News in brief: Starwood, Rezidor, von Essen

Starwood expands in Sri Lanka:  Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. will build a Sheraton branded hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Read more at Reuters


Rezidor to enter Serbia:  Rezidor Hotel Group announced on Monday that it will open a Radisson Blu in Belgrade, Serbia in 2013, the company’s first hotel in the Balkan country.

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Former von Essen hotel sells:  The 21-room Homewood Park Hotel & Spa in Bath, England was bought by Longleat.

Read more at Big Hospitality


Starwood expands in Indonesia:  Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. announced on Monday that it signed an agreement to manage a 123-room Le Méridien hotel being converted on the island of Bali, set to open in mid-2012.

Read more at eTravelBlackboard


Hospitality Ventures buys franchise:  Hospitality Ventures LLC announced on Monday that it acquired the franchise rights of Key West Inns.

Read more at MarketWatch


Hilton expands in Argentina:  Hilton Worldwide announced on Friday the signing of a management agreement with HH Developments to operate a Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Santa Fe, Argentina.

Read more at the Hilton Worldwide Global Media Center


Auditor charged with larceny, identity theft:  An Amsterdam Hospitality Group auditor has been charged with stealing 237 guests’ credit card information and then selling it.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal