News in brief: Pestana, Hilton, America’s Best Franchising

Pestana to expand in Amsterdam:  Group Pestana will open the 157-room Pestana Amsterdam in early 2016. The hotel has seen an investment of €35 million (US$47.9 million).

Read more at Pestana’s website


Hilton to expand in Munich:  Hilton Worldwide signed an agreement with Allresto Flughafen München Hotel und Gaststätten GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Flughafen München GmbH, to take over management and rebrand the Kempinski Munich Airport Hotel in January 2015. The hotel will add undergo a renovation and add 160 guestrooms for a total of 389 guestrooms.

Read more at Hilton’s website


New CEO for America’s Best Franchising:  America’s Best Franchising has named Sterling Stoudenmire as the company’s new president and CEO, effective immediately, succeeding Doug Collins who has chosen to pursue new opportunities.

Read more at Blue MauMau


Hotel Equities to expand in St. Louis:  Hotel Equities is partnering with Above All Development to develop and managed a 107-room Home2 Suites by Hilton-branded property to be located in the Forest Park/Central West End area.