BRANDING BRIEFS

Best Western International

Properties recently joining the membership chain include the Best Western Garden City Inn in Augusta, GA; the Best Western Reliant Park Inn and Suites in Houston; the Best Western Lakewood (WI) Lodge; the Best Western Palo Duro Canyon Inn and Suites in Canyon, TX; the Best Western Rochester (NY) Marketplace Inn; the Best Western Rockland (MA); and the Best Western Bradbury Inn and Suites in Waycross, GA.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide

The Minneapolis-based brand company added nine properties under three flags in July. They include five Radissons in South America, the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.; three Country Inns & Suites by Carlson in India and the U.S.; and one Park Plaza Hotel in Tallahassee, FL. Other U.S. properties include the Radisson Hotel Airport in Rochester, NY; a Country Inn & Suites in Albuquerque; and a Country Inn & Suites in Gainesville, FL.

Cendant Hotel Group

MO Hotel Corp. is renovating the former Lexington Hotel Suites in Kansas City, MO and plans to reflag it as a Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. Renovation of the 249-room property will be complete next month.

Gemstone Resorts International

The Utah-based resort management company was selected to asset manage the Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, a 77-room property in Sedona, AZ.

Great Wolf Resorts

A new 400-suite Great Wolf Lodge will be built in Grapevine, TX near the Gaylord Texan Resort. The property, which opens in 2007, will include an 80,000-square-foot indoor waterpark, an Aveda Concept Spa and other amenities.

GuestHouse International

Franchisee Susan Parks recently converted a former Shoney's Inn in Gallatin, TN to an 86-room GuestHouse International Inn.

Hilton Hotels Corp.

CSM Lodging opened a 125-unit Homewood Suites by Hilton in Lincolnshire, IL. The company purchased the former Hawthorn Suites in September 2004.

Another Homewood Suites opening was in Gainesville, FL. McKibbon Hotel Management owns and operates the 103-suite property.

Hilton was selected to manage on a non-branded basis The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg, VA.

A Hilton in Durham, NC recently changed its name to the Hilton Durham near Duke University. Interstate Hotels & Resorts manages the 195-room property.

Eleven Hampton-branded properties, including the fourth property in New York City, opened during August. The additions include six Hampton Inns and five Hampton Inn & Suites properties.

Chicago River Road Lodging Associates recently opened a new Hilton Garden Inn near O'Hare Airport in Des Plaines, IL. Raymond Management Co. operates the 253-room property.

Noble Investment Group opened a 146-unit Embassy Suites Hotel in the Twin City Quarter of downtown Winston-Salem, NC. The property is a $32-million conversion of a former Adam's Mark Hotel.

Near Milwaukee, Kaloti Enterprises is developing a 199-unit Embassy Suites at the Milwaukee County Research Park in suburban Wauwatosa.

InterContinental Hotels Group

Shaner Hotel Group converted a former Radisson Inn to the 120-room Crowne Plaza at Paramus Park, NJ. The property is the brand's fourth in New Jersey. Ventura Beach Ventures converted a former Holiday Inn in Ventura, CA to a Crowne Plaza Hotel. Providence Hospitality Partners manages the 258-room hotel.

New Holiday Inn Express properties recently opened in Bloomington, IN and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Construction started last month on a 100-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Sacramento, CA.

The second Staybridge Suites property in Allentown, PA opened recently. Cloverleaf Plaza owns and Star Hospitality Extended manages the 83-room hotel.

La Quinta Corp.

JAI Investments signed an agreement to add nine franchised La Quinta Inn & Suites hotels in Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding areas. JAI currently has two La Quintas in Texas, with a third under construction.

Leading Hotels of the World

Casa Casuarina, a 10-suite private club in Miami Beach, joined Leading Hotels of the World. Travelers who reserve rooms at the property through Leading's reservation system receive day memberships to the club.

Marriott International

Treasury Holdings and Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. will develop a golf and spa resort near Dublin, Ireland. The 203-room Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow will be the first in Ireland and sixth property in Europe. It opens in 2006.

Corporate housing provider Marriott ExecuStay acquired the Baltimore and Annapolis corporate housing business of its franchisee, TempRentals LLC. Former TempRentals President Cathy Bokman was named president of Marriott ExecuStay's operations in Washington, DC, northern Virginia and Maryland.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Edge Resorts and Starwood Hotels will jointly develop the $1.7-billion W Las Vegas hotel just east of the Strip. The property, which opens in 2008, will include 3,000 hotel and residential units, a 75,000-square-foot casino and 300,000 square feet of meeting and retail space.

GIC Real Estate has converted the former InterContinental Paris hotel to the Westin Paris. Starwood has a long-term management contract to operate the property. Ocean Properties is developing a 400-room Westin Hotel next to the Palm Beach, FL convention center. The property will open in 2008.

Regent Development, Inc. recently broke ground on a 178-room Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Stockton, CA. The seven-story property next to the Stockton Events Center will open in December 2006.

A 102-room Four Points by Sheraton opened in August in Quebec City, Canada. Hotel & Golf Marigot, Inc. owns the property.

The IVY Hotel + Residences in Minneapolis will become part of Starwood's Luxury Collection when it opens in spring 2007. The luxury mixed-use project will include 136 hotel rooms, 88 luxury residences, meeting space, retail areas and a spa.

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