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The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is pleased to announce the HSMAI Hotel Sales Professional of the Year Award recipients. Amy Champagne, Director of Sales & Catering, Antlers Hotel, will be recognized as the Hotel Sales Professional of the Year in the On-property category. Laura Dinu, Director, Groups & Meetings, Global Sales Americas, IHG, has been selected as the Above-property Hotel Sales Professional of the Year Award recipient. Champagne and Dinu will be honored with the awards at HSMAI’s Mike Leven Leadership Conference, March 18-19, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO.

The HSMAI Hotel Sales Professional of the Year Awards honor individuals that exemplify strong sales performance producing measurable results and demonstrate excellence in the following areas: creativity and initiative; sales acumen; innovative leadership; and advancement of the discipline.

“HSMAI is proud to honor Amy and Laura for their outstanding achievements in hotel sales,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, president & CEO of HSMAI. “They are succeeding through a combination of innovation and teambuilding that should be models for the industry.”

Amy Champagne, Director of Sales & Catering at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO, will receive HSMAI’s On-property Hotel Sales Professional of the Year Award. Champagne began her career at the Antlers Hotel in 2000 as a front desk agent. Over the years, has cross trained in all facets of hotel operations. Champagne left the Antlers in 2012 for a position that encompassed overseeing multiple select service properties. She returned to her home at the Antlers in 2015, and was promoted to her current position in February 2018, where she oversees the onsite day to day successful operation of sales, catering, and marketing productions. Since obtaining her current role, Champagne has exponentially increased the hotel’s overall revenue and cultivated a team passionate to provide the best guest experience in the city.

Champagne was especially cited for her leadership in the promotion and advancement of the sales discipline at the regional and local level, serving as a leader of HSMAI Southern Colorado Chapter and supporting and mentoring colleagues at her hotel and community. She also demonstrated sales and business acumen – from her keen business development skills to her work maximizing food & beverage spend on property and creatively utilizing hotel function space and partnerships to drive revenue in the slower season.

Laura Dinu, Director, Groups & Meetings, Global Sales Americas, IHG, will be honored as the recipient of HSMAI’s Above-property Hotel Sales Professional of the Year Award. Dinu leads the Corporate Group and Intermediary Sales, USA for IHG, based in San Francisco, CA. In this role, she and her team are responsible for delivering groups and meetings business to all IHG hotels globally. An experienced leader with more than 15 years working in the Domestic, International Group, and Luxury Segments, Dinu helps guide her team to find strategic ways to build IHG’s customers business, and IHG’s partnerships. Prior to joining IHG, Dinu worked for Omni Hotels & Resorts in a global capacity in New York City and San Francisco, overseeing their regional offices. Dinu’s experience also includes various roles in New York City, primarily focusing on luxury brands such as Peninsula and St. Regis.

Dinu was especially cited for demonstrated sales and business acumen, going beyond the hotel business to the business of hotels to drive results. She leveraged her more than 15 years’ experience in the industry to drive significant growth from the corporate and association sectors, increase IHG’s support of and engagement with the events industry at the national level (and in key markets), and increase profitability for her hotels. She also showed innovative leadership, successfully implementing new ideas that created a new dimension of performance.

 
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Toronto, ON (March 11, 2019)– Atlific Hotels is thrilled to announce that two of its managed properties received distinguished industry awards in 2018. The awards of excellence, granted by The Hotel Association of Canada, recognized the highly-acclaimed TownePlace Suites by Marriott Red Deer and Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney for their outstanding hospitality performance.  
 
With 60 years of reputable hotel management experience, Atlific consistently trains and develops its staff by adhering to extraordinary industry standards. The honours, which include outstanding revenue achievement and corporate social responsibility, demonstrate the range of Atlific’s skillful expertise. 

“Our hotels’ impressive accomplishments make us tremendously proud, as they showcase our unwavering commitment to hotel management strategically and compassionately,” says Robert Chartrand, Chief Executive Officer, Atlific Hotels. “We are always thrilled when our hotels are recognized for such achievements and look forward to more success in 2019.” 

The awards are as follows:

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Red Deer
2018 Revenue Performance Team of the Year Award of Excellence
This award goes to a property for flawlessly implementing a strategy that generated exceptional occupancy and simultaneously maximized guest satisfaction, loyalty and revenue. 

Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney

2018 Humanitarian Award of Excellence
This award recognizes a hotel that demonstrates dedication and responsiveness to the needs of the community through volunteerism, inspiration, donations and ethical business practices. 

ABOUT ATLIFIC HOTELS
Atlific Hotels is one of the leading hotel management companies in Canada operating over 55 hotels with offices in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Atlific Hotels has 60 years of experience managing well-known Canadian hotels, resorts, and extended stay properties. The company has built a reputation for best in business accounting reporting, information technology solutions and support, exceptional sales, marketing and revenue management programs and sound operational systems. Atlific Hotels’ parent company, Ocean Properties Hotels Resorts & Affiliates operates 68 hotels throughout the United States. Together they manage over 120 properties in North America with over 19,400 rooms, which include independent hotels and resorts as well as internationally recognized hotel brands such as Marriott, Hilton, and IHG. For more information please visit www.atlific.com.

 
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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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