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NEWS | Sheraton Opens Second Hotel in Greater Hartford

Sheraton Opens Second Hotel in Greater HartfordStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the opening of the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel. Owned by Merced Partners and managed by Wischermann Partners, the former Marriott hotel is undergoing a $6 million renovation and conversion project to meet Sheraton brand standards.

NEWS| New Property Added to Portfolio of Hospitality Management Corporation

New Property Added to Portfolio of Hospitality Management Corporation
Leo Spriggs, President/CEO of Hospitality Management Corporation, is pleased to announce the signing of a new property management contract adding to HMC’s growing portfolio of properties. The newly contracted hotel is located in Garland, Texas: The Holiday Inn Garland is conveniently located in the northeast suburbs of Dallas and exceeds all expectations with its quality service. The Hotel offers 134 rooms, 31 suites and 4,000 sq. ft. of flexible function space.

NEWS | Novotel Opens Its Doors In Vietnam's Southern City

Novotel Opens Its Doors In Vietnam's Southern CityMr. Patrick Basset, Senior Vice President, Accor Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, says, “Novotel Saigon Centre’s prime location makes it an ideal place to stay when visiting this city. We are proud to introduce this new Novotel hotel as it completes the spectrum of Accor hotel brands that guests visiting the city can choose from – from luxury Sofitel, upper-midscale Novotel, to economy ibis. Saigon now has an Accor hotel to meet all travellers’ budgets and expectations.”

NEWS| Langham Hospitality Group Officially Launches In Sydney

Langham Hospitality Group Officially Launches In Sydney
Langham Hospitality Group has arrived in Sydney with the acquisition of The Observatory Hotel which becomes The Langham, Sydney today. The property will be a truly glittering centerpiece amidst the city’s renowned landmarks and gives Langham a strategic position for brand expansion in this key feeder city. Located near Sydney’s

NEWS | HVS EMEA Hospitality Newsletter – Week Ending 10 August 2012

MORE ASCOTT APARTMENTS FOR LONDON There were seven wonders in the ancient world and soon there will be seven Ascott properties in London. Singapore-based serviced residence operator Ascott has bought the Cavendish London on Jermyn Street, in Mayfair, from Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay for £158.8 million. Ascott is to take over the four-star, 230-room property, which the Barclay brothers purchased for £100 million in 2006, at the end of the year,

NEWS| Mahindra Holidays & Resorts acquires Royal Courts Jaisalmer from Divine Heritage Hotels

Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India today said it has acquired 'Royal Courts Jaisalmer', a 74-room resort from Divine Heritage Hotels for an undisclosed amount. The company has purchased "100 per cent equity share capital of Divine Heritage Hotels Pvt Ltd,", Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India (MHRIL) said a statement.

NEWS| Aloft Hotels to debut in South Korea in Oct 2014

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. yesterday announced it will debut its Aloft brand in South Korea in October 2014, signing an agreement with development partner Youngshin Hrd. Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of OKHOW Co., Ltd. The 120-room Aloft Suwon, will add to the brand's global expansion plan and growth momentum in Asia Pacific that has been building up in recent years. "We are pleased to partner with Youngshin to bring the Aloft brand to South Korea for the first time," said Stephen Ho, President,

NEWS | Minor Hotel Group adds new property in Phuket, Thailand

Minor Hotel Group (MHG) earlier this week announced addition of a new property to its portfolio in Phuket, Thailand. Located on Layan Beach, Bundarika Villas & Suites features 77 villas and suites on 400 metres of secluded beach. The property currently is closed for renovation and will re-open as Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa in 2013. In addition to the hotel,

NEWS | Mahindra Holidays acquires Royal Courts Jaisalmer

Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited (MHRIL), with over 147,000 members and 40 resorts across India and abroad, today announced the acquisition of the 74-room Royal Courts Jaisalmer, by purchasing 100 per cent equity share capital of M/s.

NEWS | Accor gauges Asia Pacific business travellers’ preferences

Accor, Accor HotelsAccor in its latest 'Asia Pacific Business Traveller Survey 2012' reported that Chinese and Indian business travellers lead the pack in terms of projected business travel in the second half of 2012 compared to the first six months. The survey collected responses from more than 2,500 respondents in eight countries across Asia Pacific (APAC).

NEWS | Banyan Tree to debut in China in late 2012

Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts will debut its urban resort concept in China with the upcoming launch of properties in Shanghai and Tianjin later this year. Following on the concept’s success in Bangkok, Seoul and Macau, Banyan Tree’s newest urban resorts fuse the group’s signature luxury offerings with the facilities and services of a premier city-based retreat. Banyan Tree Shanghai on The Bund, offering 130 suites;

NEWS | DoubleTree by Hilton plans to debut in Liverpool in 2013

Hilton Worldwide this week announced that it has signed a franchise agreement with Municipal Annex Limited to open the first DoubleTree by Hilton in Liverpool, U K. The 87-room DoubleTree by Hilton Liverpool, expected to open in Summer 2013, will join the brand's rapidly growing portfolio of upscale, full service hotels, including recently added properties in locations such as Leeds,