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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...

When Is a Hilton Not a Hilton?

July 9, 2013

by Bruce Humphrey Hilton is one of if not the most recognizable hotel brand names in the world today. So how can a Hilton hotel not be what it claims to be? Hilton is very conscious of its brand name and the standards required for their name to be over the front door of any property. So when is a Hilton not a Hilton? Recently the Hilton in mid-town New York announced that it will be dropping room service from the end of August at this 1,981 room hotel. The reason for this change in service is financial; the hotel cannot make money so the decision has been made to withdraw the service. A sound business move, or is it? Over recent decades...

Completing Extensive Renovation and Conversion, the DoubleTree by Hilton London – Hyde Park Opens

Westmont Hospitality Group | July 8, 2013

LONDON - July 8, 2013 - DoubleTree by Hilton, one of ten unique brands within Hilton Worldwide, welcomes DoubleTree by Hilton London - Hyde Park to its portfolio, taking the total number of properties in the capital to nine. The hotel is ideally located opposite Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and offers a relaxed city retreat with a focus on style and contemporary comfort. The conversion, which has seen the hotel undergo a £10 million full refurbishment, has created a spacious 24-hour fitness centre, as well as 12 new first floor guest rooms, taking the total number to 228. In September 2013, the hotel will also launch a restaurant w...

The 122-room Holiday Inn® Guayaquil Airport Hotel Opens in Ecuador

Holiday Inn hotels | July 1, 2013

MIAMI - July 1, 2013 – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], one of the world's largest hotel companies, today announced the opening of the 122-room Holiday Inn® Hotel Guayaquil Airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The seven-story new-build hotel is adjacent to the José Joaqu'n de Olmedo International Airport, and is the second IHG®-branded hotel for Ecuador, with the first being the Holiday Inn Express® Quito, located in Ecuador's capital city of Quito. "The addition of the Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport hotel is in line with IHG's strategy to expand our portfolio in all key markets across the region," said Al...

Iconic Paris Hotel to Re-brand as Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel

Marriott Hotels | June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013 - London – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) today announced that the 298-room Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel will join its portfolio of more than 3,800 properties worldwide on 1st July 2013 under a franchise agreement with WB AMBASSADOR SAS. Located in the heart of the city, the historic property will become the most recent addition to Marriott International's signature global brand, Marriott Hotels, and represents the company's 12th property in Paris. "We are delighted to grow our footprint in Paris with this timeless property," said Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International...

The 133-room Holiday Inn Madrid–Las Tablas to Open in Spain in Q3 2013

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) | June 27, 2013

27 June, 2013 - InterContinental Hotels Group's (IHG) Holiday Inn brand continues to grow in Spain, with the signing of Holiday Inn Madrid – Las Tablas. Holiday Inn Madrid – Las Tablas due to open at the beginning of quarter three this year will operate under a franchise agreement with Gestion T3 Hotels who operate four other IHG hotels in Spain. The 133 room hotel is a conversion from an existing hotel, where a renovation project is already under way and is set to provide improved facilities for its guests. Upon completion, the refurbished hotel situated in a new business district in Las Tablas is set to attract domestic and intern...

Downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin 205-room Marriott Opens Ahead of Schedule

June 26, 2013

June 26, 2013 --Downtown Milwaukee's new 205-room Marriott hotel opens Wednesday, weeks ahead of what had been a planned mid-July opening. The hotel, at 323 E. Wisconsin Ave., gives Marriott International Inc. its first full-service brand, with a banquet room and restaurant, in downtown Milwaukee, where there are three other Marriott brands: Residence Inn by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott and the newly branded Fairfield Inn & Suites -- all west of the Milwaukee River. Milwaukee was among the largest U.S. cities that lacked a full-service Marriott hotel. The $54 million hotel, with 130 full- and part-time employees, combines new co...

IHG’s Holiday Inn Signs Three New-Build UK Properties Opening in Q3 2013 and in 2014

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) | June 25, 2013

26 June, 2013 - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) continues to grow its presence in the UK with the signing of three new hotels – Holiday Inn Huntingdon - Racecourse in Cambridgeshire, Holiday Inn Glasgow Green in Scotland and Holiday Inn - Watford Junction in Hertfordshire. The first of the three to open will be Holiday Inn Huntingdon - Racecourse , a 98 room new build due to open its doors in quarter three of 2013. The hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with HP Hotels Limited who also own Holiday Inn Express Nuneaton. In 2014, a franchise agreement with Nine Hospitality LTD will see Holiday Inn - Watford Junction open,...

Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Downtown/Seaport Transforms Historic Warehouse Into Hotel

Residence Inn by Marriott | June 24, 2013

The 120-suite Property is Owned by an Affiliate of Norwich Partners and Managed by True North Hotel Group, Inc Boston, MA - June 25, 2013 - A new 120-suite Residence Inn by Marriott opened this week in downtown Boston's Seaport District, breathing new life into a six-story classical revival-style 1900s building once likely used for sugar and molasses warehousing. Located at 370 Congress Street, the Residence Inn Boston Downtown/Seaport will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by an affiliate of Norwich Partners and managed by True North Hotel Group, Inc. Group One Partners, Inc., of Boston served as architect and designer. Originall...

The 100-suite Residence Inn Hotel Opens in Irmo, South Carolina

Residence Inn | June 24, 2013

Owned by South Side Parners, LLC and Managed by Solara Hospitality, LLC Irmo, South Carolina - June 25, 2013 - The 100-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Irmo, South Carolina is scheduled to open on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Located at 944 Lake Murray Boulevard, the Residence Inn Columbia Northwest/Harbison will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by South Side Parners, LLC and managed by Solara Hospitality, LLC. Located 10 minutes from downtown Columbia and 13 miles from Columbia Metropolitan Airport, the Residence Inn Columbia Northwest/Harbison offers its guests convenient access to the University of South Carolina, Lake Murray, Har...

In Memoriam: Celebrating the Life of Stephen Garff Marriott

June 24, 2013

June 24, 2013 - Stephen Garff Marriott, Executive Vice President for Culture at Marriott International, the global hotel company founded by his grandparents in 1927, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2013, after a prolonged battle with a degenerative mitochondrial disease. He was 54 years old. In his most recent role, Stephen led Marriott Worldwide Business Councils and was responsible for perpetuating Marriott's core values and culture throughout the company. His father, Marriott International Executive Chairman J.W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr., said, "Stephen was an inspiration to us every day as he struggled with a challenging disease that co...

Carlos Rodriguez of Driftwood Hospitality Talks Hotel Expansion in Miami-Dade, Florida

June 24, 2013

June 24, 2013--Carlos J. Rodriguez has been working in the hotel business in Miami-Dade for 17 years, so he's seen several boom-and-bust cycles. He formed Cardel Hotels in Miami in 1996, a company that merged with North Palm Beach-based Driftwood Hospitality Management 10 years ago. As executive vice president and partner at Driftwood Hospitality Management, Rodriguez is now overseeing a new booming period. Driftwood, a North Palm Beach business with an office in Coral Gables, designs, develops, staffs and manages hotels around the country and in Costa Rica. The company has plans to enter the Canadian market with a joint venture as well...

Marriott’s New Campaign Includes Website with Co-Creation Platform to Solicit User-Generated Ideas

Marriott Hotels | June 17, 2013

BETHESDA, Md., June 17, 2013 -- Reflecting the transformative change happening at its properties, the iconic Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), today launched a new multi-year global marketing campaign. Called "Travel Brilliantly," it is a bold move amplifying the brand's dedication to leading the future of travel. The dynamic campaign reflects the lifestyle of the next generation of travelers, who seamlessly blend work and play in a mobile and global world. The campaign includes TV, digital and mobile advertising, a new brand look and logo, and enhanced social media platforms. In addition, ...

Marriott’s Woes Continue with Loss of The Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach

Marriott International | June 14, 2013

Files Amended Complaint Seeking Additional Damages in Pending Litigation MIAMI BEACH, Fla., June 13, 2013 -- Renaissance Hotels, a division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR), will cease managing The Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach Hotel as of July 11, Marriott announced today. The owner of the property has engaged a new management company. In connection with its departure, Marriott also said that it has filed an Amended Complaint in the pending litigation against the owner, seeking millions of dollars in breach of contract damages. The management agreement permits Renaissance to operate the hotel until the year 2055. The Re...

Latin American Hospitality & IHG to Develop Two New Holiday Inn Express Hotels in Central America

Holiday Inn Express | June 7, 2013

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], one of the world's largest hotel companies, today announces the signing of two new Holiday Inn Express® hotels in Managua, Nicaragua and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Both properties are slated to open in 2014. Managed by Latin American Hospitality Management S.A., a subsidiary of Grupo AGRISAL, the hotels will be franchised by an affiliate of IHG. "Managua and Tegucigalpa are excellent examples of emerging cities that support the growth of the Holiday Inn® brand family in the region," said Joel Eisemann, chief development officer, IHG, the Americas. "Both cities are generating g...

Hidrock Realty Opens New Courtyard by Marriott in Herald Square, Midtown Manhattan

Courtyard by Marriott | June 7, 2013

Courtyard by Marriott is rolling out its innovative lobby and room design in the heart of Herald Square in midtown Manhattan. This is the latest Courtyard in the area featuring the Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and flexible space. Along with media pods, Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings. Opened on Thursday, June 6, 2013, the 167-room Courtyard New York Manhattan/Herald Square also offers a refreshing and stylish room design that helps guests stay connected, productive and comfortable. Thoughtfully planned, ea...

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