News in brief: Park Plaza, MetWest, Centara

Park Plaza back in black:  Park Plaza Hotels Ltd. posted a profit of US$2.47 million (€1.72 million) for the first six months of 2011 after posting a loss during the same period in 2010.

Read more at Park Plaza Hotels


MetWest buys Topnotch resort:  MetWest Realty Advisors, a real estate private equity firm, announced on Thursday that it purchased Topnotch Resort and Spa, located in Stowe, Vermont.

Read more at Travel Pulse


Centra going to Bali:  Centara Hotels & Resorts announced on Thursday that it will open its first overseas Centra brand in Bali.

Read more at eTurboNews


Big proposal for Tampa:  A developer announced plans for a US$350 million mixed-use project to revitalize downtown Tampa, Florida that would include a hotel. Financing has not been secured yet.

Read more at the St. Petersburg Times


Great Wolf utilizes social media:  Great Wolf Resorts has implemented numerous real-time interactive social media features on company websites.

Read more at PR Newswire