BRANDING BRIEFS

AmericInn

Recent AmericInn Lodge & Suite openings include properties in Thief River Falls, MN; Hailey, ID; and Greenville, MI.

Associated Luxury Hotels

The landmark Fontainebleau Miami Beach (FL) has joined as the newest member of Associated Luxury Hotels International. The property is undergoing a $1-billion renovation and expansion.

Best Western

Properties recently joining the membership organization include the Best Western Crossroads in Indianapolis, IN; Best Western Classic Inn, Richmond, IN; Best Western Socorro (NM) Hotel and Suites; and the Best Western Seminole (OK) Inn and Suites.

Choice Hotels

During the month of November, Choice executed contracts for 42 new hotels. Choice also announced the signing of a contract for a Cambria Suites at the Atlanta Airport.

Hilton Hotels

Outrigger Enterprises Group has opened the Embassy Suites Hotel-Waikiki Beach Walk on the island of Oahu, HI. It is the state's first all-suite, upscale hotel.

John Q. Hammons and the city of Murfreesboro, TN recently broke ground for a 10-story, 283-suite Embassy Suites and an adjoining 80,000-square-foot conference center.

Hilton Garden Inn opened its 300th location, the Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport, Italy. Icarus SPA manages the property.

Hampton opened six properties in November 2006, including a Hampton Inn in Vidalia, GA and Hampton Inn & Suites in Fort Pierce, FL; Moline/Quad City Int'l Airport, IL; Mobile-Medical Center, Airport, AL; Houston-Bush Intercontinental Airport, TX; and Richmond, IN.

Ray Dayal, a partner in Pinnacle Hospitality Partners, plans to build the 100-room Opryland Hampton Inn & Suites, Nashville, TN.

Qasr Al Sharq or Palace of the Orient, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will join the Waldorf=Astoria Collection, Hilton's new luxury hotel brand, becoming the first international managed property in the collection.

A former Wyndham hotel in Syracuse, NY is now a Doubletree.

Hilton Hotels signed its first Hilton and Doubletree management agreements in Costa Rica. Beginning in December 2007 Hilton will manage a 202-room property in Guanacaste and a 410-room property in Puntarenas.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts signed a long-term agreement with new ownership (Cornerstone Hotel Income & Equity Fund) to manage the Hilton Arlington, VA.

Hilton Hotels, RREEF (the real estate and investment management arm or the Deutsche Bank Group) and private equity firm H&Q Asia Pacific will build more than 20 Hilton Garden Inns across China.

InterContinental Hotels

A Holiday Inn Select in Niagara Falls, NY recently converted to a Crowne Plaza. It's owned by Namwest, LLC and managed by Sentry Hospitality.

The Crowne Plaza Maruma Maracaibo Casino and Convention Center opened in Maracaibo, Venezuela. The 380-room hotel, formerly known as the Hotel Maruma Internacional, is managed by Hotel Maruma C.A.

Owners of 22 IHG properties throughout Latin America and the Caribbean are investing a total of $95 million to upgrade, expand and renovate their hotels. Renovations began in 2005 and will be completed by the end of this year.

Marriott International

Recent openings include Courtyards by Marriott in Fort Smith, AK; Wichita, KS; and Thousand Oaks, CA.

Residence Inns recently opened in Tallahassee, FL; Chapel Hill, NC; and Carlisle, PA. First Hospitality Group, Inc. will add a Residence Inn, Maumee/Toledo, OH, to its portfolio, scheduled to open in 2008.

The Hilton Burbank (CA) Airport and Convention Center has been re-branded as the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

Joint venture partners Westbrook Partners and Northview Hotel Group, LLC are spending $25.2 million on converting a former Wyndham in Washington D.C. to the Renaissance M Street Hotel.

A TownePlace Suites by Marriott opened in Newark, DE, owned and managed by NAB Hospitality of Newark.

Atlanta, GA-based Hotel Equities has added a management contract for the Fairfield Inn-Lumberton, NC. Harbor Group International owns the hotel.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

The Westin Colonnade Coral Cables (FL) has opened. It's owned by an affiliate of The Carlyle Group and is managed by Davidson Hotel Company.

The Westin Syracuse (NY) Convention Center is slated to open in 2009. It's owned by Wilmorite LLC and will be managed by Starwood.

The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa opened in Malaysia.

The Westin Queenstown, (New Zealand) is due to open in 2009.

The Ivanhoe Plaza Hotel has converted to the Sheraton Orlando (FL) Downtown Hotel while the newly renovated Sheraton Pleasanton (CA) recently opened.

Recent expansions in China include the Sheraton Ningbo Hotel and the Sheraton Hohhot Hotel (Inner Mongolia).

The Sheraton Resort at Cable Beach, Nassau, The Bahamas converted from the Radisson Cable Beach. It reopens this spring following an $80-million renovation.

W Hotels plans to open a new hotel on The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, in late 2009.

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