News in brief: IHG, Autograph, Sofitel

IHG expands in China:  IHG is set to open two Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo branded hotels in Sanya, China, in 2015.

Read more at IHG


Autograph to debut in South America:  Marriott International’s Autograph Collection is set to debut in South America with the opening of the 128-room Hotel & Spa do Vinho in Bento Gonçalves, Brazil in 2012.

Read more at the Marriott News Center


Sofitel expands in China:  Accor’s Sofitel brand signed a management contract for a new-build 350-room hotel in Changsha, China, to open in 2015.

Read more at eTravelBlackboardAsia


Omni reflags coastal resort:  Omni Hotels & Resorts announced on Wednesday that it will reflag the Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, located in South Carolina, to the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in February 2012.

Read more at PR Newswire


Japan tourism has recovered: New data from the Japan National Tourism Organization and STR Global suggests that Japanese domestic and outbound tourism has recovered to levels consistent with or better than forecasts made prior to the earthquake.

Read a PDF of the report here


Municipal board to hear Wynn proposal:  The municipal board of Foxborough, Massachusetts, agreed on Tuesday to allow casino mogul Steve Wynn to give a presentation about a proposed casino-resort for the city.

Read more at The Boston Globe