News in brief: Starwood, Ameristar, IHG

Starwood back to pre-recession level:  Matthew Avril, the president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. revealed at the World Economic Forum “we are back to pre-crisis level in occupancy throughout our system in North America.”

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Ameristar buys Massachusetts site:  Ameristar Casinos Inc. announced on Wednesday that it purchased a 41-acre (16.5 hectare) site in Springfield, Massachusetts for US$16 million to build a casino and luxury hotel.

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IHG appoints Morse Americas COO:  IHG announced on Wednesday that is has appointed Bob Morse senior vice president and chief operating officer for the Americas region.

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2 NYC hotels face foreclosure:  A New York judge ruled this month that an investment venture that includes Rockpoint Group, Atlas Capital Group and Procaccianti Group may foreclose on the Flatotel and Alex Hotel, both located in Manhattan.

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eforea launches to franchisees:  Hilton Worldwide announced on Wednesday that the eforea: spa at Hilton brand is available for franchisees.

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Trump launches loyalty program:  Trump Hotel Collection on Wednesday announced the launch of Trump Card.

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Luxury Collection announces film:  The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts premiered an original short film conceived with actress Tilda Swinton.

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