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A Motel 6 opened in Goodland, KS after a conversion from an Economy 9. Lloyd A. Thola owns and operates the property.

Best Western

Properties joining the membership organization include the Best Western Comanche (TX) Inn, the Best Western Winder (GA) Hotel and the Best Western Edgewater Hotel in Seward, AK.


Carlson Hotels Worldwide added 11 locations to its global portfolio in April and May. The new hotels include five Country Inn & Suites in the U.S.; two Radisson properties in North America; Radisson SAS hotels in Russia and Romania; and Park Inn hotels in Russia and Canada.

More County Inn & Suites locations were added in June and July, including properties in Red Wing, MN; Savannah, GA; Grand Forks, ND; and Marinette, WI. Marshall Management, Inc. signed to manage a new-build Country Inn & Suites in Easton, MD, expected to open second quarter next year.


The Waldorf=Astoria Collection and Monit Investments will develop a 250-room hotel and 76 Waldorf=Astoria Residences in Montreal. The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel & Residences Montreal is a $200-million project expected to open in 2011.

The 185-room Embassy Suites Columbus-Airport in Ohio broke ground in June and is the first Design Option III prototype in the state. Embassy Suites opened its first Alaskan property, a 169-room hotel in Anchorage. John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts will build an Embassy Suites next to the conference center at Corporate Ridge office park in Olathe, KS.

The 252-room Hilton Columbus/Polaris opened in Ohio last month. The hotel is owned by NP Platinum Hotel, LLC and managed by FLG Hospitality.

Viking Hospitality Fund is developing a 124-room Hampton Inn and Suites in Rochester, MN. Hotel Equities acquired the management contract for the 60-room Hampton Inn in Woodstock, GA.

The 150-room Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City/Sandy (UT) and the 122-room Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Mooresville (NC) opened in June, while the Hilton Garden Inn Melville/Plainview (NY) is expected to open this month.


The 227-room Crowne Plaza Orlando-Downtown (FL) opened recently after a conversion from the Lexington Orlando CityPlace. It is owned and managed by S&L Hospitality.

The 101-room Holiday Inn Express Airport-Calgary and the 82-room Holiday Inn Express in Jacksonville Beach, FL opened last month, while American Hotel Development Partners broke ground on a Holiday Inn Express in Savannah, GA.

The Heritage Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL will open early next year as a 76-room Hotel Indigo after a conversion by new owner BayStar Hotel Group.

A 114-room Staybridge Suites is being built in Franklin, WI and is expected to open in the third quarter next year. The brand debuted outside North America in June with the opening of a 132-room property in Liverpool, England and another in Cairo, Egypt.

Plans were also announced for two locations in Russia.

Key West Inns

The limited-service hotel chain announced the addition of its 20th franchised location, in Hogansville, GA, and has begun construction on another property in Hamilton, AL.

Marriott International

The Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Hotel & Fitness Resort opened last month in Saddleback Valley in California. With 174 rooms and a 75,000-square-foot world-class fitness facility, it's the second Renaissance ClubSport property to open.

Residence Inn hotels opened in West Greenwich, RI; Hazelton, PA; Gulfport, MS; Moncton, New Brunswick; and Egg Harbor Township, NJ.

K Partners Hospitality Group broke ground on a Fairfield Inn & Suites in Twentynine Palms, CA. The 80-room property will be part of a 10-acre mixed-use development next to the largest U.S. Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center in the world.

The 99-room TownePlace Suites Erie (PA) that opened last month will be managed by Tharaldson Property Management and is owned by HMI. The Spring-Hill Suites St. Louis Airport/Earth City opened in June with 117 rooms. It is owned by Otis and Clark Properties and managed by Marriott.

Preferred Hotel Group

Tulalip Resort Casino, a new four-star hotel opening this summer in Seattle, has joined Summit Hotels & Resorts, a collection of more than 135 properties in more than 40 countries. The Westlake Village Inn became the first California member of Summit, while Old Bahama Bay by Ginn sur Mer in West End, Grand Bahama Island became the first Bahamian member of the Preferred Boutique hotel collection


The 130-room aloft Rogers Bentonville (AR) became the brand's third location when it opened at the end of June, followed by the opening of the 136-room aloft Lexington (MA) on July 1.

The company's other new brand, element, debuted on July 1 in Lexington (MA) with the opening of a 123-room hotel. All locations of the new chain will be LEED certified. Starwood is bringing an element hotel to Vienna, VA. Owned by JBG Urban, LLC, the 173-room property is scheduled to open in September 2010.

Davidson Hotel Company will manage the 259-room Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport/Westshore and oversee a $14-million renovation. The company will also manage the 234-room Sheraton Hotel Iowa City, located next to the University of Iowa.

US Franchise Systems

Microtel Inn & Suites added locations, all with the brand's new prototype design, in Johnstown, NY; Hoover, AL; and Woodstock, GA. Ontarinns Inc. broke ground on a 74-room Microtel Inn & Suites in Woodstock, Ontario.

York Village Hotel, LLC and Heyland Development opened Maine's first Microtel Inn & Suites in York last month. A newly built Hawthorne Suites, owned by DR Palm Beach, Inc. and managed by Commercial Management Company, recently opened in West Palm Beach, FL.

Vantage Hospitality

Americas Best Value Inn added 51 properties and more than 3,000 rooms in 23 states through the first five months of the year. Five are new constructions and the rest are brand conversions.

The 600-room Lexington Plaza Shenyang Rich Gate Hotel opened in China last month. The hotel is minutes from Shenyang Olympic Stadium, host to 12 Olympic soccer matches.


Wyndham Hotel Group plans to build the Wyndham Baolian Hotel, a 337-room, 15-story luxury hotel in Shanghai. It is scheduled to open in 2010 and is being developed by Shanghai Baolian Real Estate Company Ltd.

Baymont Inn & Suites opened its 200th property in June and has grown 52 percent since being acquired by Wyndham two years ago. The 200th Baymont, in Huntsville, AL, has 60 rooms and is owned by Bharatkumar Darji.

Growth Properties Hospitality Management agreed to manage the Days Inn in Gettysburg, PA. The 112-room hotel is the 21st in Growth Property's portfolio.

Howard Johnson Canada opened the 45-room Howard Johnson Inn - Gananoque, Ontario in June.

The brand is expected to open six new properties in the next few months.

Wyndham Hotel Group and Days Hospitality Inc. agreed to develop 17 Ramada hotels throughout eastern Canada during the next 10 years. Days Hospitality currently owns and operates three Ramada hotels in Canada.

Tecton Hospitality signed to manage the Ramada Orlando Celebration Resort & Convention Center, the 919-room recently rebranded hotel just outside Walt Disney World Resort. DePalma Hotel Corporation will manage the Ramada Hotel, College Station (TX) after its recent purchase by a U.K.-based company.

The Lexington Wingate by Wyndham, managed by IMIC Hotels, recently opened in South Carolina.

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