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/
Lodging Host Hotel Corporation launched our semi-annual Lock In earlier this week and we had representatives from each of our seven properties in attendance. Plantation Suites in Port Aransas, TX was our gracious host. Lodging Host was able to make use of Plantation’s board room, luxurious facilities, & close proximity to the beach & area activities.
This year’s lock in was an overwhelming success. In addition to going over company policy & meeting with new partners, Lodging Host enjoyed the sites and made full use of the comfort and amenities that Plantation Suites had to offer. We would like to thank all of our properties for making this a successful Lock In as we made plans for a wonderful remainder of the year!
Plantation Suites – Port Aransas, TX – Special Thanks To Shawn Sanchez For His Generous Hospitality
Comfort Suites – La Porte, TX
Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Marshall, TX
Residence Inn & Suites Airport – Albuquerque, NM https://www.facebook.com/ResInnABQAirport
Holiday Inn Express – Silver City, NM
Staybridge Suites – Las Cruces, NM
Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Farmington, NM
Today, Lodging Host would like to recognize Ana Vergara as a star employee. Ana has been a loyal member of the La Porte Comfort Suites family for almost six years.
Ana was cleaning a vacant room when she found a wallet. Ana immediately brought the misplaced property to the attention of Cathy Montreuil, the La Porte Comfort Suites General Manager. After calling and informing the guest, he arrived forty-five minutes later to gratefully claim his wallet and be on his way. Soon after, the guest returned and asked Cathy to give Ana a piece of paper to express his gratitude. When Ana opened the note she realized it was in fact a money order for $160!
All of us at Lodging Host & Comfort Suites are proud to have Ana exemplify the dedication, loyalty, and virtue that this company represents. Thank you Ana!