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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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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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VISIONARIES AND COMMUNITY LEADERS UNITE FOR FIRST-EVER SUSTAINABLE HOSPITALITY SYMPOSIUM IN MONTEREY

 

Congressman Jimmy Panetta, Allison Gosselin of Aramark Leisure Services and                  

 

Former President José María Figueres Olsen of Costa Rica Announced as Speakers

 

 

 

MONTEREY, Calif., February 6, 2017 - From the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium to a hotel industry that has garnered numerous accolades, Monterey County has long set the bar for sustainable business practices and standards. As the region continues to be at the forefront of the sustainable movement, more than two dozen community leaders and visionaries along with an audience of public officials, public policy experts, hospitality and tourism professionals, hospitality developers and contractors and hospitality educators are gathering for the first-ever Sustainable Hospitality Symposium on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

 

 

 

The Sustainable Hospitality Management program at CSUMB has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Monterey County Hospitality Association, the Fort Ord Reuse Authority, the Monterey County Workforce Investment Board, the Santa Cruz County Economic Development Agency, local cities and firms as well as the Government of Costa Rica to host this momentous event.  CSUMB is also thrilled to announce that Congressman Jimmy Panetta, who was recently selected to serve on the House Committee on Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans and the Subcommittee on Federal Lands, will be joining the list of notable speakers.

 

 

 

"The Sustainability Symposium is bringing together the creme-de-la-creme of policy-makers, public officials, hospitality leaders, green developers and builders as well as educators from Costa Rica and the United States. The goal is to shape the future of the Monterey Bay region as the leading sustainable hospitality, eco-tourism and eco-recreation region in the country," says Shyam Kamath, Dean of the College of Business at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB).

 

 

 

Costa Rica is a world leading country in sustainable hospitality and eco-tourism. Former President José María Figueres Olsen was the primary architect and public official who pioneered the country's sustainable hospitality development and ecotourism strategy. President Figueres will keynote the symposium with a team of leading sustainable hospitality CEOs and the Minister of Tourism from Costa Rica.

 

 

 

Allison Gosselin, Director of Engineering and Sustainability at Aramark Leisure Services, is confirmed as Keynote Speaker; and Julie Packard of the Monterey Bay Aquarium will also address attendees at the reception. Leaders will be discussing topics such as sustainable hospitality, eco-tourism, eco-recreation development and opportunities as well as attracting sustainable investment and public-private partnerships to Monterey County.

 

 

 

"At Aramark, a deep commitment to reducing our environmental footprint is a driving factor in our management of Asilomar Conference Grounds, and we've made significant strides in water and waste management," says Gosselin. "The symposium presents a great opportunity to learn from other environmental leaders and discover new ways for Aramark to continue to make an impact."

 

Additional speakers include: President Eduardo Ochoa, Dean Shyam Kamath and Sustainable Hospitality Management Program Executive Director John Avella of CSUMB; Ted Balestreri, CEO of Cannery Row Company; Costa Rican hospitality firm CEOs Alfonso Gómez, Jose Alvaro Jenkins, Karin Zurcher and Roberto Fernández along with Tourism Minister Mauricio Ventura of the Government of Costa Rica; John Laird, California Secretary of Natural Resources; Cody Plott, COO of the Pebble Beach Company; Kurt Gollnick, COO of Scheid Vineyards; Margaret Spring, Vice President of Conservation and Science and Chief Conservation Officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium; Assemblywoman Anna Caballero; Supervisor Jane Parker of Monterey County;  Janine Chicourrat, General Manager of the Portola Hotel & Spa; Tammy Blount, President & CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Teresa Matsui, CEO of Matsui Nursery; and Tejal Sood, CEO of Bayside Resorts in Santa Cruz.

 

"Monterey County's values in practices and development are key to our strength as a sustainable destination and make us the perfect place to hold this symposium to ensure our continued leadership in this arena," says Blount.

 

 The Sustainable Hospitality Symposium will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the InterContinental The Clement Monterey from 8am - 4pm. For more information, please visit: csumb.edu/green <http://csumb.edu/green> .

 

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