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Best Western

Properties recently joining the membership organization include the Best Western Pinehurst (NC) Inn, the Best Western Norman (OK) Inn and Suites and the Best Western Oakdale (LA) Inn.

Carlson Hotels

Carlson added 74 hotels last year to its five brands. In December, eight properties joined the system, including Radisson properties in Lubbock, TX and Jamestown, NY; Country Inn and Suites in Goa, India; and Valparaiso, IN; Park Inn hotels in Hamburg, Germany; St. Helens, England; and Montreal; and a Park Plaza in Bangkok.

The 236-room Radisson Hotel Dallas East and Conference Center opened in January after being converted by Mahmood Investment Inc. following $3 million in renovations.

Radisson Hotels and Resorts Latin America will soon open the Radisson Decapolis Hotel Miraflores and the Radisson Hotel & Suites San Isidro in Lima, Peru, while the Radisson Summit Resort and Spa in Panama is scheduled to open in December.

Choice Hotels

Bell Hospitality Group agreed to build a minimum of 50 MainStay Suites and Suburban Extended Stay hotels, all scheduled to be under development by Oct. 31, 2009. The first nine franchise agreements have been executed for five MainStay Suites in Oklahoma, Missouri and Colorado and four Suburban Extended Stay hotels in Louisiana.

Cambria Suites announced plans for properties in Canonsburg, PA; South Jordan, UT; New York City; Schertz, TX; and Plainfield, IN. The New York location is a block from Madison Square Garden and joins a project already underway in Brooklyn.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Fairmont announced plans for the Fairmont Avanterra in Palm Desert (CA), a hotel project that includes luxury branded residences and fractional private residence club homes all next to the Classic Club golf course, site of the PGA Tour's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. The $200-million project is expected to break ground next year and open in 2011.

The Fairmont Towers, Heliopolis in Cairo opened last month, becoming the brand's fifth location in the Middle East and Africa.

Global Hyatt

Vivico Real Estate GmbH agreed to operate a new 405-room Grand Hyatt in Frankfurt, Germany. Slated to open in 2011, the hotel will be a part of a 541-foot tower in Germany's largest urban development project.

Hilton Hotels

China Merchants Property Development Company signed to manage the 300-room Conrad Beijing, scheduled to open in 2010.

The 484-room Hilton Stamford (CT) Hotel & Executive Meeting Center opened after extensive renovations and a brand conversion. The 256-room Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington (MN) opened outside the Twin Cities. Hilton Garden Inn properties opened in Phoenix and Billings, MT.

The John Q. Hammons-owned Embassy Suites East Peoria-Hotel and Conference Center opened. The 35,000-square-foot Riverfront Conference Center is managed by JQH Hotels & Resorts.

The 116-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Saint John opened in New Brunswick, Canada.

InterContinental Hotels

A 31-story, 386-room Crowne Plaza is coming to Las Vegas in 2010. The Asian-themed property will include a casino, three restaurants, three lounges, a spa and outdoor pool. Crowne Plaza will also soon open renovated locations in Louisville and Memphis. The Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport became the second location in the Ohio city.

The Chicago area will get a third Hotel Indigo in Vernon Hills after a $4.5 million renovation and conversion from an AmeriSuites.

The Hilton Head Candlewood Suites broke ground in January and another in Paducah, KY will break ground this spring. A 115-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Surprise, AZ opened and plans for a location in Glassboro, NJ were announced.

The first Staybridge Suites in Alabama will open this spring in Montgomery and will be the first with the brand's new Outdoor Living concept.

Key West Inns

The Southeastern hotel chain added a location in Key Largo, FL. The 40-unit property is the company's 17th.

Marriott International

Ian Schrager and J.W. Marriott Jr. introduced their new lifestyle boutique brand, Edition, with development deals for nine locations in Paris, Madrid, Costa Rica, Miami, Washington, Chicago, Scottsdale, AZ and two in Los Angeles. More than 30 agreements are expected by the end of the year.

Hersha Development Corp. joined Orion Communities and R.L. Pearson & Associates to develop The Ritz-Carlton Tampa Bay and The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Tampa Bay. The waterfront project, which will include 269 hotel rooms and 176 luxury residences, is scheduled to open in 2011.

The New York Marriott Financial Center Hotel changed its name to the New York Marriott Downtown to better appeal to both business and leisure travelers.

The 129-suite Residence Inn Phoenix/Happy Valley managed by White Lodging opened in January. Interstate Hotels & Resorts signed to manage two Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Westborough, MA and Orange, CT.

Acquest Development will manage a $15-million expansion/enhancement project for the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn. The project, scheduled to begin this summer, will add 110 new guestrooms to the existing 195.

NYLO Hotels

NYLO Plano (TX) at Legacy opened in December to become the loft lifestyle brand's first hotel. NYLO will add a location at Las Colinas in Irving, TX. The 200-room hotel will break ground early this year and is scheduled to open next year. The brand plans to have 50 hotels open or under construction by 2010.

Red Roof Inn

A 131-room Red Roof Inn opened in Montgomery, AL. The recently converted property features an outdoor pool.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

W Hotels and Makar Properties will open W Hotel's first Pacific beachfront property and the brand's fifth California hotel. W Huntington Beach and The Residences at W Huntington Beach will feature 250 guestrooms and 92 private residences.

The 105-room aloft Green Bay broke ground and is expected to open later this year.

USFS

Microtel Inns & Suites met its development objectives last year with 100 executed agreements, closing 35 deals in the fourth quarter. Microtel has a backlog of 187 executed franchise agreements and 39 more approved in-house applications pending execution.

Vantage Hospitality

The Lexington Collection has added the former Best Western Potomac View in Oxon Hill, MD. The 194-room Lexington Hotel-Washington D.C. is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Wyndham Hotel Group

The 96-room, all-suite Aura Cozumel became the island's first Wyndham Grand Bay Boutique. The $22-million new-construction resort is next to the Wyndham Cozumel Resort and Spa.

The first newly-constructed Wingate by Wyndham hotel, a 99-room property, opened in Henderson, NV.

Wyndham and Ukrainian Hotels will build 15 Ramada Encore hotels over the next 10 years in Ukraine.

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