Upscale hotel chain Omni Hotels is building, buying and starting to think global.

It's breaking ground later this year on a Fort Worth hotel, it's bought two high-profile San Antonio hotels and is looking to add four or five new properties a year to its lineup.

Lately, almost every move by privately held Omni Hotels -- from development to acquisitions and alliances-- is upping its profile and its size.

"We think we made huge inroads in the meeting community and travel community. Most travel professionals think we are a much larger company than we are," Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni said. "(Now) we are focusing more of our efforts on leisure and transient guests."

The Irving-based hotel chain has approximately 14,500 rooms in 40 hotels in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Omni owns 33 of those hotels and has an ownership stake in some others.

Omni is having an "incredible" year, Deitemeyer says.

Entrepreneur magazine named it "best upscale hotel value" in the magazine's 13th annual business travel awards.

More importantly, Omni can also boast about its finances. Its average revenue per available room is up 14% in the first four months of the year as compared to the same period last year. Revenue per available room, known as RevPAR, is generally used as the industry measuring stick for a hotel's financial health.

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