News in brief: The Standard, Red Lion, Hilton

The Standard debuts new website: The Standard integrated with to give users a more seamless online and mobile experience. The new website showcases editorial content, e-commerce and booking capabilities. 

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Red Lion signs in Brooklyn: Red Lion Hotels Corp. signed a franchise license agreement with an affiliate of Three Wall Capital to convert a hotel in Brooklyn, New York, to a Red Lion Inn & Suites. Under the agreement, the hotel will continue to be managed by Boast Hotel Management Co.

Read more at MarketWatch


Hilton grows in Colombia: Hilton Worldwide signed two franchise license agreements to convert two Hoteles Cosmos hotels in Bogotá into DoubleTree by Hilton properties, marking the entry of the brand into Colombia. DoubleTree by Hilton Bogotá Parque 93 and DoubleTree by Hilton Bogotá Calle 100 are expected to open in December 2015 and February 2016, respectively.

Read more at DoubleTree’s website


AccorHotels reports booking increase in Asia Pacific: AccorHotels reports a 53% increase in direct bookings revenue across its Asia Pacific network and an increase of 93% for China hotels year on year between July 2014 through June 2015. AccorHotels was the first international group to launch a Chinese-language booking engine in 2005 and its revamp in 2014 to create a Chinese-centric experience resulted in a 37% increase in bookings worldwide.


M&C expands in Saudi Arabia: Millennium & Copthorne signed a deal to develop and operate four hotels in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, by 2020. Two properties will be Millennium hotels, one will be a Studio M hotel, and another will be a Millennium Executive Apartment.

Read more at the Straits Times


Odien acquires in Croatia: Odien Hotels N.V. acquired the Grand Hotel Lav d.o.o., and Grand Marina Lav d.o.o. from HETA Asset Resolution in Croatia.