News in brief: China Lodging, Marriott, Dickwella

China Lodging appoints new CEO:  China Lodging Group Ltd. announced Tuesday that its founder and executive chairman Qi Ji will be appointed CEO.

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Wyndham Phoenix becomes Marriott:  The Wyndham Phoenix Hotel has rebranded into a Marriott Renaissance.

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LOLC buys Dickwella:  LOLC has bought Dickwella Resort, located in Dickwella, Sri Lanka, for 1 billion rupees (US$8.8 million).

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US tourism up in 2011:  The U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries estimates that international tourists spent a record US$152 billion in 2011.

Read more at Los Angeles Times