• Idaho firm acquires DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in downtown Bend, plans major renovation, rebranding

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    The Doubletree Hilton Hotel in downtown Bend has new ownership. Learn more here.

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    BOISE, Idaho (KTVZ) — Braintree Group, a privately held, vertically integrated, national real estate development and investment firm, announced Monday it acquired the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bend, located in downtown Bend and plans a renovation and rebranding.

    Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

    The 117-room property (originally the Phoenix Inn) features an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, business center, and three meeting rooms totaling 2.327 square feet of meeting space, according to the announcement that continues in full below:

    It is located right off US Route 97 in the heart of downtown Bend, Oregon. Bend is known for its scenic setting and year-round…

  • Bend’s summer tourism numbers are down slightly, Visit Bend says

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    Fewer people are visiting Bend this summer than last. Learn more here.

    Visit Bend says hotel occupancy rates are down 10 per cent.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – You may not notice it as many favorite spots are still crowded but Visit Bend says fewer people are visiting this summer than in prior years.

    “We track the number of hotel rooms occupied each week. This summer we’re averaging 18 thousand compared to last summer when it was closer to 20 thousand,” Visit Bend CEO Kevney Dugan explained.

    Dugan cites higher gas prices and international travel as reasons for the reduction in tourists.

    While the number of rooms booked has dropped 10 per cent, Dugan says revenue is still strong as…