Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2018) – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) kicked off their two-day 2018 Legislative Action Summit (LAS) on September 12 as nearly 400 hoteliers from across the country gather to meet with their lawmakers on Capitol Hill. During the summit, hoteliers will discuss the strength of the lodging industry, issues affecting it, and its significant impact on communities around the country. This is the fourth year AHLA and AAHOA are partnering to highlight the lodging industry’s strength and unity.

Supporting nearly 8 million American jobs, putting $600 billion into the U.S. economy each year, and contributing $170 billion in federal, state and local taxes, the hotel industry’s impact is undeniable. As AHLA and AAHOA members meet with elected officials and congressional staff, they will advocate to make permanent the tax cuts in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, policies that encourage international travel and tourism to the United States, and new protections for consumers from online hotel booking scams.

“The hotel industry is one where the American Dream is alive and well, and we are excited to bring that story of opportunity and success to Capitol Hill this week,” said AHLA president and CEO Katherine Lugar. “As part of an industry that supports 8 million jobs across the U.S., hoteliers are focused on providing the training and support to help our employees move up the ladder of opportunity, and build a strong workforce to sustain our industry. Hotels are an integral part of the communities of every congressional district across the country, and we look forward to working together with our nation’s lawmakers so that they understand what makes us unique as an industry, and the policies that will help us continue to grow and thrive.”

AAHOA President and CEO Chip Rogers said, “As Congress confronts the many challenges facing our country, hoteliers are united in advocating for our employees, our businesses and our industry. AAHOA is pleased to once again join with AHLA for our Legislative Action Summit. Advocating for hoteliers in our nation’s capital is essential with all the important issues being addressed by Congress. This week, we’ll be talking to lawmakers about tax reform, stopping online booking scams, increasing international travel to the United States, and enhancing the hospitality workforce.”

LAS participants will hear from key leaders in Washington who will offer their insights on the political climate and congressional landscape, including U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta; Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD); Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Rodney Davis (R-IL), and Scott Peters (D-CA); Phil Lovas, Deputy Assistant Secretary, National Travel and Tourism Office with the U.S. Department of Commerce; and David Wasserman, U.S. Editor and Senior Election Analyst, Cook Political Report.

The lodging industry continues to focus on growth and the nation’s economic resurgence while improving the employment landscape. The lodging industry has seen 102 straight months of economic growth, and each day, nearly 5 million people check into a hotel, spending nearly $500 billion at local businesses during their trips. The hotel industry creates competitive, good-paying jobs with clear pathways for professional development and advancement.


Calgary, Alberta (September 4th, 2018) – The Calgary-based leader in hotel and resort management has announced it will be adding Kelowna’s The Royal Private Residences Club to its ever-expanding portfolio of iconic western Canadian resorts. 

As of September 29th, 2018 Bellstar, will be overseeing the management of the 70-unit hotel currently managed by Marriott International’s Delta Hotels brand.  This premier hotel is located on the Kelowna waterfront within the downtown business district and features a roof top pool, fitness area in addition to a variety of luxury suite layouts ranging in size from 730 sq. ft to up to 2900 sq. ft.

“We are excited to see more resort owners converting branded properties to managed independents,” says Robin Cumine, Vice President of Operations & Corporate Development for Bellstar Hotels & Resorts. “Bellstar has a long tradition of offering owners and developers’ excellent returns while delivering exceptional experiences.  Our goal for The Royal Private Residence Club is to soon become a market leader within the Okanagan region.”

To ensure a smooth management transition, Bellstar has recruited Ingrid Jarrett of IJ Management Consulting to take on the role of General Manager for The Royal Private Residences Club.  Jarrett is a long-time travel and hospitality veteran who has spent more than two decades driving tourism in the Okanagan region and was most recently named 2017 Hotelier of the Year for BC while she continues her role as General Manager and Vice President of Corporate Development for the Watermark Resort in Osoyoos, British Columbia.

“I am thrilled to have the Royal Private Residence Club, and a partnership with Bellstar Hotels and Resorts added to my IJ Management Consulting portfolio. Living and working in my hometown has been one of my goals for my business, I am excited to be focusing on the luxury market in the heart of Kelowna. “says Ingrid Jarret.

Bellstar manages destination resorts across Western Canada, with locations in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, and in BC at Kicking Horse Mountain, Vancouver Island and now the Okanagan Region.


September 11, 2018

CANMORE and CALGARY, A.B. Only months away from opening Canmore’s first four-star luxury hotel, Clique Hotels and Resorts is a homegrown Alberta success story. Celebrating growth of more than 300 percent over 10 years* Clique has become one of Alberta’s best hospitality and accommodation businesses. It has flourished in over 20 years in operation while maintaining top TripAdvisor scores across its portfolio of properties.

Founded in 1997 by Canmore local businessman Jim Muir, Clique Hotels and Resorts (then known as Summit Resort Management Inc., changed to Clique in 2010) was created to support the Western Canada tourism industry by operating high-performance hotels and resorts and delivering unparalleled customer service and luxurious accommodation.

“As a local Canmore resident, it was important to me that the tourism industry in Canmore and Alberta was highly revered. Our beautiful Rocky Mountain landscape, culture, and history is something that deserves to be celebrated in style and comfort. I saw the opportunity for Clique Hotels and Resorts to step-up and contribute to the local community” says Jim Muir, president of Clique Hotels and Resorts.

With more than 500 staff in seven hotels and resorts, five in Canmore and two in Calgary, Clique Hotels and Resorts consistently place in Trip Advisor’s Top Ten lists. It operates five hotels in Canmore, Copperstone Resort, Stoneridge Mountain Resort, Blackstone Mountain Lodge, Falcon Crest Lodge, the Malcolm Hotel at Spring Creek and two in Calgary, Hotel Clique and the Applause Hotel.

Considered the best hotels and resorts in Canmore, Clique Hotels has the top 1, 2, 3 and 4 hotels in Canmore, according to TripAdvisor. Its Falcon Crest Lodge is the only Alberta hotel to be named Top Hotel in Canada four years in a row by the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards.

Muir created the Clique Hotels and Resorts brand to reflect the small and exclusive group of properties in its portfolio. The hospitality management group continues to increase its portfolio by helping resort properties improve their product quality and services. It is the leader in market share for Canmore and consistently sets the bar for occupancy levels.

In 2009 and 2013, Clique Hotels and Resorts took over the management of both the Copperstone Resort and Blackstone Mountain Lodge. This led to increases in owner profits by up to 400 percent and brought both resorts up to the TripAdvisor status of Top Four in Canmore, a feat not easily achieved.

“Members of the tourism and hospitality sector, while being competitive, often work together for the greater good of the destination and while we would never single out any competitor, we are proud of our success when compared to some of the big brand names in our markets,” says Muir, “Our relentless focus on customer experience and client satisfaction is working.”

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.

The tourism communities of Canmore, Banff, and Jasper are key destinations helping Alberta deliver on its tourism vision of increasing economic revenue to $10.3 billion by 2020. Collectively, Canmore, Banff, and Jasper host 17% of overnight visitors in Alberta.

Achieving and maintaining a top TripAdvisor rank is not easy. The rank is based on quality, quantity and how current are direct customer reviews. It is crucial that all services and elements of each hotel and resort run by Clique are operating at the highest standards at all times.

The next development to be added to the Clique portfolio is the new Malcolm Hotel at Spring Creek, which plans to officially open in November 2018 but is currently taking bookings for events and small group accommodation. The Malcolm Hotel will be the first traditional hotel to open in Canmore in the last 20 years.

Currently, Clique is having great success with its unique ‘Clique Mystery’ getaway feature in Canmore, where guests are offered up to 50% off hotel accommodation. Guests who book Clique Mystery will not know where they are staying until three days prior to their arrival. For more on this promotion where Clique picks who you sleep with visit:


TORONTO, ON (August 23, 2018) – Realstar Hospitality today announced change in ownership of the Motel 6 located in Red Deer, Alberta.

Effective August 16, 2018, Motel 6 - Red Deer was acquired by Dream Paradise Hospitality Ltd. from the existing owners, Dimension 3 Hospitality. A first for the Company, the Motel 6 property is a great addition to the impressive portfolio, which includes eight Freedom Mobile locations and three Sandhu Computers throughout Edmonton.

“As we grow our portfolio of businesses across Western Canada, we’re excited to leverage the strength of the Motel 6 brand,” said Kawaljit Sandhu of Dream Paradise Hospitality Ltd. “Our team is eager to welcome guests and offer a modern and comfortable lodging experience that meets the needs of value-conscious travellers.”

Originally built and opened in 2006, Motel 6 - Red Deer features 77 guestrooms with 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 and an on-site coin laundry facility.

Located at 900 - 5001 19th Street, off the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, Motel 6 - Red Deer places guests in close proximity to Red Deer College, Red Deer Golf & Country Club and a variety of nearby restaurants. Reservations can be made by visiting or by calling 1.800.4MOTEL6 (1.800.466.8356)


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