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by Michael J. Shapiro | May 23, 2012

Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced plans Monday for eight hotels in Latin America, expected to open over the next four years. Six of those properties will be in Mexico, one in Colombia and one in Chile. Two of the Mexican hotels are slated for Los Cabos: the 196-room Park Hyatt Los Cabos, debuting in 2015 with meeting space and a 13,000-square-foot spa; and the 157-room Hyatt Place San José del Cabo, opening in 2013 near the beach, golf courses, commercial areas, and dining and entertainment venues. In the Riviera Maya, south of Cancún, the company will open the 220-room Park Hyatt Riviera Maya in 2016 in a mixed-use golf development, offering meeting space, three restaurants and a spa; the 213-room Andaz Mayakoba, which will open in the master-planned Mayakoba development in 2015; and the 332-room Hyatt Playa, debuting in Playa del Carmen in 2015 with food-and-beverage outlets, a spa and a fitness center. The 144-room Hyatt Place Tijuana will open in 2013, in the central Aviación district. In Colombia, the 250-room Hyatt Regency Cartagena will debut in 2015 in a mixed-use development in the oceanside Bocagrande district. That property, Hyatt's first in Colombia, will offer a 7,500-square-foot ballroom, a spa, a fitness center, a restaurant and a pool. And in Chile, the 160-room Hyatt Place Vitacura, named for its Santiago location, will open late this year. Hyatt also is developing four previously announced Latin American properties: the 408-room Grand Hyatt Río de Janeiro, in Brazil; the 150-room Andaz Papagayo and the 120-room Hyatt Place San José Pinares, both in Costa Rica; and the 167-room Hyatt Place Panama City, in Panama.