August 24, 2019
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Park Inn By Radisson Opens New Hotel In Vallenar, Chile

Park Inn by Radisson, the upper midscale hotel brand that delivers stress-free experiences, good food, and upbeat environments, is proud to announce the opening of Park Inn by Radisson Los Olivos de Vallenar.

Cruise Planners Sweep to Victory as the Franchise Partner of the Year at World’s Leading Cruise Lines Excellence Awards

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative wins the most awards at the World’s Leading Cruise Lines Excellence Awards taking home four Franchise Agency Network Excellence Awards.

RLH Corporation Announces Collaboration With National Safe Place Network to Provide for Youth in Need of Immediate Help and Safety

RLH Corporation (NYSE:RLH) announced today a collaboration with National Safe Place Network (NSPN) to designate Americas Best Value Inn properties as Safe Place® TXT 4 HELP sites.

Conrad Hotels & Resorts Debuts in Tianjin, China’s Historic Cultural City

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the opening of Conrad Tianjin, a new 10-story, 375-room, state-of-the-art hotel in Nankai District.

Six Senses Appoints Michael Gaehler As General Manager Of Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Gaehler as the general manager of Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Woodbridge Potomac Mills Opens

Home2 Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Home2 Suites by Hilton Woodbridge Potomac Mills.

Park Inn By Radisson And MV Werften Open Unique Ship-Inspired Hotel In Germany´s Historic City Of Wismar

is proud to announce the opening of a 98-room hotel in Wismar, Northern Germany, with MV Werften.

Cambria Adds Third Wisconsin Hotel With Milwaukee Opening

Cambria Hotels, an upscale brand franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), debuts in Milwaukee today, marking the brand's first location in the city and the third in the Badger State.

IHG Signs A Holiday Inn Hotel In Dehradun

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of world’s leading hotel companies has signed a management agreement with Devatva* for Holiday Inn Dehradun Mussoorie Diversion Road.

Hotel Indigo® Williamsburg Brooklyn Opens Doors in the Heart of Williamsburg

Hotel Indigo® Williamsburg Brooklyn, an upscale 187-room Valor Hospitality Partners and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) hotel, announced today it is officially open for business.

Radisson Blu Brings Beachfront Style To Hoi An, Vietnam’s Central Coast

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of a stylish, design-led beachfront property close to Hoi An, the heritage port town on Vietnam’s central coast.

IHG® Hotels & Resorts Serves Up One-of-a-Kind Experiences at 2019 US Open

The 2019 US Open will be unlike any before, teeming with an unforgettable and sensational set of events created by hotel and hotel loyalty sponsor IHG® Hotels & Resorts, a leader in luxury travel.

Cruise Planners Committed to Helping Travel Advisors Boost Their Luxury Sales with 2019 Luxury and River Cruise Forum

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative recently hosted their 2019 Luxury and River Cruise Forum at Secrets the Vine in Cancún, Mexico.

Premier Inn Opens The Vaults At Bank

Whitbread, the owner of the Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn hotel brands, has opened the doors of its newest hub by Premier Inn ‘compact’ hotel at St Swithins Lane, Bank in the heart of the City of London.

Curio Collection by Hilton Debuts in Mexico City

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the opening ofUmbral, Curio Collection by Hilton, representing the brand’s debut in Mexico City.

Renters Warehouse Named to Inc. 5000 List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies for Amazing 10th Consecutive Time

Renters Warehouse, America's leading real estate investment services company, is thrilled to announce that for the tenth consecutive year, it has been named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America.

Hyatt Place Vacaville Celebrates Official Opening

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that Hyatt Place Vacaville, the first Hyatt Place hotel in the city of Vacaville, Calif. and in Solano County, is officially open.

InterContinental® Ambassador Launches Extensions Program for When Life's Adventures Call

InterContinental® Ambassador, the exclusive member benefits program of InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, is encouraging its members to embrace life’s exceptional and unexpected adventures by offering a new benefit that will provide...

Tips for Finding Your Zen On the Go with Curio Collection by Hilton

As we hit the peak of summer travel season, we’re reminded that traveling can be stressful, particularly for those who find themselves in hotels more than their own homes.

DoubleTree by Hilton Continues Strong Global Development Through Second Quarter of 2019

Following Hilton’s second quarter earnings update, DoubleTree by Hilton continues to report steady domestic and international growth, opening eight hotels in developing and bustling travel hubs around the world.

Microtel® by Wyndham Sparks Growth Momentum with New Moda Prototype

Microtel® by Wyndham, the award-winning economy hotel brand under Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH), today announced an agreement with developer Pete Patel for five new properties under the brand's innovative Moda prototype design.

Days Inns Canada Launches Last Drop of Summer Contest

Days Inns Canada is marking the occasion with the “Last Drop of Summer Giveaway”! From now through August 16, social media fans and followers can enter for the chance to win one of five prizes.

Hotel Indigo® Opens Its Doors In Italy’s Fashion Capital – Milan

Hotel Indigo® Milan – Corso Monforte, is centrally located close to the notable fashion district - the perfect location for those looking to explore one of the world’s fashion capitals.

Ramada® by Wyndham Continues to Expand Hotel Footprint in India

Ramada® by Wyndham continues to grow its footprint in India with the recent addition of four openings so far this year and plans to open three additional hotels by 2020 in key destinations such as Thiruvananthapuram and Aligarh.

Marriott International Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 48 cents per share of common stock.

Radisson Expands In Thailand With The Signing Of Radisson Phuket Mai Khao Beach

Radisson Hotel Group today announced the signing of a new upscale Radisson property in Thailand, located on Phuket’s sunset coast, in partnership with Thai-Chinese Property Holdings.

Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Yantian Opens in East Shenzhen

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Yantian in the east Guangdong Province, China.

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, becomes Trustee of Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce 2019

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative announced it is officially a Trustee member of the Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Choice Privileges Recognized As A Leading Travel Rewards Program For Fourth Consecutive Year By U.S. News & World Report

Choice Privileges, the award-winning loyalty program from Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), has once again been honored by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Hotel Rewards Programs for 2019-20.

Spokane's First Cambria Hotel Under Development

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) has signed an agreement with Brar Hotels Group, LLC for the development of a Cambria hotel in Spokane, Wash.

RLH Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results

Red Lion Hotels Corporation (the “Company”) (NYSE: RLH), a growing hospitality company doing business as RLH Corporation which franchises upscale, midscale and economy hotels, today reported second quarter 2019 results.

Radisson Opens In The Heart Of Silicon Valley Following A Multimillion Dollar Renovation

Radisson, one of the best-recognized hotel brands, announced the opening of Radisson Hotel Sunnyvale -Silicon Valley.

Marriott International Launches All-Inclusive Platform To Bring Its Brands, Scale And Trusted Service To Growing, Global Vacation Segment

Responding to consumers' growing desire around the world for premium, worry-free vacations, Marriott International, Inc. announced it is launching an all-inclusive platform to serve this increasingly popular vacation segment.

RLH Corporation Provides Update on Expectations for Asset Sales

RLH Corporation (NYSE:RLH) today provided an update on its owned and leased hotel assets. The Company has been actively engaged in the marketing process for various hotel assets since October 2017.

Hyatt Announces Plans for New Hyatt Regency Adelaide

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with CES Pirie Hotel (SA) Pty Ltd., an entity wholly owned by Chip Eng Seng Corporation Limited, to develop a new Hyatt Regency in Adelaide.

New World of Hyatt Mobile App Provides Loyalty Members With a More Personalized and Seamless Travel Experience

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced a redesigned World of Hyatt mobile app with new features that enable loyalty members to customize their stays and provide a more seamless experience throughout their travel journey.

Houston's First Cambria Hotel Opens In Historic Skyscraper

The Cambria Hotels brand, franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), officially enters the Houston market with the opening of the Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center.

The Park Hyatt Brand Celebrates Debut of Park Hyatt Shenzhen

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of Park Hyatt Shenzhen.

Choice Hotels Rewards Business Travelers With New Cambria Perks

Choice Privileges, the award-winning and free loyalty program from Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), announced a new slate of benefits tailored to business travelers staying at Cambria Hotels.

Hyatt Reports Second-Quarter 2019 Results

Hyatt Hotels Corporation ("Hyatt" or the "Company") (NYSE: H) today reported second-quarter 2019 financial results.

Sixt Drives International Expansion: Diverse Premium Mobility Services Now Also Available In Oman

The right mobility for holidays and business trips: SIXT is pushing ahead with its international expansion and is now also present in Oman.

Hyatt Announces Plans for Bei Zhaolong Hotel in China

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that the Joie de Vivre Hotels brand will make its debut in Asia with a property housed in the vibrant Sanlitun shopping, bar and entertainment area in Chaoyang District, Beijing, China’s capital.

Comfort On Pace To Open More Than One Hotel Per Week In 2019

he Comfort hotels brand, franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), welcomed a new Comfort Suites just outside of Columbus, Ohio, as it announced that the brand is on pace to open more than one hotel per week this year.

IHG® invests in Scotland as they bring InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts back to Edinburgh

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, brings InterContinental Edinburgh - The George back into the system as they continue their integration of the Principal portfolio.

Survey Reveals Most Common Ways Business Travelers Bond With Colleagues

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), released new survey findings that shed light on the preferences of modern business travelers in advance of this year's Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention.

End of the Road for Bathroom Miniatures as IHG Opts for Bulk-Size Amenities to Reduce Plastic Waste

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has today announced that its entire hotel estate of almost 843,000 guest rooms will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities, with the transition to be completed...

The Marquee Debuts As Newest Ascend Hotel Collection Member

The Marquee, part of the Bluegreen Vacations portfolio, is the latest addition to the Ascend Hotel Collection by Choice Hotels International, Inc. - a collection of unique, boutique, and historic hotels that reflect their surrounding communities.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Continues Robust Growth in Asia Pacific Region

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has continued to expand its hotel network across the Asia Pacific Region with a series of important openings, brand launches and new market entries.

Hotel Indigo Williamsburg Brooklyn to Create a Community and Guest Gathering Place with Neighborhood-inspired Design and Functional Objects d’Art

Valor Hospitality Partners have announced the August 2019 opening of the 187-room Hotel Indigo® Williamsburg Brooklyn, in the heart of the vibrant Williamsburg neighborhood.

Park Inn By Radisson Opens Its Second Hotel In The Holy City Of Makkah

Park Inn by Radisson, Radisson Hotel Group’s upper midscale hotel brand that delivers stress-free experiences, good food and upbeat environments, is proud to announce the opening of its second hotel in the holy city of Makkah, located in Aziziyah.


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Features & Special Reports

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop’s Service Standard Is A Cut Above

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop is a brand that seeks feedback from its customers, recognizes and rewards employees, and utilizes a system that ensures standards are enforced. This results in loyal customers who keep coming back.

Making the Cut: Ex-MLB Pitcher Finds Success in Franchising

Former MLB pitcher Kyle Sleeth is throwing a perfect game with Floyd's 99 Barbershop.

Entering a Foreign Market – Resources To Help You Succeed

If you're a U.S. franchise brand looking to enter a foreign market, these resources are for you!

Multi-Brand Operators Open Their First of 7 Del Tacos In Atlanta

Multi-Brand Partners Are Bringing Del Taco To The Atlanta Market With An Agreement To Open 7 Locations.

Domino's, McDonald's, and KFC Air Brexit-Related Warnings on Supplies, Prices

U.S. firms operating in the U.K. warn of shortages and price hikes amidst Brexit uncertainty.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Enters South America with a 100-Unit Deal in Brazil

Texas-style barbecue coming to Brazil in a 100-unit deal for Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Franchise Brands Continue Outperforming S&P 500 Index

Index Finds Franchise Brands Are Outperforming S&P Stocks 2 To 1.

Capital Options - Mezzanine Debt Lenders

Exploring The Features And Benefits Of Mezzanine Debt Lenders In Multi-Unit Operator Expansion.

Good News! - August 2019

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