BRANDING BRIEFS

America's Best Franchising

The firm sold 30 franchises in 2006, including Country Hearth Inns' first international locations in Canada and America's Best Inns & Suites' first hotels in South America.

Best Western

Properties recently joining the membership organization include the Best Western Northshore Inn, Portland, TX; Best Western Monahans (TX) Inn and Suites; Best Western Limestone Inn and Suites, Mexia, TX; Best Western Kissimmee (FL) Inn; and the Best Western Ogle Haus Inn, Vevay, IN.

Carlson Hotels

A 159-room Park Plaza Hotel in Chandler, AZ was rebranded as the Radisson Phoenix-Chandler.

Choice Hotels

During the fourth quarter of 2006, Choice executed contracts for 10 Cambria Suites hotels. The properties will be in Atlanta; Augusta, GA; Beachwood, OH; Houston; Oklahoma City; Orlando; Pensacola, FL; Plainfield, IN; Savannah, GA; and West Madison, WI.

Global Hyatt

Five Hyatt Place hotels broke ground in February in Seattle; Orlando; South Bend, IN; Reno, NV; and Jackson, MS.

NJR Development and Hyatt Corp. will build the Aqualea Resort Condominium Hotel and Residences in Clearwater Beach, FL.

Hilton Hotels

Oasis West Realty, owner of The Beverly Hilton, and Hilton Hotels will add the first west coast Waldorf=Astoria hotel as part of a $500-million plan to revitalize the nine-acre hotel property.

Recent Hilton openings include the Hilton Fort Lauderdale (FL) Beach Resort and the Hilton Promenade at Branson (MO) Landing.

The City of San Marcos, TX and John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts broke ground on a $21-million city conference center and $50-million Embassy Suites Hotel, slated to open in 2008.

Hampton opened eight hotels in December, with locations in London-North, KY; Baltimore; San Antonio-Airport; Mobile, AL; Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Fremont, OH; Grove Park, PA; and Yuba City, CA.

Boykin Management Co. was selected to manage the Doubletree Hotel JFK Airport, Jamaica, NY.

InterContinental Hotels

The former Park Hyatt, Los Angeles has been reflagged as the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City.

HINW, Inc. opened the Holiday Inn Hotels & Suites, Maple Grove, MN. The 136-room property includes the 12th indoor waterpark in the Holiday Inn system.

The Holiday Inn Select at the KCI Expo Center, Kansas City, MO has opened. The 141-room property is near the Kansas City Airport.

A Candlewood Suites opened in January in downtown Indianapolis. Riverpointe North Partners owns and Dora Brothers manages the property.

The Generation Companies is developing a Staybridge Suites Hotel in Jacksonville, FL. The 120-room property will open by the end of the year.

Marriott International

Recent openings include Courtyards by Marriott in Fort Smith, AR; Arlington Heights, IL; and Federal Way, WA;

The former Wyndham Colorado Springs (CO) is now the Colorado Springs Marriott, and the Radisson Hotel Visalia has been rebranded as the Visalia (CA) Marriott.

Urgo Hotels and the Real Estate Group of Marathon Asset Management opened the Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott at the Montreal International Airport.

Residence Inns by Marriott recently opened in Ocala, FL, Grapevine, TX; Oklahoma City; and Fayetteville, NC.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Columbia Sussex Corp. opened the 408-room Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca, IL.

Plans are under way to open three hotels as part of the Memorial City Project, a mixed-use community in West Houston, TX. Construction will start this summer on The Westin Houston, Memorial City and The Sheraton Houston, Memorial City. The Four Points by Sheraton Houston, Memorial City is undergoing renovation.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts and The John Buck Company will build up to 10 aloft hotels over the next several years. The first, a 136-room property in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, broke ground in January.

Recent Sheraton openings include conversion of the Milford Radisson to the Sheraton Milford (MA); Sheraton Baltimore (MD) City Center Hotel (the former Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel); and Sheraton Austin (TX) Hotel, formerly the Marriott Austin Capitol.

US Franchise Systems

Franchisee Guy Burch launched construction of a new Microtel Inn & Suites in Houma, LA.

Vantage Hospitality

The former Hawaiian Maingate Inn, Kissimmee, FL, was reflagged as an Americas Best Value Inn.

Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, NY, is now part of The Lexington Collection. The resort is known as The Lexington at Hudson Valley Resort.

Wyndham Hotel Group

Recent Wyndham Garden Hotel openings include properties in Austin, TX and McAllen, TX.

A former Hilton in El Paso, TX was recently reflagged as The Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel . The property has 272 rooms.

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Wyndham Hotel Group signed an agreement with Royal Orchid Hotels Ltd. of Bangalore, India, to develop 10 Ramada hotels in the Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtr, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

WHG and its joint-venture partner, Corinthia Hotels International, announced plans by Istithmar Hotels of Dubai to invest 178 million Euros in Corinthia's principal owner, International Hotel Investments, to acquire and build upscale hotels in Europe and globally.

Super 8 Hotels (China) Co. Ltd. now has 110 properties either open or signed in 58 cities across China, of which 32 are open and operating.

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