News in brief: Marriott, Hyatt, IHG

Marriott expands in Texas, Benin:  Over the past two days Marriott International announced two management deals. One was signed for a 200-room resort in Cotonou, Benin set to open in 2013. This will be the first Marriott-branded hotel for the West African country. The other deal was for a 1,003-room hotel in Austin, Texas scheduled to open in 2015.

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Hyatt to manage Vienna hotel:  Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced on Thursday that it signed an agreement with SIGNA Holding Group to manage its first branded property in Austria.

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IHG tops Latin American market:  A survey by Latin Trade showed that IHG has the largest presence in Latin America with 31,782 rooms as of Dec. 31, 2010.

Read more at the Latin Business Chronicle


M&C launches diabetes menu:  British hotel group Millennium & Copthorne rolled out a special menu for diabetics at nine of its hotels in the Middle East.

Read more at eTravel Blackboard Asia Edition


Interval, Shell Vacations join:  Interval International and Shell Vacations announced on Wednesday that they had signed a long-term master affiliation agreement.

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