News in brief: Wyndham, Hilton, Israel

Wyndham expands in China:  Wyndham Worldwide Corp. announced on Monday that it signed a management agreement for a 401-room property under construction in southern China. The hotel will be named Wyndham Grand Foshan Gaoming.

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New Hilton for Philly:  Philadelphia will get a new build 246-room Hilton Home2 Suites Hotel, the first new build hotel in the city since 2000. The hotel will be located adjacent to the city’s Convention Center.

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Texas Western signs 5 hotels:  Texas Western Hospitality signed an agreement to manage five Marriott-branded hotels in Texas and Alabama.

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Israel hotel stays down:  The Israel Hotels Association reports that Israeli hotels saw 7% less overnight stays in August 2011 than in August 2010.

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Business travel up:  A new report by Pegasus Solutions shows that global business travel increased 10.2% in August 2011 year-on-year.

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Sandals plans to reopen closed resort:  Butch Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts told Travel Weekly that the company plans to renovate and reopen the Dragon Bay property in Jamaica.

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