An AmericInn Lodge & Suites opened last month in Boiling Springs, NC. A group that includes Spring Inn-Investors and Three Rivers Hospitality own and operate the 53-room property, which is the chain's first in North Carolina.
Columbine Group of Cody, WY plans to build an AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Laramie, WY. The 64-unit property will open in April 2007.
Associated Luxury Hotels
Two California properties joined the Associated Luxury Hotels membership group. The additions include the 215-room Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells and Terranea Resort, a to-be-built 585-room oceanfront property in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Best Western International
Recent additions to the membership group include the Best Western Windwood Inn & Suites in Freer, TX and the Best Western Lawrenceburg (KY) Inn.
The new Gaylord National, which opens in 2008 in suburban Washington, DC., has already booked 547,000 room nights. In part because of the advance sale, the company recently decided to increased the number of rooms at the meeting property by 500, to a total of 2,000
Hilton Hotel Corp.
Construction began in mid February on the 20-story Hilton Baltimore in the city's Inner Harbor area. The City of Baltimore owns the property, the Baltimore Hotel Corp. is the developer, and Hilton Hotels will manage. The 756-room property, which will connect by skybridge to the Baltimore Convention Center, opens in 2008.
A late January groundbreaking marked the start of construction on a Hampton Inn & Suites near the Riverchase Galleria in Birmingham, AL. The 102-room property will open next January.
Marshall Management opened a new 72-unit Hampton Inn & Suites in Farmville, VA.
InterContinental Hotels Corp.
New Staybridge Suites properties opened recently in Las Cruces, NM and Newark, DE. A joint venture owns the 87-room property in Las Cruces, which Lodging Host Hotel Corp. manages. DPNL LLC owns the 73-room Newark hotel, which InterContinental operates.
Franchisee Shree Balaji LLC will open a Staybridge Suites property this summer in Davenport, IA. Dellisart Lodging Hospitality Management will operate the 80-room property.
Construction will begin shortly on a new Holiday Inn Express in Quito, Ecuador. Hidalgo de Hidalgo S.A. is developing the 139-room property, which is the brand's first in Ecuador and 13th in South America.
InterContinental Hotels Group signed a contract with Chengdu International Exhibition & Convention Group to manage six hotels with more than 4,500 rooms in the Sichuan province of China. The lineup of properties includes two InterContinentals, three Holiday Inns and one Express by Holiday Inn.
Shanghai Lixing Hotel Limited signed Jumeirah to operate a luxury hotel as part of a master-planned hospitality, office, residential and retail development in downtown Puxi, Shanghai. The 338-room HanTang Jumeirah Shanghai will open in mid-2008.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Behringer Harvard and Realty America Group plan to convert a former Doubletree Hotel in Los Angeles to the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles-Westwood. The conversion will be complete by summer 2007.
Gateway Gettysburg Partners last month opened a 152-room Courtyard by Marriott in Gettysburg, PA.
Ritz-Carlton will open its first property in the Bahamas in 2009. The property on Rose Island is part of a planned development that will include the hotel, a marina, 400 estate homes, townhouses and condominiums.
The first 576-unit tower of The Signature at MGM, a new suite hotel next to MGM Grand Hotel-Casino, will open in May. Two additional towers, each with 576 rooms, open in 2006 and ‘07.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Boyd Gaming Group will build a 400-room Shangri-La Hotel as part of its Echelon Place development on the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel will open in 2010.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
The Westin Imagine Orlando Residences will be the first phase of The Village of Imagine, a 30-acre master planned resort being developed by Intrawest Corp. on a site across from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The Westin property, which opens in early 2008, will include 470 condo suites and residences. When complete, The Village of Imagine will have 1,000 condo-hotel residences and 40 restaurants and retail stores.
The Westin Arlington Gateway opened early this month in suburban Washington, DC. JBG Companies owns and Westin manages the $75-million, 336-room property.
A new Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center opened in late February in Midwest City, OK. The City of Midwest City owns and De Palma Hotel Corp. operates the 150-room hotel that's attached to the Reed Center, a 60,00-square-foot meeting and convention facility.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. says it will build a new 1,200-room Sheraton, a 300-room St. Regis and 300 Starwood-operated vacation suites as part of its Cotai Strip resort and casino development in Macao, China.
TWELVE Hotels and Residences
Novare Group plans to start construction in December on a TWELVE Hotel and Residences project in Charlotte, NC. The property, which should open in late 2008, will feature 400 condo-hotel units on top of 150 traditional hotel suites.
Le Bourget Aero Suites in Bloomington, MN joined Wordhotels, the Americas. Bloomington Hotel Acquisition owns and Madison Hospitality Group manages the 160-room property.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico-based Boutique Hotels affiliated its nine properties with Worldhotels.
Three-year-old Value Place says it has franchise commitments for 350 properties in 27 states. The company expects most of the hotel-apartment properties to be open or under construction within three years.
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