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Accor North America

Accor recently opened 14 new franchise locations, including Motel 6 properties in Southgate, MI; Saginaw, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Los Banos, CA; San Jose, CA; Holbrook, AZ; Walterboro, SC; and Moses Lake, WA. A Studio 6 opened in Bay City, TX.

Red Roof Inn hotels opened in Duluth, MN; Stockton, CA; Ann Arbor, MI; Corpus Christi, TX; and Toms River, NJ.

Best Western

Properties recently joining the membership organization include the Best Western Garden Inn and Suites, Crawfordville, FL; Best Western Rivershore Hotel, Oregon City, OR; Best Western Blue Bay Village, Blauw Baai, Curacao; Best Western Lake View Inn and Suites, Lake Elsinore, CA; Best Western Cranbrook Hotel, BC, Canada; Best Western Turtle Brook Inn, West Orange, NJ; Best Western Splash Park Inn, Ludington, MI; and the Best Western Woodland Hills (CA) Inn.

Carlson Hotels

A new 72-room Country Inn & Suites by Carlson opened in Lima, OH.

Among 40 new hotels added in the first half of 2007, June additions included a Park Inn, Mannheim, Germany; a Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, Fredericksburg, VA; a Radisson SAS property in Mijas, Spain; and two Radisson Hotels & Resorts in Vitoria City, Brazil; and Nashua, NH.

An 84-room Country Inn & Suites by Carlson opened in Iron Mountain, MI, and a 97-room Country Inn & Suites by Carlson opened in Miami.

Choice Hotels

The 300-room Cambria Suites Brooklyn Bridge hotel, New York, owned by PLC Partners, LLC, is slated to break ground in January.

The 129-room Cambria Suites Fresno (CA), will also begin construction in January.

Hilton Hotels

John Q. Hammons will build a 263-suite Embassy Suites Hotel and adjoining 75,000-square-foot convention center in Loveland, CO, due to open in March 2009, and the 300-suite Embassy Suites Hotel and adjoining 120,000-square-foot convention center in Pleasant Grove, UT, due to open in spring 2009.

The 367-room Doubletree Hotel Torrance/South Bay (CA) opened. The former Hilton hotel is operated by CTC Group, Inc.

The 201-room Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles/Commerce opened as the brand's 20th Southern California hotel. It is operated by W2005 WYN Hotels, L.P. and managed by Surrey Hotel Management, LLC.

A former Sheraton hotel opened as the 155-room Doubletree Guest Suites Lexington (KY). It is operated by RBHV Lexington, LLC and managed by Hospitality Ventures Management, Inc.

The 306-room Doubletree Hotel Columbus/Worthington (OH) opened after a $10-renovation/conversion from a former Holiday Inn. It is operated by CH Realty IV/Columbus Partners, L.P. and managed by Prism Hotels.

The former Hotel Pierre at Gallery Plaza, San Juan, PR is undergoing renovation to become, by mid-2008, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel San Juan. The hotel is owned by Swiss Chalet, Inc. and managed by International Hospitality Enterprises.

Hyatt Hotels

A Hyatt Place broke ground in Orlando/Lake Mary, FL. Sunshine Hotel Group is developing the 128-room hotel, which is due to open in May 2008.

InterContinental Hotels

The ninth Hotel Indigo opened in Amherst, NY near Buffalo. The 187-room hotel, a former Hampton Inn, is owned and managed by Hart Hotels, Inc.

A 122-room Hotel Indigo is planned for Miami. Slated for opening in early 2008, the conversion property is owned by Rodblu Investment Fund and managed by Driftwood Hospitality Management, LLC.

Rialto Property Partners, LLC is developing a new 100-room Hotel Indigo in Athens, GA. It is due to open spring 2009.

Governors Hotel Inc. will build a 135-room Hotel Indigo in Pittsburgh, PA. It is slated to open fourth quarter 2009.

The 444-room Travelodge Hotel Main Gate East, Kissimmee, FL, formerly the world's largest Travelodge, will become the Holiday Inn Main Gate East in September.

Marriott International

The 218-room Ritz-Carlton, Dallas and Fearing's Restaurant opened last month. The new 21-story Regency-style building was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Seventy Residences at The Ritz-Carlton also occupy the block-wide complex, a project of Crescent Real Estate Equities Co.

Recent openings of Residence Inn by Marriott include hotels in Paducah, KY; Temple, TX; Baton Rouge, LA; and Westlake Village, CA.

New Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott hotels are now open in Romulus, MI and State College, PA.

Recent openings of Courtyard by Marriott include properties in San Luis Obispo, CA; and Toronto, Canada.

The 168-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott opened in Virginia Beach, VA.

Starwood Hotels

The 436-room Westin San Diego (CA) opened last month following a $12-million conversion.

The 290-room, 54-residence Westin Raleigh (NC) Hotel & Residences at Soleil Center is slated to open in summer 2009.

The 225-room Westin Annapolis (MD) opened in July. It is owned by Park Place Hotel Trust.

The 127-room Four Points by Sheraton Historic Savannah (GA) opened recently. It is managed by Akshar Hotel Properties.

US Franchise Systems

Microtel Inn & Suites hotels opened in Huntsville, AL; Wellton, AZ; Tulare, CA; Panama City, FL; Columbus, Conyers and Jasper, GA; Indianapolis; Colfax, IA; Hattiesburg, MS; and Dover, NJ.

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