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This honor recognizes outstanding performance of an independent hotel in the areas of customer service and community relations; Winner to be announced at ILES in May in Las Vegas


Award submission participants receive one FREE registration.

[Phoenix – Sept. 21, 2016]With registration now open for the 2017 InnDependent Lodging Executive Summit, show producer IBC, a division of InnSuites Hospitality Trust [NYSE MKT: IHT], is accepting submissions for the event’s Excellence in Hospitality Award. The honor recognizes a property for providing superior service to guests and maintaining an exemplary reputation within the community it serves. Participating properties must be designated as independent and be a user of the IBC hotel management platform that delivers managed distribution, advanced CRS, and soft brand benefits to more than 6,000 hotels worldwide.

“Registrations for ILES 2017 are pouring in, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Pamela Barnhill, founder of the InnDependent Lodging Executive Summit and president and chief operating officer of IBC. “This year we are attracting new attendees, including some hoteliers in the soft brands niche. All hoteliers regardless of market segmentation are welcome.

“Nominating and submitting a hotel for the Excellence in Hospitality Award holds significant weight,” she said. “To be singled out from among the prestigious and growing IBC family is quite an accomplishment. The winner – who must be present at ILES to receive the award – will not only have bragging rights in the local community, but they can proudly display the award logo on their website and in promotional materials for national and global exposure. In addition, IBC and ILES will promote the property on our website as the 2016 award recipient.”

The 2016 IBC Excellence in Hospitality Award was presented to Jeff Durham, owner of The Redwood Fortuna Riverwalk Hotel. As the independent hotel of choice in Fortuna, Calif., The Redwood strives to give its guests a boutique hotel experience with exceptional hospitality. The hotel proudly reflects Humboldt County’s independent spirit, and it operates with a philosophy that “the heart of hospitality is not the amenities, it’s the service.”

“If your independent hotel is exceeding guest expectations and extending the true essence of hospitality beyond the four walls of your hotel to the local community, we want to hear your story,” Barnhill said. “To be considered for the Excellence in Hospitality Award, click here. Companies contributing an award submission will receive one FREE conference registration, valued at $995.”

Idea Exchange and Marketplace

ILES will focus on the hottest trends impacting today’s independent and soft brand lodging operators. The event is co-produced by the Independent Lodging Assn. (ILIA), and for the first time, Hotel Interactive will host BITAC® ILES simultaneously. BITAC ILES will bring together pre-qualified buyers from prominent independent and soft brand hotels and pair them with sellers via arranged meetings. A 50-exhibit tradeshow of products tailored exclusively for the independent/representation/soft brands market also will be presented. ILES and BITAC ILES will be held May 15 to 17 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. To register for ILES, click here.

Lodging is available at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas at the ILES 2017 group rate of $105 per night; including event shoulder nights (2 days before and 2 days after). For more information on the 3rd Annual InnDependent Lodging Executive Summit, call (602) 944-1500 or email support@ibchotels.com. 

About ILES (InnDependent Lodging Executive Summit)

2017 ILES is a three day idea exchange will include both a trade show and educational sessions exclusively focused on the needs of independent and soft brand hotel owners and executives and offer plenty of time to network with hoteliers and vendors in the unique and relaxed atmosphere. Cultivate new relationships and strengthen existing ones while enjoying great food and beverages, all included in your registration. For more information, visit www.inndependentlodgingconference.com.

Contact: Barb Worcester

barbw@prproconsulting.com / (440) 930-5770

About IBC (InnDependent Boutique Collection)

IBC is a leading provider of hospitality technologies for independent hotels. Our portfolio of products and services includes the proprietary IBC hotel management platform which delivers managed distribution, advanced CRS, and soft brand benefits to the world’s 300,000 independent hotels. More than half the world’s hotel properties are independently-owned. Online search has placed all new pressures on the small business owners who run these properties. With IBC, hotels can reclaim their revenue and guest data from the OTAs while maintaining their independence from soft brands and chains. Finally, independent hotels can take back their bookings. Learn how at www.ibcmembers.com.

Contact: Pamela Barnhill

pbarnhill@ibchotels.com / (602) 944-1500 x215

About the Independent Lodging Industry Association

The Independent Lodging Industry Association (ILIA) is a national association with nearly 5000 members nationwide. It was founded in 2010 by the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA). CLIA was established 68 years ago by a group of independent hotel owners and operators. Over the past several decades, independent hotels, independently owned franchised hotels, and owners have been impacted by decisions being made out of the halls of State Capitols to Washington, D.C. Chain hotels have dominated the policy making process. ILIA will level the playing field and allow independent hotels a seat at the table. For more information, please contact Executive Director Bobbie Singh-Allen at bobbie@independentlodging.org or call (916) 826-2075.

About Hotel Interactive

The Hotel Interactive Network is a portal for the savvy hospitality professional since 1998. This vertical trade portal excels in bringing buyers and sellers together through unparalleled business tools, quality news features, events, extensive reference material, and innovative e-learning and e-commerce capabilities. The Hotel Interactive Network provides a Daily E-Newsletter to keep hotel executives updated with the timeliest, most insightful and relevant hospitality-related news available anywhere!  Hotel Interactive is the only publication to deliver original content daily. HI also produces a highly-acclaimed event called BITAC, an educational and relationship building conference like no other. The perfect match is made between executive decision makers and suppliers to meet one-on-one in a highly productive two plus days to create relationships that would normally take years. Visit www.bitac.net for more information. For more information, visit www.hotelinteractive.com.

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