ITT Sheraton Adds Former Ritzes to 'Luxury Collection'

By Linda Humphrey

BOSTON -- The ITT Luxury Collection boosted its U.S. portfolio to 12 properties by winning management contracts on the four hotels abandoned by Ritz-Carlton, Dan Weadock, ITT Sheraton's president and chief executive officer, said.

"We draw a lot of our Luxury Collection customers from outside the U.S., so this is a big advantage for us," he said.

The chain plans to bring back many of the 200 managers the Ritz-Carlton had spirited out of the four hotels Aug. 2, Weadock said.

ITT already has swapped the hotels' crown-and-lion Ritz amenities for those bearing its own four horses logo, although the Ritz emblem will linger a bit longer on the doorknobs, he said.

Currently signed to a one-year contract, ITT plans to sign a long-term contract for the hotels soon, according to Weadock.

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