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AmericInn International

New franchised AmericInn properties opened in March and April in Kewanee, IL and Weston, WI. Recent groundbreakings include a 54-room AmericInn Lodge & Suites in Borger, TX, a 54-room AmericInn Lodge & Suites in Pampa, TX and a 53-unit property in Boiling Springs, NC.

Shroff Group LLC recently acquired the 48-room AmericInn Lodge & Suites in New Prague, MN. The new owners plan a series of product enhancements during the next year.

Best Western International

Recent additions to the membership group include the 46-room Best Western Palm Garden Inn in Westminster, CA; the 52-room Best Western Executive Inn in Latta, SC; the 48-unit Best Western Napoleon (OH) Inn & Suites; the 40-room Best Western St. Charles Inn in New Orleans; the 122-room Best Western Pottstown (PA) Inn; and the 74-unit Best Western Grand Sault Hotel and Suites in Grand Falls, NB, Canada.

Three properties in Bulgaria recently joined the chain. The additions include the Best Western Europe in Sofia, the Best Western Royal in Plovdiv and the new-construction Best Western Expo near the Sofia airport.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide

HVS/American Hospitality Management recently assumed operation of the 120-room Country Suites by Carlson in Chanhassen, MN.

A former Doubletree Hotel in downtown Kansas City, MO is now a Radisson. Boykin Lodging owns the 388-room property.

Choice Hotels International

New Comfort-branded properties include the 101-room Comfort Inn Cardiff by the Sea, CA; a 60-unit Comfort Suites in Redlands, CA; and an 86-suite Comfort Suites in Columbia, MO.

The first of Econo Lodge's new prototype properties opened this month in Joplin, Mo. Roger Pate owns the 76-unit inn & suites property. Other Econo Lodges opened recently in Moline, IL and Hot Springs, AR.

Other Choice openings include a 112-room Quality Inn in Ada, OK and a 120-room Rodeway Inn at the Portland, OR airport.

Delta Hotels

A 201-room Delta Hotel will open in Kitchener, ON in June. CHIP Hospitality manages the former Four Points by Sheraton property.

Fairmont Hotels

Fairmont will manage a proposed 45-story hotel and condo project in downtown Tampa, FL. Plans for the project, which could be complete by 2008, call for 400 hotel rooms, 182 condo units and a conference center.

Hilton Hotels Corp.

In mid-April, developer John Q. Hammons opened a new 330-unit Embassy Suites Hotel in Dallas-Frisco. John Q. Hammons Hotels operates the property that is adjacent to the Frisco Conference Center.

A new 103-suite Homewood Suites by Hilton opened in the Turkey Creek area of Knoxville, TN. McKibbon Hotel Management operates the property.

Hyatt Hotels

3700 Associates LLC plans to develop a 2,700-unit hotel and condo-hotel project on the Las Vegas Strip next to the Bellagio. Hyatt will operate the proposed Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino under its Grand Hyatt brand.

A former Adam's Mark in Jacksonville, FL is now the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Jacksonville Waterfront Partners LLC recently bought the 966-room property from HBE Corp. The new owners will spend $10 million to renovate the hotel's guestrooms.

Santa Barbara Hospitality signed Hyatt to a long-term management contract to operate the Hyatt Regency Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino. Construction on the 350-room property begins this summer with opening slated for late 2007.

InterContinental Hotels Group

Prammish LLC recently opened a new prototype Holiday Inn in Santee, SC. The 84-room property is the 14th to open with the brand's new design.

The first IHG hotel in Paraguay will open in July. Franchisee Karmar S.A. will operate the 74-room Crowne Plaza Asuncion in the country's capital.

Recent additions to the IHG portfolio include a 324-room Crowne Plaza in Concord, CA, a 106-unit Holiday Inn Express in South Padre Island, TX and a 273-room Holiday Inn Select in downtown Huntsville, AL.

La Quinta Corp.

The second La Quinta in New York City opened last month in the Long Island City area of Queens. PSA Realty owns the 100-room property.

Tulsa, OK developer Andy Patel revived a closed former Drury Inn and reopened it in April as the 105-room La Quinta Inn Tulsa Central.

Marriott International

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. and Graywood Developments Ltd. announced plans to build a 53-story hotel and condo residence in downtown Toronto. The project, which is scheduled to open in 2009, will include 267 hotel rooms and 135 condo residences.

This month, Alpharetta, GA-based North Point Hospitality Group will open a 220-unit SpringHill Suites in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

PME Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Liberty Companies and The Procaccianti Group, plans to develop a $100-million Westin Hotel and condo project in Portland, ME. The complex, which could open as early as 2007, will have 200 hotel rooms and between 60 and 100 condo units.

A group formed between Jerome J. Parks Companies and The Carlyle Group will build a 225-room Westin Hotel as part of Park Place, a new $200-million mixed-use project in Annapolis, MD. Davidson Hotel Co. will manage the hotel, which will open in late 2006.

New Castle Hotels & Resorts will manage the recently renovated Sheraton Long Island in Smithtown, NY. Northridge Capital owns the property.

The Shanghai You You Group Co. selected Starwood to manage its proposed Sheraton Shanghai Hotel & Residences in Pudong, China. The complex, which is scheduled to open in mid-2008, will include 509 guestrooms and 150 serviced residences.

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.

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