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​Banyan Investment Group, Investra Investments purchase Albany Hampton   22 May, 2015

The property will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation during the next few months that are reportedly expected to meet or exceed the architectural and design standards specified by Hilton Worldwide. More>>

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TRYP by Wyndham to enter the Philippines   22 May, 2015

Under the terms of the agreement with franchisee Microtel Inns & Suites (Pilipinas) Inc., at least eight TRYP by Wyndham hotels will be developed in the country over 10 years, with the first property expected to open at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City in 2016. More>>

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Oaktree Capital sells Hawaii's Fairmont Orchid for $200M   18 May, 2015

The Fairmont Orchid hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii has been sold to South Korea-based Mirae Asset, one of Asia’s largest independent financial services firms, for $200.3 million. Mirae Asset formed Maps Orchid Hotel LLC for the ownership of the hotel, and the sale reportedly closed on Friday.More>>

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Choice Hotels kicks off 2015 conference with strong numbers, legislative concerns   13 May, 2015

With a new logo and advertising plan in place, Choice Hotels is taking steps to improve guest retention. But new legislation concerns in Washington may change how franchise businesses make money.More>>

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Wyndham opens in Chongqing, China   13 May, 2015

The 390-room hotel, which is managed by Wyndham Hotel Group, is connected to the Yuelai International Convention Center. It offers five restaurants and lounges, a heated indoor swimming pool, fitness center, spa, concierge service and a business center.More>>

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Qatar Airways buys Novotel in Scotland    11 May, 2015

Qatar Airways has acquired the Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel in Scotland. The hotel will continue to be managed and operated under the Novotel brand by Accor, which operates more than 3,700 hotels worldwide. The hotel is the second hotel acquisition by Qatar Airways outside of Qatar, where it owns...More>>

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Carlson Rezidor strengthens portfolio in Saudi Arabia and re-enters Libya   11 May, 2015

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is further strengthening its portfolio in the Middle East. The company reportedly signed six new projects in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, as well as one hotel in Libya, which marks Rezidor's re-entry to the country. Across the Middle East, Rezidor now operates and...More>>

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Starwood makes leadership changes and announces Middle East plans   8 May, 2015

The company announced a global shake-up of its leadership, starting with the appointment of John Peyton to the new role of SVP, brands and shared services. It also plans to double its portfolio in the Middle East, opening 50 hotels by 2019.More>>

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UAE's Al Habtoor and Ritz-Carlton combine on Budapest project   6 May, 2015

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has signed a deal with Al Habtoor Group to open a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hungary's capital city, Budapest. The 192-room hotel will overlook Erzsébet square with views of St Stephen's Basilica. The hotel will be a conversion project. The property will undergo an...More>>

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Are hotel brands being sapped of their sizzle? No way!   5 May, 2015

Hotel brands are continually put under the microscope—poked and prodded like some kind of lab animal. Many today—in the age of OTAs and other intermediaries—argue that brands have lost some value. They are wrong. Here's why. More>>




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