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.
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.
A Towers Perrin study of hiring practices among multinational companies in 16 countries uncovered some key similarities, most importantly around the desire on the part of workers for "work-life balance."