BRANDING BRIEFS

AmericInn International

New AmericInn Lodge & Suites hotels include a 47-room property in Republic, MO and a 62-room unit in Munising, MI

Best Western International

Properties joining the membership organization include the 50-unit Best Western Albert Centre-Ville in Rouyn-Naranda, PQ, Canada; the 95-unit Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel in Neenah, WI; the 64-room Best Western Posada Ana Inn in Lafayette, LA; the 52-unit Best Western Ottawa (KS) Inn; and the 25-suite Best Western Bay View Suites on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide

A former 119-room Radisson Hotel in Tallahassee, FL is now a Park Plaza Hotel, while a former 143-room Prime Hotel in Naperville, IL is now a Country Inn & Suites by Carlson.

Choice Hotels International

New Comfort properties include a 60-room Comfort Inn in Corning, CA; a 33-room Comfort Inn in Concord, CA; and a 61-room Comfort Inn in Moriarty, NM. Other Choice openings include a 28-room Rodeway Inn in Hot Spring, SD; a 47-room Clarion Collection Bristol Hotel in Campbell, CA; and a 101-room Quality Hotel in Oakland, CA.

Gaylord Hotels

A 1,400-room Gaylord convention hotel property is planned for Chula Vista, CA midway between San Diego and the border with Mexico. The property will be part of a 550-acre bayfront development project being developed by the Pacifica Cos.

Great Wolf Resorts

Great Wolf and The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation formed a joint venture to develop an $80-million, 317-suite Great Wolf Lodge and conference center in Grand Mound, WA. The property, which will open in late 2006, will have a 65,000-square-foot entertainment area, a 30,000-square-foot conference center, spa and other facilities.

GuestHouse International

Franchisees Steve and Cinthia Rice recently opened the 30-room GuestHouse International Henry's Fork Inn in St. Anthony, ID. Chin-Chin Chang last month opened a 49-unit GuestHouse International Inn & Suites in Whittier, CA

Hilton Hotels Corp.

The second international Homewood Suites by Hilton opened last month in Mississauga, ON, Canada. Courtney Park Holdings owns and operates the 108-suite property. Buffalo Lodging Associates recently opened a 93- unit Homewood Suites by Hilton in Amherst, NY.

Developer John Q. Hammons plans to develop a 125,000-square-foot convention center and expand the Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas in Rogers, AR. The hotel's new 152-suite tower will include a full-service spa on the first floor.

InterContinental Hotels Group

A new Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort opened in June in Galveston, TX. Seaside Hospitality owns and Sea-brook Lodging Corp. operates the 100-room waterfront property.

A new 332-room InterContinental Hotel opened in the Financial Street District of Beijing, China.

Crowne Plaza Hotel openings include a 197-room property in Knoxville, TN and a 184-room property in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

La Quinta Corp.

Developer Rocky Cocca and his partners are developing a 76-unit La Quinta Inn & Suites in Latham, NY. The property will open in May 2006.

Luxe Worldwide Hotels

Two properties — The Timbers in Denver and the Rouge Resort and Spa in Sedona, AZ — recently joined the luxury hotel representation company.

Marriott International

White Lodging Services is managing the rebranded 134-unit Fairfield Inn & Suites Denver/Cherry Creek. A $3-million-plus renovation of the property included the addition of 36 suites.

Developer John Q. Hammons will build a 250-room Marriott Hotel and an adjoining 45,000-square-foot convention center in Mooresville, NC. Construction begins in late 2006.

Palace Resorts

The all-inclusive, 176-room Cozumel (Mexico) Palace opened in early June. The property was formerly known as the Hotel Plaza Las Glorias.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Kor Hotel Group opened a Shula's 347 restaurant in its Sheraton Gateway Hotel at the Los Angeles Airport. The 802-room property recently completed a $14-million renovation.

East West Partners plans to build the 200-room Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa near the Beaver Creek ski area in Avon, CO. Groundbreaking on the project is planned for the summer of 2006.

The first Four Points by Sheraton in Uruguay and the 11th in Latin America opened in the capital city of Montevideo. Romalur S.A. owns and Starwood manages the 135-room property.

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.

A new 85-unit Microtel Inn & Suites will open in Bridgeport, WV. The property, which will open next summer, is part of Charles Pointe, a $750-million planned community. CP Hospitality will manage the property.

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.

Miles Properties plans to build three Value Place units in the Des Moines, IA area, while Springfield Value Partners will own and manage two Value Place properties in the Springfield, MO area. Construction starts this winter.

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