Sage, Optima converting Cleveland hotel: Optima Ventures and Sage Hospitality have partnered to purchase a Cleveland city center hotel that will undergo a US$64 million renovation and open in July 2013 under the Westin brand.
Meliá renames vacation club: Meliá Hotels International announced on Friday that it is changing the name of its Sol Meliá vacation club to Club Meliá.
Riu expands in Germany: Riu Hotels & Resorts announced on Friday that it plans to open a city center hotel in Berlin in June 2013.
Hyatt expands in Qatar: Hyatt Hotels Corp. signed an agreement with Msheireb Hospitality to manage a new-build hotel in Doha, Qatar.
St. Ermin’s joins MGallery: The historic St. Ermin’s hotel in London joined Accor’s MGallery collection on Thursday.
Twin Cities hotel rebrands: The Northland Inn in suburban Minneapolis is rebranding as a Marriott and undergoing a US$24 million renovation.
AH&LA decries Obama policy: The American Hotel & Lodging Association is decrying a governmental ethics rule put into place in 2009 by the Obama administration that bans federal employees from accepting free invitations to attend conferences and other events held by companies and trade associations.