News in brief: Dusit, Aston, Le Méridien

Dusit to expand in Qatar:  Dusit International announced that it will open Dusit Residence and Suites Doha in last quarter of 2013.

Read more at Gulf Business


Aston expands in Hawaii:  Aston Hotels & Resorts announced that it has taken over operations of the 72-room Hotel Renew by Aston, located in Honolulu’s Waikiki neighborhood.

Read more at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser


Le Méridien expands in New Orleans:  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced that it will rebrand the 410-room W New Orleans at the Le Méridien New Orleans.

Read more at Starwood’s website


Henry Sy merging real estate units:  Filipino billionaire Henry Sy is merging property units and assets under SM Prime Holdings.

Read more at Bloomberg