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Phoenix, AZ (March 5, 2019) – SkyTouch Technology, a leader in innovative technology and the most widely used cloud-based system (PMS) announced today that they have teamed up with LodgingControls, Inc., a hospitality management software that takes automation to the next level.

The integration will allow properties to use the LodgingControls, Inc. software and the SkyTouch Hotel Operations Platform together. Users can easily manage front desk duties, housekeeping, and maintenance through the Mobile Operating Platform (MOP) based on reservation arrival and departure dates.

The cloud-to-cloud integration between the SkyTouch Platform and the LodgingControls, Inc. Hospitality Management Software provides a simple solution that can increase staff efficiency allowing more time to be spent focusing on the guest experience.

“At SkyTouch the customer is always first, and the SkyTouch /CONNECT platform offers all of the integration capabilities our customers need”, says SkyTouch CEO, Todd Davis. “Integrating with LodgingControls, Inc. enables our customers to improve both the guest experience and the operational efficiency of their business.”

SkyTouch Technology’s connection with LodgingControls, Inc. provides hotels and resorts with integrated housekeeping, maintenance, preventative maintenance, room inspections, and front desk management systems as well as guest texting and Alexa voice services in one easy to use mobile and desktop web application. Because both platforms are available through mobile devices, managing all staff activities can be done anywhere, anytime.

“It has been exciting to collaborate with SkyTouch to bring our technologies together. Such a collaboration will help hotel operators and their staff to work smarter, faster and better”, said Albert Sledge, Business Development Manager of LodgingControls, Inc.  “Integrating with SkyTouch will further enhance the automation of our products, allowing hotel staff to concentrate on what’s really important – building relationships and focusing on customer service.”

For more on the SkyTouch x LodgingControls, Inc. integration, please visit go.skytouchtechnology.com/lodgingcontrols.

 
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WASHINGTON, DC – February 20, 2019  75 hotels have been inducted into Historic Hotels Worldwide® in 2018. Hotels approved for induction into the prestigious Historic Hotels Worldwide registry are from across four continents, including 20 countries, and date as early as the 11th century. The 75 historic hotels represent independent hotels and hotels from 12 different brands, chains, and collections. 

Hotels inducted into Historic Hotels Worldwide have met the following criteria: a hotel must be at least 75 years old; utilize historic accommodations; serve as the former home or be located on the grounds of the former home of famous persons or significant location for an important event in history; be located in or within walking distance to a historic district, historically significant landmark, place of historic event, or a historic city center; be recognized by a local preservation organization or national trust; and display historic memorabilia, artwork, photography, and other examples of its historic significance. Many of the historic hotels are adaptive reuse historic hotels that have involved converting some or all of a historically significant building to a hotel. Originally, these buildings were built for another purpose in their history. Many historic hotels are located in buildings first completed for another purpose such as former castles, chateaus, palaces, academies, government buildings, warehouses, monasteries, haciendas, villas, and homes for nobility.

In 2018, Historic Hotels Worldwide inducted 55 historic hotels located in Europe:

Czech Republic:

Denmark:

  • Villa Copenhagen (1894) Copenhagen, Denmark

France:

Germany:

Hungary:

Italy:

Netherlands:

Norway:

Poland:

Spain:

Switzerland:

Turkey:

United Kingdom:

Historic Hotels inducted 13 hotels the Americas:

Bermuda:

Canada:

Historic Hotels inducted seven in Asia:

China:

South East Asia:

“The most memorable travel experience is to stay in a grand dame hotel built more than a century ago or stay in an iconic hotel that may have been a former castle, chateau, palace, academy, hacienda, luxury manor home, or monastery,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “These 74 historic hotels demonstrate the tremendous stewardship of their owners, leadership, and employees in preserving these wonderful historic treasures and the many centuries of stories of the people that previously lived, worked, socialized, or visited. Many are tremendous architectural and heritage landmarks. Each is worth exploring and visiting. The ultimate heritage and cultural travel experience is to stay in these hotels.” 

 
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DENVER (February 13, 2019)RLH Corporation(NYSE:RLH) announced today it has achieved a record 167 executed hotel franchise agreements in 2018. Specifically, the Company signed 37 mid and upscale hotels and 130 select service hotels in addition to acquiring over 350 select service franchise agreements with the acquisition of Knights Inn. RLH Corporation now encompasses over 85,500 rooms an increase of 24% from 2017 and upscale brands now comprise 8% of the Company’s hotels.   

“2018 was an outstanding and transformational year for the Company,” said RLH Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Mount. “We intensified our focus and invested incremental expert resources on our franchise business, especially on the human capital front. We also began seeing meaningful improvement to the velocity and volume of our franchise agreement signings. These important shifts in focus, leadership and strategy will serve us well, as we continue to progress to a fully asset light franchise company. We are particularly encouraged by the interest in our mid and upscale brands. ” 

During 2018 the Company signed agreements for four Hotel RLs, including one on Miami Beach, Florida. It opened its first resort hotel with The Island in Fort Walton Beach, FL and opened Signature San Francisco, the first from this refreshed brand.

In addition during 2018, RLH Corporation sold nine owned hotels for over $116 million in gross proceeds. In order to concentrate even more of our available resources on the franchise business, the company has transitioned four of the remaining owned hotels to third-party managers in anticipation of future sales. 

The Company is experiencing continued strong interest in its franchises into 2019 and is providing guidance of 160 to 200 executed agreements for the year.  As previously communicated, the Company’s franchise development efforts are being intensified on its mid and upscale brands.

You can refer to the Company’s most recent investor presentation to learn more about RLH’s long term outlook here:http://ir.redlion.com.

Learn more about franchising with RLH Corporation, visitfranchise.rlhco.com.

We don’t wait for the future. We create it.

 
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February 13, 2019

With warmer weather arriving in just a few more months, it’s time for hotels to start prepping for outdoor entertaining. So how do you design an outdoor space that delivers the warmth of hardwood flooring without encountering the risk of guests slipping on a wet surface?

Havwoods International, a global engineered wood supplier, offers a solution for outdoor hospitality settings with the introduction of its first decking product range. Following extensive research, Havwoods International discovered a demand for decking products made from solid construction; this provides far greater impact resistance and ensures a smaller surface area, which means even less chance of water absorption.

Made entirely from recycled wood and plastics, the FSC®-certified Trekker collection offers a range of composite decking and cladding boards suitable for both external and internal use. The Trekker collection consists of three diverse color grades—including chocolate, oak, and vulcan—and textured designs, such as wood grain, fluted, and fascia. The boards are easy to install with the use of fixing clips and even easier to maintain, requiring nothing more than an occasional wash with plain water. Additionally, the range is UV treated for fade resistance. To create a streamlined aesthetic to exterior surfaces, the collection includes matching trims.  

(Photo of Trekker Collection’s Vulcan Wood Grain at the Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa

Courtesy of Havwoods International)

 

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