News in brief: Hilton, IHG, AKA Beverly Hills

Hilton expands in Colombia:  Hilton Worldwide signed six franchise deals in Colombia with Metro Hotels. The hotels are set to open over the next five years, with the first two opening in 2013 in Barranquilla and Cartagena under the Hampton by Hilton brand.

Read more at World Property Channel


IHG enters Algeria:  IHG sign its first hotel in Algeria, the 243-room Holiday Inn Algiers-Cheraga Tower. The hotel is being developed by Ramdane Group and will be managed by IHG.

Read more at Hospitality Net


Hilton expands in Egypt:  Hilton Worldwide sign an agreement with Egyptian Touristic Resorts to open two Hilton-branded properties, the 390-room Hilton Giza Pyramids and the 195-room Hilton Alexandria King’s Ranch Resort.

Read more at the Hilton Worldwide Global Media Center


AKA Beverly Hills to have hefty minimum stay:  Ahead of its October opening, the extended-stay AKA Beverly Hills will require guests to pay a minimum of US$12,000, or one month’s stay.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times


Florida hotel loses flag:  Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center and Spa will no longer be a Hyatt-managed property on August 31.

Read more at Sun Sentinel


Ousted Maldives president calls for boycott:  The ousted president of the Maldives called for boycotting the islands’ resorts to help reverse a military coup.

Read more at Financial Times