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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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DENVER (October 30, 2018)RLH Corporation(NYSE:RLH) announced today the debut of its integrated Apple TV solution at Hotel RL, creating a central hub for hotel guests. Moving beyond just providing cable television, the new solution provides enhanced digital experiences such as: ordering from the hotel restaurant, streaming content, interacting with concierge services, and finding locally-curated recommendations. The Apple TV solution connects Hotel RL guests to the hotel and the city they are visiting.

RLH Corporation paired Apple TV hardware with programming, software, and services from Jamf and Monscierge to create a cutting-edge solution empowering a fully integrated and personalized hotel service experience for travelers. When a guest checks in and the Apple TV is powered on, all configurations, settings and apps deploy automatically without the need for any manual configuration. Guests don’t have to go through all the setup screens and can enjoy its benefits instantaneously. 

“Hotel RL guests expect a unique, yet personalized guest experience when staying at our hotels,” said RLH Corporation Chief Information Officer John Edwards. “With Monscierge and Jamf’s support, we are able to create a solution that allows our hotels to connect directly with our guests through our mobile application, provide customized streaming services through Apple TV, and improve guest services by enabling digital staff communication.”

The integrated Apple TV solution is currently available at Hotel RL Baltimore and is planned to be rolled out to other Hotel RL locations beginning early next year.

“We are always looking for new ways to improve our guests’ experience at our hotels,” continued Edwards. “By combining the power of Moncierge and Jamf with Apple TV we are now able to offer our guests a digital entertainment experience similar to what they might have at home, while adding unique solutions that keep our guests connected with our hotels and explore the local culture of the city they are visiting.”

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

 
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LAKE LOUISE, ALBERTA, Canada - Sharc International Systems Inc.  (CSE: SHRC) (FSE: IWIA) (OTCQB: INTWF) ("SHARC" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that Lake Louise Inn (the “Inn”), managed by Atlific Hotels, is furthering its commitment to sustainability and maintaining the integrity of Alberta’s resources by being the first hotel property in the world to employ a SHARC™ Energy System’s Piranha T10 system.

The technology has been used for other domestic environmental initiatives, but this is the first time the waste water heat recovery system has been used to improve energy consumption in a hotel.  Waste water is an inexhaustible energy source that is widely unused and has a high thermal potential.

The Piranha system’s self-contained heat pump uses a proprietary direct expansion heat exchanger to extract thermal energy. In this application, it will collect hot water from the Lake Louise Inn’s laundry machines. Rather than draining into a sewer as is the currently accepted waste water practice, the heat energy in this water will be recovered. The water will act as a source for the heat pump, which will then be used to heat incoming cold water for future loads, drastically reducing energy requirements.

“This wonderful opportunity to put environmental stewardship to work in a practical way aids our conservation efforts with meaningful results,” said Gordon Johnson, Vice President Operations, Atlific Hotels.  “The serious reduction in water and energy use and greenhouse gas emissions will be of benefit to everyone who appreciates the importance of preserving Lake Louise’s natural resources, and certainly makes sense from a business perspective. It’s a win-win for all. “

 “When we first discussed this technology with Atlific Hotels, they knew instinctively that it would be a game-changer” said Lynn Mueller, CEO, SHARC Energy Systems. “The management team at Lake Louise Inn embraced the idea and is seeing immediate benefit. They are pioneers in reclaiming hotel laundry waste water, and we hope many other hotels will follow suit.”

As a result, the installation of the Piranha system will provide the following benefits to the Inn:

Will reduce emissions by over 80 tonnes of CO2 each year, taking the equivalent of 17 cars off the road

  • Will reduce emissions by over 80 tonnes of CO2 each year, taking the equivalent of 17 cars off the road
  • Will reduce the laundry’s energy use by 85%
  • The savings from each 100 loads of laundry can provide energy for an additional 8 days

It is estimated that it will produce on average 17,000 L (4,500 gal) of hot water on a daily basis. As the Piranha runs on electricity, it will offset approximately 57,000 L (15,000 gal) of propane annually, significantly reducing the hotel’s carbon footprint.

“This system represents an impressive intersection of innovation, conservation and cost savings and makes good sense. I can’t think of a better place than in Banff National Park to implement this forward thinking, ecofriendly technology,” said Nuwan Eparatchy, General Manager, Lake Louise Inn. “I applaud the SHARC team for its genuine commitment to creating a greener tomorrow for all of us.” 

 The Piranha wastewater heat recovery system from SHARC Energy Systems Inc. is the first of its kind in the HVAC market and has redefined green building innovation.

Lake Louise Inn is one of Alberta’s most treasured Rocky Mountain resorts. This four-season property nestled amongst the soaring pines of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers spectacular mountain views amongst the ancient glaciers, deep valleys and meandering trails.

 

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