News in brief: Hyatt, Viad, Expedia

Hyatt expands in California, Georgia:  Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced on Thursday that two Avia hotels in Napa, California, and Savannah, Georgia, will be rebranded as Andaz Napa and Andaz Savannah.

Read more at the Hyatt Press Room


Viad expands in Alberta:  Viad Corp. announced on Thursday that it completed the acquisition of the Banff International Hotel, located in Banff, Alberta.

Read more at PR Newswire


Expedia overhauls hotel reviews:  Expedia announced on Thursday that it has overhauled its hotel reviews features by letting reviewers include photos and audience targeting.

Read more at MarketWatch


Conran to create €100 million Tuscan resort:  Sir Terence Conran’s architectural firm has been commissioned to transform a hilltop village in Italy’s Tuscany region into a €100 million (US$132 million) residential resort that will include 100 homes and potentially a hotel.

Read more at Property Magazine


Marriott adds Einstein to lobby:  On Thursday an Einstein Bros. Bagel opened in a Marriott hotel for the first time at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

Read more at QSR