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DENVER (March 5, 2019)RLH Corporation(NYSE:RLH) today announced the creation of a new subsidiary, RLabs, Inc. RLabs was formed to be a travel technology-based innovator that houses and builds on the groundbreaking technology platform the company has created, including RevPak. RLabs will focus on new revenue verticals, and on developing unique technology and system offerings for the hospitality industry including software, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

The first offering from RLabs is Canvas Integrated Systems, an all-in-one cloud-based hospitality management suite featuring a collection of seamlessly-integrated tools designed to drive revenue, secure more revenue opportunities, automate channel management and reduce cost and friction for independent hotel owners. It harnesses powerful technology not currently accessible by most independent hotels to provide revenue management, channel management and global sales at the fraction of the price independent hotels (and many brands) are able to secure on their own. Canvas Integrated Systems also utilizes technology to provide additional desired platforms such as personalized loyalty programs and keyless entry. RLabs will also be able to offer third party management companies the capability to bring brand-level resources, pricing and technology under a white label to independent hotels around the world.

“At RLH Corporation, we have created a formidable platform with fantastic pricing that we are excited to now be able to offer through Canvas Integrated Systems to independent hotel operators who don’t want or need a brand,” said RLH Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Mount. “We see the industry moving towards being transaction-based in the future and believe Canvas Integrated Systems can provide a savings of up to 50% over what typical independent hotels are currently paying, and potentially even more for hotels that are part of a soft brand. We believe there is a real opportunity to use our technology platform in a more vertical way by building a subscription-style offering of technology on a transaction-based billing format.”

RLH Corporation has an agreement to provide services for up to 7 hotels to Canvas Integrated Systems with the first hotel, Monterey Tides having already converted in December 2018.

“Canvas Integrated Systems has given us the ability to quickly manage our channels without the day-to-day grind generally associated with the back-end of running a hotel,” said Ted Darnall, RLH Corporation Board of Directors Member and CEO Lodging and Technical Services Companies at HEI Hotels & Resorts, who manages Monterey Tides. “The fully automated system has saved us both time and money, and we have felt the impact of the benefits of being with a large brand, without having to sell out our independence.”

Canvas Integrated Systems is a fully customizable platform backed by best-in-class providers that allows independent hotels to choose components to get exactly what they need and avoid paying for unnecessary items. The service is supported by a transaction-based model that ensures that owners pay on actualized transactions while benefiting from the cost savings of a larger hotel base resulting from RLH’s significant economies of scale. Each hotel operator has a dedicated support team to ensure seamless execution and access to institutionalized knowledge to keep up with trends and best-in-class procedures.

“We built Canvas Integrated Systems to allow independent hotels to benefit from best-in-class systems and technology while remaining independent,” said Mount. “Hotel operators will receive many of the advantages and transactional costs of a well-established larger system structure without having to incur costs and meet expensive brand standards required by soft brands. Canvas Integrated Systems is not a hotel brand, has no brand standards and you only pay based on actualized transactions.”

Canvas Integrated Systems operates behind the scenes, allowing hotels and operators to remain distinct, unique and independent. Hotel operators will have access to the information and reports without the pain of being responsible for the systems, services, training, or trouble-shooting.

To learn more about Canvas Integrated Systems and RLabs, visitRLabs.com. We don’t wait for the future. We create it. 

 
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Phoenix, AZ (March 5, 2019) – SkyTouch Technology, a leader in innovative technology and the most widely used cloud-based system (PMS) announced today that they have teamed up with LodgingControls, Inc., a hospitality management software that takes automation to the next level.

The integration will allow properties to use the LodgingControls, Inc. software and the SkyTouch Hotel Operations Platform together. Users can easily manage front desk duties, housekeeping, and maintenance through the Mobile Operating Platform (MOP) based on reservation arrival and departure dates.

The cloud-to-cloud integration between the SkyTouch Platform and the LodgingControls, Inc. Hospitality Management Software provides a simple solution that can increase staff efficiency allowing more time to be spent focusing on the guest experience.

“At SkyTouch the customer is always first, and the SkyTouch /CONNECT platform offers all of the integration capabilities our customers need”, says SkyTouch CEO, Todd Davis. “Integrating with LodgingControls, Inc. enables our customers to improve both the guest experience and the operational efficiency of their business.”

SkyTouch Technology’s connection with LodgingControls, Inc. provides hotels and resorts with integrated housekeeping, maintenance, preventative maintenance, room inspections, and front desk management systems as well as guest texting and Alexa voice services in one easy to use mobile and desktop web application. Because both platforms are available through mobile devices, managing all staff activities can be done anywhere, anytime.

“It has been exciting to collaborate with SkyTouch to bring our technologies together. Such a collaboration will help hotel operators and their staff to work smarter, faster and better”, said Albert Sledge, Business Development Manager of LodgingControls, Inc.  “Integrating with SkyTouch will further enhance the automation of our products, allowing hotel staff to concentrate on what’s really important – building relationships and focusing on customer service.”

For more on the SkyTouch x LodgingControls, Inc. integration, please visit go.skytouchtechnology.com/lodgingcontrols.

 
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February 28, 2019, (Calgary Alberta) -- Atlific Hotels is proud to announce the opening of the world’s largest Residence Inn by Marriott March 1, 2019, in one of Calgary’s most dynamic neighbourhoods, the Beltline District.

Located at 10th Ave and 5th Street SW, the Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Beltline District has been built where the historic Alberta Boot Company once stood. The hotel’s 33 floors, 390 spacious guest suites and 6,000 square feet of meeting space blend comfort and style, while the property’s unique art and design touches including floor-to-ceiling murals and cowboy boot stitching incorporated into all guestroom bed headboards pay homage to Calgary’s western history.

“We are thrilled to be opening a spectacular new addition to Calgary’s Beltline District,” says Gordon Johnson, Vice-President, Operations for Atlific Hotels. “The Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Beltline District was envisioned for today’s leisure and business traveller, for both short and long stays, who are looking to spend quality time in one of Canada’s most vibrant entrepreneurial cities, whether for work or play.”

A-typical of a Residence Inn by Marriott property, the striking 33-floor exterior tower of the hotel stands out on Calgary’s iconic skyline.  Hotel amenities and guest experiences have been thoughtfully curated. The modern design features a gallery-influenced lobby with soaring ceilings and inviting places to socialize and connect. Integrated technology is featured throughout the property with free Wi-Fi and tech savvy touches, including the ability to synchronize a guest’s personal Netflix or Hulu account to the in-room television.

Catering to both business and leisure travellers, the hotel includes studio and one-bedroom suites with fully-equipped kitchens. The guest-centric offerings also include valet parking, concierge, complimentary grocery delivery service, a 24-hour market, complimentary daily buffet breakfast, a common laundry room, and a 24-hour, 2-level fitness facility that is bright and airy with floor to ceiling windows. To add to the full-service experience, the Hearth Room Lounge and Terrace with seasonal patio features light meal service complemented by regionally-infused crafted cocktails, west-coast wines and local beer selections. Coming summer 2019, will be the addition of a bistro wine bar in the lobby of the hotel. Furthermore, the hotel is pet-friendly, so guests don’t have to leave their favourite furry companions at home.

                                                                                                                                               

General Manager Eric Ashton, who grew up in Jasper, and built his hotel career with Starwood Hotels in Alberta, BC, Florida and Nashville, TN before joining Atlific Hotels in October, leads the hotel’s team. “While this is the largest Residence Inn by Marriott in the world, we have taken special care to create a warm and welcoming hotel with a modern boutique feel, that encourages guests to stay a little longer and immerse themselves in the local neighbourhood,” says Ashton.

Designed to appeal to the corporate groups market, the hotel’s 6,000 square feet of naturally-lit meeting space with built-in multimedia technology caters to groups of up to 175 delegates. Meeting rooms of various sizes are paired with dedicated gathering spaces on the Meetings Level for meals, breakout sessions and one-on-one meetings.

Ideal for travellers visiting the city for business, the hotel is a few minutes’ walk from the centre of downtown Calgary. Many of Calgary’s best attractions are also close by, including the Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary Tower, Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, Calgary Stampede and the newly opened Central Library.

Opening promotional nightly rates for the new Residence Inn by Marriott begin at $150 per night. More information may be found at https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yycbl-residence-inn-calgary-downtown-beltline-district/.

 
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Atlanta, GA – February 25, 2019 – Today, Atlanta-based hotel owner, operator and developer, Hotel Equities (HE), announced they have been selected as the management firm for the 258-room Four Points by Sheraton and Residence Inn by Marriott dual-branded hotel. The hotel site is located at in Langley, BC. Construction on the hotel, owned by Mitchell Hospitality, Inc., is anticipated to begin mid 2019 with plans to open in 2021.

Dual-branded properties, while relatively new to the Canadian market, are becoming more attractive to developers who are reaping the benefits of the concept. “We are proud to partner with the owners on this hotel development,” said Joe Reardon, chief development officer for HE. “The dual-branded model is intended to attract a more diverse range of guests as well as meet the market’s increased demand for various types of accommodations. The food and beverage concept will be one-of-a-kind in the region with an upgraded offering to cater to in-house customers, as well as the business offices surrounding the area.”

HE has experienced significant growth in Canada over the past year, prompting the creation of a regional office. The new development is the firm’s tenth hotel addition since entering the Canadian market in early 2018.

The Four Points by Sheraton and Residence Inn by Marriott dual-branded property will occupy two individual buildings joined by shared common spaces including the lobby, fitness and recreation facilities and nearly 8,000 square feet of event space. Dining will be available at the property’s on-site restaurant and lounge where guests can relax and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with private event options. Other unique amenities include an indoor swimming pool and Whirlpool, 24-hour market, guest laundry and a business center. 

“Hotel Equities’ team will add tremendous value to our unique project with their deep experience in dual branded hotel projects that are similar to ours,” said Ken Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Hospitality, Inc. “More importantly, their involvement will have a positive social impact in the community through their training programs. HE has a world-class management training curriculum and comes highly recommended by Marriott International as great operators and partners in Canada. We are proud to welcome them to our community.”

The Four Points by Sheraton and Residence Inn by Marriott dual-branded hotel will offer convenient access to the Trans Canada Hwy 1 and is in close proximity to Fort Langley, Trinity Western University (TWU) and Langley Event Centre (LEC) and Sportsplex. Nearby attractions include Thunderbird Show Park and the Greater Vancouver Zoo

 

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