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Accor

Accor North America added two new corporate-owned Motel 6 properties, in Willoughby, OH and Williamsville, NY, in its ongoing quest to reach 1,200 properties. Accor owns around 75 percent of its more than 950 Motel 6 and Studio 6 properties in the U.S. and Canada and hopes to reach its goal through corporate acquisition and franchise opportunities by 2010.

Best Western

The membership organization opened the new 95-room Best Western Yucca Valley (CA) Hotel and Suites and added the 60-room Best Western Canal Winchester (OH) Inn.

Carlson

The 100-room Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Manchester Airport opened to become the brand's first in New Hampshire. Country Inn & Suites also opened locations in Petersburg, VA and Ithaca, NY.

The recently converted Radisson Hotel Freehold (NJ) opened after renovations. The 121-room property was acquired last May by an affiliate of Hotels Unlimited.

Hilton

The 527-room Hilton Miami Downtown recently opened with newly renovated guestrooms. Pyramid Hotel Group manages the property owned by Morgan Stanley and Argent Ventures. The 231-room Hilton Bella Harbor, owned by Whittle Development and operated by Gateway Hospitality Group, opened in Rockwall, TX.

Marshall Management signed to manage the Hampton Inn Little Rock (AR), the company's eighth Hampton Inn, with three more under construction.

After a $9-million renovation, the Homewood Suites Convention Center/Pike Street opened in Seattle. The 195-room property is owned by AEW SBCO Seattle LLC and managed by Stonebridge Companies. The 100-room Homewood Suites by Hilton, Cambridge-Arlington opened outside Boston after a conversion.

The 151-room Doubletree Hotel Jefferson City (MO) and the 183-room Doubletree Hotel Atlanta NE/Northlake opened in May after renovations.

Crestline Hotels & Resorts signed to manage a new Hilton Garden Inn Blacksburg, VA. The 137-room hotel is under construction and scheduled to open next spring.

IHG

The Holiday Inn Express Siam Bangkok, scheduled to open in early 2011 in Thailand, will be the company's first Holiday Inn Express to open in Asia outside China and Japan.

Staybridge Suites will open its fifth property in Colorado this summer with a 150-room newly built hotel near the Denver International Airport.

The 208-room InterContinental The Clement Monterey (CA) opened in May to become the first newly built hotel on the Monterey Bay in about 20 years.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts signed to manage the 292-room Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport in Kenner, LA. Formerly a Holiday Inn, the hotel has been closed since Hurricane Katrina and is expected to open this October after a $26-million renovation.

Marriott International

The Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel opened in Carmel to become Indiana's first Renaissance and the first for management company Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

Marriott opened Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels in Richfield, UT; Portland, OR; Gillette, WY; and Wytheville, VA.

K Partners Hospitality Group broke ground on a 180-room Courtyard by Marriott in Westover Hills-San Antonio, TX. Other Courtyard hotels opened in Orange Park, FL; Sioux Falls, SD; Paramus, NJ; and San Diego.

Nearly three years after Hurricane Katrina, the Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport opened in Mississippi. The 148-room beachfront hotel was set to begin renovations the day the hurricane reached land. Gulfview LLC owns the property, which is managed by Lane Hospitality.

TownPlace Suites hotels opened in Jacksonville, NC; Harrisburg, PA; and St. George, UT.

Viking Hospitality Fund will develop a 119-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Baton Rouge, LA, scheduled to open early next year.

A 120-room Spring Hill Suites in Birmingham, AL and a 130-room Residence Inn also recently opened in Mettawa, IL.

Red Lion

Red Lion Hotels acquired the 478-room Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast for $25.3 million and will spend $8 million on renovations, branding it as a Red Lion Hotel. The hotel features 25,000 square feet of meeting space, two-story parking garage and a restaurant and lounge.

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