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Sandals steps up pace of development
posted on Jul 27 17

Sandals Resorts International is looking to Wall Street to help finance as many as a dozen new Caribbean hotels as the luxury resort manager ditches its conservative strategy of building just one project per year and keeping debt right down. Read the Bloomberg story here

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Disney to bring Marvel universe to life in Paris hotel
posted on Jul 27 17

The 565-key Disney‘s Hotel New York, near Disneyland Paris, will be redesigned to incorporate the Marvel comic book universe. The property will be rebranded as Disney’s Hotel New York-The Art of Marvel. Read the Travel + Leisure online story here

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Hotel del Coronado to join Hilton’s Curio Collection
posted on Jul 27 17

The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego will be rebranded as a Hilton hotel under the brand’s Curio Collection — a group of unique, upscale properties. Originally the hotel was to be sold by Blackstone Group to China’s Anbang Insurance Co., but a Treasury Department committee was concerned about its proximity to the Coronado Naval Base. Read The San Diego Union-Tribune story here

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Marriott Autograph collection grows to more than 100 properties worldwide
posted on Jul 26 17

The 44-key Hotel Beaux Arts in Miami is joining Marriott’s Autograph Collection, a group that has grown to more than 100 properties worldwide. Read the Miami Herald story here

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Two Canadian firms reportedly planning to bid for Sears Canada
posted on Jul 26 17

Two of Canada’s largest real estate investment trusts, RioCan REIT and a unit of H&R REIT, are among the potential bidders for Sears Canada‘s assets now that the retailer has gotten the green light to entertain offers, two sources say. The REITs are currently looking at the leases but are also waiting to see how the company may be restructured before they make an offer, the sources say. Read the Bloomberg story here

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