News in brief: Best Western, Sandals, Ho Chi Minh City

Best Western UK bookings up 20%:  Best Western Hotel Group saw a 20.28% increase in room bookings from January to June compared to the same period last year in the U.K.

Read more at PR Wire


Wingate by Wyndham adds LAX hotel:  Wyndham Hotel Group announced on Monday that it added a 148-room Wingate by Wyndham hotel at Los Angeles International Airport to its portfolio.

Read more at MarketWatch


Westin leaving Auckland hotel:  Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced on Monday that it would cease operating The Westin Lighter Quay in Auckland, New Zealand as of July 29. The move comes following a dispute with the development’s investors.



Sandals promises $500 million expansion:  Sandals Resorts International revealed at a new resort’s opening gala that it plans to invest US$500 million on new locations in the Caribbean over the next eight years.

Read more at Jamaica Observer


Ho Chi Minh City doubles hotels:  The municipal government of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam released figures on Monday showing that the number of 3 to 5-star hotels in the city had doubled over the past three years.

Read more at Viet Nam News


Kabul terrorist attack “an inside job”:  The June 28 attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan was coordinated with the help of hotel staff, the man that planned the attack told the press.

Read more at The Australian


Kanders buy Connecticut country hotel:  The purchase by Alan and Warren Kanders of the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut was announced on Monday.

Read more at Reuters