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TORONTO, ON (January 18, 2022) – Motel 6 & Studio 6 Canada is committed to doing its part to end human trafficking in all forms and to help increase awareness of this global crime as the nation recognizes Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January.


"Human trafficking prevention starts on the front lines, and as an industry, we need to be able to identify important indicators, said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. "We are dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable environment for all of our guests and team members across the country."


Motel 6 & Studio 6 Canada takes a proactive, zero-tolerance stance on human trafficking. It has implemented a comprehensive awareness, training and response program to help address this global problem within the communities it serves. Every year, all Motel 6 & Studio 6 property team members must participate in the company's proprietary Room Next Door anti-human trafficking training or the Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) Inhospitable to Human Trafficking online training. The company has found success in this approach as all team members share an active role in recognizing the signs and proactively responding to fight trafficking.


Motel 6 & Studio 6 continues to strengthen their partnerships with a range of organizations that include A21 and ECPAT, as well as groups that directly provide services and support to survivors, including New Friends, New Life and Truckers Against Trafficking.


"We will continue to provide our owners and operators with the best tools and resources to strengthen our anti-trafficking efforts further," added Prince.

 
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The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation, and The BHN Group announced David Kong, the recently retired president and CEO of BWH Hotel Group, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Arne Sorenson Social Impact Leadership Award. Kong will be recognized during the AHLA Foundation’s premier fundraising gala, the Night of a Thousand Stars on Sunday, January 23, 2022, as well as during the 21st Annual Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

The Arne Sorenson Social Impact Leadership Award is a new award named for the late Arne Sorenson, an industry icon and former president & CEO of Marriott International who passed away in February 2021. The award will be presented annually to a senior-level executive in the lodging industry who strives to drive change through strong leadership and community engagement. Nominations are reviewed by AHLA’s Executive Committee and representatives from ALIS.

“Like Arne, David is an industry icon—an amazing leader and among the most respected people in our industry,” said AHLA President and CEO Chip Rogers. “The story of David’s career trajectory, from dishwasher to CEO, is inspiring to us all—as is his commitment to the next generation of hotel leaders and the communities we serve. It has been a joy to work with David, and I can think of no better way to honor him at the conclusion of his illustrious career than with this award.”

“The humanity-meets-business crossroads that Arne and David built their leadership styles around are more important than ever, so it’s an honor to acknowledge Arne’s legacy by having David as the inaugural recipient of this award,” said Jeff Higley, President of The BHN Group. “The impact of embracing a people-centric approach by prominently addressing key social issues serves as an agent of change far beyond the boundaries of the hotel industry. We should all be proud of the impact that Arne and David have contributed by being kind, thoughtful and forward-looking leaders.”

Kong’s lifelong career in hospitality began when he immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong as a young adult, with no money, job, or connections to offer support. He started as a dishwasher and busboy and rose through the ranks, culminating in his role as President and CEO of BWH Hotel Group from 2004-2021. During his career, Kong also held leadership positions with KPMG Consulting, Hyatt Hotels, Omni International and Hilton Hotels.

Kong is known in the industry as a strategic thinker and innovator. Highlights of his leadership include:

 

  • Inspiring initiatives focused on women, including BWH Hotel Group’s “Today’s Women in Leadership Forum” designed to celebrate the vital role women play both in and out of the hotel and lodging sector;
  • Fostering a BWH Hotel Group partnership with the AHLA Foundation to provide scholarships to students studying for a career in hospitality who exemplify the values of community service and high marks in academics;
  • Spearheading BWH Hotel Group’s Future Leaders Group initiative to engage and develop future generations of leaders through networking, training, career counseling and exposure to the various disciplines of the hotel business;
  • Becoming a prominent industry voice from the onset of the pandemic, advocating for hoteliers and helping ensure the survival of their business and protection of their family legacies; and
  • Driving Best Western’s establishment as a leader in the online, mobile and social media space.
 
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Best Western® Hotels & Resorts today announced that its Board of Directors has elected John L. Kelly as Board Chairman for 2022. Kelly, who previously served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, brings decades of hospitality experience and 28 years of Best Western ownership to his role as Chairman. His deep knowledge of the brand coupled with his extensive industry experience make Kelly the ideal candidate to usher Best Western Hotels & Resorts into its next chapter in 2022.

"I'm pleased to announce John Kelly as Best Western's new Chairman of the Board," said Best Western Hotels & Resorts President and CEO Larry Cuculic. "John has been a trusted member of our organization for close to three decades and I believe he will deliver tremendous value as we embark on a new chapter for our organization. Our future together is ours to make, and I look forward to working alongside John and his colleagues on the Board of Directors as we continue to grow the Best Western brand, deliver industry-leading customer care to our guests, and drive superior revenue to our hoteliers."

Kelly owns and operates the Best Western Plus Yukon in Yukon, Oklahoma. The property has achieved incredible quality assurance scores, achieving nine perfect scores in the past nine years. The property has also received numerous accolades from Best Western Hotels & Resorts including eight consecutive outstanding quality awards and four MK Guertin Awards.

During his time as a Best Western owner, Kelly has served in numerous leadership roles for the brand, receiving the All-Star Governor Award in 2007 and 2011. He previously served as a member and former Chairman of the Best Western Reservation and Technical Committee and has represented the Board of Directors on the brand's Membership Development Committee. Kelly was elected to the Board of Directors in 2016 to represent the interests of hotel owners in District V, which includes TexasOklahomaArkansasLouisiana, and Mississippi.

"It is a privilege to be elected as the Chairman of the Board for Best Western Hotels & Resorts," said Kelly. "My membership with this remarkable organization has been a point of pride throughout my career and I am honored to serve in this leadership role on behalf of our family of hoteliers. Our organization has shown tremendous strength throughout the pandemic, and with the hope of recovery on the horizon, I look forward to working with my fellow Directors to help lead our family into a brighter future. I believe the best is yet to come for Best Western Hotels & Resorts." 

In addition to Kelly's work with Best Western, he has also been an active member of his community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, the State of Oklahoma Tourism Advisory Committee, the El Reno Airpark Authority, the El Reno Visitors and Tourism Advisory Committee, and was elected to the El Reno City Council.

Kelly's diverse background in hospitality includes serving as the managing partner of a restaurant company; designing, building, operating, and owning hotels; and initiating sales strategies to favorably position hotels for potential contracts. Kelly received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma and served as a Naval Aviator in the US Navy for 12 years (active and reserve).

In addition to the election of Kelly as Chairman of the Board, the Board of Directors also elected Danny Lafayette as Vice-Chairman and Phil Payne as Secretary-Treasurer. Recently, Viral (Victor) Patel and Mahmood (Mike) Merchant were also appointed to the Board of Directors as Directors for District III and District VI respectively.

Together with his fellow Board members, Kelly will play a crucial role in driving Best Western Hotels & Resorts' recovery, growth, and future successes.

 
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Atlific Hotels is pleased to announce the addition of four British Columbia hotels to its management portfolio. Travelodge by Wyndham Fort St. John joined Atlific’s roster as of December 1, 2021 while the Ramada by Wyndham Northern Grand Hotel & Conference Centre, also in Fort St. John, came on board as of January 1, 2022. As well, Atlific gained the management contracts for two Richmond, BC properties on January 1st including Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport, and Holiday Inn Express Vancouver Airport.


“We are thrilled to welcome these hotels back to the Atlific family and the opportunity to build on our distinction as Canada’s trusted hotel management partner,” said Gordon Johnson, Vice President, Operations, BC and Alberta. “We are pleased to continue to grow our presence in BC with these four Richmond and Fort St. John properties. Providing our guests with optimal locations, ease of access and reliable service, is something that Atlific Hotels takes great pride in providing.”.

 

Located near Vancouver International Airport, Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport – Richmond recently completed a top to bottom renovation and offers 161 guestrooms with free fiber optic high-speed WiFi, fridge and microwave, and a 50" LED TV with HD programming, a fitness centre, 24-hour airport shuttle, gated parking with electric charging and Fogg N Suds restaurant. With 1,900 sq. ft. of meeting space, this hotel is perfect for smaller meetings of up to 75 people. The Holiday Inn Express Vancouver Airport – Richmond is also recently renovated and features 107 guestrooms with a variety of in-room conveniences, fitness centre, 24-hour airport shuttle and free Express Start™ breakfast.


The Travelodge by Wyndham Fort St. John is within walking distance of Totem Mall and Chances, and offers 42 guestrooms, free breakfast and onsite laundry services and adjacent Econo Liquor. The property is conveniently situated downtown near attractions such as Fort St. John Rotary Spray Park and Peace River Regional District attractions like Centennial Park and Pomeroy Sport Centre and just nine miles from the airport.


The Ramada Northern Grand & Convention Center, centrally located in the heart of downtown Fort St. John, features 127 contemporary guestrooms, and over 7,000 square feet of versatile event space, perfect for board meetings, conventions and weddings. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, fitness centre, onsite laundry services, and shuttle service to the North Peace Regional airport. The property also features onsite restaurant, North Bar & Grill.

 
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The pandemic forced hotels to get creative to lower expenses, and 20+ years industry veteran Diallog Telecom had just the right recipe. A leading Toronto hotel was using legacy PRI for their voice service, an old phone system and slow cable Internet for their WiFi.

Diallog Telecom was able to upgrade the voice service from legacy PRI to new SIP trunking technology by installing a SIP to PRI converter gateway, free of charge. This ingenious solution allowed the hotel to avoid the huge cost of upgrading their phone system and the phones in the rooms. Better yet, this reduced their voice service bill by 60% and eliminated Canada and US long distance costs!

Diallog Telecom then redistributed the PRI savings to provide the hotel with a huge increase in Internet speed. Diallog installed a reliable Gigabit fibre optics connection, thus increasing bandwidth by 10x and providing brand new WiFi equipment in common areas.

The hotel reduced their monthly costs by 30%, upgraded to new voice service technology and faster internet speeds, all with no capital investment – a true win-win!

For information, please visit www.diallog.com/hotels

 

 

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