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Originally published Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 12:00 AM

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Travel Briefs | Arctic Club joins Doubletree, and more

Seattle's Arctic Club hotel will become part of Hilton's Doubletree Hotel chain.

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Arctic Club joins Doubletree

The Arctic Club Hotel in downtown Seattle will become part of the Doubletree Hotel chain owned by Hilton Hotels, and be renamed the Doubletree Arctic Club Hotel Seattle in mid-May.

Owners have entered into a franchise license agreement with Hilton Hotels Corp. which operates the Doubletree brand, according to The Hotel Group, the Northwest company that manages the Arctic. Changes will include new signage and conversion of the full-service JUNO restaurant from an upscale menu to what the group describes as "urban casual dining."

The 120-room Arctic Club Hotel (www.arcticclubhotel.com) opened last July as a 120-room hotel in a historic early 20th century building that was the headquarters for a men's club, the former Arctic Club.

Langley inn

wins honors

The Inn at Langley on Whidbey Island has been named to National Geographic Traveler's list of top 129 hotels in its April issue. Evaluators based their nominations on criteria such as the level of engagement with the local community, sustainable practices, and the spirit of the location.

China to

reopen Tibet

China says it plans to reopen Tibet to foreign tourists in a sign of Beijing's growing confidence after several sensitive anniversaries passed without any apparent major disturbances.

Tibetan areas that were sealed off to foreign visitors last year after anti-government protests and a massive security clampdown are scheduled to reopen today, said a spokesman for the Tibetan regional government's tourism administration.

China requires foreigners to obtain special permission to visit Tibet and routinely bars them from all ethnically Tibetan areas of the country during sensitive periods to keep news of unrest from leaking out.

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China claims Tibet as part of its territory, but many Tibetans have chafed under rule by Beijing, which grew steadily more invasive after communist troops entered the region in 1950.

Yellowstone trails

Yellowstone National Park has reopened two trails popular with skiers and snowshoers.

The trails were closed March 10 after a 40-foot unused communications tower near Mammoth Hot Springs buckled and threatened to fall over. The tower was once part of Yellowstone's two-way radio system.

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