News in brief: Choice, WTTC, Nigeria

Choice set for Indian expansion:  Choice Hotels International signed an agreement with Parsvnath Hotels Ltd to manage a chain of budget hotels under development in India.

Read more at Indian Express


Growth estimate downgraded:  The World Travel & Tourism Council has downgraded its tourism industry growth forecast for 2011 to 3.2% and for 2012 to 3.3% from 4.5% and 5.1%, respectively.



Nigeria dismisses US warning:  The Nigerian government has dismissed a U.S. warning on a potential terrorist strike on 3 hotels in Abuja, Nigeria, as unfounded.

Read more at Reuters


Interstate expands in India:  A joint venture between Interstate Hotels & Resorts and JHM Hotels has signed a contract to manage a Ramada Inn in Alleppey, India.

Read more at MarketWatch


Carlson expands in Croatia:  Carlson’s Park Plaza brand will convert two Croatian hotels, set to reopen after renovations in 2012.

Read more at Easier Travel