News in brief: AC, Best Western, Neemrana

AC by Marriott to enter France:  Marriott International Inc. announced on Thursday plans to convert the 143-room Elysee Palace Hotel in Nice to AC Hotel Nice, opening under its new brand in 2013. This is the first AC by Marriott in France.

Read more at the Marriott News Center


Best Western to enter Haiti:  Best Western International Inc. announced on Wednesday that a 105-room Best Western Premier will open in Pétion-Ville.

Read more at Reuters


Neemrana to convert Hyderabad palace:  Aman Nath, founder of Neemrana Hotels told the Indian press that his company will convert Chowmahalla Palace into a heritage museum/hotel.

Read more at IBN Live


Florida hotel sues BP:  Don Cesar Resort Hotel on St. Pete Beach is suing oil company BP, claiming it has not been paid US$5 million in oil damage compensation from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Read more at The Miami Herald


Robinsons plans 4 Philippines hotels:  Robinsons Land Corp. announced that it plans to open four budget hotels in the Philippines in the first half of this year under the Go Hotel brand.

Read more at ABS-CBN


$28 million hotel planned for Richmond:  Charlestowne Hotels Inc. is partnering with Blackburn Inn Associates LLC to convert three historic buildings in Richmond, Virginia into a 102-room hotel and spa.

Read more at Virginia Business