News in Brief: HVMG, Choice, Starboard
HVMG expands in New Mexico: Hospitality Ventures Management Group announced that it has assumed management of the 395-room Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.
Ascend enters Australia: Choice Hotels Australasia has announced the launch of Ascend Hotel collection in Australia. CHA now has four Ascend properties, including Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Denison Boutique Hotel, and Gibraltar Hotel Bowrai.
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Starboard developing London hotel: Starboard Atlantic Hotels has purchased land on the site of the former London 2012 Olympic Park to build an 18-story hotel complex. The 500-room hotel will be built as part of the International Quarter in Stratford.
Orange Lake Resorts expands in Virginia: Orange Lake Resorts has officially closed the purchase from English Garden LV LLC of Colonial Crossings Resort, located in Williamsburg. Once upgraded, the 120-room resort will run under the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand in early 2014.
Grace Bay expands in Turks & Caicos: Boutique operator Grace Bay Resorts has announced that it will operate and take an ownership stake in West Bay Club, located three miles from Grace Bay. The 60-room hotel will be rebranded as West Bay Club, a Grace Bay Resort.
Radisson Blu expands in France: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced that it will open the 91-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Rouen in the third quarter of 2015.
Ed Fuller to head Orange County Visitors Association: The Board of Directors of the Orange County Visitors Association has appointed Ed Fuller as president and CEO of the organization. Ed Fuller is the current president and co-founder of Laguna Strategic Advisors.
Shaner to manage Holiday Inn Jacksonville: Shaner Hotels announced that they have been selected to manage the Holiday Inn Jacksonville E 295 Baymeadows hotel, located in Florida. Prime Hospitality Group purchased the 98-room hotel last April.