A Holiday Inn in Fort Wayne, Ind., will become the first hotel in that state to unveil Holiday Inn's new logo and decor. The hotel, near the city's Memorial Coliseum, is part of a $1 billion investment to update nearly 3,200 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express locations.
Central Michigan University is pushing forward with plans for a new campus hotel and five office buildings, despite the objections of a hotel and restaurant owner. The university plans to negotiate a lease for a six-story Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, but the owner of other hotels, including a Comfort Inn & Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites, said there are legal issues to consider before moving ahead.
Some hotel chains common to the suburbs are getting a taste of the big city. Hersha Hospitality, for instance, has opened Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in Manhattan, and other hotel operators also are turning to cities for better returns.
The Hampton brand opened a total of six new properties with 533 new rooms in November. The new properties -- one Hampton Inn hotel and five Hampton Inn & Suites properties -- included the 100th Hampton hotel to open in Texas.