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FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON HOTEL IS GETTING NEW NAME, IMPROVEMENTS
OWNERS CALLING IT MILLENNIUM HOTEL BUFFALO AIRPORT

The Four Points by Sheraton hotel next to the Walden Galleria is about to change its identity.

As of April 28, the Cheektowaga property will be known as Millennium Hotel Buffalo Airport. It will also embark on $1.5 million worth of improvements following the name change.

London-based Millennium and Copthorne acquired the hotel in 1999 with a package of other hotels, but has continued to operate it under the Four Points by Sheraton name.

The property, which opened in 1973, consists of 300 rooms. The upcoming improvements will include refurbishing of rooms, the ballroom, lobby and corridors, said Russ Papia, director of sales and marketing.

"It's going to be quite something to look at," he said.

Millennium and Copthorne's U.S. subsidiary, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, will manage the Cheektowaga hotel.

Millennium and Copthorne's U.S. subsidiary, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, will manage the Cheektowaga hotel.

It decided to change the name on the Cheektowaga property because its agreement with Starwood, which owns the Sheraton brand, for the site was up for renewal. The company wanted to introduce the Millennium name into markets beyond major cities such as New York City and Los Angeles, Papia said.

Customers' reservations and travelers' programs at the hotel won't be affected by the change in brand, he added.

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