News in brief: China survey, Glasgow delay, Oman

Survey gives insight into Chinese tourists

Hilton’s loyalty program Hilton HHonors recently released the results of a survey of Chinese tourists has some interesting results, including that Chinese consumers would rather pay double for a vacation with a celebrity than have a free vacation with their boss. Other results showed that 52% of Chinese prefer to max out on vacation luxuries and souvenirs.

Read more at Yahoo News


New hotel planned for Biloxi

The owner of a hotel destroyed by Hurricane Katrina presented a development plan for a new hotel to the Biloxi Development Review Committee. Anthony Lee plans beachfront 7-story hotel with a water park in Biloxi, Mississippi. The plan has not been approved by municipal authorties yet.

Read more at WLOX ABC 13 News


New Best Westerns in Oman, Thailand

The Best Western hotel chain announced the past week that three hotels under its brand will be built in Oman in the cities of Al Khuwayr, Salalah and Sohar.

The Grand Howard hotel in Bangkok also signed an agreement to become a Best Western location. This will be the second Best Western in Thailand.

Read more at Hospitality Biz India


Jumeirah’s Glasgow location delayed

Dubai’s Jumeirah hotel chain got a setback to their expansion across Europe when the developer of their new hotel in Glasgow, Scotland fell into adminstration last week. It’s unclear if the £125 million project will move forward or not.

Read more at BBC


Tribe buys Four Winds

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians bought out the Four Winds Casino Resort in Michigan from Lakes Entertainment for $24.5 million on Friday. The tribe is planning a 250-room expansion of the resort to be completed by summer 2012.

Read more at Marketwire