News in brief: Pan Pacific, Viceroy, Novotel

Pan Pacific launches new websites: Pan Pacific Hotels Group launched new websites for its Parkroyal Hotels & Resorts and namesake brands, a S$2 million (US$1.5 million) investment for a mobile-optimized and more visual design.

Click here to see the new Pan Pacific website and here to see the new Parkroyal website


Viceroy to expand in United Arab Emirates: Viceroy Hotel Group confirmed it has been selected to operate two hotels under development by Arabtec Holding in Dubai. The hotels will open in late 2016 and 2017.


Novotel to expand in New Zealand: Accor announced it signed a deal with Philip Brown to open the 100-room Novotel New Plymouth.


Strategic announces new credit facility: Strategic Hotels & Resorts announced a new US$300 million stock secured credit facility.

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SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn to expand in San Diego: Lankford Phelps Portman Lane Field secured financing to break ground on 253-room SpringHill Suites-branded and 147-room Residence Inn-branded hotels.