News in brief: Four Points, Holiday Inn, FelCor

Four Points to expand in Australia:  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide signed an agreement with a trustee of Meteorite Land (Pearl River) Unit Trust to open the 269-room Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands in January 2017. Hiap Hoe will operate the hotel.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal


Holiday Inn to enter Belarus:  IHG signed a franchise agreement with Hospitality Group to open the 205-room Holiday Inn Minsk, the brand’s first hotel in Belarus.

Read more at IHG’s website


FelCor sells 2 US hotels:  FelCor Lodging Trust sold the 196-room DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach – Dana Point, located in Dana Point, California, and 251-room Embassy Suites Baltimore – at BWI Airport, located in Linthicum, Maryland, for a total of US$54.1 million. The buyer or buyers were not disclosed.

Read more at BusinessWire


Pinnacle to develop New Jersey hotel:  Pinnacle Cos. will develop a US$35 million, 148-room The MC, a lifestyle hotel in Montclair that will join Marriott International’s Autograph Collection.

Read more at NJBiz


Hyatt may sell Toronto hotel:  Hyatt Hotels Corp. is in talks to sell the 336-room Park Hyatt Toronto for more than C$100 million (US$92 million), according to a person familiar with the matter.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal


Bain Capital affiliate may buy UK golf resorts:  The Times reported that Sankaty Advisers, part of Bain Capital, has beaten rivals in bidding for six De Vere golf resorts, all located in the U.K.

Read more at The Times


Chatham closes Innkeepers purchase:  A Chatham Lodging Trust and NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. JV closed its US$1.3 billion purchase of 47 hotels, and Chatham closed its purchase of four hotels from Cerberus Capital Management and Chatham Lodging Trust.


Crowne Plaza to expand in Georgia:  IHG signed a deal with Park Hotel to open the 84-room Crowne Plaza Borjomi, which will be operated by T&T Consulting, the first internationally-branded property in the city.

Read more at IHG’s website


Lingerfelt buys Virginia hotel:  Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners bought the 242-room Richmond Marriott West, located in Glen Allen.