>More independents lured to big hotel brands' collections

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>Many new hotel projects have been on hold since the financial market meltdown, but upscale and luxury hotel brands are expanding their ranks by signing independent properties eager for broader recognition and the marketing and sales clout that big brands bring.

From the Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis to the Ivy in San Diego to luxury hotels in Amsterdam and China, Starwood and Wyndham alone in the past few weeks have announced a number of additions to their high-end brands.

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