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China Approves Marriott Starwood Merger

September 21, 2016 by douloff

BETHESDA, MD. — Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced on Sept. 20 that their merger transaction has received approval from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). Since this was the last regulatory approval required to complete the

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Marriott’s Moxy Hotels Named Design Award Finalist

September 19, 2016 by douloff
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BETHESDA, MD. — Marriott International’s Moxy Hotels brand has been named a finalist in the Branded Environments category of Fast Company’s 2016 Innovation by Design Awards, it was announced Sept. 12. This year’s judging panel selected the finalists from more than

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Hilton to Open Hotel in Aberdeen, Scotland

September 19, 2016 by douloff

MCLEAN, Va. — Hilton Worldwide and the city council of Aberdeen, Scotland have signed a franchise license agreement to open a 200-room hotel at the city’s new conference centre, it was announced Sept. 8. Due to open in 2019, the

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6 AMResorts Properties Rainforest Certified

September 15, 2016 by douloff

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Six AMResorts properties have earned Rainforest Alliance certification, it was announced on Sept. 7. The six properties that have earned eco certification this year include Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana,

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Curio to Debut in Italy Next March

September 14, 2016 by douloff
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SIENA, Italy and MCLEAN, Va. — Hilton has reached a management agreement with Agricola Merse Srl to debut Curio – A Collection by Hilton in Italy, it was announced Sept. 7. Beginning next March, the 101-guestroom La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort

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Hilton Expanding Meet with Purpose Program

September 12, 2016 by douloff

MCLEAN, VA. — Hilton is expanding its Meet with Purpose program, introducing its health-focused initiative to meeting and event professionals in Europe and the UAE, it was announced Sept. 7. Additionally, more than 40 U.S. hotels now offer menus that

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Expanded BMW Function Facility Available for Events

September 9, 2016 by douloff

MUNICH — In celebration of its 100th anniversary, automaker BMW has made its expanded function facilities available for events, it was announced Sept. 8. Meeting planners now have access to the BMW Group Classic site, the home of the first

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Hotel Xenia joins Autograph Collection

September 7, 2016 by douloff

LONDON, UK — Hotel Xenia, in London, is now part of the Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s portfolio of independent hotels, joining St Ermin’s and Threadneedles, it was announced Sept. 1. Housed in a Victorian building in South Kensington, Hotel Xenia

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2 Canadian Historic Hotels Awards Nominees

September 6, 2016 by douloff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Toronto’s Omni King Edward and Quebec City’s Chateau Frontenac have been nominated for 2016 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence, it was announced Aug. 30. Overseen by Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide the Historic Hotels

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AC Hotel Opens in Guadalajara, Mexico

September 4, 2016 by douloff
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MEXICO CITY — AC Hotel Guadalajara, Jalisco, has opened its doors, marking the brand’s arrival in Mexico, it was announced Aug. 29. Developed and owned by FibraHotel and operated by Marriott International, the property features 188 guestrooms incorporating a gray

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Virtuoso Unveils Best Hotel Awards

August 27, 2016 by douloff

LAS VEGAS — International luxury travel network Virtuoso unveiled the winners of its 2016 Best of the Best awards Aug. 11 at the 28th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference. This marked 10 years since Virtuoso began recognizing the very best properties

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Ritz-Carlton adding Charging Stations

August 16, 2016 by douloff

CHEVY CHASE, MD — Ritz-Carlton has installed two charging stations at each property, offering guests the ability to charge up for 150 miles in two and a half hours, it was announced Aug. 9. “Commitment to the community and environment