Reimagining Meetings Spaces: Inspired by People, for People, and the Way they Collaborate

Marriott Hotels | August 7, 2013

August 7, 2013 - London – Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International (NYSE:MAR), is "re-imagining" traditional meeting spaces to meet a growing demand for more inspiring and creative work environments. Marriott Hotels is re-thinking everything from boardrooms, breakouts and pre-function spaces, taking a holistic approach to meetings and seamlessly integrating service, technology and contemporary design. The Munich Marriott Hotel and Amsterdam Marriott Hotel will be the first hotels in Europe to offer the "people-inspired" meeting spaces, opening in September 2013. Research conducted by Marriott and the publishers o...

First Two Hotel Openings for EVEN™ Hotels Brand to be in Rockville, Maryland & Norwalk, Connecticut

August 6, 2013

ATLANTA, Aug. 6, 2013 -- IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG; NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] today announces the signing of two EVEN™ Hotels properties, confirming locations for the highly-anticipated first hotels and continuing development momentum for the holistic wellness brand. The hotels, located at 1775 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Md., and 426 Main Avenue in Norwalk, Conn., are strategically located in major feeder markets for Washington, D.C. and New York City, and are well-suited to meet the demands of the large population of wellness-minded people living in and traveling to those areas. "We are excited to add these two new prop...

Jean-Paul Nel Named GM of Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St. Thomas (USVI)

Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort | August 5, 2013

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (August 5, 2013) - Jean-Paul Nel has been named General Manager of Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. In this position, he will oversee the overall operations of the iconic 450-room property on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. A 30-year Marriott veteran, Nel most recently served as Area Vice President for the UK North region, which is a part of Marriott Europe. Prior to this, he held the position of Vice President of Operations for UKIMEA (United Kingdom, Ireland, Middle East, and Africa), where he oversaw all operational aspects of the region and played a key role in the developme...

Puerto Rico’s 571-room Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza Rebranded as The Condado Plaza Hilton

The Condado Plaza Hilton | August 5, 2013

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico and MCLEAN, Va. - August 05, 2013 - Hilton Hotels & Resorts announced today that the 571-room hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, formerly known as Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza, has been renamed and rebranded as The Condado Plaza Hilton. Joining more than 550 Hilton hotels and resorts in 79 countries across six continents, The Condado Plaza Hilton now represents the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand's fourth hotel on the island. Designed by renowned architect Morris Lapidus, the Condado Plaza - the hotel's original name - was inaugurated in 1963. Since then, the San Juan hotel has shared a wealth of names, includi...

Hotel Equities and Hotel Development Partners to Develop a Hampton Inn & Suites in Dunwoody, Georgia

Hotel Equities (HE) | August 5, 2013

Atlanta, GA-August 05, 2013 - Atlanta-based Hotel Equities ( and its joint venture partner, Hotel Development Partners (HDP), recently gained City of Dunwoody approval to develop a mixed-use project in the Dunwoody/Perimeter Center area of Atlanta. This project will include a seven-story, 132-room Hampton Inn & Suites at the corner of Ashford Dunwoody Road and Perimeter Center North, just outside I-285 across from the highly popular Perimeter Center Mall in Dunwoody, Georgia. The location is approximately 12 miles from downtown Atlanta and 22 miles north of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It stands wi...

Waterford Hotel Group Names Lori Woll Director of Sales at Connecticut’s Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa

Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa | August 2, 2013

Groton, CT (August 2, 2013) - Waterford Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Lori Woll to the Director of Sales position for the renowned 285-room Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa, located in Groton, CT. Woll previously served as Director of Catering for the Mystic Marriott from 2006 to 2009. The Mystic Marriott is managed by Waterford Hotel Group, a national hotel and convention center management firm. "We are delighted to welcome Lori back to the Mystic Marriott," said Brien Fox, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Waterford Hotel Group. "Lori's prior experience with the award-winning Mystic Marriott, coupled with her ext...

The 115-room DoubleTree by Hilton Pune – Chinchwad Opens in India

DoubleTree By Hilton | August 1, 2013

PUNE, India - August 1, 2013 - Hilton Worldwide today announced the launch of DoubleTree by Hilton Pune - Chinchwad, the first international hotel brand to open in Chinchwad - Pimpri. Located in the heart of the Pune district's information technology and industrial belt, the 115-room property boasts upscale accommodations and amenities, including four food and beverage venues, an executive lounge, 24-hour business centre, versatile meeting and events spaces, pool, fitness centre and spa. DoubleTree by Hilton Pune - Chinchwad is conveniently located near more than 8,000 of the area's key businesses and manufacturers, including Hyundai, F...

Marriott Reports Q2 2013 Net Income of $179 M, Systemwide RevPAR Up 4.7%

Marriott International, Inc. | August 1, 2013

BETHESDA, Md., July 31, 2013 - View the full press release with supporting tables. SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS Second quarter diluted EPS totaled $0.57, a 36 percent increase over prior year results. Operating income increased $36 million in the second quarter to $279 million, including an estimated $20 million increase relating to the change in the fiscal calendar; North American comparable company-operated REVPAR rose 5.3 percent in the second quarter with average daily rate up 4.3 percent; On a constant dollar basis, worldwide comparable systemwide REVPAR rose 4.7 percent in the second quarter, including a 3.2 percent increase in ...

New Castle Opens Dual-Branded Marriotts in Downtown Syracuse, New York

The Courtyard by Marriott | July 31, 2013

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - July 31, 2013 - Officials of New Castle Hotels and Resorts, a leading hotel owner, operator and developer, and RHS Holdings, LLC, a prominent, Syracuse-based real estate development firm, today unveiled the first new-build hotels in downtown Syracuse in more than five decades with the official ribbon cutting of the new Courtyard by Marriott/ Residence Inn Syracuse Downtown at Armory Square. The combination hotel, a 78- room Residence Inn and 102-room Courtyard by Marriott constructed under one roof, is located in the heart of the city's historic Armory Square district and anchors the Connective Corridor that links downt...

R. D. Olson Development and Marriott Open the 149-suite Residence Inn Hotel in Tustin, California

Residence Inn | July 29, 2013

Tustin, California - July 29, 2013 - The 149-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Tustin, California is scheduled to open this Thursday, August 1, 2013 and will feature the brand's innovative, new design. Located at 15181 Newport Avenue, the Residence Inn Tustin Orange County is owned by R. D. Olson Development and managed by Marriott International, Inc. Located four miles from John Wayne Airport-Orange County and 10 minutes from Disneyland, the Residence Inn Tustin Orange County offers guests convenient access to The District, Angel Stadium of Anaheim and South Coast Plaza. Rates vary depending on length of stay. "We are pleased to intro...

Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. Awarded Hampton Developer of the Year by Hilton

Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. | July 26, 2013

Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. announced that it was named the 2012 Developer of the Year for the Hampton Brand by Hilton Worldwide. President & CEO Mitch Patel of the Chattanooga-based company said, "We couldn't be happier about this accomplishment and our longstanding partnership with Hilton. We have the greatest confidence in the Hampton Brand and the team at Hilton." Vision is currently on pace to open five Hampton-branded properties this year. ...

IHG Signs the 229-room Holiday Inn Rome – Pisana; To Open in Q4 2013 Following Conversion

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) | July 24, 2013

24 July, 2013 - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) one of the world's largest hotel companies, has announced the signing of its third Holiday Inn hotel in Rome, the Holiday Inn Rome – Pisana. Holiday Inn Rome – Pisana is due to open in quarter four of 2013, following a conversion from an existing hotel brand to an IHG branded hotel, and will operate under a franchise agreement with Roma Ovest S.r.l., part of JSH Group. Boasting 229 bedrooms, two restaurants and an elegant lounge bar, the Holiday Inn Rome – Pisana is ideal for leisure travellers wanting to relax in a modern welcoming environment. The hotel's seven meeting rooms eq...

The 460-room Hilton Times Square in NYC Completes $15 Million Hotel Revitalization Project

Hilton Hotels & Resorts | July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013 - NEW YORK - Hilton Worldwide proudly announces a fresh chapter in the life of Hilton Times Square. The iconic, upscale full-service hotel in New York, New York, features 460 all-new guest rooms (including two all-new suites). Drawing on inspiration from Times Squares' history, formally known as Long Acre Square, the design direction for the newly renovated hotel is based on the "squares" history. This boutique-style property is perfectly situated on famous 42nd Street in the heart of Times Square excitement. Hilton Times Square was originally built in 2000. The hotel features a modernist facade of geometric shapes in prim...

IHG to Open 57-room Hotel Indigo Paris – Opera in 2014 Through a Property Renovation and Conversion

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) | July 22, 2013

22 July, 2013 - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading global hotel companies, is proud to announce the signing of a management agreement with Société Foncière Lyonnaise (SFL) for the development of Hotel Indigo Paris – Opera, France. Located just a few steps from Opera Garnier and the InterContinental Paris Le Grand, this addition follows the recent signings of the Hotel Indigo boutique brand in Rome and Brighton. The property is owned by Société Foncière Lyonnaise (SFL) one of the largest real estate owners in France. The property, currently trading under an existing brand, will undergo major renovatio...

The 194-room Courtyard by Marriott Aberdeen Airport Hotel Opens in the UK

Marriott Hotels | July 18, 2013

London - July 18, 2013 – Marriott International revealed the new European-inspired design of its upper-moderate Courtyard by Marriott brand with the opening of the 194-room Courtyard by Marriott Aberdeen Airport Hotel in the United Kingdom. As the first example of the design model announced in 2011, the property is a welcome addition to the brand's offering of 45 hotels in Europe and more than 900 hotels worldwide. Boasting a contemporary and fresh new design and enhanced room functionality, the new Courtyard model is designed to be more locally relevant and appeal to the European traveller. The Courtyard Aberdeen Airport Hotel is the...

IHG Opens the First InterContinental Hotel in Nigeria, the 358-room InterContinental Lagos

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) | July 18, 2013

18 July, 2013 - Lagos, Nigeria: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened InterContinental Lagos, its first hotel in Nigeria and the company's first InterContinental hotel in West Africa. The 358-room InterContinental Lagos is located on Victoria Island, the Nigerian city's business and diplomatic hub, home to numerous embassies and multinational companies. Close to Lagos Creek, the 23-story hotel offers guests stunning panoramic views of the Gulf of Guinea. Lagos is the largest city in the country, as well as one of the biggest and fastest-growing cities in Africa. The hotel is set to appeal to local residents and international tr...

Marriott and CJSC Crocus International to Open Moscow Marriott Hotel Crocus City in Russia in 2016

Marriott Hotels | July 18, 2013

London - July 18, 2013 – Marriott International, Inc. has announced plans to open the 250-room Moscow Marriott Hotel Crocus City in Russia under a management agreement with CJSC Crocus International. The hotel is expected to open in 2016 and will be part of the company's signature global brand, Marriott Hotels, and 10th property opened or signed in the Moscow area. "We are expanding our footprint in Russia and look forward to having a Marriott Hotel in this emerging and popular destination outside of Moscow," said Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International in Europe. "Russia continues to be a major focus ...

Hilton Worldwide to Debut in Estonia with the Signing of Hilton Tallinn, Slated for 2016 Opening

Hilton Hotels & Resorts | July 18, 2013

July 18, 2013 - TALLINN, Estonia - Set to open in the heart of Estonia's historic capital, Hilton Tallinn becomes Hilton Worldwide's first property to be announced in the Baltic States. The upscale hotel is expected to begin welcoming guests in 2016 and will be located just a few minutes' walk from the historic old town and major commercial areas of the city, making it an ideal choice for both business and leisure guests. The announcement comes following the signing of a management agreement by Hilton Worldwide with project owner Fortuna Travel OÜ, part of the Olympic Entertainment Group that is publicly listed on the Tallinn and Warsa...

July 30th Opening Set for the Dual-Branded Courtyard and Residence Inn Hotels in Syracuse, New York

Marriott International, Inc. | July 18, 2013

Managed by New Castle Hotels & Resorts Syracuse, New York - July 18, 2013 - Marriott today announced the opening of a combined 102-room Courtyard Syracuse Downtown at Armory Square and 78-suite Residence Inn Syracuse Downtown at Armory Square in Syracuse, New York. Scheduled to open on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, the hotels were developed by the Inns at Armory Square, LLC, and will be managed by New Castle Hotels & Resorts of Shelton, Connecticut. Located eight miles from Syracuse Hancock International Airport, the hotels anchor the city's new Connective Corridor, which links Armory Square with Syracuse University, and mark the late...

Holiday Inn Express Hotel Breaks Ground in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico; Slated to Open in Summer 2014

July 16, 2013

Xalapa, Ver (July 15, 2013) - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Selfi Grupo Operador de Estacionamientos, S.A. de C.V., recently celebrated the ground break on April 22nd of the Holiday Inn Express® Hotel Xalapa. Prominent personalities who attended the ground-breaking ceremony included José Antonio Mansur Beltrán, Federal Delegate of the Economy Ministry, (SE), Carlos Canales Freeman, Chairman State of the Association of Industrial of the State of Veracruz A.C. (Aievac), members of Congress of State and executives, and members of the construction company GILCA among others. Slated to open summer 2014, the construction of this ...

IHG and Felicity Asset Co. Sign Agreement to Build Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre, Thailand

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) | July 15, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand, 15 July: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's largest hotel companies, and Felicity Asset Co. Ltd have signed an agreement to build Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre, the first IHG property in Rayong. The 300-room property will be situated in the heart of Rayong's city centre adjacent to the Laemtong Shopping Mall. It is conveniently located close to ten of Thailand's major industrial parks including the Eastern Seaboard Industrial Park and Map Ta Phut Industrial Park. Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre will be the first international branded hotel in Rayong's city centre. The...

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley Completes $9 Million Renovation of Guest Rooms and Public Spaces

Marriott Hotels & Resorts | July 12, 2013

San Diego, C.A. (July 12, 2013) - The San Diego Marriott Mission Valley has just completed a $9 million renovation project, it was announced by Erikk Hilgert, General Manager. According to Mr. Hilgert, the renovation encompassed the hotel lobby, all 350 guest rooms, six new Parlor Suites, an additional floor of Concierge Rooms to accommodate Marriott Rewards® travelers, the Concierge Lounge, and outdoor spaces. "We spent a great deal of time listening to guest comments with regard to what they felt would enhance their experience, and as a result, our renovation plan included many of these improvements as well as items which we felt wou...

Washington DC Marriott at Metro Center Completes Multi-Million Dollar Guestroom Renovation

Washington Marriott at Metro Center | July 12, 2013

Washington, DC - July 12, 2013 – The Washington Marriott at Metro Center, situated at 775 12th Street and H Street, NW, announced today the completion of the renovation of its 459 guestrooms and suites, a multi-million investment by its owners, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. In addition to the new look of the guestrooms; the hotel is an early adopter of Marriott Hotels' new mobile check-in, allowing smartphone users a convenient, easier and faster way to check-in. Marriott Hotels is the signature brand within the Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) global portfolio. "We are thrilled with our guestrooms' new look and to be one of ...

Home2 Suites by Hilton® Opens Nashville, Tennessee Airport Location

Home2 Suites by Hilton | July 12, 2013

MCLEAN Va. - July 12, 2013 - Home2 Suites by Hilton, the award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand by Hilton Worldwide designed for modern business travelers and extended-stay guests, today announced the opening of its 19th U.S. hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Nashville-Airport. The first guest to check-in yesterday received a Nook tablet. "Nashville is a growing market for the extended stay segment, with the many businesses, universities and local attractions located in the area," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites by Hilton. "We are excited to share our hip and humble offering with our guests and the local community, and we...

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