition still to close during the fourth quarter of 2011. ...

Unitech unveils hotels disposal plan
05 September 2011 Indian real estate company Unitech is to sell its three hotels, which are under development, in Gurgaon, Noida and Kolkata. The sale of the hotels, which have a total of 600 rooms, is part...

John Keells to build hotel in Colombo
05 September 2011 Sri Lanka-based John Keells Holdings (JKH) is to construct a LKR2.9bn ($23m) business hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In a joint venture with Sanken Lanka, the new 25-storey, 240-room hotel will...

Alrov to use MICROS technology
05 September 2011 Israel-based Alrov Properties & Lodging has selected MICROS Systems' technology for use in its European and Israeli hotels. Alrov will implement the MICROS OPERA Enterprise Solution,...

HNA to deploy EasyRMS revenue management software
02 September 2011 HNA Hotels and Resorts is to install the revenue management software of Easy (Ez) Revenue Management Solutions (EasyRMS) in two of its hotels: TANGLA Hotel Beijing and HNA Business Hotel...

UK hotels report July occupancy rise
02 September 2011 UK hotels recorded a rise in room occupancy for July 2011, according to figures from PKF Hotel Consultancy Services. In London, room occupancy stood at 92.5% in July, an increase of 0.6%...

Hilton opens first DoubleTree hotel in Romania
02 September 2011 Hilton has launched the DoubleTree by Hilton at Bucharest-Unirii Square, the brand's first property in Romania. The 88-bedroom hotel features a 24hr business centre and 200m² of...

Marriott awards oil-recycling contract to Convert2Green
02 September 2011 Marriott has awarded a contract to Convert2Green and 3663 to collect waste cooking oil from its hotels to then be converted into fuel. Under the agreement, Convert2Green will refine the...

Hilton Worldwide to develop first hotel in Sierra Leone
01 September 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Cape Sierra Hotel Company to develop the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Sierra Leone, Africa. The new 200-room...

Alliance Hospitality to manage Hilton Garden Inn
01 September 2011 Alliance Hospitality is to manage the Hilton Garden Inn Shreveport in Louisiana, US. The 142-room Hilton Garden Inn Shreveport is the 12th Hilton Garden Inn that Alliance Hospitality...

Rezidor to launch Park Inn in Hungary
01 September 2011 Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group will open the Park Inn by Radisson Budapest in Hungary in the fourth quarter of 2012. The new 136-room property, which is under construction, will feature...

Nadathur Fareast acquires Constellation Hotels
01 September 2011 Singapore-based private investment firm Nadathur Fareast has bought Tourast Corporation's Constellation Hotels, a hospitality network across Australia and New Zealand, for $50m. The...

August 2011

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Carlson to expand Park Plaza brand in India
31 August 2011 Global hospitality and travel company Carlson will open its 100th Park Plaza hotel in India by 2015. The new hotel will push Carlson's capacity to almost 10,000 rooms. The company...

Ritz-Carlton agrees to develop Chinese hotels
31 August 2011 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel has signed agreements with Chinese property developer Shanghai Greenland Group for the development of two new Ritz-Carlton hotels in China. The agreement to develop...

Inland American acquires Napa Valley Marriott Hotel
31 August 2011 Inland American Real Estate Trust's wholly owned subsidiary Inland American Lodging has acquired the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa in the US for $72m. According to Inland American,...

Kempinski launches 11th hotel in China
31 August 2011 Kempinski has opened the Kempinski Hotel Huizhou in China, increasing its properties in the country to 11. The 340-room Huizhou features restaurants, bars, lounges, a gym, indoor and...

BHG acquires five hotels from MB Capital Group
30 August 2011 Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG) is to acquire five new hotels in Belem, Brazil, from the MB Capital Group. BHG said the acquisition will add 1,010 rooms to its portfolio of owned and...

Renaissance opens new hotel in Switzerland
30 August 2011 Renaissance Hotels is to open its 300-room Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel in Switzerland under a franchise agreement with SV Group. The 24-storey property is the third Renaissance Hotel...

Citrus Hotels reveals Indian expansion plans
30 August 2011 India-based Citrus Hotels & Resorts is to invest Rs6bn ($131m) over the next three years in doubling the number of its properties to 15 and its hotel rooms to 1,500, according to The...

US hotels record occupancy rise
30 August 2011 The US hotel industry reported a 3.1% rise in occupancy to 67.3%, a 4.4% increase in ADR and a 7.6% growth in revPAR, according to data from STR Global. The states of Michigan, Georgia...

Chesapeake to acquire Denver Marriott for $119m
26 August 2011 Chesapeake Lodging Trust has entered a $119m agreement to acquire the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado, US. The 613-room property features 28,000ft² of meeting...

Accor reveals India expansion plans
26 August 2011 French hotel group Accor will open three hotel brands in India by the end of 2011. The three brands – Formule 1, Sofitel and Pullman – will take the total number of Accor brands in the...

Hilton launches hotel in China
26 August 2011 Hilton Hotels & Resorts has opened its tenth hotel in China, the Hilton Xi'an. It is Hilton Worldwide's first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in north-west China and the company's...

Centara to open first overseas Centra hotel
26 August 2011 Thailand-based Centara Hotels & Resorts is to open the first overseas property of its Centra value brand in Bali, Indonesia, in November 2011. The 90-room Centra Taum Resort Bali, which...

Hilton expands Chinese portfolio
25 August 2011 Hilton Hotels & Resorts has opened its first property in the Chinese city of Guangzhou. The 504-room Hilton Guangzhou Tianhe, which is owned by a subsidiary of Talent Property Group, is...

Mixed results for Middle East / Africa hotel industry
25 August 2011 The Middle East / Africa hotel industry reported a 1.2% decrease in occupancy to 60% during July 2011, according to data by STR Global. The region recorded a 1% decline in its average daily...

Accor reports net profit rise for H1 2011
25 August 2011 French hotel group Accor posted a net profit of €41m for the first half of 2011 compared with a loss of €15m during the same period last year. Accor's consolidated revenue for...

Radisson Blu to open 89th Indian hotel
25 August 2011 Carlson will open a 125-room Radisson Blu hotel in Dehradun, India, in 2014. The new $25m, six-storey Radisson Blu Hotel Dehradun will be the Carlson Group's 89th property in...

Brazil hotel industry reports 17% revPAR increase
24 August 2011 The Brazilian hotel market registered a 17.3% rise in revenue per available room (revPAR) for 2010, according to Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels. Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels executive...

Centara to manage Hotel Ceysands
24 August 2011 Thailand-based Centara Hotels & Resorts is to manage the Hotel Ceysands in Bentota, Sri Lanka. The 84-room property, which is owned by Softlogic Holdings, will have 160 rooms when it...

Chatham, Cerberus cancel $1.1bn Innkeepers deal
24 August 2011 Chatham Lodging Trust and Cerberus Capital Management have cancelled their $1.1bn deal to acquire interests in 64 hotels owned by Innkeepers USA Trust and its affiliates. Chatham and...

BHG acquires Hotel Rio Palace
24 August 2011 Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG) has acquired the 388-room Hotel Rio Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The property, which covers an area of 57,811m², has ten conference rooms to accommodate...

North Point to build dual-branded hotel project in US
23 August 2011 North Point Hospitality Group is to construct a new hotel project, a dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn and a Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel, in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia, US. Both hotels will...

US reports rise in hotel performance
23 August 2011 The US hotel industry achieved increases across three performance metrics for the week ending 13 August 2011, according to data from STR Global. The country's average occupancy climbed by...

IHG, Ricsher open Crowne Plaza Tuxpan in Mexico
23 August 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and real estate group Ricsher have opened the new Crowne Plaza Tuxpan, Mexico, with an investment of $20m. Crowne Plaza Tuxpan has 136 guestrooms,...

St Regis to launch new unit in China
23 August 2011 Starwood's luxury hotel brand St Regis Hotels & Resorts is to unveil the new St Regis Tianjin in China in October 2011. The 276-room, 18-storey St Regis Tianjin is the latest addition to...

IHG to open Holiday Inn Express in Brazil
22 August 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to open a Holiday Inn Express in Rio Branco, Brazil, in November 2013. The 110-room property will be owned by Inter-Oceanica Hotelaria e Turismo under...

Hawaii reports decline in June hotel occupancy
22 August 2011 Hawaiian hotel occupancy fell by 0.7% in June 2011 compared with the same month last year, averaging at 70.7%, according to a Hospitality Advisors report. The highest occupancy was registered...

Hersha to sell non-core hotels to Starwood Capital
22 August 2011 Hersha Hospitality has agreed to sell 18 properties to an affiliate of private investment firm Starwood Capital Group for $155m. With the sale of the properties Hersha hopes to generate...

Sadikoglu Group to build hotel in Iraq
22 August 2011 Turkey-based Sadikoglu Group is to build a $14m luxury hotel in central Basra, Iraq. The 120-room hotel will be built on a 3,000m² area and will feature two restaurants, and...

Crowne Plaza Albuquerque to Open in September
19 August 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group's Crowne Plaza Albuquerque will open in New Mexico, US, in September 2011. The 261-room hotel will open following a brand change from its previous...

Chatham Lodging Closes Mortgage Loan
19 August 2011 Hotel real estate investment trust Chatham Lodging has closed a $15.8m fixed-rate mortgage loan arranged by Sonnenblick-Eichner, a real estate investment banking firm. The non-recourse...

Central / South American July Hotel Pipeline Hits 170 Launches
19 August 2011 Central and South America's hotel development pipeline for July 2011 comprises 170 hotels totalling 27,457 rooms, according to the STR Global Construction Pipeline Report. The report...

Starwood to Launch Sheraton Adana in 2013
19 August 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed an agreement with Serka Turizm to open a new 237-room Sheraton hotel in Adana, Turkey. The property, which is scheduled to open in 2013,...

Travelodge Unveils UK National Park Expansion Plan
18 August 2011 Hotel chain Travelodge is to invest £135m in opening 37 hotels around the UK's 15 national parks. The rural expansion is part of Travelodge's UK expansion plans. The properties will be...

Prudential Mortgage Closes Loan for Outrigger Hotels
18 August 2011 Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, the commercial mortgage lending business of Prudential Financial, has closed a $137.8m loan for Outrigger Hotels & Resorts. The seven-year,...

Westin Alexandria Adopts Telkonet Energy Management Platform
18 August 2011 The Westin Alexandria Hotel has selected energy management technology provider Telkonet's EcoSmart Suite energy management platform for its 341 luxury rooms and seven luxury suites. ...

Rezidor to Rebrand Warsaw Radisson Blu
18 August 2011 The Rezidor Hotel Group is to rebrand the Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel in Warsaw, Poland. Work will begin on the 435-room property in the third quarter of 2011. On completion of...

Winston Completes North Carolina Courtyard by Marriott Renovation
17 August 2011 Winston Hospitality has completed the Courtyard by Marriott renovation in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US. The newly designed 169-room hotel features 1,800ft² of meeting space that...

Roots Corporation Reveals Ginger Hotels Expansion
17 August 2011 Indian Hotels subsidiary Roots Corporation is to open 50 new Ginger hotels within two years with an investment of Rs6bn ($133m). Roots Corporation CEO Prabhat Pani said the new properties...

Amin Construction to Develop Hotel in Maldives
17 August 2011 US-based Amin Construction has secured an order from State Trading Organisation for the development of a 250-room hotel in Hulhumale in the Maldives. The project will cost $7.5m and is...

Belgium Reports Positive RevPAR for First-Half 2011
17 August 2011 The Belgian hotel market has seen positive changes in revenue per available room (revPAR) across all industry metrics during the first half of 2011, according to STR Global. The city of...

Courtyard by Marriott Expands in India
16 August 2011 Courtyard by Marriott is to open its seventh hotel in India. The 179-room Courtyard Pune City Centre is owned by The Advantage Raheja and operates under a management agreement with...

New World Hospitality Reveals Expansion Plans
16 August 2011 New World Hospitality Hotel Management, the hotel management arm of New World Development, is to invest $1.1bn in doubling its hotel portfolio over the next five years, according to the South...

Noble Acquires Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown
16 August 2011 Noble Investment Group has bought the 160-suite Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown / 17th Street in Georgia, US. The hotel is surrounded by 24 million square feet of office space and will undergo...

Hyatt Affiliate to Manage Tanzanian Hotel
16 August 2011 An affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corporation has signed an agreement with ASB Tanzania, a wholly owned subsidiary of Albwardly Investments, to manage the Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro...

Greenpark Hotels Announces India Expansion Plans
15 August 2011 India-based Greenpark Hotels & Resorts is to open properties in Hyderabad and Kakinada in India. The 187-room Marigold in Hyderabad, which will feature a 20,000ft² convention centre,...

Salim Group to Manage Hilton's First Chad Property
15 August 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with Salim Group to manage the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Chad, Africa. The 195-room Hilton N'Djamena is expected to open in 2013. ...

Canada's Hotel Occupancy Declines
15 August 2011 The Canadian hotel industry posted a 1.9% decrease in occupancy to stand at 71.8% for the week commencing 6 August 2011, according to data from STR Global. In year-on-year measurements,...

InterContinental to Expand UK Portfolio
15 August 2011 InterContinental Hotels is to launch another 28 properties in the UK. The new hotels will open in destinations including Southend, York, Newcastle, Manchester, Blackpool, Birmingham,...

Premier Inn Expands UK Portfolio
12 August 2011 Whitbread-owned budget hotel brand Premier Inn is to open three new hotels in Yorkshire, UK. The new deals include a 130-room Premier Inn property in Leeds (Whitehall Road), which has a...

Starwood Unveils Star Hotels Expansion in India
12 August 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts is to invest Rs10bn ($220m) in opening ten Star Hotels across India. Five of the properties will launch before 2014 under Starwood's Aloft brand. Locations for...

Hyatt Launches Hotel in India
12 August 2011 Hyatt Hotels has opened the Hyatt Regency Chennai in South India. The 327-room property will offer more than 20,000ft² of convention and event space, a fitness centre, a lobby lounge,...

Chatham Reports Q2 Net Loss
12 August 2011 Chatham Lodging Trust has reported a net loss of $1.9m for the second quarter of 2011 compared with a net loss of $600,000 in Q2 2010. For Q2 2011, the company reported a 3.3% increase...

Waterfront Hotel Deploys Telkonet Energy Management Technology
11 August 2011 The Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, California, US, has installed a networked EcoSmart Energy Management System from energy management technology provider Telkonet. The system, which...

Marriott, Granite Broadway to Develop New York Hotel
11 August 2011 Marriott International and Granite Broadway Development have signed a franchise agreement to construct a 68-storey hotel building in New York, US. The project will include a 378-room...

Beirut Reports First Half Hotel Occupancy Decline
11 August 2011 Hotel occupancy in Beirut suffered a year-on-year fall of 64.5% for the first six months of 2011, according to data from STR Global. The country's average hotel occupancy rate stood at 50%...

Seneca Gaming to Build US Hotel Tower
11 August 2011 Seneca Gaming Corporation is to build a $53m hotel tower at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca, New York, US. The project will add 200 hotel rooms at the gaming and...

Shuaa Saudi Arabia to Build Hotel in Jeddah
10 August 2011 Shuaa Capital's Saudi Arabian unit is to build a SAR160m ($43m) business hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The 254-room property, which will be managed by Rotana Hotel Management and branded...

Best Western Opens First Hotel in Russia
10 August 2011 Best Western International has opened the Best Western Vega Hotel & Convention Centre in Moscow, Russia, the company's first hotel in the country. The 970-room property features...

Qatar Reports Rise in Hotel Occupancy
10 August 2011 Hotel occupancy rates in Qatar rose by 2% to reach 63% in the first six months of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010, according to a report by the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA). QTA...

Oriental Hotels Expands Indian Portfolio
10 August 2011 India-based hospitality firm Oriental Hotels has revealed its expansion plans, which include the opening of a 180-room Vivanta by Taj hotel in Coimbatore in the Indian state of Tamil...

Canada Reports Rise in Hotel Occupancy
09 August 2011 The Canadian hotel industry ended the week of 30 July 2011 with a 3.4% increase in occupancy to 75.7%, according to STR Global. In year-on-year measurements, the Canadian hotel market's...

Marriott International to Manage Benin Hotel
09 August 2011 Marriott International has signed an agreement with SHRL-Benin to manage the 200-room Cotonou Marriott hotel in Cotonou, Benin. The Marriott-branded hotel will open in 2013 and will be the...

Hyatt to Manage Park Hyatt Hotel in Vienna
09 August 2011 A Hyatt Hotels affiliate has signed an agreement with Signa Holding to manage the Park Hyatt Vienna in Innere Stadt, Vienna, which is scheduled to open in 2013. The 143-room Park Hyatt...

Sands China Signs Macao Hotel Deals with Hilton, IHG
09 August 2011 Sands China, a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands, has signed franchise agreements with Hilton Worldwide and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to launch hotels at its...

Windsor Atlantica Signs Marketing Deals with Utell/Pegasus
08 August 2011 Windsor Atlantica, Rio de Janeiro's newly renovated hotel, has signed a deal with Utell Hotels & Resorts for global representation and marketing, and with Pegasus Solutions for...

St Laurn Hotels Reveals India Expansion Plans
08 August 2011 India-based St Laurn Hotels and Resorts is to invest Rs30bn ($669m) in opening 15 new hotels across India by 2015. The company will open a third of the hotels in the state of Gujarat with...

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Completes Renovation
08 August 2011 The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, US, has completed the $17m renovation of its meeting areas. The hotel offers 92,000ft² of meeting space, 72 meeting rooms and...

Marshall Signs Two Hotel Management Contracts
08 August 2011 US-based hotel management and services company Marshall Hotels & Resorts has signed two management contracts in the Caribbean. Under the contracts, Marshall will manage the...

Marriott to Open Austin Hotel in 2015
05 August 2011 Marriott Hotels & Resorts will open its 1,003-room Austin Marriott Marquis hotel in Austin, Texas, US, in 2015. The hotel, which is scheduled to break ground in mid-2012, will...

Inland American Lodging Acquires Fairmont Dallas
05 August 2011 Inland American Lodging, a wholly owned subsidiary of Inland American Real Estate Trust, has bought The Fairmont Dallas in Texas, US, for $69m. The company will make additional...

Morgans Hotel Group to Manage Bahamian Mondrian Hotel
05 August 2011 Morgans Hotel Group has signed a management agreement for a 310-room Mondrian hotel to be developed at Baha Mar Resort, a 1,000-acre destination resort complex in Nassau, Bahamas. The...

Best Western International Opens British Columbia Hotel
05 August 2011 Best Western International has opened a Best Western Premier hotel in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada. The Best Western Premier in Sooke offers 122 guestrooms and suites, and its...

Jumeirah Group Launches Frankfurt Hotel
04 August 2011 Dubai-based luxury hospitality company Jumeirah Group has opened its first hotel in Europe, the Jumeirah Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany. The new 25-floor, five-star property has 218 rooms...

Richfield to Manage Texas Sheraton
04 August 2011 Richfield Hospitality has signed an agreement to manage the 431-room Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa in Texas, US, on behalf of developer and owner Presidio Companies. The hotel...

Carlson Expands Park Inn by Radisson Brand
04 August 2011 Global hospitality and travel company Carlson is to open the Park Inn by Radisson, Dallas-Love Field Hotel in Dallas, Texas, US. The Park Inn by Radisson brand has grown to nearly 117 hotels...

Sheraton Unveils Agoura Hills Hotel in California
04 August 2011 Sheraton Hotels has opened the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel in Agoura Hills, California, US. The opening of the hotel advances the company's plan to add more than 65 new hotels and over...

Pebblebrook Buys Interest in Six Manhattan Hotels
03 August 2011 Real estate investment trust Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has acquired a 49% interest in a joint venture (JV) that owns six hotels in Manhattan, valued at $910m. The hotels include Affinia...

ENVIRON to Audit Hyatt European Hotels
03 August 2011 Environmental consultancy ENVIRON has announced the signing of a contract with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts for the second phase of the company's European hotel portfolio energy efficiency audits. ...

Kintetsu to Open New Hotel in Japan
03 August 2011 Kintetsu Hotel Systems has reached an agreement with Marriott International to flag a new hotel in Osaka, Japan as Osaka Marriot Miyako Hotel. The hotel is currently under construction...

Concord Hospitality Begins Management of Hilton Property
03 August 2011 Concord Hospitality has announced the addition of the 230-room DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond Downtown in Virginia to its management portfolio. The DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond Downtown...

New World Hospitality Buys Rosewood Hotels
02 August 2011 Hotel management company New World Hospitality is to buy Rosewood Hotels & Resorts from Maritz, Wolff & Co for $229.5m. After the acquisition, Rosewood Hotels will operate as...

Hyatt Regency Sochi to Open in 2013
02 August 2011 Hyatt Hotels is to launch the Hyatt Regency Sochi in 2013 in Sochi, Russia. A Hyatt affiliate entered an agreement with Yug – Novy Vek, a subsidiary of Russian real estate developer...

Starwood Reports Q2 Results Rise
02 August 2011 Starwood Hotels and Resorts has reported an increase in its 2011 second quarter (Q2) net income to $131m, compared with $114m in the same period of 2010. Net income for the first six months...

Abu Dhabi Records Increased Hotel Performance for First-Half 2011
02 August 2011 Abu Dhabi hotels recorded rises across all industry indicators for the first half of 2011, according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). For the year-to-date, hotel guests increased...

Canada's Hotel Occupancy Rises
01 August 2011 The Canadian hotel industry ended the week of 23 July 2011 with a 2.5% increase in occupancy at 74.6%, according to data from STR Global. Year-on-year, the Canadian market's average daily...

Great Divide to Reopen as DoubleTree by Hilton
01 August 2011 Hilton Worldwide and Vail Resorts have signed an agreement to reopen the Great Divide Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado, US, as the DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge after upgrading the property. ...

Strategic Hotels Closes InterContinental Recourse Loan
01 August 2011 Strategic Hotels & Resorts is to close the $145m limited recourse loan secured by the InterContinental Chicago hotel. According to Strategic, the new financing will replace the...

Accor to Sell Paris Sofitel to Private Investors
01 August 2011 French hotel group Accor is to sell its 135-room Sofitel Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, to a consortium of French private investors for €44m. Accor said the sale will be made under...

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IHG Opens Holiday Inn Hotel in Colombia
29 July 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened its first Holiday Inn hotel in Colombia. The 191-room Holiday Inn Bogota-Airport is IHG's sixth property in the country and the first of...

Wyndham Worldwide Records Q2 Revenue Rise
29 July 2011 Wyndham Worldwide registered a 13% year-on-year increase in revenue to $1.1bn for the second quarter of 2011. The company's Q2 net income increased by 20% to $114m, compared with $95m in...

UK Hotels Report Strong June Figures
29 July 2011 Room rates in London, UK, increased year-on-year by 14.2% to £151.32 in June this year, according to PKF Hotel Consultancy Services. Occupancy rose by 1.8% to 89.8%, driving a room...

Centara to Open Khon Kaen Hotel by End-2011
29 July 2011 Thailand-based Centara Hotels & Resorts is to open a property in Khon Kaen, Thailand, at the end of 2011. The new Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Khon Kaen was built by Khon Kaen...

Concord Hospitality to Manage Sheraton Oklahoma
28 July 2011 Concord Hospitality Enterprises has signed a contract to manage the Sheraton Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, US. The 395-room hotel is the latest addition to Concord's growing third-party...

Zinc InVision to Invest $90m in Indian Properties
28 July 2011 Zinc InVision Hospitality, a partnership between Thailand-based InVision Hospitality and Zinc Holdings, the Singapore-based investment arm of Cinnovation, is to invest $90m in 15 Indian hotels...

Wingate by Wyndham Adds Los Angeles Hotel to Portfolio
28 July 2011 Wingate by Wyndham has added the readapted 148-room Los Angeles International Airport hotel in California, US, to its portfolio. The Wingate by Wyndham Los Angeles International Airport...

IHG Extends Management Deal with HPT
28 July 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has consolidated, revised and extended its four existing management deals with Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT) for 130 hotels into one new 25-year...

Wyndham Unveils New Ramada Hotel in Beijing
27 July 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group has launched a new Ramada hotel in Beijing, China. The nine-storey, 344-room Ramada Beijing North is owned by Beijing Changxin Huilongyuan Villas and offers 28 suites. ...

US Hotels Report Q2 Occupancy Rises
27 July 2011 Hotel occupancy in the US increased by 4.5% to stand at 63.4%, its average daily rate (ADR) rose by 3.5% and revenue per available room (revPAR) increased by 8.1% for the second quarter of 2011...

HEI Hotels Acquires San Diego Marriott
27 July 2011 Hospitality investment firm HEI Hotels & Resorts has acquired the 360-room San Diego Marriott La Jolla for $71m from Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors. The hotel was previously managed...

Hotelmanagement-network.com Launches Major Hotel and Cruise Survey
27 July 2011 Hotelmanagement-network.com is launching a major global hotel and cruise industry survey, and we'd like to hear your opinions on the most important sustainability issues for 2011-12. ...

Davidson Hotels to Manage Hyatt Regency Princeton
27 July 2011 US-based Davidson Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement with a Hyatt Hotels Corporation affiliate to manage the 347-room Hyatt Regency Princeton in New Jersey, US. The hotel is...

Blackstone in Talks to Acquire Mint Hotels
26 July 2011 Financial services company Blackstone is in negotiations to buy UK-based hotel group Mint Hotels for £575m. Blackstone saw off a competing bid from US firm TPG for the group, which...

Middle East / Africa Shows Recovery Despite Metric Falls
26 July 2011 The Middle East / Africa hotel industry ended June 2011 with a fall in all three key metrics, with the decline in the South African market after the 2010 World Cup offsetting growth throughout...

Daman to Build Rosewood Hotel in Dubai
26 July 2011 Dubai-based investment management company Daman is to build a Rosewood luxury hotel at the Dubai International Financial Centre in Dubai, UAE. The project was revived by Daman after its...

Perth's Q1 Hotel Occupancy Rises
26 July 2011 Hotel occupancy in Perth, Western Australia, increased to 83% during the first quarter of 2011, up from 80% in the same period last year, according to data from the ABS Survey of...

Chesapeake to Manage Holiday Inn Columbia
25 July 2011 Chesapeake Hospitality has signed an agreement to manage the 175-room Holiday Inn Columbia, located in Columbia, Maryland, US. Approximately $3m will be spent on redesigning the hotel's...

Berggruen Hotels Unveils India Expansion Plans
25 July 2011 Berggruen Hotels, a hospitality chain funded by a US-based private equity firm, is to invest Rs6bn ($135m) in creating 30 new properties across India by 2015. Berggruen Hotels, which...

Canadian Hotel Occupancy Rises
25 July 2011 The Canadian hotel industry ended the week commencing 16 July 2011 with a 3% increase in occupancy to 75%, according to data from STR Global. The country's average daily rate rose by 1.6%...

AXA to Acquire Fonciere des Murs Portfolio
25 July 2011 AXA Real Estate Investment has signed an agreement to acquire a portfolio of six hotels from French firm Fonciere des Murs for €132.9m. Four hotels are in Paris, one in Brussels and...

Strategic Hotels Closes $130m Recourse Loan
22 July 2011 Strategic Hotels & Resorts has closed a $130m limited recourse loan secured by the Four Seasons Washington, DC hotel. Strategic CFO Diane Morefield said encumbering the property...

Oman's Hotel Development Rate Grows by 7%
22 July 2011 Oman's growth in the number of hotels and hotel rooms progressed at an average rate of around 7% per year over the last five years, despite fluctuations, according to figures released by...

Sheraton Crown Center to Undergo $13m Renovation
22 July 2011 Starwood Hotels and Resorts' Hyatt Regency hotel in Kansas City, US, is to undergo a $13m renovation. The 733-room property is scheduled to make its debut on 1 January 2012 and will...

Host Hotels Reports Q2 Revenue Rise
22 July 2011 Host Hotels & Resorts posted a 17% increase in revenue for the second quarter (Q2) of 2011 to $184m and a 14% increase of $264m for the year to date. Host Hotel's net income for Q2...

Hyatt Opens First Hotel in China
21 July 2011 Hyatt Hotels has launched the Hyatt Regency Guiyang in the province of Guizhou, the company's first hotel in south-west China. The property features 366 guestrooms and a Regency Club with...

Hilton Worldwide Signs Management Agreement with Nehru Place Hotels
21 July 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with Eros Group subsidiary Nehru Place Hotels to take over the management of its hotel in Delhi, India. The hotel was rebranded 'Eros Hotel - Managed...

Hotel New Orleans to Undergo Renovation and Rebranding
21 July 2011 The Hotel New Orleans in Louisiana, US, is to undergo a renovation starting the third quarter of 2011 and will be rebranded 'Hyatt Place' in the first quarter of 2012. The hotel was bought...

Kempinski to Launch Hotel in Azerbaijan
21 July 2011 European hotel chain Kempinski Group is to open the Kempinski Hotel Badamdar in Baku, Azerbaijan, in September 2011. According to Kempinski, the new property is one of the group's two...

Carlson Unveils First Country Inns & Suites Property in San Antonio
20 July 2011 Carlson is to expand its Country Inns & Suites By Carlson brand with its first hotel in San Antonio, Texas, US. The 126-room property offers one-bedroom suites, studio suites, a...

Wyndham Completes $1bn Credit Facility Deal
20 July 2011 Wyndham Worldwide has completed a new $1bn revolving credit facility. According to Wyndham, the new facility will mature on 15 July 2016 and replace its existing $980m facility, which...

Jumeirah Group to Adopt Du Telepresense Technology
20 July 2011 The UAE's integrated telecom service provider Du has signed an agreement with Dubai-based Jumeirah Group to provide global Immersive Telepresense Public Rooms in a number of Jumeirah hotels. ...

Harrah Unveils Arizona Hotel Tower
20 July 2011 US-based Harrah has launched a five-storey hotel tower at its Ak-Chin Casino Resort in Maricopa, Arizona, US. The new $20m project offers 152 rooms, including five suites, bringing the...

AKMC Signs Management Agreement with Trading Real Estate Company
19 July 2011 Al Khozama Management Company (AKMC) has signed an agreement with Trading Real Estate Company to manage its 140-room hotel in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The Al Khozama Hotel, Madinah is scheduled...

Jumeirah to Open New Hotel in Abu Dhabi
19 July 2011 Dubai-based hotel management group Jumeirah will open a new five-star hotel in late 2011 at the Etihad Towers development in Abu Dhabi. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers will be the first hotel...

Choice Hotels to Build First Cambria Suites Hotel in US
19 July 2011 Choice Hotels is to build a new Cambria Suites hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota, US. Choice Hotels said Consolidated Construction will be general contractor for the $12.5m, 111-suite...

Strategic Hotels Closes Recourse Loan
19 July 2011 Strategic Hotels & Resorts has announced the closing of a $110m limited recourse loan secured by the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. According to Strategic Hotels, the new...

Hyatt to Acquire 24 Hotels from LodgeWorks
18 July 2011 Hyatt Hotels has signed an agreement to acquire 24 hotels and related assets, including management, franchise and intellectual property rights, for $802m from LodgeWorks and its partners. ...

Chatham Lodging Acquires US Innkeeper Hotels
18 July 2011 Chatham Lodging Trust has acquired five Innkeepers hotels in the US, comprising a total of 764 rooms, for $195m. The hotels include Residence Inn Anaheim, Residence Inn San Diego, Residence...

Interstate to Manage NBB Hotels
18 July 2011 Interstate Hotels & Resorts has been selected to manage six hotels being developed by NBB Development in Sochi, Russia. The hotels, which will provide a total of 1,564 rooms, are...

Canada Reports Overall Market Drop
18 July 2011 Canada recorded falls across three metrics of its hotel industry during the week starting 3 July 2011, according to STR Global. The country's occupancy fell by 1.7% to stand at 68.9%,...

Global Hotel Transactions to Rise 28% in 2011
15 July 2011 Global hotel transactions are to increase by 28% to $34.8bn this year, according to Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels. Lodging transactions increased to $14.8bn in the first half of 2011, up by 117%...

Four Seasons to Expand Portfolio in India and China
15 July 2011 Canadian hotel chain Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts is to operate seven hotels in India over the next ten years. The company currently runs only one Indian hotel, in the state...

Marriott Reports Q2 Profit Increase
15 July 2011 Marriott International achieved a profit of $135m for the second quarter (Q2) of 2011, a 13% increase on the profit for the corresponding quarter in 2010. Marriott's Q2 2011 revenue increased...

Manchester Reports Healthy Hotel Market
15 July 2011 Room yield in Manchester, UK, for May 2011 rose to £61.05, a 7% increase on the figure for May 2010, according to PKF Hotel Consultancy Services. PKF said the rise was driven primarily by a...

Driftwood, Apollo to Pursue US Hotel Acquisitions
14 July 2011 US-based Driftwood Hospitality Management (DHM) has entered a $400m joint venture with Apollo, a real estate investment fund, to acquire US hotels. As part of the joint venture, the...

Jackson Street Signs Milwaukee Hotel Agreement with White Lodging
14 July 2011 Jackson Street Management has reached an agreement with US-based White Lodging Services Corporation to manage the proposed Marriott hotel in downtown Milwaukee, US. The developer also signed...

Chicago Marriott to Undergo $40m Renovation
14 July 2011 Chicago Marriott O'Hare, which is located in Chicago, US, is to undergo a $40m renovation. Under the renovation, the hotel will have new technology installed and its 470 guestrooms and...

Sheraton Stamford Hotel Opens in Connecticut
14 July 2011 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide's Sheraton brand has unveiled the Sheraton Stamford in Connecticut, US. Sheraton said the property is one of 60 hotels the company expects to add to...

Noble, Hyatt Joint Venture Reveal Development Plans
13 July 2011 Affiliates of Noble Investment Group and Hyatt Hotels have formed a joint venture to invest up to $80m in developing Hyatt Place and Hyatt Summerfield Suites hotels. Under the joint venture,...

Agilysys to Provide Technology for Landmark London Hotel
13 July 2011 UK-based provider hospitality software Agilysys (Europe) has secured a contract to provide technology to The Landmark London Hotel in London, UK. The hotel will install InfoGenesis POS...

IHG Unveils Portuguese Palace Hotel
13 July 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened a new hotel, InterContinental Porto-Palacio das Cardosas, in Porto, Portugal. InterContinental Porto-Palacio is a renovated 200-year-old...

Marriott to Develop Panama Resort
13 July 2011 Marriott Hotels & Resorts is to develop the 180-room Casamar Marriott Panama Resort in Panama City, Panama. The five-star resort, operated under a franchise agreement with...

CDL Hotels Holdings to Expand in Japan
12 July 2011 CDL Hotels Holdings Japan, a subsidiary of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, is to invest £113m in expanding its hotel portfolio with the opening of a new property in the Tokyo district of...

Marriott International to Manage Two Hotels in Iraq
12 July 2011 Marriott International has signed agreements with Empire Iraq to manage a 200-room upscale Marriott Hotels & Resorts-branded hotel and a 75-unit deluxe Marriott Executive Apartments property...

Hilton to Open DoubleTree Hotel at Newcastle Airport
12 July 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed a franchise agreement with Cairn Hotel Group to open a DoubleTree hotel at Newcastle International Airport, UK. DoubleTree by Hilton Newcastle International...

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Reveals Multiphase Renovation
12 July 2011 The Grand Hyatt San Francisco hotel, which is located on San Francisco's Union Square, is to undergo a $70m multiphase renovation. The project, which is expected to be completed by 2012,...

Rezidor to Manage Two Hotels in UAE
11 July 2011 Rezidor Hotel Group has taken over the management of the Radisson Royal Hotel in Dubai and the Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah, UAE. Both hotels were previously managed by JAL and are owned...

Middle East Reports Decline in Hotel Occupancy
11 July 2011 Hotel occupancy in the Middle East fell by 1.8% during May 2011 compared with the corresponding period in 2010 to stand at 60.4%, according to data from Deloitte and STR Global. The...

Wyndham Opens First Property in Puerto Rico
11 July 2011 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has expanded its Caribbean portfolio of hotels with the opening of the 107-room Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar in Humacao, its first Wyndham Garden property in...

Accor to Sell Pullman Bercy to Host Hotels
11 July 2011 French hotel group Accor will sell its 396-room Pullman Bercy Hotel in Paris for €105m ($149m) to Host Hotels & Resorts in a joint venture with APG Strategic Real Estate Pool and...

First JW Marriott Opens in Turkey
08 July 2011 JW Marriott, the luxury hotel brand of Marriott International, has opened the JW Marriott Hotel Ankara, its first hotel in Turkey, under a management agreement with Ozkar Insaat. The...

Hawaii Reports Modest Rise in Hotel Occupancy
08 July 2011 Hawaii's hotel occupancy for May 2011 increased by 1.4%, according to a report released by Hospitality Advisors. The occupancy increase is the lowest for 18 months, and was attributed to a...

Accor to Expand Pullman Portfolio
08 July 2011 The Accor Group is to open new properties under its Pullman brand in six countries, including the Netherlands (Eindhoven), Brazil (Sao Paulo), Indonesia (Bali and Jakarta), New Zealand...

Travellers International Plans Five-Star Philippines Property
08 July 2011 Travellers International Hotel Group, a joint venture between Alliance Global Group and Genting Hong Kong, will build a new five-star, 350-room hotel at Resorts World Manila in Newport...

Marriott Unveils Jaipur Marriott Hotel
07 July 2011 Marriott International has opened its 365-room Jaipur Marriott Hotel in the Indian state of Rajastan. The hotel offers seven separate food and beverage outlets, 43,000ft² of...

Hilton to Increase London Portfolio
07 July 2011 Hilton Worldwide is to open two new hotels on London's Southbank, adding over 500 new rooms to the group’s portfolio in London, UK. Owned by The Splendid Hotel Group and to be managed by...

Whitbread to Open 80 Hotels in India
07 July 2011 UK-based hospitality firm Whitbread is to invest Rs5.3bn ($120m) in expanding its hotel portfolio in India by 2020. The company owns and runs two Premier Inn hotels in the country, and plans...

Travelodge Reveals $236m UK Expansion Plan
07 July 2011 Travelodge is to spend £165m ($236m) on opening new hotels comprising 2,198 rooms across the UK. Travelodge has also partnered with clothing retailer Arcadia Group to invest £10m in developing...

Accor Opens Novotel MICE Hotel in Thailand
06 July 2011 Accor has opened the Novotel Bangkok IMPACT, the first Accor hotel in Thailand dedicated to meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions. The property will feature 380 rooms and...

Shangri La Asia to Complete Sri Lankan Hotel Project in 2014
06 July 2011 Hong Kong-based Shangri La Asia will complete its Colombo, Sri Lanka, luxury hotel project by 2014. The completion date was delayed because of the complexity of the design, according to...

Abu Dhabi Hotel Industry Reports Revenue Rise
06 July 2011 Abu Dhabi's hotel industry reported a 6% increase in revenue to $513m from January to May 2011, compared with the same period in 2010, according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. Hotel...

Grange Hotels Deploys HP Networking Solutions
06 July 2011 UK-based hotel group Grange Hotels has selected an HP wired and wireless network to improve communications for staff and customers across its 16 properties. The networking solution will...

Michigan Four Winds Resort Reveals Expansion Plans
05 July 2011 The Four Winds Casino Resort, which is owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, is to add 250 hotel rooms at the property in south-west Michigan, US. Construction of a new...

Best Western to Open Fifth Property in Bangkok
05 July 2011 Best Western is to open its second Best Western Plus hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. The Grand Howard Hotel, which will open in the second quarter of 2012, will have 256 rooms and will increase...

Crestline to Manage Washington Courtyard Hotel
05 July 2011 Crestline Hotels & Resorts has assumed management of the Courtyard by Marriott Washington Capitol Hill / Navy Yard hotel in Washington DC, District of Columbia, US. The 14-storey...

Strategic Hotels Unveils New Credit Facility
05 July 2011 Strategic Hotels & Resorts has completed a new secured and revolving credit facility worth $300m, with an accordion feature allowing an additional borrowing capacity of up to $400m. ...

MICROS Fidelio to Launch Suite8 in Middle East
04 July 2011 MICROS Fidelio, a division of MICROS, is to launch its Suite8 property management system in the Middle East. Suite8 provides independent hotels with a system that caters to the requirements...

Marriott Reveals Indian Expansion Plans
04 July 2011 Marriott International is to launch ten hotels under its luxury JW Marriott brand at various locations across India by 2015. Marriott International vice-president Rajeev Monon said the...

Hersha Hospitality to Acquire Hyatt Union Square
04 July 2011 US-based real estate investment trust Hersha Hospitality has agreed to acquire the 175-room Hyatt Union Square Hotel in New York, US, for $104.1m. The four-star hotel will have 23ft-high...

Vikram Chatwal Opens Dream Downtown in New York
04 July 2011 Vikram Chatwal Hotels has opened the $270m Dream Downtown, a renovation of the Albert C Ledner building in the Chelsea and Meatpacking District neighbourhoods of Manhattan, US. The...

Ritz-Carlton to Manage Oman's Al Bustan Palace
01 July 2011 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has signed an agreement with Oman's Ministry of Tourism to manage the Al Bustan Palace in Muscat, Oman, under its Ritz-Carlton brand. The property...

Skelwith Group to Start Construction on UK's Flaxby Country Resort
01 July 2011 UK-based Skelwith Group will begin the construction of a £100m hotel, the Flaxby Country Resort, in Yorkshire, UK, in July 2011. The five-star hotel, which covers 283 acres of woodland,...

Starwood Expands Gulf Portfolio
01 July 2011 Starwood Hotels and Resorts is to open two new hotels in Medina, Saudi Arabia, as part of its expansion plan in the Gulf region. The new properties, Sheraton Medina Hotel and Four Points...

Appu Hotels to Open Three Properties in India
01 July 2011 India-based Appu Hotels is to invest Rs6bn ($134m) over the next two years in opening three hotels in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Appu Hotels chairman Palani Periasamy said the...

June 2011

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VingCard Launches NFC-Based Locking Technology for Hotels
30 June 2011 VingCard Elsafe, part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, has launched a new locking solution for hotels that uses NFC-enabled mobile phones as virtual guestroom keys. The new solution, based on mobile...

Rotana Opens Centro Sharjah in UAE
30 June 2011 Rotana has opened its 28th property, the Centro Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates. The Centro Sharjah features 306 rooms, meeting rooms, a gymnasium and a swimming pool. Rotana said...

Accor Opens Sofitel Hotel in Guangzhou
30 June 2011 Accor has opened the Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich in China, increasing its hotel portfolio to 20 properties across the country. The hotel is located in the heart of Tianhe, Guangzhou's...

BT Openzone to Provide Wi-Fi and Internet Services to UK Hilton Hotels
30 June 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with BT Openzone to provide a suite of Wi-Fi and internet services across its hotels in the UK and Ireland. The services include Wi-Fi access,...

Abu Dhabi Hotel Occupancy Rises Amid Poor Middle East Performance
29 June 2011 Hotel occupancy in Abu Dhabi increased 17.4% to 64.2% in May 2011, according to data from STR Global. Despite the rise, Abu Dhabi hotels registered a 22.3% drop in their average daily...

Strategic Completes InterContinental Chicago Acquisition
29 June 2011 Strategic Hotels & Resorts has completed the acquisition of the remaining 49% stake in the InterContinental Chicago from an affiliate of the Government of Singapore Investment...

Innkeepers Gets Approval to Dispose Assets
29 June 2011 Apollo Investment-owned Innkeepers has received approval from the US Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, New York, to sell 64 of its 72 hotels to Cerberus Capital Management and Chatham Lodging...

European Parliament Announces Amendments to New Hotel Directive
29 June 2011 The European Parliament has made amendments exempting the hospitality industry from elements of a new Consumer Rights Directive proposal. The directive intends to regulate distance...

Las Vegas Plaza Hotel to Undergo $35m Renovation
28 June 2011 The Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, is undergoing a $35m facelift, its first renovation in 20 years. The renovations include installing more than 45,000 new lightbulbs at the...

Boston's Convention & Exhibition Centre to Expand
28 June 2011 The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has recommended a $2bn plan to expand the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, US, and build a new hotel in South Boston's...

Emaar to Issue Tenders for Marassi Resort Project
28 June 2011 Emaar Properties PJSC, the Egyptian unit of Dubai-based Emaar, is to start issuing tenders for the construction of hotels at its EGP9.92bn ($1.8bn) Marassi project in Cairo. The developer...

RIU Unveils Guadalajara Plaza in Mexico
28 June 2011 Spain-based hotel operator RIU has opened the $110m Hotel RIU Guadalajara Plaza in Guadalajara, Mexico. The new property is the company's second urban hotel in Latin America, and will...

Gaylord Entertainment to Open $800m Colorado Resort
27 June 2011 Gaylord Entertainment is to develop an $800m resort and convention hotel in Aurora, Colorado, US, which will open in mid-late 2015. The Aurora site will be located on 85 acres in LNR...

Omni Installs BelAir Wireless Network
27 June 2011 Omni Hotels & Resorts in midtown Manhattan, New York, US, has implemented BelAir Networks' wireless 802.11N network to provide wireless access to business travellers. AFL installed...

Pebblebrook to Buy Stake in Six Manhattan Hotels
27 June 2011 Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has signed an agreement with Denihan Hospitality Group to invest in a joint venture that owns six luxury hotels in Manhattan, New York, US. Pebblebrook will...

Sheraton to Expand Chinese Portfolio
27 June 2011 The Sheraton brand from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is to add seven hotels to its China portfolio by September 2011. The seven properties will increase Sheraton's China...

Sheraton New York Completes First Phase of Renovation
24 June 2011 The 50-storey Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York, US, has completed the first phase of its $150m renovation. The renovation involved expanding the size of 1,080 of the...

Starwood to Open First Hotel in Azerbaijan
24 June 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed an agreement with Silk Way Airlines to open the Sheraton Baku Airport Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan, in late 2011. Located directly in front...

Beirut Hotels Report 2010 Performance
24 June 2011 The average occupancy rate at Beirut hotels was 54% during the period 1996-2010, the second-lowest rate among 16 Arab cities, according to a survey by HVS. The survey revealed that the...

HCN Unveils Hotel In-Room Technology
24 June 2011 Ottawa-based Hotel Communication Network (HCN) has introduced new in-room technology for hotels and convention planners. The new technology offers information, services and entertainment...

Anantara to Manage Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa
23 June 2011 Thailand-based Anantara has been chosen by Abu Dhabi Tourism Development & Investment Company to manage the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The 224-room...

New World Hospitality to Acquire Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
23 June 2011 Hong Kong-based New World Hospitality has signed an agreement to acquire Rosewood Hotels & Resorts from its owners Rosewood and Maritz, Wolff for $229.5m. Rosewood Hotels &...

IHG Sells Hotel Indigo San Diego to Chesapeake Lodging
23 June 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has sold its 210-room Hotel Indigo property in San Diego, US, to Chesapeake Lodging Trust for $55.5m. Chesapeake funded the acquisition with a loan...

Accor Expands UAE Portfolio
23 June 2011 Accor has revealed a plan to double its UAE portfolio by opening 11 hotels by 2014. With approximately 3,500 rooms, most of the development will be concentrated in Abu Dhabi, with five...

Trump Hotel Collection to Install MICROS Mobile System
22 June 2011 Trump Hotel Collection has chosen new mobile system OPERA2Go from MICROS Systems to provide mobility to its guests. Trump Hotel will initially implement the system in its Soho and...

Omni Nashville Hotel to Open in 2013
22 June 2011 Omni Hotels & Resorts has broken ground on the $250m Omni Nashville Hotel, which is to open in late 2013 in Nashville, US. The 21-storey hotel will be located across from the new...

Global Hotel Pipeline Rises During May
22 June 2011 The global pipeline for new hotel rooms increased in May 2011, with all regions reporting rises in their development pipelines, according to a new report by STR Global. The Asia...

Hilton to Manage Al Hamra Fort Hotel
22 June 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with the Al Hamra Real Estate Development Company to manage the Al Hamra Fort Hotel in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The new hotel,...

Wyndham Adds Tulsa Hotel to Portfolio
21 June 2011 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has added the 315-room Wyndham Tulsa in Oklahoma, US, to its portfolio. The hotel, owned by Tulsa-based Ruffin Hotel, is the second Wyndham property in...

The Peninsula Hotels Partners With Kaba for Door Locks
21 June 2011 The Peninsula Hotels has announced a partnership with Kaba to replace all guestroom door locks in its properties. Kaba will develop and implement a solution that will use its...

Accor Opens Novotel Hotel in Saudi Arabia
21 June 2011 Accor has opened its first Novotel hotel in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, as part of its expansion plans in the country. Located in the Dammam Business Park, the 159-room hotel offers 22 suites,...

Grupo Zarate to Manage First Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Argentina
21 June 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Grupo Zarate to operate the first Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Argentina. The hotel, set to open in the first quarter of 2013, is...

RBS Takes Control of Marriott's UK Portfolio
20 June 2011 The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has taken control of a £1bn ($1.6bn) property portfolio of Marriott hotels in the UK. The bank took over the portfolio after failing to secure a...

Wyndham Increases Ramada Portfolio in Thailand
20 June 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group has signed an agreement to manage a South Sea Resort hotel in Karon, Phuket, Thailand. The hotel is undergoing an upgrade and will open under the Ramada brand at the end...

Macau Reports Healthy Hotel Occupancy in April
20 June 2011 Macau has reported an average occupancy rate of 85.2% in April, according to figures released by the region's Statistics and Census Service. Four-star hotels reported 89.6% occupancy ...

Belle to Raise Funds for Manila Bay Gaming Resort
20 June 2011 Belle is planning to raise PHP5bn ($115.2m) from a stock rights offering to fund the construction of its $750m Belle Grande Manila Bay project in the Philippines. The rights issue will...

Salamander Marina & Beach Resort to Open in October
17 June 2011 Fishing Lodge Cap Cana, the luxury resort development in the Dominican Republic, will open on 1 October 2011 as a Salamander Marina & Beach Resort. Located within a village that surrounds...

Bahagia Investment to Manage Grand Hyatt in Malaysia
17 June 2011 Hyatt Hotels Corporation has entered into an agreement with Malaysia-based Bahagia Investment Corporation to manage Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Located in the Golden Triangle area...

Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco Put Up for Sale
17 June 2011 The 591-room Fairmont luxury hotel in San Francisco, US, is being put up for sale by Maritz Wolff. Atlanta-based Hodges Ward Elliott has listed the property for sale with no asking price. ...

IHG to Expand in India
17 June 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is planning to increase its Indian portfolio by developing 46 properties across Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities in India. Over 70% of these properties will be...

Hawaii Reports Increase in Hotel Occupancy
16 June 2011 Hawaiian hotels have reported an increase in occupancy in April 2011, according to a report released by Hospitality Advisors. The report revealed a 10% increase in visitors from the west...

Bidders Emerge as Mint Hotel Chain Goes on Sale
16 June 2011 UK-based city centre hotel chain Mint is set to be sold in a deal worth £575m ($941.4m). US private equity business Blackstone, property investor London & Regional and a joint...

New World Hospitality Takes Over Management of London's Chancery Court Hotel
16 June 2011 Hong Kong-based New World Hospitality took over the management of the 356-room Chancery Court Hotel, London on 11 June 2011. The property, formerly known as Renaissance London Chancery...

W Hotels Debuts in Russia
16 June 2011 W Hotels Worldwide has debuted its W brand hotel in Russia with the opening of the W St Petersburg. W St Petersburg offers 137 guest rooms and ten suites, restaurant, bar, rooftop lounge,...

Pebblebrook Acquires W Boston Hotel
15 June 2011 Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has acquired the 235-room W Boston hotel in downtown Boston, US, for $89.5m. The hotel features 464m² of indoor meeting space comprising nine meeting rooms, a spa,...

Sofitel to Open a New Hotel in Kunming, China
15 June 2011 Sofitel is planning to open a new 405-room hotel in Kunming, China, in early 2014. The Sofitel Kunming is being developed by Kunming Iron & Steel Holding and will occupy first to third,...

Hyatt Regency Columbus Hotel Completes Renovation
15 June 2011 Hyatt Regency Columbus has completed a $12m renovation at its property in Columbus, Ohio, US. The renovation includes a complete remodelling of guest rooms and corridors at the 633-room...

Sekisui House to Develop Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Kyoto
15 June 2011 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has signed an agreement with Japan-based Sekisui House to develop a new Ritz-Carlton hotel, which is planned to open in Kyoto, Japan, in 2014. Located on...

Wyndham Opens First TRYP Hotel in Colombia
14 June 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide group, has unveiled its first TRYP by Wyndham hotel in Medellín, Colombia. The 140-room TRYP Medellín has become the brand's 14th hotel...

ONYX to Manage Wesley Hotel in Hong Kong
14 June 2011 Thailand-based ONYX Hospitality Group has been chosen by Methodist Centre Limited (MCL) to manage the Wesley hotel in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong from 1 February 2012. Located...

Ritz-Carlton Unveils $2bn Global Expansion
14 June 2011 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has announced a major expansion and development project, representing an investment of more than $2bn. The brand is planning to add properties across the...

TUI Begins Construction of Castelfalfi Resort in Italy
14 June 2011 TUI Resorts & Hotels, a subsidiary of European tourism group TUI AG, has begun construction of the first phase of the €250m ($362.4m) Castelfalfi Resort in Tuscany, Italy. The...

The Dow Hotel Company Acquires New York Hilton Hotel
13 June 2011 The Dow Hotel Company has announced the acquisition of the 304-room Hilton Long Island / Huntington in Melville, New York. The property was bought in a joint venture with Prudential...

Dubai Hotels Occupancy Rises
13 June 2011 Dubai has reported an 8.7% increase in hotel occupancy, raising the overall occupancy to 81.3% during April 2011, according to new figures from Deloitte. The UAE city's hotels saw an...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Expands in Saudi Arabia
13 June 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is set to expand its footprint in Saudi Arabia with the opening of two new hotels in the city of Medina. The two properties will add more than 450...

JW Marriott to Open 12 New Hotels by 2012
13 June 2011 JW Marriott, the luxury hotel brand of Marriott International, has announced plans to open 12 new properties by 2012 to increase its global portfolio to 64 hotels and resorts in 27...

IFA-Led Consortium Acquires Yotel Hotel in NYC
10 June 2011 A consortium comprising IFA, Kuwait Real Estate Company (KREC) and United Investments Portugal (UIP) has secured the financing and closed the $315m acquisition deal with project developer...

Taipei to Get New Boat-Shaped Hotel
10 June 2011 The New Taipei City Government is set to unveil the Fullon Hotel in Danshuei, Taipei City, Taiwan, which is shaped like an ocean liner. Located at Danshuei Fishermen's Wharf in Taipei,...

Wyndham to Strengthen Presence in China
10 June 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide, has signed an agreement to add three Ramada properties to its hotel portfolio in China. The properties include the Ramada Plaza Sanya,...

Renaissance Sao Paulo Launches Virtual Meetings
10 June 2011 The Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel in Brazil has launched 'Virtual Meetings by Marriott', as part of the first phase of a major technology project initiated by the Marriott brand. A total of...

Marriott to Open 50 New Hotels in Next Four Years
09 June 2011 Marriott Hotels & Resorts has announced a global pipeline of nearly 50 new properties that will open across the world in the next four years. The group is planning to open 24 hotels in...

Prism Hotels & Resorts to Manage Sheraton Charleston Airport Hotel
09 June 2011 Dallas-based Prism Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage the 289-room Sheraton Charleston Airport Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, US. The eight-storey hotel is the...

B Hotels & Resorts Adds Continental Oceanfront South Beach Hotel
09 June 2011 B Hotels & Resorts announced the addition of the Continental Oceanfront South Beach Hotel in Miami to its portfolio. The 250-room hotel in Florida, US, is B Hotels & Resorts'...

Dubai's Hotel Occupancy Increases in Q1
09 June 2011 Dubai hotels have reported a 15% increase in hotel occupancy to 81% during the first quarter of 2011, compared to the same period in 2010, according to new data from Dubai Statistics...

LaSalle to Add New York's Park Central to Portfolio
08 June 2011 LaSalle Hotel Properties is to acquire the Park Central Hotel in New York, US, for $405.5m from an undisclosed seller. The 934-room hotel is located on Seventh Avenue, between West 55th...

HEI Hotels Buys Westin Pasadena for $92m
08 June 2011 HEI Hotels & Resorts has acquired the 350-room Westin Pasadena hotel in California, US, for $92m from MGP Office Trust. The property, which was built in 1989, is located on North Los...

Rezidor to Unveil Nigerian Park Inn
08 June 2011 The Rezidor Hotel Group's Park Inn Lagos, Apapa in Nigeria is to open in the first quarter of 2013. The 125-room Park Inn Lagos is the group's seventh hotel in Nigeria. The new Park...

Von Essen UK Portfolio for Sale
08 June 2011 The Von Essen chain of UK country house hotels has been put up for sale for £200m. Christie & Co will facilitate the sale of 27 hotels in the UK, either as a portfolio or as...

Hilton to Open First Hotel in Saudi Arabia
07 June 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Dar Al Bayan Real Estate Development to open its first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The...

Sofitel So Bangkok to Offer Complete Apple Technology
07 June 2011 Sofitel So Bangkok is to install Apple-based digital systems in all its rooms, becoming Asia's first hotel to offer a "fully connected lifestyle", according to the hotel company. All 238...

Gehr Group Buys Manhattan Hotel
07 June 2011 Gehr Development, the real estate division of Gehr Group, has acquired the Four Points by Sheraton Midtown Times Square in New York, US, for $112m. The transaction was part of a $170m...

IHG Expands European Pipeline
07 June 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded its European hotel pipeline, adding 54 hotels comprising 7,874 rooms during the year between June 2010 and May 2011. The hotels are...

Penn National Gaming Buys $231m M Resort
06 June 2011 Penn National Gaming has acquired the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas, US, for $230.5m. M Resort Spa Casino, which is situated on a 90 acres site at the south-east corner of Las...

Marriott Reveals Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Opening Date
06 June 2011 Marriott International is to open the Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, in early 2012. The 212-room property will open under a franchise agreement with Polat Holding. ...

Sheraton Completes Club Lounge Upgrades
06 June 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has invested more than $100m in upgrading its 120 Club Lounges. The Club Lounge upgrade project is the final phase of Sheraton's $6bn...

Accor Unveils Indonesia Expansion Plans
06 June 2011 Accor is to expand in Indonesia with 21 new hotels, which will add 4,526 new rooms to its portfolio. This will increase the company's hotels in the area to 74, including 40 existing hotels...

Qbic Unveils UK Portfolio Plans
03 June 2011 Qbic Hotels is to enter the UK market by launching ten hotels across the country. The company is looking for empty commercial buildings to convert in locations such as London,...

Marina Bay Sands Deploys Passkey GroupMAX Reservation System
03 June 2011 Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore has implemented an online reservation system and event management tool from Passkey GroupMAX for its corporate clients. The Passkey GroupMAX tool...

InterContinental to Open Hotel Indigo in Liverpool
03 June 2011 The InterContinental Hotels Group will open its £15m ($24.6m) boutique brand property Hotel Indigo on 6 June 2011 in Liverpool, UK. The 151-room hotel will be owned and operated by...

Abu Dhabi Records Improved Hotel Performances
03 June 2011 Abu Dhabi reported improved performances across all industry parameters for the first four months of 2011, according to figures released by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. The number...

Radisson Blu to Open in Ethiopia
02 June 2011 Radisson Blu, a subsidiary of the Rezidor Hotel Group, will open a new property in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The nine-storey Radisson hotel will become the third international hotel chain...

W Hotels Worldwide Launches iPhone Application
02 June 2011 W Hotels Worldwide has unveiled a global iPhone application for all of its properties. The new W app will enable hotel booking for W hotels around the world, and is expected to serve as...

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Acquires Viceroy Miami
02 June 2011 Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has acquired the Viceroy Miami in Florida, US, for $36.5m. The 148-room hotel is located in downtown Miami in the ICON Brickell complex, and will continue to be...

Kuwait Hotel Occupancy Rises
02 June 2011 Hotel occupancy in Kuwait increased by 3% to 61% for March 2011 compared with the same period in 2010, according to a report by Al-Tameer Company. For the first half of 2011 the country's...

Carlson, Mortenson to Open Radisson Blu in Mall of America
01 June 2011 Carlson and Mortenson have started construction on a $137.5m Radisson Blu hotel adjoining the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US. Situated on the mall's south side, the...

GHA Deploys Alliance-Wide Technology Platform
01 June 2011 The Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the 300-unit alliance of independent hotel brands, has deployed a technology platform to share guest information globally. The multi-brand system is powered...

Home Inns Acquires Motel 168
01 June 2011 Home Inns & Hotels Management has entered into an agreement to acquire a 100% ownership interest in Motel 168 International Holdings for $470m. Motel 168 is one of the major branded...

Hawaii Hotels Report Occupancy, Room Rate Rises
01 June 2011 Hawaii's hotels reported a 2% increase in average occupancy to 72.5% during the week ending 21 May compared with the corresponding week in 2010, according to data from Smith Travel Research...

May 2011

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Global Hotel Development Pipeline Rises
31 May 2011 The hotel development pipelines for Europe, Asia Pacific, Caribbean / Mexico, Central and South America, and the Middle East / Africa regions increased in April, according to new data by...

US Hotel Recovery to Continue into 2012
31 May 2011 The US hotel industry will continue to recover through 2011 and into 2012, according to the latest US lodging industry forecast by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC). Occupancy and average...

Novotel Unveils Noise-Proof Airport Hotel in Auckland
31 May 2011 The Novotel hotel chain has unveiled the $65m Novotel Auckland Airport hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, which is equipped with high-tech elements to block out noise levels from the nearby airport. ...

Shangri-La to Open Second Indian Hotel
31 May 2011 Asia Pacific luxury hotel group Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has revealed plans to open its second property in the city of Mumbai, India. The firm's first property in the country, in New...

Rixos Residences Palm Jumeirah to Launch in December
27 May 2011 Rixos Hotels is to launch the Rixos Residences Palm Jumeirah, a hotel and residence project in Palm Island, Dubai, in December 2011. The Rixos Residences Palm Jumeirah will include 204...

GrandStay Hospitality Reveals Expansion Plans
27 May 2011 GrandStay Hospitality has opened four conversion hotels under its franchise. The newly launched properties are the Appleton Wisconsin Wingate by Wyndham and the Fort Myers Florida Wynstar...

Orient-Express to Use Pegasus Solutions' Hotel Services
27 May 2011 Orient-Express Hotels has signed a multi-year deal with Pegasus Solutions to use its central reservation system RezView NG, internet booking engine NetBooker NG and private label voice services...

Morgans Sells Royalton and Morgans to FelCor Lodging Trust
27 May 2011 Morgans Hotel Group has completed the sale of Royalton and Morgans Hotels in New York, US, to an affiliate of FelCor Lodging Trust for $140m. The hotels include the 20-storey, 114-room...

Beirut's Hotel Occupancy Declines
26 May 2011 The hotel industry in Beirut, Lebanon, reported a drop in its average occupancy rate for the first four months of 2011, according to an Ernst & Young survey of the Middle East hotel sector. ...

Evolve Guest Controls Joins Z-Wave Alliance
26 May 2011 Wireless consortium Z-Wave Alliance has added Evolve Guest Controls as its new principal member. Evolve offers a system for hospitality customers through Z-Wave energy and device...

Strategic to Acquire 49% Stake in InterContinental Chicago
26 May 2011 Strategic Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to acquire the remaining 49% interest in the InterContinental Chicago hotel for $288.3m. The interest is owned by the hotel's...

Dubai to Launch World's First Fashion Hotel
26 May 2011 UAE-based Al Habtoor Group has partnered with FashionTV to open the world's first fashion hotel in Dubai. Al Habtoor Group will own and operate the five-star property. The notable...

IHG, BCRE to Develop Hotel Indigo in New York
25 May 2011 Brack Capital Real Estate (BCRE), in a joint venture with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has completed the $46m acquisition of 180 Orchard Street in New York, US, to develop a 290-room...

US Hotels Report Performance Improvement
25 May 2011 The US hotel industry saw an improved performance during April 2011, reporting a 4.9% increase in occupancy, a 2.8% increase in average daily rate (ADR) and a 7.9% increase in revenue per...

Northwood Investors to Acquire New York Palace Hotel
25 May 2011 Northwood Investors, a real estate investment advisory company, has signed a contract to acquire The New York Palace Hotel in Manhattan, New York, US, for $400m from an affiliate of the...

Rezidor Debuts Radisson Blu in Nigeria
25 May 2011 The Rezidor Hotel Group has opened its first Radisson Blu hotel in Nigeria. The 170-room Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel is located along the Lagos Lagoon waterfront area of Victoria...

Robinsons Land to Add 30 Philippines Hotels Within Five Years
24 May 2011 Philippines property developer Robinsons Land is to expand its budget hotel business and use at least half of the $317m it raised from a stock rights offer to buy more land for future development....

IHG Unveils Alabama Holiday Inn
24 May 2011 The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the new Holiday Inn Birmingham-Hoover in Birmingham, Alabama, US. The hotel is owned and managed by Galleria Properties under a...

Hyatt Regency New Orleans to Reopen in October
24 May 2011 The Hyatt Regency New Orleans, which has been closed since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is to reopen on 19 October 2011 following a $275m redesign and renovation. The project covers...

Tivus Begins Phase II HD IPTV Installation in Host Hotels
24 May 2011 Tivus has begun the phase II development of its new high-definition (HD) internet-protocol television (IPTV) in-room entertainment system in Host Hotels' properties. Tivus entered an...

Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel Opens After Renovation
23 May 2011 The Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, US, has reopened following a $31m renovation that lasted two years. Renovations to the 600-room hotel included a new Marriott Hotels...

Sheraton Omaha Hotel to Open in October 2011
23 May 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is to open the Sheraton Omaha in Nebraska, US, in October 2011. The opening is part of Sheraton's expansion plan to add more than 60 new hotels and...

Movenpick Hotel Installs Personal Valet Application
23 May 2011 The Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, UAE, has implemented Personal Valet, an in-room guest services application by iRis in all its rooms. Personal Valet enables guests to...

Hyatt Acquires Three Woodfin Hotels
23 May 2011 A Hyatt Hotels Corporation affiliate has acquired three Woodfin Suites hotels in California, US, for $76.5m from O-B Holdings, a joint venture managed by Three Wall Capital. The...

Marriott to Operate Three Hotels in Saudi Arabia
20 May 2011 Marriott International has signed an agreement with Jabal Omar Development Company to operate three hotels in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. The three properties include the 636-room JW Marriott...

MGM Resorts to Expand Asian Portfolio
20 May 2011 Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International is to add 30 new luxury hotels to its China portfolio over the next three to four years. The company's luxury resort unit MGM Hospitality is...

Starwood Unveils First South American Westin Property
20 May 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened its first Westin hotel in South America, the Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center in Peru. Starwood opened the property under a...

W San Francisco Installs LodgeNet TV Platform Solution
20 May 2011 The W San Francisco has become the first hotel in the Starwood Hotels & Resorts group to use LodgeNet Interactive Corporation's TV platform Envision. Envision features a suite...

UK Hotels Report Improved Performance
19 May 2011 The UK hotel industry has reported a 3.8% rise in revenue per available room (revPAR) to £50.67, according to a new report by STR Global. The revPAR increase was a result of an average...

Pinnacle Entertainment to Open L'Auberge Casino & Hotel
19 May 2011 Pinnacle Entertainment is to unveil its casino hotel L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge in Louisiana, US, in mid-2012. The casino hotel will have 206 guestrooms, a rooftop pool and...

Las Vegas Sahara Hotel and Casino Closes
19 May 2011 The Sahara Hotel and Casino, one of the oldest landmarks on Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, US, has closed because of a lack of business after competition from other casino resorts in the city...

DiamondRock Hospitality to Buy Radisson Lexington Hotel
19 May 2011 DiamondRock Hospitality Company is to buy the 712-room Radisson Lexington Hotel New York from a Blackstone-led joint venture for $335m. The joint venture includes Blackstone Group,...

Oberoi Group Prioritises Management Contracts
18 May 2011 The Oberoi Group is to generate 60% of its revenues from hotel management contracts over the next ten years as it shifts its focus from the real estate sector. The Oberoi Group's...

Grand Hyatt DFW to Undergo Renovation
18 May 2011 The Grand Hyatt DFW airport hotel, which is located near Fort Worth, Texas, US, is to undergo a $13m renovation. The four-month project will upgrade the property's 298 rooms, meeting space...

Galaxy Entertainment Opens Macau Resort
18 May 2011 Galaxy Entertainment Group has opened the HK$14.9bn ($1.9bn) Galaxy Macau casino resort in Macau after a delay lasting nearly two years because of the global economic crisis. The...

Rotana Announces UAE Expansion Plans
18 May 2011 Abu Dhabi-based hotel company Rotana Hotels is to develop six hotels across the UAE by the end of 2011. In the emirate of Abu Dhabi, three of the six hotels - Centro Al Manhal, Centro...

21c Museum Hotels to Convert Metropole into Boutique Hotel
17 May 2011 US-based luxury boutique hotel company 21c Museum Hotels has started work on the restoration of the Metropole building in downtown Cincinnati as part of a $50m project. The property will...

US Active Hotel Pipeline Drops
17 May 2011 The US hotel development pipeline dropped 12.2% in April 2011 compared with the previous year, according to the April 2011 STR / McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Pipeline Report. The...

Gloria to Manage Fourth Sanya Resort
17 May 2011 Gloria Hotels & Resorts has signed a contract to manage the Haohanpo Gloria Hotspring Resort Nantian Sanya, the company's fourth resort in Sanya, China. The five-star resort was developed...

HNA Group Buys 20% Stake in NH Hoteles
17 May 2011 China-based airline and logistics company HNA Group has bought a 20% stake in Spanish hotel group NH Hoteles for $614m. The two companies will also set up a joint venture for the development...

Starwood Unveils Westin Resort in Costa Rica
16 May 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened its first all-inclusive resort, The Westin Resort & Spa, in Playa Conchal, Costa Rica. The property, formerly known as the Paradisus...

Raffles to Develop Hotel in Turkey
16 May 2011 International hotel chain Raffles Hotels and Resorts is to invest $175m in the development of a hotel within the Zorlu Center facility, which is currently under construction in central...

Hilton to Complete DoubleTree Renovation in Hawaii
16 May 2011 Hilton Hotels is about to complete a $16m renovation of the DoubleTree Alana Waikiki in Hawaii, US. The renovation includes upgrades to guestrooms and public areas, the installation...

Thayer Acquires Two US Hotels
16 May 2011 US-based hotel investment company Thayer Lodging Group has acquired the 337-room JW Marriott in San Francisco and the 304-room Hotel Palomar in Atlanta. Thayer recently acquired the JW...

Corinthia Opens Five-Star Hotel in London
13 May 2011 Corinthia Hotels has opened a five-star flagship hotel in London, UK. The newly reconstructed flagship 294-room Corinthia Hotel London features two restaurants, a bar and lounge, a...

Summit Completes Three Hotel Acquisitions, Announces Fourth
13 May 2011 US-based hotel investment company Summit Hotel Properties has completed the acquisition of three hotels in the US and announced an additional property purchase agreement. The company...

Joie de Vivre Chooses MICROS Hotel Management Software
13 May 2011 US-based boutique hotel operator Joie de Vivre Hospitality has selected MICROS Systems' MICROS OPERA Enterprise Solution as its hotel management software. The new system will offer an...

Starwood Sells W Chicago to Chesapeake Lodging Trust
13 May 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts has completed the sale of the W Chicago – City Center hotel to Chesapeake Lodging Trust for $128.8m. The 22-storey property is located in West Loop in...

Carlson and Mortenson Complete Radisson Blu Hotel Financing
12 May 2011 Carlson Hotels and construction company Mortenson have completed financing for a 500-room Radisson Blu hotel at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, US. The financing was...

Fairmont to Expand in Indonesia
12 May 2011 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is to expand its presence in Indonesia with the launch of a new hotel in Jakarta in 2014. The property will be developed by Senayan Trikarya Sempana, a...

Bentota Beach Hotel Installs Zhara Hospitality Suite
12 May 2011 Bentota Beach, a luxury hotel property on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, has installed the Zhara Hospitality Suite – a cloud-based hotel management software system created by JKCS. ...

New Mauritius Hotels Reports 17% Profit Rise
12 May 2011 New Mauritius Hotels has reported a 17% rise in first-half profit, with a pretax profit of MUR1.06bn ($36m) during the six months to the end of March. The company's first quarter profit rose...

Rezidor Opens Seventh Hotel in UAE
11 May 2011 The Rezidor Hotel Group has launched its seventh property in the UAE with the opening of its Radisson Blu Hotel in Dubai Downtown, a new mixed use development. The hotel is situated on the...

HMH Expands Middle East and Africa Portfolio
11 May 2011 Dubai-based hotel developer Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH) is to add 11 new hotels to its Middle East and Africa portfolio. The properties include a 216-room hotel in Corp Al Khoory...

Hotel Occupancy Rises in Qatar
11 May 2011 The hotel industry in Qatar has reported a 10% rise in occupancy during the first quarter of 2011, boosted by the Asian Football Cup and other major events held in Doha, according to data from...

SM Hotels Partners with Carlson for Park Inn Hotel in Philippines
11 May 2011 Philippine-based SM Investments subsidiary SM Hotels and Conventions has signed a contract with Carlson to open a Park Inn in Davao City's Lanang district in the Philippines. The 200-room...

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel Opens in London
10 May 2011 Renaissance Hotels has opened St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London's King's Cross following a £150m restoration project at the original site, one of London's most iconic hotels. ...

Real Hospitality Expands Portfolio
10 May 2011 Real Hospitality Group signed on three properties in New York during the first quarter of 2011, increasing its portfolio by 9% in 2011. The expansion includes the 110-room Fairfield Inn...

Rezidor to Expand in Africa
10 May 2011 Rezidor Hotel Group has revealed a plan to expand its operations in Africa with the opening of two Park Inn hotels, one in South Africa and one in Kenya. The new hotels include the 160-room...

Canadian Hotels Report Performance Drop
10 May 2011 The Canadian hotel industry reported a drop in all three performance metrics during the week 24-30 April 2011, according to data from STR. Year-on-year, the Canadian hotel industry ended...

Red Lion to Sell Seattle Hotel to Lowe Enterprises
09 May 2011 Red Lion Hotels has signed an agreement with Lowe Enterprises to sell the Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue in Seattle, Washington, US for $71m. The hotel offers 297 rooms, as well...

HMH Details Sudan Expansion
09 May 2011 Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH) has unveiled a plan to expand its Sudan portfolio by adding four new properties in the country. The company is planning to operate the new hotels...

Veidekke to Build a New Hotel in Norway
09 May 2011 Obos Forretningsbygg has awarded a NOK366m ($69.5m) contract to Veidekke Entreprenør to build a hotel in the centre of Bergen, Norway. The hotel will have a floor area of...

US Hotels Report Performance Improvement
09 May 2011 The US hotel industry has seen improved performance during the week of 24-30 April 2011, with STR Global reporting a 4.4% increase in occupancy, a 1% increase in average daily rate (ADR) and a...

Starwood Hotels to Debut Four Points by Sheraton in Sharjah
06 May 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide plans to further expand its presence in Sharjah with the opening of the 220-room Four Points by Sheraton Sharjah hotel in 2013. The mixed-use...

Cerberus-Chatham JV Wins 64 Innkeepers Hotels in Auction
06 May 2011 Cerberus Capital Management and Chatham Lodging Trust have won 64 hotels owned by Innkeepers USA Trust in a bankruptcy court auction. The two companies will pay just over $1.1bn for the...

Hotel Andaluz Receives LEED Gold Certificate
06 May 2011 The Hotel Andaluz in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, has achieved LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. The 107-room property underwent a $30m renovation in 2009...

Starwood to Open Sheraton Hotel in Dubai
06 May 2011 Starwood has announced a plan to open a new Sheraton hotel in Dubai, UAE, as part of its expansion plan. The new Sheraton Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road Hotel will form part of a three-tower...

Sol Melia to Develop New Hotel in Costa Rica
05 May 2011 Paradisus Resorts, operated by Spanish hotel and resort company Sol Meliá, has announced that it will develop a new property in Papagayo Bay, Costa Rica, by July 2013. The 381-room resort...

LaSalle Buys Novotel Melbourne
05 May 2011 LaSalle Investment Management has purchased the Novotel Melbourne for A$204m ($221m) from Thakral Holdings Group. The contract includes a 380-room Novotel Melbourne on Collins Hotel and...

Accor Considers Selling Lenôtre to Focus on Hotel Business
05 May 2011 France-based hotel group Accor is considering selling catering company Lenôtre to focus on its core hospitality business. Lenôtre operates 64 outlets in 13 countries. Its estimated value...

Jumeirah to Increase its Hotel Portfolio
05 May 2011 Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, is planning to increase its hotel portfolio from 42 to 60 hotels by the end of 2012, according to...

Hyatt Forms Joint Venture for Construction of Texas Hotel
04 May 2011 Hyatt Hotels has formed a joint venture with White Lodging Services to construct and own a Hyatt Place hotel in Austin, Texas, US. A Hyatt affiliate and a White Lodging affiliate will each own...

Ritz-Carlton Unveils Saudi Arabian Hotel
04 May 2011 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has opened its first hotel in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. The 493-room Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh is situated on a 213,500m² site with a 1km...

Global Hotel Investment to Rise
04 May 2011 Worldwide hotel transaction volumes are expected to rise by 30-40% in 2011, reaching $28bn-$30bn, according to Jones Lang LaSalle's Hotel Investment Outlook. According to the report,...

Rotana Unveils Middle East Expansion Plan
04 May 2011 Rotana, a hotel management company operating in the Middle East and North Africa, is to invest $800m as part of its expansion plan to have at least one Rotana hotel in every major city in...

Al Gassar Resort to Open in Q4 2011
03 May 2011 Al Gassar Resort, the new waterfront destination in Doha, Qatar, is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2011 after three years of development. Alongside the St Regis Doha hotel, the...

Starwood to Open Four Points Hotel in Illinois
03 May 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts is to introduce its Four Points brand hotel in Peoria, Illinois, US. The 319-room property, which is expected to open in July 2011, will feature a...

Shaner Acquires Stake in Il Ciocco Hotel & Resort
03 May 2011 Shaner has bought a majority stake in Il Ciocco Hotel & Resort, a 180-room luxury resort in Barga, Tuscany, Italy. The company has formed a new division, Shaner Italia, to own and...

Marriott to Debut Courtyard Hotel in Maui
03 May 2011 A&B Properties and RD Olson Development have broken ground on a new Courtyard hotel in Kahului on the island of Maui, Hawaii, US. The new 138-room hotel is being constructed on a 3.35...

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Hilton to Manage Three Hotels in China
28 April 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed three contracts with New Huadu Industrial Group to manage one Waldorf Astoria hotel and two Hilton hotels in China. The properties include Waldorf Astoria...

LaSalle Sells Stock to Raise Money for Expansion
28 April 2011 US-based LaSalle Hotel Properties has sold seven million shares of common stock in a secondary offering to Goldman Sachs, raising $222.6m. The company also granted the underwriter an option...

Holiday Inn Express to Debut in Indonesia
28 April 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group is to debut its Holiday Inn Express brand in Indonesia in the Legian district of Bali. The hotel will be managed by PT Wismatama Indah Makmur, which is owned by...

Sheraton Completes $6bn Hotel Revitalisation Programme
28 April 2011 Sheraton Hotels and its owners have invested $100m in the refurbishment of 120 Club Lounges in its hotels across the world. Properties included in this project are Sheraton Waikiki,...

Ritz-Carlton to Operate Abu Dhabi Waterfront Hotel
27 April 2011 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) to operate a waterfront hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal features...

IHG Selects Daptiv Project Portfolio Management System
27 April 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has selected Daptiv's Project Portfolio Management (PPM) system to manage its American Operations project management office projects. Daptiv's...

Morgans to Sell Mondrian Los Angeles to Pebblebrook Affiliate
27 April 2011 Morgans Hotel Group has signed an agreement to sell its 237-room Mondrian Los Angeles hotel for $137m to an affiliate of the Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. Morgans is selling the hotel in order to...

Wyndham, MasterBUILT to Develop 75 Microtel Hotels in Canada
27 April 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group and MasterBUILT are to construct 75 new Microtel hotels in Canada over the next 25 years. Led by Jay Westman and Marc Staniloff, MasterBUILT Hotels is a joint venture...

Marriott to Expand Middle East and Africa Portfolio
26 April 2011 Residence Inn Algiers Marriott International has announced a plan to add six new properties to its 37 previously announced hotels in its Middle East and Africa pipeline. The newly...

RateTiger Launches RTSuite Hotel Databank
26 April 2011 RateTiger, a revenue management and online distribution company, has launched the RTSuite Content – its latest hotel technology product. RTSuite Content will function as a live content data...

Four Seasons Unveils Indian Expansion Plan
26 April 2011 Canada-based international hotel operator Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is planning to expand its five star hotel portfolio in India. The company is planning to develop five-star...

Marriott to Open World's Tallest Hotel in Dubai
26 April 2011 US-based hotel company Marriott International has announced a plan to open the world's tallest hotel on Shaikh Zayed Road in Dubai in 2012. The 1,614-room JW Marriott Marquis Hotel will...

Carlson Plans Indian Expansion
21 April 2011 Hospitality and travel company Carlson is planning to expand its Country Inns & Suites portfolio in India to at least 50 hotels over the next 10 years. The chain currently has 11 hotels...

Travelodge to Open 36 Hotels in UK
21 April 2011 Travelodge, the UK-based budget hotel brand, has announced a plan to open 36 hotels linked to pubs as part of its £100m ($167m) expansion plan. The company, which operates more than 450...

Address Hotels + Resorts to Expand in Asia
21 April 2011 The Address Hotels + Resorts, a Dubai-based luxury hotel brand, has signed a management agreement to operate new resort hotel The Address, The Terrace in Bali's Badung Regency, near Nusa Dua...

LA Live Entertainment Complex to Have Two Marriott Hotels
21 April 2011 LA LIVE CFST has signed an agreement with Marriott International for the development of a new 377-room hotel tower adjacent to LA Live, an entertainment complex in downtown Los Angeles,...

Radisson Los Angeles Rebranded as DoubleTree Hotel
20 April 2011 Davidson Hotel Company is to rebrand its Radisson Los Angeles Westside as the DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles-Westside. The hotel will be owned by the Carlyle Group and managed by...

Bahrain Hotel Occupancy Drops due to Civil Unrest
20 April 2011 Hotel occupancy in Bahrain plunged as low as 5% due to violence in the country, according to a new report released by CB Richard and Ellis. Hotel launches across Bahrain have also been...

Sunstone Acquires Majority Stake in San Diego Hotel
20 April 2011 Sunstone Hotel Investors has completed the acquisition of a 75% stake in the joint venture that owns the 1,190-room Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel in California, US. The 30-storey...

Reem Investments to Manage Abu Dhabi Nobu Hotel
20 April 2011 UAE-based Reem Investments has signed a letter of intent to operate and manage the upcoming Nobu Hotel at Najmat, Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, for Nobu Hospitality. The Nobu Hotel will be part...

Overseas Union Enterprises Acquires LCH Hotels
19 April 2011 Singapore-based property owner, developer and operator Overseas Union Enterprises (OUE) has acquired LCH Hotels for S$224.5m (US$180m). As part of the acquisition agreement, OUE is acquiring...

GCC Hotel Revenues to Rise
19 April 2011 Hotel revenues in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are expected to rise by 11% per year to reach $22bn by 2012 and $27bn by 2015, according to a forecast by Alpen Capital. The Alpen...

Movenpick to Manage Hilton Cebu Hotel and Resort in Philippines
19 April 2011 Movenpick Hotels and Resorts, a Switzerland-based hotel management company, has announced that it has taken over the management of the Hilton Cebu Hotel and Resort on Mactan Island, Philippines. ...

Lebanese Billionaire Buys Seven IHG Hotels
19 April 2011 Lebanese businessman Toufic Aboukhater has acquired seven Intercontinental Hotels Group (IGH) branded hotels from Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund VI (MSREF), a real estate investment trust and...

BayStar to Manage Two Hotels in Florida
18 April 2011 Tampa-based hotel development and management company BayStar Hotel Group has signed a contract to manage two US hotels for Bay Cities Bank. The two-storey St Petersburg-Clearwater...

Canada's March Hotel Pipeline Drops
18 April 2011 Canada's hotel pipeline dropped by 3.8% in March 2011 to 193 projects comprising 20,715 rooms, compared with the same month in 2010, according to the March 2011 STR / McGraw Hill Construction...

IHG Opens 38th Holiday Inn Hotel in Costa Rica
18 April 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened a new property, the Holiday Inn San Jose Escazu, in San Jose, Costa Rica. The newbuild hotel has six storeys, 160 rooms, eight meeting...

Westin Copley Place Boston Completes Renovation
18 April 2011 Westin Copley Place Boston, which is located near Logan International Airport, Massachusetts, US, has completed an $18m renovation. The project, which began on 1 November 2010, involved...

Starwood to Debut Element Brand in Canada
15 April 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is to launch its green hotel brand, Element, in Vancouver, Canada, in 2014. The hotel will be owned by Bosa Properties and managed by Atlific...

Starwood to Launch Ten St Regis Hotels
15 April 2011 Starwood Hotels Worldwide is to open ten St Regis hotels across the world over the next 12 months. The expansion includes the 176-room St Regis Bangkok, which will open this month, offering...

Oberoi Group Unveils New Indian Hotel
15 April 2011 Indian hotel operator Oberoi Group has opened a new hotel, The Oberoi, Gurgaon, in New Delhi, India. The company signed a management contract for the new hotel with Orbit Resorts, owner of...

KSL Capital Partners Buys Miami Beach Royal Palm Hotel
15 April 2011 KSL Capital Partners has acquired The Royal Palm Hotel in South Beach, Miami, US, for $130m from an affiliate of Sunstone Hotel Investors. KSL plans to renovate and reposition the hotel...

Pebblebrook Plans Hotel Spending Spree
14 April 2011 Maryland-based lodging investment company Pebblebrook Hotel Trust bought three hotels within the last month and plans to acquire $600m of properties by the end of 2011. The planned spend...

Kingdom Hotel Investments Completes Swissotel Kunshan Sale
14 April 2011 Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI) has completed the sale of the China-based Swissotel Kunshan hotel to Malaysia-based TA Global Berhad for $60.6m. After transaction costs and repayment of...

US Hotel Pipeline Falls by 8.2%
14 April 2011 The US's total active hotel development pipeline for March 2011 fell by 8.2% to 3,095 projects comprising 325,407 rooms, compared with the same month last year, according to the March 2011 STR...

Starwood Unveils Canadian Expansion
14 April 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts is to add new properties to its Canadian portfolio and in 2011 will open its 60th hotel in the country. Later this year, the hotel group will unveil the...

Rezidor to Build London Park Inn Hotel for 2012 Olympics
13 April 2011 The Rezidor Hotel Group is to add a Park Inn hotel to its UK portfolio. The property will be located 6km from central London on Olympic Way near Wembley Stadium. The Park Inn London...

Hotelmanagement-network.com Launches Industry Survey
13 April 2011 To understand what our readers view as the most important business issues for 2011-12, hotelmanagement-network.com is launching a major industry survey covering all its readers worldwide. We...

Marriott Plans First Courtyard Hotel in Mexico City
13 April 2011 Marriott International is to open a Courtyard hotel at Benito Juarez International Airport, Mexico City, Mexico. The 292-room Courtyard Mexico City Airport is expected to open in early 2012. ...

US Hotel Industry Reports Improved Performances
13 April 2011 The US hotel industry has reported improvements in all three key performance metrics for the week 27 March to 2 April 2011. US hotel occupancy increased year-on-year by 12.2% to 60.8%,...

Paragon and Marriott to Develop Canadian Luxury Hotels
13 April 2011 Paragon Development has signed an agreement with Marriott International to develop two luxury hotels near the BC Place multipurpose stadium in Vancouver, Canada. Paragon and Marriott will...

Elite and PHG Launch RFP Management System
12 April 2011 Elite Meetings International and Preferred Hotel Group have launched PHG Meetings, an online RFP management system to bring together corporate sales managers, global sales offices,...

Pebblebrook Buys Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel
12 April 2011 Maryland-based Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has acquired the Westin Gaslamp Quarter hotel in San Diego, California, US, for $110m from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Following...

Royal Orchid to Expand Indian Portfolio
12 April 2011 India-based hotel chain Royal Orchid is to spend Rs3bn ($68m) on opening six new hotels across India by December 2011. The new hotels will add 900 rooms to the company's portfolio of...

Starwood Debuts First Thai St Regis Hotel
12 April 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide opened the St Regis Bangkok, the first St Regis-branded hotel in Thailand, on 5 April 2011. The 47-storey property features 227 guestrooms, including...

New Bribery Act Forces Hospitality Rethink
11 April 2011 UK companies in the hospitality and leisure sector may need to review their perk and kickback policies before the new Bribery Act comes into place on 1 July 2011. The Ministry of Justice...

Starwood to Open First W Hotel in India
11 April 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is to open its first W Hotel in Mumbai, debuting its W brand in India. The hotel is expected to open in 2015 and will be managed by Jaguar Buildcon. ...

IHG, Duet India to Develop 19 Hotels
11 April 2011 IHG has signed a joint venture and 20-year management agreement with Duet India Hotels Group to develop 19 new Holiday Inn Express hotels across India. Under the agreement, IHG will pay...

Hotelmanagement-network.com Launches Industry Survey
11 April 2011 To understand what our readers view as the most important business issues for 2011-12, hotelmanagement-network.com is launching a major industry survey covering all its readers worldwide. We...

Bird Group Acquires London's Royal Park Hotel
11 April 2011 Bird Hospitality Services (BHS), a subsidiary of India-based Bird Group, has acquired Royal Park Hotel in London, UK, from an Irish investment company for an undisclosed price. The Royal...

Hilton Opens First Cape Town Hotel
08 April 2011 Hilton Hotels & Resorts has opened its first Cape Town property, the chain's third hotel in South Africa. The 137-room Hilton Cape Town City Centre underwent a four-month...

Marriott Unveils Russian Expansion Strategy
08 April 2011 Russia Sales Marriott International has launched a new global plan to improve the delivery of its sales and account management services in Russia. The strategy is part of...

Middle East Hotel Investment to Rise
08 April 2011 More than $6bn of hotel projects are expected to be completed in the Middle East by 2013, according to STR Global. The Hotel Show exhibition director Frederique Maurell said that despite...

Starwood to Double India Portfolio by 2015
08 April 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide marked its plan to double its India portfolio with the announcement of its 50th hotel in the country. Starwood's first W hotel in India, W Mumbai,...

Hilton Debuts Ras Al Khaimah DoubleTree Hotel
07 April 2011 Hilton Worldwide has opened its first DoubleTree hotel in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, in the emirate's Al Nakeel business district. The hotel offers 98 guestrooms and 28 one, two and...

Interstate Takes Over Management of 30 Hotels
07 April 2011 US-based hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts has assumed the management of 30 premium-brand, select-service and extended-stay hotels effective from 1 April 2011. ...

SCAD Students to Design IHG Hotels
07 April 2011 IHG has appointed Savannah College of Art and Design's (SCAD) interior design students to design three of its new Staybridge Suites hotels – Staybridge Suites Tyler University Area in...

Hawaii Hotel Occupancy Rises
07 April 2011 Hotels in Hawaii reported 81.7% occupancy during February 2011, up by more than 6% compared with February 2010, with an 11.8% gain in visitors from the US West Coast, a 10.9% gain from the US...

Hilton to Open Garden Inn Hotel in Istanbul
06 April 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement to open a Garden Inn hotel near Istanbul Airport in Turkey. The newbuild hotel will be part of a mixed use office and residential development,...

Wyndham to Manage Three Planet Hollywood Hotels
06 April 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group is to manage three newly built Planet Hollywood properties in Central America, the Middle East and Asia. The proposed hotels will be located in Doha, Qatar; Panama...

Morgans Sells Manhattan Hotels to FelCor
06 April 2011 Morgans Hotel Group has agreed to sell two Midtown Manhattan hotels in New York, US, to an affiliate of FelCor Lodging Trust for $140m. The transaction for the Royalton and Morgans...

Jumeirah Unveils New Shanghai Hotel
06 April 2011 The Dubai-based luxury hotel company Jumeirah Group has opened its first five-star luxury hotel in China at the Himalayas Centre in Pudong, Shanghai. Designed by KCA International,...

Park Hyatt Rebrands Maldives Hotel
05 April 2011 Hyatt Hotels announced that its affiliate has entered into an agreement with Driftwood Maldives to manage the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, the Maldives. The hotel is the first in the...

Hilton Opens Doubletree Hotel in Louisiana
05 April 2011 Hilton has opened a Doubletree hotel near Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, Louisiana. The hotel group is planning a $3m renovation for the 248-room hotel. The...

IHG to Open Largest Holiday Inn in Canada
05 April 2011 IHG will open its 513-room Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre on 6 April 2011. The hotel will be the largest Holiday Inn property in Canada, with 23 floors and 836m² of...

W Hotels to Expand Mexico City Portfolio
05 April 2011 W Hotels Worldwide has announced that it will expand its presence in Mexico City with the opening of its second hotel in the Santa Fe district. W Santa Fe, which will offer views of...

Hilton Debuts Doubletree in Jordan
04 April 2011 Hilton Worldwide has opened a Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Aqaba, Jordan, the first branch of the brand to be launched in the Middle East. The hotel, which overlooks the Red Sea, contains...

W Hotels to Open W Retreat & Spa Kanai in Mexico
04 April 2011 W Hotels Worldwide has announced plans to open W Retreat & Spa Kanai in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The 180-room will be owned by ALHEL and GIM Desarrollos, and designed by architect...

IHG to Sell Two Hotels in US
04 April 2011 IHG has announced its intention to sell two hotels in the US, the 121-room Staybridge Suites Denver Cherry Creek and the 143-room Holiday Inn Atlanta-Gwinnett Place, to Summit Hotel Properties...

Highgate Hotels to Manage Hilton Times Square Hotel
04 April 2011 Sunstone plans to consolidate the management of its 460-room Hilton Times Square with that of the 460-room Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square, under the management of Highgate Hotels. ...

Ritz Carlton Opens World's Highest Hotel in Hong Kong
01 April 2011 Ritz-Carlton has opened the world's highest hotel at the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in Hong Kong. The hotel occupies the 102nd to 118th floors of the ICC and offers 312 rooms...

Hotel Leela Venture Unveils Indian Expansion Plan
01 April 2011 Hotel Leela Venture is to invest Rs1bn ($22m) in the refurbishment of its hotel in Goa in 2011. The Indian hotel group will increase the number of rooms from 186 to 206, add new restaurants...

Sunstone to Sell Royal Palm Miami Beach Hotel
01 April 2011 Sunstone Hotel Investors has reached an agreement to sell the 409-room Royal Palm Miami Beach hotel in Florida, US, for $130m to an unidentified buyer. Sunstone will receive $40m in...

Travelodge to Expand London Hotel Portfolio
01 April 2011 Travelodge, the UK-based budget hotel brand, is to spend £60m ($96.5m) on the addition of eight new hotels to its London portfolio, overtaking Hilton as the biggest hotel brand in the city. ...

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Sunstone to Acquire Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
31 March 2011 Sunstone Hotel Investors has signed an agreement with the One Park Boulevard joint venture to acquire a 75% stake in the 1,190-room Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel in California, US, for $475m. ...

Solis Appointed Manager of Five-Star Doha Hotel
31 March 2011 The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development has appointed Solis Hotels & Resorts to manage the new five-star Solis Doha, which is located next to the Qatar...

Fiesta to Add 900 Rooms in Jamaica
31 March 2011 Spanish hotel group Fiesta is to invest $500m in the second phase of its hotel expansion project at Point, Hanover, Jamaica, which will add 900 rooms to its portfolio. The expansion...

Rezidor to Unveil Istanbul Radisson Blu
31 March 2011 Rezidor Hotel Group is to open a Radisson Blu hotel in Istanbul Sisli, Turkey, in the third quarter of 2012. The hotel will feature 305 rooms, two restaurants, a ballroom, 2,000m²...

Aruba to Embark on $70m Renovation Projects
30 March 2011 The Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association is to invest $70m in renovating hotels on the Caribbean island. The projects include a $30m refurbishment of the 355-room Radisson Aruba Resort and...

Marriott to Launch Residence Inn Edinburgh
30 March 2011 Marriott International is to open a new hotel, the 107-room Residence Inn Edinburgh, Scotland, in October 2011. The property, which will be the first Residence Inn by Marriott in the UK and...

Pebblebrook Buys W Boston Hotel
30 March 2011 Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has bought the W Boston hotel from Sawyer Enterprises's bankrupt affiliate SW Boston Hotel Venture for $89.5m. SW Boston Hotel Venture filed for bankruptcy in April...

Sands China Terminates Shangri-La Hotel Management Contract
30 March 2011 Sands China, Las Vegas Sand's subsidiary in Macau, has terminated an agreement with Shangri-La International Hotel Management to manage two hotels at Parcel 5 of Macau's casino resort development....

Thunderbird Resorts to Sell Peruvian Hotels
29 March 2011 Thunderbird Resorts has entered into a contract to sell two of its hotels for $18m to pay Peruvian-related debt. Thunderbird is to divest four of its six hotels in Lima to reduce...

Sheraton Reveals Expansion Plan for China
29 March 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is to expand its Sheraton brand in China during 2011, representing 30% of the company's total development pipeline. The hotel group will open 25...

Four Seasons George V to Undergo Renovation
29 March 2011 The Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, France, is to renovate its guestrooms at a cost of €20m ($28 m) over the next three years. The renovation will focus on 12 main areas...

Starwood Opens Westin Hotel in Houston
29 March 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened the Westin Houston Memorial City hotel at the Memorial City Complex in Houston, Texas, US. The 267-room hotel is the third Starwood...

Host Hotels & Resorts Acquires Two US Properties
28 March 2011 Host Hotels & Resorts has completed the acquisition of two properties: the New York Helmsley Hotel and the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego for $883.5m. Host acquired the entity that...

Sani Beach Hotel Greece to Reopen Following Renovation
28 March 2011 Sani Beach Hotel in Halkidiki, Greece, will reopen in April after a €15m renovation. The property was converted into a five-star hotel, with 140 renovated junior suites and...

Chatwal Signs Franchise Agreement with Wyndham
28 March 2011 The Chatwal Group has entered into an agreement with the Wyndham Hotel Group to franchise and manage the Dream and Night boutique brands globally. Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh...

Abu Dhabi Hotels Record Increased Revenues
28 March 2011 Hotel revenues in Abu Dhabi increased by 24% in February 2011, boosted by a 90% increase in visitors from Saudi Arabia, according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. Revenues rose to...

Marriott Opens Courtyard Hotel in Indonesia
25 March 2011 Marriott has opened its first Courtyard hotel, Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua, on the southern coast of Bali, Indonesia. The property is owned by PT Peninsula Bali Resort and will be operated...

Accor to Expand Indonesia Portfolio
25 March 2011 French hotel group Accor is to start operating ten new hotels in Indonesia during 2011. The hotels will be located in Bali, Bandung, Banjarmasin, Cirebon, Jakarta, Makassar, Malang,...

Sheraton Renovates Niagara Falls Four Points Hotel
25 March 2011 Sheraton has completed a $60m renovation of its Four Points by Sheraton Fallsview Hotel at Niagara Falls, Canada. The expansion created 126 new guestrooms, increasing the hotel's total...

Hyatt Unveils India Expansion Plan
25 March 2011 Hyatt Hotels affiliates have signed management agreements for nine new Hyatt-branded hotels in emerging cities across India. The agreement covers three Hyatt brands and will bring the...

Hotel Industry Embraces Cloud Computing Online Booking System
24 March 2011 Cloud computing is set to transform the hotel industry's booking system with the announcement that Livebookings has moved 2,000 restaurants to its cloud system, enabling restaurant managers...

Boston Convention Center to Undergo $1.8bn Expansion
24 March 2011 The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority is considering a plan to invest $1.8bn in expanding the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts, US. The project...

Sofitel Unveils Five-Star Cambodia Hotel
24 March 2011 Sofitel is to open a new five-star hotel, Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The $50m property features eight restaurants and bars, a lounge, a 1,800m²...

Marriott to Manage Two UAE Hotels
24 March 2011 MHR-MEA Abu Dhabi Day Marriott International has signed an agreement with Real Estate Group, a subsidiary of Bloom Properties, to manage two hotels in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The two properties...

Dune Real Estate to Buy New York's Mark Hotel Mortgage
23 March 2011 Dune Real Estate Partners has agreed to buy the mortgage for New York's Mark Hotel from Anglo Irish Bank for $190m. Developers Alexico had bought the 84-year-old hotel and invested $200m...

US Hotels Report Occupancy Increase
23 March 2011 The hotel industry in US has reported improvement in all three key performance metrics in the week of 6-12 March 2011. Occupancy increased by 6% to 61.1% in year-over-year comparisons,...

Hotel Hospitality and Design Expo Offers a Glimpse at the Future
23 March 2011 Exhibitors at the Hotel Hospitality and Design expo in Sydney, Australia, have unveiled a range of new technologies for future hotel rooms, including zero-gravity beds, self-darkening glass...

JW Marriott to Open High-Altitude Hotel in Peru
23 March 2011 JW Cusco Lobby Marriott International has announced a plan to open a Marriott Hotel in Cusco, a world heritage site located 11,200ft above sea level in the Andes, Peru. The 153-room JW...

Ren Sanya Marriott Opens Renaissance Sanya Resort in China
22 March 2011 Ren Sanya Marriott International has opened its new 507-room Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa in China on Haitang Bay, recently declared as a protected site along China's National Coast. ...

Warner Bros Plan Harry Potter Hotel
22 March 2011 Warner Brothers, the US film giant, is planning to open a Harry Potter themed hotel at Leavesden Studios in the UK. Warner Brothers have begun a $160m renovation of Leavesden Studios,...

Legends Casino Hotel to Undergo Expansion
22 March 2011 Yakama Nation is planning to invest $90m to expand the Legends Casino, adding a six-story hotel, conference facilities and a spa to its central Washington reservation. The expansion will...

Minor International Offers to Take Over Oaks Hotels
22 March 2011 Bangkok-based company Minor International has made a takeover offer for Oaks Hotels and Resorts. Minor International has already acquired a 14.96% stake in Oaks and will acquire 5%...

InterContinental Santiago Unveils 16-Storey Tower
21 March 2011 The InterContinental Santiago in Chile has added a new tower, making it one of the largest convention centres in the country. The new tower adds 16 storeys to the existing property,...

Osaka Hotel Occupancy Rises Following Quake
21 March 2011 Hotel occupancy in Osaka, Japan, has risen as residents and companies leave Tokyo fearing radiation leaks at power plants after 11 March's earthquake and tsunami. Concerns about radiation...

LaSalle Acquires Viceroy Santa Monica
21 March 2011 LaSalle Hotel Properties has bought the Viceroy Santa Monica hotel in Santa Monica, California, US, for $80.1m. The hotel is subject to a ground lease with the City of Santa Monica,...

MGallery Adds Two Resorts to Thailand Portfolio
21 March 2011 Accor's boutique collection MGallery has added two resorts, the Veranda High Resort Chiang Mai and the Veranda Resort & Spa Hua Hin-Cha Am, to its portfolio in Thailand. Veranda High...

Starwood Unveils Nanjing Westin Hotel
18 March 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts has opened its first Westin hotel in Nanjing, China. The Westin Nanjing in Jiangsu Province offers 929m² of meeting and banquet space, including a...

Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers to Undergo Renovation
18 March 2011 The Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York, US, is to undergo a $150m renovation, including the expansion of all guestrooms and suites. The first phase of the renovation, which...

Scotland Leads UK Hotel Performance
18 March 2011 Hotel industry performance in Scotland improved during January 2011, thanks to a steady flow of visitors, according to PKF. PKF revealed that the country's year-on-year occupancy rose by...

Wyndham to Manage New Hotels in China and Thailand
18 March 2011 Wyndham Worldwide has signed agreements to open and manage a new hotel in Sanya, China, and a hotel in Khao Lak, Thailand. The Wyndham Khao Lak Resort, which is currently under construction,...

Best Western Opens New Hotel in Pennsylvania
17 March 2011 Best Western International has opened the Premier Central Hotel & Conference Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, US. The hotel is Best Western's sixth property to open in North America...

Crowne Plaza Houston Hotel Completes Renovation
17 March 2011 Crowne Plaza has completed renovations at the Houston North-Greenspoint hotel in Texas, US. The renovations included painting the entire building's exterior, enhancing its landscaping,...

Marco Polo to Manage China's Foshan Lingnan Tiandi Hotel
17 March 2011 Marco Polo Hotels and Shui On Land have signed an agreement to manage the five-star Marco Polo Hotel & Residence Foshan Lingnan Tiandi in Foshan, China. Foshan Lingnan Tiandi Hotel...

Hilton to Boost Russian Hotel Portfolio by 2018 World Cup
17 March 2011 Hilton Worldwide is to add nine new hotels in Russia before the 2018 World Cup. The hotels include the 175-room Hampton by Hilton Omsk, which is expected to open in 2013 and will...

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Expands in Rhode Island
16 March 2011 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has expanded its presence in Rhode Island, US, with the opening of its first hotel Wyndham Garden Providence in the state. The six-storey property is located at...

Ashford Joint Venture Acquires Highland Hospitality Hotel Portfolio
16 March 2011 The Ashford Hospitality Trust, in a joint venture with Prudential Financial, has acquired 28 hotel properties from Highland Hospitality for $1.27bn. The acquisition includes 19...

Japan Hotels Hit by Earthquake
16 March 2011 About 37 hotels in Sendai, Japan, are at risk following the powerful earthquake that hit the country last week. The ANA Holiday Inn Sendai, which is operated by the InterContinental...

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Completes Renovation
16 March 2011 The Marriott Rivercenter hotel at San Antonio River Walk in Texas, US, has completed a $20m renovation. The renovation included the refurbishment of guestrooms, corridors and the lounge area. ...

European Hotel Performance for 2010 Improves
15 March 2011 Hotels in Europe reported improved performance for 2010, beating off much of its competition in the top 20 global hotel performance rankings, according to a recent analysis by...

IHG to Manage New InterContinental Hotel in Chile
15 March 2011 IHG has signed a 20-year management agreement with Chile-based Inmobiliaria Punta Piqueros to manage a new InterContinental hotel in Punta Piqueros, Chile. The hotel will feature 140...

JBG Secures Loan to Renovate Sheraton Premiere Hotel
15 March 2011 JBG has secured $50m loan from Mesa West Capital to renovate JBG's recently acquired $84.5m Sheraton Premiere. The 443-room hotel in Vienna, Virginia, US, was acquired by JBG at the end of...

Starwood Opens Arizona's Second Westin Hotel
15 March 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened its second Westin Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona, US. The property is a key element of the Freeport McMoRan Center, which is located at 333...

MIG Acquires Courtyard Marriott Downtown Alberta
14 March 2011 California-based real estate firm MIG Real Estate has completed the acquisition of the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Edmonton hotel in Alberta, Canada, from an undisclosed seller. Adam...

JBG Opens Two Hotels in Virginia
14 March 2011 JBG Companies has opened two new hotels, the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel and Residence Inn Arlington Capital View, in Crystal City, Virginia, US. The Renaissance...

Kurt Neuschitzer to Build Five-Star Romanian Resort
14 March 2011 Austrian investor Kurt Neuschitzer is to build a five-star resort in the mountain city of Busteni, Romania. The project, named Zamora Golf, Ski and Holiday Resort, includes the...

Egyptian Hotel Market to Rebound
14 March 2011 Despite the ongoing political turbulence in Egypt, Cairo's hotel market is expected to return to normal soon, according to STR Global. The Egyptian capital reported a drop in hotel...

Caesars Palace and Nobu to Develop New Las Vegas Hotel
11 March 2011 Caesars Palace Las Vegas and Nobu Hospitality have signed a letter of intent to develop a Nobu-branded hotel, which integrates the Centurion Tower with a restaurant and lounge. The...

Starwood Completes Royal Hawaiian Renovation
11 March 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has completed a $70m upgrade of the Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, on Waikiki beach, Hawaii, US. The 528-room property reopened...

Hyatt to Manage Amsterdam Airport Hotel
11 March 2011 Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement with an affiliate of Hillgate Properties to operate the Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The hotel will...

Starwood Unveils EMEA Expansion Plan
11 March 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts is to open 50 new hotels in Europe, Africa and the Middle East over the next three to five years. Key openings in the region include five new St Regis hotels...

Sheraton Opens New Milan Hotel
10 March 2011 Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has opened a new hotel, Sheraton Milan Malpensa, in Italy. The hotel was designed by King Roselli Architects and Saporiti Hotel Design and offers 433 rooms,...

Best Western Unveils Indian Expansion
10 March 2011 US-based hotel group Best Western is to open 100 hotels comprising 10,000 rooms in India by 2017. Out of these properties, 20 will be of the five-star category and opened under the Best...

Marriott to Launch New Brand In Europe
10 March 2011 Marriott International is to unveil its new brand, Autograph Collection, with the opening of four hotels in Spain as part of its plan to double its European portfolio by 2015. The...

Wyndham to Manage UK's First Ramada Encore
10 March 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group has signed a £17m ($27.5m) construction deal with Quays Hotels to develop a new Ramada Encore property in Gateshead, UK. The hotel will be managed by Wyndham Hotel...

Bankrupt MSR Resorts Seeks Funding
09 March 2011 MSR Resorts, the bankrupt owner of five resorts in the US, has sought permission from a US court to borrow $30m from its affiliates Paulson and Five Mile Capital Partners, which control...

Anantara Poised to Unveil Bangkok Hotel
09 March 2011 Anantara Hotels & Resorts is to launch its urban hotel Anantara Bangkok Sathorn later this month. The hotel will be located near the new Anantara Bangkok Sathorn, which is...

Skyline Buys Deerhurst Resort
09 March 2011 Skyline Hotels & Resorts has acquired the 425-room Deerhurst Resort in Muskoka, Canada. The hotel was bought from Connecticut's Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, but the deal's details...

Maldives and Mauritius Report Increases in Hotel Demand
09 March 2011 Hotel occupancy for 2010 rose by 17% in Mauritius and 8.6% in the Maldives from 2009's occupancy figures, according to data from STR Global. Demand for hotel rooms has almost returned...

San Diego Marriott Completes Renovation
08 March 2011 San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina in California, US, has completed a $200m renovation. San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina includes 1,360 guestrooms, 22,860m² of meeting space...

Middle East Hotels Report Record Room Rates Drop for 2010
08 March 2011 The Middle East recorded the greatest regional decrease in average room rates in 2010 due to economic problems, according to a Hogg Robinson Group survey. Abu Dhabi, which was ranked second...

Hilton Unveils European Pipeline Projects
08 March 2011 Hilton Worldwide has 90 hotels in its pipeline for Europe, comprising 15,000 rooms. Hilton will add three new brands in Germany, including the economy brand Hampton, the luxury brand...

Rezidor Unveils Hotel Missoni Kuwait
08 March 2011 The Rezidor Hotel Group has opened Hotel Missoni Kuwait in collaboration with Italian fashion house Missoni. The hotel, Rezidor's second property with Missoni, features 169 sea-facing...

CDL Hospitality to Buy Singapore's Studio M Hotel
07 March 2011 CDL Hospitality Trust is to buy the Studio M Hotel in Singapore from Millennium & Copthorne Hotels for S$154m ($121m). The acquisition could be partly or wholly refinanced with...

Wyndham Hotel to Launch Days Inn Brand in India
07 March 2011 The Wyndham Hotel Group is to launch its Days Inn brand in India by opening three properties. The three new hotels include a five-storey, 48-room Days Hotel Neemrana, which is scheduled to...

Palestine Hotel Occupancy Rises
07 March 2011 Hotel occupancy in Palestine increased by 24% during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2010, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). Room occupancy reached 41% in...

Pullman Opens New Bali Hotel
07 March 2011 Pullman Hotels has opened the five-star Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana hotel in Bali, Indonesia. Pullman has opened 140 of the property's 353 rooms and plans to open the remaining rooms within...

Pinnacle's Baton Rouge Casino Opening Delayed
04 March 2011 Pinnacle Entertainment is to delay the opening of the $357m Baton Rouge casino hotel in Louisiana, US, to 2012 instead of the original planned date of December 2011. The company said the...

Las Vegas Sands to Develop $20bn Spanish Resort
04 March 2011 Las Vegas Sands Corporation is to develop a new casino resort in Spain. The development will be situated in either Barcelona or Madrid and will require an investment of €15bn ($20.3bn). ...

EMEA Hotel Investment Doubles
04 March 2011 Hotel investment in Europe, the Middle East and Africa more than doubled in 2010, from £2.5bn ($4bn) to £6.5bn ($10.5bn), according to the 'Hotel Investment Outlook' report by Jones Lang...

Dubai Marina Hotel Up for Sale
04 March 2011 A Dubai-based real estate agent is to sell a 22-storey hotel in Dubai Marina, UAE, for AED350m ($95m). The 140,921m² property includes 22 studio apartments, 74 one-bedroom apartments,...

Hilton to Open Hotel in Rwanda
03 March 2011 Hilton Hotels has announced plans to invest $30m to open a 160-room hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. In addition, Hilton will partner with Opulent Hotel group build luxury apartments alongside...

IHG to Manage Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort in Thailand
03 March 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed an agreement with Thai company Elite Villa to debut its resort brand in Koh Samui, Thailand. Under the agreement the Baan Taling Ngam Resort...

Kenya to Sell Seven Hotels to Single Investor
03 March 2011 Kenya is planning to sell seven of 11 for-sale hotels to a single investor. The Kenyan Government announced plans to sell its stakes in 11 hotels managed by Kenya Tourist...

Hotel Room Numbers to Rise in Ukraine Capital Ahead of Euro 2012
03 March 2011 Ukraine's capital Kiev is expected to see the addition of nine hotels and 1,683 rooms ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer championship. According to Union of European Football Association...

Hilton to Manage Two Hotels in China
02 March 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with Zhejiang Jiacheng Holding Group of China to manage two hotels in China. Under the agreement, Hilton will open a Garden Inn Hotel and a Double...

Choice Hotels Expands in Europe
02 March 2011 Choice Hotels International opened 40 hotels in Europe during 2010, including 25 hotels in France, comprising 16 comfort brands, eight quality and a Clarion brand hotel. The other hotels...

Hilton Opens Fourth Hotel In India
02 March 2011 Hilton Worldwide has opened its fourth hotel in Chennai, India. The five-star property was built at a cost of Rs4bn ($87.8m) and offers 204 guest rooms, 2,133.6m² of event space. ...

Canadian Hotels Report Mixed Results
02 March 2011 The Canadian hotel industry has reported mixed results in three key performance measures during the week ending 19 February 2011, according to the new data from STR Global. According to...

BHI Expands in MENA Region
01 March 2011 Germany-based Bavaria Hotels International (BHI) is planning add 2,314 hotel rooms in two years in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The expansion includes the 420-room...

Meruelo Group to Buy Grand Sierra Resort in Nevada
01 March 2011 The Meruelo Group plans to acquire the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, a resort-hotel located in downtown Reno, Nevada, US, from Credit Markets Real Estate, a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase, for...

IHG to Open an Indigo Hotel in Thailand
01 March 2011 Intercontinental Hotel has announced plans to open a boutique brand hotel, the Indigo Phuket Naithon Beach Resort, in Phuket, Thailand. IHG will manage the hotel for Thailand-based owner...

Interstate JV to Acquire Sheraton Denver Tech Center Hotel
01 March 2011 Interstate Hotels and Resorts plans to form a joint venture with Waramaug Hospitality to acquire the Sheraton Denver Tech Center hotel in Colorado, US, for an undisclosed price. Following...

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KHC to Open Second Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh
28 February 2011 Kingdom Holding Company is to develop a second Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at the Kingdom Oasis in Saudi Arabia. The hotel will be part of 3.8 million cubic metres residential development in...

Marriott Embarks on European Expansion
28 February 2011 Marriott International is to add three new hotels in France, Germany and Poland. Marriott's European expansion includes the 124-room Courtyard Montpellier in France, the 139-room...

Ayala to Open Five Boutique Hotels in Philippines
28 February 2011 Ayala Hotels and Resorts, an affiliate of Philippines-based Ayala Land, is to open five boutique hotels, each costing between PHP650m ($15m) and PHP850m ($19.4m). The hotel group is to open...

Accor Reports Profit Rise
28 February 2011 Accor reported a profit of €3.61bn ($4.95bn) in 2010, compared with a loss of €282m ($390.8m) in 2009. The French hotel group's full year earnings before interest and taxes rose...

Second Ibis Planned for Saudi Arabia
25 February 2011 Accor has signed a management agreement with His Highness Prince Abdullah Bin Saud Bin Mohammed Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to develop a second Ibis Hotel in Yanbu. The new hotel will offer...

Accor Plans Hotel Assets Divestment
25 February 2011 Accor is to dispose of its assets in a bid to cut $1.6bn of debt in 2011 / 12. As part of its divestment plan, the French hotel group will sell more than 450 hotels and plans to operate...

Morgan Stanley to Sell Chinese Motel Chain
25 February 2011 Morgan Stanley has unveiled a plan to sell the Chinese motel chain Shanghai Motel through a deal that is expected to fetch $1bn. In 2006, Morgan Stanley spent $20m on a 20% stake of...

EIBC to Fund Bahamas Resort Project
25 February 2011 The Export Import Bank of China is to fund the $3bn resort project planned by Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas. China State Construction and Engineering will be the general contractor of the...

Baha Mar Breaks Ground at $3.4bn Resort
24 February 2011 Baha Mar has started a $3.4bn resort project on the Bahamian Riviera, Bahamas, which will include hotels and a gaming and entertainment complex. The project includes hotels from Rosewood...

Middle East, Africa Hotels Record Improved Performance
24 February 2011 Hotels in the Middle East and Africa reported increases in all three key performance metrics during January 2011, according to a report by STR Global. The region's hotel occupancy increased...

Accor to Expand Thai Portfolio
24 February 2011 Accor Group is to add 16 new properties to its hotel portfolio in Thailand by next year. The French hotel group will add 11 hotels this year and the remaining in 2012. The new hotels...

Hilton to Manage Two Bangkok Hotels
24 February 2011 Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with TCC Hotel Group, a subsidiary of TCC Land Group, to manage a new hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, and rebrand an existing hotel as a Doubletree property. ...

Hotel Indigo Opens Following Renovation
23 February 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group has opened the Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown Riverfront in Atlanta, US, following a $25m renovation. The 1920s-built, seven-storey property was known as...

Shangri-La Opens New Hotel in Shanghai
23 February 2011 Shangri-La International Hotel Management has opened the Kerry Hotel Pudong in Shanghai, China. Located in the new Kerry Parkside complex in the city of Pudong, the 31-storey property...

Chinese State Plans 200 Hotels
23 February 2011 The provincial government of Guizhou, China, is to add 200 hotels by 2015. According to statistics, Guizhou is constructing 91 three-star hotels and 48 five-star hotels. The...

US Luxury Hotel Performance Improves
23 February 2011 The US's luxury hotel performance improved during January 2011, showing a average daily rate (ADR) increase of 5.6% and a revenue per available room (revPAR) increase of 11.9%. In...

Rezidor to Open New Hotel In Ghana
22 February 2011 The Rezidor Hotel Group is to open a Radisson Blu Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The hotel will feature 168 guestrooms including 20 apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms, a restaurant,...

Morgans to Manage Qatari Mondrian Hotel
22 February 2011 Morgans Hotel Group has signed an agreement to manage a Mondrian hotel located on the West Bay Lagoon in Doha, Qatar. The hotel is under construction and expected to open in early...

HPT Plans Sale of 53 Hotels
22 February 2011 Hospitality Property Trust (HPT) is considering selling 53 hotel properties after posting losses for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2010. The US-based real estate investment trust is to sell...

St Regis Aspen to Close for Renovation
22 February 2011 The St Regis Aspen Resort hotel in Colorado, US, is to undertake a $30m renovation. Houston-based design firm Rottet Studio will carry out the renovation project, which will take two months...

Marriott's Arizona Resort Undergoes Refurbishment
21 February 2011 Marriott has completed a $16m renovation of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Arizona, US. Approximately 950 guestrooms, suites and corridors will be transformed into...

Ritz-Carlton Opens First Canadian Hotel
21 February 2011 Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has opened its first Canadian property in Toronto. The 53-storey Ritz-Carlton Toronto hotel features 267 guestrooms, including 56 suites and two deluxe...

Pebblebrook Acquires San Francisco's Argonaut Hotel
21 February 2011 The Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has acquired the Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco, California, US, for $84m. Pebblebrook plans to pay for the property by assuming a $42m secured loan and raising...

Moscow Hotels Are Most Expensive
21 February 2011 Moscow retained its status of having the world's most expensive hotels for the sixth year running, ahead of New York, Geneva, Paris and Zurich, according to a survey of hotel rates for 2010...

Singapore Offers to Buy Five US Resorts
18 February 2011 The Government of Singapore Investment Corporation has offered to buy five resorts owned by investors, including the hedge fund Paulson, which went into bankruptcy on 1 February 2011. The...

Marriott Records Q4 Profit Rise
18 February 2011 Marriott International reported a profit of $173m during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2010, an increase on the $106m for the corresponding quarter in 2009. The US-based hotel group recorded...

InterContinental to Unveil Hotel Brand in China
18 February 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group is to launch an upper mid-scale hotel brand in China by the end of this year. The unnamed brand will be positioned between the company's upscale hotel chain...

Host Hotels to Buy Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
18 February 2011 Host Hotels and Resorts is to acquire the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Hotel in California, US, for $570m. The controlling interest in the hotel is held by Manchester Grand Resorts, led...

Hawaii Hotel Revenue Increases
17 February 2011 Occupancy gains boosted Hawaii's hotel room revenue to $2.55bn in 2010, a rise of 8.7% from 2009's figure. Occupancy increased 5.9% across the state to 70.7% compared with...

US Hotel Pipeline Decreases
17 February 2011 The number of US hotels in the pipeline for January 2011 fell by 16.1% compared with the previous year, according to the latest STR / McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Pipeline Report. ...

InterContinental Records 38% Profit Rise
17 February 2011 InterContinental Hotels Group reported a profit of $293m for 2010, a 38% increase compared with its 2009 profit. The UK-based company gained a 5.9% rise in sales during the year...

Bulgari to Open New London Hotel
17 February 2011 Bulgari Hotel and Resorts is to open a new hotel near Knightsbridge in London, UK. The hotel, which is expected to open in 2012, will be the third property for the Italy-based company...

India's Hotel Performance Improves
16 February 2011 India's hotel industry reported an improved performance for 2010, led by an increase in occupancy that offset the fall in average daily rate and resulted in improved revenue per available...

Kingdom Holding Opens Seychelles Resort
16 February 2011 Kingdom Holding Investment, a subsidiary of Kingdom Holding Company, has opened the $145m Raffles Praslin Seychelles Resort and Residences in the Seychelles. The Raffles Praslin Seychelles...

Alternative Hotel Group Plans UK Portfolio Sale
16 February 2011 Alternative Hotel Group is to sell all or part of its £800m ($1.2bn) portfolio of luxury hotels in the UK. The hotel group, which is 50% owned by Lloyds, appointed property advisers DTZ...

Landry Acquires US Trump Marina Hotel
16 February 2011 Landry will buy the Trump Marina Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, US, from Trump Entertainment Resorts for $38m. Following the transaction, Landry will rebrand the casino as a Golden...

Dolce Hotels Unveils Ravella Las Vegas
15 February 2011 Dolce Hotels and Resorts has opened the Ravella hotel at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, US. Located near a privately owned man-made lake 17 miles from Las Vegas Strip, the Ravella features 349...

London Hotel Rooms to Increase Ahead of Olympics
15 February 2011 The number of hotel rooms in London, UK, is expected to increase by 27% ahead of the 2012 Winter Olympic Games, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Approximately 2,400...

W Hotels to Open Six New Hotels in 2011
15 February 2011 W Hotels Worldwide is to unveil six new W Hotels in various locations during 2011. The hotels scheduled to open this year include W Taipei in Taiwan, W London Leicester Square in the UK, W...

Ritz-Carlton to Operate Mexican Reserve Hotel
15 February 2011 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel has signed an agreement with the Grupo Questro and Trinity Investment joint venture to operate the Ritz-Carlton Reserve in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. The hotel...

Rezidor to Debut Hotel Missoni Kuwait
14 February 2011 Rezidor Hotel Group is to open its first Missoni Hotel in Kuwait in March this year, in collaboration with Italian fashion designer Missoni. Hotel Missoni Kuwait will be designed by...

Starwood Expands in Turkey
14 February 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed an agreement with Faik Celik Turizm, a division of Turkey-based Faik Celik Holding, to develop two hotels in Bursa, Turkey. The new...

Morgans Signs Three Hotel Management Deals
14 February 2011 Morgans Hotel Group has signed an agreement to manage three hotels including two Delano hotels in Mexico, Turkey and the US. The portfolio includes a 114-room Delano hotel in Cabo San...

Summit Hotel Raises $254m IPO
14 February 2011 Summit Hotel Properties has raised $254m in its initial public offering, issuing 26 million shares. The US-based hotel group also plans a private placement of $12.5m in stock to...

Philippines Waterfront Cebu City Hotel to Undergo Makeover
11 February 2011 Waterfront Philippines is to spend PHP300m ($6.8m) on renovating its Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. The renovation of the 560-room hotel will be carried out in phases, with each...

EC Harris Completes UAE Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel
11 February 2011 EC Harris has finished the construction of the Grand Millennium Al Wahda hotel for the Al Wahda Sports Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The hotel, which is located adjacent to the Al Wahda Mall in...

Wyndham's Q4 Profit Up
11 February 2011 Wyndham Worldwide's profit increased by 7% to $78m during the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with the $73m profit reported during the corresponding quarter in 2009. The US-based...

Svenska, Worldhotels to Develop Luxury Indian Properties
11 February 2011 Sweden-based Svenska Hotels and Germany-based Worldhotels have formed a strategic partnership to develop five-star hotel properties in India. The partnership will develop 20 hotels over...

US Hotel Industry Reports Single Digit Growth
10 February 2011 The US hotel industry recorded single digit growth in all three performance metrics during the week beginning 23 January 2011, compared with the corresponding week last year, according to a...

Marriot to Open Renaissance Hotel in Cote d'Azur
10 February 2011 Marriott International is to add the Renaissance Antibes Juan-les-Pins Hotel, in Cote d'Azur, France, to its portfolio. Marriot will rebrand the Ambassadeur Hotel, which is located in the...

Angsana to Manage Sheraton Grande Laguna Thailand
10 February 2011 Angsana Hotels & Resorts, a division of Singapore-based Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, is to manage the Sheraton Grande Phuket hotel on Bang Tao Beach, Thailand. The hotel has...

Erbil Rotana Hotel Opens in Kurdistan
10 February 2011 Lebanon-based Malia, along with the Middle East-based hotel management company Rotana, has opened its first hotel, Erbil Rotana, in Kurdistan, Iraq. The $55m hotel is one of several...

Chesapeake to Manage Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport Hotel
09 February 2011 Chesapeake Hospitality has signed an agreement with Phillips Family to manage the Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport Hotel in Florida, US. The property is owned by Phillips Family, owner...

Kenya to Sell Stakes in 11 Hotels
09 February 2011 The Kenyan Government is to sell its stakes in 11 hotels as part of its plan to divest state-owned assets to private investors. The divestment includes stakes in the InterContinental and...

Blackstone to Acquire Majority Stake in Del Coronado Hotel
09 February 2011 Blackstone Group is to acquire a majority stake in Strategic Hotels and Resorts' Del Coronado hotel in Southern California, US, to help restructure its debt. Strategic Hotels formed a...

Castlewood to Build New Hotel in Phuket
09 February 2011 Castlewood Group is to build a new hotel near Bang Tao Beach in Phuket, Thailand. The hotel will feature 200 guestrooms and a private rooftop penthouse. The Phuket property is expected...

Starwood Hotels Reports Q4 2010 Profit
08 February 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts reported a profit of $339m during the fourth quarter of 2010 compared with a loss of $107m during the corresponding period of 2009. The US-based hotel...

Marriott Opens Indianapolis Hotel Complex
08 February 2011 JW Marriott has opened its new $450m Marriott Place hotel complex in Indianapolis, US. Marriott Place Indianapolis is a collection of five Marriott properties – Courtyard Marriott,...

Zinc InVision to Develop 28 Hotels Throughout MENA
08 February 2011 Zinc InVision, a joint venture of Thailand's InVision Hospitality and Singapore investment firm Cinnovation, is to develop 28 hotels across the Middle East by 2020. The expansion is part of...

Host Hotels to Renovate Newark Airport Marriott
08 February 2011 Host Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, US, to invest $164m in renovating Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott hotel ahead...

St Ermin's to Reopen After $49m Renovation
07 February 2011 Amerimar Enterprises is to reopen St Ermin's hotel in London, UK, in April 2011 following a £30m ($48.6m) refurbishment. The 275-room property, located in London's Westminster, will...

Marriott to Launch First Libyan Hotel
07 February 2011 Marriott International is to open a JW Marriott hotel in Tripoli, Libya, in February 2011. The five-star hotel, the company's first property in the North African country, will feature...

Five US Hotels Seek Bankruptcy Protection
07 February 2011 With a $1.5bn mortgage debt due to be paid on 1 Feb 2011, affiliates of US-based hedge fund Paulson & Co have placed five hotels for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of US law. ...

Hilton Unveils New Hotel Brand
07 February 2011 Hilton has unveiled its new brand Home2 Suites in a bid to venture into the mid-tier extended stay market. The proposed hotels will be located near universities, hospitals, military bases...

RLJ Lodging Trust Plans IPO
04 February 2011 RLJ Lodging Trust is to issue an IPO worth $550m to repay its debt and for general business purposes. Following the IPO, the US-based trust, which primarily invests in premium-branded...

Splendia to Open Mondrian SoHo Hotel in New York
04 February 2011 Splendia Luxury & Character Hotels has unveiled a plan to open the Mondrian SoHo Hotel in New York, US. The hotel was designed by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz and is scheduled to open on...

MGM Hospitality Plans India Expansion
04 February 2011 MGM Hospitality, which is based in Las Vegas, US, has signed an agreement with Silver Resort Hotel to develop luxury hotels in India. Under the agreement, the partnership will build a...

Accor Plans 18 New Middle East Hotels
04 February 2011 Accor is to launch 18 new hotels in the Middle East over the next three years, adding 4,850 rooms to its portfolio in the region. The French hotel group will open 11 new hotels in the...

Starwood to Build Third Montreal Property
03 February 2011 Starwood Hotel & Resorts is to expand its hotel portfolio in Canada by opening its third Sheraton brand hotel in Montreal. The Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel will feature 476...

Advaya Unveils Modo Hotels Brand
03 February 2011 Advaya Hospitality is to launch lifestyle hotel brand Modo Hotels, which is inspired by music. The company will open Modo properties in major markets worldwide, starting with five hotels...

EMEA Hotel Investment Remains Stable
03 February 2011 Driven by bank sales, hotel investment is expected to remain stable across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region during 2011, according to a report by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels. ...

Hilton Plans 19 Hotels in India
03 February 2011 Hilton Worldwide is to launch 19 hotels in India over the next five years. This year the US hotel group will open six new hotels comprising 1,000 rooms, including four Hilton hotels,...

Kingdom Sells Swissotel Kunshan Stake
02 February 2011 Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI), a subsidiary of Kingdom Holding Company, has sold its stake in Swissotel Kunshan, China, for $61m to Malaysia-based TA Global. The five-star hotel is located...

Virgin Hotels Plans Washington Investment
02 February 2011 Virgin Hotels is to invest $500m in investigating the Washington, US, lodging market over the next three years. The Virgin Group is to partner with investors Diego Lowenstein and Alberto...

Armani to Open Russian Hotel
02 February 2011 Italian designer Giorgio Armani's investment vehicle is to build a $150m hotel in the south of Russia. The hotel will be located in the region of Stavropol and will feature 100 rooms...

Abu Dhabi Hotel Occupancy Rises
02 February 2011 Abu Dhabi's hotel occupancy rose 18% during 2010 compared with 2009 and rose 8% more than last year's target, according to data from Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). The data...

World Hotels Increases Portfolio by 35%
01 February 2011 World Hotels added 73 hotels and 20,000 rooms to its portfolio during 2010. The additional properties increased the company's number of hotels by 35%, bringing its total to more than...

Key US Hotel Performance Metrics Rise
01 February 2011 During the week ending 22 January 2011, US hotel occupancy increased by 6.5%, its average daily rate (ADR) was up by 2.6% and revenue per available room (revPAR) increased by...

Starwood to Debut Jordan St Regis Hotel
01 February 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts is to open its first St Regis hotel in Amman, Jordan, in 2014. The St Regis Amman is one of five hotel properties Starwood plans to open in the Middle...

Host Hotels to Buy New York Helmsley
01 February 2011 Host Hotels and Resorts is to buy the New York Helmsley hotel, in midtown Manhattan, New York, US, from Leona Helmsley for $313.5m. The 775-room property is located near Grand Central...

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Continental Property Buys Hilton Valencia
31 January 2011 France-based investment company Continental Property has bought the Hilton Valencia, Spain, for an undisclosed price. The 269-room hotel was built in 2007 for €110m ($150m) and...

Barclay Brothers to Expand London Hotel Portfolio
31 January 2011 UK-based private investors David and Frederick Barclay are to acquire the controlling stake in three London hotels: The Berkeley, The Connaught and Claridge's. The owners of the Telegraph...

Jones Lang LaSalle to Auction US Water Park Hotels
31 January 2011 Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels is to auction a group of water park hotels located in the US Midwest and north-east in February 2011. The auction comprises ten full-service and limited-service...

Starwood to Open Miami Aloft
31 January 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to open its first Aloft Hotel in Miami, US, in December 2011. The 160-room Aloft Miami-Brickell hotel will be owned and managed by a...

Movenpick Opens Fourth UAE Hotel
28 January 2011 Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has opened its fourth hotel, Movenpick Hotel Deira, in the United Arab Emirates. The hotel features 216 rooms including 25 suites, seven meeting rooms...

Emaar Hospitality to Manage Five 'The Address' Hotels
28 January 2011 Emaar Hospitality is to manage five new hotels under its brand 'The Address' over the next four years. The UAE-based company, which is owned by Emaar Properties, aims to double its...

Bovis Lend Lease Completes Aqualea Resort in Florida
28 January 2011 Bovis Lend Lease has completed the construction of its Aqualea Resort and Residences in Clearwater, Florida, US. The 17-storey condominium hotel, which overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, includes...

Rocco Forte Abu Dhabi to Open in June
28 January 2011 Rocco Forte is to open the AED600m ($163.3m) Rocco Forte hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in June 2011. The 281-room, five-star hotel will have seven restaurants and bars, including a South...

Starwood to Open 80 Hotels in 2011
27 January 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts is to open between 70 and 80 hotels this year, including 20 in North America. The hotel group will open 70% of its new properties outside North America,...

Jumeirah to Manage Dubai Hotel
27 January 2011 UAE-based retailer Dubai Duty Free has signed an agreement with Jumeirah Group, a subsidiary of Dubai Holding, to operate a five-star hotel at The Aviation Club, which is situated close to...

Kimpton Unveils Expansion Plan
27 January 2011 Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant has unveiled a plan to add 50 hotels to its portfolio in the US over the next decade, including ten new hotels in New York. The US-based hotel group, which owns...

Felcor to Sell Hotel Properties
27 January 2011 Felcor Lodging has put 14 hotels on the market a year earlier than planned. Last year the hotel group announced that it would sell 30 of its 82-hotel portfolio in order to refocus its...

Global Hotel Deal Volume Expanded in 2010
26 January 2011 Worldwide hotel deal volume increased to $24.3bn in 2010 as investors re-entered the hotel industry following the 2009 recession, according to Lang LaSalle Hotels' Hotel Investment Outlook report....

Eton Properties Unveils China Expansion
26 January 2011 Eton Properties Group, the China-based real estate firm of Taipan Lucio C Tan, is to invest CNY20.35bn ($3bn) in eight upscale, mixed-use properties in China. The investment includes...

Wave Crest Starts Construction of California Hotel
26 January 2011 Wave Crest Oceanfront has broken ground at its new hotel property Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa in Southern California, US. The $75m property will feature 215 guest rooms,...

Pebblebrook Secures Loan to Fund Acquisitions
26 January 2011 Pebblebrook has secured a $36m loan from Goldman Sachs Commercial Mortgage Capital at a fixed annualised interest rate of 5.28% for five years. The proceeds from the loan will be used...

Starwood Opens Four Points Hotel In Indiana
25 January 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is to open its Four Points brand hotel in Indiana, US, in 2011. Ahead of the opening, Starwood will carry out renovations and enhancements throughout...

Wyndham and Chatwal Sign Franchise Agreement
25 January 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group has signed an agreement with Chatwal Hotels & Resorts to franchise and manage its Dream and Night boutique hotel brands globally. Wyndham Hotel Group president and...

Marriot, AC Hotels Form Joint Venture
25 January 2011 Marriott International and Spanish hotel group AC Hotels have formed a joint venture to manage and franchise a new co-branded hotel, AC Hotels by Marriott. Under the joint venture...

Hersha Hospitality to Buy Capital Hill Suites, Washington
25 January 2011 Hersha Hospitality has signed an agreement with an unnamed private equity firm based in north-east US to buy Capital Hill Suites, Washington for $47.5m. The 152-room hotel is located one...

Radisson Blu Kuwait to Undergo Renovation
24 January 2011 The Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait, which is located in Safat, Kuwait, is to undergo a renovation that will be complete by 2012. Following the renovation the hotel will feature 194 rooms and...

Eagle Point, Geolo Capital to Develop US Hotels
24 January 2011 US-based Eagle Point Hotel Partners is working with private equity investment company Geolo Capital to develop hotel-related assets in North America. The new company, established by...

Diamond Rock to Buy New York Hotel
24 January 2011 Diamond Rock Hospitality is to acquire a hotel property, which is under development in Times Square, Manhattan, New York, US, for $112.5m-$135m. The property will have approximately...

Accor Raises Profit Target
24 January 2011 Accor expects earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of €440m ($592m) for 2010, revising its previous EBIT target of €400-420m ($538m-$565m). The French hotel group revised...

Rotana Unveils Middle East and Africa Expansion
21 January 2011 Rotana Hotel Management is to invest $800m in 2011, adding seven hotels to its portfolio in the Middle East and Africa. The expansion include six hotels in the UAE, increasing its portfolio...

Rezidor, Winn to Open Radison Blu Riverside in Sweden
21 January 2011 Rezidor Hotel Group and its franchise partner Winn Hotel Group will open the Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel Gothenburg in western Sweden in the first quarter of 2013. The property will feature...

RLJ Acquires US Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel
21 January 2011 RLJ Development has acquired the Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel in Manhattan, New York, US, for $335m from a group comprising Highgate Holdings, Goldman Sachs Group, Whitehall Real Estate Funds...

European Hotels Record Mixed Bag of Prices
21 January 2011 Hotels across Europe have experienced a slight drop in room prices since January 2010, according to an industry report by Trivago. The hotel-booking site's monthly report of hotel prices...

Rezidor to Open Park Inn London ExCeL
20 January 2011 The Rezidor Hotel Group is to open a new hotel property, Park Inn, to be located near the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London, UK. The hotel will feature 223 guest rooms, with most of the...

Red Lion to Sell US Hotels
20 January 2011 Red Lion Hotels is to sell two US hotels, Red Lion Hotel Fifth Avenue Seattle and the Red Lion Hotel Denver Southeast. The divestment is part of the group's strategy to enhance and expand...

Travelodge Unveils UK Expansion Plans
20 January 2011 Travelodge has unveiled plans to invest £300m ($480.7m) in building 35 hotels in the UK this year. Over half of the hotels will be built in cities, including eight in London, according to...

Al Habtoor Plans 2,000-Room UAE Hotel
20 January 2011 The Al Habtoor Group is to build a large hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, UAE. The proposed hotel, which will contain 2,000 rooms and suites, will be larger than the Atlantis Hotel, also...

Accor Acquires Australia's Blue Mountain Fairmont Resort
19 January 2011 Accor has bought the Fairmont Resort in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, and plans to open the hotel under its MGallery brand in April 2011. The French hotel group is...

Starwood to Add 25 Hotels in Middle East
19 January 2011 Starwood Hotels is to expand its Middle East portfolio by 50% with the purchase of 25 new hotels by 2015. Starwood operates 47 hotels in ten countries, including UAE, Saudi Arabia,...

Indian Hotels to Open 43 New Properties
19 January 2011 Indian Hotels Company is to add 43 new hotels to its portfolio over the next four years. The hotel group, which owns the Taj brand, will open the new properties across its six brands in...

US Hotel Industry Performance Improves
19 January 2011 The US hotel industry reported single-digit gains in three key performance metrics for the week ending 8 January 2011 compared with the same week last year, according to a new STR Global report. ...

Rotana Opens New Hotel in Iraq
18 January 2011 Rotana has opened its first hotel property in the city of Erbil in Kurdistan, Iraq. The 201-room hotel is owned by the Beirut-based Malia Group and is managed by Rotana. Erbil Rotana is...

Accor to Manage 10 UK Focus Hotels
18 January 2011 Accor has signed a franchise agreement with Focus Hotels to manage ten UK hotels, increasing its portfolio to 43. Following the deal the French hotel group will add 763 rooms under its...

Sunstone to Acquire New York Doubletree Hotel
18 January 2011 Sunstone Hotel Investors is to acquire the remaining stakes in its Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square, New York joint venture for $37.5m, becoming the sole owner of the property. ...

Carlson to Open 19 Indian Hotels
18 January 2011 Carlson is to launch 19 new hotels in India by the end of 2011, adding to the 33 properties the hotel group already operates in the country. The US-based hospitality company plans to open...

Lloyds to Sell Mint Hotels for $865m
17 January 2011 Lloyds Banking Group and the Orr family are to sell the recently rebranded Mint Hotels for £550m ($865.8m). Mint Hotels was founded as City Inn in 1995 and was rebranded in November 2010. It...

ITC-Welcome Group to Invest $2bn in Indian Hotels
17 January 2011 The ITC-Welcome group is to invest $2bn in India over the next three years, doubling the country's hotel rooms. The hotel group, which is owned by India-based ITC, plans to open a...

First Wyndham Hotel to Open in India
17 January 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group has signed a franchise agreement to open its first Wyndham-brand hotel in Delhi, India, in April this year. The 394-room Wyndham New Delhi Dwarka Hotel, which is owned...

Wyndham to Manage Chongqing Hotel
17 January 2011 Wyndham Hotel Group has signed an agreement with China's Chongqing Bei Cheng Real Estate Development to open the Wyndham Chongqing North Hotel in Chongqing, China. The 350-room property will...

Accor to Sell Stake in Casino Group
14 January 2011 Accor will sell a 49% stake in French casino company Groupe Lucien Barriere for €268m ($348.9m) as part of its strategy to focus on its core hotel business. Under the deal, the...

Fourth Hospitality Unveils Technology Trends
14 January 2011 Software solutions vendor Fourth Hospitality has unveiled the top ten technology trends for the hospitality sector, which can help ensure customer satisfaction and smooth business...

Starwood, Emirates Group Renew Resort Management Agreement
14 January 2011 Emirates Group and Wasl Asset Management Group have renewed an operation and management agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide for the Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in the UAE. ...

Movenpick to Manage Malaysian Hotel Complex
14 January 2011 Movenpick Hotels & Resorts will operate the new Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA in Malaysia, following the signing of a management agreement with hotel owner Lembaga Tabung Haji. ...

Appu Hotels Plans IPO for Expansion Plan
13 January 2011 India-based Appu Hotels is to launch an initial public offering by 2012 to support its Rs500bn ($110m) expansion plan. Le Royal Meridien chairman Palani G Periasamy said the company plans...

Third Mondrian Hotel to Open in New York
13 January 2011 Morgans Hotel Group and developer Cape Advisors will open the new Mondrian SoHo on 1 March 2011 in Manhattan, New York, US. This is the third Mondrian-brand hotel to be opened by the company. ...

Westfield Sells Two London Hotels
13 January 2011 Westfield Group has sold two hotel developments in Stratford, London, UK, for £50m ($77.8m) to ES Properties (Stratford), a joint venture between Cycas Capital Hotel Partners and Patron Capital. ...

Starwood Plans 30 Middle East Hotels
13 January 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is to open up to 30 new hotels in the Middle East over the next five years. The new hotels include nine properties in the UAE, with four in Abu Dhabi...

Starwood to Launch St Regis Hotel in Jordan
12 January 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts will partner Abu Dhabi-based Al Maabar International Investments to launch a $300m St Regis brand hotel in Amman, Jordan, by 2014. The St Regis Amman property...

Amstar Sells Hilton Alexandria Mark Center for $121m
12 January 2011 Crow Holding's real estate fund Crow Holdings Realty Partners has acquired the 496-room Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Washington, US, from Amstar for $121m. Amstar bought the...

Morgan Hotels' 2010 Loss Narrows
12 January 2011 Morgan Hotels reported a loss of €60m ($70m) during 2010 compared with the previous year's loss of €101m ($130m). The company attributed the loss mainly to an interest charge...

China Plans $1.3bn Seven-Star Hotel
12 January 2011 China is to build a seven-star hotel in a joint project with Saudi Arabia for $1.3bn. The hotel will be built at Chang'an Avenue, a road near Tiananmen Square in western Beijing's...

Shangri-La Unveils Seven-Star Sri Lanka Hotel
11 January 2011 Shangri-La Asia is to open a seven-star hotel, The Pearl of the Indian Ocean, as part of its expansion plan, at Galle Face, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The $500m, 500-room property will be a...

Saudi Arabia Completes Second Stage of SCTA Classification
11 January 2011 The second stage of hotel classification initiated by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities in Saudi Arabia has been completed. The classification process categorised 13 of...

Egypt Supports Renovation of Historic Hotels
11 January 2011 Egypt is to allocate $368m to Egyptian Group of Tourism and Hotels (EGOTH) to support the renovation of historic hotels in the country. EGOTH Company owns 22 hotels in Egypt, which will...

Home Inns Unveils Hotel Expansion
11 January 2011 Home Inns and Hotels Management is to open 280 hotels in 2011 as part of its expansion plan. The Chinese hotel group plans to have 110 hotels on a lease-and-operate basis and 170 will...

Canadian Hotels Record Mixed Results
10 January 2011 The Canadian hotel industry reported mixed results in three key performance metrics for the week beginning 26 December 2010, according to a new report by STR Global. The report says...

IHHR Plans $165m Indian Hotel Expansion
10 January 2011 IHHR Hospitality has unveiled plans to invest Rs7.5bn ($165m) in developing new hotels across India over the next five years. The group will open hotels in cities including Nagpur, Navi...

Snotels to Launch Global Ski Hotel Brand
10 January 2011 Snotels is to launch a niche hotel brand, network and experience for existing hotel owners and developers in ski resorts and alpine towns worldwide. The group plans to enter the...

Las Vegas Ritz Carlton to Reopen as Ravella
10 January 2011 Dolce Hotels & Resorts is to reopen the former Ritz Carlton in Lake Las Vegas, US, as Ravella Hotel on 11 February 2011. The 349-room hotel, which shut its doors in May 2010 due to...

Rezidor to Open Missoni Belek Antalya in 2013
07 January 2011 Rezidor will unveil the Missoni Belek, Antalya hotel on the Turkish Riviera, Turkey, in 2013. The 138-room property will feature 110 guestrooms, 28 villas, two restaurants, a ballroom...

Jumeirah Group to Manage Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
07 January 2011 Zabeel Properties, a subsidiary of Zabeel Investments, has appointed Jumeirah Group to manage the five-star Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel, which is located on the west crescent of Dubai's...

Ritz-Carlton to Unveil Dubai Hotel
07 January 2011 Ritz-Carlton will open a new hotel on 12 January 2011 at Dubai International Financial Centre, UAE. The 14-storey hotel will feature 124 executive residences, a three-storey lobby, an...

Shenzhen Buys Sheraton Universal Hotel for $90m
07 January 2011 Chinese real estate developer Shenzhen New World Group has bought the 451-room Sheraton Universal Hotel for $90m. Following the acquisition the hotel will operate under the Sheraton brand...

Miami Marriott Completes Renovation
06 January 2011 The $31m renovation of the 31-storey Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay in Florida, US, has been completed after two years. The renovation involved a $17m investment in the redesign of 600...

Area Property to Acquire Sheraton Safari Hotel
06 January 2011 Area Property Partners and Winston Harton Holdings will acquire the Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites on Lake Buena Vista Drive in Orlando, US, from an unnamed seller for an undisclosed...

Okura to Open Macau Hotel
06 January 2011 Okura Hotels & Resorts is to open its first property in Macau, China, at the Galaxy Macau integrated destination resort in early 2011. Hotel Okura Macau hotel will feature 488 guestrooms...

US Hotel Investment Volume to Rise in 2011
06 January 2011 The volume of investments in the hotel sector across the US is expected to rise by 25% this year, according to global real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels. The rise in...

Elbit Imaging to Sell Stake in Three London Hotels
05 January 2011 Elbit Imaging has signed an agreement to sell stakes in three London hotels to Park Plaza for £230m ($358.8m). The transaction includes a 45% interest in the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel,...

Rotana to Open Seven Properties in UAE and Qatar
05 January 2011 Rotana is to open seven hotels in the UAE and Qatar this year as part of its plans to expand in the Middle East. The group, which manages 41 hotels across the region, plans to open six...

Langham Plans $200m Chicago Hotel
05 January 2011 Langham Hotels and Resorts has partnered with Oxford Capital Group to open a $200m hotel in the 330 North Wabash building, Chicago, US. The hotel will occupy the second floor through to...

Hilton to Expand Throughout Middle East and Africa
05 January 2011 Hilton Worldwide is to open 11 new hotels in the Middle East and Africa this year. The hotel major will open its first Doubletree and Conrad hotels in the region and its first hotel...

US Lexington Plaza Hotel to Open Under New Ownership
04 January 2011 The Lexington Plaza Hotel on the Stockton waterfront in California, US, is to open under new ownership this year. The hotel property was acquired by the Stockton Arena Hotel and...

$56m US Hotel Plan on Hold
04 January 2011 A plan to build a $56m hotel and conference centre on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee, US, has been postponed. The move was taken because the $21m in stimulus bonds did not sell...

Movenpick Hotel Opens in Dubai
04 January 2011 The new Movenpick Hotel Deira in Dubai, UAE, has opened. The 216-room hotel is expected to meet the city's demand for affordable upscale accommodation. The hotel is located in the centre...

UK Grosvenor Hotel Sold to Sahara Group
04 January 2011 The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has completed the sale of the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, UK, to India-based media conglomerate Sahara Group for £470m ($730.4m). The sale is part of...

December 2010

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Compass Hospitality to Manage Bangkok Hotel
24 December 2010 Compass Hospitality Company is to manage the 582-room Windsor Suites Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, from January 2011. The hotel includes a garden wing with 124 rooms and a main tower block...

Starwood to Open Westin Hotel in China
24 December 2010 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide will open its new Westin Hefei Baohe in Anhui, China. The hotel features 313 guestrooms, including 22 suites, and 2,300m² of meeting and...

Season's Greetings
24 December 2010 hotelmanagement-network.com will be taking a short break over the holiday season. Our full daily news service will return on 4 January 2011. Thank you for your support in 2010 and we wish you...

Charters Lodging Buys Ocean Resort Waikiki
24 December 2010 A joint venture led by Charters Lodging Group has bought the 451-room Ocean Resort Hotel Waikiki, US, for an undisclosed price. The San Francisco-based hotel investment company, in a...

MEA Hotels Performance Improves
24 December 2010 Hotel performance improved in three key parameters in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) in November 2010, according to a new report by STR Global. The report revealed that the region's...

Vienna International to Open Belarus Hotel
23 December 2010 Vienna International (VIH) is planning to open a hotel in Minsk, Belarus, in 2014. The hotel will be constructed by the Austrian construction company Habau Hoch und Tiefbaugesellschaft...

Chesapeake Acquires Le Meridien San Francisco
23 December 2010 Chesapeake Lodging Trust has completed the its acquisition of the Le Meridien hotel located in San Francisco, US, for $143m. The 360-room hotel features 3962m² of meeting space, a...

Hilton and Tata Sign Technology Service Agreement
23 December 2010 Hilton Worldwide has signed a multi-year agreement with India-based IT service provider Tata Consultancy Services to help accelerate Hilton's technology strategy. The strategy is part of...

Schrager Hotels Unveils New Brands
23 December 2010 Newly formed Schrager Hotels will launch two new brands following the sale of Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, US. The first brand will be a luxury lifestyle concept, while the second...

Jin Jiang to Build Hong Kong's Tallest Hotel
22 December 2010 Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels Group is to build the world's highest hotel in Hong Kong, China, in March. The group invested CNY14.8bn in the development ($2.21bn), which will...

Starwood to Open New Nashville Hotel
22 December 2010 Starwood Hotels and Resorts is to open its new Four Points Sheraton hotel in Nashville, US, in August 2011. The Sheraton Nashville-Brentwood will offer 208 guestrooms, dining facilities,...

MCR Development Buys US Marriot and Hilton Hotels
22 December 2010 MCR Development has acquired ten hotels in the US for $164m. The properties, consisting of a total of 1,100 rooms, will be managed by MCR Property Management. Six Marriott and...

Auckland Hotel Relaunches Under Accor Brand
22 December 2010 Accor Hotels and Resorts has added the former Hotel So in Christchurch, New Zealand, to its portfolio. The hotel will be relaunched as All Seasons Christchurch Cashel Street. The...

InterContinental Prague Sale Finalised
21 December 2010 Real estate investment trust Strategic Hotels & Resorts has finalised the sale of the InterContinental Prague in the Czech Republic for €108m ($141.8m). The property was sold to...

US Omni Hotel Expansion Approved
21 December 2010 Omni Hotels & Resorts has received approval to expand the Country Music Hall of Fame in Tennessee, US, and integrate it into a planned 800-room hotel. The $250m Omni Nashville Hotel...

Shangri-La to Open New Hotel In China
21 December 2010 Shangri-La Hotel and Resorts broke ground at its new hotel project in the Jiangxi province of China. The hotel will be built in two phases with the first phase adding 319 guest rooms,...

Royal Orchid Unveils Expansion Plan
21 December 2010 Royal Orchid is set to invest Rs2bn ($46.9m) over the next eight months to expand its hotel portfolio. The Indian company, which currently operates 15 properties under the Royal Orchid...

Hyatt Opens Regency Hotel in Germany
20 December 2010 Hyatt Hotels and Resort has opened its Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf hotel in the capital of the North Rhine-Westphalia state, Germany. The 303-room Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf is located in one of...

Pan Pacific to Acquire Melbourne Hotel
20 December 2010 Pan Pacific Hotels Group's subsidiary Success City (SCPL) will acquire Hilton Melbourne Airport Hotel, Australia, from Mulpha Hotel for A$108.89m (US$108.13m). The 276-room property...

FelCor Sells US Sheraton Hotel
20 December 2010 FelCor Lodging Trust has sold the 443-room Sheraton Premiere Hotel at Tysons Corner in Virginia, US to JBG Companies for $84.5m. Following the transaction, the hotel will continue to be...

Alternative Hotel Rebrands Itself as De Vere Group
20 December 2010 The UK's leading independent hotel and hospitality group, Alternative Hotel Group (AHG), has announced that it is rebranding as De Vere Group. The move follows a review that recognised...

French Palace to be Converted into a Luxury Hotel
17 December 2010 The Hôtel du Grand Contrôle located at the Palace of Versailles in Versailles, France, is to be converted into a luxury hotel, with a $7.3m renovation. The Hôtel du...

Home Inns & Hotels to Raise Money for Expansion
17 December 2010 China's Home Inns & Hotels Management is planning to offer $160m in convertible senior notes due in 2015, in a private offering to buyers. The company intends to grant to the initial...

Peab to Build a Fjord Hotel in Norway
17 December 2010 Peab's Norwegian subsidiary has been commissioned to build the Scandic Hotel Fornebu in Oslo, Norway. The customers are Norwegian real estate firms IT Fornebu AS and Utstillningsplassen...

Chesapeake Lodging to Acquire Le Meridien San Francisco
17 December 2010 Chesapeake Lodging Trust has entered into an agreement to acquire the 360-room Le Meridien San Francisco in California, US for $143m. The company intends to fund the acquisition with a...

Leela to Open Luxury Hotel in India
16 December 2010 Leela Hotel is to open a Rs16bn ($350m) hotel in Delhi, India, in October 2011. The new hotel will have 260 rooms, including 156 Grande Deluxe guestrooms, 46 Royal Premiere guestrooms and...

Brazil Hospitality to Acquire Two Hotels
16 December 2010 Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG) has unveiled plans to acquire two hotels in the city of Belem in Para, Brazil, adding another 190 rooms to its portfolio. The properties are the 90-room...

Hilton to Manage Two New Zealand Hotels
16 December 2010 Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement to manage two newly built hotels in Queenstown, New Zealand. The management contract increases Hilton's portfolio in the country to four hotels. ...

Legacy to Develop US Courtyard Hotel
16 December 2010 Real estate services group Legacy Hotel Advisors is to develop a 129-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Florida, US. The five-storey hotel will be located on the new...

Hilton to Open Fourth Property In Egypt
15 December 2010 Hilton Hotels and Resorts has signed an agreement with Egyptian company Afak to manage the newly built 676-room Hilton Makadi Resort. The hotel is situated on Makadi Bay and is expected to...

Isrotel Acquires Ganei Hotel
15 December 2010 Israeli hotel chain Isrotel has acquired the 196-room Ganei Mivtachim Hotel, which is located at Ein Bokek near the southern basin of the Dead Sea, for ILS73m ($20m). The hotel chain...

Cosmopolitan Hotel Opens in Las Vegas
15 December 2010 The $3.9bn Cosmopolitan Las Vegas has opened on Las Vegas Strip, US. The hotel, which is owned by Germany's Deutsche Bank, includes a 9,290m² casino, 12 restaurants and 2,000...

Sri Lanka's Taj Airport Garden to Undergo Expansion
15 December 2010 The Taj Airport Garden Hotel in Sri Lanka is to be expanded and renovated through an investment of LKR1.5bn ($15.5m). The renovation will add 100 rooms to the hotel, doubling its...

Rezidor Increases Hotel Portfolio
14 December 2010 The Rezidor Hotel Group has completed the opening of 7,200 rooms in 2010, compared with 7,100 rooms in 2009 and 6,500 rooms in 2008. In 2010 the group opened 18 hotels under the Park Inn...

Interstate to Manage 13 Blackstone Hotels
14 December 2010 Hotel management firm Interstate Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage 13 hotels that were acquired by affiliates of the Blackstone Group. The properties were renovated...

Worldhotels Adds Hotel Matthan to Portfolio
14 December 2010 Worldhotels has added the new five-star business hotel Matthan in Bangalore, India, to its portfolio. The deluxe hotel features 145 rooms and four banquet halls, accommodating up to 600...

Keys to Open 15 Properties in India
14 December 2010 Keys Hotels will open 15 properties in India over the next three years with a total investment of Rs5.5bn ($118m). New York-based Berggruen Hotels, the owner of Keys, plans to launch the...

LM Investment Management Buys $15m New Zealand Hotel
13 December 2010 LM Investment Management has acquired Hotel So in Christchurch, New Zealand, for NZ$20m ($14.9m). The 283-room concept hotel, which was developed by Christchurch developer Dave...

Hawaii Hotel Occupancy Rises in October
13 December 2010 Hotel occupancy rose by 4.5% to 70.9% in Hawaii, US, during October 2010 compared with the same period in 2009, according to a new Hospitality Advisors report. However, the...

HFF Secures Debt Financing for US Radisson Hotel
13 December 2010 Holliday Fenoglio Fowler has secured $75m in debt financing from Wells Fargo Bank for the Radisson Boston Hotel in Massachusetts, US. The loan was secured to fund the 358-room...

Marriot Opens Courtyard Hotel in New York
13 December 2010 Marriot has opened a Courtyard Hotel in the SoHo area of New York, US, catering for business travellers. The hotel is Marriot's largest brand with 37 rooms spread across 20 floors. On...

Dubai Hotel Occupancy Expected to Fall
10 December 2010 Dubai needs 2.5 million more tourists a year to absorb its 60% increase in hotel rooms over the next five years, according to Deloitte. The New York-based consultancy firm says Dubai...

De Geffrier to Open Ten Paris Hotels
10 December 2010 Hotel entrepreneur Olivier de Geffrier is to form a new group of ten hotels in Paris, France. De Geffrier said he is buying existing hotels because of difficulties in building new...

Host Hotels to Buy Seven New Zealand Properties
10 December 2010 A unit of Host Hotels and Resorts is to acquire seven hotels in New Zealand for $143m. The hotels are located in Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington, and comprise more than...

Aqua Hotels Adds Queen Kapiolani Hotel to Portfolio
10 December 2010 Aqua Hotels and Resorts has opened the 312-room Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Hawaii, US. The 19-storey building offers a range of guestrooms with private lanai, a third-floor swimming pool...

Taipei Le Meridien Hotel Launched
09 December 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts has opened Taiwan's first Le Meridien hotel in Taipei. Le Meridien Taipei is located in Xinyi and was built as part of the group's expansion plan for greater...

US Hotel Performance Improves
09 December 2010 The US's hotel occupancy rate increased by 7% to 43% in the last week of November, according to new data by STR. In year-on-year comparisons, the STR report revealed that the...

Range Hospitality Begins Construction of Five-Star Iraq Hotel
09 December 2010 UAE-based developer Range Hospitality is building a $100m five-star hotel in Karbala, Iraq. Shaza Al Rawadatain Gardens, which is being constructed by Range Hospitality in conjunction...

LaSalle Acquires West Hollywood Hotel
09 December 2010 LaSalle Hotel Properties has acquired the 113-room Chamberlain West Hollywood Hotel in California, US, for $38.5m. The hotel will be managed by Outrigger Lodging Services following...

HEI Completes Marriott Renovation First Phase
08 December 2010 Hospitality investment firm HEI Hotels & Resorts has completed the first phase of a $20m renovation at the Hanover Marriott in New Jersey, US. The project included the renovation of...

KHI to Sell Hong Kong Mercer Hotel
08 December 2010 Kosmopolito Hotels International (KHI) had entered into a sale and purchase agreement with an independent third party to sell Excel Chinese International's (ECIL) interests for a...

Pebblebrook Acquires Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel
08 December 2010 Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has acquired the Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel in Pennsylvania, US, for $87m. The transaction was funded by a $56.1m secured loan, with the remaining provided...

Ritz-Carlton to Unveil Dubai Hotel in January
08 December 2010 Ritz-Carlton is to open its second hotel in Dubai, UAE, in January 2011 and has rolled out a range of launch packages ahead of the opening. The hotel features 341 guestrooms and suites,...

Risma to Return to Profit in 2011
07 December 2010 Risma, the Moroccan affiliate of French hotelier Accor, expects to return to profit in 2011 after accruing losses in 2009 following the opening of its hotel in Rabat. The hotel group expects...

Aspen, AEW Acquire San Franciscan Hotels
07 December 2010 Aspen Hotel Management Group, in partnership with AEW Capital Management (AEW), is to acquire a portfolio of three boutique hotels in San Francisco, US, for an undisclosed sum. The hotels...

ADAC and Premier Inn to Open Abu Dhabi Hotel
07 December 2010 Abu Dhabi Airports Company and Premier Inn are to build a 300-room Premier Inn hotel at Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE. Over AED120m ($32.6m) will be invested in the hotel, which...

Rezidor Announces Launch Date for Turkish Missoni Hotel
07 December 2010 The Rezidor Hotel Group is to open its latest Missoni-brand hotel in Antalya, Turkey, in 2013. The 138-room Hotel Missoni Belek, Antalya was designed by Italian fashion house founder...

Sheraton Airport Hotel to Open in New Mexico, US
06 December 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts will open its new Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel in New Mexico, US, on 8 December 2010. The hotel, the second Sheraton in the US state, is managed by...

Northern Mariana Islands Posts 13% increase in Occupancy Rates
06 December 2010 The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, located off the west coast of the US, recorded a 54% hotel occupancy rate in October 2010. The nation's hotel association said occupancy...

Marriott and HP Partner to Provide In-Room Technology in Australia
06 December 2010 Marriott International has selected technology company HP to provide advanced in-room technology services in its Australian hotels. Marriott has embarked on an upgrade of its...

Accor to Divest its Swedish Assets
06 December 2010 Accor is planning to sell its Swedish assets, comprising of 18 hotels with a total of 1,760 rooms, in a sale and franchise-back transaction. The French hotel group will continue to operate...

Redefine Completes London Holiday Inns Acquisition
03 December 2010 Redefine International has completed the acquisition of five Holiday Inn hotels in London, UK, for £112.2m ($174.7m). The hotels include Royal Docks Holiday Inn Express, Limehouse Holiday...

NH Hotels Converts Madrid Mansion into Hotel
03 December 2010 NH Hotels has converted a 19th-century mansion into a hotel to create the new NH Palacio de Tepa in Madrid, Spain. The mansion was originally built in 1808 by Jorge Duran and was designed...

Euro Asia to Sell Chinese Hotel
03 December 2010 China-based Euro Asia Premier Real Estate Company has entered into a non-binding agreement with a third party to sell the Xin Ju Yuan Hotel in Guangzhou, China. The buyer will pay...

Carlson Opens Radisson Hotel in Chile
03 December 2010 Carlson Hotels Worldwide has unveiled the new Radisson Petra La Dehesa Hotel in Santiago, Chile. The opening is in line with the brand's $1.5bn growth strategy, Ambition 2015, which focuses...

City Inn Rebrands as Mint Hotel
02 December 2010 City Inn has been rebranded as Mint Hotel in the UK because of a 'misperception' of the hotel brand. Backed by professional research, the company claimed that the name did not do justice to...

Abu Dhabi Records Rise in Hotel Guests
02 December 2010 Hotel guests rose by 16% in Abu Dhabi, UAE, during the first ten months of 2010 compared with the same period of 2009, according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. The emirate...

Rezidor Increases Romanian Portfolio
02 December 2010 Rezidor Hotel Group has increased its portfolio in the Romanian capital of Bucharest to 718 rooms. The hotel group signed an agreement to manage 294 apartments adjacent to its 424-room...

US Pittsburgh Hotel Joins Wyndham Grand Portfolio
02 December 2010 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, will add a new hotel to its Wyndham Grand Collection portfolio in the US. The 712-room Wyndham Grand...

RLJ Real Estate Fund Buys Florida Hilton Hotels
01 December 2010 RLJ Real Estate Fund III Acquisitions has bought two Florida Hilton hotels from Worthington Hospitality and Australian Ave Hospitality for an undisclosed sum. Hotel Assets Group (Hotel...

Carlyle Group Plans European Expansion
01 December 2010 Carlyle Group is to expand its hotel portfolio by adding 100 hotels in European countries including France, Germany and Italy. Speaking to HotelNewsNow.com the France-based investment firm...

Starwood to Open Westin Hotel in Singapore
01 December 2010 Starwood Hotels and Resorts will open a hotel at Marina Bay's Asia Square, which is located at Singapore's new financial district. The hotel will comprise 15 storeys in Asia Square Tower 2...

Jumeirah, Dubai Holding to Manage Venu Bilgah Hotel
01 December 2010 Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and member of Dubai Holding, has signed an agreement with Azinco Holding Company to manage the VENU Bilgah Hotel in Azerbaijan. Designed...

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European Hotel Performance Improves
30 November 2010 Europe's hotel industry posted positive results for October 2010 with a 10% increase in revenue per available room (revPAR) compared with the corresponding month last year. In terms...

Ocean Hospitality to Open Hotel in China
30 November 2010 Ocean Hospitality will open its first hotel, Starcity Saigon Hotel, in Ho Chi Minh City, China, later this year. The four-star hotel is located in the Nguyen Van Troi, Phu Nhuan...

Accor Group to Manage Manila Hotel
30 November 2010 MJC Investments Corporation (MIC), a subsidiary of Manila Jockey Club, has signed an agreement with Accor's subsidiary AAPC Singapore to manage a Mercure brand hotel in Manila, Philippines. ...

Far East Sells Singapore's Paramount Hotel
30 November 2010 Property developer Far East Organisation has acquired the Paramount Hotel and Shopping Centre in Singapore for S$214m ($162m) from YTC Corporation. Far East Organisation will pay...

Retail Eyes to Audit QHotels' Portfolio
29 November 2010 QHotels has appointed Retail Eyes to audit the conference delivery of its 21 UK hotels from January 2011. Retail Eyes will audit the company's hotels through its re:confirm audit service...

IHG to Open First Hotel in Malaysia
29 November 2010 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will open its first hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 1 February 2011. The Nikko Hotel Kuala Lumpur in Jalan Ampang, owned by MTJ Development, will...

Stellar Management Acquires New York Hotel
29 November 2010 Stellar Management has acquired the Windermere hotel in New York, US, for $68m. The 374-room hotel will be allocated $10m for planned renovations to convert the property in an attempt...

US Hotels Record revPAR Growth in October
29 November 2010 The US hotel industry posted an 8.2% increase in revenue per available (revPAR) room for October 2010, according to STR data. US hotels also recorded increases in two other key...

Bespoke Hotels to Manage Newbury Racecourse Hotel
26 November 2010 Bespoke Hotels has signed a ten-year management contract to manage the new hotel at Newbury racecourse in the UK. The 120-room hotel, to be called The Newbury, is scheduled to open in 2014. ...

Aimbridge and Hyatt to Open Oklahoma Hotel in January 2011
26 November 2010 Aimbridge Hospitality and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts will open the Crowne Plaza hotel in Oklahoma, US, in January 2011 with a new name – the Hyatt Regency Tulsa. The 455-room hotel has...

Intercontinental Hotels Group Plans Emerging Markets Expansion
26 November 2010 The Intercontinental Hotels Group is planning to double the size of its operations in emerging markets including China, India and the Middle East. The UK-based group believes that China...

Hyatt Regency Auckland Hotel Sold to Unnamed Investor
26 November 2010 South Canterbury Finance has sold the Hyatt Regency Auckland in New Zealand to an unnamed international investor for around NZ$60m ($45m). The investor is said to be having existing ties...

Pebblebrook Buys Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica Hotel
25 November 2010 Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has acquired the boutique-style Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica Hotel from Viceroy Hotel Group for $102m. The 310-room hotel, which is located in California, US,...

Fairmont Hotels Plans Six Hotels in India
25 November 2010 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is to add six hotels under its Swissotel brand in India over the next five years. The Canadian hotel group will open two of the hotels in 2013, one in Gurgaon...

Investment Group to Open Tune Hotels in London
25 November 2010 A group of investors has formed a company to build 15 budget hotels comprising 1,500 beds in London, UK, by 2017 with an investment of £100m ($160m). The hotels will operate under a...

Wyndham Group, Expedia Sign Partnership Agreement
25 November 2010 Wyndham Hotel Group has signed an agreement with online travel company Expedia to use its distribution channel to increase brand awareness across the globe. Under the agreement, Wyndham...

Manila Hotel Renovation to Complete in 2012
24 November 2010 The PHP360m ($8m) renovation of the 42-storey Discovery Suites in Ortigas Center in Manila, Philippines, will be complete by November 2012, according to Oakridge Propeties. The project...

London's Hoxton Hotel for Sale
24 November 2010 Bridges Ventures is to sell the Hoxton Hotel in London, UK, in a bid to raise funds. Expressions of interests have been received for the sale, which is expected to raise as much as...

NCC to Build Hotel in Oslo
24 November 2010 NCC Construction Norway is to construct a new luxury hotel at Ostbanebygget in Oslo. The Nkr210m ($35m) hotel will be built for property developer Rom Eiendom. The 170-room hotel...

Bellstar Hotels Acquires Ultimate Resorts Portfolio
24 November 2010 Bellstar Hotels & Resorts has acquired Ultimate Resorts & Hotels in Canada. The acquisition will add over 300 accommodation units located in British Columbia. "The fusion...

Macdonald Hotels Secures $543m Debt
23 November 2010 Macdonald Hotels has secured a £340m ($543m) debt facility from Lloyds Banking Group to support the capex plan on its existing hotels. The Scotland-based hotel group plans to strengthen...

NWH Unveils Expansion Plan
23 November 2010 New World Hospitality is to invest $1.1bn in expanding its three brands. The China-based company will add four new hotels to its New World Hotel Group, with one each in Guiyang (in...

New Jersey Doubletree Hotel Unveiled
23 November 2010 Doubletree Hotels has opened the Doubletree Hotel Tinton Falls-Eatontown in New Jersey, US. The 179-room hotel was converted from a Holiday Inn after completing a major, multi-phase...

Accor, Ben Thanh Group to Develop Vietnam Hotels
23 November 2010 French hotel chain Accor is to work with the Ben Thanh Group to develop eight Ibis hotels in major cities across Vietnam. The hotels will be built in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and...

Civis Hotels to Sell Three Hotels
22 November 2010 Civis Hotels is to sell three hotels for a combined price of Ft3.86bn ($18.7m). The troubled owner plans to sell off the Aranybika (Golden Bull), the Best Western in Debrecen and the...

IHG Holiday Inn to Open in Brazil
22 November 2010 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to open its new Holiday Inn Express Cuiaba in Brazil. The 128-room hotel was developed by owner Diamante Azul Hotelaria. The new hotel features...

Rezidor to Open Park Inn Hotels in Sweden
22 November 2010 The Rezidor Hotel Group is to open two new Park Inn by Radisson properties in Sweden. The 190-room Park Inn Lund and the 215-room Park Inn Helsingborg are owned by Midroc and will be...

Invesco Secures Loan for Four Hotels
22 November 2010 Invesco Real Estate has secured a €109m ($149m) loan from Germany's Aareal Bank to refinance four hotels. Three of the hotels were originally purchased with 100% equity from...

Welsh Room Rates Fall in August
19 November 2010 Room rates of Welsh hotels fell by 4.4% to £52.75 ($84) in August 2010, compared with £55.15 ($88) in August 2009, according to a report by PKF Hotel Consultancy Services. The report...

Marriott to Open 50 Hotels in Brazil
19 November 2010 Marriott International plans to add 50 hotels to its Brazilian portfolio, which currently contains four properties. The US hotel group signed an agreement with Brazil-based PDG Realty...

Hawaii Hotel Occupancy Rises in September
19 November 2010 Hotel occupancy rose by 70.8% in Hawaii, US, during September 2010 compared with the same period in 2009, according to new Hospitality Advisors report. The average daily room...

Louvre Drops Sale Plan and Opens Second Glasgow Hotel
19 November 2010 Starwood Capital's Louvre Hotel Group has taken its properties off the market and opened the 103-bedroom Campanile Hotel Glasgow Airport in Scotland. The property is located near...

European Hotels Occupancy Up
18 November 2010 European hotels recorded a revPAR growth rate of 16.8% in September 2010, their strongest rise since December 2009, according to a Deloitte report. The rise in revPAR was driven mainly...

Davidson Hotel Company to Manage Hawaiian Courtyard Hotel
18 November 2010 Hotel management firm Davidson Hotel Company has been selected by Behringer Harvard to manage the 311-room Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach in Hawaii, US. The property was...

Qatar Holding Plans Maybourne Hotel Acquisition
18 November 2010 Qatar Holding is in talks with Maybourne Hotel Group for a planned acquisition of the group's London portfolio. Qatar Holding placed a $1.6bn bid to buy the hotel group, which operates...

San Diego Marriott Renovation to Complete in 2011
18 November 2010 The $200m renovation of the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina in California, US, will be completed next year. The makeover will add 7,432m² of ballroom and exhibition space,...

Egypt to Renovate Landmark Hotels
17 November 2010 The Holding Company for Tourism, Hotels and Cinema (HOTAC) in Egypt has unveiled a plan to invest £228m ($366m) in renovating nine landmark hotels in the country. Renovation will be carried...

Dubai's Second Citymax Hotel Unveiled
17 November 2010 Citymax Hotel has opened its second property, Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai, in the UAE. The hotel offers 691 rooms consisting of twins and double rooms, five restaurants, a sports lounge, a gym...

Marriott to Expand Indian Properties to 100 by 2015
17 November 2010 Marriott International plans to increase the number of its hotels in India to 100 within the next five years. Building on its current Indian portfolio of 11 properties, the US hotel group...

Chesapeake Lodging Acquires Seattle Hotel
17 November 2010 Chesapeake Lodging Trust has signed an agreement to acquire the Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle Convention Center in Seattle, US, for $53m. The company will fund the acquisition through...

Hilton to Improve Facilities for Disabled Guests
16 November 2010 Hilton Worldwide has entered into an agreement with the US Department of Justice to make improvements in 900 hotels nationwide so that they can accommodate guests and visitors with disabilities. ...

Sahara India to Acquire UK Hotel
16 November 2010 The Indian-based conglomerate Sahara India Pariwar is to buy the Grosvenor House in central London, UK, for £470m ($756m). The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) acquired the property in 2001...

IHG to Open 1,200 Hotels within Five Years
16 November 2010 InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) has unveiled plans to open 1,200 hotels worldwide, which will create 160,000 jobs over the next few years. The roles include management, hotel porters...

US City Breaks Ground for Washington Marriott Marquis
16 November 2010 The Washington Convention and Sports Authority has broke ground on its four-star Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington DC, US. The $520m hotel will have 1,200 rooms and 46 suites, and will...

IHG Q3 Profit Drops
15 November 2010 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)'s operating profit for the third quarter of 2010 fell by 7% to $115m compared with the $124m operating profit recorded during the corresponding quarter...

Wyndham Adds New Hotel to Grand Portfolio
15 November 2010 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, will add a new hotel to its Wyndham Grand Collection portfolio in the US. The 119-room Mining Exchange is located...

US Renaissance Completes Restoration
15 November 2010 The Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel in North Carolina, US, has opened following the completion of its three-year, multi-million-dollar renovation. The 264-room hotel's new owners...

Sol Melia Forms Alliance with Preferred Hotel Group
15 November 2010 Spanish hotel and resort operator Sol Melia has added 11 hotels to the Preferred Hotel Group in a bid to increase its international market positioning. The strategic alliance required...

Oasis to Sell Beverley Hilton Hotel
12 November 2010 The Beverly Hilton Hotel in California, US, has been put up for sale by owner Oasis West Realty. Cushman & Wakefield Sonnenblick Goldman is leading the sale transaction. ...

Taiwan Hotel Occupancy Rises
12 November 2010 Taiwan's hotel occupancy has risen by 5.3% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2010, according to data from the country's tourism bureau. The average occupancy rate of Taiwan's...

Domestic Guest Stays in Australian Hotels on the Rise
12 November 2010 Domestic guest stays rose by 3% on average at Australian hotels in 2010, compared to the previous year. A report by hotel group Best Western notes that the Australian accommodation sector...

Renovated New Orleans Hotel Reopens
12 November 2010 The Hotel Le Marais in New Orleans, US, has reopened following the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation. The extensive renovation saw all of the hotel's guest rooms and public...

ICH Signs Management Contract for Singapore Hotel
11 November 2010 InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a contract with RB Capital Hotels to manage a Holiday Inn Express in Singapore. The SGD$300m ($233m) hotel is expected to open in 2013. ...

Californian Hotel to Restructure Debt
11 November 2010 Strategic Hotels & Resorts, owner of the Hotel del Coronado in California, US, has unveiled plans to restructure more than $630m in debt on the property. The firm's spokeswoman...

Tune Hotels to Open in Malaysia
11 November 2010 Tune Hotels will unveil two new properties in Malaysia by 2011. A new 101-room Tune hotel will open in Bintulu and another 173-room property will open in Kota Bharu. The hotels are...

Detroit Airport Hotel Sold
11 November 2010 The Lexington Hotel, which is located near Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Michigan, US, has been sold by its owners to a local investment group. The sale price of the previous Hampton...

Sharjah Hotel Occupancy Rises in Q3
10 November 2010 Sharjah, UAE, has seen a 70% rise in hotel occupancy in the third quarter of 2010 compared with the 65% rise seen in the same period of 2009, according to a report by the Sharjah...

Marriott to Convert Berners Hotel into a London Edition
10 November 2010 Marriott International, in collaboration with US-hotelier Ian Schrager, is to redevelop the Berners Hotel, in the UK, into a new London Edition hotel. Closed since 2006, the Berners Hotel...

Dubai Ritz Carlton Sale Finalised
10 November 2010 Union Properties has finalised the sale agreement of the Ritz Carlton at Dubai International Financial Centre, UAE, for AED1.1bn ($299.5m). Union Properties said the proceeds from...

Hyatt Sells Tampa Bay Hotel
10 November 2010 An affiliate of Hyatt Hotels sold the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay hotel in Florida, US, to an investor for $58.5m. Leading the transaction UBS Global Asset Management entered into a...

Hong Kong Hotel to Be Renovated
09 November 2010 The HongKong and Shanghai Hotels has approved the complete renovation of guestrooms at the Peninsula Hong Kong in Kowloon, China. The renovation is part of a scheduled upgrade programme...

Manila Holiday Inn Unveiled
09 November 2010 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Philippine developer Ayala Land have signed an agreement to open the first Holiday Inn & Suites in Manila, Philippines. The 347-room Holiday...

France's Hotel Occupancy Boosted by Tour de France
09 November 2010 France's hotel industry received a significant lift during the 2010 Tour de France in July compared with the same period last year. Occupancy rates rose by over 40% in many cities, which...

Starwood Capital to Sell Paris Hotel
09 November 2010 US-based Starwood Capital is to sell the Hotel de Crillon in Paris to Saudi Arabian investors. The landmark hotel is expected to be sold for $353.6m. The buyer may spend an...

Chinese Hotel Prices Fall in November
08 November 2010 Hotel prices in China fell in November 2010 and were attributed to the closure of the Shanghai World Expo, according to a report by Wotif.com. The statistics revealed that the average...

Carlson to Renovate US Airport Hotel
08 November 2010 Global hospitality company Carlson has unveiled plans to renovate the Radisson Hotel Ontario Airport in California, US. Carlson will begin a $6m phased renovation to upgrade the...

HEI Sells Californian Hotel
08 November 2010 HEI Hotels & Resorts (HEI) has sold the 293-suite Embassy Suites Irvine–Orange County Airport in California, US, for an undisclosed sum. HEI will maintain the management of the hotel...

New Ibis Hotel Opens in Bangkok
08 November 2010 French hotel chain Accor unveiled its new three-star Ibis Bangkok Riverside in Thailand. The 266-room hotel features a lobby bar, a swimming pool, meeting rooms and a restaurant. This...

Airport Hotel Planned for Abu Dhabi
05 November 2010 Abu Dhabi Airports Company and hotel operator Premier Inn have signed an agreement to build a hotel at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE. The new Abu Dhabi International...

New Langham Hotel to Open in China
05 November 2010 Langham Hotels International will open a new property in China in 2012. The 352-room hotel will be located in Futian, Shenzhen, and will feature a spa as well as indoor and outdoor...

UK Hotel Adopts Smart TV Upgrade
05 November 2010 Park International Hotel in South Kensington, London, UK, will adopt Swisscom's connected hotel TV technology by January 2011 as part of its facilities upgrade plan. The all-in-one...

US Milford Plaza Acquisition Complete
05 November 2010 The acquisition of the Milford Plaza Hotel in New York, US, by an affiliate of Ogden CAP Properties has been completed. Highgate Holdings, in partnership with private equity firm...

Layia Hotel Unveiled in UAE
04 November 2010 Layia Hospitality has opened the new Layia Plaza Hotel in Al Qusais, UAE. The 232-room hotel features three meeting rooms, a business centre, restaurants, crew lounges, fitness centre,...

Tokyo Hotels' September Occupancy Rises
04 November 2010 Hotel occupancy at 19 major hotels in Japan's capital city Tokyo rose 77.8% in September 2010, a 1.4% increase from a year earlier, according to a Nikkei survey. This is the...

Swedish Hotel Pilots NFC Room Key Solution
04 November 2010 Clarion Hotel Stockholm in Sweden will begin a four-month trial for a project that involves replacing hotel room keys with near field communication (NFC) enabled mobile phones. ASSA...

Carlson Opens Bangkok Radisson
04 November 2010 Carlson Hotels Worldwide has opened its new Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit hotel in Thailand. The twin tower Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit is located on Sukhumvit Soi Street in...

Palestine Opens First Luxury Hotel
03 November 2010 The Movenpick Hotel Ramallah in West Bank, Palestine, will open this week. This will be the first five-star luxury hotel in the nation opened by the franchise of the Swiss-based Movenpick...

Hilton to Develop Policy to Address Child Exploitation
03 November 2010 Hilton Worldwide has unveiled plans to develop an updated global business ethics policy, which will be rolled out by the end of 2010 across its portfolio to address commercial...

Carlson Plans Canadian Airport Hotel
03 November 2010 Global hospitality company Carlson has unveiled plans to build a new Radisson hotel near Calgary International Airport in Canada. Construction of the $19m Radisson Hotel &...

Abu Dhabi Records Rise in Hotel Guests
03 November 2010 Hotel guests rose by 16% in Abu Dhabi, UAE, during the first nine months of 2010 compared with a 14% increase during the same period of 2009, according to research data. Data from...

New Apex Hotel to Open in London in 2012
02 November 2010 Apex Hotels will invest £60m ($96.3m) in creating its first hotel in London, UK. The four-star Apex Temple Court Hotel is expected to open in 2012 and will be located at 1-3 Serjeants...

Washington's Capitol Hilton Completes Renovation
02 November 2010 The Capital Hilton hotel in Washington, US, has completed extensive renovation of its guestrooms and hallways. The $30m renovation retained historical elements of the original design and...

IHCL to Raise $191m in Share Allotment
02 November 2010 The Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) plans to raise RS8.5bn ($191m) for preferential allotment to Tata Sons within the next 18 months. The Tata Group's shareholding in IHCL will increase...

Starwood Unveils Russian Expansion Plan
02 November 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is to expand its hotel portfolio in Russia. Starwood will open three new hotels in Moscow by 2014 under brands Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton...

Iron Point Acquires New York W Hotel's Debt Loan
01 November 2010 US-based equity firm Iron Point Titan Ventures has bought $25m of mezzanine debt at a discount in W New York Downtown Hotel in the US. Iron Point already owned a separate $40m portion...

Ramada Opens Hotel in Bangkok
01 November 2010 Wyndham Hotel Group has opened the first managed Ramada hotel in Asia Pacific. The new 11-storey Ramada Hotel & Suites Bangkok in Thailand, which is owned by Sookjai Condominium,...

U Hotel Signs Management Contract in Doha
01 November 2010 U Hotel & Resorts has signed a management agreement with Gulf Trading and Contracting (GTC) for its newest hotel, U Le Mirage Doha, in Qatar. The 120-room U Le Mirage Doha, which...

Hilton to Add New Hotels in Russia
01 November 2010 Hilton Worldwide will add three hotels to its portfolio in Russia following the signing of management agreements. Hilton will open three hotels in Yaroslavl and Kazan, and its second hotel...

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TPG Hospitality Wins Management Contract
29 October 2010 TPG Hospitality has received a management contract from Lodgian to manage its eight hotels in the US. The company took over the management of two properties including the 270-room Crowne...

UK Hotel Pipeline Highest in Europe
29 October 2010 London, UK, stands first in Europe's hotel development pipeline with more than 9,700 hotel rooms, according a report by US marketing agency STR Global. The report says that 10,000 hotel...

Grand Hyatt New York Begins Final Phase of Renovation
29 October 2010 The final phase of the $130m renovation at the Grand Hyatt New York in the US has begun, and is expected to continue over the next year. The renovation will include 1,311 guestrooms, a...

New Regal Hotel Opens in China
29 October 2010 Regal Hotels International has opened its new Regal Kangbo Hotel in Shandong, China. The five-star hotel was developed by Bosideng Holdings and will be managed by Regal Hotels. ...

New York Hotel up for Sale
28 October 2010 The 187-room Staten Island Hotel in New York, US, is up for sale with a price tag of $14m. The hotel, which was expected to open last week, will now open in 2011 as a franchise of Crowne...

InnVest REIT to Rebrand Canadian Hotel Portfolio
28 October 2010 Canada-based InnVest REIT Hotels unveiled plans to rebrand 12 of its Holiday Inn hotels and four of its Holiday Inn Express hotels in Canada by the end of December 2010. Lobbies and...

New World Hospitality Unveils Expansion Plans
28 October 2010 New World Hospitality is investing $1.1bn in 20 projects under development across three brands. The New World Hotels flagship brand will be repositioned with a new visual identity and...

Source1 Forms Alliance with Latino Hotel Association
28 October 2010 The Latino Hotel Association (LHA) has formed a strategic alliance with Source1 Purchasing to enhance the food and beverage pricing power of LHA members. The organisation said its...

Las Vegas Sands Forms Alliance with IHG
27 October 2010 Las Vegas Sands Corp has signed a ten-year agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which will see its two properties affiliated with IHG's brand in Las Vegas, US. The Venetian...

Carlson Unveils Asia Pacific Expansion Plan
27 October 2010 Global hospitality company Carlson has unveiled plans to expand its portfolio of hotels in Asia Pacific to 100 hotels by 2015. The chain plans to rebrand Radisson hotels in operation...

Bel-Air Hotel to Reopen in 2011
27 October 2010 The Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, US, will reopen in July 2011 following 22 months of extensive renovation and redesign. The hotel part of the Dorchester Collection hotels will be renovated...

Behringer Harvard JV Acquires Hawaii Hotel
27 October 2010 A joint venture between Behringer Harvard Opportunity and JMI Realty has acquired the 311-room Aston Kauai Beach at Makaiwa in Hawaii. Behringer Harvard senior vice-president Richard Frank...

Wyndham Hotel to Open in New York
26 October 2010 Wyndham Hotel Group has signed an agreement to open its new first TRYP hotel in New York, US. The 173-room TRYP New York City - Times Square South will be complete by the second quarter...

Israeli Firm Unveils Expansion Plans
26 October 2010 Israel-based Fattal Hotel Management has unveiled plans to expand its Herod's Palace Hotel brand's portfolio in Tel Aviv, Israel. The firm plans to invest ILS60m ($16m) in converting...

Razors Top List of Items Left by Park Hotel Guests
26 October 2010 Razors make up 21.1% of unusual items that guests leave behind after their stay at Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts. Books are the second most left behind item with 14% followed...

New Evergrande Hotel Opens in China
26 October 2010 Evergrande Real Estate Group has opened its second five-star hotel in China. The new China Chongqing Evergrande Hotel is part of the Chong Evergrande Splendor Tourism Complex. ...

New York Occupancy Flat in 2011
25 October 2010 Hotel occupancy in the US city of New York is expected to remain flat in 2011, according to a report by online travel site Expedia. The low occupancy was attributed to growth in the supply...

Romanian Ice Hotel to Re-open in December
25 October 2010 The Ice Hotel in Romania will re-open on 25 December 2010 and close in May 2011. The 14-room hotel will see the addition of four new rooms, all maintained at a temperature of...

Norwegian Property to Sell Norgani Hotels
25 October 2010 Norwegian Property subsidiary Oslo Properties has signed an unconditional sales and purchase agreement with Sech Holding for the sale of its subsidiary Norgani Hotels. Both parties...

Marriott to Build US Airport Hotel
25 October 2010 Groundbreaking will take place next week for the 119-room Marriott-brand Courtyard hotel near Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US. The four-storey hotel will be managed...

Hilton Hotel Opens in Seattle
22 October 2010 US-based The Hotel Group (THG) has opened its new Hilton Garden Inn Seattle / Bothell in Seattle, US. It will be the first Hilton brand hotel in the region and will feature 128 guestrooms...

Low Occupancy Recorded During 2010 CWG
22 October 2010 The lowest hotel occupancy was recorded during the 19th Commonwealth Games (CWG) held 3-14 October in Delhi, India, this year. Saeed Shervani, president of the Hotel and Restaurant...

London St Pancras Hotel to Open in 2011
22 October 2010 The newly renovated St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, UK, is scheduled to open in May 2011. The hotel was closed in 1935, but the building has been used as offices for a local...

UK Hotel Room Prices to Double for 2012 Olympic Games
22 October 2010 Hotel prices are expected to double during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, UK, according to a study by Rubicon. The rates of the city's 120,000 hotel rooms will be hiked due to the...

New Clarion Hotel Launched in Sydney
21 October 2010 Choice Hotels Group has launched its new Clarion Hotel on the Park at Parramatta in Sydney, Australia. The hotel, formerly the Courtyard by Marriott Parramatta, will be rebranded over the...

European Hotel Rates Rise
21 October 2010 The average price of overnight accommodation in Europe rose by 8% between September and October 2010, according to a new study by hotel price comparison site Trivago. The study reveals...

Manhattan's Chelsea Hotel for Sale
21 October 2010 The landmark Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, US, has been put up for sale by the three families that have owned it for 65 years. The 12-storey property has 125 hotel rooms, including a...

Serena Group to Expand Nairobi Hotel
21 October 2010 Serena Hotels Group has unveiled plans to invest $30m for the expansion of its five-star Nairobi Serena Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The project is part of the chain's portfolio expansion plan...

Mecca Hotel Prices Rose in August
20 October 2010 Hotel prices in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, rose by 31% during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in August 2010. The average night rate in August stood at $568 this year, up from $433 in...

Qatar's First Langham Hotel to Open
20 October 2010 Luxury hotel operator Langham Hotels International plans to open its first Langham hotel in Doha, Qatar, by 2012. The new Langham Place is part of the group's expansion plans in the...

Sofitel Hotel Opens in Saudi Arabia
20 October 2010 The new five-star Sofitel Alkhobar Hotel in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province has opened. The 31,000m² hotel comprises 229 rooms, three restaurants and lounges, a covered pool, a...

Barclays Capital to Auction US St Regis
20 October 2010 Barclays Capital has begun the process to auction the St Regis hotel in Washington, US, following foreclosure proceedings on owners Claret Capital. The 150-room, 25-suite St Regis...

Marriott Hotel Sold in Brazil
19 October 2010 The JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro on Copacabana Beach in Brazil has been sold to Host Hotels & Resorts for $47.5m. Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels oversaw the sale on behalf of...

UK Airport Hotel Plan Approved
19 October 2010 Plans have been approved for a new 251-room hotel to be located next to Bristol Airport in North Somerset, UK. North Somerset Council's South Area Committee approved the plans for the...

MGM to Sell Borgata Hotel Stake
19 October 2010 MGM Resorts International plans to sell half of its stake in the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in New Jersey, US, for $250m. The Las Vegas-based company did not reveal details of the buyer...

Carlson Unveils Expansion Indian Plans
19 October 2010 Global hospitality and travel company Carlson has unveiled plans to operate more than 100 hotels in India by 2015. The company will open eight hotels in 2010 and plans to add at least 15...

Foreign Night Stays Increase in NZ Hotels
18 October 2010 New Zealand hotels saw a 7% rise in night stays in August 2010, according to Statistics New Zealand's monthly accommodation review. Global visitor nights rose by 2% over the...

Pebblebrook Subsidiary to Buy US Hotel
18 October 2010 A subsidiary of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has entered into an agreement to acquire an upscale hotel in Pennsylvania, US, for $89m. The details of the hotel were not disclosed. The...

Accor Opens Mercure Hotel in Slovakia
18 October 2010 French hotel chain Accor has opened its first Mercure hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia. The four-star hotel features 175 rooms including 11 suites, private lounges and 120-seat conference rooms. ...

Blackstone Venture Buys Columbia Sussex Hotels
18 October 2010 A venture of Blackstone, Centerbridge Partners and Paulson & Company has bought $300m of debt of 14 hotels owned by US-based Columbia Sussex Corporation. The move puts Blackstone in...

Wyndham Group Unveils Hotel Expansion in China
15 October 2010 Wyndham Hotel Group has signed management agreements for three new Wyndham Hotels & Resorts properties in Boao, China. The properties include the 300-room Wyndham Grand Boao Resort and...

Access Signs Management Contract
15 October 2010 US-based hospitality management firm Access Hotel & Resorts is to manage the Distrikt Hotel in New York, US. The 155-room hotel is located in a 32-storey building near The New York...

NZ Hotels for Sale
15 October 2010 Two hotels in Auckland, New Zealand, owned by collapsed firm South Canterbury Finance will be sold for NZ$70m ($52.9m). The Hyatt Regency Auckland is expected to fetch NZ$50m ($37.8m) and...

Asian Hotel (North) Buys Consulting Firm Stake
15 October 2010 India-based Asian Hotel (North) has acquired a 53% stake in an international hospitality consulting firm, which is yet to be disclosed. Asian Hotel entered into a joint venture with...

Armoured Hotel to Open in Colombia
14 October 2010 The new Hotel Spiwak, which is located in the city of Cali, Colombia, will open this week. The five-star hotel features 226 suites and five armoured rooms in line with international safety...

Rezidor to Open Radisson in Dubai
14 October 2010 The Rezidor Hotel Group will open its new Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Downtown in the UAE next year. The 220-room hotel is Rezidor's fourth Radisson Hotel in the emirate. The hotel...

Brazilian Hotel Chains to Invest in Peru
14 October 2010 Three Brazilian hotel chains have unveiled plans to invest PEN8.39bn ($3bn) in the Peruvian hotel market by 2015. The country's favourable conditions, current choices of tourist routes to...

London's Maybourne Hotels for Sale
14 October 2010 Three luxury London hotels worth £1bn ($1.59bn), part of the Maybourne Hotel Group, are expected to be put up for sale after the company failed to refinance loans. The properties include...

Marriott, AC Hotels to Franchise New Brand
13 October 2010 Marriott International and Spanish hotel group AC Hotels have signed a preliminary agreement to form a joint venture to manage and franchise a new lodging co-brand across Europe and Latin America....

Indiana Airport Hotel to be Renovated
13 October 2010 Dunn Hospitality Group has unveiled plans to renovate the former Evansville Plaza Hotel and Suites located near the Evansville Regional Airport in Indiana, US. The hotel will reopen next...

Omni to Build a $273m US Hotel
13 October 2010 Omni Hotels has unveiled designs for a $273m convention centre headquarters hotel in Tennessee, US. The building will be a 79m tall, 25-storey structure. The 800-room Omni hotel will...

Extended Stay Sold for $3.9bn
13 October 2010 US hotel chain operator Extended Stay America has been sold to an investment consortium for $3.9bn. The buy-out by a consortium comprising US-based Blackstone, Paulson & Co and...

Starwood to Launch Westin Hotels in Panama
12 October 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts will launch two Westin brand hotels in Panama, which are expected to open in the next two years. The Westin Playa Bonita Panama will open in 2011 followed by...

California Hotel Expansion Stalled
12 October 2010 Safety concerns and protests by a community activist group have stalled the expansion of the Hotel del Coronado in California, US. Concerned Citizens for Keeping the Hotel del Beautiful...

Hilton to Open Doubletree Hotel in Mexico
12 October 2010 Hilton Worldwide has signed a franchise agreement with Operadora de Hoteles y Restaurantes to open a Doubletree hotel near Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport, Mexico. The...

Hiranandani to Expand Indian Hotel Chain
12 October 2010 India-based property developer Hiranandani Group has unveiled plans to invest Rs1,000m ($22.5m) in the expansion of its hotel chain Rodas in India. Hiranandani Group chairman...

Third Armani Hotel Planned in Paris
11 October 2010 Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani has partnered with Emmar Hotels & Resorts and unveiled plans to open the third Armani brand hotel in Paris, France. The brand's second hotel is...

Northwood Investors Buys US Radisson Hotel
11 October 2010 US-based Northwood Investors has acquired the Radisson Hotel Boston in Massachusetts, US, for an undisclosed sum from John Philopoulos Associates Trust. The 358-room hotel features 325...

Renovated UK Savoy Hotel to Reopen
11 October 2010 The Fairmont-managed Savoy Hotel in London, UK, will reopen this week following the completion of three years of renovation. The entire building, including 268 rooms and a number of bars...

Marriott Reports Profit in Q3
11 October 2010 Hotel operator Marriott International recorded an $83m profit in the third quarter of 2010. The company attributed the revenue rise to higher room rates. Marriott International made a loss...

Montreal Hotel Prices Rise in Q2
08 October 2010 Hotel room rates in the Canadian city of Montreal were up 7% in the second quarter of 2010 compared with the same period last year, according to the Hotel Price Index. The city's...

LaSalle Buys US Hotel
08 October 2010 LaSalle Hotel Properties has acquired the leasehold interest in Hotel Roger Williams in New York, US, for $90m. The property will continue to be managed by JRK Hotel Group. The...

Sol Melia Plans New London Hotel
08 October 2010 Spanish hotel and resort operator Sol Melia will open its new ME brand hotel, ME London, England in 2012 in time for the Olympic Games. This is the sixth hotel of the ME Hotels brand and...

Hilton Opens Doubletree Hotel in Russia
08 October 2010 The Hilton hotel group has opened its first Russian Doubletree brand hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton Novosibirsk. The 188-room hotel is part of a newly built, mixed-use hotel and...

Best Western Opens Hotel in Poland
07 October 2010 Best Western International has opened its fifth hotel in Silesia, Poland. The four-star Best Western Premier Katowice features 168 rooms, a restaurant and bar, a fitness area and a...

Brocade to Equip Dutch Hotel with HD Technology
07 October 2010 US-based Brocade has been selected to build an internet, television and telephone network for the Parkhotel Horst in Limburg, Netherlands. Parkhotel will deliver multicast HD-IP...

Rotana Opens Furjairah Hotel
07 October 2010 Middle Eastern hotel operator Rotana Hotels will open its 27th hotel, Nour Arjaan, in Furjairah, UAE. The 28-storey property features 225 rooms, meeting rooms, a roof-top swimming pool,...

Pandox Buys Sixth Hotel in Belgium
07 October 2010 The Brussels Hilton in Belgium has been acquired by Sweden-based hotel property company Pandox for €29m ($39.9m). The 26-storey, 432-room hotel was sold by a US investment...

Seven-Star Hotel to Open in Iraq
06 October 2010 A seven-star hotel will open in Arbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish regional administration, next week. The hotel was built by Turkish company Elegan Turizm and will be run by Koc...

African Sun Opens Nigeria Best Western
06 October 2010 Pan-Africa hotel group African Sun has opened a new four-star hotel, Best Western Lagos, in Nigeria under a management contract. The hotel has 112 medium-sized rooms comprising four...

UK Novotel Hotel Sold to Legacy
06 October 2010 Legacy Hotels and Resorts has acquired a Novotel hotel in Plymouth, UK, for an undisclosed sum. The 100-bedroom hotel is expected to be rebranded as the Legacy Plymouth International Hotel...

Californian Marriott Hotel to Undergo Facelift
06 October 2010 The San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina in California, US, will undergo a $182m renovation. The renovation will involve expansion of the 25-storey waterfront hotel, which is operated by...

Geolo Capital Buys US Hotel
05 October 2010 US-based Geolo Capital has acquired the 250-room Custom Hotel in Los Angeles, US, from an affiliate of Marathon Asset Management for an undisclosed sum. Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels brokered...

Fairmont Hotels to go Green
05 October 2010 Canadian-based Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has unveiled plans to align its properties across the globe so they can become members of the Green Key Eco-rating programme. The initiative is...

Rezidor to Open Radisson in Norway
05 October 2010 The Rezidor Hotel Group will open its new Radisson Blu Sortland in Norway in 2013. The new resort and conference hotel will feature 168 guestrooms, a dining restaurant, a lobby bar,...

Starwood Sells Aspen Hotel
05 October 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has sold the 179-room St Regis Aspen in Colorado, US, for $70m. The hotel was sold to 315 East Dean Associates, a Delaware corporation represented...

Russia to Build Space Hotel
04 October 2010 Russia-based Orbital Technologies has unveiled a plan to build a space hotel, which could be in orbit by 2016. The first module will feature four cabins measuring 20m³, which...

LaSalle Sells US Westin Hotel
04 October 2010 LaSalle Hotel Properties has sold the Westin City Center Dallas in Texas, US, for $50m. The company received a book gain of $29.2m and anticipates that it will recognise a tax gain of $26.5m...

Japan's 13th Best Western Opens
04 October 2010 Best Western International has opened the Best Western Hotel Sapporo Nakajima Koen in Sapporo, Japan. The 278-room hotel is the chain's 13th property in Japan. The hotel features...

Pebblebrook Trust Buys US Hotel
04 October 2010 Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has acquired the Grand Hotel in Minneapolis, US, for $33m. The landmark hotel was sold for $3m less than what was originally discussed. Pebblebrook said it...

Sol Melia Sells Hotel in Spain
01 October 2010 Spanish hotel chain Sol Melia has sold the Sol Pelicanos Ocas Hotel in Alicante, Spain, for €73.75 ($100m). The sale generated capital gains of €55.6m ($75.5m). The chain...

Hotel Indigo Signs Franchise Deal for UK Hotel
01 October 2010 InterContinental Hotels Group's boutique brand Hotel Indigo has signed a franchise agreement to open a new hotel in London, UK. The brand unveiled plans to open 13 new hotels across the...

US Walt Disney Hilton Sold
01 October 2010 Tishman Hotel & Realty has sold the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, US, to Hilton Worldwide for $127.2m. Owned by the Blackstone Group, the Hilton Worldwide has managed...

Wyndham Opens Ramada Hotel in Bangkok
01 October 2010 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has opened its new Ramada Hotel & Suites Bangkok in Thailand. The 11-storey hotel is owned by Kokar Group subsidiary Sookjai Condominium and features studio...

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Carlyle Buys B&B Hotel Group
30 September 2010 US-based Carlyle Group has acquired the European B&B Hotels chain for €480m ($651m) from French private equity firm Eurazeo. The chain comprises 223 budget hotels with a total...

Hilton Signs Management Contract for Tunisian Property
30 September 2010 Hilton Worldwide has signed a management contract with Société Touristique Tunisie Golfe to introduce the first Hilton-branded property in Tunisia. The 283-room Hilton Tunis...

Abu Dhabi Begins Green Guidelines Trial
30 September 2010 Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, UAE, has begun a trial of new green hotel guidelines across four properties in the city. The guidelines, which are at the design stage, for new hotels aim...

Accor Unveils Novotel Bangkok
30 September 2010 Accor Group's mid-scale hotel brand Novotel has unveiled its 216-room Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom in Thailand. The 20-storey hotel features a 122-seating restaurant, a lobby lounge, a...

Global Hotel Prices Rise in Q2
29 September 2010 Hotel prices worldwide increased by 2% in the second quarter of 2010 compared with the same period last year, according to an industry report. The hotel price index recorded it as the...

JAL Luxury Hotel Opens in China
29 September 2010 JAL Hotels has opened the five-star Hotel Nikko Wuxi in China. The 499-room hotel features a cafe, a restaurant, a 640m² ballroom, seven additional meeting spaces, an indoor swimming...

Dubai Hotel Occupancy Rises
29 September 2010 Hotels in Dubai experienced a 5.5% increase in occupancy to 72.2% from January to July 2010, according to a report by STR Global. The analysis said that continued marketing...

InterContinental Prague for Sale
29 September 2010 Strategic Hotels & Resorts has signed a share purchase agreement for the sale of the InterContinental Prague in the Czech Republic for €110.6 ($148m). The hotel will be sold to...

Beirut Radisson to be Renovated
28 September 2010 Renovation work at the Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, will begin in January 2011. The five-star hotel will remain open during the renovation period and be completed by...

Recession Spurs Drop in Polish Hotel Prices
28 September 2010 Five-star hotels across Poland will reduce their prices and services in a bid to attract more guests and increase occupancy levels. The move was taken because the Polish hotel industry...

Union Investment Buys Hotel in Germany
28 September 2010 Union Investment has acquired the Holiday Inn Express hotel in Saxony, Germany, for Foremost Real Estate Dresden (FRED). FRED is developing the three-star hotel for operator Foremost...

Hawaii Hotel Occupancy Rises
28 September 2010 Hotel occupancy in Hawaii rose to 72.9% for the week ending 18 September 2010, up from 68.8% during the same period in 2009, according to a new industry report. The Smith...

EIH Plans to Raise Funds Through Rights Issue
27 September 2010 India-based hotel chain EIH has unveiled plans to raise up to Rs13bn ($285.4m) through a rights issue of shares. The hotel board has set up a committee to finalise the rights ratio, issue...

Two Citigate Hotels for Sale
27 September 2010 Brisbane's Australian Property Growth Fund is selling two Citigate hotels in Australia. The 277-room, four-star Citigate Perth is expected to sell for about A$65m ($61.7m) while the...

Chatham Lodging Completes US Hotel Buy-out
27 September 2010 Real estate investment organisation Chatham Lodging Trust has completed its acquisition of the Residence Inn by Marriott in New York, US. It is the final hotel of a four-property...

First Asia Pacific Radisson Opens
27 September 2010 Carlson Hotels and SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation will open the first Radisson Blu hotel in Asia Pacific today. The 400-room Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, a province in the...

Canadian Sheraton Renovation to Complete in 2011
24 September 2010 The renovation of the Sheraton Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, will be complete by March 2011. The majority of the project is complete, with about 100 rooms still left to be renovated. ...

Best Western Unveils Expansion Plans
24 September 2010 Best Western International plans to add 235 new properties in the Middle East and Asia by the end of 2011. Best Western has 40 hotels planned for the region and intends to develop...

Virgin Group to Launch Hotel Brand
24 September 2010 UK-based Virgin Group has unveiled plans to launch its four-star hotel brand, Virgin Hotels, in the US. The group is seeking hotel sites in North American cities such as New York and...

US Helmsley Hotel for Sale
24 September 2010 The 788-room New York Helmsley Hotel in the US has been put up for sale. The hotel, which is located near the Grand Central Terminal, is expected to sell for more than $300m. CB...

Accor Launches First Dubai Pullman Hotel
23 September 2010 French hotel chain Accor has launched its first Pullman brand hotel in Dubai, UAE. The Pullman Dubai Mall will feature 481 rooms, food and beverage outlets and a roof-top spa, as well...

Kingdom Holding Sells US Hotel
23 September 2010 Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) has sold the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, US, for $100m. The hotel will remain under the management of Fairmont Raffles, which is part of KHC's...

Shanghai's Second Langham Hotel to Open
23 September 2010 Langham Hotels International will open a new property in China on 1 October 2010. The 24-storey hotel, located in Xintiandi, Shanghai, will have 357 rooms, including 23 suites. This is...

Developer Plans Russia's Largest Hotel
23 September 2010 Russian entrepreneur Telman Ismailov has unveiled plans to build the largest hotel complex in Sochi, southern Russia. The RUR31mn ($1bn) hotel will be built ahead of the 2014 Olympic...

New Langham Hotel to Open Soon in Shanghai
22 September 2010 Langham Hotels International will open ita new Langham, Xintiandi, Shanghai in China on 1 October this year. The 24-story luxury hotel will have a total of 357 rooms including 23...

Kingdom Holding Sells US Hotel
22 September 2010 Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) has sold the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, US for $100m. The hotel will remain under the management of Fairmont Raffles, which is part of KHC’s hotel...

Accor Launches New Pullman Hotel in Dubai
22 September 2010 French hotel chain Accor has launched its first new Pullman brand hotel in Dubai, UAE. The Pullman Dubai Mall will feature 481 rooms, food and beverage outlets and a rooftop spa as well as...

Developer Plans Largest Hotel in Russia
22 September 2010 Russian entrepreneur Telman Ismailov has unveiled plans to build the largest hotel complex in Sochi, southern Russia. The $1bn hotel will be built ahead of the 2014 Olympic Winter...

Texas Hotel Completes Renovations
21 September 2010 Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Texas, US, will re-open in November 2010 following the completion of extensive renovation works. The $175m revamp followed severe flood damage to the property in...

Maltese Hotel Occupancy Rises
21 September 2010 Hotel occupancy in Malta increased by 12.6% across hotels during the second quarter of 2010 compared with the same period last year, according to a survey by the Malta Hotels &...

London Hotel Prices Rise by 7%
21 September 2010 Prices at hotel rooms across London, UK, rose by 7% to £124 ($194) this year. The rise, which is attributed to an increase in business travel and international demand, is expected...

Renovated Mövenpick Reopens in Vietnam
21 September 2010 Swiss hotelier Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has reopened its renovated five-star hotel Mövenpick Saigon in Vietnam. The $15m renovation included refurbishment of all rooms,...

Developer Plans Hotel in Adelaide
20 September 2010 Melbourne-based developer Domenic Mattioli has unveiled plans to build a five-star hotel in Currie Street in Adelaide, Australia. The plan for the proposed 23-level hotel tower will be...

Dubai Hotel Guests Witness Increase
20 September 2010 Dubai's hotel guests rose 9% to 4.2 million in the first half of this year, which has been attributed to increased guests arrivals from Asia and the Gulf Arab region. The emirate's revenue...

US Hotel to Close for Renovation
20 September 2010 The Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, US, will close for renovation by the end of this year. The hotel owner, Tamares Group, said it will invest funds to renovate 1,037 guestrooms...

US Hotel to be Open Soon
20 September 2010 A new 115-room Homewood Suites by Hilton will be opened in Texas, US, on 23 September this year. The property will be operated by US-based Vista Host and is its third hotel in Round...

Plans Unveiled for UK Airport Hotel
17 September 2010 Plans have been unveiled for a new hotel to be located next to Exeter International Airport in Devon, England. The 160-room complex will feature a brand new Hampton by Hilton hotel, with...

Ark Partners to Build Hotel in US
17 September 2010 Real estate investment firm Ark Partners is to construct a new 30-storey hotel in New York, US, which is slated to open in 2013. The luxury lifestyle hotel, designed by the US-based firm...

Worker Union Approves Strike for Hilton Hawaii
17 September 2010 Hotel workers at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa in Hawaii have voted to authorise a strike vote. A total of 890 workers voted in favour of the strike, while 51 workers...

HEI Hotels to Renovate US DoubleTree Hotel
17 September 2010 HEI Hotels and Resorts has unveiled plans to renovate the 275-room DoubleTree Guest Suites Boston / Waltham in Massachusetts, US. The company will spend $14m to renovate and reposition...

Hotel Occupancy Rises in Guam
16 September 2010 Hotels in Guam have experienced an increase in occupancy attributed to visiting US military members and summer vacationers. Some hotels recorded an 85% occupancy, with reservations booked...

Churchill Downs to Buy US Hotel
16 September 2010 Churchill Downs has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire Harlow's Casino Resort and Hotel in Mississippi, US. The transaction, valued at $138m, is expected to be closed in the...

Airport Hotel Planned in Haiti
16 September 2010 A new 240-room hotel is planned for construction next to the Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. The seven-storey project is being delivered by...

Majorcan Hotels Implement Green Energy Strategy
16 September 2010 Hotels in the city of Palma de Majorca in the island of Majorca are implementing a UNWTO energy initiative. A total of 25 participating hotels in the coastal city are participating in the...

Construction of New Dubai Marriott Begins
15 September 2010 Al Rostamani Pegel has begun work on the construction of the new 24-storey Marriott Hotel & Marriott Executive Apartments, located in Dubai, UAE. The AED700m ($190.5m) property will...

Fame Hotel Unveils Expansion Plans
15 September 2010 The Turkey-based Fame Hotel chain has announced plans to construct a hotel in Istanbul. The company will begin construction of the $100m property as soon as it acquires the land for...

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Buys US Hotel
15 September 2010 Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has acquired the Monaco Washington DC hotel in the US for $74m. The 183-room, AAA Four Diamond, luxury hotel will continue to be managed by Kimpton Hotels...

Manila's Hotel Occupancy Rate Rises
15 September 2010 The Philippine city of Metro Manila saw a 5% rise in hotel occupancy across its accredited and non-accredited hotels. The overall average occupancy rate from January to June is...

New Zealand Reports Rise in Hotel Night Stays
14 September 2010 Overnight stays at hotels in New Zealand rose by 4% in July 2010 compared with a year earlier, according to a report by Statistics New Zealand. International guest nights rose by...

US Hotel Auction Postponed
14 September 2010 The scheduled auction of landmark hotel Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Maryland, US, has been postponed by asset lender Greenwich Capital Financial. Greenwich Capital is trying to work out a...

US Marriott Hotel Plans Renovations
14 September 2010 Marriott International has announced plans to renovate the Courtyard by Marriott Boston / Westborough hotel in Massachusetts, US. The first phase, to begin this year, includes renovation of...

UK Luxury Hotel for Sale
14 September 2010 The four star luxury hotel Quebecs in Leeds, UK, is to be sold by CBRE Hotels. Part of the Eton Group, Quebecs and its sister hotels were placed in administration earlier this year. ...

Hungary Reports Rise in Hotel Night Stays
13 September 2010 The number of night stays at hotels in Hungary rose by 0.4% to 10.5 million from January to July 2010 compared with a year earlier, according to a report by the Central Statistics...

US Hampton Inn Hotel Reopens
13 September 2010 US-based Hotel Equities has reopened the 112-room Hampton Inn in Georgia, US, following completion of extensive renovation works. The hotel features amenities including a fitness room,...

New Anguilla Hotel Joins Choice Hotel Portfolio
13 September 2010 Choice Hotels International will add a new member hotel to its Ascend Collection portfolio in the Caribbean. The Royale Caribbean Resort & Spa, which is under construction, is located...

Russian Rezidor Hotel to Open in 2014
13 September 2010 Rezidor Hotel Group's Radisson Hotel Zavidovo will open in Russia in 2014. The luxury hotel features 230 rooms, two restaurants, a bar, a destination spa, conference facilities and a...

US Trump Hotel Completes Renovation
10 September 2010 Renovation work has completed at the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York in the US. The $30m renovation of the 52-storey hotel included the complete redesign of its 176...

Shubh Hotels Files for Bankruptcy
10 September 2010 Shubh Hotels Pittsburgh, owner of Pittsburgh's Hilton Hotel, has filed for bankruptcy protection following the termination of a franchise licence agreement by Hilton Hotels. Shubh...

Orascom to Build Hotels in Egypt, Oman
10 September 2010 Egypt-based Orascom Development will build two Four Seasons hotels, one each in Egypt and Oman with an investment of $245m by the second half of next year. The Egyptian hotel will be built...

Starwood to Strengthen Sheraton Presence in China
10 September 2010 Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, a brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, is planning to establish eight new hotels in China by the end of this year and another 18 within the next...

Accor Signs UK Franchise Agreements
09 September 2010 French hotel chain Accor has signed three new franchise agreements in London, UK, for the development of its new hotel brands. The company signed an agreement with Fairview to launch...

Berlin Hotel Prices Lowest in Europe
09 September 2010 Hotel prices in the German capital of Berlin are the lowest compared with other hotels across Europe. The city is expected to record 20 million hotel guests by the end of the year, while...

John Keells Sells Stake in Keells Hotels
09 September 2010 Sri Lanka's John Keells Holdings (JKH) has sold 37 million shares in Keells Hotels as part of an initiative to raise capital. The company raised LKR800m ($7m), which it plans to invest in...

Worldhotels Unveils Brazil Expansion Plans
09 September 2010 Worldhotels has signed an agreement with Othon Hotels of Brazil for five new affiliate hotels. The hotels are located in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Belo Horizonte and will be part of...

Sunstone Drops Bid to Buy US Hotel
08 September 2010 Sunstone Hotel Investors has dropped plans to buy the 1,625-room Manchester Grand Hyatt in California, US. The hotel was touted to be one of southern California's largest hotels. The...

Marriott to Open US Courtyard Hotel
08 September 2010 Marriott International will open its new Courtyard hotel in Virginia, US, this month. The hotel, which is built on the site of the former Cinema Six movie theatre, will be managed by...

Renovated Turkey Hotel Reopened
08 September 2010 The renovated Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, has reopened following a two and a half year renovation. The 118-year-old landmark five-star Pera features Oriental and Occidental styles in...

Philippines Hotel Room Rates Drop
08 September 2010 Hotels in the islands of Visayas, Philippines, have slashed room rates in a bid to attract more guests following huge cancellations of bookings over the 23 August hostage crisis in...

Survey Reports Room Rates Rise in Asian Cities
07 September 2010 Hotel room rates in Asian cities including Hong Kong and Singapore grew by 3.1% in the first half of 2010 and are expected to increase by 5% by the end of the year, according to a report...

Centara Signs Thai Management Contracts
07 September 2010 Centara Hotels & Resorts has signed a management contract with Nova Group to manage three properties in Pattaya and one in Bangkok. The four properties, under new brands Centra and...

Rezidor Opens Hotel in Croatia
07 September 2010 Rezidor Hotel Group has opened the new Radisson Blu Resort Split in Croatia. The luxury hotel was opened following extensive renovation and reconstruction of the former Hotel Split. ...

US Mission Plaza Hotel Sold
07 September 2010 The lender-owned Mission Plaza Hotel & Suites in California, US, has been sold to an affiliate of Reven Capital and Jet Stream Hotels & Resorts. The 316-room property was sold by...

US Sheraton to be Renovated
06 September 2010 The Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites in Indianapolis, US, will undergo renovation from November this year. The $12m renovation of the 560-room hotel involves refurbishment of the...

Berners Hotel for Sale at $95m
06 September 2010 The Berners Hotel in London, UK, is up for sale at a price of £60m ($95m) after being placed in administration. The 193-room hotel, previously owned by JJW Hotels & Resorts, is closed...

Jet Airways Announces Hotel Partnership
06 September 2010 Jet Airways has entered into a partnership with the Leading Hotels of the World group to extend its frequent flyer programme across the hotel chain's portfolio. Through the flyer...

New Hyatt Hotels Opened in US
06 September 2010 Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has opened the new Hyatt Place Columbus / OSU in Columbus, US. The hotel was opened in partnership with Columbus Hospitality and is located near Ohio...

First European Aloft Brand to Open
03 September 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will open its first Aloft brand hotel in Europe. The Aloft Brussels Schuman will be located in Belgium and owned by Thornsett Group. The hotel...

Sharjah Hotel Occupancy Rises in July
03 September 2010 Sharjah, UAE, has seen a 70% rise in hotel occupancy in July compared with the same period in 2009, according to a report by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Department. ...

LaSalle Properties Buys Three US Hotels
03 September 2010 LaSalle Hotel Properties has acquired three luxury hotel properties in the US for a total of $292.5m. The hotel chain acquired the Hotel Monaco San Francisco for $68.5m, the Westin...

Hersha Hospitality Acquires US Hotel
03 September 2010 Hersha Hospitality Trust has acquired the 228-room Hampton Inn in Washington, DC, US, for approximately $73m. Hersha will own seven hotels in the Washington, DC region following...

Marriott Unveils Third-Largest Hotel in China
02 September 2010 Marriott International has opened its third-largest Courtyard brand hotel in Shanghai, China. The 456-room hotel is owned by Gain Year Development Real Estate Shanghai and operates under...

Luxury Hotel Planned for Tibet
02 September 2010 A new five-star luxury hotel is planned for Paizhen, Tibet, near the Brahmaputra Grand Canyon. The $14.7m hotel will feature 150 rooms in the first phase of development, which will...

WNS Wins IHG Service Contract
02 September 2010 WNS has won a multi-year service contract to deliver analytics and customer care services across the entire InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) portfolio in Europe. The software...

KHI Sells Stake in Cairo Four Seasons
02 September 2010 Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI), a subsidiary of Kingdom Holding Company, has sold its 43.7% stake in the Four Seasons Hotel in Cairo, Egypt, for $145m. The stake was acquired by...

Montcalm to Open London Hotel
01 September 2010 Montcalm is to open a new hotel in London, UK, in June next year. The 235-room Montcalm London City Hotel will be located next to events venue The Brewery and will take up the front section...

Accor Narrows First Half Losses
01 September 2010 Accor has reduced its losses to €64m ($81m) in the first half of 2010, compared with a loss of €236m ($299m) in the same period a year ago. The French hotel group's...

Hilton Pittsburgh Renovation Begins
01 September 2010 Exterior renovations have begun at Hilton Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, US, which are part of the second stage of the hotel's upgrade programme. The property's slimline appearance will...

Reliance Industries Buys Stake in EIH Group
01 September 2010 Reliance Industries has acquired a 14.12% stake in India-based hotel chain EIH Limited from Oberoi Hotels Private and other promoters. The acquisition was made through its...

August 2010

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London Chain Hotels Report Profit
31 August 2010 The profitability of London chain hotels increased 30.5% in July this year compared with same period a year ago, according to a survey by TRI Hospitality Consulting. The rise in profit...

Indian Hospitality Group to Invest $533m
31 August 2010 Lalit Suri Hospitality Group in India plans to invest Rs25bn ($533m) to expand its luxury and mid-segment hotel properties by 2014. The group has earmarked Rs20bn ($426m) to invest in...

Accor Unveils Asset Disposal Plan
31 August 2010 Accor is to sell its 48 European hotels to Crédit Agricole and Foncière des Régions for $465m as part of its asset disposal plan. The disposal of properties includes 31...

Colombian Hotel Investment Up 33%
31 August 2010 Colombia's hotel sector expects to invest around $1.2bn this year, up 33% compared with $900m invested last year. The increase follows the Colombian Government's announcement to offer...

Norwegian Property to Sell Hotels
27 August 2010 Norwegian Property will sell its hotel subsidiary, Norgani Hotels, for $1.33bn to Pandox, a joint venture between Norwegian companies Eiendomsspar and Sundt. Norgani Hotels owns 73 hotels...

US Hotels Will Return to Profit
27 August 2010 US hotels are forecast to return to profit, achieving a 2.3% increase in net operating income during 2010, according to a report by Colliers PKF Hospitality Research. The growth will be...

StayWell to Launch Park Regis Hotel in Kuala Lumpur
27 August 2010 StayWell Hospitality Group, owner and operator of the Park Regis and Leisure Inn brands, has signed an agreement to operate an international four-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ...

Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels Profit Up 31%
27 August 2010 Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels has reported a net profit of HK$605m ($77m) during the first half of 2010, up 31% compared with the corresponding period in 2009. The Hong Kong-based...

Host Hotels Plans $400m Spending Spree
26 August 2010 Host Hotels & Resorts plans to raise $400m by selling stocks to help fund new acquisitions. The Maryland, US-based hotel group, which owns 111 properties worldwide managed by...

Absolute Ends KBJ Group Deal
26 August 2010 Absolute Hotel Services has ended a joint venture agreement with KBJ Hotel Services in India. The Thailand-based hotel management company plans to rename its Indian subsidiary as Absolute...

Turner Receives $100m Renovation Contract
26 August 2010 Turner Construction Company has received a $100m contract to renovate and expand Harrah's Cherokee Hotel Casino in Cherokee, North Carolina, US. The expansion will add a gaming floor...

Starwood Unveils Oklahoma Aloft
26 August 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened Aloft Tulsa in Oklahoma, US. The hotel, which is located near Tulsa, offers a complimentary shuttle service within five miles of the hotel. ...

FelCor Completes Boston Hotel Acquisition
25 August 2010 FelCor Lodging Trust has completed the purchase of the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel in Boston, US, for $98.5m. The US-based trust took over the 383-room hotel from an affiliate of...

Park Vista Renovated Into Doubletree Hotel
25 August 2010 RB Hotel Park Vista, a subsidiary of Rockbridge Capital, has renovated The Park Vista in Tennessee, US, into a Doubletree hotel with an $11m investment. The 300-room hotel was opened under...

Royal Orchid Unveils Indian Expansion Plan
25 August 2010 Royal Orchid plans to raise Rs1,500m ($32m) through bonds to help finance the construction of its new hotels in India. The company said part of the proceeds will go to swapping an earlier...

Proposed Bank Closure Spells Disaster for Irish Hotels
25 August 2010 Around 150 hotels in the Republic of Ireland are under threat after Lloyds Banking Group proposed to wind down Bank of Scotland (Ireland) operations and stop providing credit to the hotels. ...

Asia Pacific to Construct 1,029 Hotels
24 August 2010 Nearly 1,029 hotels comprising 256,060 rooms are in the pipeline for Asia Pacific, according to STR Global Construction Pipeline July 2010. China tops the list with 139,193 rooms, out of...

Cosmopolitan to Open Las Vegas Resort
24 August 2010 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will invest $890m this year to open its resort on Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, US, in December. The Deutsche Bank-owned resort is planning to spend $625m on...

Stoneridge Acquires Denver Hotels
24 August 2010 Stoneridge Capital Partners has acquired two Holiday Inn hotels near Denver International Airport, Colorado, US, and completed its $185m investment in commercial real estate buy-outs since 2009. ...

US Stimulus Money to Fund Minnesota Hotel
24 August 2010 The US county of Hennepin will raise $40m tax free bonds from federal stimulus money, which will help finance a $130m hotel in the Mall of America, Minnesota. The rest of the funding for...

Hyatt Regency New Orleans to Reopen
23 August 2010 Hyatt Regency New Orleans will open next year following completion of renovation work, which was required after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The 31-storey hotel will open with 1,200 rooms....

Accor to Embark on Indian Expansion
23 August 2010 Accor is planning to increase the number of its hotels in India to 90 from eight by 2015 as part of its expansion plan. The French hotel major, along with InterGlobe, runs the hotels...

Chatham Lodging to Acquire Extended-Stay Hotel
23 August 2010 Chatham Lodging Trust has signed an agreement to acquire an upscale extended-stay hotel in North San Diego, California, US, for $32m. The property is the 13th acquisition or under contract...

Gurney Plaza to Sell GHotel Stake
23 August 2010 Gurney Plaza, an associate of Metro Holdings, will sell its entire stake in GHotel for MYR67m ($21m). Gurney Plaza owns the 304-room GHotel at Gurney Drive in Penang, Malaysia. Gurney...

Entrepreneur Nazarian Unveils Expansion Plan
20 August 2010 US Hospitality entrepreneur Sam Nazarian is to revamp the Ritz Plaza Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, and acquire hotel property in New York. The SBE Entertainment Group CEO is planning to...

Sunstone Group Buys Miami Hotel
20 August 2010 Sunstone Hotel Investors has said it has bought a 409-room Royal Palm Hotelin Miami Beach, Florida for $126m. The California-based company is planning to renovate the beachfront hotel on...

Hotel Industry to Boom in Sri Lanka
20 August 2010 The hotel industry in Sri Lanka is set to boom with a 47% increase in room capacity to meet the huge tourist influx. The projected inbound tourism will rise to 2.5 million by 2016 and the...

Hilton Opens Doubletree Hotel in Kuala Lumpur
20 August 2010 Hilton Hotel group has opened a Doubletree hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which it claims to be the first hotel of such type in South Asia. The new 34-storey hotel, located in the...

InterContinental Unveils Expansion Plan
19 August 2010 InterContinental Hotels has unveiled an expansion plan to build 35 new hotels in the UK over the next three years. The new hotels will include 24 Holiday Inns, five Hotel Indigos,...

Hyatt Regency Phoenix Renovation Complete
19 August 2010 Hyatt Regency has completed a $15m renovation of its property in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, US. The Chicago-based group said the renovation work of the Hyatt Regency Phoenix was completed...

Ritz Carlton to Open World's Highest Hotel
19 August 2010 Next year the Ritz Carlton will open what it calls the world's highest hotel in Hong Kong, occupying floors 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre. The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong...

CDL Plans Asian Acquisitions
19 August 2010 CDL Hospitality Trust plans to acquire hotel properties worth S$550m ($403m) in India, Vietnam and Japan. The group, which owns five hotels in Singapore, said the acquisition may happen in...

Home Inns and Hotels Reports Q2 Profit
18 August 2010 Home Inns and Hotels has reported a profit of RMB137m ($20m) in Q2 2010, up 37% compared to RMB100m ($14m) in the same quarter a year earlier. The Chinese hotel group reported a 26%...

Taj Mahal Hotel Reopens After Terror Attack
18 August 2010 The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, India, has reopened after it was attacked by militants in 2008. Indian Hotel Company, which runs the hotel, has spent INR1.75bn ($38m) to complete...

Canadian Night Club Operator Opens Hotel
18 August 2010 Canada’s largest nightclub operator Charles Khabouth along with Lifetime Developments has opened Bisha, a $150m hotel and condominium complex in Toronto. The 41-storey facility will...

Banyan Tree Sells Thailand Hotels
18 August 2010 Banyan Tree has said its subsidiary Laguna Resorts & Hotels will sell hotel assets to Dusit Thani Public Company for $49m. The hotel and resort group, which owns six hotels in Thailand,...

Northern Mariana Islands Hotel to Close for Renovation
17 August 2010 Palms Resort Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands has unveiled plans to close the 14-storey property for a $20m renovation. The 313-room hotel, formerly known as Hotel Nikko, is owned...

Starwood Opens New Westin Hotel in Mexico
17 August 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts has opened the Westin Santa Fe in Mexico City, Mexico. The property will be managed under an agreement between Starwood and Heldan Hotels & Resorts. ...

UK Hotel Prices Fall
17 August 2010 UK hotel prices fell in August with the largest declines seen in the nation's cities, according to an industry report by Trivago. The report revealed that the largest decrease in prices,...

Langham Opens Second Shanghai Hotel
17 August 2010 Langham Hotels International will open The Langham, Xintiandi, its second hotel in Shanghai, China, in October 2010. The 24-storey luxury hotel features 357 rooms and 23 suites, a spa,...

MerchantBridge to Invest in Monaco Luxury Hotels
16 August 2010 Private equity company MerchantBridge has signed an agreement to invest $20m in Monaco Luxury Hotels & Resorts (MLHR). The funding will be used to support the C$150m ($145m) renovation...

Zambia's Radisson Blu Opening Delayed
16 August 2010 The opening of the new five-star Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia, has been delayed due to unspecified reasons. The $40m hotel was expected to open in June, but will now open in...

Czech Hotels Post Fall in Overnight Stays
16 August 2010 The Czech hotel industry posted a 0.9% fall in overnight stays year-on-year to 8.8 million in the second quarter of 2010, according to a Czech Statistical Office report. The report said...

Iraq to Spend $300m on Hotel Renovations
16 August 2010 Iraq will spend $300m on upgrading six major hotels in Baghdad for the Arab summit in March 2011. The upgrade will see the transformation of the largest hotels to international...

Plans Underway to Upgrade Trump Plaza Hotel
13 August 2010 US-based Trump Entertainment Resorts (TER) is seeking a partner to renovate the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, US. The company's management said another option is to form...

Largest Saudi Arabian Hotel to Open Extension
13 August 2010 The five-star Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will open its new south wing in September, making it the largest hotel in the country. The multi-million extension will increase...

Australian Hotels Record World's Highest Occupancy
13 August 2010 The Australian hotel industry has registered the world's highest occupancy and the largest percentage increase in revenue per available room (revPAR) for the year to May 2010, according...

Laguna Resorts to Sell Thai Hotel
13 August 2010 Laguna Resorts & Hotels is selling its hotel property, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, in Thailand, to Dusit Thani Public Company for S$110m ($80.9m). Laguna Resorts is a subsidiary of...

Hotel Occupancy in France Rises
12 August 2010 Hotel occupancy in France increased by 2.4% to 72.1% in July 2010 compared with the same period last year, according to an MKG Group report. The rise was attributed to European...

Dubai Hotel Awarded Green Globe Certification
12 August 2010 The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek in the United Arab Emirates, has received Green Globe certification in recognition of its environmentally friendly practices. The hotel spent...

Chesapeake Lodging Acquires US Marriott Hotel
12 August 2010 The Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim Hotel at Disneyland Park in California, US, has been acquired by Chesapeake Lodging Trust for $25m from Tarsadia Hotels. The 153-room, four-storey property...

Oman to Open First Alcohol-Free Hotel
12 August 2010 Oman will unveil its first alcohol-free, five-star hotel, Platinum, during its soft launch on 25 August 2010. The 85-room hotel, which is located in Al Khuwair, is in line with the...

First Doubletree Hotel Opens in Kuala Lumpur
11 August 2010 Hilton Worldwide has opened the first Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The property, which is owned by MGPA Asia Fund II, will be managed by Hilton Worldwide. ...

Pride Hotels Unveils India Expansion Plans
11 August 2010 Pride Hotels unveiled plans for the expansion of its portfolio across India, with the opening of ten new luxury properties. The Indian hospitality company said it will invest Rs1,000m...

Sri Lankan Hotels Adopt Green Initiatives
11 August 2010 Hotels in the island nation of Sri Lanka have adopted several green measures in a bid to promote energy conservation and reduce operational costs. The initiative is part of an effort...

Moscow Retains 'Most Expensive Hotel Rates' Title
11 August 2010 Hotel room rates in the Russian capital of Moscow were ranked the most expensive in the world at £256.83 ($409) in the first half of 2010, according to an industry report. This is the...

Belfast Hotel Prices Fall
10 August 2010 Hotel prices in Belfast, Northern Ireland, fell by 12% in the first half of the year compared with 17% in 2009, according to a report by Hogg Robinson Groups. The biannual...

World Cup Boosts South Africa Room Revenues by 121%
10 August 2010 Hotel room revenues in South Africa rose by 121.7% during this year's FIFA World Cup, according to an industry report by Deloitte. The increase is said to be the biggest in a host...

Hotel Okura Buys Stake in JAL Hotels
10 August 2010 Hotel Okura has entered an agreement with Japan Airlines International (JAL) to acquire a 79.6% stake in JAL Hotels for an undisclosed sum. The airline group will retain its...

Rezidor to Open Hotel in Russia
10 August 2010 The Rezidor Hotel Group will open its latest hotel, Park Inn Veliky Novgorod, in Russia, becoming the 25th hotel in its portfolio. The former 225-room Beresta Palace Hotel features a...

Shuaa Completes Sale of Rotana Stake
09 August 2010 Shuaa Partners has completed the sale of its entire stake in Rotana Hotel Management Corporation to Rotana chairman Nasser Al Nowais for an undisclosed sum. The private equity arm of...

Swiss Hotels Post Rise in Overnight Stays
09 August 2010 Switzerland's hotel industry posted a rise in overnight stays during the first half of 2010 compared with the same period in 2009, according to a report. The Federal Statistics Office...

Hilton Airport Hotel Opens in China
09 August 2010 Hilton Hotels has opened its first luxury airport hotel in China. Located in Terminal 3, the Hilton Beijing Capital Airport hotel features more than 320 guestrooms, seven restaurants and...

Malaysia's Berjaya Hotel Renovation Begins
09 August 2010 The Berjaya Manila Hotel in Malaysia is undergoing an extensive renovation before its relaunch later this year. The MYR200m ($63m) refurbishment will include renovation of all 212 rooms...

QHotels Reduce Energy Consumption Across Portfolio
06 August 2010 UK-based QHotels has reduced its energy consumption by more than 60% across its portfolio of hotels in 2009, in comparison to 2008. All 21 hotels in the group were awarded a silver or...

Canada Hotel Occupancy Rises in July
06 August 2010 Hotel occupancy in Canada increased 3.4 % to 72.7% during the week ending 24 July 2010, according to an STR report. The report also revealed that the average daily rate for the week rose by...

FelCor to Buy US Hotel
06 August 2010 FelCor Lodging Trust has entered into an agreement to acquire the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel in Boston, US, for $98.5m. Its current owner, an affiliate of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts,...

New Starwood Hotel to Open in Taiwan
06 August 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will open its new hotel, W Taipei, in Taiwan. The 30-storey hotel has been designed by London-based GA Design International. It has 405 guestrooms...

Oman's Park Inn Hotel Gets Green Certification
05 August 2010 Rezidor's Park Inn Muscat in Oman is the first property in the hotel group's portfolio to receive green globe standard certification. The hotel is also the second green hotel in the Middle...

Aloft Hotel Opens in India
05 August 2010 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide has opened the Aloft Chennai OMR-IT Expressway in Chennai, India. The property is the 42nd hotel in the Aloft brand and the first in India. The...

Benson Elliot and Algonquin Acquire Scottish Novotel
05 August 2010 Benson Elliot Capital Management and Algonquin have completed the joint acquisition of the Novotel Edinburgh Park in Scotland. The hotel will be acquired from administrators KPMG while...

Hotel Revenues Increase on Thai Island
05 August 2010 Hotel room revenue on the Thai island of Koh Samui increased to $25.5m in the first six months of this year compared with the same period in 2009, according to a report. The increase has...

Renovated Movenpick Hotel Reopens in Vietnam
04 August 2010 The Mövenpick Hotel Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has reopened following a five month renovation. The five-star hotel renovation included refurbishment of all guest rooms, public...

Investors Plan to Sell Maybourne Hotel Stake
04 August 2010 Several Irish investors are planning to sell a £200m (€240m) stake of Maybourne Hotels to US investors. The investors include developers Paddy McKillen and Derek Quinlan, National...

Eurazeo Considers Selling B&B Hotels
04 August 2010 French private equity firm Eurazeo is considering to sell its B&B Hotels chain to the US based Carlyle Group. The €485m ($633m) transaction is being considered for a short period and may...

Premier Inn to Build Hotel in Qatar
04 August 2010 Dohaland Hospitality and Premier Inn have signed a joint venture agreement to build a 200-room hotel in Doha, Qatar. The agreement will aid the introduction of Premier Inn's value hotel model...

New InterContinental Hotel Opens in Canada
03 August 2010 InterContinental Hotels Group has opened a new property, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Ottawa West, in Canada. The 115-room hotel is part of the $1bn Holiday Inn brand relaunch...

US City Hotel Occupancy Rises in July
03 August 2010 Hotel occupancy in the US city of Orlando, Florida, stood at 75.2% for the week ending 17 July, according to a report. Hotel occupancy increased by 12.5% this year in comparison with 66.8%...

Hotel Prices Fall in Portugal
03 August 2010 Hotel prices in most of five-star properties have fallen by 9% in comparison with 2007 in Portugal, due to the effects of the global economic crisis, according to a report. The most...

US's Georgia Crowne Plaza Hotel Sold
03 August 2010 US-based DeVault Investments has acquired the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Georgia, US, for an undisclosed sum. The hotel has been operated by Bemiston Carondelet Corporation since 1989. ...

Sol Melia Opens Hotel in Portugal
02 August 2010 The Sol Meliá hotel group has opened a new hotel in Portugal, the Meliá Braga. The hotel has been added under a franchise agreement to become the 13th hotel in the groups...

UK Hotel Occupancy Rises
02 August 2010 The UK hotel industry recorded a rise in occupancy rates for the first half of the year, according to the PKF Hotel Consultancy Services report. The report states that occupancy in London...

RBS to Sell Remaining UK Hilton Hotels
02 August 2010 The Royal Bank of Scotland plans to sell the six remaining UK Hilton Hotels in its portfolio for £200m ($311.6m). The properties that have been put on sale are the 181-bedroom Hilton Warwick,...

Hotel Prices Fall in Amsterdam, Says Report
02 August 2010 Hotel prices in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, fell by 13% in 2009, according to a report by KPMG. The fall has been attributed to the global economic crisis, whereby hotel rooms have...

July 2010

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Starwood Hotels Unveils African Expansion Plan
30 July 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide plans to expand its portfolio in South Africa. Starwood Hotels senior director of acquisitions and development Patrick Finn said the company will...

Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel Reopens
30 July 2010 Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China, has reopened following a three-year renovation worth $64m. Hirsch Bedner Associates worked with local historians to restore and reconstruct the...

US Hotel Occupancy Rises
30 July 2010 US hotel occupancy for June rose 6.9% to 65% in year-over-year measurements, according to an STR Global report. The US hotel industry posted a 1% increase in its average daily...

Abu Dhabi Hotel Occupancy Rises by 16%
30 July 2010 Abu Dhabi's hotel occupancy for the first half of 2010 rose by 16% compared with the same period in 2009. A total of 936,579 guests stayed in the emirate's 116 hotels and hotel...

Barclay Brothers Sell InterContinental Stake
29 July 2010 The Barclay brothers, owners of The Daily Telegraph newspaper and The Ritz hotel, have sold their 10% stake in the InterContinental Hotel Group. Broker Barclays Capital placed the...

Northern Mariana Islands Posts 57% Occupancy
29 July 2010 The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands recorded a 57% hotel occupancy rate in June 2010. The nation's hotel association said occupancy among its 13 member hotels rose by...

China Steps Up Hotel Rating System
29 July 2010 China plans to introduce more stringent methods of evaluating a star-rated hotel's qualifications and strip poorly maintained hotels of their rankings. The move is seen as a bid to protect...

Hawaiian Marriott Hotel Reopens After Renovation
29 July 2010 The 356-room Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach in Hawaii, US, has reopened following a nine-month renovation. The $50m renovation revamped all the hotel areas including...

Castle Group Buys Hilo Hawaiian for $17.3m
28 July 2010 CarVal Investors has sold the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel in Hawaii for $17.3m to a group of investors led by Castle Resorts & Hotels. The local ownership group consists of RAM Corporation...

Hilton Opens Beijing Airport Hotel
28 July 2010 Hilton Hotels has opened the Hilton Beijing Capital Airport hotel at Beijing Capital Airport's Terminal 3 in China. The 320-room hotel is owned by Beijing Capital Airport Tourism...

Hotel Occupancy Rises in Hawaii
28 July 2010 Hotel occupancy in Hawaii rose to 81.8% for the week ending 17 July, up 7% from 74.8% during the same period in 2009, according to an industry report. The Hawaii Hotel...

Continent Hotels Unveils Russian Expansion Plans
28 July 2010 Turkey-based hospitality services company Continent Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement with Avrora Hospitality Group to expand the Continent portfolio across Russia. Under...

Host Hotels Acquires London Le Méridien
27 July 2010 Host Hotels & Resorts has bought Le Méridien Piccadilly in London, UK, for £64m ($98m). The 266-room property features 12,000ft² of meeting space as well as a large health...

Hyatt Hotels to Sell Long Beach Property
27 July 2010 Hyatt Hotels plans to sell the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, California, US, and possibly nine other properties as part of its expansion plan. After the sale the company will continue to...

El Paso Posts Rise in Hotel Occupancy
27 July 2010 The US city of El Paso in Texas recorded significant increases in hotel occupancy and revenues in the first half of 2010, according to a Smith Travel Research report. The rise for the months...

Mantra to Open Peppers Hotel on Australian Gold Coast
27 July 2010 Mantra Group has unveiled plans to open the first new five-star hotel on Australia's Gold Coast for more than ten years. The company signed an agreement with Niecon Developments to manage...

Kempinski's 65th Hotel Opens in Thailand
26 July 2010 Kempinski Group has unveiled its new hotel, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok in Thailand, with a soft launch. The hotel, which has 303 luxury rooms, cabanas and suites, is Kempinski's 65th...

Accor to Set up Fund for India Expansion
26 July 2010 French hotel chain Accor is to set up a fund in collaboration with Indian partner InterGlobe Enterprises to invest in seven new hotels in India. The company plans to focus on upper...

Milford Plaza Hotel to be Sold
26 July 2010 The owners of the Milford Plaza Hotel in New York, US, are considering selling the hotel, which experts have estimated could be worth up to $150m. The 1,300-room property, which was closed...

Hyatt Place Opens Fourth Property in South Carolina
26 July 2010 Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Naman Hotels have opened the new Hyatt Place North Charleston in South Carolina, US. This property is the fourth Hyatt Place hotel in South Carolina and...

First Hilton Hotel to Open in Bulgaria
23 July 2010 Hilton Worldwide is to open its first property, Doubletree by Hilton Varna, in the Golden Sands resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea this year. The five-star hotel is part of the...

Orlando Room Rates Rise on the Harry Potter Effect
23 July 2010 Room rates in the US city of Orlando, Florida, increased for the first time in two years following the opening of the new theme park The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on 16 June...

Irish Hotel Profits Fall by 50%
23 July 2010 Profits in the Irish hotel sector fell by 50% since 2007, putting the industry in an unstable position, according to a report by consultancy firm Horwath Bastow Charleton. The report...

African Union Summit Prompts Kampala Hotel Occupancy Rise
23 July 2010 Hotel occupancy levels rose significantly in Kampala, Uganda, due to the 15th African Union Summit that began on 19 July, according to a survey. The Uganda Hotel Owners Association said...

Marriott Buys US Beach Hotel Site for $57.5m
22 July 2010 Marriott International has acquired the former Seville Beach Hotel site in Miami, Florida, US, for $57.5m from ownership group Beach Ventures. The venture is a partnership between affiliates...

Park Hyatt Sydney Unveils Renovation Plans
22 July 2010 The iconic Park Hyatt Sydney in Australia has unveiled plans for the largest renovation in the hotel's 20-year history. The refurbishment will include the addition of three luxury...

South Africa Hotels Boosted by World Cup Revenues
22 July 2010 Hotel revenues rose by nearly 300% during the 2010 World Cup in the town of Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to a report. The report by STR Global, revealed that...

Scottish Hotel Occupancy Rises But Lags Behind UK Average
22 July 2010 After a decline in April, occupancy rates for hotels across Scotland rose in May by 2.8% year-on-year, indicating market stabilisation in the country, according to a new report. The...

Innkeepers USA Prepares for Bankruptcy
21 July 2010 Real estate investment trust Innkeepers USA Trust, which owns about 73 hotels in 19 US states, plans to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The timing is not yet...

Travelodge Buys 52 Prupim Properties for $139m
21 July 2010 UK budget hotel chain Travelodge has acquired the leases for 52 Innkeeper's Lodges from Prupim, a property investment arm of Prudential, for £91m ($139m). The 52 UK hotels were previously...

Gulf Hotels Group Posts $17m Half-Year Profit
21 July 2010 Bahrain-based hotel operator Gulf Hotels Group has registered a 7% rise in profit, posting a net profit of BD6.5m ($17m) for the first half of the year compared with BD6.1m ($15m) last year. ...

London Hotels Perform Strongly in 2010
21 July 2010 London hotels achieved positive results for the first half of 2010, according to a quarterly report by business advisory firm Deloitte. The latest issue of Hotel Market Outlook reports...

Hotel Occupancy Rises in Phoenix
20 July 2010 Hotel room occupancy in Phoenix, Arizona, US, rose by 7.3% in May compared with the same period in 2009, according to a study. The study by Smith Travel Research shows that 63.4%...

Delhi Hotels to Increase Rates for Commonwealth Games
20 July 2010 Hotels in the Indian capital of New Delhi are expected to raise room rates by up to 20% during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which are due to begin on 3 October. Hoteliers are yet to see...

Noble Investment Group Acquires US Holiday Inn
20 July 2010 Noble Investment Group has acquired the 126-room Holiday Inn Charleston Historic District in South Carolina, US. The group also acquired the adjacent land and secured entitlements to build...

Alliance Global to Build 540-Room Hotel in Philippines
20 July 2010 Investment-holding firm Alliance Global Group plans to build its fourth hotel in the Philippines. The property will be located at the firm's Newport City development near the country's...

French Polynesian InterContinental Completes Renovation
19 July 2010 InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa in French Polynesia has completed the renovation and refurbishment of its 27 acre facilities as part of a multimillion dollar upgrade programme. ...

Marriott Reports Healthy Q2 Profits
19 July 2010 Marriott International's net second quarter income for 2010 has more than tripled to $119m, a 42% increase compared with adjusted net income in the same quarter in 2009, according to...

Macao Hotel Occupancy Rises in May
19 July 2010 Hotel occupancy rates in Macao, China, reached 78.6% in May 2010, according to a new report. Macao's Statistics and Census Service report said the occupancy rate of three-star hotels...

New Airport Hotel Planned for Scotland
16 July 2010 Plans have been submitted to build a new hotel and conference centre next to Edinburgh Airport in Scotland in a bid to address the severe shortage of accommodation for air passengers. ...

Hotel Leela Venture Posts 786% Profit Surge
16 July 2010 Indian luxury hotel group Hotel Leela Venture registered a 786% rise in net profit at Rs92m ($1.97m) for the first quarter in 2010 compared with Rs10.4m ($223,132) for the same period in 2009....

Whitbread Launches Green Initiative
16 July 2010 UK hotel group Whitbread plans to spend over £7m ($10.5m) as part of a sustainable strategy to boost the environmental performance of its hotels. The initiative is part of Whitbread's...

Riviera Holdings Files for Bankruptcy
16 July 2010 Riviera Holdings Corporation, owner of the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, has filed for bankruptcy under a pre-negotiated deal. As part of the deal, ownership of...

New York InterContinental Hotel Opens
15 July 2010 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has opened its latest hotel, the 607-room InterContinental New York Times Square in Manhattan, US. The 36-storey hotel features 10,000ft² of...

IL&FS Buys Stake in Aria Hotels
15 July 2010 Indian investment firm IL&FS Investment Managers is to acquire a 33% stake in Aria Hotels and Consultancy Services for Rs800m ($17m). Aria Hotels and Consultancy Services is...

Estonia Hotel Prices Fall Despite Tourism Surge
14 July 2010 Despite high demand, hotel room prices in Estonia for May 2010 were down compared with the same period last year, according to a new report. The Statistics Estonia report revealed that...

New Hotel Planned for UK's Wembley City
14 July 2010 Quintain Estates & Development has revealed that a new hotel is part of its plans for the next stage of the Wembley City development in London, UK. The developer has begun a...

Poor Demand Drives Drop in Irish Room Prices
13 July 2010 Thousands of unwanted hotel rooms have driven down the average cost of a hotel room in Ireland to just €61 per night, the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) revealed. Hotel capacity...

Treehotel to Open in Sweden
13 July 2010 A hotel based on the simple tree-house concept is to open this weekend in Harads, Sweden. The world-class Treehotel will consist of four rooms: Cabin, Blue Cone, Nest and Mirrorcube. ...

Tobago Hotel Occupancy Falls
13 July 2010 The projected occupancy rate for the Caribbean island of Tobago for July-August 2010 is 15% lower compared with last year's figure, according to an industry poll. The poll by Tobago...

Carlson Hotels Completes RHW Acquisition
13 July 2010 Carlson Hotels Worldwide has completed the acquisition of a majority interest in RHW Hotel Management Services. Carlson now owns 87% of RHW, which has managed Carlson-branded hotels in...

Hotel Occupancy Drops in UK City
12 July 2010 Hotel occupancy for York, England, dropped by 2.4% to 82% in June this year, compared with the same period in 2009, according to an industry report. The statistics by PKF...

US Marriott Hotels to Get LEED Certification
12 July 2010 Two newly constructed Marriott International branded hotels in Atlanta, Georgia, US, are touted to become the greenest hotels in the city. The SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway will...

Wyndham Hotel Opens in Jamaica
12 July 2010 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has opened a new hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. The Wyndham Kingston Jamaica features 303 guestrooms and suites, 16,000ft² of flexible meeting space, including...

Hotel Prices Fall in Vienna
09 July 2010 Hotel room prices in Austria's capital city Vienna decreased dramatically this month compared with June. The average price for a standard double room dropped by 17% to €108 per...

Aseana to Buy Kuala Lumpur Hotel
09 July 2010 Aseana Properties has entered into an agreement to acquire a four-star business hotel in Kuala Lumpur from Excellent Bonanza. The acquisition was made through Aseana's wholly owned...

Hilton Unveils Netherlands Hotel
09 July 2010 Hilton Worldwide has opened its new hotel, Hilton The Hague, in the Netherlands. The upscale hotel is set in the former Royal Dutch Telecom headquarters and is the fifth Hilton hotel to open...

Canadian Hotels Room Revenue Doubled During Olympics
08 July 2010 Hotel room revenues doubled in the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Whistler during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, according to a new report. The report said occupancy rates in both cities...

London Park Inn Hotel Sold
08 July 2010 The 188-bedroom Park Inn Hyde Park London, UK, has been sold to a private investor for £35m ($53m). The property, which is managed by the Rezidor Hotel Group, was sold by the Gresham...

Rezidor to Open Radisson Blu in Nantes
07 July 2010 The Rezidor Hotel Group has unveiled plans to open its latest Radisson Blu hotel in Nantes, France. The hotel will be located on the former Palais de Justice building and will feature 142...

Boston Hotel Occupancy Rises in May
07 July 2010 Hotel occupancy in Boston, Massachusetts, US, rose to 86% in May 2010, mainly due to the return of corporate business travellers. The hotel occupancy rates climbed nearly 12%...

Union Properties to Sell Dubai Ritz Carlton
07 July 2010 Union Properties plans to sell its Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to raise revenue. Union Properties, UAE's leading property investment developer, has put the hotel on...

Scotland Plans First Social Enterprise Hotel
06 July 2010 The Scottish town of Inverness could be home to the country's first social enterprise hotel, it has been revealed. The 100-room proposed hotel is expected to offer training for...

Kingdom Holding to Sell Stakes in Minority Hotels
06 July 2010 Kingdom Holding, the investment company controlled by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, may sell minority stakes held in hotels as part of a plan to focus on higher-earning properties. ...

Pebblebrook Trust Buys US Hotel
06 July 2010 Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has acquired InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta in Georgia, US, for $105m. The 422-room hotel will continue to be managed by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) under...

Hawaii Hotel Occupancy Rises
06 July 2010 Hawaii's hotel occupancy grew by 8.7% to 78% for the week ending 26 June 2010 compared with the same week a year ago, according to a hospitality report. The report, which was...

German Fund Buys Paris Hotel
05 July 2010 Germany's Deka, an open-ended mutual property fund, has acquired a hotel in Paris for €114m ($140m). The fund bought the 118-room Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe from developer...

Second Andaz Hotel to Open in New York
05 July 2010 Hyatt Hotels & Resorts will open an Andaz hotel in Manhattan, New York, US, this month. The Andaz 5th is the second Andaz property in New York and the fifth in the collection. The...

US Hotel to Reduce Harmful Carbon Emissions
05 July 2010 The Doral Arrowwood Hotel in New York, US, has revealed plans to make its hotels more eco-friendly. The company has selected low-cost energy provider American DG Energy to supply clean...

London Hotel to Install Smart TV System
05 July 2010 The St Ermin's Hotel London, UK, will have new hotel television technology installed as part of its refurbishment work. Swisscom (Switzerland) will supply ConnectedHotel TV to 328 rooms as...

Equity Fund to Sell Rotana Hotel Stake
02 July 2010 Dubai-based private equity fund Shuaa Capital has agreed to sell its 22% stake in Abu Dhabi-based Rotana Hotel Management. The stake will be sold to an existing Rotana shareholder. The...

Northern Mariana Islands Posts 50% Occupancy
02 July 2010 The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands recorded a 50% hotel occupancy rate in May this year. The nation's hotel association said occupancy among its 13-member hotels rose by...

Sunstone Predicts Rise in Revenues
02 July 2010 US-based Sunstone Hotel Investors said it expects a 6.5% rise in its second quarter revenue per available room (RevPAR) across its properties. The revenue growth is expected because...

Bangladesh to Open First Eco-Friendly Hotel
02 July 2010 Bangladesh is to open its first eco-friendly five-star hotel, Sea Pearl Beach and Spa, in Cox's Bazar in 2012. The timesharing concept hotel worth BDT1.43bn ($20m) is located on seven acres...

Shanghai to Open First Capsule Hotel
01 July 2010 Shanghai, China, will open its first capsule hotel this year. The hotel, dubbed 'C Baby', will open near the north square of Shanghai Railway Station in Zhabei District. The hotel will...

Macau Hotels Win Green Awards
01 July 2010 Seven hotels in Macao, China, have been given Green Hotel Awards for their environmental management measures. A total of 19 hotels have received the award since its launch by Chinese...

Transcorp to Invest in Nigerian Hotel
01 July 2010 Transnational Corporation of Nigeria has announced it will invest in the 146-room Metropolitan Hotel in Calabar, Nigeria, as part of its expansion plans. The hospitality chain plans to create...

Pittsburgh Hotel Scheme Design Approved
01 July 2010 The final design plan for One Grandview, a $90m hotel and condominium project in Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US, has been approved by local planning authorities. The...

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Russian Hotels to Obtain Star Classification
30 June 2010 A new Russia Government regulation will make it obligatory for every hotel in the country to obtain a star-category classification ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Of a total of...

Choice to Open Atlanta Hotel
30 June 2010 Choice Hotels International and franchisee Atlanta Underground have unveiled plans to open a new Comfort Suites hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, US. The hotel will be co-owned by management...

Park Plaza Room Rates Down
30 June 2010 Park Plaza Hotels' average room rate in 2009 slipped to £79.34 ($110) compared with £92.43 ($138) in 2008. Hotel occupancy, however, remained stable with 79.1% compared with 79.8%...

UK Plans First Hotel School
30 June 2010 The UK seaside town of Bournemouth could be home to the country's first hotel school. The hotel will be located on a site next to the Bournemouth International Centre and will serve as...

Hotel Occupancy Falls in Venezuela
29 June 2010 Venezuela's hotel occupancy rate dropped by 6% to 55% during the first quarter of 2010. The National Association of Venezuelan Hotels also reported a significant reduction in...

Taj Hotels' Technology Link Boosts Bookings
29 June 2010 Taj Hotels and Resorts recorded a 30% increase in hotel bookings in India last year by travel agents thanks to a technology tie-up with Amadeus. The Amadeus partnership programme also saw...

Hotel Occupancy Increases Globally
28 June 2010 Hotel occupancy and revenues increased in most regions during May, while rates were significantly up in New York and several Asia Pacific markets, according to new data. Hotels in...

Starwood to Open London Hotel
28 June 2010 Starwood Hotels and Resorts will open a 252-room hotel in London's Docklands ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games. The hotel will cater to the urban chic mid-market and will be developed by...

CHM Forms New Division to Buy Hotels
28 June 2010 Capital Hotel Management (CHM) has formed a new division to acquire hotels as a co-investor with other equity partners. As the new division, CHM Partners will acquire full-service...

Luxury Animal Resort Opens in Disney World
25 June 2010 A new luxury resort with air-conditioned suites with televisions and a water park for dogs and cats has opened in Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, US. The Best Friends Pet Care Resort...

Rotana to Open 400-Room Hotel in Doha
25 June 2010 The UAE-based hospitality group Rotana will open the 400-room Oryx Rotana, close to Doha International Airport. Oryx Rotana will have a fully equipped fitness centre, a Jacuzzi, steam...

Marriott to Open Guyana Hotel
25 June 2010 Marriott International has announced it will open a 160-room hotel in Guyana in 2013, the first Marriott hotel in the Caribbean and Latin America. The hotel will operate under a...

US Hotel Occupancy Rises
25 June 2010 US hotel occupancy rose more than 2% to 54.7% in the first five months of 2010 compared with the same period last year, according to data from Smith Travel Research. Revenue...

Ritz Carlton Opens Second Shanghai Hotel
24 June 2010 Ritz Carlton has opened its second hotel in Shanghai in the $1bn mixed-use Shanghai IFC Complex in the Pudong district of China. Ritz-Carlton Shanghai will operate from the top 18 floors of...

Hyatt Opens California Hotel
24 June 2010 Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has opened the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California, US. The hotel features 329 rooms including 44 suites, a 15,000ft² spa, a fitness centre, a...

IHG Relaunches Veracruz Hotel
24 June 2010 InterContinental Hotels Group has relaunched its 2,500th hotel, the Holiday Inn Poza Rica Aeropuerto, in Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico, as part of the company's global brand relaunch. A total...

US Hotel Capital Expenditures Fall
24 June 2010 Capital expenditures at US hotels is expected to fall by 10% from the $3bn spent in 2009, according to a new study by New York University. Marriott International and Starwood Hotels...

Highgate Holdings Acquires Knickerbocker Hotel
23 June 2010 Highgate Holdings, in partnership with Ashkenazy Acquisitions Corporation and Crown Acquisitions, has acquired the historic Knickerbocker Hotel in New York, US, for $180.5m. An...

Tune Hotel Offers UK Rooms for One Penny
23 June 2010 Low cost hotel chain Tune Hotels has announced it will celebrate the opening of its new hotel in London with rooms costing from one penny. The chain says that London hotel room prices...

Savoy Hotel to Reopen This Year
23 June 2010 UK hotel The Savoy will reopen in October this year following the completion of three years' renovation work. The new interiors were designed by Pierre Yves Rochon and delivered by...

Wyndham Launches Interactive Web Service
23 June 2010 Swisscom Hospitality Services and LG Electronics have launched an 'all-in-one hospitality solution' to deliver television and wireless services on demand through one converged or 'smart' network. ...

Australian Hotel Boom to Recoup 2009 Losses
22 June 2010 Hotel operators across Australia's major cities are expected to increase room rates in a bid to recover the A$270m ($238m) losses incurred last year. Sydney and Brisbane are more likely to...

Hotel Occupancy on Rise in Riyadh
22 June 2010 Hotel occupancy in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh rose to 69% at the end of the second quarter of 2010. This is an increase of 7% from the 62% recorded for the same period...

Swisscom, LG Launch Smart Hotel TV
22 June 2010 Swisscom Hospitality Services and LG Electronics have launched an 'all-in-one hospitality solution' to deliver television and wireless services on demand through one converged or 'smart' network. ...

Costa Rica Hotel Awarded Eco Certification
22 June 2010 Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in Arenal, Costa Rica, has received an eco certification standard for incorporating green initiatives. The eco certification programme was developed by...

Malaysian Sovereign Fund to Buy Aman Resorts
21 June 2010 Malaysia's investment holding arm Khazanah is in negotiations to buy a controlling stake in Aman Resorts from DLF for about $300m-$350m. DLF is being advised by Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan...

Marriott International to Open Hotels in Sweden
21 June 2010 Global chain Marriott International will open two new hotels in Sweden as part of its European expansion plans. The company has partnered with Scandinavian Hospitality Group and...

Caribbean Hotel Occupancy Rises
21 June 2010 Hotel occupancy in the Caribbean increased by 7% in the first quarter of 2010, driven by an increase in visitor numbers. The average daily room rates also increased by over 7% in...

New Four Seasons Hotel to Open in US
21 June 2010 Four Seasons will open a new 239-room hotel in Denver, US. The 45-storey building features contemporary accommodation, a restaurant, bar, a resort-style rooftop pool, spa, fitness...

Abu Dhabi to Implement New Hotel Classification System
18 June 2010 The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), UAE, will begin the implementation of a new hotel classification system from next year. All hotels and hotel apartments will be categorised on a...

Starwood Hotels Plans Conservation Efforts Across Portfolio
18 June 2010 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide plans to undertake energy and water conservation work across its entire portfolio of global hotels. The company is aiming to reach a 30% reduction in...

Sentido Hotels & Resorts to Open Hotels in Tunisia
18 June 2010 Sentido Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its plans to open three new hotels in Tunisia. The company will open the 255-room Sentido Tabarka Beach Resort in Sentido Tabarka Beach Resort...

Richfield Hospitality JV Acquires US Hotel
17 June 2010 Hotel management company Richfield Hospitality and Shelbourne Falcon Investors have acquired the Renaissance Syracuse Hotel for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is expected to close...

Puerto Rico Hotels Cut Room Rates
17 June 2010 Puerto Rico's hotel sector has slashed its room rates by 40% in a bid to confront the economic crisis, which has cut traveller numbers worldwide. Puerto Rican hotels reduced their...

IHG Signs Contract for Colombian Hotel
17 June 2010 InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a deal with Colombia's Espacios Urbanos to manage a new property in Cartagena, Colombia. The 280-room property includes 16,000ft² of...

Inland Acquires Four Marriott Hotels for $80m
16 June 2010 Inland American Lodging Group has acquired four Marriott hotels from Moody National Companies for $80m. The hotel includes the 182-room Courtyard Pittsburgh Downtown, the 94-room...

Maybourne Hotel Group to Refinance Debt
16 June 2010 Maybourne Hotel Group is in talks with Deutsche Bank to refinance more than £600m ($890m) of loans before the end of the year. The company, which owns the five-star Claridge's, Connaught...

Aston International to Open Indonesia Hotel
16 June 2010 Aston International has unveiled plans to open a new four-star hotel in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, this year. The Aston Bogor Hotel & Resort is part of the Nirwana Epicentrum development....

Jordan Hotel Q1 Occupancy Rates Rise
15 June 2010 Hotel occupancy rates and revenues in Jordan increased in the first quarter of the year, according to a Jordan Tourism Ministry report. The report said the number of guests in rated...

Space Hotel Holidays on Sale
15 June 2010 US company Bigelow Aerospace said it plans to run a fully operational space hotel and is selling the experience for $25m a time. The company will build a 36-person space station in...

Aloft Tempe Awarded LEED Certification
15 June 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Aloft Tempe hotel in Arizona, US, has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the US Green Building Council. ...

Zero-Emission Hotel to Open in Milan
15 June 2010 The new Milan Scala Hotel in Milan, Italy, to open this month will be the first zero-emission hotel in the city. The hotel is part of the World Hotel group and is housed in a...

Hotelmanagement-network.com Launches User Survey
14 June 2010 To understand what our readers view as the most important sustainability issues for 2010-11, hotel management-network is launching a major industry survey covering all its readers. We...

European Hotel Prices Fall
14 June 2010 Hotel prices across Europe have fallen for the first time since the beginning of the year, marking the stabilisation of prices across the continent, according to a price comparison...

Bike Hotels Scheme Launched in Gstaad
14 June 2010 The Alpine town of Gstaad in Switzerland has launched a Bike Hotel certification scheme where guests are offered bike services during their stay. Ten hotels have been certified under...

Hong Kong Unveils First Carbon-Neutral Hotel
14 June 2010 Regal Hotels International's new property Regal iClub Hotel is set to be the first carbon-neutral hotel in Hong Kong. The company also plans to offer climate-caring services within its...

Beirut Hotel Occupancy Stable in Q1
11 June 2010 Hotel occupancy in Lebanon's capital Beirut stood at 69% in the first quarter of 2010, unchanged from the same period last year. The occupancy rate at Beirut hotels was the 14th...

Ukraine to Build Hotels for UEFA 2012
11 June 2010 The Ukrainian Government has agreed a proposal to build 20 new hotels ahead of the UEFA European Football Championship in 2012. The government is expected to sign a hotel brand that will...

Asia Pacific Hotel Trading Up
11 June 2010 Asia Pacific hotel investors' expectations for short and medium-term trading continues its upward trend with a 22% growth posted in the last two years, according to an investor sentiment...

Rome Plans Hotel Guest Tax
11 June 2010 Italian capital Rome has unveiled plans to levy a hotel tax on nine million visitors as part of a revenue-raising measure. The government proposed the tax to help control Italy's...

US Hotel Website to Leverage Mobile Web Technology
10 June 2010 WashDCHotels.com has signed an agreement with Velocitude to use its mobile-web technology solution at selected hotels in Washington DC, US. Velocitude executive vice president Joy Randels...

HEI Buys Le Meridien Dallas North
10 June 2010 HEI Hotels & Resorts has acquired the 258-room Le Méridien Dallas North in Texas, US, for an undisclosed amount. The property becomes HEI's 36th owned hotel and its fourth hotel...

Grand Hyatt Melbourne Room Redesign Underway
10 June 2010 A redesign of guestrooms is underway at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Australia, as part of the hotel's green initiative. The redesign of the 546 rooms began last year and is expected to...

Revamped Palazzo Hotel Opens in Italy
10 June 2010 The revamped 19th-century residence-turned-hotel Palazzo Ferraioli has opened in Atrani on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The four-star hotel's 25 guestrooms offer views of the Mediterranean...

HEI, Hempel to Buy The Hotel Minneapolis
09 June 2010 HEI Hotels & Resorts has entered into a joint venture with Hempel Properties to buy The Hotel Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US, for an undisclosed amount. The deal for the...

Arch Millennium to Open Mumbai Planet Hollywood
09 June 2010 US-based Arch Millennium Corporation will open its five-star Planet Hollywood Hotel in Mumbai, India, in 2012. The property will be the company's second hotel and will be located on the site...

US 2010 Hotel Sales to Surpass Forecast
09 June 2010 New hotel deals in the US are expected to reach $6bn for 2010, way ahead of an earlier forecast of $3.5bn. Publicly traded lodging real estate investment trusts (REIT) are better positioned...

HA Schult Builds Rubbish Hotel in Rome
09 June 2010 A temporary hotel has been built in Rome, Italy, from rubbish collected from European beaches in a bid to raise awareness about beach pollution. The Save the Beach Hotel, built by...

IBM Framework to Connect Hotels and Travel Providers
08 June 2010 IBM says hotels could one day be connected to airports, airlines, rail operators and taxis through a new framework allowing them to improve efficiency and customer service. The Travel...

Hilton Signs Management Contract for Saudi Arabia Property
08 June 2010 Hilton Worldwide has signed a management contract with Jenan Real Estate Company to introduce the first Hilton-branded property in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The 400-room Hilton Al Khobar Hotel...

Elisabetta Gucci Unveils Expansion Plans
08 June 2010 Luxury hotel group Elisabetta Gucci has announced expansion plans for 40 hotels scheduled over the next 15 years in the Middle East and South America. The group said it will unveil an...

Marriott to Open New Hotel in Hawaii
08 June 2010 Marriott International will open a Waikiki Edition hotel in Hawaii this year. The property is collaboration between Ian Schrager and Marriott. The 353-room hotel is being developed in...

Whitbread Plans to Raise Funds from Debt Markets
07 June 2010 Premier Inn owner Whitbread will not raise money through an equity issue. The hotel operator said it was looking to raise funds through debt markets, according to Reuters. The company...

Invesco Acquires Hotels in France and Italy
07 June 2010 Invesco Real Estate has acquired three hotels in Paris and Rome for an investment of €90m ($110m). With the acquisition, the company will have 13 hotels in its portfolio, bringing...

Hilton Opens Garden Inn Hotel in Turkey
07 June 2010 Hilton Worldwide has opened its first hotel under the Garden Inn brand in Turkey. The Hilton Garden Inn Kutahya is a 121-room hotel constructed by Kosifler Group with an investment of...

Detroit Ritz-Carlton to Become Henry Hotel
07 June 2010 The Ritz-Carlton Dearborn in Detroit, US will soon become known as the Henry hotel under its new owners. The Dearborn hotel, which was part of Marriott International's Autograph collection...

Sheraton Opens New Georgia Hotel
04 June 2010 Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has opened its second hotel, the Sheraton Batumi Hotel, in the Republic of Georgia. The company launched the hotel, which features 203 rooms and 43...

Singapore in Running to Buy London Hotel
04 June 2010 The Government of Singapore Investment Corporation is among the final bidders for the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, UK. The sale, worth £500m ($727.1m), is expected to be the biggest...

New Hyatt Place Hotel Opens in Seattle
04 June 2010 Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and InterMountain Management have opened their first hotel, the Hyatt Place Seattle / Downtown, in the US state of Washington. The property features 160...

Ukraine Hotels Prepare for Euro 2012
04 June 2010 Hotel investors in Ukraine plan to streamline the development of hospitality sector projects ahead of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. The nation is hoping to capitalise on...

Rezidor to Open Moscow Hotel in 2013
03 June 2010 Rezidor Hotel Group will open its new hotel, Park Inn Voronezh, in Moscow, Russia, by 2013. The property features 164 rooms, an all-day-dining restaurant, a lobby lounge, a fitness...

Hong Leong Unveils Five-Star Hotel in China
03 June 2010 Malaysian conglomerate Hong Leong Group has introduced its first five-star hotel in China, Guoman Hotel Shanghai. The $80m hotel, housed in a 26-storey building, has 442 bedrooms including...

Shanghai Hotels Achieve Full Occupancy
03 June 2010 The hotel occupancy rate in the Pudong area of Shanghai, China, rose to nearly 100% thanks to the Shanghai World Expo 2010. Room rates increased simultaneously with the average...

South African Room Rates Rise 300% Ahead of World Cup
03 June 2010 Hotel room rates in South Africa rose by 300%, deterring football enthusiasts from travelling to the nation for the FIFA World Cup next month. A UK-based company, which has a deal with...

Extended Stay Hotels Bought for $3.93bn
02 June 2010 A consortium led by Centerbridge Partners has acquired the bankrupt hotel chain Extended Stay Hotels for $3.93bn. The consortium includes Paulson and private equity firm Blackstone. ...

First Rotana Hotel to Open in Iraq
02 June 2010 Arab hotelier Rotana Hotels will open its new five star hotel in Erbil, Iraq, in September 2010 as part of its expansion plans. The Erbil Rotana Hotel, the first Rotana hotel to open in...

Taj Mahal Hotel Extension to Re-open Soon
02 June 2010 The palace wing of Taj Mahal Palace & Tower in Mumbai, India, will reopen in July this year following the completion of renovation works. The 287-room flagship hotel was severely damaged...

Abu Dhabi Hotel Occupancy Rises 12%
02 June 2010 Hotel occupancy in Abu Dhabi, UAE, increased by 12% in April compared with the same period in 2009. The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADAT) said that 167,635 guests stayed in Abu...

New Jersey Hyatt Place Hotel Planned
01 June 2010 A new 16-storey Hyatt Place hotel is planned to be built in New Jersey, US. The 130-room Medical Missions for Children Hyatt Place Hotel will be equipped with a rooftop terrace and feature...

UK Hotels Occupancy Falls by 4.2%
01 June 2010 Hotel occupancy in UK hotels fell by 4.2% for April due to the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud, which has caused widespread air travel disruptions across the world. London's hotels posted...

Jamaican Hotels Hit by Clashes
01 June 2010 Jamaican hotels are improving security in a bid to reassure guests after clashes in capital city Kingston led to room cancellations. The Caribbean island's hotels reported 300...

Watergate Hotel to Undergo $50m Renovation
01 June 2010 The 251-room Euro Watergate Hotel in Washington DC, US, will undergo extensive renovation as part of a plan to resuscitate the neglected building. The 12-storey hotel will be restored as...

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US Hotels Post 4.4% Occupancy Rise
28 May 2010 The US hotel industry posted a 4.4% increase in occupancy year-over-year for the period ending 9 May 2010. Average daily rate (ADR) fell 1% and revenue per available room...

Carlson Unveils Asia Expansion Plans
28 May 2010 US hotel group Carlson Hotels plans to open 75 new hotels as part of its expansion plans in Asia under its Ambition 2015 initiative. The global expansion initiative, to be undertaken over...

Latino Hotel Association Launched
28 May 2010 A new Hispanic organisation, the Latino Hotel Association (LHA), has been launched in a bid to expand Latino ownership, leadership and commerce in the hotel industry. The group will also...

Marriott to Launch China Water Conservation Programme
28 May 2010 Marriott International is to invest in a water conservation programme in southwest China over the next two years. The company will join Conservation International and Pingwu County...

Accor Unveils Indonesia Expansion Plans
27 May 2010 French hotel chain Accor has unveiled plans to open 16 new hotels as part of its expansion across Indonesia by 2012. The first of the 16 hotels will begin operations this year while the rest...

China Plans Second Seven-Star Hotel
27 May 2010 China has unveiled plans to build the world's second seven-star hotel on an artificial island in the southern part of the country. The CNY2.8bn ($408m) Haikou Millennium Hotel will be built...

New Oman Holiday Inn to Open Next Year
27 May 2010 The new 176-room Holiday Inn Seeb Muscat, Oman, will open next year following the signing of a contract between Action Hotels and Muscat-based Al Rawahi International. Action Hotels plans...

Spain Hotel Occupancy Rises in April
27 May 2010 Hotels in Spain experienced a 1% rise in occupancy levels in April despite the effects of the volcanic cloud crisis that gripped Europe last month. According to data from Spain's...

ZyXEL Launches Hotel Hot-Spot Gateway
26 May 2010 UK-based ZyXEL Communications has launched a new hot-spot gateway for the hospitality industry. The system will allow all aspects of the hospitality industry to offer free or...

Hyatt Hotel in Bangkok to Reopen
26 May 2010 The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok in Thailand will be reopened today following its closure on 20 April. The hotel suspended operations for the safety and security of its guests due to...

InterContinental to Trial Smart-Phone Check-In
26 May 2010 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will begin trials of a new technology next month allowing guests to check in using smart phones. The Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare Rosemont, Chicago, and...

DiamondRock to Acquire Hilton Minneapolis
26 May 2010 DiamondRock Hospitality Company has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire the leasehold interest in the 821-room Hilton Minneapolis, Minnesota, US, for $155.5m. The deal...

Las Vegas Sands Secures Macau Development Funding
25 May 2010 Sands China, a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands, has secured $1.75bn funding for the completion of the Cotai Strip development in Macau. The combined Shangri-La Hotels and Sheraton resort...

South Florida Hotel Occupancy Rises
25 May 2010 Hotels in South Florida, US, experienced a rise in occupancy, despite the shadow of the British Petroleum (BP) oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Occupancy across the US grew to...

Dubai Hotel Industry Records 11.4% Growth
25 May 2010 Dubai hotels recorded an 11.4% growth increase with almost 470 hotel projects in the pipeline across the Gulf region despite the global recession. Dubai will add between 16,000 and...

Marriott Signs China Hotel Management Contracts
25 May 2010 Marriott International has signed management contracts for seven additional hotels in China in a bid to double its presence across the country. The company expects to have 60 hotels open...

Suzhou Marriott Opens in China
24 May 2010 Marriott International unveiled its new Suzhou Marriott Hotel in the Jiangsu Province, China. The 302-room hotel is owned by Suzhou New Development Investment and will be managed by...

Greek Hotel Bookings Decline
24 May 2010 The Greek hotel industry has revealed a steep fall in hotel bookings as tourists keep away because of increasingly violent demonstrations about the financial crisis that grips the...

Chatham Buys US Marriott Hotels
24 May 2010 Chatham Lodging Trust has acquired its first Marriott Hotel properties, bringing its portfolio of hotels up to ten. The Trust has bought the Residence Inn by Marriott in New York and the...

IHG Unveils Rewards Programme for Loyal Customers
24 May 2010 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to start a rewards programme where guests can earn points when they 'check in' on social networking site Gowalla via a mobile device. IHG is the...

New Dolce Hotel Unveiled in Munich
21 May 2010 Dolce Hotels and Resorts has opened its new hotel, Dolce Munich Unterschleissheim, in Munich, Germany. The 255-room conference hotel will be the company's sixth hotel in Europe and second...

Plans Unveiled for Irish Luxury Hotel
21 May 2010 Local firm Leonard Swan & Sons has unveiled plans to build a four-star hotel on the Antrim Coast Road in Larne, Ireland. The 120-room hotel will include a spa and conference centre. ...

Luxury Hotel to be Built in Tobago
21 May 2010 Plans to build a new $100m luxury hotel in Tobago will soon be underway. The Tobago Government has allocated 15 acres on the Courland Estate at Black Rock for the proposed...

Hilton Group Plans New UK Hotel
21 May 2010 The Hilton Hotel group has unveiled plans to build a new hotel on the Brayford Waterfront in Lincoln, UK. The 115-room property will be part of the group's Doubletree chain and will be...

Sheraton Brooklyn to Open in New York
20 May 2010 Sheraton Hotels & Resorts will open its new hotel, the Sheraton Brooklyn, in New York, US, this month. The 321-room hotel, featuring 4,300ft² of meeting space, is owned by the...

Chine Group to Open New Taiwan Hotel
20 May 2010 L'Hotel de Chine Group will open its new five-star property, the Palais de Chine Hotel, in Taipei, Taiwan, this month. The 13-storey, French-themed hotel, housed in a mixed-use...

Guoman Shanghai Opens This Month
20 May 2010 UK-based hospitality group Guoman Hotels will open its five-star Guoman Hotel Shanghai this month. The 442-room luxury hotel will be located in Putuo District in Shanghai. The...

Eurazeo to Sell B&B Hotels
20 May 2010 French financial holding firm Eurazeo is in talks with several investment funds for the sale of its B&B hotels. The budget hotel chain is valued at between €600m and...

Sol Meliá Reveals European Expansion Plans
19 May 2010 The Sol Meliá hotel group has unveiled its expansion plans to open new hotels in Europe by 2013. The group will add the four-star Tryp Lisbon Airport Hotel under a franchise agreement...

New Brisbane Novotel Approved
19 May 2010 Plans for a four-star Novotel Hotel in Brisbane, Australia, were approved by Brisbane City Council's planning sub-committee. Costing $90m, the hotel will be located on the vacant land owned...

Architexas Unveils Joule Hotel Expansion Plans
19 May 2010 Expansion plans have been revealed for the five-star Joule Hotel in Dallas, US. Architexas will renovate the five buildings located adjacent to the existing building for property owners...

Singapore's Fullerton Bay Hotel to Open in June
19 May 2010 The new Fullerton Bay Hotel, located at Marina Bay in Singapore, will open in June this year. Housed in the Fullerton Heritage complex, the 100-room property features six suites with...

New Aloft Hotel Opens in North Carolina
18 May 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts has opened a new hotel, the Aloft Chapel Hill in North Carolina, US. The hotel is a culmination of a joint venture between Inland American Lodging Corporation...

Kempinski Starts Ghana Hotel Construction
18 May 2010 Kempinski Group has started construction on the new five-star Accra Kempinski Hotel in Accra, Ghana, which is expected to open in January 2012. The 270-room hotel will feature two...

Gran Canaria Radisson Blu to Open in 2012
18 May 2010 Rezidor Hotel Group has unveiled plans to open a new hotel, the Gran Canaria Radisson Blu Residence on the Spanish-controlled island of Gran Canaria in 2012. The hotel will feature...

Marriott to Build Macedonia Hotel
18 May 2010 Marriott International will build the new Marriott Skopje hotel in Macedonia with an investment of €37m ($46.9m). Marriott will sign an agreement with Develop Group to build the...

Construction Begins on New China Five-Star Hotel
17 May 2010 Construction work has begun at the new Dalian Wanshan Golf Spa Resort in Dalian, China. The CNY280m ($41m) hotel will be the first five-star hotel in the Lushunkou district. ...

Wyndham Garden Hotel Opens in Miami
17 May 2010 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has opened its new 33-room Wyndham Garden Hotel Miami South Beach in Miami, US. The hotel, located near the Miami Beach Convention Center, underwent a...

Tune Hotels In Joint Venure with Plato Capital
17 May 2010 Malaysia-based Tune Hotels has signed a joint venture agreement with Singapore-based Plato Capital for the development and operation of Tune hotels across the world. The MYR100m ($31m)...

First US Radisson Blu to Open in 2011
17 May 2010 Carlson Hotels will open its first Radisson Blu hotel in the US in 2011. The new Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago will be a joint venture between Carlson Hotels and Magellan Development...

Ash Cloud Costs Spanish Hotels $243m
14 May 2010 The Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation (CEHAT) said that Spain's hotels put their losses at €192m ($243.8m) as a result of the volcanic ash crisis last month. ...

Historic Albanian Hotel Sold
14 May 2010 The Dajti Hotel in Tirana, Albania, has been sold to the Bank of Albania for €30m ($38m) by the Albanian government. The 98-room hotel will be temporarily used by the bank as...

Aquis Adds Greek Hotels to Portfolio
14 May 2010 Two new hotels have been added to Aquis Hotels and Resorts portfolio in Greece, bringing its total to 13 properties in the nation. The hotels include the 236-room Arina Sand in Crete and...

Dan Hotels to Buy Israel Regency
14 May 2010 Dan Hotels Corporation has signed an agreement to acquire the Jerusalem Regency Hotel in Israel for $47m. The 505-room, five-star hotel is owned by a group of Jewish investors and has been...

InterContinental New York to Open in July
13 May 2010 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts will unveil its InterContinental New York Times Square in July this year. The 607-room, 36-storey hotel will feature 10,000ft² of meeting...

Hyatt, Immobiliare to Develop Panama Hotel
13 May 2010 Hyatt Hotels Corporation has signed an agreement with Immobiliare Real Estate Development to develop the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Panama. The 167-room Hyatt Place Panama City, which...

City Seasons Group Announces Hotel Launches
13 May 2010 UAE-based City Seasons Group of Hotels will launch its new five-star City Seasons Hotel Muscat in Oman this year. In the UAE, the group will also open the 461-room Royal City Seasons Hotel...

Rezidor Group Opens New Hotel in Italy
13 May 2010 The Rezidor Hotel Group has opened its new hotel, Radisson Blu Majestic Resort in Calzignano Terme in Italy. The first 97 rooms of the existing hotel will be rebranded this year while...

Ash Cloud Costing Irish Hotel Sector $25m
12 May 2010 The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) said the hotel industry is expected to lose more than €20m ($25.45m) as a result of the volcanic ash crisis. The sector is struggling with a...

Kempinski Cairo Boutique Hotel to Open in June
12 May 2010 The Kempinski Hotel Group will unveil its first boutique hotel, Kempinski Nile Hotel, on 15 June 2010 in Cairo, Egypt. The new revamped hotel took 30 months to complete and will replace...

InterContinental Q1 Revenue Rises
12 May 2010 InterContinental Hotels first quarter revenues rose by 3% to $362m with operating profits up 15% at $83m. Global revenue per available room (RevPAR) grew for the first time in...

Sheraton to Remove Eight Hotels from Portfolio
11 May 2010 Sheraton Hotels & Resorts will remove eight hotels from its portfolio later this year as it completes its $6bn revitalisation effort. The company has also removed 36 other...

Starwood Unveils Philadelphia Le Meridien
11 May 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its newest hotel, Le Meridien Philadelphia, in the US. The historic adaptive reuse property, housed in the former YMCA building, was developed for...

Nigeria Fined for Changing World Cup Hotel
11 May 2010 The Nigeria Football Federation has been asked to pay a fine of $125,000 over the last-minute cancellation of its booking at the Hampshire Hotel in Durban, South Africa. A delegation...

Coral Opens First Beirut Hotel
10 May 2010 Dubai hotel chain Coral Hotels & Resorts has unveiled the Coral Suites Al Hamra, its first hotel in Beirut, Lebanon. The property is owned by Sheikh Faisal bin Sultan Al Qassimi...

Bella Sky-Comwell to Open in Denmark
10 May 2010 A new 814-room hotel, Bella Sky-Comwell Hotel Copenhagen will open in 2011. Bella Sky has partnered with Comwell for the Kr1.6bn ($273.5m) hotel. The new hotel features two...

New Iberotel Hotel Opens in Dubai
10 May 2010 ATM Iberotel has unveiled the Iberotel Emirates Grand Hotel in Dubai, its third property in the UAE. The property is equipped with 93 deluxe rooms, 66 one- bedroom suites, 127...

Constellation to Open Chifley Wollongong in August
07 May 2010 Constellation Hotels will open its newest hotel Chifley Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia, in August this year. The 4.5-star hotel will offer 168 guestrooms and executive suites,...

Shangri-La Hotels to Open Two New Hotels in China
07 May 2010 Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will open two new hotels in the Jiangsu Province in China by 2012. The two hotels will join group's existing six hotels in Yangtze river delta. The...

Millennium & Copthorne To Manage Middle East Hotels
07 May 2010 UK-based Millennium & Copthorne has signed contracts to manage three hotels in the Middle East. The company will manage two Millennium Hotels in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and in Amman,...

Marriott to Manage Algeria, Rwanda Hotels
06 May 2010 Marriott International has signed management contracts for hotels in Algeria and Rwanda. Owned by Societe d'Investissement Hotelier, the 204-room Renaissance Tlemcen in Algeria will open...

Alrov Buys Luxury Paris Hotel
06 May 2010 Hotel Lutetia, a 100-year old luxury property located in Paris, France, has been acquired by Alrov Properties and Lodgings for €145m ($188m). An options agreement has been signed for...

ADNH Plans Three Hotels for UAE
06 May 2010 Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) plans to increase its presence with three hotel properties planned for the UAE in line with Abu Dhabi's 2030 plan. The company plans to deliver 1,500 rooms...

Starwood to Open W Hotel in UAE
05 May 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts boutique hotel brand W Hotels Worldwide has unveiled plans to open a new hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE. W Hotels Worldwide has signed an agreement with...

Park Plaza Buys Netherlands' Largest Conference Hotel
05 May 2010 Park Plaza Hotels has acquired Holiday Inn Amsterdam Schiphol, touted as one of the largest conference hotels in the Netherlands. The hotel is located near Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport...

Lalit Suri Group Unveils Expansion Plans
05 May 2010 Indian hotel chain, Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, has revealed its plans to open new properties across India within the next two years. The group said it will invest Rs22bn ($500m)...

HEI Buys Le Meridien Hotel in Philadelphia
04 May 2010 The 202-room Le Meridien hotel in Philadelphia, US, has been acquired by HEI Hotels & Resorts. HEI Hotels & Resorts will operate and manage the hotel, which will begin operations in May. ...

Best Western Adds Four New Hotels in Japan
04 May 2010 As part of its expansion plans, Best Western International has added four new hotels to its portfolio in Japan. The hotels include the 242-room Best Western Hotel Fino Sapporo, the...

Renovated Hotel Ukraina Opens in Moscow
04 May 2010 The newly renovated Hotel Ukraina has opened in Moscow, Russia, following a three-year closure due to repair works. A total of $300m has been spent on renovating the historic building,...

April 2010

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Accor Opens 400th Hotel in Asia
30 April 2010 The French hotel chain, Accor will unveil its 400th hotel, Mercure Beijing Downtown in China. The 373-room hotel is the second Mercure hotel in China's capital and features signature...

Renovated Majestic Barrière to Open in Cannes
30 April 2010 The Majestic Barrière Hotel in Cannes, France, is expected to be unveiled on 12 May this year after closing two years ago for renovation. A new wing with additional premises...

Interstate Opens Renaissance Hotel in Moscow
30 April 2010 Interstate Hotels & Resorts has opened the new 366-room Renaissance Moscow Monarch Centre in Moscow, Russia. This will be the seventh Interstate-managed hotel in Russia. The hotel...

Ideas to Deploy Forecasting Solution in Orient-Express Properties
29 April 2010 Ideas Revenue Optimization will deploy Ideas V5i Forecasting Solution in 18 Orient-Express properties in a bid to maximise its revenue potential. The solution offers estate-wide...

Carlson Adds Martinique Radisson Hotel to Portfolio
29 April 2010 Carlson Hotels has added the Radisson Hotel & Spa Martinique, a 175-room beach-front hotel located in Schoelcher, Martinique, to its portfolio. As part of Carlson Hotels' Ambition...

Armani Hotel Opens in Dubai
29 April 2010 The Armani Hotel, which is located in Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, has been opened after a week-long delay due to disruptions caused by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud. ...

New General Manager for Holiday Inn Mumbai
28 April 2010 InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Harry Thaliwal as general manager for Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport in India. Thaliwal has over 22 years of diverse experience in...

Sheraton Hohhot Unveiled in China
28 April 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts will unveil its newest hotel in its management portfolio, Sheraton Hohhot Hotel in northern China. The 350-room luxury hotel is slated to open on 8 May this...

Luxury Hotel Opens in Mozambique
28 April 2010 A new luxury hotel, Afrin Prestige Hotel, has been unveiled in Maputo, Mozambique. The $22m, five-star hotel is owned by the Spanish Hotusa Group and features 116 rooms, conference...

WATG to Rebuild Mumbai's Sea Rock Hotel
27 April 2010 The Indian Hotels Company is planning to rebuild the Sea Rock hotel in Mumbai and open it within three years. The hotel had been shut for 17 years following a bomb explosion during the...

Rixos Launches New Libya Hotel
27 April 2010 Rixos Hotels has unveiled its newest hotel the Rixos Al Nasr Tripoli in Libya. This is the 12th Rixos hotel property, which took six months to complete. The 20,000m² hotel,...

Interstate Hotels Forms IHI Alliance
27 April 2010 Interstate Hotels & Resorts has partnered with International Hotel Investments to operate and invest in hotels in Europe and to expand its third-party hotel management platform. ...

Shangri-La Opens New Hotel in China
26 April 2010 Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has opened the Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo in China, marking the completion of all facilities at the hotel. The 563-room hotel is the company's 28th property...

Premier Group's Airport Hotel to Open Ahead of World Cup in South Africa
26 April 2010 Phase one of Premier Group's new OR Tambo International Airport hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa, will open ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Construction of the entire building will...

Wyndham Hotels to Add Quorum Hotel-Tampa to Portfolio
26 April 2010 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts will add the 272-room Quorum Hotel-Tampa in Florida, US to its existing portfolio of hotels in May this year. The hotel will be renamed the Wyndham Tampa Westshore...

Third Crown Hotel Opens in Melbourne
23 April 2010 Crown has opened its third hotel the Crown Metropol in Melbourne, Australia. The A$300m (about $277m) hotel features 658 rooms including 579 hotel rooms, 34 studios, 12 spa accommodation...

Plans Launched for First US Marijuana Hotel
23 April 2010 The 106-room Hotel Normandie in Los Angeles, USA, is expected to be renovated into the first marijuana-friendly hotel in the nation. Built in the 1920s, the former residence was bought...

Accor Q1 Revenue up 3.1%
23 April 2010 French hotel chain Accor has reported a 3.1% rise in revenue in the first-quarter of 2010. The rise has been attributed to an increase in trading at its midscale and upscale hotels...

Asian Hotels Affected by Volcanic Ash Disruption
22 April 2010 Asian hotels have been severely affected by the volcano eruption in Iceland as many hotels failed to accommodate thousands of stranded passengers. Hotels from Beijing to Singapore are...

Thai Hotels Hit By Protests
22 April 2010 Hotels in Thailand's capital city Bangkok are evacuating guests to other locations as several violent clashes erupted across the nation. The hotel industry has been battered in the...

Starwood Plans Second Abu Dhabi St Regis
22 April 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide plans to build a second St Regis hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The hotel is owned by International Capital Trading (ICT) and will be...

Hotel Demand Continues As Air Travel Returns to Normal
21 April 2010 Flight delays caused by airports trying to return to normal service after the volcanic ash cloud are likely to see hotel demand remain high in the coming days. Since the airports closed...

Volcano Cloud Delays Armani Hotel Opening
21 April 2010 The opening of the Armani Hotel Dubai in UAE has been delayed due to Iceland's volcanic ash cloud, which curbed air traffic across Europe. The hotel has been designed by Giorgio Armani and...

Architect Plans to Convert Hollywood Sign into Hotel
21 April 2010 The 45ft real estate sign of Hollywood, located on a rugged section of the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, California, USA, may be converted into a 90ft-high, letter-shaped hotel complex. ...

St Giles Buys Starwood Hotels
20 April 2010 St Giles Hotels has acquired two legacy Starwood hotels located in New York, USA, for $78m. The 198-room W New York - The Court and the 122-room W New York - The Tuscany will no longer...

HEI Receives Energy Star Award 2010
20 April 2010 HEI Hotels & Resorts has received the Energy Star partner of the year Award for 2010 by the US Environmental Protection Agency for its achievements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ...

Hilton Worldwide First JetBlue Airways Hotel Partner
20 April 2010 Hilton Worldwide has partnered with JetBlue Airways to become the first hotel partner for the airline's customer loyalty programme TrueBlue. Hilton HHonors, the guest loyalty reward...

Hotel Prices Rocket As Planes Stay Grounded
19 April 2010 Prices at hotels worldwide have shot up since Thursday as stranded airline passengers look for accommodation until normal services return. Rooms at a hotel in Sydney, Australia, shot to...

Gloria Signs Franchise Deal for New China Hotel
19 April 2010 Gloria Hotels and Resorts will open the largest hot spring resort in 2011 near Lushan Mountain in Xingzi, China. Gloria Hotels has signed a franchise agreement with the hotel's...

Shangri-La to Build Seven-Star Hotel in Turkey
19 April 2010 Shangri-La Asia has signed a cooperation agreement with Turkish conglomerate Tanriverdi Holding to build a seven-star hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. The $250m Shangri-La Istanbul will be built...

Hyatt, Lodgeworks Unveil New Wisconsin Hotel
19 April 2010 Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and LodgeWorks will open the Hyatt Place Madison / Downtown, Hyatt's first hotel in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The 151-room hotel features signature...

Jaz Hotels Opens Dubai Iberotel
16 April 2010 Jaz Hotels, Resorts & Cruises has unveiled its first luxury hotel, Iberotel Emirates Grand Hotel in Dubai. The hotel is located near the Dubai Mall and will be the company's second...

Accor Unveils Novotel Barcelona
16 April 2010 Accor group's mid-scale hotel brand Novotel has unveiled its newest hotel, Novotel Barcelona City in Spain. The 264-room hotel features 22 junior suites, a restaurant, bar, four meeting...

Wyndham Opens Fashion 24 in New York
16 April 2010 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has unveiled Fashion 26, a 22-storey, 280-room hotel in New York, USA. The hotel's glass and steel tower displays installation artist Devorah Sperber's work...

Accor to Open 45 Hotels in Asia Pacific
15 April 2010 French hotel chain Accor is to open up to 45 new hotels in Asia Pacific this year. The company said the hotels will add around 8,500 new rooms to its current portfolio of 400 hotels in...

Danish Hotel Guests Produce Pedal-Power Electricity
15 April 2010 Guests at Denmark's Crowne Plaza hotel are being asked to help generate electricity in return for a free meal. Using exercise bikes attached to generators, the hotel's guests will be asked...

Fairmont Unveils Middle East, Africa Expansion Plans
15 April 2010 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has said it plans to add 14 hotels to its portfolio by 2014, as part of its expansion plans in the Middle East and North Africa. The Makkah Clock Royal Tower...

Royal Orchid Adds to India Portfolio
14 April 2010 Indian-based hotel chain Royal Orchid Hotels is to open seven hotels in India as part of its expansion plans. Royal Orchid will invest Rs500 crore ($112m) by next year, and is looking...

IVG Sacked Partner Sells M&C Assets
14 April 2010 Cheung Ping Kwong, the dismissed partner of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels in the joint venture Idea Valley Group (IVG), has sold the West Coast Resort Hainan Hotel. Cheung has also...

Peninsula Unveils Luxury Expansion Plans
14 April 2010 The Peninsula hotel chain has announced expansion plans that include opening properties in China, India and the UK. Peninsula said it plans to operate at least 15 properties within the next...

LVMH, Orascom to Build Luxury Resorts in Oman and Egypt
13 April 2010 French hotel chain LVMH signed an agreement with Orascom Development Holdings to build two new Cheval Blanc luxury resorts in Oman and Egypt. The first Cheval Blanc resort is to be built on...

Sheraton Develops New Spa Brand
13 April 2010 Sheraton Hotels & Resorts is developing its own spa and amenities brand called Shine. Shine will replace the Bliss line of products and its formula and packaging will be made by the...

Starwood to Launch Mid-Market Brands in India
13 April 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will launch its mid-market brands in India as part of its expansion plans. The hotel chain will debut three Aloft brand hotels this year, and plans...

ALHI Adds Loews Denver to Portfolio
12 April 2010 Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has added the Loews Denver Hotel in Denver, USA, to its existing member portfolio. The hotel will now have access to ALHI's sales services...

Qatari Diar to Acquire Raffles
12 April 2010 Raffles Hotel in Singapore may be acquired by Qatari Diar, the real estate arm of Qatar Investment Authority, for $275m. Both Fairmont Raffles and Qatar-based Kingdom Holding Company...

New Marriott Courtyard To Open in Vietnam
12 April 2010 Marriott International has said it will open a new Courtyard brand hotel in Hàm Tân, Vietnam, in 2012. Marriott has signed a management agreement with CY–Hàm Tân...

Washington Holdings Buys St Regis Monarch Beach
09 April 2010 Real estate firm Washington Holdings has acquired the St Regis Monarch Beach Resort in California, USA. The firm paid $235m for the hotel and bought a portion of a $70m loan from a...

Starwood Plans India Expansion
09 April 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has said it will increase its presence across India by 60% by 2013. The group currently has an existing portfolio of 26 hotels and will open 15 hotels...

Barcelona Hotel Group Partners with Dow Hotel
09 April 2010 Barcelona Hotel Group and Dow Hotel Company have signed an agreement to purchase and operate hotels over the next 12 to 18 months. Under the terms of the agreement, Dow will become a...

Aston Plans New Hotels in Indonesia
08 April 2010 Indonesian hotel operator Aston International will open five new hotels in Indonesia, bringing its total count to 25 properties in the nation. Aston will open Aston at Grand Kuta in...

Hyatt Unveils India Expansion Plans
08 April 2010 Hyatt Hotels said it plans to open new hotels in India over the next five years in a bid to increase its presence across the country. The hotel group intends to expand into 15 new...

W Opens New Puerto Rico Hotel
08 April 2010 W Hotels Worldwide has unveiled its 37th hotel, W Retreat & Spa in Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, in the Caribbean. The property is owned by Reig Capital's affiliate Vieques Hotel Partners. ...

Regent Hotel Doha to Open in 2012
07 April 2010 Construction has started on Qatar's new Regent Hotel Doha, which is scheduled to begin operations in 2012. The hotel, being built by Al Thani Holdings, will be managed by Regent Hotels,...

JW Marriott to Open New Properties in 2010
07 April 2010 JW Marriott has revealed plans to open ten new hotels in China, Colombia, India, Turkey and the USA in 2010. The group will invest more than $2bn for the new developments, which will...

Zuri Unveils Expansion Plans
07 April 2010 India-based Zuri Hotels & Resorts has revealed it intends to set up more hotels in India and South Africa. The company will invest Rs400 crore ($90.1m) for a mix of greenfield hotels...

Maison Moschino Opens in Milan
06 April 2010 Hotelphilosophy has unveiled a new hotel, Maison Moschino, in Milan, Italy, this month. Previously a railway station, the hotel has been converted by Moschino and designer Rossella Jardini...

Starwood Unveils 1,000th Hotel in China
06 April 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened its 1,000th hotel, the Sheraton Qiandao Lake Resort in China. The 250-room lake resort features 23 suites and is equipped with the...

Radisson to Install Child Porn Detection Technology
06 April 2010 Radisson Hotels & Resorts said it will be the first to install a new technology at its Scandinavian hotel base in a bid to curb trafficking of pornographic images of children by hotel guests. ...

Rezidor Unveils Park Inn Hotel in Germany
01 April 2010 The Rezidor Hotel Group has unveiled its newest hotel, Park Inn Dresden in Germany. The group signed a franchise agreement with Provent Hotels for the 132 room property. The new hotel...

Hyatt Hotel Receives Waste Reduction Award
01 April 2010 The Hyatt Regency Irvine hotel in California, US, has received the waste reduction award for 2009 from the California Integrated Waste Management Board for its green initiatives. The...

Hotel Congham Hall Unveils Expansion Plans
01 April 2010 Luxury hotel Congham Hall in Norfolk, UK is planning to build new kitchen and restaurant facilities, a new bedroom block and a new spa building. Von Essen Hotels group, owner of the hotel,...

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Hilton Worldwide to Open 17th Cairo Hotel
31 March 2010 Hilton Worldwide will unveil a new hotel, Hilton Zamalek Residence Cairo, on the Nile River in Egypt this July. The management agreement has been signed between Hilton Worldwide and...

Radisson Edwardian Founder Wins Hotelier of the Year
31 March 2010 Radisson Edwardian Hotels founder, chairman and CEO Jasminder Singh has won the Asian Business Hotelier of the Year Award at the Eastern Eye Asian Business Awards 2010. Owned by...

Chinese Developer Buys Los Angeles Marriot
31 March 2010 The Los Angeles Marriott Hotel has been acquired by Shenzhen New World Group Company for a discounted price of $60m from its original market value. The 469-room, 14-storey hotel was...

DS Hotels to Launch Five Properties by 2012
30 March 2010 DS Hotels & Resorts has unveiled plans to launch five properties in India by 2011-12 with an investment of Rs500 crore ($110.9m). The company intends to open two hotels and a...

Wilshire Grand to Cease Operations
30 March 2010 The Wilshire Grand hotel in Los Angeles, USA, will cease operations to make way for a 560-room luxury hotel and 65-storey office tower on the site. The proposed $1bn redevelopment is...

Hyatt Place Unveils 150th Hotel
30 March 2010 Hyatt Place has unveiled its 150th hotel, Hyatt Place Charleston Airport / Convention Center in South Carolina, USA. The hotel, owned by South Carolina-based Naman Hotels, features...

Grand Hotel Wein Joins K Hotels
29 March 2010 K Hotels has added the Grand Hotel Wien in Vienna, Austria, to its collection of five-star independent properties. Grand Hotel Wien features 205 luxurious rooms and suites with amenities,...

Choice Adds Distrikt Hotel to Portfolio
29 March 2010 Choice Hotels International has added the Distrikt Hotel in New York, USA, to its Ascend Collection portfolio. The 32-storey hotel features ten iconic neighbourhood-themed collages throughout...

Russia Allocates $253m for Hotel Development
29 March 2010 A new hotel development in Vladivostok, Russia, has been allocated R7.5bn ($253m) by the Primorsky Territory state government. The new development is part of the sub-programme...

ITC to Unveil 25 Hotels in India by 2011
26 March 2010 Indian hotel chain ITC has said it will unveil 25 new hotels in India under its flagship brand Fortune within the next 12 to 18 months. The group said the hotels are under various stages...

Wyndham to Build Wales' Tallest Hotel
26 March 2010 The new 32-storey Wyndham Cardiff hotel, which is currently being built, will be the tallest hotel in Wales on its completion in 2013. The £60m ($89.3m) hotel will be operated by Wyndham...

Second Thai Renaissance Hotel Unveiled
26 March 2010 The new Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel has been unveiled in Thailand under a management agreement with Maneeya Realty Company. The 333-room hotel is the second Renaissance Hotel in...

Work Progresses at Liverpool Hotel
25 March 2010 Work is progressing on Liverpool’s Hotel Indigo after it received £10m ($14.9m) in funding from the UK's Co-operative Bank. The £15m ($22.5m) boutique hotel will be owned and operated...

Four Seasons Unveils Expansion Plan in India
25 March 2010 Four Seasons Hotels plans to open four properties in India by 2015. The two hotels in Bangalore and Gurgaon and two resorts in Kerala and Jaipur will add 1,000 rooms to the hotel...

Kempinski Hotel Residences in Dubai Complete
25 March 2010 Emerald Palace Group has completed work on the 100th unit at Kempinski Hotel Residences Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Work on the property began in 2007, and it features 244 suites,...

New Holiday Inn Hotel Opens in Dubai
24 March 2010 A joint unveiling of the Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport hotel has taken place with InterContinental Hotels Group and Ishraq Gulf Real Estate Holdings. The four-storey hotel is...

Taj Hotels Unveils New Hotel in South Africa
24 March 2010 Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has unveiled its new luxury hotel, the Taj Cape Town, in South Africa. The Rs500m ($68m) hotel is a joint venture between the Indian Hotels Company and Eurocape....

Park Plaza Opens New art'otel Hotel in Germany
24 March 2010 Park Plaza Hotels has opened its new art'otel cologne in Germany, which is designed by Korean artist Seo and is the brand's seventh art'otel to date. The art'otel Cologne offers 218...

Park Hotels Adds Two Hotels to Indian Portfolio
23 March 2010 Boutique hotel chain Park Hotels will add two new hotels, The Park on Vembanad Lake and The Park Hyderabad, in India this year. The Park on Vembanad Lake is a lakeside resort with ten...

Millennium and Copthorne to add Six Hotels in Middle East
23 March 2010 Millennium and Copthorne Hotels will add six five-star luxury hotels with over 2,000 rooms to its portfolio in the Middle East. The Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel, with 800 rooms, will...

Marriott to Open Two Luxury Hotels in China
23 March 2010 Marriott International has signed a management agreement with Tianjin Tianbin Real Estate Development to open two luxury hotels in Tianjin, China this year. The hotel chain will open the...

Frogmore Gets Green Light for London Boutique Hotel
22 March 2010 Planning consent has been secured by UK-based Frogmore Property for the proposed new 80-room luxury boutique hotel in London, UK, from the London Borough of Islington. The hotel will be...

Sri Lankan Hotels Unveil Expansion Plans
22 March 2010 Increased tourism in Sri Lanka, due to the end of the 37-year civil war, has forced Sri Lankan hotels to reveal their expansion plans. The total number of hotel rooms will grow from 15,000...

Siemens Smart Technology Installed in NH Hoteles
19 March 2010 NH Hoteles has collaborated with Siemens to create 'intelligent' rooms in the NH Eurobuilding hotel in Madrid, in a bid to optimise energy consumption. Two prototype rooms have been...

MAG Developments to Build Green Hotel
19 March 2010 A new 216-bedroom green hotel will be built at the East Midlands Airport, UK, by MAG Developments. A contract has been signed with the Azure Property Group, which will begin construction...

Grand UK Acquires Daunceys
19 March 2010 Grand UK Hotels has acquired Daunceys Hotel in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, UK, for an undisclosed sum. The 73-bedroom hotel, which was built in the 1860s, was in operation as an...

UK Tourists Cut Back on Hotel Spending
18 March 2010 British tourists spend the least on hotel accommodation in Europe, according to a study by hotels.com. Last year, an average £90 ($137) a night was spent on hotels by UK residents when...

Accor Unveils Vietnam Expansion Plan
18 March 2010 French hotel chain Accor has announced a plan to expand its global footprint in Vietnam by 2012. Accor will develop its Pullman, Mgallery and Ibis hotel brands in the country, according...

First Westin Austin Opens in Texas
17 March 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its Westin Austin hotel in Texas, USA. The property, owned by developers White Lodging and Simon Property Group, features 340 guestrooms and...

Hayleys Buys Controlling Stake in Ceylon Continental
17 March 2010 The Ceylon Continental Hotel in Sri Lanka has been taken over by Hayleys Group, which bought a 51% controlling stake of the company for Rs1.8bn ($15m). Hayleys Group said it bought...

Fairmont Zimbali to Open Ahead of World Cup
17 March 2010 Construction work is in progress at the Fairmont Zimbali Hotel in Ballito, South Africa, and it is expected to have a soft launch in mid-May this year ahead of the FIFA World Cup. The...

Unique Group Unveils Bangladesh Expansion
16 March 2010 Unique Group, owner of Westin Dhaka, has unveiled plans to open three five-star hotels in Bangladesh with an investment of BDT2,000 crore ($290m). Unique Group will sign a management...

Marriott Unveils India Courtyard Hotel
16 March 2010 Marriott International has unveiled its new Courtyard hotel in Gurgaon, India. The hotel comprises 198 rooms and six luxury suites, and offers various dining options and amenities for guests. ...

Mishorim Completes King Edward Buyout
16 March 2010 Mishorim Development Group has completed its $48m acquisition of the Le Méridien King Edward Hotel in Toronto, Canada. The group's subsidiary, Skyline International Development,...

Related to Build Hilton Hotel in Florida
15 March 2010 Real estate developer Related Companies has been selected to build a new Hilton-branded hotel in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA. The 400-room hotel will be located next to the Palm...

Crowne Plaza New Delhi Nears Completion
15 March 2010 Construction of the Crowne Plaza New Delhi Okhla in India has neared completion and the hotel is expected to be opened later this month. InterContinental Hotel brand Crowne Plaza is the...

Hawaii's Occupancy on Rise
15 March 2010 Hawaii's hotel market may be recovering after occupancy increased during four of the last five months, according to a new report by Hospitality Advisors. Hotel occupancy stood at 66.5%...

Preferred Partners with Mantis Group
12 March 2010 The Preferred Hotel Group has partnered with Mantis Group to add 14 hotels to its existing portfolio in a bid to expand its footprint in South Africa. The newest addition will bring...

Amadeus Launches LinkHotel
12 March 2010 A new distribution and marketing service for small and medium-sized hotels and groups has been launched by Amadeus called Amadeus LinkHotel. LinkHotel provides reservation tools,...

Shangri-La Unveils Luxury Hotel in China
12 March 2010 Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has unveiled its newest hotel located along the Li River in Guilin, China. The seven-storey 449-room Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin features the largest...

Starwood Unveils $1bn Expansion
11 March 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its expansion plan to open 50 new hotels in Europe, Africa and the Middle East by 2012 at an estimated cost of $1bn. The hotel group also unveiled...

Shangri-La Supports Climate Change Initiative
11 March 2010 Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will participate for a second consecutive year in Earth Hour, a global climate change initiative, as part of its commitment to save the environment. More...

Mövenpick Jumeirah Beach Opens
11 March 2010 The new five-star hotel Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach has opened in Dubai, UAE. The hotel features 294 rooms and suites, a restaurant, sushi bar and poolside lounge with cabanas and...

Rezidor Unveils 90th Park Inn
10 March 2010 The Rezidor Hotel Group has unveiled its newest hotel, Park Inn Palace at Southend-on-Sea, UK. This property marks the group's 26th Park Inn in the UK and the 90th Park Inn worldwide. ...

Armani Hotel Opening Delayed
10 March 2010 The anticipated opening of the Armani Hotel in Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, has been delayed by more than a month to 22 April this year. Owner Giorgio Armani planned...

Amari India Unveils First Expansion Plan
10 March 2010 Amari India has unveiled expansion plans that includes opening seven new properties with a total of 1,050 rooms in India by 2015. The properties will be in the limited service and...

GardenWalk Construction to Begin 2011
09 March 2010 Construction will begin in 2011 on two $242m luxury hotels located next to the GardenWalk outdoor mall near Disneyland, California, USA. The hotel developers were granted permission by the...

Jekyll Island Gets Eco Hotel
09 March 2010 The new 138-room Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island, which opened in January 2010, is the first hotel to be built on Jekyll Island in Georgia, US, in 35 years. The hotel was built by...

Hilton to Open Hotel in Konya
09 March 2010 The US-based hotel chain Hilton is planning to open a new Hilton Garden Inn in the Central Anatolian city of Konya, Turkey, on 15 November 2010. Construction of the new four-star hotel,...

Sydney Harbour Luxury Hotel Criticised
08 March 2010 Construction of a $6bn (£3.48bn) luxury hotel on a pier over the waters of Sydney Harbour in Australia has been criticised by public and heritage groups. Last week, design plans were...

UK Hotel Prices Down by 13%
08 March 2010 Hotel prices in the UK fell by 13% in 2009 compared with 2008, the lowest level for six years, according to the Hotel Price Index survey. Three years ago, UK hotels had the most...

Carlson Hotels Unveils Expansion Plan
08 March 2010 Carlson Hotel has unveiled its expansion plans in which it intends to add 1,500 hotels to its portfolio by 2015. The hotel's Radisson brand will receive $1.5bn to establish new hotels and...

UAE Hotels Sign up for Green Certification
05 March 2010 Two luxury hotels located in the UAE have signed up for the Green Globe Certification (GGC) as part of an initiative to increase their environmental responsibility and sustainability. The...

Nama to Take Over Three London Hotels
05 March 2010 Irish government agency National Asset Management Agency (Nama) is planning to take over three luxury hotels from the London-based Maybourne Hotel Group as part of a campaign to recover and...

K Hotels Partners with JJW
05 March 2010 US-based K Hotels has partnered with the Austrian subsidiary of JJW Hotels & Resorts to form K Hotels Europe in an effort to increase its market share. K Hotels will establish a sales...

Accor Unveils Latin America Expansion
04 March 2010 French hotel chain Accor has unveiled a plan to open 75 new hotels in Latin America over the next two years. The company plans to invest $667m in the expansion project, which will be funded...

Chelsfield Granted Planning for London Hotels
04 March 2010 Planning consent has been given to Chelsfield Partners for a 315-room expansion of its two luxury hotels in London, UK. The existing Park Lane Mews Hotel in the central Mayfair area will...

Jumeirah Beach Reduces CO2 by 35%
04 March 2010 Implementation of sustainability initiatives has helped Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai to reduce its CO2 emissions and energy consumption by 35%. The first Jumeirah property in the...

Yotel New York to Launch in 2011
03 March 2010 Hotel operator Yotel plans to start the largest hotel in New York, USA, in 2011. The property will be the first unit opening outside of its current international airport locations and...

Thai Novotel Receives Green Award
03 March 2010 Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel in Thailand has received the Green Globe certification from EC3 Global for operating at the world's highest environmental standard. The certification is...

Carlson to Manage Radisson Brunei
03 March 2010 Carlson Hotels has announced the addition of Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam to its portfolio. The 142-room hotel is located near Bandar Seri Begawan and is owned by Bruneian investment...

Free Internet to Loyal Starwood Guests
02 March 2010 Free in-room internet is now on offer to platinum members of the Starwood Preferred Guest system. As of 1 March 2010, the service is available at all Starwood chains including Westin,...

Pestana Group Launches First UK Hotel
02 March 2010 Portugal-based Pestana Group launched its first UK property, the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel and Spa, in London on 1 March 2010. The 218-bedroom hotel is the newest addition to the...

Hyatt Reports Shrinking Losses in 2009
02 March 2010 Hyatt Hotels has reported a net loss of $12m in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared with a loss of $142m in 2008. Adjusted EBITDA stood at $104m, a 7.2% rise compared with $97m in...

Sheraton Unveils Global Expansion Plans
01 March 2010 Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its expansion plans to build 50 new hotels over the next three years in 15 countries including the US, Colombia, India, Russia, Slovakia, Taiwan...

Rezidor to Open Rwanda Radisson Blu
01 March 2010 Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the addition of a Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali / Rwanda to its portfolio. The hotel is part of a massive, mixed-use development...

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Rezidor Opens Third Radisson Blu Hotel in Istanbul
26 February 2010 Rezidor has added a third hotel, The Radisson Blu Hotel, in Istanbul, to its portfolio. The hotel features 194 rooms equipped with high-speed internet access and will welcome the first guests...

Holiday Inn Opens at Disney World
26 February 2010 InterContinental Hotels lodging brand Holiday Inn has unveiled a 14-storey hotel at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The 323-room hotel is outfitted with a glass-ceiling...

Starwood Adds Grosvenor House Dubai to Portfolio
25 February 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has unveiled Grosvenor House in Dubai, which will be the newest addition to its Luxury Collection brand. The 45-storey hotel is located on the...

US Ski Resorts Post Revenue Rise
25 February 2010 Ski resorts in the US have reported a steady increase in revenues over the last five years despite the recession. Resorts' revenues rose by 2.3% compared with 2008, while a 2010...

UK Boutique Sector Missing Out on Apprenticeship Funds
24 February 2010 Boutique hotel operators in the UK are failing to make use of government-funded apprenticeships, despite big-name chains cashing in on the plans. UK National Apprenticeships Service...

Illegal Hotels Threaten Masai Mara Ecosystem
24 February 2010 Illegal hotel units, which have dotted the boundaries of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya, are posing a threat to the area's ecosystem. The reserve is losing many animals, such...

Nigeria Dumps Novotel for Golden Tulip
24 February 2010 Nigerian property development company UPDC has ditched French partner Novotel Group for Netherlands-based Golden Tulip Hospitality Group. Shortly after completion of the Tower-I development...

Tsogo Sun Merges with Gold Reef
22 February 2010 SABMiller will merge its South African hotels and gaming company, Tsogo Sun, with Gold Reef Resorts through an all-share merger to create the largest gaming group in Europe, Middle East and...

Kuehne + Nagel Wins Marina Bay Logistics Contract
22 February 2010 Logistics service provider Kuehne + Nagel has been awarded a contract by Las Vegas Sands Corporation for Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in Singapore. The service provider is expected...

Hilton Mobile Apps Get Top Rating
19 February 2010 As of 14 February 2010, Hilton Worldwide has registered 126,000 downloads on its seven chain-specific iPhone apps, which were launched last November. The record number of downloads...

Host Reports Q4 Revenue Fall
19 February 2010 Host Hotels & Resorts has reported a fall of 16.8% in revenue to $1.3bn in the fourth quarter of 2009 in comparison with the same period in 2008. The company has revealed the...

Marriott Opens Hotel in Shanghai
18 February 2010 The new Shanghai Marriott Hotel Changfeng Park has been unveiled in Shanghai, China, and is expected to cater to guests during the World Expo Shanghai. Located in the Changfeng...

Choice Unveils Quality Hotel in Birmingham
18 February 2010 The new Quality Hotel Birmingham Airport / NEC in the UK has been unveiled by Choice Hotels International. Previously an independently run hotel, the property is the third...

Marriott International Reports $106m Q4 Profits
17 February 2010 Marriott International said its fourth quarter adjusted income from continuing operations totaled $118m, a 2% fall from the same quarter in 2008. Reported income from continuing...

InterContinental Profits Fall
17 February 2010 InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) has reported that its operating profits fell 34% to $363m from $549m in 2008. Total revenue fell by 19% to $1.54bn in 2009 from $1.9bn in...

Taj Hotels Plans Mumbai Hotel
16 February 2010 The Taj Hotels group company Gateway Hotels has announced its plans to develop a second Gateway Hotel in Mumbai, India. The hotel will feature 200 rooms, an all-day dining restaurant and a bar....

Travelport Defers £1.2bn Flotation
16 February 2010 Travelport has shelved plans for its £1.2bn stock market flotation on the London Stock Exchange citing volatile market conditions. Travelport's chief executive Jeff Clarke said the company...

Wyndham Worldwide Posts Q4 Profit
15 February 2010 Wyndham Worldwide has reported a fourth-quarter profit for 2009, with overall net income standing at $73m compared with 2008's net loss of $1.36bn. In addition to an increase in...

Premier Inn Unveils Third UAE Hotel
15 February 2010 Premier Inn has unveiled its third property, Premier Inn Dubai International Airport in Dubai, UAE. The new hotel is sited opposite Dubai International Airport terminals 1 and 3. The...

Century Plaza Hotel Saved from Demolition
12 February 2010 Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, USA, is to be saved from demolition following the creation of a new development plan. The plan was created by owners Next Century Associates, along with...

Scottish Hotels Fare Best in UK
12 February 2010 A new study has found that the Scottish hotel sector fared much better than its English counterparts despite difficult trading conditions. The study, conducted by accountants PKF reveals...

Rezidor to Open Radisson Blu in Sweden
11 February 2010 Rezidor Hotel Group has announced a new hotel project in Sweden in collaboration with partner Winn Hotel Group. The new Radisson Blu hotel is scheduled to open in 2012 and will include 176...

Deloitte Report Shows Hospitality Optimism in 2010
11 February 2010 The tourism, hospitality and leisure sectors are beginning to see improvements in trade as the economy begins to rebound and recover, according to a new report Hospitality Vision: US...

Ritz-Carlton Las Vegas to Close
10 February 2010 Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada, is to close permanently in May because of a slump in tourist trade. The resort is owned by Village Hospitality, an arm of Deutsche Bank,...

Starwood Posts Fourth-Quarter Loss
09 February 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide posted a fourth-quarter loss due to a drop in its holiday-ownership business. Starwood Hotels posted a loss of $107m compared with a...

Choice Opens Six Hotels in Poland
08 February 2010 Choice Hotels has opened six new properties in Poland as part of its ongoing business expansion plan in Europe. The company's flagship Polish property, The Clarion Hotel Grand Baltic...

Edinburgh Landmark Converted into Hotel
08 February 2010 The Royal High School in Edinburgh, Scotland, could soon be converted into an arts hotel. The plans by Edinburgh City Council is part of the World Heritage site located on Calton Hill. ...

Choice Hotels Plans Haiti Hotel
05 February 2010 Choice Hotels International has unveiled plans to build two new hotels in the seaside town of Jacmel in quake-ravaged Haiti. The group has confirmed its plans, which will be delivered...

Taj Unveils Brand Architecture
04 February 2010 Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces has unveiled its new brand architecture, which it plans to roll out across all its hotels to strengthen its existing portfolio. The Mumbai-based hotel...

Floating Olympic Hotel Cancelled
04 February 2010 Plans to convert the luxury cruise ship Norwegian Star into a hotel during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, have been cancelled due to poor sales and rising costs. The ship,...

Warnick to Asset Manage Montelucia
03 February 2010 Warnick + Company has been appointed asset manager of Montelucia Resort in Paradise Valley in Arizona, USA. The $330m luxury resort opened in 2008 and is operated by the...

Hyatt Regency Unveils Florida Resort
03 February 2010 The Hyatt Regency has unveiled the new Aqualea Resort in Pinellas County, Florida, USA. The hotel is equipped with 250 rooms with sea-facing balconies towards the Gulf of Mexico. The...

IHG Launches Canadian Sustainable Hotel
02 February 2010 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has launched its first sustainable hotel, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Saint-Hyacinthe in Quebec, Canada. The hotel has been built to meet the...

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Pacific Resort Aitutaki Wins Award
29 January 2010 Pacific Resort Aitutaki in the Cook Islands has been chosen as one of the top ten luxury resorts in the South Pacific. The property is also chosen as one of the top ten resorts for romance...

Furama Hotel Dalian Joins Worldhotels Portfolio
29 January 2010 The first 5-star luxury hotel, Furama Hotel Dalian in North East China, has joined the portfolio of Worldhotels group as the new Deluxe Collection affiliate. The hotel features 620...

Marriott Launches Autograph Collection
28 January 2010 Marriott International is unveiling the first properties in its new brand of upscale boutique hotels, the Autograph Collection. The boutique hotels will not carry the Marriott name....

Starwood to Open 100 Hotels in 2010
28 January 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts plans to open 80 to 100 mostly high-end hotels this year, with 70% located in the Asia Pacific region. More than 60% are expected to cater to...

Viceroy Hotel Group to Operate L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
27 January 2010 Viceroy Hotel Group (VHG) has been named operator and manager of L'Ermitage Beverly Hills luxury hotel in the US. The luxury hotel has been managed by Raffles Hotels & Resorts since...

Rezidor Opens Oslo Park Inn
27 January 2010 Rezidor Hotel Group has unveiled its 118-room Park Inn Oslo in Norway's capital. The hotel features modern guest rooms, and penthouse rooms equipped with large balconies. All rooms...

Victoria Beckham Approached to Design Dubai Hotel
27 January 2010 Singer turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham has been offered £25m ($40m) to design a luxury hotel on a fashion-themed island called Isla Moda, off the Dubai coast. The ruler of Dubai,...

All Quiet at Stalled Bahrain Resort
26 January 2010 The Salam Bahrain Beach Resort and Spa in Bahrain, which was stalled last year, shows no signs of resuming construction activity. The BD378m ($1bn) should have completed in summer 2009, but...

London Grosvenor House Hotel up for Sale
22 January 2010 Luxury five-star hotel Grosvenor House has been put up for sale by owner Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), owing to improvement in commercial property values. The sale will be handled by...

Joint Alliance to Manage Luxury Resorts in Vietnam
22 January 2010 Vietnamese developer Ninh Van Bay and Thailand's Six Senses have formed an alliance to build and manage high-end resorts in Vietnam. According to the 30-year agreement, Six Senses will...

Work Begins on Rezidor Park Inn Lipetsk
20 January 2010 The Rezidor Hotel Group has begun building the Park Inn Lipetsk hotel, 450km south of Moscow, Russia. The 237-room hotel offers an all-day dining restaurant, a Paulaner microbrewery, two...

Wyndham Opens First Amsterdam Hotel
19 January 2010 Apollo Hotel Amsterdam has joined the Wyndham Hotel Group as its first hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The 223-room hotel features six multipurpose function rooms, which can accommodate...

Radisson Blu Opens Madrid Hotel
18 January 2010 Radisson Blu has opened a new hotel in Madrid, Spain, in the vicinity of Museo del Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum. The Radisson Blu Hotel has 54 rooms designed...

Haitian Hotels Collapse in Earthquake
18 January 2010 The luxury four-star Hotel Montana in Haiti is among the many buildings destroyed by the devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean Island last week. The 98-year-old hotel was a...

Five-Star Hotel Opens in Venice
13 January 2010 A new Italian five-star hotel, Palazzina Grassi, was unveiled in Venice. French designer Philippe Starck was commissioned by hotelier Emanuele Garosci to design the aristocratic hotel,...

Elysian Luxury Hotel Opens in Chicago
13 January 2010 A new luxury hotel, The Elysian, has been officially opened in Chicago, USA. The hotel has a 1920's theme, which was inspired by acclaimed designer Coco Chanel, and features two restaurants...

Benchmark Hospitality to Manage Granduca Houston
11 January 2010 Hotel Granduca in Houston, Texas, USA, has been added to the portfolio of Benchmark Hospitality International in its Personal Luxury Hotels category in a bid to extend its global...

Crystal Cruises Expands Hotel Programme
11 January 2010 Two new luxury hotels have been added to luxury cruise ship line Crystal Cruises' roster of 2010 Classic and Classic Plus Hotel Programs. The Pierre, a luxury hotel in New York City, USA,...

First Armani Hotel to Open in March
07 January 2010 The first Armani Hotel, to be located in the world's tallest building, Burj Dubai, will open on 18 March this year. The hotel will the first of ten hotels, resorts and residences designed...

Resorts World to Unveil Singapore Luxury Hotels
07 January 2010 Resorts World at Sentosa will start operations at four luxury hotels, featuring ten restaurants and lounges, on 20 January in Singapore. The Festive Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore,...

Alila Hotels Unveils First India Resort
07 January 2010 Alila Hotels and Resorts has launched its first Indian resort, Alila Diwa Goa at Majorda Beach, in Goa. The 149-room resort features a destination dining restaurant, Spice Studio, and...

Starwood Completes Bliss Spa Sale
07 January 2010 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide said it has completed the sale of its spa chain Bliss World holdings to Steiner Leisure for $100m. The company sold Bliss World holdings so it...

Luxury Eco Abu Dhabi Hotel to Open in 2010
06 January 2010 The luxury Grand Millennium Hotel and Spa Al Wahda is scheduled to open in 2010 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, according to its general manager Abel Damergi. The eco-oriented hotel features 850...

Beehives Make Sweet Visit for London Guests
06 January 2010 The Lancaster London has installed beehives on its roof to produce honey for consumption by hotel guests. The 500,000 bees will now supply honey for breakfast and afternoon tea. The hotel...

Kempinski Unveils China Expansion Plans
04 January 2010 The Kempinski Hotel Group has announced that it will expand its number of hotels in China, adding 12 new hotels to its management, by 2013. The group currently owns 11 hotels in China,...

NH Unveils Second Dominican Republic Hotel
04 January 2010 The new NH Royal Beach Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, has been unveiled by the NH Hotels and Resorts group. It is the second establishment for the group, which opened the NH Real...

September 2008

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Whitbread Boosted by Strong Premier Inn Sales
03 September 2008 Whitbread, Britain's biggest hotel and restaurant operator, reported strong first-half sales growth, weathering the consumer slowdown as its Premier Inn hotels benefited from business...

Luxury Hotel Keeps Uniform Inventory with RFID
01 September 2008 The Alvear Palace hotel in Buenos Aires is using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to make sure its staff are perfectly presented. The luxury hotel in Argentina is using RFID...

August 2008

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Rooms to Spare in Scottish Capital City
29 August 2008 Hundreds of hotel rooms in Scotland’s capital Edinburgh are empty as a result of the credit crunch, according to local press reports. Figures complied by business consultancy PKF and...

Hackers Access Best Western Booking System
26 August 2008 An investigation is under ay at the Best Western hotel chain after its online booking system was accessed by hackers. The group was targeted last week by hackers who breached IT defences...

Ex-Spy Hotel to Get £16m Facelift
18 August 2008 A British hotel used by the Secret Service in the First World War is to get a £16.3m refit. The Grade 1 listed Royal Horseguards hotel in Whitehall, central London is to have all 280...

Sheraton Debuts Microsoft Surface in Hotels
14 August 2008 Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has introduced Microsoft’s first commercially available surface computer into the lobbies of select hotels. Microsoft Surface is an interactive portal that...

Amplio Negotiates Foreign Funds for Hotel Investment
12 August 2008 Turkish real estate investment and development company Amplio has attracted the interest of foreign investors and has begun negotiations to fund its objective of building 100 hotels in the...

Edinburgh Awaits Region's First World-Class Hotel
11 August 2008 Manor Kingdom Estates has unveiled plans to build a £50-million hotel complex called the Rutherford Castle Hotel at West Linton, south of Penicuik in Edinburgh. The hotel is designed...

InterContinental Hotels Group Former President Porter Dies
11 August 2008 Stevan Porter, former president of the Americas region of InterContinental Hotels Group, has died at 53. Porter joined InterContinental Hotels Group in 2001 and became president for...

Crowne Plaza Introduces Women-Friendly Hotel Floors
08 August 2008 Crowne Plaza Hotels has decided to increase its appeal to female travellers by introducing a Women’s Executive Level on the seventh floor of their Milwaukee hotel. The idea is an adaptation...

Sofitel Opens Luxury Hotel at Heathrow's T5
06 August 2008 Luxury hotel chain Sofitel has opened a new hotel at London's busy Heathrow Airport serving terminal 5 customers. The hotel features a meeting and events venue as well as 605 luxury...

Hilton Garden Inn Opens First Hotel in UK
06 August 2008 Hilton Garden Inn has announced the entrance of the Hilton Family brand into the UK with the opening of Hilton Garden Luton North. The Luton hotel is the first offering from the mid-priced...

Boyd Gaming Delays $4.8bn Echelon Project
05 August 2008 Casino operator Boyd Gaming has delayed construction on its $4.8bn Echelon hotel and casino project on the Las Vegas strip for up to a year. Boyd Gaming chief executive Keith Smith...

Starwood Hotels and Resorts and ADNEC Unveil Middle East’s First Green Hotel
04 August 2008 Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) have jointly announced the launch of the first Element hotel in Abu Dhabi. The Elemental hotel is...

July 2008

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Low-star Individual Hotels Form Alliance in China
31 July 2008 A new hotel alliance called Starway Hotels has been unveiled in China as a trans-regional alliance of domestic low-star grade hotels. The alliance hopes to breathe life into the...

Movenpick Assumes Management of Saigon’s Oldest International Standard Hotel
31 July 2008 Swiss Hotel Chain, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has assumed management of the Omni Hotel Saigon. The hotel opened in 1994 in Saigon and was credited as the first international-standard...

Travelodge Bid to Bring Back the British Holidaymaker
22 July 2008 Hotel group Travelodge has launched a proactive campaign to reinvigorate the domestic seaside holiday market by investing £150m in 55 new budget hotels along the UK coastline. The...

UK City Plans Boutique Hotel Development
14 July 2008 The city of Liverpool, England, is to transform former city council buildings into a boutique hotel as part of a £20m redevelopment scheme. Newly-launched Vision Developments will drive...

Shearings Buys Three British Hotels
08 July 2008 Coach tours company Shearings Holidays has expanded its hotel portfolio with the acquisition of three UK hotels. Shearings has recently launched a £25m investment plan for its hotel...

Mittal Eyes UK Luxury Hotels
07 July 2008 Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal is considering investing in the UK luxury hotels industry, according to UK media. L K Advisers, a consultant of Mittal family, is understood to be in talks with...

June 2008

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Accor Completes Wi-Fi Installation
26 June 2008 Accor says it has completed installation of wireless, high-speed internet access in its Motel 6 and Studio 6 properties across North America. Accor contracted with AT&T to provide...

Wi-Fi Most Important IT System in Hotel - Survey
25 June 2008 Wi-Fi services are the most frequently installed technology in hotels, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association's (AH&LA) 2008 Current and Future Technology Use in the...

MTech Unveils Housekeeping Tool
25 June 2008 MTech has unveiled a new technology that communicates real-time information to housekeepers via PDAs. MTech President Luis Segredo said the technology, REX, which has been in development...

Rezidor Announces Graz Property
24 June 2008 Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the development of a Park Inn in Graz, Austria. The 194-room property, to be managed by RIMC Austria/Vienna, will open in the third quarter of 2010. Graz...

Trump Tower Units Go on Sale
24 June 2008 Nakheel and the Trump Organisation say they will set to break property records in Dubai after receiving bids for an exclusive penthouse in Trump International Hotel & Tower on Palm...

IHG Opens StayBridge Suites Outside North America
24 June 2008 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened its first Staybridge Suites properties outside North America. The brand, which is aimed at travellers staying more than five nghts, opened...

Travelodge Expands Again
23 June 2008 UK budget hotel chain Travelodge has announced the addition of seven new properties to its portfolio. Travelodge acquired two hotels from Swallow Hotels and exchanged on a further five for...

Indian Developers Exit Hotel Industry
23 June 2008 Property developers in India are in "exit mode" – preferring to invest in commercial and residential projects over hotels, as cash flows in the sector dry up. Real estate developers with...

Hotels Rush to Upgrade Before Olympics
23 June 2008 The Beijing Olympics is sparking fierce competition among hotel groups rushing to either open new properties or spruce themselves up by August. Hilton Hotels expects to open two hotels...

Hersha Buys Sheraton JFK
20 June 2008 Hersha Hospitality Trust has bought the Sheraton JFK Airport Hotel in New York for US$34m. The brand new 150-room hotel will be managed by Hersha Hospitality Management. Hersha CEO Jay...

QE2 One Step Closer to Becoming Hotel
20 June 2008 Luxury ocean liner the QE2 has ended service as a cruise ship and will become a floating luxury hotel off the coast of Dubai. The QE2, launched in 1969, became the largest vessel ever...

Teledex Launches New VOIP Phone
19 June 2008 Guestroom telephone provider Teledex has released a new line of VoIP DECT cordless phones. The Teledex iPhone SIP NDC series phones are SIP-compliant cordless phones designed for the...

MGM to Develop Gambling Free Hotel in China
19 June 2008 Las Vegas gambling company MGM Mirage has announced a deal to develop and operate a gambling-free hotel in China. The partnership with Diaoyutai State Guesthouse will see the firm develop...

Passkey Launches Group Email Tool
18 June 2008 Passkey has launched the hospitality industry's first email campaign system designed specifically for groups, meetings and events. Group Campaigns is an innovative online technology...

UK's Proposed Employment Law Changes Will Impact Hotel Industry
18 June 2008 The UK's hotel and leisure industry will be hit particularly hard if government proposals to give agency workers equal working and employment conditions as permanent staff after 12 weeks on the...

Roomlinx System Installed for First Time
17 June 2008 The Country Inn & Suites in Merrillville has become the first hotel to install Roomlinx's new 'in-room media, entertainment and business' solution in select guestrooms. Guests will...

Nighthawk Debuts Anti-Pirating System
17 June 2008 Nighthawk Systems has debuted its Verimatrix VideoMark forensic watermarking technology, designed to limit pirating of video content at the HITEC Show in Austin. VideoMark is the...

Design Hotels Installs IDeaS
16 June 2008 Hospitality revenue optimisation firm IDeaS has been selected as the revenue management partner for Design Hotels AG. Design Hotels said integrating IDeaS into the central reservation...

Marriott Announces 18 Chinese Developments
16 June 2008 Marriott International says it will open 18 new hotels in China by 2012. When all 18 hotels are opened, the Marriott International portfolio in China will encompass 59 hotels providing a...

IHG’s Latest Hotel to Be Among Tallest in World
13 June 2008 InterContinental says its latest Vietnamese hotel will occupy the upper floors of the Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower – one of the tallest buildings in the world. The 383-room...

IHG Introduces Staybridge Suites to Kuwait
13 June 2008 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Bukhamseen Group have signed an agreement to introduce the first Staybridge Suties to Kuwait. Two hotels will be developed in Kuwait City – one in...

Wingate Installs New Property Management System
11 June 2008 Wingate by Wyndham is installing a new property management system in order to make it compatible with systems run by parent company Wyndham Hotel Group. The MICROS OPERA Xpress system can...

Wi-Fi Access Directly Influences Hotel Choice
11 June 2008 The availability of in-room Wi-Fi internet access directly impacts on the hotel choice a guest makes, according to a recent survey. A Hotel Internet Services survey of over 1,400 people who...

Jumeirah Enters South American Market With Polo Resort
11 June 2008 Dubai-based hospitality management company Jumeirah has been appointed to manage a luxury lifestyle resort dedicated to polo and equestrian sports, in Argentina. The Jumeirah Culu Culu...

Contractor for Dubai's Trump Tower Named
10 June 2008 Al Habtoor and Murray & Roberts have signed with real estate developers Nakheel to construct the Trump International Hotel & Tower on Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. The AED2.9bn contract covers...

20 New Hotels Slated for Hungary
09 June 2008 Austrian property developer Warimpex has announced plans to build 20 hotels in Hungary over the next five years. The building programme is expected to cost €150m-€200m. ...

Dubai to Announce New Ratings System
09 June 2008 Dubai hotels will soon be classified under a new ratings system, as the hospitality market in the city continues to boom. According to Trade Arabia, Department of Tourism and Commerce...

Hilton to announce US$1bn Expansion Plan
09 June 2008 Hilton Hotels Corporation is expected to announce two large development deals worth a combined US$1bn in the UK and Turkey this week. The company will open more than 30 budget Hampton Inn...

Aberdeen Hotel Plans Rejected
06 June 2008 A joint application for two "much-needed" hotels at Aberdeen Airport has been rejected by the city council. The joint application for a 172-bed Garden Inn and a 102-bed Premier Travel Inn...

Travel Agent Teams with eBay to Sell Hotel Rooms
06 June 2008 Online travel agent Webjet has entered into a deal with auction king eBay to supply, distribute and market hotel rooms online through the shopping website. Webjet says the partnership will...

Starwood Opens First aloft Property
06 June 2008 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened its first aloft property, at Montreal Airport. Developed and owned by the joint venture between Silver Hotel Group and Northampton Group,...

Beijing Not Yet Booked Up for Games
05 June 2008 Beijing's top-end hotels are not yet fully booked for the Olympic period this August, the city's tourism office says. Director of Beijing's Tourism Bureau Zhang Huiguang says the crunch that...

Waldorf Astoria to Redevelop Iconic New Orleans Hotel
05 June 2008 The Hitlon-owned Waldorf-Astoria Collection has announced plans to redevelop an iconic New Orleans hotel in partnership with owner First Class Hotels. The former Fairmont New Orleans, known...

Genting and NEC to Develop Birmingham Hotel
05 June 2008 Genting International's UK subsidiary has teamed with NEC Group to build a £90m leisure and entertainment complex, including casino, spa and hotel, in Birmingham. The proposed scheme...

Hilton Hires Starwood Execs to Boost Luxury Offerings
03 June 2008 Hilton Hotels has hired two Starwood executives to expand the company's luxury portfolio and enter the lifestyle/boutique segment. Former president of the luxury brand group at Starwood,...

Credit Crunch Bites Corporate Travel
03 June 2008 Up to two thirds of business in the UK are reviewing corporate travel expenditure as the credit crunch begins to affect profit margins. According to a survey commissioned by UK budget...

Travelodge Hotel Taps into Unemployed Workforce
03 June 2008 Travelodge has sourced close to three quarters of its staff for its latest London hotel from the city's long-term unemployed, as part of a government-backed scheme. The hotel in Southwark...

Brad Pitt to Design Dubai Hotel
02 June 2008 Dubai property developer Zabeel Properties says Brad Pitt will be part of the design team working on an 800-room luxury hotel and resort in the UAE city. Zabeel has confirmed the appointment...

Trump Sells Poor Performing Atlantic City Hotel
02 June 2008 Trump Entertainments and Resorts has sold one of its three Atlantic City hotels. The Trump Marina Hotel Casino has been bought by New York gambling company Coastal Marina for...

May 2008

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Starwood to Open aloft in Canada
30 May 2008 Starwood Hotels and Resorts is to open two aloft hotels in Canada. Quebec's 136-room aloft Laval is scheduled to open in March 2010. The aloft Vaughan Mills - which also has 136 rooms -...

IHG Swaps Pounds for Dollars
30 May 2008 InterContinental Hotels Group has changed the reporting currency of its group accounts from pounds sterling to US dollars. The move reflects the profile of revenue and operating profit,...

Station Casino Installs HotSoS
30 May 2008 Station Casinos has installed MTech's internet-based Hotel Service Optimisation System (HotSOS) to connect staff, guests, groups and meeting planners. The Las Vegas chain says HotSOS helps...

Flight Time TV Launches Stand-Alone Hotel Application
30 May 2008 Flight information provider Flight Time TV (FTTV) has released a stand-alone flight monitoring system suited to broadcast in real-time onto the guest TV network of a hotel. The...

Dilapidated Liverpool Building to Become Boutique Hotel
28 May 2008 An old office block in central Liverpool is to be converted into a £17m boutique hotel by architecture firm Purcell Miller Tritton. The heritage-listed Royal Insurance Building will become...

Emaar MGF Land to Invest Billions in Hospitality Industry
28 May 2008 Emaar MGF Land Ltd says it will invest US$3.7bn in the construction of 30,000 hotel rooms by 2015. According to DNA Money, the joint venture between MGF and UAE-based Emaar Properties has...

Three Brands to Operate in Dubai JBR Towers
27 May 2008 Three global hotel brands will operate over 1,300 rooms in Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) hotel towers, developer Dubai Properties says. Amwaj Rotana Resort, Accor Sofitel and...

Construction Begins on 'Dry' Cape Town Hotel
27 May 2008 CII Holdings says its latest hotel development in Cape Town will be alcohol-free. Expected to appeal to the Middle Eastern market, construction of the five-star 'dry' Coral International...

IHG Urges Russian Visa Relaxation
23 May 2008 InterContinental Hotels Group - is calling on the Russian authorities to relax entry visa restrictions after its highly successful handling of the UEFA Champions League final. IHG COO...

Cairo Grand Hyatt Bans Alcohol
23 May 2008 The Saudi owner of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Cairo has banned the sale of alcohol in the property, despite calls from the chain urging a review of the policy. It is unclear what prompted...

Premier Plans Lunar Lodging With Moon Hotel
22 May 2008 Premier Inns has launched plans to put a hotel on the moon. According to UK media reports, the budget chain says it will welcome visitors from earth within 25 years. The hotel would...

Expedia Signs on Sol Meliá
22 May 2008 Expedia says it has signed a long-term, strategic global supply agreement with Spanish hotel chain Sol Meliá. Under the agreement, all Sol Meliá properties will be available for booking...

Inflating Room Rates During Olympics May Damage Industry
22 May 2008 Increasing room rates in London during the 2012 Olympics could cause long-term damage to the hospitality industry. The British Hospitality Association (BHA) says overpricing will give the UK...

Underwater Eco-Hotel Planned for Great Barrier Reef
22 May 2008 A development claiming to be the world's first fully eco-friendly floating hotel will built off Australia's Great Barrier Reef in North Queensland. Reefworld, set to open in 2010, will...

Nobu Restaurants Branches Out into Hotels
21 May 2008 Upmarket sushi restaurant chain Nobu, co-owned by Robert De Niro, is developing a hotel in New York. Swig Equities plans to build a 62-storey glass tower near the New York Stock Exchange...

Hollywood's Sheraton Universal Undergoes US$30m Renovation
21 May 2008 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced a huge renovation project at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Hollywood. The US$30m renovation will be completed by mid-summer 2008,...

Tiger Woods Hotel on Track in Dubai
21 May 2008 The Tiger Woods Dubai hotel management today announced the project's masterplan is finalised and its design and construction are progressing on schedule. Due to be complete late 2009, the...

US Business Travellers Value Green Hotels
20 May 2008 A third of travellers actively seek out environmentally friendly hotels, according to a recent survey by Deloitte. The survey, which questioned 1,100 business travellers in the US, found...

Hotel Acquisitions Market Sees Sharp Decline
20 May 2008 Hotel investment fell to around US$8bn in the first quarter of 2008, compared to US$20bn in the same period last year, according to a report by real-estate broker Jones Lang LaSalle. ...

Elsafe Launches Two New In-Room Safes
20 May 2008 Electronic in-room safe provider Elsafe has unveiled two new safes that maximise room space. The Xtra Drawer Safe fits comfortably into a cupboard, armoire, closet or drawer, but is still...

Kempinski Appoints New COO
19 May 2008 Kempinski Hotel and Resorts has appointed Duncan O'Rourke as its new Chief Operating Officer. O'Rourke will take over the day-to-day running of Kempinski as well as the pre-opening of...

Hilton Launches Trident Brand in India
19 May 2008 Trident Hilton Hotels has dropped the Hilton, rebranding itself as Trident. The rebranded hotels are located in Gurgaon (Delhi National Capital Region), Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur,...

Accor Denies Takeover Rumours
16 May 2008 Accor says there are no plans to break up the group, amidst growing speculation of a takeover bid. Chairman Serge Weinberg told shareholders the group has no plans to break up its activities...

Sheraton and Microsoft Forge Link
15 May 2008 Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and Microsoft have announced a partnership to implement products and services at the hotel chain's lobby communications hub, due to be rolled out this year. "Link...

Pet Owners Struggle to Find Friendly Hotels
15 May 2008 Over a third of pet owners find it difficult to locate pet friendly accommodation while travelling, a recent survey has found. Pet friendly hotel, motel and lodging directory...

TTI Launches Passport scan Technology for Hotel Check-In
14 May 2008 TTI Technologies International has launched a software system that imports text and images from passports and driver's licenses directly to a hotel's Windows-based property-management system...

IHG Announces Thai Holiday Inn Express
13 May 2008 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed an agreement with Amburaya Hotels and Resorts to develop a Holiday Inn Express in Thailand. Scheduled to open in early 2011, the 300-room...

Carlson Signs on 50 Hotels in Q1
13 May 2008 Carlson Hotels Worldwide says it has signed on more than 50 new hotels in the first quarter of 2008. The franchise and management agreements will see the company add 14 Radisson properties...

Hampton Hotels Opens 13 Properties in April
13 May 2008 Hampton Hotels opened 11 US properties in April, adding 1,135 new rooms to its property portfolio. The new openings include one Hampton Inn hotel, eight Hampton Inn & Suites properties and...

First Integrated Development in Damascus to Contain IHG Hotel
12 May 2008 Kuwait property development group the MA Kharafi Group has established the Kiwan Tourist Investment Company to build, finance and operate a major tourism and commercial project in Damascus. ...

Accor to Open First International Hotel in RAK
12 May 2008 Accor is to open the first internationally-branded hotel in the UAE emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. The 180-room property will be developed by Action Hotels, a subsidiary of Action Group Holdings. ...

Orient-Express Hotels Reports Q1 Loss
12 May 2008 Orient-Express Hotels has reported a net loss of US$4.3m on revenue of US$119.9m for the first quarter. Last year, it reported a loss of US$3.7m on revenue of US$97.7m. The firm says...

IHG Announces New Jordanian Development
12 May 2008 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed an agreement with Sun Days International for Tourism Investment to develop a US$70m luxury resort, on the shores of the Jordanian Dead Sea. ...

Marriott Announces Saudi Building Plans
09 May 2008 Marriott International has announced it will manage nine new properties in Saudi Arabia in an agreement with Fawaz Abdul Aziz Al-Hokair & Associates Hotel Company. The nine properties to...

Luxury Collection Launches Door-to-Door Luggage Service
09 May 2008 The Luxury Collection Hotels and Resorts has launched a signature luggage system for guests, transferring luggage from home to hotel room – even going as far as unpacking it if requested. ...

Marriott Considers Baghdad Green Zone as Potential Hotel Site
08 May 2008 Marriott International is considering building a hotel in Baghdad's Green Zone, after an approach by the US Government. An official from the firm told the Washington Post Marriott is...

Clarion Collection Rebrands as Ascent
07 May 2008 Choice Hotels is rebranding its upscale Clarion Collection brand as Ascent. Executive Vice-President of Global Brand Operations Bruce Haase told franchisees the rename has come about because...

Australia Scores High Occupancy Rates
07 May 2008 The Western Australian city of Perth has the highest occupancy rates outside the US, according to a report by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Last year the city recorded an occupancy rate of...

W Hotels Enters European Market
07 May 2008 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide has opened its first W Hotel in Europe. The W Istanbul in Turkey has 134 rooms, including 26 suites. Starwood currently operates 22 W Hotels...

Westin Gets Wii Workout
06 May 2008 Westin Hotels and Resorts has become the first hotel chain to integrate Nintendo's Wii console, as part of its WestinWORKOUT programme. The console allows users to play games such as...

Dubai Hotel Guests to Increase by Three Million by 2010
06 May 2008 Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) says the number of hotel guests in the city is expected to rise to ten million by 2010 - an increase of thee million from current levels. The...

Hotel Teddys Grin and Bear it
02 May 2008 A new contender for Britain's most bizarre hotel is due to open in June. The hotel will offer a relaxing spa getaway, including detox, spa treatments, grooming, excursions and photos and...

Wyndham Q1 Revenue Holds Steady
02 May 2008 Wyndham Worldwide says first-quarter profit fell due to deferring revenue on unfinished timeshare properties. The Ramada, Days Inn and Super 8 operator reported quarterly net profit of...

Staff Retention Increasingly Important in Middle East - Report
01 May 2008 Staff retention in the Middle East is an increasing problem for the hotel industry, with a recent survey showing only ten percent of employees expecting to seek career opportunities with...

IHG Invites Comment on Eco-Hotel Ideas
01 May 2008 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has launched a virtual model of a hotel on its website, inviting guests to comment on the environmentally friendly features it hopes to install in its...

April 2008

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Bittel Named Hilton Preferred Vendor
30 April 2008 Telephone provider Bittel has been named a preferred vendor by Hilton Hotels. The company has installed over six million guestroom phones throughout the world ranging from the high-end...

Slowing Consumer Spending to Hit US Hotel Market
30 April 2008 Economic conditions are expected to force US consumers to cut holidays costs, which could impact on the hotel market, according to an online poll. AOL Travel polled 6,700 Americans on...

Golden Tulip Announces Asian Expansion Plans
29 April 2008 Golden Tulip Hospitality Group says it plans to open 40 hotels in Asia over the next four years. The chain will open four properties in Thailand and one in the Cambodian capital of Phnom...

Choice Hotels Reports Strong Q1 Growth
29 April 2008 Choice Hotels International has reported a 24 percent increase in first quarter operating income to US$34.1m compared with the same period last year. Earnings before interest, taxes...

Rocco Forte Collection Signs on New Saudi Hotel
28 April 2008 The Rocco Forte Collection has signed a contract to manage a luxury hotel in Jeddah. Due to open in 2010, the new build project will comprise a two-tower, 19-floor hotel with 159...

Whitbread Announces Travelodge Expansion Plans
28 April 2008 Leisure firm Whitbread, owner of budget hotel chain Premier Inn, has announced plans to open one hundred more hotels after posting positive financial results. The company, which also owns...

Scotland May Call Time on Mini-Bars
25 April 2008 Mini-bars in Scottish hotels may have to be removed or padlocked under new licensing laws aimed at restricting children's access to alcohol. The recently-introduced liquor laws have...

Hotel Construction Continues to Boom Despite Credit Conditions
25 April 2008 According to Lodging Econometrics (LE) the number of new hotel rooms entered into the construction pipeline reached an all-time high of 125,442. In total, there are 779,307 guestrooms and...

LaSalle Hotels Reports US$15m Q1 loss
24 April 2008 LaSalle Hotel Properties has reported a net loss to common shareholders of US$14.8m for the first quarter, compared to net income of US$15.7m for the same period last year. The...

Starwood Reports Sharp Income Drop
24 April 2008 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide has reported a large decline in net income for the first quarter, but a modest gain in revenue. First-quarter net income declined 74 percent to...

Rezidor Posts First Quarter Revenue Increase
23 April 2008 Hotel group Rezidor has reported a 2.1 percent revenue increase for the first quarter to €177m, although it says takings were impacted by the early Easter. Rezidor opened 1,000 rooms in...

Hilton Announces Introduction of Hampton Brand to India
23 April 2008 Hilton Hotels Corporation has announced it will introduce 16 Hampton by Hilton hotels in India over the next five years. The agreement with Marigold Hospitality in India will add around...

IHG Opens First South African Holiday Inn Express
22 April 2008 Intercontinental Hotels Groups has opened its first limited-service hotel in South Africa. The 175-room $16.2m Holiday Inn Express in Cape Town is the first of 25 properties the IHG...

Hilton Announces First Waldorf Astoria for Israel
22 April 2008 Hilton Hotels Corporation has announced the development of the first Waldorf Astoria Collection hotel in Israel. To be known as The Palace Jerusalem, the 220-room property will be developed...

Marriott Reports Strong First Quarter Results
21 April 2008 Marriott International has reported a six percent increase in revenue per available room (revPAR) for the first quarter. Outside North America, company-operated comparable revPAR increased...

Accor Signs Deal For New Dubai Ibis
21 April 2008 Accor Hospitality and the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) have signed a management agreement for a new hotel development in the Dubai Trade Centre District (DTCD). Under the terms of...

Hilton to Open First Waldorf Astoria in Israel
18 April 2008 Hilton Hotels Corp is to open its first Waldorf-Astoria Collection hotel in Israel under a management agreement with IPC Jerusalem. The 220-room Palace Jerusalem hotel will be part of a...

Mövenpick Hands Over Only Italian Operation
18 April 2008 Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has handed over control of the Central Park Hotel in Rome to its owner Immobiliare Residenziale Pineta Sacchetti. The Swiss-based company had managed the hotel...

Hoteliers Look to Ukraine for Portfolio Growth
17 April 2008 Three major hotel projects are being planned by some of the world's biggest hotel groups for the Ukraine to meet growing demand in the market. A report on Ukrainian website KYIV Post says...

Historic Royal Haunt Sold to New Buyer
16 April 2008 It has played host to British monarchs including Queen Victoria and George VI and is one of the region's biggest tourist attractions, but the Kings Arms Hotel in West Dorset has been sold. ...

Australia's Rates Rise as Demand Goes Up
15 April 2008 Hotel room rates in Australia could soon rise as the market struggles to keep up with demand, according to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald today. Quoting figures released by the...

UK Hotel Industry Growth to Slow in 2008
14 April 2008 UK hotel industry growth is expected to slow this year, as global economic conditions will see consumer spending slow. According to consultants PKF's Hotel Britain 2008 report, budget...

Travelodge Announces New UK Properties
14 April 2008 Travelodge has announced an investment of £28.3m in nine new development sites across the UK. The nine sites will add 568 rooms to the company's portfolio, representing 12.5 percent of...

Las Vegas Hotel Largest LEED Certified Building in World
11 April 2008 The Palazzo Las Vegas has been recognised as the largest LEED-certified building in the world. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, awarded by the US Green Building...

Hotel Reads Book at Bedtime
11 April 2008 A London hotel has employed a "reader in residence" to read bedtime stories to hotel guests and provide literary advice. For two weeks starting Monday, Hyatt's Andaz Liverpool Street in...

Millennium and Copthorne Hotels Announces Indian Partnership
10 April 2008 Millennium and Copthorne Hotels has announced its first foray into India with a joint venture with Rakindo Developers. The joint company, M&C Rakindo Hospitality, will develop two hotels –...

Hilton Announces New Indian Management Agreement
10 April 2008 Indian property developer DLF and Hilton Hotels Corporation have announced management agreements for seven new hotels in the pipeline in India. This marks the second stage in the...

Whitbread Announces Six New London Properties
09 April 2008 Hotel and leisure group Whitbread has announced the purchase of three Real Hotel Group properties in London. The £18.5m purchase will see the properties in Westminster, Kensington and the...

UK Releases New Guidance on Disabled Access
09 April 2008 The UK's national standards body has released new guidance designed to help hotels meet their obligations to disabled guests. The British Standards Institution, the Equality and Human...

Premier Inn Opens in UAE
08 April 2008 UK hotel chain Premier Inn has opened its first property in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Located in Dubai, the 308-room hotel is a joint venture with the Emirates Group. The...

Indian Hospitality Sector Generates More Jobs Than IT
07 April 2008 The Indian hospitality sector generated more jobs than IT in 2007, according to a recent employment review. The latest employment survey by Ma Foi Management Consultants shows just over...

Sheraton Launches Aggressive Expansion Initiative
07 April 2008 Sheraton Hotels and Resorts has launched the largest expansion in the brand's history, announcing it will open 54 hotels by 2009. The Starwood Hotels and Resorts brand will open one hotel...

IHG Announces First Taiwanese Holiday Inn Express
04 April 2008 InterContinental Hotels Group has signed its first Holiday Inn Express hotel in Taiwan. The property in Taichung will be the city's first global hotel brand. The 169-property will open...

Canadian Hotel Profits Forecast to Drop
04 April 2008 Hotel profits in Canada are expected to drop by a quarter in 2008 to C$822m, due to fewer travelling Americans. According to business analyst Conference Board's Canadian Industrial...

Four Points by Sheraton to Open Eight Properties in Asia Pacific in 2008
03 April 2008 Starwood Hotels and Resorts says it will open six Four Points by Sheraton Hotels in the Asia-Pacific region this year. Four Points by Sheraton was introduced to the region in 2000 with...

Fitzpatrick to Expand Into Edinburgh
02 April 2008 The Fitzpatrick Hotel Group has lodged plans to develop its first hotel in Scotland. The group, which operates properties in Dublin and New York, is set to open a 63-room boutique hotel, bar...

Cuba Lifts Restriction on Hotel Stays for Citizens
01 April 2008 Cuba has opened the doors of its hotels – previously the exclusive domain of foreigners - to Cuban citizens. While there was no official word from the government, hotel employees said...

Accor to Open Five Chinese Pullmans by 2010
01 April 2008 Accor says it will open five Pullman hotels in China by 2010. Pullman, which was launched three months ago, aims to tap into Asia's fast-growing business travel and conference market. ...

March 2008

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Credit Crunch may Strengthen US Hotel Market
31 March 2008 Far from spelling disaster, the global credit crunch may have a positive impact on the US hospitality and tourism market, as more international travellers are attracted to the country by...

Sheraton Launches Agressive Renovation Programme
31 March 2008 Starwood Hotel and Resorts’ largest brand Sheraton Hotels and Resorts has launched an aggressive expansion and renovation programme across much of its North American portfolio. Sheraton...

US Boost Helps Singapore Eye Asian Prospects
27 March 2008 Singapore has teamed with US investor Host Hotels & Resorts to come up with a US$2bn joint venture to purchase resorts throughout Asia and Australia. According to reports, an initial spend...

Hotel Management International News From EHMA
27 March 2008 Industry leaders are set to gather at this year's European Hotel Manager’s Association 35th General Meeting in St Moritz, Switzerland. Hotel Management International will be there to bring...

Orascom to Open on Swiss Stock Exchange
26 March 2008 Egypt's stock exchange is now "too small" for Orascom Hotels & Development, which might open up trading in Switzerland following a hotel deal there, according to a report on Bloomberg. ...

Israel Boosts Hotel industry With US$54.5m Backing
25 March 2008 Israel's tourism ministry has backed the renovation and expansion of existing hotels and the building of new properties to the tune of about US$54.5m. The ministry wants to increase...

Thailand's Oriental Hotel Caught Up in Law Suit
25 March 2008 One of the world's highest-ranking hotels - Bangkok's Oriental hotel - is embroiled in a defamation suit filed by a competitor, the first lawsuit for Thailand's hospitality industry. In...

News From Hotel Management
20 March 2008 The Hotel Management news team wishes you a Happy Easter. Our news service will return on the 25 March. ...

Sauda Arabia Opens First Women-Only Hotel
20 March 2008 Saudi Arabia has opened its first women-only hotel. The Luthan Hotel & Spa, owned by a group of Saudi princesses and businesswomen, is operated exclusively by women from the IT engineer...

Premier Inns and Travelodge Merger Talks Over
20 March 2008 Whitbread has ended talks with Travelodge about a possible merger with its Premier Inn hotel chain. The merger would have created a super chain of 850 properties across the UK, worth up to...

Hotel Whips Up Interest With Sexy Minibar
19 March 2008 A hotel in the northwest of England will offer guests a minibar featuring sex toys when it opens in May. The Vincent Hotel in Southport, near Liverpool, will have sealed "intimate...

Travelodge to Double Openings in 2008
18 March 2008 UK budget hotel chain Travelodge has announced plans to open 44 new properties across the UK in 2008, compared with 23 last year. The chain says the expansion will cost £220m and will add...

Whitbread Eyes Up Travelodge
17 March 2008 Leisure group Whitbread is in talks to merge its Premier Inn budget hotel chain with rival company Travelodge. Talks between the two firms at are an early stage, according to The...

Carlson to Double Asia-Pacific Portfolio in Three Years
17 March 2008 Carlson Hotels Worldwide says it will double its Asia-Pacific portfolio over the next three years, adding 50 new properties across seven countries. Carlson will open ten new hotels China,...

Travelodge Introduces NLP 'Nodcasts'
14 March 2008 UK budget hotel chain Travelodge is offering guests "motivational sleeping" podcasts to help workers improve their lives while they sleep. The 'Nodcasts', recorded by Neuro...

Apex to Appoint Mini Board
14 March 2008 Apex Hotels says it will appoint a board of mini directors to offer opinions on all aspects of the chain's kids' programmes. Made up of six to 12-year olds, the 'board' will be asked...

Guest Database Attracts Thousands of Hotels
13 March 2008 A database that allows hotel managers to research guests for a history of fraud and misconduct has attracted over 7,800 properties in its first month of operation. HotelSafeGuard.com,...

Alcohol-Free Hotels to Open in Middle East
12 March 2008 Rayhaan Hotels and Resorts is set to launch an alcohol-free hotel chain this year, offering hotels without bars across the Middle East. The company claims the chain of four- and five-star...

UK Hotel Prices Highest in Europe
12 March 2008 Hotels in the UK are on average more expensive than those in Europe, according to a report put out by accommodation website Hotels.com. Prices could also be set to rise, according to the...

Australian Hotel Jobs Offer Anything But Luxury
11 March 2008 Occupancy rates may be going through the roof, but that does not stop more than 48 percent of Australia's luxury hotel staff from walking away from the industry each year, according to the...

Mecure Unveils Second Scottish Hotel
11 March 2008 Accor has launched its Mercure hotel brand in Edinburgh, with the unveiling of the Mercure Point Hotel. Previously the Point Hotel Edinburgh, the 139-bedroom hotel won Edinburgh Hotel of...

New York's Plaza Reopens
10 March 2008 New York's iconic Plaza Hotel has reopened following a three-year, US$400m renovation. The hotel, owned by Elad Properties, closed in 2005 for the renovation, which included the conversion...

More Brits Booking Online
10 March 2008 The majority of British travellers are choosing to book their hotel accommodation online, a survey shows. According to the BDRC British Hotel Guest Survey, 70 percent of business travellers...

Hilton Hotels Announces Changes to Executive Team
07 March 2008 Hilton Hotels Corporation has appointed Steven Goldman president of global development and real estate. Goldman is currently president and chief executive of real estate investment...

Fashion Hotels Wearing Success Well
06 March 2008 Hotel chains that collaborate with fashion designers are establishing a lucrative sense of exclusivity, an industry analyst says. In a report examining the fashion hotel industry,...

Pullman Hotel for Auckland
06 March 2008 Accor has announced the introduction of its Pullman brand to New Zealand as the company seeks to establish it worldwide. Pullman was launched in late 2007, with 15 hotels opening in...

Travelodge Extends Range of Pet Beds
05 March 2008 Hotel chain Travelodge has launched a range of dog beds for pets travelling to Crufts in Birmingham this week. Travelodge says it expects to host around 300 dogs during the prestigious...

Rezidor's Kenyan Development on Track
05 March 2008 Rezidor Hotel Group says plans to open its first Kenyan property are on track, despite recent political instability that has badly damaged the country's tourism industry. The Nairobi...

Dubai Firm Unveils Plan For Sharia-Compliant Hotel Chain
04 March 2008 Dubai firm Almulla Hospitality has announced plans to launch a Sharia-complaint hotel brand portfolio. Company chairman Abdulla Mohamed Almulla will outline the US$2bn plans to...

SIPTU Criticises Irish Hotel Staff Pay
03 March 2008 Irish workers' union SITPU has launched an attack on the country's hospitality sector over low wages, as the industry holds the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) conference in Kilkenny. ...

Wyndham Hotel Group Announces New Property Developments
03 March 2008 The Wyndham Hotel Group has announced its first Wingate by Wyndham hotel outside the US and Canada. The 137-room property in Chihuahua, Mexico, will open later this year. Wingate by...

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Global Credit Crisis to Hit European Hotel Pipeline by Mid-2008 - Report
29 February 2008 Despite an increase in projects in the construction pipeline in Europe in the last quarter of 2007, the global credit crisis is likely to have a negative impact in the coming months, a...

Fastcorp And cStar Introduce Frozen Vending System
29 February 2008 Toronto-based cStar Technologies has integrated its cashless vending system Vending Genie Hospitality with Fastcorp's Z-400 Robotic Frozen Vendors to produce a vending system for the hotel market....

Sofitel Buys Wind Power
28 February 2008 Accor brand Sofitel will offset around 900t of carbon by purchasing wind-generated power for its nine US properties. Accor will buy the power in the form of Renewable Energy Certificates...

UK Hotel Industry to Weather Economic Conditions
28 February 2008 Tightening global economic conditions are unlikely to have a major impact on UK hoteliers, industry analyst PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) says. PwC's Hospitality Directions: UK Hotel...

Accor Trials Green Action
27 February 2008 Accor Hotels is trialling a scheme to better communicate environmental messages to its guests and staff. The Green Shield project will push for environmentally friendly action, such as...

Hotel Shortages Cost Aberdeen £16m
26 February 2008 The Scottish city of Aberdeen lost around £16m in tourism income in 2007 due to a lack of hotel accommodation, VisitScotland head Ian Dunlop says. Dunlop says feedback from conference...

Scottish Hotel of The Year Award Winners Named
25 February 2008 Inverlochy Castle, a five-star retreat near Fort William, has been named Scottish hotel of the year at the Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards. Dakota Hotel brand founder Ken McCulloch was...

Travel and Tourism Market Growth to Continue - Report
22 February 2008 The international travel and tourism market is expected to continue to grow during 2008 despite uncertain global economic conditions, according to new research. The report by the World Travel...

NewspaperDirect Launches Virtual Newspaper Service
21 February 2008 NewspaperDirect has launched Hotel PressDisplay.com, a web-based newspaper service that allows guests to view a digital version of a newspaper on their laptop. The service covers...

SynXis First CRM Provider to Meet PCI Standards
20 February 2008 Hotel distribution and internet marketing services firm SynXis has become the first central reservation system provider to meet Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. The standards...

First North African W Development Scheduled for 2010
20 February 2008 Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to open its first W property in North Africa. W Marrakech and The Residences at W Marrakech mixed-use development will feature 150 hotel...