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WASHINGTON, DC – February 20, 2019  75 hotels have been inducted into Historic Hotels Worldwide® in 2018. Hotels approved for induction into the prestigious Historic Hotels Worldwide registry are from across four continents, including 20 countries, and date as early as the 11th century. The 75 historic hotels represent independent hotels and hotels from 12 different brands, chains, and collections. 

Hotels inducted into Historic Hotels Worldwide have met the following criteria: a hotel must be at least 75 years old; utilize historic accommodations; serve as the former home or be located on the grounds of the former home of famous persons or significant location for an important event in history; be located in or within walking distance to a historic district, historically significant landmark, place of historic event, or a historic city center; be recognized by a local preservation organization or national trust; and display historic memorabilia, artwork, photography, and other examples of its historic significance. Many of the historic hotels are adaptive reuse historic hotels that have involved converting some or all of a historically significant building to a hotel. Originally, these buildings were built for another purpose in their history. Many historic hotels are located in buildings first completed for another purpose such as former castles, chateaus, palaces, academies, government buildings, warehouses, monasteries, haciendas, villas, and homes for nobility.

In 2018, Historic Hotels Worldwide inducted 55 historic hotels located in Europe:

Czech Republic:

Denmark:

  • Villa Copenhagen (1894) Copenhagen, Denmark

France:

Germany:

Hungary:

Italy:

Netherlands:

Norway:

Poland:

Spain:

Switzerland:

Turkey:

United Kingdom:

Historic Hotels inducted 13 hotels the Americas:

Bermuda:

Canada:

Historic Hotels inducted seven in Asia:

China:

South East Asia:

“The most memorable travel experience is to stay in a grand dame hotel built more than a century ago or stay in an iconic hotel that may have been a former castle, chateau, palace, academy, hacienda, luxury manor home, or monastery,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “These 74 historic hotels demonstrate the tremendous stewardship of their owners, leadership, and employees in preserving these wonderful historic treasures and the many centuries of stories of the people that previously lived, worked, socialized, or visited. Many are tremendous architectural and heritage landmarks. Each is worth exploring and visiting. The ultimate heritage and cultural travel experience is to stay in these hotels.” 

 
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VANCOUVER, BC - February 20, 2019 - Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming Fairmont Pacific Rim as a new Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel. This is the first year the hotel has received the Five Star recognition, and is the only city-centre Fairmont hotel in North America to receive this esteemed honour.

Forbes Travel Guide is the only independent, global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas.  Their anonymous professional inspectors travel the world to assess hotels, restaurants, and spas based on 900 objective standards.

Fairmont Pacific Rim is the latest addition to the luxury travel ratings that have been the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958 and is the first Fairmont hotel in Canada to earn the prestigious award. Fairmont Pacific Rim was recognized for its excellence in service, award-winning dining and cocktail experiences at Botanist and The Lobby Lounge, notable service offerings from the exclusive Fairmont Gold experience, as well as luxury accommodations, innovative architecture, design, and artistic elements throughout the hotel.

"We are honoured to be recognized as a Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Hotel," comments Jens Moesker, Regional Vice President Pacific Northwest, and General Manager, Fairmont Pacific Rim. "This level of achievement is only made possible by the hard work of our team of colleagues who are dedicated to the pursuit of service excellence and creating memorable experiences for our guests every day."

"We are delighted to celebrate the 2019 Star Rating winners, an outstanding collection of hotels, restaurants and spas that demonstrates a strong culture of service," said Filip Boyen, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide.

"In a time of information overload and fake reviews online, Forbes Travel Guide is the ultimate trusted source in luxury travel," Boyen said. "Our objective, data-driven Star Rating list features properties that achieved an impeccable standard of excellence in hospitality. We congratulate everyone associated with the prestigious properties recognized today."

 
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DENVER (February 13, 2019)RLH Corporation(NYSE:RLH) announced today it has achieved a record 167 executed hotel franchise agreements in 2018. Specifically, the Company signed 37 mid and upscale hotels and 130 select service hotels in addition to acquiring over 350 select service franchise agreements with the acquisition of Knights Inn. RLH Corporation now encompasses over 85,500 rooms an increase of 24% from 2017 and upscale brands now comprise 8% of the Company’s hotels.   

“2018 was an outstanding and transformational year for the Company,” said RLH Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Mount. “We intensified our focus and invested incremental expert resources on our franchise business, especially on the human capital front. We also began seeing meaningful improvement to the velocity and volume of our franchise agreement signings. These important shifts in focus, leadership and strategy will serve us well, as we continue to progress to a fully asset light franchise company. We are particularly encouraged by the interest in our mid and upscale brands. ” 

During 2018 the Company signed agreements for four Hotel RLs, including one on Miami Beach, Florida. It opened its first resort hotel with The Island in Fort Walton Beach, FL and opened Signature San Francisco, the first from this refreshed brand.

In addition during 2018, RLH Corporation sold nine owned hotels for over $116 million in gross proceeds. In order to concentrate even more of our available resources on the franchise business, the company has transitioned four of the remaining owned hotels to third-party managers in anticipation of future sales. 

The Company is experiencing continued strong interest in its franchises into 2019 and is providing guidance of 160 to 200 executed agreements for the year.  As previously communicated, the Company’s franchise development efforts are being intensified on its mid and upscale brands.

You can refer to the Company’s most recent investor presentation to learn more about RLH’s long term outlook here:http://ir.redlion.com.

Learn more about franchising with RLH Corporation, visitfranchise.rlhco.com.

We don’t wait for the future. We create it.

 
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February 13, 2019

With warmer weather arriving in just a few more months, it’s time for hotels to start prepping for outdoor entertaining. So how do you design an outdoor space that delivers the warmth of hardwood flooring without encountering the risk of guests slipping on a wet surface?

Havwoods International, a global engineered wood supplier, offers a solution for outdoor hospitality settings with the introduction of its first decking product range. Following extensive research, Havwoods International discovered a demand for decking products made from solid construction; this provides far greater impact resistance and ensures a smaller surface area, which means even less chance of water absorption.

Made entirely from recycled wood and plastics, the FSC®-certified Trekker collection offers a range of composite decking and cladding boards suitable for both external and internal use. The Trekker collection consists of three diverse color grades—including chocolate, oak, and vulcan—and textured designs, such as wood grain, fluted, and fascia. The boards are easy to install with the use of fixing clips and even easier to maintain, requiring nothing more than an occasional wash with plain water. Additionally, the range is UV treated for fade resistance. To create a streamlined aesthetic to exterior surfaces, the collection includes matching trims.  

(Photo of Trekker Collection’s Vulcan Wood Grain at the Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa

Courtesy of Havwoods International)

 
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Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) February12, 2019

Canadian hotelier Group Germain Hotels is pleased to announce the official opening of its 18th property in Canada: Alt Hotel Saskatoon. This is the Group’s first property in Saskatchewan and fourth in the Prairies since they already own and operate two properties in Calgary and one in Winnipeg.

Located in downtown Saskatoon at the intersection of Spadina Crescent and 2nd Avenue, Alt Hotel Saskatoon is within walking distance of all the city's major attractions. The hotel is just steps from the Remai Modern, and very close to the Persephone Theatre and the Farmers Market, to name but a few. Alt Hotel Saskatoon offers spectacular views of the city and the South Saskatchewan River, which can be seen from most of the hotel's rooms. The River Landing neighbourhood where the hotel is located is booming at the moment, and several buildings will be added in the coming years including the Nutrien and Kay W. Nasser Plaza which will be accessible from the hotel lobby when completed.

Representing an investment of nearly $35 million, the hotel offers 156 comfortable and smart rooms spread out over 14 floors. Designed by Canadian firm Lemay Michaud Architecture Design, like all Alt Hotels in Canada, this new hotel features a modern design that blends in perfectly with its surroundings. Alt Hotel Saskatoon benefits from unparalleled floor-to-ceiling windows, providing exceptional light in all of its rooms and meeting spaces. Each room has a workstation with an ergonomic chair and connectivity panel for electronic devices, making it easy to work away from the office. As in all Alt hotels the ultra-fast Wi-Fi is offered free of charge, and each room has a Chromecast streaming device that allows guests to stream their favourite content just like at home! In addition, well-behaved dogs are welcome and there is no set check out time when guests book directly with us.

"We fell in love with Saskatoon," said Hugo Germain, Director of Development at Group Germain Hotels, "the river right in the heart of downtown gives this Prairie city a European flair, and Saskatoon’s dynamism is perfectly aligned with Alt Hotels’ personality. It must be said, if the intense cold characterizes the city’s winters, the warmth of the welcome you receive more than makes up for it!" he added.

Among the services offered in the hotel: a well-equipped gym open 24 hours a day as well as nearly 4,500 square feet of meeting space divided into 5 multipurpose rooms benefiting from natural light and offering state-of-the-art technology. Altcetera, our on-the-go food counter located in the hotel lobby, offers a wide selection of snacks and refreshments. Breakfast will also be offered on site very soon.

We called on local artist Herry Himanshu, @herry.with.an.e, to create Alt Hotel Saskatoon’s Altexpo, the giant piece of art that represents the DNA of Alt Hotels.  These 47 spectacular photos have come together to illustrate our tribute to the Prairies. Altexpo is sure to impress guests when they arrive at the hotel!

General management of the hotel has been entrusted to Corinne Lund, who has more than 25 years of customer service experience in the hotel and tourism industry. Corinne has developed strong expertise in management as well as in catering and business development. Well known in Saskatoon’s industry and recognized for her leadership, she takes the reins of the hotel with enthusiasm. "Our teams have worked very hard over the past few months and we look forward to welcoming our guests in order to share the Alt experience," said Corinne Lund.

 

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