News in brief: Ascott, Accor, Rae’s on Wategos

Ascott expands in Vietnam:  The Ascott Limited announced that it has been selected to manage the 100-unit serviced residence Somerset Vista Ho Chi Minh City and Vista Residences, both located in Ho Chi Minh City.

Read more at Asia Travel Tips


Accor expands in Scotland:  The 78-room Barony Castle has rebranded as the Mercure Eddleston Barony Castle Hotel and Spa. Prestige Hotel Management is managing the property.

Read more at Big Hospitality


Australian lifestyle hotel ‘bought’ by Richard Branson:  The Australian press is speculating that the 7-room luxury boutique resort Rae’s on Wategos, located in Byron Bay, was bought for about US$20 million by Sir Richard Branson.

Read more at Yahoo Finance


Israel to ease hotel building requirements:  Israel’s government is set to rescind hotel development regulations to encourage new-builds.

Read more at The Jerusalem Post