News in brief: Autograph, Jeddah, Leela

Autograph to debut in Caribbean:  Marriott International announced on Wednesday that it will open an Autograph Collection brand franchise in the British Virgin Islands, its first in the Caribbean region.

Read more at the Marriott News Center


New Hyatt for Charlotte:  Developers in Charlotte, North Carolina announced on Tuesday that they signed a franchise agreement to open a Hyatt Place in the city’s downtown.

Read more at the Charlotte Observer


Jeddah tops Middle East:  A study by Credit Libanais comparing 5-star hotel markets in the Middle East region showed that Jeddah, Saudi Arabia had the highest occupancy rate for June at an average of 78%.

Read more at the Saudi Gazette


Indian resort sells for over $100 million:  The Leela Kovalam Beach in Kovalam, India was sold by its parent company The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts to Ravi Pillai for US$109 million last week. Leela will continue to manage the property.

Read more at The Economic Times


UK tour operator gets Idaho lodge:  The British adventure tour operator Natural Retreats announced on Wednesday that it is opening a 22-room vacation rental lodge in Idaho on a converted property.

Read more at PR Newswire