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NEW YORK, NY — (October, 19 2022) – The leader in independent luxury hospitality, The Leading Hotels of the World, and tech-enabled hotel management company, Life House, are teaming up to offer a turnkey solution for independent luxury hotel owners and developers.

Powered by the global luxury hospitality brand of Leading Hotels, the solution pairs the Company’s global infrastructure of sales, marketing, and distribution, with Life House’s best-in-class technology platform that boasts a proprietary Revenue Management and Marketing System (RMMS) and operating platform that automates key back-office functions. Life House will now be a preferred management strategic partner of Leading Hotels. Through this affiliation, hotel owners and real estate developers can drive strong ROI, profitability and brand recognition.

Leading Hotels has a portfolio of more than 400 distinct, luxury properties across 80 countries. The brand delivers premiere sales, marketing, distribution, and other strategic support to empower hotels to stay independent. Life House has 60+ properties open or under development across the US, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Canada, which includes both independent and Life House branded hotels.  The collaboration is fueled by the two entities shared mission to deliver exceptional experiences and services to guests and a superior return on investment to hotel owners and developers. One of Leading Hotels’ historic properties, The Wheatleigh, an expansive, Gilded-Age era resort located in the heart of the Berkshires, has been managed by Life House since 2020.
 
“The Wheatleigh is a great example of the value that Life House brings to independent hotels, driving profitability for the owner, and elevating the guest experience through technology,” says Chris Walker, Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer at The Leading Hotels of the World. “We are excited to find new opportunities together that combine Leading Hotels’ standards of excellence with Life House’s innovative platform designed with today’s traveler in mind.”

“We are honored to work with The Leading Hotels of the World to usher in a new era of high-end hospitality,” says Rani Gharbie, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Head of Urban Growth at Life House. “Our technology platform has proven to adapt to any hotel, including Five Star properties like the Wheatleigh, and we are looking forward to growing our luxury portfolio in North America and beyond.”
 
Both companies are actively seeking opportunities in drive-to-leisure and urban core markets within North America. Several new hotels are currently under development.

 
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WASHINGTON (October 17, 2022) U.S. hotel leisure travel revenue is projected to end 2022 14% above 2019 levels, while hotel business travel revenue is expected to come within 1% of 2019 levels, according to a new analysis released today by the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Kalibri Labs.

The projections are not adjusted for inflation, and real hotel revenue recovery will likely take several more years.

Post-pandemic recovery remains uneven, particularly in many major cities and destinations where business travel continues to lag. Among the top 50 U.S. markets, 80% are projected to see hotel leisure travel revenue exceed 2019 levels, but just 40% are expected reach that milestone for business travel revenue. Many urban markets, which rely heavily on business from events and group meetings, are still on the road to recovery.

Here are how the top 10 markets for hotel business and leisure travel revenue are projected to fare this year:

 

Click here to view data for the top 50 markets.

The uptick in revenue is leading to historic career opportunities for hotel employees, with more than 115,000 hotel jobs currently open across the nation. Hotels are offering potential hires a host of incentives to fill vacancies—81% have increased wages, 64% are offering greater flexibility with hours, and 35% have expanded benefits, according to a September 2022 AHLA member survey.

“The hotel industry continues its march toward recovery, but we still have a way to go before we fully get there,” said AHLA President & CEO Chip Rogers. “That’s why AHLA remains focused on working with members, lawmakers and stakeholders in markets that are rebounding more slowly to ensure the full return of meetings, conferences, and group travel in addition to leisure and business travel. At the same time, we are continuing to grow the industry’s talent pipeline by highlighting the unprecedented career opportunities hotels are offering. Thanks to higher wages, better benefits, and more flexibility and opportunities for advancement, there has never been a better time to work at a hotel.”

 

To help hotels fill open jobs and raise awareness of the hotel industry’s 200+ career pathways, the AHLA Foundation’s “A Place to Stay” multi-channel advertising campaign is now active in 14 cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, and Tampa. For more info on the campaign, visit thehotelindustry.com.

AHLA recently completed a series of “Hospitality is Working” events in major cities across the country. The campaign has sought to increase business and leisure travel while highlighting the hotel industry’s strong commitment to investing in its workforce, protecting employees and guests, and supporting local communities.

 
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Toronto, ON (October 14, 2022) – Choice Hotels Canada is pleased to announce that Emmanuelle Roch is the 2022 recipient of the annual Mark Pearce Memorial Scholarship. Emmanuelle is a front desk supervisor at the Quality Inn & Suites in Val-d’Or, Québec. She is continuing to invest in her professional career and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Human Resources Management and a minor in Health, Safety and Labor Relations at UQAT: Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Emmanuelle is a native of Abitibi-Témiscamingue and worked in a number of hotels in the region while she was completing a three-year Hotel Management program at Céjep de Saint-Hyacinthe. She aspires to work in the industry after university, ultimately in resort development and management.

“My family has always been active in the community, and I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer at many local events over the years,” said Emmanuelle Roch.  “Community involvement and my experience working at various hotels has taught me the value of customer service. My dream is, after completing my education, to return to my beautiful home and acquire or perhaps even build a resort hotel.”

The scholarship was created in memory of Mark Pearce, who was Senior Vice President, International Division, for Choice Hotels International and former head of the Canadian office. Mark embodied the spirit of hospitality and always went above and beyond to make sure everyone felt 'Welcome, Wanted and Respected'. The $2,500 legacy scholarships are designated for post-secondary education in the hospitality and tourism industries.

“Honouring the legacy of someone who was so passionate about hospitality while investing in young people entering or furthering their careers in the industry is very important to us as a company,” said Brian Leon, CEO of Choice Hotels Canada. “Emmanuelle stood out to us as someone who has realized her passion by successfully working in various hotel properties and has now decided to continue her education to meet her long-term career goals. We are pleased to support her on that journey.”

“It’s inspiring to have a young person so determined and engaged being part of my team,” said Alexandre Audet, general manager of the Quality Inn & Suites Val-d’Or. “We wish her success in her studies and we are confident she will realize her dreams in the industry.”

The Mark Pearce Memorial Scholarship is intended to help support careers in the hospitality and tourism industry and elevate the next generation of industry leaders with a focus on hotel or restaurant management. Jointly funded by Choice Hotels Canada and the Choice Canada Franchise Advisory Board (CCFAB), applications are open to franchise owners, hotel level associates, Choice Hotels Canada head office staff, as well as their dependent children.

For more information and hotel reservations, visit www.choicehotels.com.

 
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October 11, 2022 (Whistler, B.C.): Last week, Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre selected as one of the Top 10 Best Resorts in Canada.

Now in its 35th year, the annual Readers’ Choice Awards is the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. Each year, more than 240,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submit responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to vote for their favourite travel brands. Winners are independently selected by the readers, categories cover - hotels, resorts, cruise lines, spas, cities, countries, islands, airlines, airports, and trains.

“We are honoured that Condé Nast Traveler readers have selected our Village Centre hotel as a top resort in Canada”, says Julie Lanteigne, general manager of Pan Pacific Whistler Hotels. “As one of Whistler’s most loved hotels, this recognition is a big win for our team. We look forward to continuing to offer our guests personalized experiences and comfort at Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre.”

Ideally situated in the heart of the village, Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre Hotel offers contemporary pet-friendly, all-suite accommodations to suit your every need, plus complimentary continental breakfast daily. At day’s end, the properties’ heated outdoor saltwater pool, two hot tubs and dry cedar sauna – all backgrounded by exquisite mountain views – welcome guests to unwind and truly rejuvenate. For those looking to kick back and imbibe, the signature cocktails and relaxed vibe at the Raven Room will provide moments of serene reprieve and enjoyment.

Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre and Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside are conveniently located near the base of Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas. Both hotels have an Extended Stay offer this winter, encouraging digital nomads or those hoping to work remotely during the ski season to save up to 50% for reservations of 28 days or more. Or book before November 15 for great savings through the Early Booking Offer, which provides the best value for your winter vacation.

For more information or to book at either resort, click here or call 1.888.905.9995

 
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Vancouver, BC (October 11, 2022) – The Pacific Gallery at Fairmont Pacific Rim has launched a new exhibition by Adad Hannah, featuring elaborate pieces from the Vancouver-based artist that include installation, video and photography.

Adad Hannah is renowned for his explorations of cinematic potential of the tableau vivant. A genre of performance and “living portrait” where costumed models remain as still as possible, Hannah integrates the art form into his work, through photography and videography, to invite the reconsideration of iconic historical paintings. Referencing and restaging these paintings using contemporary technologies, Hannah’s work is a collaborative and community-based approach to art making. The artist refreshes the relationship between the subject of the artwork and the viewer, encouraging us to consider our own bodies in relation to those in each image.

Presented on the main floor of the Pacific Gallery within the Fairmont Pacific Rim lobby, are three works from Hannah’s project, Blackwater Ophelia, inspired by the 1852 painting Ophelia, a famous painting by the British realist painter Jon Everett Millais, that pays homage to the natural world. On the second floor, a large-scale installation based on Picasso’s ‘Guernica’, one of the most iconic anti-war paintings of all time, is displayed alongside selected works from Hannah’s series ‘The Decameron Retold.’ In each elaborately staged piece, the presence of props, stage supports and hand-painted elements highlight the intricacies of each work’s construction, emphasizing the process of creating each image.

This exhibition is presented as an ongoing collaboration with Equinox Gallery in Vancouver, which represents the artist.

 

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