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ATLANTA – October __, 2020 – Today, hotel ownership, management and development firm,  Hotel Equities (“HE”), announcedRyan McRae has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Business Development.

McRae most recently served as Vice President of Hotel Development with Marriott International. Based in Vancouver, in his new role McRae will focus on continuing to grow Hotel Equities’ Canadian portfolio of full service, select service and extended stay hotels.

Prior to joining Marriott in 2014, McRae was Vice President, Acquisitions and Development for SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts, where he was responsible for hotel development and acquisition activities across Canada. He also served as chairman of the company's investment committee. Prior to his role with SilverBirch, McRae was a Development Director with Hilton Worldwide where he focused on corporate growth in global markets.

Hotel Equities has seen a flight to quality as hotel owners continue operating through COVID and seek experienced and reputable third-party operators to care for their assets. McRae’s addition to the Hotel Equities team and his location in market will make the firm more accessible to those owners, as well as serve as a valuable resource for HE’s current clients in the area.

“Ryan’s impressive background in hotel development and his experience with both Marriott and Hilton hotels make him the ideal candidate to lead our growth strategy in Canada,” said HE’s Chief Development Officer, Joe Reardon. “I have had the pleasure of working with Ryan for several years as we’ve brought new development projects to completion and I’ve witnessed first-hand his capacity for building relationships with a desire to generate strong returns for our owners. We’re proud to now welcome him to the Hotel Equities family.”

The firm’s portfolio of 166 hotels includes 26 in Canada, positioning Hotel Equities as the largest non-owner third-party hotel management group in Canada. HE's Canadian regional office located in Edmonton, AB supports its portfolio of hotels in market and includes all disciplines- operations, sales and marketing, revenue management, accounting and human resources.

“After working with the Hotel Equities team for many years as a member of Marriott, when the opportunity became available to join them seemed like the natural transition,” said McRae. “I’ve always been impressed with their team’s mission and values, they’re very much aligned with the Marriott culture. I look forward to adding value and working alongside the great team at HE.”

McRae holds a Master of Business Administration degree from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of British Columbia.

 
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September 28, 2020

The Western Canadian Lodging Conference and Canadian Hotel Investment Conference are merging this Fall!
 
This two-day event has gone 100% virtual and will debut on November 23rd and 24th to attract the nation’s hotel owners, lenders, brands, managers and suppliers in these trying times. Join us for the best of CHIC and WCLC!

While stakeholders in this hard-hit sector share many common management and financial problems, illuminating panelists will also examine regional operating and investment nuances across the country.

Our state-of-the-art virtual platform will provide access to live stream sessions with expert panelists, roundtable discussions on industry hot topics, virtual tradeshow booths with industry suppliers and 1:1 networking opportunities with senior decision makers.

 
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Vancouver, B.C. – September 23, 2020 – Coast Hotels is excited to announce that 25 properties within its portfolio have been honoured with TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.

“Being selected as a Travelers’ Choice winner is a great recognition. It means that the property is fulfilling guest’s expectations, and that the management is responsive.” remarked Kelli Steer, Coast Hotels Vice President Hotel Operations. “Welcoming guests during COVID-19 has added to the operational requirements at hotels, so celebrating these wins is a little sweeter this year.”

In total, 25 properties within the Coast Hotels portfolio received TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards:

Coast Abbotsford Hotel & Suites

Coast Annabelle Hotel

Coast Bastion Hotel

Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre

Coast Capri Hotel

Coast Chilliwack Hotel by APA

Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA

Coast Discovery Inn

Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel by APA

Coast High Country Inn

Coast Hillcrest Hotel

Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre

Coast Langley City Hotel & Conference Centre

Coast Lethbridge Hotel & Conference Centre

Coast Prince George Hotel by APA

Coast Sundance Lodge

Coast Swift Current Hotel

Coast Tsawwassen Inn

Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

Coast Oliver Hotel

Campus Tower Suite Hotel (managed by Coast Hotels)

The Benson, a Coast Hotel

The Safari Inn, a Coast Hotel

The West Beach Inn, a Coast Hotel

Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort

“Whether we’re hosting a family on vacation or a guest travelling on business, our goal is to provide a good night’s sleep in a friendly and welcoming environment. We want to be a place where memories are made and guests feel at ease”, stated Coast Bastion Hotel General Manager, Dave McQuinn. “We get a lot of satisfaction in knowing our guests leave happy – the TripAdvisor award is icing on the cake.”

Coast Hotels prides itself on providing a stay you can trust. Reservations for Coast Hotels can be made on TripAdvisor, at coasthotels.com, or by calling 1.800.716.6199. 

 
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(September 21, 2020) – As devastated industries wait for Congress to pass another round of COVID-19 recovery legislation, a new surveyof American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) members shows that the hotel industry remains on the brink of collapse because of the pandemic. Results show 68 percent of hotels have less than half of their typical, pre-crisis staff working full time, and without further governmental assistance, 74 percent of respondents said they would be forced to lay off additional employees.

AHLA conducted the survey of hotel industry owners, operators, and employees from September 14-16, 2020, with more than 1,000 respondents. Key findings include the following:

  • 68% have less than half of their typical, pre-crisis staff working full time currently.
  • Half of hotel owners said that they are in danger of foreclosure by their commercial real estate debt lenders due to COVID-19.
  • Without further governmental assistance, 74% of respondents said they would be forced into further layoffs.
  • More than 2/3 of hotels (67%) report that they will only be able to last six more months at current projected revenue and occupancy levels absent any further relief.
  • To raise awareness for hotel industry priorities, AHLA has rallied its members to “Save Hotel Jobs,” a grassroots initiative for hoteliers across the country to urge lawmakers to swiftly pass additional stimulus relief before departing on recess to campaign. This ongoing effort by hoteliers has resulted in more than 200,000 letters, calls, and tweets to members of Congress, an unprecedented demonstration of unity and support. Among hotel owner respondents, nearly half are in danger of foreclosure by commercial real estate lenders.

    “It’s time for Congress to put politics aside and prioritize the many businesses and employees in the hardest-hit industries. Hotels are cornerstones of the communities they serve, building strong local economies and supporting millions of jobs,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. “Every Member of Congress needs to hear from us about the urgent need for additional support so that we can keep our doors open and bring back our employees.”

    Rogers reiterated the urgency of the situation on a call on Friday with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, followed by a conference call with business and travel leaders, hosted by the Economic Innovation Group. The most pressing concerns for the industry right now include access to liquidity and debt service, and liability protection.

“These are real numbers, millions of jobs, and the livelihoods of people who have built their small business for decades, just withering away because Congress has done nothing,” said Rogers on the call. “We can’t afford to let thousands of small businesses die and all of the jobs associated with them be lost for many years.”

Hoteliers can visit hotelsact.org to connect to their elected officials.

 
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(MIAMI, Sept. 23, 2020) – ABCO Cleaning Products, a leader in sustainable cleaning tools, today released five key considerations for making the switch to a more eco-friendly approach to cleaning.

“As a company that fully integrates sustainability, we understand the positive impact that environmentally and socially responsible cleaning programs have on a business’s bottom line and brand reputation,” said Carlos Albir Sr., president, ABCO. “These recommendations will help facilities implement cleaning programs that are better for the environment, and better for business.”

Five important considerations when making the shift to sustainable cleaning include:

  1. Assess the entire cleaning program – during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be tempting to focus narrowly on finding an effective disinfectant. While disinfection is critical, it is only one part of a sustainable cleaning program. There are additional opportunities for greening your cleaning program, such as purchasing Green Seal® GS-20 certified mop heads and dust mops or other cleaning tools certified by independent third-party organizations. Consider each category of your program, from chemicals to tools to equipment to labor, to reduce consumption.
  2. Expand your definition of sustainability – the term “sustainability” means more than just reduced environmental impact. Economic sustainability means adopting cleaning practices and products that support long-term fiscal growth but avoid harming surrounding communities. Meanwhile, social sustainability accounts for impacts on individual people. Consider whether products were manufactured ethically, and how they might impact custodial workers and building occupants.
  3. Beware of greenwashing – some companies employ greenwashing, using buzzwords like “green” and “energy-saving” and deceptive imagery, to elevate the perception that their product is sustainable. Look past the product label and be skeptical of unsubstantiated claims that lack supporting evidence. Research companies and their business practices to ensure the product is truly sustainable.  
  4. Confirm the efficacy of products – in the age of COVID-19, only products that truly remove and kill germs effectively will suffice. Some facility managers may question sustainable cleaning products, but many environmentally responsible cleaning solutions are as or more effective than their conventional counterparts. Check product labels for efficacy data and follow manufacturer instructions to combat germs with maximum effectiveness.
  5. Train and explain – since the public has heightened awareness about cleanliness due to the pandemic, employees must understand how to use each new cleaning product and why they are being used. This ensures they will be able to answer questions like which cleaner is used to mop the floor. With the proper training, team members will be armed with knowledge about their revamped cleaning program and confident in conversations with customers.

“Companies are increasingly looking for ways to reduce their environmental footprints. Investing in a sustainable cleaning program is one method of doing so, and we hope this guidance makes the transition easier,” added Albir.

For more information, visit www.abcoproducts.com.

 

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