Branding Briefs

AKA

The brand recently opened properties in Philadelphia and suburban Washington, DC. The AKA Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia features81 studios and three grand penthouse suites, while the AKA Dulles Station in Herndon, VA has 169 units.

Associated Luxury Hotels

New affiliates include The Driskill Hotel, a historic 189-room hotel in Austin, TX and the landmark Taj Boston.

Best Western

Properties recently joining the membership organization include the Best Western Lockhart (TX) Inn & Suites; the Best Western Dulles (VA); Best Western Valemount (BC) Inn and Suites; Best Western Crossroads Inn and Suites, Gordonsville, VA; and the Best Western Legacy Inn and Suites, South Beloit, IL.

Boykin Management Company

RD Management chose Boykin to manage The Ellis Hotel, a 127-room modern boutique hotel located in Atlanta, GA.

Carlson Hotels

The 403-room former Grand Lodge Hotel in Bloomington, MN was renamed the Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America. The hotel is owned by The Wirth Companies.

A new 94-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson opened in Kenner, LA near the New Orleans International Airport.

Choice Hotels

Developer Yogesh Manocha is building a 103-room Cambria Suites hotel in Morrisville, NC.

Country Hearth Inns & Suites

Six new Country Hearth Inn hotels opened on September 1, marking the brand's most successful day and month ever. The new hotels are located in Gulf Shores, AL; Stockbridge, GA; Jacksonville, IL; Andrews, NC; Lake George, NY; and Cayce, SC.

Gaylord Entertainment Company

The city of Grapevine, TX approved economic incentives to expand the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. The expansion will add more than 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, 500 guestrooms, a resort pool and other recreational amenities. Construction of the $315-million expansion is slated for completion in 2010.

Hilton Hotels

Hampton opened 19 properties in July and August, representing 1,677 new rooms. Hampton Inn Hotels opened in Jasper, AL; Calera, AL; Dade City/Zephyrhills, FL; Clearfield, PA; Dover, NH; Martin, TN; Goleta, CA; London, ON, Canada; and Atlanta-Georgia Tech. Hampton Inn & Suites Hotels opened in Lino Lakes, MN; Dayton/Airport, OH; Blairsville, PA; Hopkinsville, KY; and Barstow, CA. In September, the Hampton Inn & Suites Dulles (VA) Airport hotel opened.

Hilton Garden Inn will debut the brand in Poland with the new-build 102-room Hilton Garden Inn Rzeszow property, slated to open in 2008.

Hilton Garden Inn signed its first franchise agreement in Central America with Hoteles Aeropuerto H.A.L., S.R.L., of which Enjoy Group and DWL are partners. The 160-room new-build Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport is due to open in fall 2008.

The 119-suite Embassy Suites Tucson (AZ)-Paloma Village opened recently. It is owned by Scotia Group and managed by Grace Hospitality.

The 224-room Hotel Minneapolis, a Doubletree hotel, will open next year in the restored Midland Building. The project is a joint venture between Hempel Properties and Morrissey Hospitality Companies.

InterContinental Hotels

The 316-room Holiday Inn Tysons Corner (VA) upgraded to a Crowne Plaza Hotel following a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Prism Hotels & Resorts manages the 707-room Crowne Plaza Hotel Astor-New Orleans (LA). The hotel was recently acquired in a joint venture between RREEF and Loeb Partners Realty LLC.

The Hotel Group acquired the 388-room Radisson Hotel and Suites in downtown Kansas City, MO. The 388-room hotel was re-branded as a Crowne Plaza.

The 190-room Holiday Inn Select, Auburn Hills, MI was upgraded to a Crowne Plaza Hotel following a multimillion-dollar renovation.

ARTE Hotels chose Expotel Hospitality Services to manage a 243-room Holiday Inn in Brentwood, TN, a Nashville suburb.

The former Jiuzhai Paradise Holiday Resort, Jiuzhaigou, China, rebranded as the InterContinental Resort Jiuzhai Paradise, following a $6-million renovation.

Marcus Hotels and Resorts

Marcus was selected by Pedcor City Center Development Company to manage a luxury boutique hotel in Carmel, IN. The independent hotel will have between 120 and 140 rooms and will open in 2010.

Marriott International

Courtyard by Marriott properties are now open in Middleton, WI; Canton, OH; and Oxford, AL.

A 92-suite Residence Inn by Marriott opened in Billings, MT. It is managed by InterMountain Management, LLC.

A 105-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott opened in Pearland, TX. It is owned and managed by Omkar Enterprise, LLP.

An 81-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott opened in Burley, ID. It is owned by the Joseph R. Petersen Family Trust and managed by InterMountain Management, LLC.

Quanah Hospitality Partners

Quanah plans to expand the Value Place brand, developing 150-200 Value Place properties, or approximately 20,000 beds, within the next five years. There are currently 52 hotels in the system.

Red Roof Inn

New Red Roofs opened recently in Brainerd, MN and Gatlinburg, TN. Ram Ratan Corp. owns and operates the 53-room property in Gatlinburg.

Settle Inns

Mark Foster, a South Dakota-based investor, signed an franchise agreement to build four Settle Inn properties in Gillette, WY; Sioux Falls, SD; and Bismark, ND. Foster will open one property a year starting later this year.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

The 400-room Shangri-La Hotel, Mumbai (India) is slated to open at the end of 2009. It is owned by Pallazzio Hotel and Leisure Limited.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Three new aloft hotels are slated to open in 2008 in Glendale, AZ; Green Bay, WI; and Philadelphia, PA.

Other alofts on the drawing board include properties in Brooklyn, NY and Oak Brook, IL.

JHM Hotels plans to build an Element Hotel in Orlando near the convention center.

The new-build 210-unit Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, CO is due to open in summer, 2008. Its developer is East West Partners. The property is being constructed as a green resort and is on pace to achieve LEED certification.

Vagabond Franchise System

The company opened five new franchise locations in Albuquerque, NM and Modesto, Fresno, San Francisco and Hemet, CA.

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