TORONTO, ON (November 20, 2018) – Realstar Hospitality today announced the opening of its newest Motel 6 in Fort St. John, British Columbia. This is the third location in British Columbia for the brand, adding to the growing franchise system in Canada.

“We’re excited to officially open the doors of our second Motel 6 location while continuing to be part of a well-recognized brand in Canada,” said Gary Patara, hotel owner & GM. “Our guests will enjoy clean, comfortable guestrooms and great value along with superior customer service.”

The conversion property updated its look to feature the award winning contemporary Motel 6 phoenix design. All 61 newly-renovated guestrooms include comfortable and contemporary furnishings, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and micro-fridges. Guests can enjoy the convenience of complimentary morning coffee in the lobby, a coin laundry facility and on-site truck parking.

As we focus our efforts on developing the brand, we’re thrilled to expand our presence in British Columbia,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “There is tremendous opportunity for growth across the country and we look forward to opening an additional two locations before year end.”

Conveniently located at 9810 100 Street, right off the Alaska Highway, Motel 6 - Fort St. John is a great option for those travelling to the Northern Rocky Mountains. Guests will find themselves within easy reach of nearby attractions such as Pomeroy Sports Centre, Totem Mall and North Peace Museum. Reservations can be made by visiting or by calling 1.800.4MOTEL6 (1.800.466.8356).


November 15, 2019

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DENVER (November 14, 2018) — RLH Corporation (NYSE:RLH) announced today the company has executed 34 mid and upscale Hotel franchise agreements in 2018. The Company’s Red Lion Hotel brand alone has 18 franchise agreements so far in 2018, growing the brand by over 62 percent to 47 full-service hotels nationally, with an average room count of over 200 and a robust pipeline.

This momentum is in support of the Company’s franchise divisional profit guidance for the year of $18 to $19 million, $2 million above the Company’s original guidance. The company is tracking on guidance of 33 to 35 percent franchise divisional profit margin in 2018 and posted 39 percent for Q3, the highest thus far.

“2018 marks the continued resurgence of Red Lion Hotels as a core upper-midscale full-service brand for the Company and an unrelenting strength in all our mid and upscale hotel brands,” said RLH Corporation President of Global Development Paul Sacco. “Our mid and upscale brands now have over 100 open hotels and we continue to see solid growth across all brands.”

Most recently, Red Lion Hotel Monterey opened in California. Nestled half-way between historic downtown Monterey and charming Carmel by the Sea, the hotel features the Crazy Horse full-service restaurant, Safari Club Lounge & Bar, free high-speed WiFi and an onsite fitness center. Red Lion Hotel Monterey joins other recent coast-to-coast Red Lion Hotel openings with prime locations in Hartford, Connecticut; Albany, New York; Lake Buena Vista, Florida; and Houston, Texas.

In 2018, RLH Corporation has grown to nearly 1,500 hotels with over 90,000 rooms across 11 brands from economy to upscale. The Company has signed 138 agreements year-to-date, well on the way to the stated goal of 150 to 200.

“Halfway through Q4 2018, our pipeline shows tremendous strength and momentum as we continue our resilient focus on the Company’s franchise division,” continued Sacco. “We have seen a strong interest in our mid and upscale hotel brands across the country in prime locations with access to top local attractions, reinforcing our position as the basecamp for leisure and business travelers in North America.”

To learn more about franchising with RLH Corporation, visit We don’t wait for the future. We create it. 


CHICAGO (Nov. 14, 2018) – More than 200 women from across the hotel industry gathered today to share knowledge and hear from successful, dynamic female executives at ForWard: Women Advancing Hospitality, an inaugural conference for industry women hosted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Keynote speakers sharing their personal stories, lessons learned and insights during the 2-day conference include Reshma Saujani, author and founder & CEO of Girls Who Code; former Obama Administration official Tina Tchen, partner at Buckley Sandler and co-founder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund; and former Bush Administration official Karen Hughes, worldwide vice chair of Burson Cohn & Wolfe.

“As hoteliers, we all recognize that our success depends on the 8 million people who power our industry—and more than half of those employees are women,” said Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of AHLA.

“AHLA and our member companies are committed to advancing women in hospitality and setting them up for success. We have seen progress, with more women than ever serving on boards of directors and in senior management positions, but there is still more to be done. That’s why we are excited to be here today—to highlight and champion the next generation of our industry’s leaders and keep women moving forward.”

AHLA recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and has committed to advancing women in the industry, especially at the top levels. Six hotel companies were among Forbes’ Best Employers for Women 2018, and industry initiatives such as Women in Lodging provide a forum for dialogue and leadership development.

AHLA launched ForWard to build on this success and worked with an advisory committee of women across the hotel industry, including general counsels, presidents, CFOs and others throughout the C-suite, to help shape the program and fuel conversation.

ForWard, being held at the Kimpton Gray Hotel in downtown Chicago, will continue tomorrow and is open press.


Canmore, Alta., The Malcolm Hotel and Event Centre, located in Spring Creek, the heart of Canmore, held its Grand Opening Gala on Saturday, November 3. It is the first four-star luxury hotel in Canmore and the first of three hotels being built in the Spring Creek community just off Main Street.

The luxury hotel literally rolled out the red carpet for its black-tie guests, who were piped into the grand lobby where they experienced an unveiling of the new portrait of King Malcolm III of Scotland, a hotel tour that featured caviar, smoked salmon, scotch-tasting, champagne and an evening Ceilidh, with black tie and kits, tartans, Highland dancers, contortionists and the Johnny McCuaig Band.

Photo caption: Portrait of King Malcolm III of Scotland unveiled during the Bagpiper’s Toast at the Grand Opening Gala of the Malcolm Hotel. (l-r: King Malcolm III, Jim Muir, president of Clique Hotels and Resorts and operator of the Malcolm Hotel, Frank Kernick, owner of Spring Creek and the Malcolm Hotel,  Muriel Davidson, Canmore Highland Games bagpiper.)
Photo credit: submitted by the Malcolm Hotel
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“This is a pretty special moment,” says Frank Kernick, developer of Spring Creek, Canmore, who built and owns the hotel, “Canmore was named by an employee of Canadian Pacific Railway in 1884. CPR was the first in Canada to build luxury mountain hotels in the Canadian Rockies and now in 2018, Spring Creek is bringing the first four-star luxury hotel to Canmore.”

The Canmore name originates from a town on the northwest shores of Scotland named after King Malcom III of Scotland who reigned from 1058 to 1093. Canmore is the anglicized version of “Ceann Mór” which is Gaelic for ‘Great Chief’ or ‘Head’ which was the King’s nickname.

When designing the Malcolm Hotel, the developer wanted to pay homage to the town’s unique history and legacy. The four-star luxury hotel’s ambience and design reflects the royal decadence and heritage of past Scottish kings while encompassing an authentic, contemporary mountain feel. Spring Creek’s professional in-house design team collaborated with award-winning Marshall Tittemore Architects (MTA) to design the hotel while highlighting the surrounding natural beauty. MTA’s portfolio includes Banff Aspen Lodge and Sunshine Terraces at Sunshine Village.

The Malcolm Hotel is located in Spring Creek, Canmore and bordered between two natural-flowing creeks and minutes from Main Street. Guests at The Malcolm Hotel enjoy convenient access to downtown Canmore’s eclectic collection of restaurants, cafés, pubs, artisan galleries and boutique shops.

The hotel itself features 124 well-appointed rooms and suites, a fine-dining restaurant and lounge, and an 8,800-sq. ft. event space. It has 73 double queen rooms, 32 king rooms and 20 suites. Amenities include an elegant outdoor pool with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from the second floor open-air mezzanine and fitness centre.

In addition to the Malcolm Hotel, the Spring Creek community is situated on 70 acres and includes condominium homes, villas, estate home sites, Origin at Spring Creek – an active living senior residence and luxury mountain lodges with vacation suites. It recently launched its sixth mountain lodge and fourth residential project, the Jack Pine Lodge, named after the developer’s father, Jack Kernick.

Developer Frank Kernick and his family have called Canmore home for three generations. Once a dairy farm and livery, the Spring Creek lands have been part of the Kernick family since 1927. In the 1950s, the family created Restwell, a popular campground, part of which operates today.

The Malcolm Hotel was developed by Spring Creek, and is operated by Canmore specialist Clique Hospitality Management. Clique Hotels & Resorts was founded by Jim Muir, a Canmore resident and hotel consultant. It now operates five lodges in Canmore and two hotels in Calgary. Clique properties have all enjoyed number one rankings on TripAdvisor and continue to be the best performing hotels in the Canmore market.

“Canmore is a very popular tourist destination and lodging is often sold out. The Malcolm Hotel helps to meet demand while providing a luxury option,” says Jim Muir, president, Clique Hotels and Resorts. “Combining luxury with Clique Hotels focus on guest satisfaction creates an attractive destination. Book early to avoid disappointment.”

Tourism is a key economic driver in Alberta and the new hotel is already generating economic benefits as it meets the needs of an increasing number of tourists visiting the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The Malcolm Hotel is expected to staff more than 60 full-time and part-time employees, annually generating over $3.2 million in new salary and benefits. In addition to providing new job opportunities for locals the hotel will contribute to the number of tourism dollars spent in Canmore.

According to the Canmore Business and Tourism’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, the 2020 target for the tourism sector is an annual visitor spend of $400 million (up from $278 million in 2012). Tourism in Alberta accounts for 54% of all visitors to Canada, taking in $8 billion annually while supporting over 19,000 businesses and employing more than 127,000 people.

At the Grand Opening Gala, the Malcolm Hotel unveiled a large-scale portrait of King Malcolm III which it commissioned from Artist Charles Malinsky, who specializes in black and white figure representation. The portrait took five months to complete due to the research required to ensure the accuracy of clothing and weaponry.

“In the portrait, I wanted King Malcolm to be in his mid to late 40s at the peak of his physical prowess. In the image, he is defiant, confident, and has battle scars,” says Charles Malinsky. “I only work in black-and-white, as a medium for painting but I wanted to capture a historical aspect and introduced sepia tones to give the portrait depth and richness. The end result is a very dramatic and powerful expression of King Malcolm.”

The Malcolm Hotel is now open and taking reservations for overnight stays, weddings and conferences. It currently has Book Early and Putting on the Polish promotions offering 20 and 30 per cent discounts when booking a stay. Interested parties should go to for more details.

Online Media kit (background, fact sheet, photos) here.


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