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Seattle, WA – June 25, 2024 – Award-winning hotel management company, The Hotel Group("THG"), an affiliate of Hotel Equities, proudly celebrates its 40th anniversary this week, marking a significant milestone in its journey from a determined start-up in 1984 to one of today's leading hotel management companies. 

Founded in 1984 by Edmond Lee, THG assumed management of 3 Executel hotels in Oklahoma and Texas. From its outset, THG followed the mantra, “Serve, Inspire & Deliver” a principle that guided the company as it embarked on its mission to provide exemplary management services. A compelling differentiator early-on for THG was its intentional focus on recruiting and retaining “Best in Class” team members who pledged to deliver hands-on, high-quality management service to its client partners. Today, the firm manages a portfolio of 21 award-winning hotels with a healthy pipeline of new development projects underway. Doug Dreher and Randy Meyer serve as THG's principals. 

A Legacy of Caring for People

“Celebrating 40-years is such an exciting opportunity that wouldn’t be possible without our best-in-class team,’” said Doug Dreher, CEO of THG. “Both on property and at the corporate level, our team works tirelessly providing our guests with our signature Hospitality Greatness; making us the company that others are measured against.”

THG’s commitment to a people-first approach has not gone unnoticed. The company has received numerous industry accolades over the years, including these most recent recognitions.

Two-time recipient of the Hilton Connie Award (2021/2024) for The Sound Hotel Seattle Belltown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Marriott Diamond Circle Award winner Residence Inn Wenatchee 

Marriott Platinum Circle Award, Maintenance & Upkeep Award for the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Ellensburg

The honors are a reflection of THG's commitment to creating a collaborative environment where everyone contributes. 

Building a Strong Partnership

Over the years, THG has demonstrated resilience in the face of adversity, navigating economic downturns and significant challenges. This resilience not only fortified the company’s operations but also strengthened the character of its team, managing through both prosperous and challenging times, guided by its mission, vision, and values, including its service vision of Inspired Hospitality Greatness™.

Strategic decision-making and thorough research have been vital to THG’s success. This principle of due diligence has ensured that partnerships and investments are well-considered and beneficial for the long term. They joined forces in a strategic partnership with Hotel Equities in 2021 which has provided THG with additional resources, support, and collaborative opportunities, further bolstering  growth as part of Hotel Equities' collective family of brands.

The 'how' of operations is a critical aspect for THG and one to which their low turnover rate is largely attributed.  “For us, the ‘how’ is so much about our values and how we impact our team's lives and it was critical for us that we found like-minded partners aligned in vision. It’s not just what we're focused on; it’s how we do it,” Dreher explained. This values-based approach has resulted in impressive metrics, including an average management contract length of 11 years and a low turnover rate of 10.65%, representative of a loyal and committed workforce.

A Note of Gratitude

“As we look ahead to an exciting new chapter, we are incredibly grateful for the support we have received from our guests, associates, and partners over the years,” said Dreher. “Together, we will continue to achieve great things and create lasting memories for those we serve. Thank you for being an essential part of our story. Here’s to many more years of growth, success, and shared accomplishments.”

THG is actively seeking new opportunities to bring renowned service and quality to more locations, ensuring that more travelers can experience the THG difference. Look out for THG's continued expansion in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest regions of the US.  

For more information about The Hotel Group, please visit www.thehotelgroup.com.

 
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WASHINGTON – 21 June 2024 – Canada’s hotel industry recorded its highest performance levels in eight months, according to CoStar’s May 2024 data. CoStar is a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information and analytics in the property markets. 

May 2024 (percentage change from 2023):

Occupancy: 69.0% (+0.2%)

Average daily rate (ADR): CAD206.39 (+4.5%)

Revenue per available room (RevPAR): CAD142.32 (+4.8%) 

“Improvement in Canada’s hotel room rates drove a RevPAR lift in May,” said Laura Baxter, CoStar Group’s director of hospitality analytics for Canada. 

“The occupancy lift, however, was marginal, with the metric contracting across the lower-tier hotels, while Upscale through Luxury showed growth. ADR increases across all classes kept RevPAR comparisons in positive territory.  

“While group occupancy fell 5.5%, transient grew 2.4%. The growth in the transient segment did not, however, translate to higher rate growth. The lower gain in transient room rates is a trend worth watching, as some markets are seeing rate decline due to the softening of the segment’s demand.”

Among the provinces and territories, British Columbia recorded the highest occupancy level (74.3%), which was 3.3% above 2023. 

Among the major markets, Vancouver saw the highest occupancy (83.8%), up 1.2% over May 2023.

The lowest occupancy among provinces was reported in Prince Edward Island (54.5%), down 9.5% against 2023. 

At the market level, the lowest occupancy was reported in Calgary (-1.9% to 67.0%).

“Hoteliers are relatively optimistic as we approach the summer high season,” Baxter said. “Recent consumer sentiment reports about domestic leisure travel and slightly lower interest rates have contributed to the optimism, particularly in destinations driven by leisure demand. However, many hoteliers are also reporting shorter booking windows compared to previous years, causing limited visibility into the strength of demand. 

“STR’s 2024 forecast reflects slower rate growth, at 1.9%, due to an expected deceleration in the metric during the last three quarters compared to the first. Our downgrade to occupancy was material, with the metric now expected to decrease 0.5% year over year due to lower-than-expected demand as weaker economic conditions take a bigger toll than expected.”

For more information about the company and its products and services, pleasevisitwww.costargroup.com

 
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Toronto, ON (June 20, 2024) –Atlific Hotels proudly announces that several of its managed properties have taken top prizes in the 2023 edition of Marriott International’s 2023 Global Performance Awards. Three Atlific managed properties,  Residence Inn Calgary Downtown/Beltline DistrictResidence Inn Kingston, and Towneplace Suites Red Deer took home prestigious Circle Awards while Colleen Logan, Atlific Area Sales Manager, earned the Sales Leader of the Year award amongst all global Residence Inn branded properties for her top achievements. The awards ceremony took place on June 13, 2024.

The selection process for the Circle Awards rigorously evaluates hotels on their ability to deliver brand promises, with winning properties excelling in leadership, customer satisfaction, financial performance, and associate engagement. 

“Atlific is incredibly proud of our people who are truly dedicated to service excellence and we’re thrilled that their performance has been recognized,” said Christine Kennedy, CEO, Atlific Hotels. “Atlific prides itself on creating a positive impact on the guest experience and the local communities our hotels operate in, and these awards are a shining reflection of our teams’ outstanding efforts.” 

For its part, Residence Inn Calgary Downtown/ Beltline District won two separate Residence Inn brand awards and the hotel was one of just two Canadian hotels to earn the highly prestigious Platinum Circle performance award honouring the best of the best in the Residence Inn brand's overall guest satisfaction score in addition to Logan’s Sales Leader of the Year Award as the standout amongst the entire Residence Inn brand. There are almost 1000 Residence Inn brand hotels in the Marriott portfolio. 

Several Atlific properties took home Marriott International’s Brand Circle Awards for top ratings in overall guest satisfaction. Circle Awards are achieved via exceptional staff service, maintenance, upkeep, cleanliness, and an elite level of hospitality. 

The Residence Inn Kingston also proudly received the Gold Circle Award, placing it in the top 5% of Residence Inn properties for overall guest satisfaction. This accolade reflects its impressive score and consistent year-over-year growth in revenue per available room.

The TownePlace Suites Red Deer earned the Silver Circle Award, distinguishing it among the top 20% of hotels in overall guest satisfaction within its brand.

 
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Vancouver, B.C. – June 19th, 2024 – Coast Hotels Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of APA Hotel Canada, Inc. and one of North America’s fastest-growing and one of Canada’s largest hotel brands, celebrated the completion of an extensive, multimillion-dollar guest room renovation at the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo, British Columbia during a launch event today. The newly reimagined rooms and suites offer guests an elevated Refreshingly Local™ experience with a focus on sophisticated comfort, intuitive design, aesthetic appeal, and unparalleled service.

The full-service hotel's guest rooms and suites have long been known for their stunning harbour and ocean views, but with these extensive renovations, guests will enjoy an even more refreshing and productive stay. The redesign also incorporated modern technology, allowing guests to enjoy seamless connectivity during their stay.

"We are thrilled to unveil and celebrate our newly renovated rooms and suites, which reflect our unwavering commitment to providing guests and residents with the best upscale experience in Nanaimo, “states Coast Bastion Hotel’s General Manager, David McQuinn. "We ensured that every detail was considered, and this fresh, contemporary update has surpassed all expectations.”

The design incorporates a fresh and modern feel, featuring neutral color palettes with pops of rich blue, paying homage to the property’s scenic oceanfront location. The aim was to create an environment that seamlessly blends contemporary sophistication with the beauty of its natural surroundings.

"We are proud to partner with Coast Hotels to bring best-in-class accommodation to the people of Vancouver Island and indeed the world”, says Operating Engineers’ Pension Plan Chairperson Brian Cochrane. “Our investment in elevating the guest room experience reflects our dedication to providing the utmost in hospitality. This revitalization, characterized by its warm and organic essence, underscores our promise to offer the preeminent Hotel in Nanaimo.”

In addition to the guest rooms and suites, Coast Bastion Hotel has previously renovated public spaces ensuring a cohesive and seamlessly updated experience throughout the property.

 
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Whistler, BC — The BC Hotel Association is pleased to announce the outstanding winners of the 2024 BCHA Awards of Excellence. Celebrated by industry peers and leaders at the BCHA Awards of Excellence Gala on May 2nd at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, this year's winners represent the top talent in the hospitality sector in BC.

Amongst 22 esteemed finalists, 7 individuals, businesses, and properties were honoured for their commitment to excellence in the industry.

"Reflecting on the remarkable achievements of the 2024 BCHA Awards of Excellence nominees, it's clear that their contributions have not only elevated the provincial accommodation sector but have also propelled the entire industry forward," said Ingrid Jarrett, President and CEO of the BC Hotel Association. "Celebrating the award winners in style capped off a hugely successful BCHA Summit at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort, and I extend congratulations to each and every individual and property nominated.”

The full list of winners from the BCHA 2024 Awards of Excellence are as follows:

Accommodation of the Year | Sponsored by Pomeroy Lodging

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort - Mackenzie Sound, BC

Housekeeping Excellence | Sponsored by Ecolab

Coast Tsawwassen Inn - Tsawwassen, BC

Hotelier of the Year | Sponsored by Encore Canada

Bill Lewis, General Manager, Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Sustainability Champion | Sponsored by FortisBC

2400 Motel - Vancouver, BC

Leader of the Future

Fiona Scrivens, Sales and Marketing Coordinator, Crystal Lodge

Supplier of the Year

Ecolab

Culinary Excellence

Linnéa Letourneau, Nimmo Bay Resort - Mackenzie Sound, BC

For the full list of nominations, photos from the event, and more information, visit the official BCHA Summit website.

 

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