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Hotel Industry News – Week Ending 01.20.07

Choice Hotels is bringing back the double EA$Y CHOICE stamps promotion between February 1 and April 30, 2007. Participants receive double EA$Y CHOICE stamps for each qualifying nights during the promotion period, and can redeem just eight stamps for a $50 room credit, instead of the usual 10. That adds up to a $50 credit in as little as four nights. In addition, they announced today a new Triple Rewards promotion in which members can earn triple Choice Privileges points or airline miles this spring for stays at any Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites or MainStay Suites property in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean or Mexico. The promotion starts February 1 and runs through April 30, 2007.

Hilton Hotel outside Washington Dulles Airport has been closed for a top-to-bottom scrubbing after more than 120 people were sickened by the highly contagious norovirus. The hotel is expected to reopen Tuesday. They are currently offering a promotional weekday rate starting at $65.95/night in Las Vegas. Use the code PHOTDT7 when you make your reservation. This promotion is only available on certain days. Hilton Vancouver Washington Hotel has received its LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Way to go, guys. Hilton San Francisco Financial District has started offering free Wi-Fi.

Marriott Hotels has paired with iBAHN, a broadband service provider, to offer Internet PCs with printers in 250 Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, and TownePlace Suites properties. Marriott has announced the Radisson Hotel Visalia has been officially re-branded as the Visalia Marriott following an $8.5 million renovation.

Radisson Hotels has announced complimentary high-speed Internet access has been expanded into Latin America. The service is now available in all guestrooms in the Americas region, including 206 franchised and managed hotels located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South and Central America, and the Caribbean.

Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington DC has awarded Pepco Energy Services a contract to supply wind power to the property.