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March 13, 2024 – CALGARY – Superior Lodging Corporation is thrilled to announce that fifty-two Canadian Super 8 by Wyndham properties have been named as 2023 “Pride of Super 8” Award Winners.

Each year the “Pride of Super 8” award recognizes Super by Wyndham hotels who are committed to delivering exceptional customer service and a quality guest experience. The fifty-two properties that have been recognized are as follows:

Super 8 by Wyndham 100 Mile House

Super 8 by Wyndham Amherst

Super 8 by Wyndham Brandon

Super 8 by Wyndham Canmore

Super 8 by Wyndham Caraquet

Super 8 by Wyndham Cochrane

Super 8 by Wyndham Cornwall

Super 8 by Wyndham Dauphin

Super 8 by Wyndham Dawson Creek

Super 8 by Wyndham Drayton Valley

Super 8 by Wyndham Edmonton International Airport

Super 8 by Wyndham Edson

Super 8 by Wyndham Fort Frances

Super 8 by Wyndham Fort McMurray

Super 8 by Wyndham Fort Nelson

Super 8 by Wyndham Fort Saskatchewan

Super 8 by Wyndham Fort St. John

Super 8 by Wyndham Hardisty

Super 8 by Wyndham High Level

Super 8 by Wyndham High River

Super 8 by Wyndham Kamloops On The Hill

Super 8 by Wyndham Kapuskasing

Super 8 by Wyndham Kenora

Super 8 by Wyndham Kindersley

Super 8 by Wyndham Lachenaie/Terrebonne

Super 8 by Wyndham Midland

Super 8 by Wyndham Mont Laurier

Super 8 by Wyndham Moose Jaw
Super 8 by Wyndham Moosonee
Super 8 by Wyndham North Bay
Super 8 by Wyndham Peterborough
Super 8 by Wyndham Port Elgin
Super 8 by Wyndham Portage La Prairie
Super 8 by Wyndham Prince Albert
Super 8 by Wyndham Red Lake
Super 8 by Wyndham Regina
Super 8 by Wyndham Saskatoon Near Saskatoon Airport
Super 8 by Wyndham Sault Ste Marie
Super 8 by Wyndham Sherwood Park/Edmonton Area
Super 8 by Wyndham Spruce Grove
Super 8 by Wyndham Swan River
Super 8 by Wyndham Taber
Super 8 by Wyndham Thompson
Super 8 by Wyndham Timmins
Super 8 by Wyndham Trois-Rivieres
Super 8 by Wyndham Truro
Super 8 by Wyndham Vermilion
Super 8 by Wyndham Whitecourt
Super 8 by Wyndham Windsor
Super 8 by Wyndham Winnipeg East
Super 8 by Wyndham Winnipeg West
Super 8 by Wyndham Yellowknife

“All of us at Superior Lodging Corporation are thrilled to announce that fifty-two Canadian Super 8 by Wyndham properties have been recognized as ‘Pride of’ Super 8 winners for 2023. Said Marc Staniloff, President & CEO, Superior Lodging Corp. “Receiving this award exemplifies an utmost commitment to your hotel team’s exceptional level of service and quality”.

Click here to view all of the 2023 “Pride of Super 8” Award Winners

 
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Calgary, AB – March 14, 2024 — WebRezPro cloud-based property management system (PMS) for independent lodging operators and Planet, a global technology leader providing integrated software and payment services, announce their strategic partnership to provide hoteliers with a seamless and secure option for accepting guest payments.

Planet's integrated payment gateway for hotel and retail businesses simplifies omnichannel payment processing, ensuring a unified experience wherever and however guests want to pay. 

The direct integration with WebRezPro PMS streamlines payments while strengthening security and enhancing the overall guest experience for hotels, resorts, and other accommodation providers in Canada and the United States.

Colin Close, Head of Global Business Development at Planet, said: “We are delighted to have formed a strategic partnership with WebRezPro. For hoteliers, the PMS is a core part of delivering an amazing guest experience. The integration of our payments technology with the WebRezPro PMS helps to remove friction from the payments process and makes it easier for hoteliers and their staff to operate. We’re excited about the partnership and how we’re bringing payments and software together to make life easier for hoteliers and empower a better guest experience.”

Key features and benefits of the integration include:

Seamless Payment Processing: The integration simplifies payment workflow for hoteliers, allowing them to process payments directly through WebRezPro. 

EMV Certification in Canada and USA: The integrated solution is EMV certified in both Canada and the USA, providing an additional layer of security for card-present transactions.

PCI Compliance: The combined solution meets the highest PCI point-to-point-encryption (P2PE) security standards, ensuring the secure handling of sensitive payment data.

Enhanced Guest Experience: Hoteliers can now deliver a seamless payment experience both online and on-property, contributing to improved guest satisfaction and loyalty.

Frank Verhagen, Founder and President of World Web Technologies, the company behind WebRezPro, expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, "At WebRezPro, we are dedicated to providing innovative solutions that empower our clients. Our integration with Planet not only streamlines payment processing but also prioritizes the security and satisfaction of our clients and their guests. This collaboration reflects our commitment to creating a unified experience across all aspects of hotel operations."

To learn more about the Planet integration and other integrated payment gateway solutions with WebRezPro, visit https://webrezpro.com/portfolio_category/payment-processing/.

 
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VICTORIA, BC, March 13, 2024 /CNW/ - Starting March 1, 2024, The Parkside Hotel & Spa and Huntingdon Manor are directing a portion of their Climate Contribution Fee—aimed to support sustainable initiatives—to the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC).

Indigenous Tourism is currently the fastest-growing market segment in the tourism sector. ITAC helps to promote and develop authentic Indigenous tourism experiences across Canada. Their Indigenous Tourism Destination Fund (ITDF) offers a collaborative approach for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses to support the growth in Canada. By supporting this initiative, partners of ITAC help fulfill the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action #92 by fostering respectful relationships and ensuring Indigenous communities benefit economically from land and resource utilization.

Erin Cassels, General Manager of Huntingdon Manor, shares, "The Indigenous Tourism Destination Fund is a great opportunity for visitors to make a tangible contribution towards reconciliation efforts in Canada, and at Huntingdon Manor, we are proud to support this initiative. For us, this is one step in our company's reconciliation journey. We hope to find many more ways to engage in meaningful ways to support Indigenous tourism both in Canada and locally in Victoria."

"Supporting ITAC through the Indigenous Tourism Destination Fund is not just an honour but a privilege. At The Parkside Hotel & Spa, we recognize the profound importance of preserving and celebrating Indigenous culture and heritage," shares General Manager Trina White. 

Since opening in 2009, The Parkside Hotel & Spa has been an industry leader in practicing and promoting sustainable tourism and social responsibility. Part of this commitment includes signing a Memorandum of Reconciliation, becoming Friends of the Songhees in 2021—and becoming the first hotel in Greater Victoria to do so. Through this initiative, The Parkside Hotel & Spa (together with Huntington Manor) collectively aims to raise awareness about ITAC's impactful work.

 
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TORONTO, March 12, 2024 /CNW/ - American Express Travel® released its 2024 Global Travel Trends Report today, highlighting the inspiration and trends driving global travel bookings this year. The report reveals that Canadians rank as the second highest global market for anticipated average trip spend and are prioritizing spontaneous, bucket list, and once in a lifetime vacations.

 "The Global Travel Trends Report highlights the continued desire for Canadians to prioritize unforgettable travel, from spontaneous trips to once in a lifetime experiences," said Vanessa Crooker, VP of Brand, Partnerships and Lifestyle Benefits at American Express Canada. "We know that 82% of Canadians plan to spend more or the same on travel this year and we are excited to meet that demand with our premium travel benefits."

A summary of the Canadian findings from the American Express Travel® 2024 Global Travel Trends Report are as follows:

Extended, bucket-list trips are on the rise: Canadians are looking to take longer trips compared to the global average, visiting multiple countries in a region or taking expedition/remote trips.

Canadians are willing to spend, unless a travel hack can help them save: Travelers are willing to foot the bill to get the most out of their trip but lean on travel hacks for cost savings and upgrades.

Spontaneity, solo travel and self-love drive travel desires: Canadians are leaving room for spontaneous exploration, exploring for self-fulfillment, and look to escape the chaos of daily life with solo trips.

Extended, bucket-list trips are on the rise.

1-in-3 (33%) Canadians planning on taking a trip in 2024 plan to travel for a major trip (e.g., bucket list trip, dream vacation) this year.

The most common types of trips Canadians consider to be a 'dream vacation' or major trip include multi-country tour within a region (66%), expedition cruises (32%), adventure travel (29%), wellness retreats (23%).

Among Canadians planning to take a trip to visit multiple countries in a region, 70% plan on visiting Europe.

Canadians planning on taking a trip in 2024 are making the most of vacation time, with 1–2-week trips (45%) and week-long trips (44%) being most common, compared to week-long (47%) and weekend trips (41%) being most popular among global responses.

Canadians willing to spend, unless a travel hack can help them save.

Over one-third (36%) of Canadians plan to spend more on travel compared to last year.

Globally, Canada ranks the second highest market for anticipated highest average spend for leisure trips at an average of $8,824 per trip.

Increased spend is balanced with a range of 'travel hacks' to save money on travel:

44% will travel during off-peak seasons.

41% will use credit card points to pay for flights/hotels.

20% will book through companies that offer complimentary hotel benefits (e.g. room upgrades, hotel credits)

85% of Canadian Adults agree that they are interested in finding flight deals so they can spend more on accommodations or upgrades.

Spontaneity, solo travel and self-love drive travel desires

Some Canadians book travel spontaneously, while others find spontaneity at their destination:

Over one-third (37%) of Canadians took a last-minute trip in 2023, with even more (43%) interested in taking one in 2024.

Planning timeframes are short, with nearly half (47%) booking 2 weeks in advance or more.

While at their destination, Canadians prefer to leave dining plans (61%), excursions/activities (39%) and shopping (35%) to be spontaneous.

Over half (54%) of Canadians plan on travelling solo more often or about the same in 2024. Of those Canadians, 53% are Millennials and Gen-Z (compared to 59% of all Global Adults).

Of those planning solo-travel in 2024, 59% of Canadians plan to take a "treat yourself" solo trip centered around self-love.

The full American Express Travel 2024 Global Travel Trends Report can be downloaded here.

 
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NORTH BETHESDA, Md., March 11, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) (the "Company" or "Choice") today announced the expiration of the exchange offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: WH) ("Wyndham"). The Company is also withdrawing its nomination of the highly qualified, independent director candidates for election at Wyndham's 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The Company further announced that its Board of Directors has approved an increase in the number of shares authorized under its share repurchase program by five million shares. When added to the remaining number of available shares previously authorized for repurchase, this results in a total authorization of approximately 6.8 million shares.

The Company today issued the following statement:

Since beginning this process in April 2023, Choice has attempted to engage in good-faith negotiations with Wyndham through numerous different avenues, including increasing the proposed offer multiple times and expressing an openness to further enhancing the offer with due diligence, offering a one-way NDA to share its confidential information with Wyndham, and offering above-market regulatory protections. Given Wyndham's refusal to constructively and substantively engage on terms, Choice took the extraordinary step of launching the exchange offer to initiate the regulatory review process and engage with Wyndham stockholders. While the support from Wyndham stockholders tendering into the exchange offer was significant considering the number of investors structurally prevented from participating at this stage, it was not sufficient for Choice to conclude – particularly when taking into account the Wyndham board's obvious continuing disinterest in a combination – that a path towards a transaction is available at this time. As such, Choice has decided not to extend the exchange offer and is withdrawing its slate. Choice intends to continue focusing on its standalone strategy, which the Company is confident will create significant long-term value for its stockholders and franchisees.

Choice has a long history of delivering above average returns, is excited by the significant runway for growth grounded in its current business strategy and has always been disciplined in how it allocates capital. Choice's Board of Directors and management team are enthusiastic about the Company's go-forward strategy, which is expected to deliver another year of superior growth with projected adjusted EBITDA increasing approximately 10% at the midpoint of guidance, driven by:

Choice's unique revenue intense strategy delivering accelerated unit growth and higher royalty revenue per hotel.

Choice's continued realization of the higher-than-expected synergies resulting from the Radisson Americas business integration.

Choice's platform earnings potential, highlighted by the significant outperformance of the co-brand credit card program launched in April.

Choice's continued international business earnings growth and global pipeline expansion.

The progress made on the regulatory front confirmed Choice's belief that the combination is pro-competitive, and approval would have been achievable in a customary timeframe. Choice thanks the stockholders and franchisees from both companies for their significant support in this process. Choice also thanks the independent director candidates it nominated for their time, effort and commitment to act in the best interests of the Wyndham stockholders.

The exchange offer expired on March 8, 2024. No shares of Wyndham stock were purchased by WH Acquisition Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Choice, pursuant to the exchange offer. Choice decided not to accept any shares pursuant to the offer due to a number of factors, including the refusal of the Wyndham board to engage in constructive discussions on terms and the fact that a number of the conditions to the offer, such as the minimum tender condition, remained unsatisfied as of the expiration date. Choice has instructed the exchange agent for the exchange offer to promptly return all tendered shares of Wyndham stock to the tendering stockholders.

 

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