News in brief: Mövenpick, DoubleTree, Ethiopia

Mövenpick to enter Indonesia:  Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts announced on Tuesday that it will open its first hotel in Indonesia, the 270-room Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran, in 2014.

Read more at Digital Journal


DoubleTree to debut in Indonesia:  Hilton Worldwide announced on Monday that it signed an agreement with PT Nurtirta Nusa Lestari to open the 261-room DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta-Diponegoro in 2014, the brand’s first in Indonesia.

Read more at MarketWatch


13 resorts planned for Ethiopia:  Eco Tourism revealed that it plans to build 13 resorts in wilderness areas in Ethiopia.

Read more at Capital Ethiopia


HEI in talks to purchase Virginia Palomar:  HEI Hospitality is reportedly in talks to purchase the Hotel Palomar Arlington for US$45 million.

Read more at Bloomberg Businessweek


Marriott named one of best in China:  Marriott International Inc. was named one of “China’s Top Employers 2012” by the CRF Institute.

Read more at the Marriott News Center


Google UK users searched for London most:  Of the 1.8 million searches made online for hotels in November 2011, London was the most searched for location on Google UK.

Read more at Greenlight Digital


Poll shows Floridians want referendum:  A Republican Party-sponsored poll shows that 81% of Florida residents want to put the gambling expansion proposal, which would allow the Genting casino-resorts in Miami to move ahead, up for a vote. Of those surveyed, 44% opposed the proposal while 42% approved.

Read more at The Florida Independent