News in brief: Loews, Omni, TripAdvisor

Loews to expand in Chicago:  Loews Hotels & Resorts announced that it is partnering with developer DRW Trading Group to open the 400-room Loews Chicago Hotel in January 2015.

Read more at Fort Mill Times


Omni buys Rhode Island hotel:  Omni Hotels & Resorts announced that it rebradned the 564-room The Westin Hotel Providence to the Omni Providence Hotel after purchasing the property from The Procaccianti Group in late 2012.

Read more at MarketWatch


TripAdvisor testing metasearch feature:  TripAdvisor is testing in beta form a consumer hotel metasearch feature for its website.

Read more at Tnooz


Convivial buys 2 UK hotels:  Convivial Hotels has bought the 50-room Rossett Hall Hotel, located in Wrexham, Wales, and the 44-room Best Western Charnwood Hotel, located in Blyth, England, out of administration as part of a multi-million pound deal.

Read more at Big Hospitality UK


Extended Stay launches breakfast program:  Extended Stay America is launching a new Grab and Go breakfast program, which includes muffins, fruit, instant oatmeal, breakfast bars, tea, hot chocolate and coffee.

Read more at MarketWatch


Jamal Mashburn partners for FairBridge purchase:  Retired NBA star Jamal Mashburn has partnered with Dema Holdings to buy an undisclosed stake in the privately held FairBridge Hotels International.

Read more at PR Newswire


STR releases total US, Canada hotels opened in 2012:  The U.S. hotel industry during 2012 opened 407 new properties with 43,865 rooms while 37 new properties comprising 4,324 rooms opened in Canada, according to new data from STR.


TravelClick data shows growth in North America:  New data from TravelClick shows that in North America committed occupancy across all segments, for December 2012 through November 2013, is up 3.9% compared to a year ago. ADR is up 4.6%, compared to the same time period last year. RevPAR is up 12.8%.