Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) announced that it has named Robert McDowell to the newly-created position of senior vice president of global distribution. In this role, he will be responsible for the development and execution of Choice's growing global, multi-channel marketing and distribution strategy. Mr. McDowell will report to Patrick Pacious, executive vice president, global strategy, distribution and technology.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts today expanded its global portfolio to 78 countries with the opening of its first hotel in Equatorial Guinea - Hilton Malabo. Located between Equatorial Guinea's capital city and the International Airport, Hilton Malabo features 187-rooms, including 12 suites. The opening marks the second new country entered by the brand in three days following the opening of Hilton Windhoek in Namibia on May 28.
26-27 MAY 2011 – In Turkey, the number of hotel rooms increased 67% over the last decade. In 2009, Turkey climbed up to 15th position in relation to the tourism and travel industry revenue recorded by World Travel and Tourism Council. In addition to tourism, business and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) also made significant contribution to the increase in hotel room demand. With this increase in tourism, hotels have been expanding at a phenomenal pace across Turkey.
Travelodge Hotels Ltd. is launching a new budget hotel concept, Metro, that will include properties of less than 40 guestrooms and will target adaptive reuse conversions in highly sought-after urban locations.