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LXR Luxury Resorts selected TIG Global as its agency of record to manage website design and Internet marketing services for the company's 23 properties and its portal site, www.LuxuryResorts.com.

Choice Hotels International recently approved A-1 Textiles & Hospitality Products to be part of its Hotel Vendor program. A-1 offers to the chain the Choice tagged towels, as well as a complete line of other linen products.

Brussels-based RezidorSAS Hospitality selected VingCard Elsafe as a preferred vendor of electronic locking systems and in-room safes for the company's 271 hotels in 49 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Telephone supplier TeleMatrix, Inc. last month merged with Scitec, Inc., a telephone set manufacturer and VoIP solutions provider. Both companies will retain their brands, products and distribution channels in the marketplace.

Zontec Ozone, which markets electronic ozone-generated air deodorizers and purifiers to hotels, became the first corporate sponsor of Fresh Stay, an online directory of hotels that promote better indoor air quality.

Tony Carey joined Fox Cable Networks' Business and Legal Affairs Department as vice president, production. He previously held the same title at Brad Grey Television and its predecessor company, Brillstein Grey Entertainment.

Gatehouse Capital Corp., a Dallas-based real estate and development firm, hired four new executives: David Perel to senior vice president, capital markets; Caroline Lerner, vice president, development; Alice Murray, vice president, design and construction; and Sanjib Sah, vice president, design and construction.

Harvey Weinreb joined The Schonbraun McCann Group as a principal. Other appointments at the real estate financial consulting firm include Deborah Friedland as director and co-head of hospitality consulting services, Steven Kurtz as director of valuation services and Ronald Shapiro as director in the firm's lender services division.

Two California hotels — Le Montrose Suites Hotel of Beverly Hills and Pala Mesa Resort in San Diego County — hired 689 Design to design and manage their websites.

AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp. renewed its partnership with the Cornell Hotel School's Center for Hospitality Research. The new sponsorship agreement runs through 2009.

Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services became an associate member of IAHI, the Owners Association of InterContinental Hotels Group.

The Langham Place Hotel in Hong Kong signed a long-term agreement with NXTV Asia Ltd. for video-on-demand movies, high-speed TV Internet access, IP video games and other services.

Several hotels recently installed procurement software from Adaco Services: the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale (AZ); the Sheraton in Sana'a, Yemen; and the Jumeirah Essex House in New York City.

Commercial real estate broker Sperry Van Ness expanded its presence in the Houston market with the appointment of Greer Lee as senior investment advisor in the area.

NAI Global Hotels is a new firm that provides real estate services to private and institutional owners, investors, developers and operators in the lodging industry. The firm is a unit of NAI Global, a network of independently owned commercial real estate brokerage firms.

Hatchett Hospitality recently purchased a 19,000-square-foot building in Griffin, GA to serve as its design center and showroom. The firm provides design, purchasing, installation and transportation services to the hotel business.

The Jerde Partnership, a Los Angeles-based architecture and urban planning firm, hired James Jackson as hospitality design director. Most recently, Jackson was vice president of design and construction for The Kor Group.

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