BRANDING BRIEFS

AmericInn International

Ray Mac Energy LTD will develop the first AmericInn in the state of Texas, a 54-room property in Borger that opens in July.

Best Western International

Recent additions to the brand include the 52-room Best Western Auburn Inn in Auburn, IN and the Best Western Galleria Inn & Suites, a 108-unit property in Bartlett, TN.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide

The company added 87 hotel properties around the world during 2004. U.S. additions near the end of the year include the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Longmont-Boulder, CO; the 189-room Park Plaza Austin (TX); and Country Inn & Suites by Carlson in Albertville, MN, Duluth, MN, Summerville, SC, Indianapolis and Raleigh-Durham, NC.

In early December, Park Plaza Hotels Europe opened its first hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The 106-room property is near the Belfast airport.

Grande Asset Public Co. Ltd. will develop the 327-room Regent Bangkok Hotel & Residences in the capital of Thailand. The property, which will be Regent's fourth in the Asia Pacific region, opens in 2007.

Cendant Hotel Group

Super 8 Motels recently renewed its major associate sponsorship of the #32 Tide Chevrolet car in this season's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. PPI Motorsports owns the car, and Bobby Hamilton Jr. is the driver.

Construction began in January on the first Wingate Inn in Manhattan. Lisa and Simon Lou are building the $20-million, 92-room property near Madison Square Garden.

Crestline Hotels & Resorts

The company was selected to manage the Phoenix Park Hotel in downtown Washington, DC. The 83-year-old, 150-room hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America.

Distinguished Hotels International

U.K.-based Grand Heritage Hotels recently merged with U.S.-based DHI to create a marketing and management consortium of 150 independent hotels.

Hilton Hotels Corp.

Stonebridge Cos. will build a $35-million, 220-room Hilton Garden Inn across from the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Construction of the 12-story property begins during the second quarter, with opening scheduled for the end of 2006.

InterContinental Hotels Group

Leisure Hotels LLC will build and manage a 143-room Holiday Inn attached to the KCI Expo Center at the Kansas City airport. The property will be one of the brand's new prototypes. It opens in early 2006.

La Quinta

Former Holiday Inn manager Cy Young will build a $5-million La Quinta Inn along I-25 in South Trinidad, CO. The 100-unit property opens in 2006.

Marriott International

Recent openings include the 306-room Marriott Gaslamp Quarter Hotel in downtown San Diego and the 575-room JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ.

Developer John Q. Hammons has been busy. He recently opened a 119-room Courtyard by Marriott in Junction City, KS and announced plans to develop a 150-suite Residence Inn in Lincoln, NE. John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc. is manager of both properties.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

The Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte, NC joined Starwood's Luxury Collection. Owned and operated by Bissell Hotels of Charlotte, the luxury property includes a 212-room hotel and an adjacent 35-room lodge used for corporate meetings.

Developer Carpenter & Co. says its new St. Regis Hotel and Residences San Francisco will open in July. The property has 260 hotel rooms and 102 private residences.

US Franchise Systems

Ohio-based Holiday Horizon Hotels opened a 62-unit Hawthorn Suites in Seville, OH.

The 65-room Hawthorn Karaca Resort will open this summer in Bodrum, Turkey on the Mediterranean/Aegean Coast. Turkish businessman Seyfi Karaca owns the property.

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