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Accor

A new Motel 6 owned and operated by Claresholm Hospitality opened in Alberta, Canada.

Best Western

Properties recently joining the membership organization include the Best Western Saint John Hotel and Suites in New Brunswick, Canada; the Best Western El-Quartelejo Inn and Suites in Scott City, KS; the Best Western Coconut Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu; the Best Western Butterfield Inn in Hays, KS; the Best Western Parlour Historic Inn and Suites in Stratford, Ontario; and the Best Western Milton (Ontario)..

Hilton

Embassy Suites, currently with 192 hotels, has 62 franchised properties scheduled to open in the next three years, the largest development pipeline in the company's 24-year history. Many of the new hotels will be the Design Option III prototype.

The Hotel Minneapolis-A Doubletree Hotel opened last month in time for the Republican National Convention. The 222-room hotel is located in the restored 1906 Midland Building.

Hyatt

The Hyatt Place Saratoga/Malta, the first in New York, became the country's first newly built Hyatt Place. The hotel is owned by Malta Hospitality and operated by InterMountain Management. Interstate Hotels & Resorts added four Hyatt Place Hotels to its portfolio: the Hyatt Place Hotel Austin Arboretum, the Hyatt Place Hotel Grand Prairie, the Hyatt Place Hotel Houston/Greenspoint and the Hyatt Place San Antonio Airport-South total 513 rooms and are all located in Texas.

InterContinental Hotels Group

Hotel Indigo opened its 16th hotel and first in California with a 92-room property in the Los Angeles suburb of Ontario. The Hotel Indigo Ontario Rancho Cucamonga is owned by 3333 Shelby and managed by Rim Hospitality. The Hotel Indigo Athens broke ground five blocks from the University of Georgia with a “green-breaking” ceremony instead of a groundbreaking. The 100-room Hotel Indigo Skyview Rahway, the brand's 17th location and first in New Jersey, recently opened.

Jackson Hospitality Services opened a 92-room Staybridge Suites in Augusta, GA last month, while Harris Hotel Group opened the 112-room Candlewood Suites Hotel Columbia (SC).

La Quinta

La Quinta Franchising reached record-breaking growth in its first half of the year with 72 new franchise agreements, of which 82 percent are for new construction. The pipeline for new agreements is at 246, 97 percent for Inn and Suites, and close to half of those are already under construction.

Marriott International

Jackson Shaw awarded the management contracts for the 102-room Residence Inn and the 104-room Fairfield Inn & Suites to Concord Hospitality Enterprises. The hotels are part of a master-planned community in Texas.

Pinnacle Hotel Management opened the 210-room Courtyard by Marriott Boston Billerica (MA) after a multi-million-dollar renovation.

Courtyard by Marriott hotels opened in Midland, TX; Pearland, TX; and Ankeny, IA. Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels opened in Overland Park, KS and Pittsburgh, PA.

Marriott also opened a 118-room Residence Inn in Hoover, AL; an 86-room TownePlace Suites in Butler Township, OH; and a 123-room SpringHill Suites in Brentwood, MO.

Starwood

The 155-room aloft Minneapolis opened in the downtown Mill District last month, and the new brand expected openings to follow at the Portland and Dulles Airports, in Beijing, Nashville and Las Colinas, Plano and Frisco, TX later this year.

The company's other new brand added plans for the third Element hotel in the Washington metropolitan area. An agreement with Diamond Properties and Crestline Hotels & Resorts will bring a new Element to Herndon, VA in 2010.

Vantage Hospitality

Americas Best Value Inn added 34 new properties with 2,161 rooms in June and July. Twenty-one were conversions from other brands, 11 were independents and two were new construction.

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