News in brief: DoubleTree, HEI, Prism

DoubleTree to debut in Seychelles:  Hilton Worldwide signed an agreement with Allamanda Hotel Developments Ltd. to convert the Allamanda Beach Resort & Spa to the DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles- Allamanda Beach Resort & Spa in December 2012.

Read more at Hotel News Resource


HEI buys Florida hotel:  HEI Hotels & Resorts bought the Residence Inn Clearwater Downtown, located in Clearwater, for an undisclosed sum.



Prism files to purchase Texas Sheraton:  Prism Hotels & Resorts filed contract to buy the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa for US$55 million, but approval must be granted by a bankruptcy judge.

Read more at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Emaar expands in Kenya:  Emaar Hospitality Group signed a management contract to open The Address Masai Mara in 2013.



Jabal Omar project secures financing:  Jabal Omar Development Co. announced that it has secured US$1.3 billion to develop its Makkah project.

Read more at Construction Week Online


Taj expands in India:  Indian Hotels Co. announced that it will develop with Unique Properties a 5-star hotel in Patna.

Read more at The Times of India