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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.”

To learn more about franchising with RLH Corporation, visit franchise.rlhco.com. We don’t wait for the future. We create it. 

 
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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.

 
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TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2018 /CNW/ - Tourism Toronto announced new executive appointments today, aligned with the organization's strategic priorities. Andrew Weir has been named to the new position of Executive Vice President, Destination Development, and Jon Mamela will join Tourism Toronto as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Both appointments take effect on January 1, 2019.

"Modern destination marketing is more holistic than just marketing alone and it takes an active role in shaping how Toronto continues to evolve as a top global destination," said Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. "Leading this new initiative, Andrew will become the champion for the visitor experience and key connector for the tourism industry with business leaders and government officials to help shape the policy and business environment to spur continued growth for the visitor economy in Toronto and the region."

"Jon is a true leader in destination marketing in Canada. His experience and success building national marketing programs – and expanding those programs into international markets and through new strategies and technologies – will help us inspire more travellers and drive more business to Toronto in the years ahead," said Ms. Bélanger.

Jon Mamela joins Tourism Toronto after five years with Destination Canada as SVP and Chief Marketing Officer where he led the organization's digital marketing and sales transformation and achieved consecutive year-over-year growth resulting in new record highs for international visitation to Canada. Prior to Destination Canada, Jon built his marketing and sales career over the past twenty years in the travel sector with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, and Travel Alberta, as well as in the consumer packaged goods industry with Procter & Gamble.

"I'm truly excited to be returning to Toronto and joining an organization that has directly impacted the city and region's global reputation as a must-visit destination in Canada. I look forward to joining an outstanding team where I can bring my combination of tourism and hotel experience to help drive further growth," said Mr. Mamela.

Andrew Weir has been with Tourism Toronto for the past 13 years. For the past four years, he has served as EVP and Chief Marketing Officer, during which time he led the development of a new tourism brand and campaign for Toronto that has won numerous national and international awards for destination marketing. Prior to that, Mr. Weir was Vice President, Communications for nine years. Earlier in his career, he served as Communications Director to a provincial Cabinet Minister and worked in communications in the biotech and medical device sector.

"The past five years have seen unprecedented tourism growth in Toronto. I'm excited to lead the work of identifying and developing ways of improving the destination experience, and forging stronger connections between tourism and other business sectors to drive sustained growth for our city and region," said Mr. Weir.

Toronto's tourism sector is a key economic driver for the city and region. As Canada's most-visited destination, Toronto welcomes more than 43 million people each year for leisure, business, conventions, to visit family and to experience the vibrancy of Canada's Downtown. Visitors spend $8.8 billion per year in Toronto, supporting the jobs of 315,000 people who work in tourism and hospitality throughout the region.

 
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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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