News in brief: PATA, Pyramid, St. Regis

PATA appoints new CEO:  The Pacific Asia Travel Association appointed Martin Craigs as its new CEO, effective October 31.

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Pyramid to manage The Wigwam:  Pyramid Resort Group signed an agreement on Thursday to manage the 331-room The Wigwam resort in Phoenix.

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St. Regis hires fashion designer:  Starwood’s St. Regis Hotels & Resorts hired fashion designer Jason Wu to be the next St. Regis Connoisseur.

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Orient-Express refinances Brazil portfolio:  Orient-Express Hotels announced on Thursday that it completed the refinancing of an US$88 million loan on its Brazilian portfolio of properties.

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Naumi expands in Singapore:  The upper-scale lifestyle hotel Naumi announced on Friday that it plans to open its second location in Singapore.

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Richfield takes over Tempo Miami:  After ending the tenure of RockResorts on the property, Tempo Miami signed a management deal with Richfield Hospitality on Friday.

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RB Capital plans big sell off:  Real estate company RB Capital, Singapore, announced on Friday that it plans to sell up to US$1.6 billion in assets over the next 12 to 18 months, including hotel properties.

Read more at Reuters