Choice Hotels International entered into a new strategic venture with CapStar Hotel Company, a hotel investment group, to help drive growth for the Cambria Hotels & Suites brand. The partnership will focus on the brand's new conversion strategy in top urban areas, bringing hotels to market quickly based on consumer demand that comes on the heels of a growth year for Cambria.
Cambria Hotels & Suites signed 26 deals in 2015 and started off the New Year with the grand opening of its newest and largest property, Cambria Hotels & Suites Times Square. Additional new properties are set to open in major urban markets across the country, including Chicago, New Orleans and Los Angeles. In total, Cambria Hotels & Suites has more than 30 new locations in the pipeline.
"The growth we saw for the Cambria brand in 2015 was astounding, and with this new conversion approach and strategic venture with CapStar, we will continue to fuel that growth into 2016," said Steve Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International. "We are excited to partner with Paul Whetsell and CapStar. The team's experience and expertise in property acquisitions and conversions will be invaluable to the Cambria brand as we continue to build and grow in key urban markets across the country."
As part of the new conversion strategy, Cambria hotels & suites will begin to leverage adaptive reuse properties as part of its development strategy to help drive additional growth. Through this new approach, the Cambria brand plans to supplement other development efforts to create new opportunities in major urban markets.
The new strategic venture with CapStar Hotel Company is the latest in a line of successful strategic relationships Choice and the Cambria brand have executed with a collection of the industry's top developers, including Concord Hospitality Enterprises, Fillmore Hospitality, Fillmore Capital Partners, Meyer Jabara Hotels, O'Reilly Hospitality Management and Murphy Asset Management.