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WASHINGTON (March 7, 2019)President and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) Chip Rogers issued the following statement in response to Airbnb’s acquisition of Hotel Tonight:

Airbnb's latest scheme is just further proof the company is playing in the hotel space while evading industry regulations. It’s also likely a realization by Airbnb that their current business model is flawed with its reliance on income from illegal activity by commercial investors using their site. We’re not surprised by this move given major cities, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. just passed strong short-term rental laws last year to rein in Airbnb. Not to mention they are facing an outcry form a broad-based coalition of residents, affordable housing, labor and community leaders about their negative impact on housing and neighborhoods across the country. This move is likely a knee-jerk reaction to offset their financial losses when these regulations take effect this year and in anticipation of other major cities likely to pass similar laws.  

If Airbnb wants to enter the hotel business, then it needs to do so on a level playing field and be regulated, taxed and subject to the same safety compliances and oversight that law-abiding hotel companies adhere to each and every day.

 
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GWINNETT, Ga. – March 6, 2019 – M3, the industry’s leading accounting solution for hotels, announced today that Scott Watson has been promoted to Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and Partner.

Since joining M3 in 2011, Watson has helped lead the company to record growth, significantly increasing customers and total properties served. Under Watson’s direction, the sales and marketing teams have grown from two to 12 team members. M3’s customer footprint has expanded dramatically during Watson’s tenure as well. The company now serves customers in all 50 states, the Canadian provinces and the Caribbean and will be expanding to the UK and Europe.

As Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Watson will continue to lead M3’s sales and marketing efforts while building long-term strategies that will further the company’s growth and recent global expansion.

“Scott’s success is a direct result of the ways in which he genuinely cares for each and every M3 customer,” said John McKibbon, CEO of M3. “Through M3 products and services, he has found ways to make our customers more productive and profitable. He took over the department as the second sales person and proceeded to build an international team and grow our core product by 200 percent.”

“Since day one, Scott has continually raised the bar at M3 to define what success looks like for our sales and marketing teams,” said Allen Read, President of M3. “His exceptional leadership style and ability to strike a critical balance between professional team development and revenue generation is one of the reasons M3 is the world-class brand that it is today.”

For the past 30 years, Watson has built and led international sales and marketing teams with a specific focus on financial software and technology. Watson is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and currently resides in Springfield, MO.

To learn more about M3 or to request a demo, visit www.m3as.com.

 
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DENVER (March 5, 2019)RLH Corporation(NYSE:RLH) today announced the creation of a new subsidiary, RLabs, Inc. RLabs was formed to be a travel technology-based innovator that houses and builds on the groundbreaking technology platform the company has created, including RevPak. RLabs will focus on new revenue verticals, and on developing unique technology and system offerings for the hospitality industry including software, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

The first offering from RLabs is Canvas Integrated Systems, an all-in-one cloud-based hospitality management suite featuring a collection of seamlessly-integrated tools designed to drive revenue, secure more revenue opportunities, automate channel management and reduce cost and friction for independent hotel owners. It harnesses powerful technology not currently accessible by most independent hotels to provide revenue management, channel management and global sales at the fraction of the price independent hotels (and many brands) are able to secure on their own. Canvas Integrated Systems also utilizes technology to provide additional desired platforms such as personalized loyalty programs and keyless entry. RLabs will also be able to offer third party management companies the capability to bring brand-level resources, pricing and technology under a white label to independent hotels around the world.

“At RLH Corporation, we have created a formidable platform with fantastic pricing that we are excited to now be able to offer through Canvas Integrated Systems to independent hotel operators who don’t want or need a brand,” said RLH Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Mount. “We see the industry moving towards being transaction-based in the future and believe Canvas Integrated Systems can provide a savings of up to 50% over what typical independent hotels are currently paying, and potentially even more for hotels that are part of a soft brand. We believe there is a real opportunity to use our technology platform in a more vertical way by building a subscription-style offering of technology on a transaction-based billing format.”

RLH Corporation has an agreement to provide services for up to 7 hotels to Canvas Integrated Systems with the first hotel, Monterey Tides having already converted in December 2018.

“Canvas Integrated Systems has given us the ability to quickly manage our channels without the day-to-day grind generally associated with the back-end of running a hotel,” said Ted Darnall, RLH Corporation Board of Directors Member and CEO Lodging and Technical Services Companies at HEI Hotels & Resorts, who manages Monterey Tides. “The fully automated system has saved us both time and money, and we have felt the impact of the benefits of being with a large brand, without having to sell out our independence.”

Canvas Integrated Systems is a fully customizable platform backed by best-in-class providers that allows independent hotels to choose components to get exactly what they need and avoid paying for unnecessary items. The service is supported by a transaction-based model that ensures that owners pay on actualized transactions while benefiting from the cost savings of a larger hotel base resulting from RLH’s significant economies of scale. Each hotel operator has a dedicated support team to ensure seamless execution and access to institutionalized knowledge to keep up with trends and best-in-class procedures.

“We built Canvas Integrated Systems to allow independent hotels to benefit from best-in-class systems and technology while remaining independent,” said Mount. “Hotel operators will receive many of the advantages and transactional costs of a well-established larger system structure without having to incur costs and meet expensive brand standards required by soft brands. Canvas Integrated Systems is not a hotel brand, has no brand standards and you only pay based on actualized transactions.”

Canvas Integrated Systems operates behind the scenes, allowing hotels and operators to remain distinct, unique and independent. Hotel operators will have access to the information and reports without the pain of being responsible for the systems, services, training, or trouble-shooting.

To learn more about Canvas Integrated Systems and RLabs, visitRLabs.com. We don’t wait for the future. We create it. 

 

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