News in brief: Christchurch, Ritz-Carlton

Ritz-Carlton owners sue brand:   The Lewis Trust Group, owners of the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach are taking the brand to court for alleged property mismanagement.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal

Dublin Four Seasons bought:   The Four Seasons hotel in Dublin has been bought by the US-based Livingston Group.

Read more at The Independent

Christchurch hotels plan rebuild:   Battered Christchurch’s Rydges and Latimer hotels are set to rebuild within the next year, spokespeople for each hotel told the press, after being destroyed by earthquakes.


Lenny Kravitz partners with SLS Hotel:   Rock star Lenny Kravitz’s design copmany sbe announced a partnership on Monday with SLS Hotel in Miami to create exclusive bungalow and penthouse.

Read more at USA Today

Newcastle airport hotel goes Hilton:   The Newcastle Airport Hotel annouced a franchise agreement with Hilton to brand the property as a Doubletree when it opens this fall.

Read more at Big Hospitality