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Shopping travel site Kayak.com and Internet marketing services provider TIG Global formed a marketing partnership that will allow more than 100 of TIG Global's clients to advertise over the Kayak network.

BC Partners, a European private equity group, purchased the Dometic Group from EQT. The ownership change includes Dometic's North American operations.

Winston Hotels formed a strategic joint venture with GE Commercial Franchise Finance to provide one-stop-shop seamless hotel loans for up to 85 percent of costs, says Winston President & CFO Joseph Green. The venture will focus on financing of new-construction projects.

FSR, Inc. recently received a Caring Community Partner Award from the United Way of Passaic County, NJ. FSR President Jan Sandri accepted the award on behalf of the company.

In-room safe supplier Safemark Systems ranked among the top five percent of service companies in a recent survey of hotel franchisors and operators. Bassich & Associates conducted the study. Recent hotel installations completed by Safemark include Hotel Zoso, Palm Springs, CA; Grafton Hotel on Sunset, Hollywood, CA; Austin (TX) Hilton; the Cliff Lodge, Snowbird, UT; and more.

As part of its recent acquisition of ThompsonCalhounFair, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels formed a Select Service Transaction Advisory Division. The unit's headquarters is in Atlanta.

The Cornell Hotel School formed a partnership with Smith Travel Research in which STR aggregate data will be used in research studies done by the school and its researchers.

Pascal Metivier joined ASSA ABLOY Hospitality as president of its Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America operations. Most recently, he held senior positions with Onity.

Hotel technology hall of famer George Zugmier joined the board of directors of The Softwear Group, a property management systems supplier.

Three full-service hotels — the Westin Atlanta-Buckhead, the Ritz-Carlton Naples (FL) and the Four Seasons Philadelphia — hired Benjamin West to provide ff&e purchasing services for upcoming renovation projects.

The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA chose Wayne, PA-based Boyd Tamney Cross as its marketing agency. The firm will provide direct marketing, print and radio advertising and custom publishing services to the resort.

The Design Group, a special events and meetings firm, named Michael Quatrini as general manager of the Southeast region. He had a similar position with another production company before joining the firm.

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