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Alternative loyalty program Universal Points launches   17 Dec, 2014

The Universal Points program works by giving guests 5 percent of what they spend at a Universal Points hotel back as a reward through PayPal or Virtual Visa after their stay - as long as they book direct with the hotel and not through an online travel agency. Participating hotels do not pay...More>>

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Accor and China Lodging form alliance for Chinese expansion   15 Dec, 2014

China Lodging, also known as Huazhu, said it will open between 350 and 400 new budget and mid-scale Accor properties in the coming years. The alliance is jointing Accor's brands with China Lodging's 1,900 hotels already under operation in China. Accor currently operates 3,700 hotels in over 90...More>>

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In W Bogota, Starwood expands brand in Latin America   15 Dec, 2014

Owned by Terranum and operated by Starwood, W Bogota is the 46th W Hotel worldwide and third W Hotel in Latin America after W Santiago and W Mexico City. The hotel has 168 guestrooms and suites. Starwood currently has 84 hotels in operation and 16 in the pipeline.More>>

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STR data show Asia Pacific has 2,433 hotels under development   15 Dec, 2014

Among the countries in the region, China, reported the most rooms under construction with 147,991 rooms. Five other countries reported more than 6,000 rooms under construction: India (29,013 rooms); Indonesia (28,806 rooms); Malaysia (12,124 rooms); Japan (8,138 rooms); and Philippines (7,459...More>>

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New Sheraton to open in Croatia in 2015   15 Dec, 2014

Scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2015, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel will mark Starwood's entry into Dubrovnik and will be the company's fourth hotel in Croatia. The hotel will be located along the Dubrovnik Riviera, a 12-mile stretch of coastline that runs from the old city of...More>>

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Judge voids Brookfield's bid for the Revel Atlantic City   12 Dec, 2014

The ongoing drama for the survival of the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City continues as judge in bankruptcy court toady voided the proposed sale of the property to a Canadian firm.More>>

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Radisson Blu Convention Center to open in Riyadh in Q2 2017   12 Dec, 2014

The 200-room property is scheduled to open in Q2 2017. Carlson Rezidor's total portfolio in Saudi Arabia now comprises 23 hotels and 4,200 rooms in operation and under development. Eight of these properties are located in Riyadh.More>>

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Virgin Hotel Chicago plans soft opening on Jan 15.   12 Dec, 2014

By Jan. 15., the hotel's 292 rooms will be ready for occupancy, along with the Commons Club, a multi-room restaurant and bar on the hotel's second floor. A second diner-style eatery called Miss Ricky's is expected to open late February, while the rooftop lounge, yet to be named, won't debut until...More>>

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Starwood opens its first Element hotel in New Hampshire   12 Dec, 2014

Element Hanover-Lebanon has 120 rooms, and is located at the entrance of Altaria Business Park. The new property is part of of a mixed-use complex owned and developed by Norwich Partners. The hotel is managed by True North Hotel Group. More>>

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Alexandria, La., seeks consulting agreement with hotel managers   10 Dec, 2014

Alexandria officials will work toward a consulting agreement with the company managing the Alexander Fulton Hotel for advice on ways to get the most out of the downtown convention-related facilities, including the Riverfront Center. The details of the consultation haven't yet been worked out, but...More>>




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