MONTREAL, Nov. 15, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Just eight months after it opened, the MONVILLE has already established itself as the go-to hotel in Montreal by winning four awards, including 2018 Hotelier of the Year. Located in the heart of the International District, where Old Montreal meets the downtown, the MONVILLE welcomes visitors and Montrealers in the vibrant spirit that makes the city an outstanding destination, offering unmatched service, fine dining, panoramic views and unique state-of-the art technology that make the experience even more enjoyable.

Its first season is not yet over and already the tourism industry is celebrating the innovation and savoir-faire of the team behind the MONVILLE, following the success of the Gault. This fall, in addition to the Prix Hôtelier de l'année 2018 Cogeco / Vidéotron awarded by the Association Hôtellerie Québec, the MONVILLE received the 2018 Prix Hotelia from the Association des hôtels du Grand Montréal, the 2018 Prix Excellence Tourisme in the Accessible Tourism category from the Alliance de l'industrie touristique, as well as the Commercial Development Award from Destination Centre-Ville.

These various honours celebrate a number of the MONVILLE's features, including innovation, the guest experience, the design and layout, local sourcing and accessibility. Reinventing the hotel of the 21st century, the MONVILLE is 100% connected, with a smart robot that delivers orders to the rooms and a quick, easy check-in system with interactive terminals, allowing the team to devote more time to telling guests all about Montreal's many attractions.

"We're proud and pleased with the reaction to the MONVILLE's distinctive offering, both from our customers and our partners in the tourism sector. We put in the time needed to imagine the hotel experience of the future and to develop it, drawing on local talent and know-how. Seeing our ideas come to life and our efforts rewarded encourages us in the way we approach the art of hospitality," Jean-Cédric Callies, director of sales and marketing, HÔTEL MONVILLE and HÔTEL GAULT.


TORONTO, ON (November 2018) – Realstar Hospitality today announced the location of its newest Days Inn by Wyndham franchise. Located in Saint John, the conversion property features 86 spacious guest rooms, each appointed with flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, plush bedding, mini-fridge and microwave.

Prior to opening, the hotel refreshed its look in all public spaces, guest rooms and the building’s exterior. In order to enhance the guest experience, the project included extensive upgrades to bedding, flooring, furniture and brand new hotel artwork.

“Our goal is to create a welcoming atmosphere with a first-rate level of service that will make our guests want to return,” said Ankit Amin, hotel general manager. “We’re thrilled to build upon the strength of the Days Inn by Wyndham trademark and offer exceptional value to hotel guests.”

Additional onsite amenities include complimentary Daybreak Café breakfast, an indoor pool and fitness centre, meeting space and a business centre, along with free parking.

“Days Inn by Wyndham Saint John is a great addition to the brand, helping to broaden our distribution of Days Inns across New Brunswick,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “With the opening of this hotel, we can offer travellers – both business and leisure alike – an excellent choice in accommodations.

Conveniently located at 175 City Road, reservations can be made by visiting  or by calling 1 800 DAYS INN (1-800-329-7466).


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


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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