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Mori Trust Group Signs Agreement with Marriott International for Hotel in Japan

Mori Trust Group Signs Agreement with Marriott International for Hotel in Japan

TOKYO, Japan— Mori Trust Group and Marriott International Inc. announced an agreement for the US hospitality company to convert the Gotenyama Garden Hotel Laforet Tokyo to its flagship Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand. Currently managed by Mori Trust and operated by Mori Trust Hotels & Resorts, the Gotenyama Garden Hotel Laforet Tokyo will be rebranded as the Tokyo Marriott Hotel and is expected to reopen in December 2013. Speaking at the signing ceremony in Tokyo, John Marriott, vice-chairman of the Board of Marriott International Inc., said, “We are delighted to be working with Mori Trust here in Japan to open this wonderful hotel as a Marriott Hotels & Resorts property later this year. At its heart, Marriott International is very much a family company with strong cultural values. We believe that these values for people and business are shared with Mori Trust, and we look forward to a very long relationship with them in Japan. I would like to thank the executives of Mori Trust for choosing Marriott International, and I am delighted to be here today to announce this landmark deal between our two organisations.” The property will be the fourth Marriott-brand hotel in Japan in addition to its ...

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Virginia Crowne Plaza Rebrands as Richmond Magnuson Grand Hotel

Virginia Crowne Plaza Rebrands as Richmond Magnuson Grand Hotel

SPOKANE, Wash.—Magnuson Hotels announced the complete rebranding of the Richmond Magnuson Grand Hotel and Convention Center. Formerly franchised by InterContinental Hotel Group as the Crowne Plaza Richmond, the hotel will now be affiliated with Magnuson Hotels’ portfolio of nearly 2,000 hotels. Amenities at the property include an indoor pool, jacuzzi, on-site fitness room, and dining at the hotel’s Sapphire Grill and Lounge. Guestrooms include free wireless internet, coffeemaker, hair dryer, free local calls, alarm clock/radio, and iron with board. “We are proud to welcome Anil Patel and his entire staff, and are fully committed to increasing their property visibility and reservations,” stated Thomas Magnuson, CEO of Magnuson Worldwide.

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Metropolitan Hotel Toronto to Convert to DoubleTree by Hilton

Metropolitan Hotel Toronto to Convert to DoubleTree by Hilton

TORONTO—Hilton Worldwide and Bayview Hospitality Group (BHG) announced that the Metropolitan Hotel Toronto, which BHG recently acquired along with the hotel’s two restaurants, will become downtown Toronto’s first DoubleTree by Hilton. BHG will continue to operate the hotel when it converts to a DoubleTree by Hilton later this year. “Entering the downtown of a gateway city such as Toronto with a well-known destination hotel and proven operators such as BHG is a great way for DoubleTree by Hilton to start the year,” said John Greenleaf global head DoubleTree by Hilton. “We’ve recently signed franchise agreements for hotel conversions in Kamloops, BC; West Edmonton, AB; and downtown Regina, SK. With all three planned to open this year, we will more than double our portfolio in the country.” BHG plans to reposition with an extensive refurbishment. The new design direction and upgrades will bring a heightened level of comfort and a sophisticated, urban look and feel to the full service hotel. “We are truly excited to introduce the first DoubleTree by Hilton to the world class city of Toronto,” said Alnoor Gulamani, president of BHG. “BHG has a relationship with Hilton Worldwide that goes back many years over multiple hotel projects in ...

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Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa Adds New Wing

Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa Adds New Wing

Singapore—On Singapore’s island resort of Sentosa, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has added a new all-suite wing to the Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa. The wing was once a barrack base that housed British artillerymen during World War II. The three-story Heritage Wing now features 62 suites, an all-day restaurant, Tablescape, and a 250-brand whiskey lounge – WOW or World of Whiskeys – which is directly affiliated to the Waldhaus am See in St Moritz. During restoration by Singapore’s DP Architects, the wing’s original features include colonial doors, window frames, high-ceilings, wide covered ‘link way’ corridors, and other architectural details. Taking inspiration from Singapore’s culture and tropical climate, the designers also incorporated fans (as well as air-conditioning), floor-to-ceiling windows, slate bathroom floors, patchwork carpets, natural wood finishes, and local design motifs. The new Heritage Wing is the final stage of the Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa to open. In 2011 the hotel unveiled a Contemporary Wing featuring interiors by the Japanese company Super Potato. Following the completion of the new wing, the 191-room hotel now enjoys a wide range of different room categories. In addition to the 62 Heritage Suites, the Contemporary Wing offers 105 Deluxe Rooms, 19 Onsen Suites with outdoor hot ...

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Rezidor Converts Two Leases in Sweden to Franchise Agreements

Rezidor Converts Two Leases in Sweden to Franchise Agreements

The Rezidor Hotel Group today announced the conversion of two lease agreements, the Park Inn by Radisson Malmö and the Park Inn by Radisson Hammarby Sjöstad, in Sweden to franchise agreements. Combined, the two hotels comprise more than 400 rooms and will remain under the Park Inn by Radisson brand. Ligula Hospitality Group AB will purchase the shares of the company which holds the lease agreements, Rezidor Hotel AB which will operate the hotels under franchise agreements beginning in Q1-2013. “Converting these hotels from leases to franchise agreements is in line with our asset-light strategy and our increasing focus on fee-based business”, says Wolfgang M. Neumann, president & CEO at Rezidor. “In addition, we are delighted to partner with ProfilHotels, which is a highly successful and experienced operator and capable of managing these hotels at the highest level”.

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