News in brief: Marriott, Hyatt, Hooters

Hooters files for bankruptcy:  The owners of the Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas filed for bankruptcy on Monday with a total liability of US$162 million.

Read more at the Daily Mail


Marriott website deemed fastest:  A recent USA Today-commissioned study showed Marriott International’s is the fastest lodging website.

Read more at 4-traders


Ernst & Young take Hotel Verta:  Ernst & Young revealed on Tuesday that it had taken over administration of London’s Hotel Verta, a US$81 million (£50 million) luxury hotel that opened only in September. Hotel Verta is part of the struggling von Essen hotel group.

Read more at The Daily Telegraph


Hyatt replacing Kempinski:  Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski and the Serengeti Bilila Lodge Kempinski are both changing management, with the former becoming the Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam – The Kilimanjaro.

Read more at The Citizen


Starwood signs deal for Thai hotel:  The 77-room The Gurich will be rebranded as Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa on September 30.