News in brief: Joie de Vivre, Mecca, RCI

Pebblebrook closes Manhattan deal:  Pebblebrook Hotel Trust closed a US$910 million deal on Monday to purchase six upscale hotels in New York City.

Read more at MarketWatch


RCI expands in China:  Timeshare vacation exchange network RCI, a division of Wyndham Worldwide, announced on Monday that it is expanding its network in China to include lodging in Kunming.

Read more at Breaking Travel News


10 new budget hotels in Indonesia:  Property developer PT Intiland Development announced on Monday that it plans to build 10 budget 2-star hotels in Indonesia this year. Some of the hotels are set to open under the Whiz Hotel brand.

Read more at The Jakarta Post


Mecca sees record arrivals, new hotel planned:  The destruction caused by the Jabal Omar development project in Mecca is causing record-high occupancy during Ramadan, with some hotels projected to hit 100% capacity. With this demand in mind, the International Islamic Relief Organization-Saudi Arabia announced it is moving ahead with developing a 29-room residential hotel in Islam’s holiest city.

Read more here and here at The Saudi Gazette


Joie de Vivre coming to Chicago:  San Francisco’s boutique hotel chain Joie de Vivre announced on Monday that it will enter the Chicago market, turning the 148-room Park View Hotel into Hotel Lincoln in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The hotel, currently closed, is set to re-open in February.

Read more at the San Francisco Business Times