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H otel Business THE NEWSPAPER FOR LODGING DECISION MAKERS ® ICD Publications ® VOL. 21 NO. 21 DECEMbER 15, 2012 BRIEFS Four Seasons Opens in Africa The 77-room Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti has opened in Serengeti, Tana-nia, the first Four Seasons property in Sub-Saharan Afri-ca. The brand plans two more properties in Sub-Saharan Africa: one in the Ngorong-oro Conservation Area; the second, a beach resort on the island of Zanzibar. Opening dates for the two upcoming properties weren’t disclosed. Blackstone inks deal for Apple REIT Six B y B ruCe S erlen NEW YORK—When an affiliate of The Blackstone Group agreed to acquire Richmond, VA-based Apple REIT Six, Inc. last month for approximately $1.2 billion, it was the third major lodging industry acquisition by a private equity firm announced since May. That month, another affiliate of the same Blackstone fund agreed to purchase the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands continued on page 37 The blackstone Group private equity firm has agreed to acquire Apple REIT Six, Inc. for $1.2 billion. Included in the 66-property portfolio is the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Fort Worth, TX. Hilton Expands in Egypt Hilton Hotels & Resorts, based in McLean, VA, will open its second hotel in Al-exandria, Egypt. The brand signed a management agree-ment with Delta for Tourism & Hotels Company to open a new 158-room, conversion property, the Hilton Alexan-dria Corniche. It is expected to open in 2013. This will be the 19th Hil-ton Worldwide property in Egypt. Encotel to launch Vintro Hotel brand in FL B y S tefani C. O’C OnnOr MIAMI BEACH, FL—Oenophiles, rejoice! That’s the not-so-subtle message a new hospi-tality venture is looking to get across to guests searching for an urban hotel experience with a viticulture twist. The ownership group is so confident in the premise of the concept, dubbed Vintro Ho-tel, that it has, out of the gate, not one, but two hotels in development and hopes to ulti-mately turn Vintro into a brand. Family-held real estate concern Encotel, LLC, with interests in Latin America, is us-ing Florida as a launch pad for the hotels, the first of which is slated to open by fall 2013 in South Beach, with a second property on the drawing board for Fort Lauderdale in 2015. Family member Luis Amighetti is serving as continued on page 40 U.S. Hotel Industry at a Glance October 2012 RevPAR ADR Demand Occupancy Supply 4.2% 3.0% 2.6% 0.4% 6.9% the stat corner As it steps up its development plans for Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide last month opened a 172-room, luxury St. Regis Resort & Spa on Mauritius, an island nation off the southeast coast of Africa. Starwood places priority on Africa growth B y B ruCe S erlen LE MORNE PENINSULA, MAURI-TIUS—When the 172-room St. Regis Mauritius Resort & Spa opened last month on this island nation in the In-dian Ocean about 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa, it was signifi-cant on at least three counts. First, it helped to establish Mauritius as a luxury travel destination. Second, it was the latest evidence of the St. Re-gis brand’s parent, Starwood Hotels & continued on page 27 Sponsored by Powered by FLEXIBLE RELIABLE ADAPTABLE ‘s new Keycard Encoder is now available to the hospitality industry.