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Accor North America

Motel 6 added locations in Mission, TX; Ponca City, OK; Wisconsin Rapids, WI; Marysville, CA; Lancaster, TX; Junction TX; and Commerce, GA.

Best Western

Properties recently joining the membership organization include the Best Western Twin View Inn and Suites in Redding, CA; Best Western Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ; Best Western Edmonds Harbor Inn in Edmonds, WA; Best Western Mansfield (TX) Inn and Suites; Best Western Schulenburg (TX) Inn and Suites; Best Western Annawan (IL) Inn; and Best Western Hopewell (VA) Inn.

Carlson

The 204-room Radisson Suites Hotel Tucson (AZ) Airport was renamed after a conversion.

The Regent Bal Harbour became the first luxury hotel to open in Bal Harbour Village, FL in 50 years. The 18-story, 124-room oceanfront property features a museum-quality art collection of American artists that evoke the Asian heritage of Regent Hotels & Resorts.

Country Inn & Suites added locations in Natchez, MS; Peoria, IL; Athens, GA; Wytheville, VA; and Orangeburg, SC.

Hilton

The Hampton Inn & Suites I-25 Colorado Springs became Hampton's 1,500th hotel when it opened in March. Hampton opened eight properties — two Hampton Inn hotels and six Hampton Inn & Suites properties — in February with 764 new rooms. Crestline Hotels & Resorts opened the 152-room Hampton Inn Parsippany, NJ, and Hotel Equities acquired the 124-room Hampton Inn in Dalton, GA.

Doubletree Hotels added the Doubletree Hotel West Palm Beach Airport after a conversion from a Radisson. The newly built Doubletree Guest Suites Bentonville-Rogers (AR) opened recently and is operated by Vidhata, LCC. The 238-room Doubletree Hotel Princeton (NJ) opened after a conversion from a Radisson. The Chicago City Centre Hotel & Sports Club, purchased as the Holiday Inn City Centre in January by an investment group led by The Chartres Lodging Group, LCC, has begun a $21-million renovation that will transform the property into the Doubletree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile.

Concord Hospitality Enterprises broke ground on a 132-room Hilton Garden Inn in Arlington, TX. The 125-room Hilton Garden Inn Tucson (AZ) Airport, the 135-room Hilton Garden Inn Reno (NV), the 115-room Hilton Garden Inn Beaufort (SC) and the 128-room Hilton Garden Inn Mystic/Groton (CT) recently opened.

The Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington opened in Bloomington, MN with 265 rooms.

Hyatt

The 37-story, 1,003-room Grand Hyatt San Antonio opened next to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and San Antonio Riverwalk.

The 342-room Hyatt Regency North Dallas that opened in Richardson, TX is owned and operated by Noble Investment Group.

The 126-room Hyatt Place Baton Rouge (LA) opened next to the Mall of Louisiana. A new Hyatt Summerfield Suites opened in Schaumburg, IL, owned by JHM Hotel and managed by The Bricton Group, Inc.

IHG

Crowne Plaza announced a new-build prototype in 2006 and the first of its kind opened in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa in March. Lane Hospitality manages the 198-room Crowne Plaza Milwaukee-Wauwatosa.

The 200-room Holiday Inn Market Center in Dallas opened after a $7-million renovation. The Holiday Inn Winter Haven (FL) opened in February with 112 guestrooms.

American Hotel Development Partners broke ground on the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Savannah (GA). BayStar Hotel Group is developing the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Largo Central Park (FL) and expects to open it in the first quarter of 2009.

Magnuson Hotels

The independent hotel group completed rebranding of the Pheasant Hill Inn & Suites Magnuson Grand Hotel in Spokane, WA. The 104-room property was formerly a Best Western. The 90-room Pocono Inn Town Magnuson Hotel, also a former Best Western location, was rebranded.

Marriott International

Located in the heart of Chicago, the new Residence Inn and Spring-Hill Suites Downtown River North is the first dual-branded hotel of its kind. The hotels, which recently opened, mark the first urban location for a SpringHill Suites and the largest with 253 rooms and the Residence Inn is the 100th managed by White Lodging. The Residence Inn has 270 rooms.

Courtyard by Marriott properties opened in Carson City, NV; Culver City, CA; Collierville, TN; and San Antonio. InterMountain Management opened the 77-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Marianna, FL. The 93-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Ridgecrest, CA was opened by K Partners Hospitality Group. CMC Hotels opened the 111-suite TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Wilmington, NC.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

LTD Management is scheduled to open aloft Bolingbrook (IL) next July. The 155-room hotel will be located in The Promenade, an open-air town center with more than a million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment.

W Hotels Worldwide announced it would open its first property in Boston's theater district next year. The W Boston Hotel & Residences will feature 235 rooms and 123 branded private residences, a signature restaurant, destination bar and luxury spa.

The new Four Points by Sheraton Houston opened with 171 rooms to become the brand's second hotel in the Texas city.

Construction has begun on an aloft hotel at a mixed-use redevelopment project at the Houston Galleria. The project is a joint venture between AmREIT and Songy Partners LLC. Starwood also announced another aloft project in Aventura, FL. The 215-room property is expected to open this year.

Vantage Hospitality

The George Washington Inn & Conference Center in Williamsburg, VA joined The Lexington Collection last month. The 247-room Lexington Hotel has 18,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space that can accommodate 900.

Wyndham Hotel Group

FFC Capital Corporation rebranded 22 Exel Inn hotels it acquired in February in a joint venture with Interstate Hotels and Resorts to Wyndham's Days Inn, Super 8, Baymont Inn & Suites, Howard Johnson and Travelodge brands. The 22 hotels represented 2,400 rooms in the Midwest.

The 137-room Wingate by Wyndham in Chihuahua, Mexico will become the brand's first property outside the U.S. and Canada when it opens later this year.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts will enter a new Caribbean market with the development of the 400-room Wyndham St. Croix Golf Resort and Casino in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The hotel will be part of a $250-million complex that includes a 43,000-square foot conference center.

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