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The company executed 10 new agreements and opened 11 hotels (1,197 rooms) in the second quarter. The new hotels range in size from 60 to 163 rooms and include the nation's first Country Hearth Inn hotels in New York (two in Albany). The three additional new Country Hearth Inn hotels are in Madison, AL; Fulton, MO; and McKinney, TX. Six newly opened America's Best Inns & Suites are in McAllen, TX; Harlingen, TX; Williamsburg, VA; Macon, GA; Foley, AL; and Cartersville, GA.

Americas Best Value Inn

Adding 16 new member properties to its system in May, ABVI now has locations in every state in the continental U.S. New locations include: Concord, CA; Rialto, CA; Daleville, IN; Decatur, IN; Indianapolis, IN; Geneva, NY; Niagara Falls, NY; Charlotte, NC; Hazelhurst, MS; Dayton/Huber Heights, OH; Elyria, OH; Paris, TX; Pharr, TX; Sherman, TX; Norfolk, VA; and Orange, VA.

AmericInn International

The 66-room AmericInn Lodge & Suites, McCall, ID, opened in June. Its owner is Transcend Properties, LLC.

Best Western

The 79-room Best Western Oceanside (CA) Inn recently joined the membership organization.

Carlson Hotels

Hospitality Management Corp. now manages the 189-room Radisson Hotel Austin (TX) North.

Under agreement with The Wirth Companies, the 403-room Grand Lodge at the Mall of America, Bloomington, MN, is now a Radisson hotel.

A new 119-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson opened in Fredericksburg, VA.

Choice Hotels

Erie, PA and Shreveport, LA will soon be home to Cambria Suites hotels. Wilcare Corp. will own the Erie property and Reliance Hospitality, LLC will own the Shreveport hotel.

Dolce International

The 346-room Dolce Valley Forge, King of Prussia, PA, is the 26th addition to the company's portfolio. It's owned by Capital Hospitality Group.

Dolce International launched Dolce Resort Destinations. Current properties in the stable include Lakeway Resort and Spa, Austin, TX; Zermatt Resort & Spa, near Sundance and Park City, UT; Aspen (CO) Meadows Resort; and Tetherow Resort and Spa, Bend, OR.

GrandStay Hospitality

A 53-unit GrandStay Residential Suites opened in Rapid City, SD and a 78-unit GrandStay Residential Suites Hotel is scheduled to open in October in Apple Valley, MN.

Hilton Hotels

Eight new Hampton Hotels opened in June, including Hampton Inn Hotels in Warsaw, IN; Kingston, NY; and Channel Islands Harbor, CA. Hampton Inn & Suites Hotels opened in Pittsburgh; Abilene, TX; Murfreesboro, TN; Sioux City, IA; and Omaha.

The Fort Shelby Hotel, Detroit, MI, will become a 204-room Doubletree Guest Suites hotel following an $82-million transformation. MCP Development, LLC owns the hotel.

The Indian Lakes Resort, Bloomingdale, IL, is undergoing a $7.5-million renovation and conversion to a Hilton brand resort. It's owned by First Hospitality Group, Inc.

John Q. Hammons opened the Embassy Suites-Northwest Arkansas Hotel, Spa and Convention Center's 152-suite hotel tower. The six-story tower expansion adjoins the existing hotel and the John Q. Hammons Center.

Hyatt Hotels

Twenty new-build Hyatt Place hotels are slated to open in 2008 throughout the U.S., bringing the total Hyatt Place Hotels under development to 50. They include properties in Barrie, Ontario, Canada; Chicago/Downtown; Chicago/Warrenville; Garden City, NY; Madison, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Pittsburgh/North Shore; Bonita Springs, FL; Dallas/Garland; Houston/Energy Corridor; Sarasota-Airport, FL; Arundel Preserve, MD; Baltimore/Downtown; Concord, NC; Midtown Manhattan-South; Williamsburg, VA; Portland, OR; San Francisco-Airport; Sacramento/Davis, CA; and Salt Lake City-Airport.

Ten new Hyatt Summerfield Suites are under development, due to open in 2008, including hotels in: Buffalo/Amherst, NY; Rochester, NY; Windsor, CT; Woodridge, IL; Dania Beach, FL; Norfolk/Downtown, VA; Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Phoenix/Tempe; Phoenix/Avondale; and Salt Lake City/Sandy.

InterContinental Hotels

A new Staybridge Suites Knoxville Oak Ridge (TN) opened in June. Kissmat Associates owns and operates the 90-suite property.

Rialto Property Partners, LLC will develop a 100-room Hotel Indigo in downtown Athens, GA.

The 175-room Holiday Inn Express Chicago-Magnificent Mile is due to open in late summer, following a $16-million renovation to an historic 1920s-era building, the former Cass Hotel. The hotel is owned by HCP Oxford OBG Cass Property Company LLC and managed by The Bricton Group.

Marriott International

John Q. Hammons will develop a 225-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Allen, TX, adjacent to the $50-million Allen event center. The hotel is slated to open in spring 2009.

The 96-room Courtyard by Marriott, San Antonio, TX opened last month. It is owned and managed by Alamo City Hotels.

The 218-room Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, opens this month, in a new 21-story Regency-style building designed by renowned Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

The 340-room Charleston (SC) Marriott opened last month. It's owned and managed by JHM Enterprises.

The 93-suite TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Stafford, VA, opened recently. Rina Management, Inc. owns and manages the property.

The 128-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott opened in Oklahoma City, OK in June. It is owned by Florida Capital Hotel Partners, Ltd. and managed by Lane Hospitality.

True North Hotel Group opened the 525th Residence Inn by Marriott, in St. Louis-O'Fallon, MO. Corporex Select Service Hotels owns the 108-suite hotel.

Marshall Management

The company added three contracts to its management portfolio, including: Quality Inn Naval Base, Norfolk, VA; Holiday Inn Parkway East, Pittsburgh; and Riveredge Resort, Alexandria Bay, NY.

NYLO Hotels

The company broke ground on its first property in the northeast, in Warwick, RI. The 164-room NYLO Warwick hotel will open in summer, 2008.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

The 136-room aloft Portland (OR) broke ground in June and is due to open late summer 2008. It's owned by Pollin Hotels III, LLC.

Starwood launched the aloft brand in Latin America at the W Mexico City last month. Hotels are expected to open in Mexico in 2008.

LaPour, Cos. will develop the first aloft hotel in Las Vegas. The 225-room hotel is due to open in 2009.

The 136-room aloft Montreal Airport will be developed in 2008 as a joint venture by Silver Hotel Group and Northampton Group Inc.

The reflagged, 310-room Sheraton Arlington (TX) hotel, managed by Surrey Hotel Managemewnt LLC, is undergoing renovation this year.

A former Radisson hotel is now the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel. The recently renovated, 378-room hotel is owned by Ashford Hospitality Trust and managed by Remington Hotels.

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