Branding Briefs

Best Western

Properties recently joining the membership organization include the Best Western Duncanville (TX) Inn and Suites; Best Western Locust Grove (OK) Inn and Suites; Best Western York (ME) Inn; and the Best Western Mountain Villa Inn and Suites, Canton, GA.

Carlson Hotels

Carlson added six properties in July, including the 270-room Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island; the 65-room Park Inn & Suites on the River, NB, Canada; and Country Inns and Suites in Lima, OH; Miami; Iron Mountain, MI; and Woodbridge, VA.

The 169-room Radisson Edwardian New Providence Wharf opened last month in London, England.

Choice Hotels

TC 92 Suites, LLC will build a 92-room Cambria Suites hotel in Traverse City, MI.

Hilton Hotels

The 108-room Hilton Garden Inn Lexington/Georgetown (KY) and the 90-room Hilton Garden Inn Hattiesburg (MI) opened last month.

The 210-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal opened recently. The hotel is owned by Aquilini Group Properties LP and managed by Pacrim Hospitality Services Inc.

Hyatt Hotels

The 428-room Hyatt Regency Trinidad will open in Port of Spain in December.

Portfolio Hotels & Resorts will manage the 470-room Hyatt Regency Woodfield (IL). It is owned by The Harp Group, a Crescendo Co., in a joint venture with Prudential Real Estate Investors. An extensive renovation is under way.

InterContinental Hotels

Stay Jay Hotels, LLC and Pride Hospitality started construction on a 73-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Porland, IN. Construction is slated for completion by summer 2008.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant Group

Hillwood partnered with Kim King Associates to develop Hotel Palomar-Atlanta. Construction on the 304-room hotel began in August with the grand opening scheduled for May 2009.

LQ Management

La Quinta Inns & Suites broke ground on its first hotel in downtown Chicago last month. Estimated to open in the fall of 2008, construction will convert the former Jewish Federation Building and add on two wings for a total of 241 guestrooms.

Loews Hotels

Loews Hotels will open its first property in Atlanta as the centerpiece of 12th & Midtown, a luxury mixed-used developing spanning four city blocks in midtown Atlanta. The 414-room hotel is due to open in 2010.

Marriott International

The 92-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott opened in Terre Haute, IN last month. It's operated by General Hotels Corp.

Residence Inn by Marriott hotels are now open in Middletown, RI; Mishawaka, IN; and Mount Laurel, NJ.

Courtyard by Marriott hotels are now open in Portland, ME; Montvale, NJ; and Houston.

Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels opened recently in Cordele, GA and Ames, IA.

A 76-unit TownePlace Suites opened in August in Medford, OR.

Preferred Hotel Group

The 163-room Heritage Hotel, Southbury, CT, joined Sterling Hotels,a collection of privately owned and operated hotels and a brand of Preferred Hotel Group.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Davidson Hotel Company now manages the recently opened 225-room Westin Annapolis (MD).

Westin celebrated its 150th hotel with the opening of the 500-room Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL.

LaPour Partners, Inc. will open an Element hotel in Las Vegas in October 2008, and Sava Holdings, LTD will open an Element hotel in Irving, TX in the same month.

Ardent Hotel Advisors, formerly Opus Hospitality Advisors, now manages the 200-room Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel in Atlantic Beach, NC.

W Retreat & Spa-Bali marks the brand's fourth retreat and first property in Indonesia. The 232-room new-build property is scheduled to open in 2009. PT Dua Cahaya Anugrah is the developer.

U.S. Franchising Systems

Owners of the Microtel Inn & Suites in Seneca Falls, NY signed The Providence Group to manage the 70-room property.

Wyndham Hotel Group

The former 364-room Lakeside Princeton Conference Center & Hotel in Princeton, NJ is now the Wyndham Princeton Forrestal Hotel & Conference Center. The property recently completed a multimillion-dollar upgrade to its guestrooms, public spaces, infrastructure and exterior.

The 402-room Reef Club Cozumel Beach and Dive Resort signed an agreement to become the first Wyndhambranded property in Cozumel. It will be renamed the Wyndham Cozumel Resort and Spa following a multimillion-dollar renovation.

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