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Chesapeake Lodging Trust has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the 613-room Denver (www.denver.org) Marriott City Center for $119 million, or approximately $194,000 per key. The Trust intends to fund the acquisition with available cash on hand and by borrowing under its revolving credit facility. Completion of the proposed acquisition is expected within the next 30 days, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The Trust intends to assume the existing management agreement with Marriott International, Inc. Call 888-236-2427 or visit www.marriott.com and (www.chesapeakelodgingtrust.com) Aug 25, 2011

Chesapeake Lodging Trust will buy Denver Marriott for $119M. Chesapeake Lodging Trust will acquire the 613-room Denver Marriott City Center hotel for $119 million. The 1 million-square-foot, 43-story tower is the largest mixed-use property in Denver. Aug 26, 2011

The Grand Del Mar in San Diego has announced fall 2011 deals: With the Mini Vacation, guests who reserve three nights, get a complimentary fourth night from Sept. 1 through Dec. 22. Nightly room rates start at $395. Guests also can enroll in Vision54 three-day seminars at the Grand Golf Performance Academy, taught by Vision54 co-creators Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson. The seminars take place Sept. 16-18 and Sept. 23-25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $3,495 for each three-day session. And the Dave Pelz One-Day Scoring Schools offer one-day instruction on Oct. 26, 27, 28 and 29 and Dec. 1, 2 and 3 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $425 per person for each one-day session. To book a Mini Vacation and for general information, call 877-814-8472 or visit www.thegranddelmar.com. To book a Vision54 three-day course, visit www.vision54.com. To book a One-Day Scoring School session, call 858-314-1930. Aug 25, 2011

Holiday Inn Express tops list of brands with most rooms in U.S. pipeline. Smith Travel Research has listed InterContinental Hotels Group's Holiday Inn Express as the hotel brand with the greatest number of rooms in the U.S. hotel pipeline. The brand is expecting nearly 21,000 guest rooms to open through 2014. Other brands on the list are Hilton Worldwide's Hampton Inn and Suites, Marriott International's Courtyard by Marriott and IHG's Holiday Inn. Aug 26, 2011

Marriott unveils new smartphone app. Marriott International has introduced a new application for smartphones that enables users to locate nearby hotels, check reservations and book rooms. "With a few taps, you can now get immediate access on the go to our 3,600 hotels across 13 brands in 71 countries," said Shafiq Khan, Marriott's senior vice president of eCommerce. Aug 25, 2011

Marriott signs management deal for 2 planned hotels in Peoria, Ill.. Marriot International has signed a management deal for the planned Marriott Pere Marquette and the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Peoria, Ill. The $102 million hotel project, which city officials hope to start soon, includes the renovation of the Hotel Pere Marquette and the construction of a 117-room Marriott Courtyard. Aug 25, 2011

Stricter policies may discourage U.S. travel, companies say. Hotels, airlines and other travel companies are worried that stricter policies related to airport security and obtaining visas may discourage travelers from visiting the United States. "We are simply too hard a place to get into for foreign travelers," said Arne M. Sorenson, president and chief operating officer of Marriott International. Aug 23, 2011

Marriott International launched a new, free mobile app for iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices. In addition to this new mobile app, Marriott also unveiled a new Oapp-likeO mobile website that can be accessed from any web-enabled mobile device -- the site even sports that "app feel," from taps to finger-swipes. The new Marriott Mobile tools enable travelers to quickly find nearby hotels, book a room, check their upcoming reservations and get details about their hotel, including photos. With the app and mobile website, travelers can also enroll in Marriott Rewards, check their point balance, and even find out what's happening in the local area. To download the free Marriott app, visit www.Marriott.com/mobile. Aug 22, 2011

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