Travelodge Canada Hires New Franchise Development Manager To Support Aggressive Brand Growth

CALGARY, ALBERTA | Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Travelodge Canada continues its strategy of brand growth through high quality property acquisitions with the appointment of Rick Keene as Manager, Franchise Development. Keene joins the brand this month and will work closely with the Travelodge executive team to bring more lodging properties into the franchise system.

Keene has over twenty years of national and international franchising experience in the hospitality and service sector. Additionally, he has overseen the development of commercial real estate ventures and acted as a management consultant in the hospitality sector.

"Rick's history and experience will be a great asset to Travelodge as we continue our growth plans," says Roger White, Executive Vice President, Travelodge Canada. "We know we have a very competitive and compelling product to offer hotel owners, and Rick will help us find great business partners to work with." Travelodge is currently the third largest hotel chain in Canada with over 110 properties nationwide. The brand offers three unique tiers; Travelodge Hotels, Travelodge and Thriftlodge. Owners benefit from extensive training and operational support, a cross-Canada national sales team, Canadian based marketing, an affordable and exclusive brand loyalty program and a unique partnership with one of Canada's largest retail loyalty program, Hbc Rewards.

Travelodge Canada Corp. administers the Master License for Travelodge and Thriftlodge in Canada. Travelodge Canada Corp. is a subsidiary of Royal Host Corp., which is owned by Royal Host Real Estate Investment Trust (Royal Host), traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbols "RYL.UN", "RYL.DB", "RYL.DB.A" and "RYL.DB.B", respectively.

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