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


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:


  • Villa Copenhagen (1894) Copenhagen, Denmark











United Kingdom:

Historic Hotels inducted 13 hotels the Americas:



Historic Hotels inducted seven in Asia:


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.” 


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."


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:

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