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AmericInn International

A 61-room AmericInn Lodge & Suites opened in Waconia, MN. The property features an indoor recreation area with a pool, sauna and whirlpool.

Best Western

Properties recently joining the membership organization include the Best Western Dulles Airport, Sterling, VA; the Best Western Mineola Inn (TX); the Best Western Belle Meade Inn, Nashville; the Best Western Bennettsville Inn (SC); and the Best Western McComb Inn and Suites (MS).

Carlson Hotels

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson hotels are now open in Pinesville, LA.; Panama City Beach, FL; Columbus, GA; St. George, UT; Dayton, OH; and Chester, VA.

Chicago-based Portfolio Hotels & Resorts will manage the 580-room Radisson LAX in Los Angeles.

Choice Hotels

Atlanta-based Hotel Equities added a management contract for the 124-room Comfort Inn-Newport News (VA).

A 114-suite Cambria Suites opened in Bloomington, MN, becoming the fourth to open nationwide. Developer Buffalo Lodging Associates signed a franchise agreement for a Cambria Suites in Fort Myers, FL.

Winport Developments will develop a minimum of 25 MainStay Suites and Suburban Extended Stay Hotels in Canada. All are expected to open by September 2010.

The 95-room Fairfield Inn in Harrisburg, PA will become a Quality Inn under Growth Properties Hospitality Management.

Global Hyatt

Hyatt Place Boston/Medford (MA) opened with 157 completely renovated rooms.

LodgeWorks signed a contract with Sequoia Development to manage the first new-build Hyatt Summerfield Suites prototype near Salt Lake City. The 137-suite property recently broke ground in Sandy, UT.

Atlanta-based Noble Investment Group acquired the Richardson Hotel in Dallas. Noble will invest $6.4 million in a property improvement plan and convert it to a Hyatt Regency.

Hilton Hotels

The 149-room Hilton Garden Inn Hampton Coliseum Central opened at the Power Plant of Hampton Roads (VA). LTD Management owns and operates the property.

Church of God in Christ and Area Hotels broke ground on the a Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Memphis.

The first Hampton by Hilton in Europe is scheduled to open in Corby, England toward the end of 2008. HHC also has franchise agreements to build Hampton by Hilton hotels in Derby City Centre and Quarry Hill Leeds.

The 102-room Hampton Inn & Suites Rohnert Park/Sonoma County (CA) opened.

Greater Fort Lauderdale tourism officials selected Hilton to build a 1,000-room anchor hotel for the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Florida.

Davidson Hotel Company signed a management agreement to operate the 256-room Hilton Pompano Beach Resort (FL), scheduled to open in 2010.

Hilton signed a management agreement for the Doubletree Cariari by Hilton in San Jose, Costa Rica. After a series of renovations, the 222-room property was scheduled to open in January.

InterContinental Hotels Group

IHG opened the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Resort (FL) and the Crowne Plaza Somerset-Bridgewater (NJ). A Crowne Plaza is scheduled to open in Edison, NJ in the second quarter of 2008 after a multi-million-dollar renovation. The Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore is scheduled to open in 2009 after extensive renovations.

A Holiday Inn Express is planned for Antigo, WI. The 60-room hotel is expected to open this year.

The Staybridge Suites Sacramento Natomas (CA) was the brand's 22nd opening in 2007. A Staybridge Suites in Lafayette, LA is scheduled to break ground later this year.

A Candlewood Suites opened in Owasso, OK. Hospitality Management Corporation will manage the 88-suite hotel.

La Quinta

The La Quinta Inn & Suites in Juarez, Mexico opened recently. The 89-room hotel is the first franchised La Quinta in the country. More franchise agreements are expected in multiple markets in Mexico.

Marriott International

Following a $15-million renovation, the rebranded Courtyard by Marriott Logan Airport in Boston will open July 1. The 356-room Holiday Inn remains open during the renovations.

Marriott also opened the Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach and the Courtyard Fort Myers in Florida.

A 208-room Residence Inn by Marriott broke ground in Phoenix. It is the eighth Marriott-branded hotel owned by the Finvarb Group. Residence Inn by Marriott hotels opened in Ridgeland, MS and Glendale, AZ. Hansji Hotels broke ground on a Residence Inn by Marriott in San Diego.

The 154-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott-Inner Harbor at Historic Brewers' Park in Baltimore broke ground and will become the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified hotel in the city.

Settle Inn & Suites

A new 45-unit Settle Inn & Suites will be built in Harlan, IA. It will be the third Settle Inn & Suites in Iowa.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

The 155-room aloft Minneapolis broke ground in Minnesota. Starwoods' new lifestyle brand will also be coming to Wilmington, DE.

The Washington D.C. metropolitan area will get two extended-stay ELEMENT hotels, one at the Baltimore/Washington International Airport in 2009 and another at the Dulles Parkway Center in Dulles, VA in February 2010.

Hicks Holdings and Gatehouse Capital will build an aloft and a Westin Hotel on five acres in Glorypark, a mixed-use development in Arlington, TX. The $232-million project will also include residences atop both properties. The hotels are scheduled to open in 2010.

The Four Points by Sheraton Manassas Battlefield (VA) opened with 158 rooms. Paragon Hotel and Banquet will open the Four Points by Sheraton Atlanta-Duluth later this year.

The Sheraton Kansas City Sports Complex Hotel opened in Kansas City with 374 rooms.

The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center hotel opened. The 236-room hotel is a part of a 38-story high-rise tower, the tallest building in the state of Virginia.

US Franchise Ststems

Microtel Inn & Suites will develop seven new hotels in Canada. Two will be in Ontario in London and Woodstock. The other five will be in Atlantic Canada, in St. John and Moncton, New Brunswick and Halifax, Dartmouth and Sydney, Nova Scotia. The Ontario hotels are scheduled to break ground in March and open next fall and the rest will break ground later this year.

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