News in brief: Merlin, Centara, DoubleTree

Merlin offers ski resort buyout:  Merlin Entertainments Group has offered a A$140 million (US$139 million) buyout for the James Packer-controlled Living and Leisure Australia Group, which operates two ski Aussie resorts.

Read more at The Australian


Centara expands in Mauritius:  Centara Hotels & Resorts will manage the 5-star Azuri development in Mauritius, due to open in October 2012.

Read more at Breaking Travel News


2 Mint Hotels convert:  Two former Mint Hotels in central London have converted to the DoubleTree by Hilton brand.

Read more at the Hilton Worldwide Global Media Center


Exclusive partners with Banyan Tree:  Luxury vacation private club Exclusive Resorts has added luxury villas at 13 leading resorts across Asia and more through an alliance with Banyan Tree Private Collection.

Read more at MarketWatch