News in brief: Wanda, Autograph, Ace Hotel

Wanda to expand in Beijing:  Dalian Wanda Group announced that it will open a hotel under its Wanda Realm brand in Beijing on January 1, 2014.

Read more at The Jakarta Post


Autograph adds San Antonio hotel:  The 165-room Éilan Hotel, Resort & Spa joined Marriott International’s Autograph Collection.

Read more at the San Antonio Business Journal


Ace Hotel Group reportedly expanding in NYC:  Bowery Boogie reported that according to an anonymous source, Ace Hotel Group is developing two hotels in Manhattan.

Read more at Bowery Boogie


Warwick forms JV for Africa expansion:  Warwick International Hotels Group is forming a joint venture with Recreation Africa Group on October 1 to expand via management contracts in sub-Saharan Africa.


Island reflags DC hotel:  Island Hospitality Management converted a DoubleTree by Hilton to the 103-room Residence Inn by Marriott Washington D.C./Foggy Bottom after a US$5 million renovation.


Riu to expand in Panama:  Riu Hotels & Resorts will open the 573-room Riu Playa Blanca, located on the coast of the Coclé province, in April 2014.


 Paramount to expand in Saudi Arabia:  DAMAC Properties announced that is developing the 215-unit serviced residences DAMAC Towers by Paramount Hotels & Resorts, Riyadh, in 2016.