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.”

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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
**Contact dHz Media for other high res photos from the Gala.

“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.


Washington, DC – November 1, 2018, Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Awards of Excellence. Recipients were honored at a special ceremony and gala at The Broadmoor (1918) in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Thursday, November 1. Awards were presented before an audience of more than 200 industry leaders, owners, senior management, and representatives of the finest historic hotels from across America and from around the world. Honors were given in multiple categories ranging from Hotelier of the Year and Hotel Historian of the Year to Best Historic Resort, Historic Hotelier of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and others.

Each year, these Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence honor, encourage, and recognize the most exemplary historic hotels, hoteliers, and leadership practices. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence are presented to historic hotels and hoteliers demonstrating innovative leadership, stewardship, and contribution to furthering the recognition, preservation, and celebration of these preeminent historic hotels and their histories.

From more than 200 nominees, the following Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide hotels and hoteliers were honored with these prestigious annual awards for 2018:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year

The Statler (1956) Dallas, Texas

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel

The Otesaga Hotel and Cooper Inn (1909) Cooperstown, New York 

Sustainability Champion

La Fonda (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)

Benbow Inn (1926) Garberville, California

Best Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms)

Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn (1766) Rhinebeck, New York

Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms)

The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky

Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms)

Hotel Captain Cook (1964) Anchorage, Alaska

Best City Center Historic Hotel

The Jefferson Hotel (1895) Richmond, Virginia

Best Historic Resort

The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania

Best Historic Restaurant

Woods Restaurant at Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan


Hotel Historian of the Year

Teresa Porter at Benbow Inn (1926) Garberville, California 

Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century of Service)

Ann Alba at The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Springs, Colorado

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in Europe

Domus Renier Boutique Hotel (1608) Chania, Greece

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in Asia/Pacific

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (1901) Hanoi, Vietnam

 Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in the Americas

The Omni King Edward Hotel (1903) Toronto, Canada

2018 Historian of the Year

Luke Barr

Celebrated New York Times bestselling author of Ritz & Escoffier: The Hotelier, the Chef & the Rise of the Leisure Class; and Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste

Steward of History and Historic Preservation

Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. at The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin

Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year

The Beach family at Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont

Historic Hotelier of the Year

David Tamulevich at Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (1895) Portland, Maine

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ken Price, at Palmer House®, a Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago, Illinois

“Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence.  These 2018 winners represent more than 400 years of history and include the finest legendary and iconic historic hotels from across the United States of America and from around the world,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We are delighted to recognize these magnificent historic hotels and their historic hoteliers for their dedication, passion, stewardship, and leadership in preserving these treasures and their stories for future generations of travelers.”

Award recipients are selected from nominees received from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, prior award recipients, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. As official programs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide provide the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America and around the world. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories. 


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