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Best Western International

New properties joining the membership group include the 150-unit Best Western Inn-Suites Hotel & Suites in Ontario, CA and the new-construction, 50-room Best Western Snowcap Lodge in Cle Elum, WA.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide

The first center-city Country Inn & Suites By Carlson opened last month in New Orleans. The 155-room property was developed from seven historic buildings that date back to the 1860s.

A number of former Prime Hotels are now Carlson-branded properties: the 180-room Country Inn & Suites in Sunnyvale, CA; the 180-room County Inn & Suites-San Diego North; the Radisson Hotel Gateway Seattle-Tacoma Airport; the 381-room Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown; the 210-room Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airport North; the 209-room Park Plaza Hotel in Bloomington, MN; the 159-room Park Plaza Hotel Phoenix/Chandler; and the 166-room Park Plaza Hotel Phoenix North.

Choice Hotels International

Choice Hotels India, a joint venture between the Gupta Group and Choice Hotels International, plans to introduce the Clarion and Sleep Inn brands to India. The first Clarions include a property in Goa and the conversion and expansion of the former Qutab Hotel in New Delhi.

New Choice openings include the 94-room Clarion Collection Casa del Mar Inn & Suites in St. Augustine, FL; the 114-room Quality Inn & Conference Center in Vancouver, WA; the 37-unit Rodeway Inn Sundance Mountain Inn in Sundance, WY; and the 79-room Econo Lodge Inn & Suites in South Sioux City, NE.

Hilton Hotels Corp.

Six new Embassy Suites will open by the end of summer. The openings range from a 146-suite leisure-focused property in La Quinta, CA to a 300-unit hotel in Hampton, VA next to the new Hampton Roads Convention Center. Developer John Q. Hammons is building four of the six new properties.

The Embassy Suites in Washington, DC recently completed a $5.5-million renovation of guest suites and common areas. A joint venture between the Shaw Co. of Chicago and Hilton Hotels owns the 318-unit property.

US Development will open a 124-unit Homewood Suites by Hilton in Salt Lake City in November. Vancouver, WA-based Northwest Hospitality Group will manage the hotel.

Noble Investment Group opened the 150-room Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk (VA) and Suffolk Conference Center last month. The $30-million project was funded through a public/private partnership.

Mian Companies opened a 166-room Hilton Garden Inn in Oxnard, CA in mid-May.

HVM LLC

HVM, owner and operator of Extended Stay Hotels, purchased 16 Sierra Suites Hotels from LodgeWorks. The properties will be reflagged as Extended Stay Deluxe, a new brand extension. Molinaro Koger advised LodgeWorks on the transaction. Properties included in the sale are located in Phoenix; Pleasanton and San Jose, CA; Orlando; Atlanta; Boston; Piscataway, NJ; Fairfax and Chantilly, VA; and Seattle.

InterContinental Hotels Group

A former Sheraton in downtown Cleveland is now a Crowne Plaza. The 472-room property is in the middle of a $2-million renovation program. Lehman Brothers owns and Driftwood Hospitality Management operates the hotel.

Following a $4.5-million renovation, a 303-room Crowne Plaza hotel opened in May in Williamsburg, VA. Sunstone Hotels owns and manages the hotel.

A former Ramada Plaza Hotel in Wilmington, OH is now the Holiday Inn & Roberts Convention Centre. The 116-room property recently underwent a $300,000 renovation.

The first Express by Holiday Inn properties in the Middle East will open next year in Dubai and Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. SREDCO is developing the properties in Saudi Arabia.

La Quinta Corp.

Franchise agreements for 25 La Quinta and Baymont properties were signed in the first quarter. The signings included several high-profile properties, such as La Quinta's second hotel in New York City.

Marriott International

New SpringHill Suites properties include a 220-unit hotel in the Buckhead area of Atlanta and a 95-suite property in Sacramento, CA. North Point Hospitality Group owns and operates the Atlanta hotel; InfiniPower Hospitality Group owns and SREE Hotels operates the unit in Sacramento.

The Landis Group recently opened a new Residence Inn by Marriott in Princeton, NJ. Paramount Hotel Group operates the 120-suite property.

A former Ramada Inn in Shelton, CT became a Courtyard by Marriott following a multi-million-dollar renovation. New Castle Hotels & Resorts owns the 161-room property.

The historic Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, NE was recently reflagged as The Cornhusker-A Marriott Hotel. Shubh Hotels owns and Innkeepers Hospitality manages the 297-room property.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts will open the Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile this month. The property's 226 units include 130 suites.

The Oceanside, CA city council recently selected SD Malkin and Interstate Hotels and Resorts as developers of an eight-block mixed-use development anchored by a Westin Resort with 302 rooms and 72 timeshare units. Construction will begin in 2007, with opening scheduled two years later.

Macao Beach Resort, Inc., a subsidiary of Geostar, Inc., is building the first North American branded resort in the Dominican Republic. The 315-unit Westin R*co Ki Beach & Golf Resort opens in late 2006.

Suburban Franchise Systems

Generation Companies recently opened a 312-unit Suburban Extended Stay Hotel in Sterling, VA. The company owns nine and manages three other Suburban properties.

Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Sterling, VA

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.

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