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Recently opened properties are in Monmouth, IL; Ft. Pierre, SD; Princeton, IL; Laramie, WY and Madison West, WI. New units will open soon in Vidalia, GA; Ft. Myers, FL; Bellevue, WI and Newton, IA.

Carlson

Carlson Hotels Worldwide signed franchise or management agreements for 38 new properties in the second quarter. The new hotels and resorts span 13 countries and include 14 Radisson and Radisson SAS properties, 13 Country Inn and Suites hotels, two Park Plaza hotels and nine Park Inn locations.

In July, Country Inn and Suites added properties in Fairburn, GA; Albany, GA; and Rochester, NY.

Choice

A 122-room Quality Inn & Suites recently opened in Denver. Campbell Lodging owns and operates the former Red Roof Inn. Aimbridge Hospitality recently took over management of the Quality Hotel and Conference Center in Metairie, LA. Minutes from the French Quarter in New Orleans, the 205-room hotel has 16,000 square feet of meeting space.

Hilton

Hotel Equities acquired management contracts for the 70-room Hampton Inn in Waycross, GA and the 92-room Hampton Inn and Suites in Savannah, GA. K Partners Hospitality Group opened the Hampton Inn & Suites in Lancaster, CA. The 85-room hotel is the first of a two-hotel complex; the second will be a 92-room Homewood Suites.

The Hilton Houston North-Greens-point Hotel opened just minutes from downtown Houston. The 480-room property, formerly the Wyndham Greenspoint, has fully renovated guestrooms and landscaping and will feature revamped meeting space, restaurants and a fitness center by November. It is owned by Sunstone Hotel Investors.

The newly opened 122-room Homewood Suites in Virginia Beach, VA was co-developed and is managed by New Castle Hotels and Resorts.

Hyatt

ABA Development broke ground on a 151-room Hyatt Place in Roseville, CA. The hotel is expected to open next fall and is the first of three ABA properties to break ground this year.

White Lodging was awarded the management contracts for Hyatt Summerfield Suites Austin/Arboretum and the Hyatt Summerfield Suites Houston/Galleria, both in Texas, and the Hyatt Summerfield Suites Colorado Springs (CO).

Davidson Hotel Company will manage the 194-room Hyatt Regency Suites in Palm Springs, CA and is overseeing an $18.5-million renovation.

IHG

The Candlewood Suites Paducah (KY) opened in July with 85 suites.

The Hotel Group opened a new 114-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Fairbanks, AK.

The newly renovated Crowne Plaza Glen Ellyn-Lombard opened in Illinois after being converted from a Holiday Inn. A Crowne Plaza will also open later this year in Bloomington-Normal, IL after an $11.5-million conversion from a Holiday Inn.

Marriott International

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company last month assumed management of the St. Regis Fort Lauderdale, a 192-room oceanfront hotel in Florida. Owned by Castillo Grand, the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is the 10th Ritz-Carlton location in Florida.

Fairfield Inn & Suites added locations in Coventry, RI; Olive Branch, MS; Hobbs, NM; and Hooksett, NH.

Kite Properties broke ground on an 83-room SpringHill Suites in Vero Beach, FL. The hotel managed by Hotel Equities is scheduled to open next July.

The 118-room Courtyard Miami at Dolphin Mall opened in June and is owned by Apple REIT Companies and managed by Dimension Development Company. White Lodging recently broke ground on a 145-room Courtyard in Austin, TX and a dual-branded Courtyard and Fairfield Inn & Suites in Chandler, AZ. All are slated to open late next year.

Starwood

Developed and managed by SREE Hotels, the aloft Charleston Airport & Convention Center (SC) opened in July with 136 rooms. The new brand also added locations in Chicago, minutes from O'Hare Airport, and in Philadelphia, a half-mile from the airport there.

The newly constructed Sheraton Garden Grove-Anaheim South Hotel (CA) opened in July as part of the brand's aggressive global expansion. Fifty-four Sheraton hotels are scheduled to open by 2009. The Sheraton Jacksonville (FL), the Sheraton St. Paul (MN) Woodbury Hotel and the Sheraton Columbia (SC) Downtown Hotel also recently opened. The Jacksonville and St. Paul properties were new constructions, while the Columbia hotel is in the restored Palmetto Building, a landmark location in the capital city.

Vantage Hospitality

A former Holiday Inn Express in Troy, MO with 50 rooms is now a part of the Lexington Collection. The Lexington Hotel — Troy has 50 rooms.

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