Graduate Hotels President Tim Franzen says the company looks beyond just the presence of a college when it selects where it will establish properties. "Several years ago we set a goal of having 20 [properties] by 2020, and quite frankly, by the end of that year, we'll probably be closer to 25," Franzen says.
Choice Hotels has partnered with Spain's Sercotel Hotels as Choice seeks growth across Europe. Under the partnership, Choice said it plans to offer hotel owners "a comprehensive solution and strong value proposition in international markets."
Wyndham Hotel Group and Wayfair are creating a special portal to help franchise owners meet Wyndham's brand standards. Howard Johnson by Wyndham will be the first franchise to use the portal, starting in May.
The spa at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., has added a Women's Quiet Room as part of a recently completed update. "The renovation added approximately 1,200 square feet to our women's amenities area, and of all the enhancements, the addition of the Quiet Room is the most dramatic," spa director LaRae Verros said.