The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institution has awarded, Adrian Guerra, Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing at Lodging Host Hotel Corp, a Certification as a top Hospitality Sales Professional. This very prestigious achievement qualifies him in all areas of hospitality sales. The CHSP is globally known as a certification that proves ones knowledge and expertise in the hotel industry. “It is an honor awarded to lodging professionals whose leadership and managerial abilities are exemplary ”(The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institution, 2014). Not everyone who is a hotel professional has a CHSP, but only those who strive to achieve the ultimate level of excellence at their properties.
“Achieving the CHSP® certification announces that you have a place among the best in your profession, are abreast of current trends and latest hospitality protocols; and serves as leverage in current and future career opportunities ” (The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institution, 2014).
Congratulations Adrian! We are proud of your accomplishment, and we look forward to you guiding and extending your expertise to make our team more successful.
“While our hotels in Government segment dominated markets struggled, our natural resource markets’ hotels contributed to large increases in the last three months of the year and caused the Company to post double digit increases for the month of December.” according to Adrian Guerra Corporate Director of Marketing for Lodging Host Hotel Corp.
December was a very nice way to end a year that began with a first quarter down almost 4% from 2012 according to Mr. Guerra. The company will end the year with a strong 3.6% revenue growth over 2012, in same store sales, according to Charlotte Hilchey, Company Comptroller.
“The economy seems to finally beginning to pick up steam. Combine that with almost all of our markets showing no increase in supply in 2014 and we should have a pretty good year ahead. We still need the Government/Military markets to stabilize so that we can push Average Daily Rate increases that we have not seen in a couple of years in those markets, so we are not out of the woods yet.” according to Mr. Guerra.
According to Kevin Hilchey, President of Lodging Host Hotel Corp, “The company is looking forward to a very busy and productive 2014 and not just in same unit sales growth. We have at least two projects that we should get out of the ground in 2014. The last project that we completed was in late 2008.”
Kevin P. Hilchey, President of Lodging Host Hotel Corp (LHHC), today announced that company room sales revenues, in same location sales, were up again in July and are positive Year to Date. At the end of the first quarter LHHC reported same location sales down from the prior year. That trend seems to have completely reversed itself in the 2nd quarter and is continuing into the 3rd quarter of 2013 according to company officials.
According to information released by the company today, “For the month of July, as a company, we beat last year by 7.1%. Our Occupancy was up 8.2 points but in July our Average Daily Rate (ADR) was down $2.28 from last year.
For the year we are now 3.4% ahead of last year. At the end of the first quarter of 2013 we were 3.4% behind last year. Year to date our overall Occupancy is up 3 points and our ADR is down $.56 from last year.”
Company officials report that the trend is continuing into August and that the company, based on sales and business backlogs, expects to have “record August results” in several of it’s individual locations.
The Holiday Inn Express in Silver City recently has had the dubious Honor of hosting some of the Firefighters in New Mexico fighting the Silver Fire. The Silver Fire has continued to grow and through June 24th had burned 125 square miles, over 80,000 acres and was only 20% contained. Many of the local hotels are hosting firefighters.
“The men come back at all hours of the day and night. They look tired and smoky and just want to go to their rooms and sleep. We don’t see a lot of them around the hotel.” according to Julie the Guest Services Representative that has worked the Front Desk for twelve years. Julie has seen a number of fires come and go. “It’s never nice to have a fire and we feel for the people who are in it’s path but we are thankful for the Firefighters help and glad that we can provide them a clean, safe place to go, relax and get away from it for a little while.” said Michelle Carrillo, General Manager.
The hotel is full but most times the parking lot is empty. There are all kinds of guests but the breakfast often uneaten. The men come in late and leave early or come in the middle of the day to catch a few hours of sleep.
According to Janet Glynn, the Regional Director for the hotel, often the hotels have to help in emergencies and this hotel and all of the Lodging Host IHG brands participate in “Shelter in the Storm”, an IHG Corporate initiative. Kevin Hilchey, President of Lodging Host said after a recent visit to the hotel, “I can tell you all of the employees are very concerned about what is going on with fire. They are informed about it. They are following the progress on different social media. They communicate with our other guests when it is going to affect their trips or vacations and they are doing what they can to help.”
Sixty-nine years ago today – June 6, 1944 – the decisive D-Day landings on the beaches of France took place. Over 160,000 Forces, led by American, British, Canadian and Free French Forces landed that day, in the largest amphibious invasion in history. What they accomplished that day set in motion the liberation of France and all the Nazi-enslaved nations of Europe.
To all of our veterans, who protected our freedom and changed the world, Lodging Host Hotel Corporation offers our deepest gratitude & respect. Thank you for protecting our way of life & the freedoms that we so often take for granted.
Lodging Host Hotel Corporation
We are extremely happy to report that The Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Farmington recently passed their brand inspection. That is not the amazing thing though.
The amazing thing is that they achieved a PERFECT score in the Housekeeping section. We have been in the business almost 30 years and have NEVER seen a property get a perfect housekeeping score! The IHG inspector, Gene Kelton, who has at least 30 years with IHG, told Charisse, the GM, that he had never seen a perfect housekeeping score in his career and he is retiring this month!
What a pleasure it is to stay at a perfectly clean hotel!
Lodging Host Hotel Corp.
This lil guy was given the arduous task of making sure our Holiday Inn Express & Suites aced the sleep test & we passed with flying colors! Kevin Michael Hilchey was born April 22nd to proud parents Rachel & Patrick Hilchey & first time grandparents Charlotte & Kevin Hilchey. Welcome to the world little one!
The Red Cross is already in Moore, Oklahoma helping the victims of Monday’s deadly tornado outbreak.
You can help those victims right now by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999. By doing this you’ll be donating $10.
The death toll has been revised to 24. Search and recovery operations are nearly completed.
Widespread damage was left behind after the twister which has been confirmed as an EF-5 with winds of at least 200 mph.
You can always donate or find other ways to help at http://www.redcross.org/