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Americas Best Value Inn

The 500th Americas Best Value Inn opened in late May in downtown Orlando. The three-diamond-rated full-service property has 276 rooms.

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Blue Sky Hospitality broke ground last month on a 61-room AmericInn Lodge & Suites in Jonesborough, TN. Three Rivers Hospitality will manage the property.

On May 27, Milford Lodging opened a 57-room AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Milford, DE.

Arlington Hospitality

A new AmeriHost Inn & Suites opened last month in Lansing, MI. Randy Paradine is general manager of the 82-room property.

Best Western International

Properties recently joining the membership chain include the 32-room Best Western Carlyle Inn in Los Angeles; the 33-unit Best Western Bridgeport (TX) Inn; the 31-unit Best Western Scotland Neck (NC) Inn; the 128-room Best Western Atrium Gardens in Elizabethtown, KY; the 119-room Best Western Executive Inn in Dallas; and the 33-room Best Western Executive Inn in Hallettsville, TX.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide

A new-concept Park Inn opened in May in Brunswick, GA. The 126-room property is undergoing a $2-million renovation as part of its conversion.

New Carlson openings include the 180-room Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport and a 166-room Country Inn & Suites by Carlson in Bothell, WA.

Several new Radisson properties are under development in Asia. Tabua Investments Ltd. is building the 135-room Radisson Resort Fiji on Denarau Island, while Shanghai Zendai Commercial and Tourist Development is creating the Radisson Hotel Pudong Century Park in Shanghai, China. Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific will manage both properties.

Choice Hotels International

New Comfort properties include the 124-room Comfort Inn Clearwater (FL) North; a 70-unit Comfort Inn & Suites in Hazelwood, MO; a 58-room Comfort Inn in Ridgecrest, CA; a 94-room Comfort Inn in Durham, NC; and the 146-suite Comfort Suites Downtown in Buffalo, NY.

Other new Choice properties include a 140-room Quality Inn in Sherman, TX; a 198-room Quality Hotel in Houma, LA; a 135-room Quality Inn in Brookfield, WI; the 191-room Quality Inn Airport in Salt Lake City; and a 32-room Econo Lodge in Segovia, TX.

GuestHouse International

Franchisee Hiren Vyas opened the 48-room GuestHouse International Inn & Suites in St. George, UT. The property is a conversion of a former Singletree Inn.

Hilton Hotels Corp.

The Mian Companies opened a 166-room Hilton Garden Inn in Oxnard, CA. The company will also develop a 123-room Homewood Suites on an adjacent site.

Dublin, OH-based Platinum Ridge Partners plans to build a 220-room Hilton Hotel and conference center at the Polaris Centers of Commerce in suburban Columbus, OH. The developers hope to open the property by mid-2006.

InterContinental Hotels Group

Two new-prototype Holiday Inns opened recently: a 117-room property in Poplar Bluff, MO; and a 103-room hotel in Brunswick, GA. Poplar Bluff Hotel Management LLC developed the Missouri hotel, while Dixon Management Group owns the Georgia property.

Ehrhardt's Jefferson City LLC recently opened an 80- unit Candlewood Suites in Jefferson City, MO.

The second Hotel Indigo opened in late May along the Gold Coast in downtown Chicago. Neighborhood Development Corp, and Gold Coast Hotels, Inc. are partners in the 165-room full-service property, which is a conversion of the former Claridge Hotel.

New Staybridge Suites opened in Jackson-Ridgeland, MS and Sioux Falls, SD.

La Quinta Corp.

The first La Quinta property in Mexico will open in 2006. Plaza Triunfo S.A. de C.V. will develop the 85-room Inn & Suites property in Juarez in the state of Chihuahua.

Franchisee Jay Patel recently opened a new-construction 58-room Baymont Inn & Suites in Garden City, GA, a suburb of Savannah.

Loews Hotels

Construction will begin in 2006 on a new 400-room Loews Hotel at Lake Las Vegas, a mixed-use resort near Las Vegas. Hill Glazier Architects will design the property, which opens in 2008.

Marriott International

In late May, Crescent Real Estate Equities Co. broke ground on The Ritz-Carlton Dallas and The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton. The project includes the 217-room Ritz-Carlton hotel and 70 luxury residences. The property will open in 2007.

The first Ritz-Carlton in Russia will open in Moscow in mid-2006. The 332-room property is near the Kremlin.

In early June, CSM Lodging opened the Marriott Minneapolis West in St. Louis Park, MN. The property is a conversion of a former Holiday Inn.

Developer John Q. Hammons will build a 250-room Courtyard by Marriott in McKinney, TX. The property will adjoin a city-owned 75,000-square-foot conference center. John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc. will manage both the hotel and conference center. Opening of the facilities is scheduled for 2007.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

The first W Hotel in the Caribbean will open next year on the Puerto Rico island of Vieques. The 156-room W Vieques-Martineau Bay is located on a 42-acre beachfront site.

HEI Hospitality and Gatehouse Capital will develop a W Hotel & Residences in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Starwood will manage the property, which will include 300 hotel rooms and 150 W Residences. Opening is scheduled for 2008.

The first Westin property in India will open in 2007. Vatika Group will develop and Starwood will manage the 300-room Westin New Delhi Hotel in Gurgaon. A Westin Serviced Residences will be built adjacent to the hotel.

US Franchise Systems

San Antonio-based K Partners Hospitality Group broke ground last month on a 100-unit Hawthorn Suites in Laredo, TX. Pagosa Management Corp. will manage the hotel, which will be adjacent to the Laredo Entertainment Center.

Value Place Franchise Services

Construction started in April on a new Value Place property in Tulsa, OK. Developer of the 121-unit hotel-apartment hybrid is Gina-Lynne Scharoun, president of Value Place Franchise Services.

Liberty Investment Properties signed an agreement to build as many as 26 Value Place properties in Florida. The first three will be in Orlando and near Clermont.

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