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Accor

A recently converted Motel 6 franchise opened in Rome, GA. Sadguru Sai, Inc. owns and operates the property.

America's Best Franchising

The company announced the opening of three properties: A 99-room Country Hearth Inn & Suites in Hesperia, CA; an 80-room Country Hearth Inn & Suites in Tupelo, MS; and a 48-room America's Best Inn in Marianna, FL. Also, a 31-room America's Best Inn & Suites broke ground in Little Rock, AR and should be completed by next February.

The new 3 Palms brand is fully operational with the first four hotels opening in Florida: Castle Pines Golf Villas in Port St. Lucie; Destiny Palms Hotel, Palms Hotels & Villas and 3 Palms Hotel Main Gate East, all in Kissimmee.

Best Western

Properties recently joining the membership organization include the Best Western Burleson (TX) Inn & Suites, the Best Western Galt (CA) Inn, the Best Western Union City (GA) Inn and Suites and the Best Western Edmundston Hotel in New Brunswick, Canada.

Budgetel Franchise System

Budgetel announced signed agreements for seven properties, including locations in Atlanta; New Orleans; Montgomery, AL; Durham, NC; Decatur, GA; Houston; and Columbia, SC.

Carlson

Carlson Hotels Worldwide added seven locations to its Canadian portfolio in the past 18 months. The new hotels include three Radisson and four Park Inn properties. Carlson now has 39 hotels in Canada.

Choice

Choice Hotels International opened its first Cambria Suites in Indiana with the Cambria Suites Indianapolis Airport last month. The 103-room hotel is the seventh location to open nationwide and is owned by Evergreen Motor Lodges, Inc.

Hilton

The Waldorf=Astoria Collection announced plans to redevelop the former Fairmont New Orleans as The Roosevelt. The landmark hotel, closed since Katrina, was opened in 1893 as the Grunewald before becoming The Roosevelt in 1927 (named after Theodore). Fairmount bought the hotel in 1965. The estimated $100-million-project is expected to be completed by next summer.

The Doubletree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile opened last month after a $21-million renovation. The former Chicago City Centre Hotel & Sports Club has 500 redesigned guestrooms.

IHG

InterContinental Hotels Group opened the 137-room Holiday Inn City of Knowledge at the Panama Canal in the Republic of Panama. The hotel is owned and managed by Empresas Bern and is IHG's fourth hotel in Panama through its affiliation with Bern Hotels & Resorts.

Hotel Indigo is coming to Cleveland with an adaptive reuse of the landmark Breuer Tower. The 140-room property, expected to open in the spring of 2010, is owned by the K&D Group.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts will manage the 292-room Crown Plaza New Orleans Airport in Kenner, LA. The former Holiday Inn Select is undergoing a $26-million renovation and is scheduled to reopen this October.

The construction of a new 117-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Richmond Hill, Ontario is under way and the hotel is expected to open later this year. Construction is expected to begin late this year for the first Candlewood Suites in El Paso, TX. The 92-room property, owned by Cohen Hospitality Group, LP, is scheduled to open late next year.

Marriott International

The second phase of a $25-million renovation project began at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Elizabeth, NJ.

Shaner Hotel Group broke ground on three new Marriott select service hotels in Florida and Georgia with three more scheduled to begin soon. Properties under development, in a partnership with Rothschild Realty's Five Arrows, are a Courtyard and Fairfield Inn & Suites in St. Augustine, FL; a Courtyard and Residence Inn in Kendall Town, FL; and Fairfield Inn & Suites in Lakeland, FL and Augusta, GA.

Island Hospitality Management will manage the newly opened 206-room Courtyard by Marriott Atlantic City (NJ) after renovations and a conversion.

A 150-room SpringHill Suites in Bossier City, LA and an 84-room SpringHill Suites in Sioux Falls, SD recently opened. A 108-room Residence Inn opened in Maumee, OH.

Starwood

The aloft brand debuted last month with the opening of aloft Montreal Airport. The 136-room property is owned through a joint venture between Silver Hotel Group and Northampton Group Inc. Aimbridge Hospitality will manage the 153-room aloft Houston Galleria for partners AmREIT and Songy Partners LLC. It's expected to open next July.

The 180-room Westin Mount Laurel (NJ) opened last month, just outside Philadelphia. It is owned by Fellowship Hotel Associates and managed by Wurzak Hotel Group.

The W Atlanta-Midtown, owned and developed by Noble Investment Group and AEW Capital Management, opened last month with 466 guestrooms and 33 suites. The W Atlanta-Buckhead, also developed by Noble, is expected to open later this year.

Starwood is bringing an element hotel to Vienna, VA. Owned by JBG Urban, LLC, the 173-room property is expected to open in September 2010. Davidson Hotel Company will manage the 234-room Sheraton Hotel Iowa City, located next to the University of Iowa.

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