News in brief: Ritz-Carlton, Accor, Starwood

Ritz-Carlton to debut in Kazakhstan:  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. announced that it will open the 145-room Ritz-Carlton Almaty, owned by a subsidiary of Capital Partners LLC, by the end of 2013.

Read more at 14 News


Accor to expand in United Arab Emirates:  Accor announced that it will rebrand the 317-room Deira City Centre Hotel, located in Dubai, as the Pullman Deira City Centre in February 2013.

Read more at Travel Daily News


Starwood ‘to reflag’ Dubai Pullman:  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is reportedly set to reflag the 481-room Pullman Dubai Mall of the Emirates under its Sheraton brand.

Read more at Arabian Business


Park Hotel Group to expand in Singapore:  Park Hotel Group has been appointed by RB Capital Hotels to a 300-room hotel, set to open in 2015 in Singapore’s Little India district.

Read more at eTravel Blackboard Asia


KSL buys stake in Whistler Blackcomb:  KSL Capital Partners bought a 24% stake in the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, located near Vancouver, Canada, for US$115 million.

Read more at Transworld Business


Kew Green expands in UK:  Kew Green Hotels added four Holiday Inn Express branded hotels to its management portfolio, located in Glasgow, Leeds, Norwich and Brighton.

Read more at Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings