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AKA

A new luxury extended-stay brand, AKA, opened the 111-unit AKA Times Square, its fourth Manhattan location, and the 85-unit AKA Virginia Square, Arlington, VA.

America's Best Franchising

America's Best Inns & Suites and Country Hearth Inns introduced a green initiative known as EcoRooms, with products that are energy-efficient, water-efficient, waste reducing and non-toxic and/or biodegradable. Green Suites International is partnering with the company to supply EcoRooms.

Associated Luxury Hotels

Suncadia Resort, Roslyn, WA, joined the hotel group. The new 6,400-acre, three-star certified Built Green resort is located 80 miles east of Seattle.

Best Western

Properties recently joining the membership organization include the Best Western Airport Plaza Inn, Bridgeton, MO; the Best Western Dawson Creek Inn, British Columbia, Canada; the Best Western Cleveland (TX) Inn & Suites; and the Best Western Quail Hollow Inn, Benson, AZ.

Extended Stay Hotels

A new-build Extended Stay Deluxe hotel opened in San Rafael, CA. The 112-room property is the first hotel built in central Marin County in 15 years.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

The Fairmont Anguilla is slated to open in 2010. Located on 400 acres of beachfront property, the resort will encompass a 140-unit hotel; an 18-hole championship golf course; and Fairmont Residences, a collection of condos, villas and estate homes.

Hilton Hotels

The new Hilton Garden Inn Luton North, UK, is scheduled to open in 2008.

The 122-room Hilton Garden Inn Tuscaloosa (AL) and the 251-room Hilton Garden Inn St. Paul (MN) City Center recently opened.

Hampton Inns and Hampton Inn & Suites have recently opened in: Knoxville, TN; Hillsboro, TX; Hays, KS; Ft. Bragg, NC; Mansfield, OH; Port Arthur, TX; Paducah, KY; Dobson, NC; Tutwiler, AL; and Bloomington-Normal, IL.

Prism Hotels & Resorts now manages the 544-room Hilton San Francisco Financial District.

Waterford Hotel Group opened a $13-million, 91-suite Homewood Suites by Hilton in Ithaca, NY.

Hyatt Hotels

Global Hyatt Corp. will manage the Park Hyatt Patagonia Resort, Frutillar, Chile, slated to open in 2009. The project will mark the first entry of an international hotel company into the Patagonia region of South America.

InterContinental Hotels

A new 32-story, 310-studio Staybridge Suites hotel is due to open in Manhattan during second quarter 2009. The hotel is owned by Mehta Family, LLC.

During the first quarter 2007, Staybridge Suites hotels opened in Tallahassee, FL; Indianapolis, IN; West Des Moines, IA; Mayfield Heights, OH; Columbia, MO; and Plano, TX.

During the first quarter 2007, Candlewood Suites opened properties in North Charleston, SC; Indianapolis, IN (airport) and Indianapolis (downtown); and Windsor Locks, CN.

The first Candlewood Suites outside the U.S. opened last month in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The 147-room property was formerly a high-rise apartment building.

American Hotel Development Partners and affiliates of Glenmont Capital Management will develop extended stay hotels in select markets across the U.S. The joint ventures' first property, a 112-room Candlewood Suites Hotel, broke ground in May in Columbia, SC.

Roberts Hotels Group is developing two Hotel Indigo properties in St. Louis. The 120-room property in the city's upscale Central West End will be a conversion from the independently owned Inn at the Park and is slated to open in October. The second development is located in the downtown St. Louis convention district. Construction will begin third quarter 2007 with an opening planned for spring 2008.

A Holiday Inn Select in Little Rock, AR, is undergoing a $12-million conversion to a 243-room Crowne Plaza hotel. The property is owned and operated by Goff and Associates.

Leading Hotels of the World

Opening in late summer in Boston's Beacon Hill, the 300-unit Liberty Hotel was named to The Leading Hotels of the World.

Marriott International

Courtyards by Marriott are now open in West Chester, OH and Suffolk, VA.

The Gulfport (MI) Beachfront Hotel will become the Courtyard by Marriott next March. The 148-room hotel is owned and managed by Lane Hospitality.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott are now open in Colorado Springs, CO and Indianapolis/Fishers, IN.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott recently opened in Clermont, FL and Kelowna, British Columbia.

The 72-suite TownPlace Suites by Marriott opened in Suffolk, VA. It's owned and managed by Tidewater Hotels and Resorts.

The 256-suite Residence Inn by Marriott, Toronto, Ontario opened in April. It's owned and managed by Easton's Group of Hotels.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

The 147-unit Sheraton Duluth (MN) Hotel opened.

Following a $46-million transformation of the former Fort Worth (TX) Plaza hotel, the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa will open later this year with 430 guestrooms. Presidio Hotel Group owns the property.

Starwood announced 13 new hotels in China and Taiwan in the first quarter of this year.

The signings include the first aloft hotel in Asia: aloft Beijing, Haidian; a St. Regis resort in Lhasa, Tibet; a Sheraton and St. Regis on the COTAI Strip in Macau; a W in Guangzhou; two Westins, two Sheratons and one Four Points by Sheraton.

The Westin Guangzhou (China) opened in the Tian He District.

The opening of the 346-unit Sheraton Guiyang Hotel marked the 23rd Sheraton hotel in China.

Wyndham Hotel Group

The first Ramada hotel opened in Belgium, the 210-room Ramada Plaza Antwerp. It's owned by The PREM Group.

Wyndham Hotel Group and Grupo Mayan of Mexico announced that four Grand Mayan and five Mayan Palace resorts in Mexico will become allied with the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand.

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