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GWINNETT, Ga. – January 7, 2019M3, the industry’s leading accounting solution for hotels, announced today a series of new and expanded partnerships to boost its portfolio of more than 5,500 hotels worldwide. Having celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018, M3 continues its momentum with a long list of new customers.

“M3 currently serves more than half of the top management companies in the U.S. and is pleased to welcome new properties, operators and management companies every week,” said Scott Watson, executive vice president of sales and marketing.

Between May and June of 2018, M3 welcomed 15 single-property customers and 42 new multi-property customers ranging from two to 40 properties within their portfolio. These 57 new customer relationships mark one of the most successful summers of growth for M3, with anticipated fall and winter numbers to match.

New customers include Delta Inns, New Horizons Hospitality, Marlin Hospitality, New Century Investments, Summit Hospitality and more.  In addition, over a dozen existing M3 customers expanded their relationship with M3 by adopting and adding more M3 products and services to their operation.

In the coming months, M3 is poised to continue its 20-year legacy in the hospitality accounting sector by rolling out a series of new enhancements that will dramatically improve business insight for more than 13,000 users it serves.

To learn more about M3 or to request a demo, visit www.m3as.com.

 
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PLAINFIELD, IL, JANUARY 4, 2019 -- New Year is the perfect time to check-in on hotel design trends. While some of these trends may only create ripples, others will set off tidal waves. Taken as a whole, these trends underscore that hotel design is no longer the simple task of creating a nice place to stay; it is a science of fashioning a truly distinctive guest experience that flows seamlessly from check-in to sleeping, to working, to dining, to entertainment.

According to Cicero's Development, one of the country's leading renovation contractors for the hospitatlity industry, here are six hotel trends emerging on the scene that will change the guest experience in 2019.

Trend one: Good-bye to the Cookie-Cutter
Gone are the days where every room looked exactly the same, with identical furnishings and boring neutral colors. To create a unique hotel stay for guests, designers are giving each room its own individual personality through the use of diverse color palettes, furniture configurations, wallpaper, flooring, art, lamps and mix-and-match décor combining eclectic elements. Incorporating touches like local handmade decor, unexpected texture combinations, and even vintage fabrics in different rooms give travelers the aesthetic appeal they are chasing — both when they view photos of the room online and when they see it in person. Differentiating each and every room can become the signature calling card for a hotel, the primary way to set itself apart from big-box, no-frills standard hotels.

Trend Two: Keep it simple… and smaller
Driven by the millennial demographic, hotel rooms are getting more basic, functional, and surprisingly, smaller. This trend is well suited for dense, urban markets where the boutique micro-hotel concept is popular. Millennials do not expect chests of drawers, sprawling sofas or even traditional closets in their rooms. Multi-purpose and collapsible furniture, built-in lighting, and smart design materials make small hotel rooms appear and feel larger. In exchange for smaller digs, guests receive a fun, affordable and energetic space to stay without sacrificing style or comfort.

Trend Three: The Lobby as Living Room
While hotel rooms are being pared down, lobbies are going big. This emerging trend calls for the lobby area to be re-imagined as an oversized, sleek living room loaded with semi-enclosed spaces where guests can find privacy without feeling isolated. Think of today’s lobbies as a hotel’s social hub serving as a venue to explore various activities, from a business meet-and-greet to a video gaming competition. Interestingly, some of the most active users of modern hotel lobbies are not guests at all, but those who come in to frequent the coffee shop, collaborative workspaces, or other revenue-generating services. Besides décor, technology is transforming lobbies and bringing them to life with digital signage, DJ booths, vibrant sound systems, LED lights and, of course, lots of places to plug in. 

Trend Four: The Power of Energy Efficiency
This year will see more aggressive initiatives by hotels in their bid to reduce energy consumption. On average, hotels in the U.S. spend $2,196 per available room annually on energy. To offset utility expenses hotels will focus in 2019 on the expanded use of LED and natural lighting, motion sensors, automated temperature control systems, more efficient HVAC, and the use of alternative energy sources. 

Trend Five: Reclaim, Re-use, Recycle
Sustainable construction practices mean installing recycled building materials. Boutique hotels have been at the forefront of using reclaimed woods, metals, brickwork, and stonework in their aesthetic appeal. Not only does the practice reduce dependence on natural resources, it also raises the ante in terms of novelty and visual power.

Trend Six: Going Green(er)
Ironically, after years of removing oversized planters from their lobbies, hotels are finding guests miss greenery as a backdrop for daily life. A new trend coined “biophilic design” calls for hotels to bring plants back into the fold to establish an enhanced connection for guests with nature. Biophilic design involves design elements as diverse as waterfalls, real stone and wood, exposure to natural lighting, vertical gardens, and clustered vegetation that together blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor areas. According to its proponents, biophilic design acts as an "atmospheric stress-reliever" for urban overstimulation, nerve-racking interactions, and travel complications. Through the integration of biophilic design, a hotel sets itself apart from conventional hotel brands and cultivates an immersive guest experience. 

No matter how large or small the impact of a trend, the hotels that will benefit from them the most are those that adapt their guest experience the fastest. This is something independent hotels, being agile and free of the inflexible standards characteristic of large chains, are in the best position to accomplish. However, forward-thinking large chains can also leverage emerging trends to find creative direction for their branding standards.

 
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TORONTO, ON (December 27, 2018) Realstar Hospitality continues to grow its franchise portfolio with the opening of a 102-room Days Inn by Wyndham in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The newly renovated property features an onsite restaurant & bar, over 2,000 square feet of space for meetings and events, along with a business centre.

“We’re excited to offer quality and affordable lodging accommodations under the Days Inn by Wyndham brand,” said Kamal Mostofa, hotel owner. “Restaurants, shopping and numerous attractions are just minutes away, allowing our guests to relax and enjoy their stay whether for business of pleasure.”

Each standard room includes a flat screen TV, microwave, mini-fridge and work desk. Kitchenette suites are available upon request. Guests will enjoy complimentary hot breakfast, an indoor pool and outdoor seasonal pool, fitness centre and free Wi-Fi access.

“With more than 110 Days Inn by Wyndham hotels across the country, continued development in markets like New Brunswick is important in order to provide our guests with a wider distribution of hotels to choose from,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. With another four hotels on the books and numerous other projects on the horizon, the brand continues to be well-positioned for robust growth in 2019.”

Conveniently located in the heart of Fredericton at 958 Prospect Street, the hotel is close to UNB, New River Beach, Hopewell Rock and Bay of Fundy. Reservations can be made by visiting daysinn.ca  or by calling 1 800 DAYS INN (1-800-329-7466).

 
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MONTREAL, QC, CANADA – December 11, 2018 – Hotel Monville, in the heart of Montreal’s trendy city center, is Canada’s most innovative property. It opened with automated rapid-check-in kiosks, room service delivery robot, high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity and Quantum RFID BLE enabled electronic door locks from dormakaba. The 269-room Hotel Monville is a four-star hotel, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and ideal for business travelers and tourists who want to immerse themselves in the Montreal experience. dormakaba is a total solution provider for the hospitality industry. Its products include secure Saflok™ and Ilco™ electronic door locks. dormakaba is one of the top three companies in the global market for access and security solutions. 

“Hotel Monville is close to The Palais des congrès de Montréal international convention center. Most of our guests are experienced business travelers who value a fast check-in. dormakaba plays an essential role at our property,” said Jean-Cédric Callies, sales and marketing director for Hotel Monville. “Our automated kiosks check guests in with a few key strokes and issue a secure RFID keycard to open their door equipped with dormakaba locks. dormakaba’s electronic access system integrates with our property PMS and is secure, easy to use. All our guests value dormakaba’s reliability. We have never had a guest report difficulty accessing their room.”

Monville is the first and only hotel in Canada to provide room service using an autonomous delivery robot that carries orders directly to guest rooms. “Guests order food and beverages from their TV and their order can be delivered by robot in seven minutes,” Callies said. “Our lobby is staffed to assist guests, but our kiosks and dormakaba RFID electronic locks work perfectly. We program Monville’s robot to provide custom greeting messages to welcome specific business meeting members.  

“Hotel Monville is an example of where business properties will be in the future,” said Stephen Pollack, dormakaba vice president of marketing. “Their processes are focused on providing guests with fast service that creates trust and drives repeat business. dormakaba’s Quantum RFID BLE enabled locks play an important part in keeping Monville’s guests secure.”

dormakaba is a total solution provider for the hospitality industry. Its extensive product portfolio gives architects, developers and property managers creative and operational freedom with versatile technology design solutions. Its systems address the functional needs of any hotel type by controlling and monitoring access at every entry point. dormakaba's guest-centric solutions merge security with convenience to create a safer more welcoming environment that enhances the overall guest experience.

 

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