News in brief: Centara, Ascend, Al Habtoor

Centara president retires:  Gerd Steeb, president of Centara Hotels & Resorts, will retire from the company on February 23 after almost 22 years of service.

Read more at eTurboNews


Ascend debuts in Central America:  The Ascend Collection membership program from Choice Hotels International makes it debut in Central America with a new member hotel in the capital city of San José, Costa Rica.


 Al Habtoor to buy Hungarian hotel:  Al Habtoor Group revealed to the press that it plans to buy an undisclosed 5-star hotel in Budapest, Hungary.

Read more at Arabian Business


al-Fehaid investing in Turkey:  Bander bin Fahd al-Fehaid, the chairman of the Arab Tourism Organization, plans to invest US$300 million increasing the Turkish portfolio of his My Tuana hotels.

Read more at Hurriyet Daily News