2017 Summit will be held in Orlando, FL at The JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Hotel January 11th-13th.
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Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, expects to spend at least $300 million on new and renovated properties, adding more than 30 new hotels to its current 100. The lifestyle brand will continue to emphasize North America and Asia Pacific. Read the TravelPulse story here
Arby’s Restaurant Group will open 25 units in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in the coming years, in partnership with Johnny Rockets‘ franchisee Kharafi Global, and the chain is also eyeing opportunities in Asia and Latin America. The chain’s main growth focus is on the United States, where it sees the potential to nearly double in size to 6,000 restaurants. Read the Bloomberg story here
Lowe’s Canada added 496 stores to its 43 with it recent $3.2 billion acquisition of Rona, and chain aims to surpass Home Depot Canada to become the country’s biggest home improvement retailer. The company is also focusing on gaining greater name recognition than Home Hardware, which comes in third in sales but first in brand awareness, according to industry experts. Read The Globe and Mail story here