News in brief: Imperial Pacific, ClubCorp, Home Inns

Imperial Pacific to develop Northern Mariana Islands casino-resort:  Imperial Pacific International Holdings plans to build a US$3 billion casino-resort in Saipan after receiving a 25-year casino license.

Read more at Reuters


ClubCorp to buy Sequoia Golf:  ClubCorp signed an agreement to purchase Sequoia Golf Group for US$265 million. Sequoia Golf Group owns or operates more than 50 golf courses and golf resorts in the U.S.

Read more at the Atlanta Business Chronicle


Home Inns profit increases in Q2:  Home Inns & Hotels Management reported net income of 108.2 million yuan (US$17.5 million) for the second quarter of 2014, up 14.2% from 94.8 million yuan (US$15.4 million) earned in the same period a year ago.

Read the full earnings report on Home Inns’ website


Curio to expand in Dallas:  Hilton Worldwide added the 198-room The Highland Dallas, formerly The Palomar Dallas, to Curio – a Collection by Hilton. The renaming follows a change of management from Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

Read more at BusinessWire


FRHI launches travel agent academy:  FRHI Hotels & Resorts launched Famous Agents Academy, an educational component of its Famous Agents travel agent rewards program.

Read more at Travel Agent Central


Auberge to expand in Idaho:  Auberge Resorts Collection signed a deal to operate the Auberge Resort Sun Valley, which will be comprised of 80 to 90 guestrooms and open in summer 2017.

Read more at PR Newswire


La Quinta to expand in Nicaragua, Guatemala:  La Quinta Holdings signed franchise agreements to open three new hotels to be constructed in Managua, Guatemala City, Guatemala and Quetzaltenango. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2015.

Read more at PR Newswire


Marriott expands mobile check-in:  Marriott International is expanding mobile check-in to its The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection, Courtyard, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites and Marriott Executive Apartments brands.

Read more at MarketWatch