Riding the Recession,
Though the economy forced the two companies to put some projects on hold, between them, Newcrest Hotels and Image Hospitality accomplished a record 16 hotel openings in the span of a year.
First Courtyard By MarriottLufkin, Texas
Image Hospitality opened the Courtyard by Marriott in Lufkin, Texas—the first opened by Image Hospitality and a new prototype for Courtyard. It was a novelty for locals as well; during the grand opening, they filled the parking lot, coming to celebrate and take a look at the nicest hotel in town.