HB ON THE SCENE: America's Best Franchising Kicks Off Conference
Wednesday September 4th, 2013 - 4:28PM N
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ATLANTA—America’s Best Franchising (ABF) kicked off its Never Better, Always Best 2013 Owners & General Managers Conference here this week.
Taking place at the Emory Conference Center, the event’s speaker lineup includes Katherine Lugar, president/CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association and Mike Leven, president/COO, Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Doug Collins, ABF’s chairman/CEO, opened the Day 1 General Session by saying, “We’ve come a long way. The economy has gone up, gone down and back up again. ABF has steadily grown throughout each of these cycles." He added, “The result is that today, we have 256 properties made up of five brands, including America’s Best Inns & Suites, Budgetel Inns & Suites, CountryHearth Inns & Suites, Jameson Inn and 3 Palms Hotels & Resorts."
Educational panels during the two-day event include "Social Media Program & Web Presence," "Best Practices for Online Marketing" and "Debt Restructuring."
Conference sponsors include HBO, Fortis Payment Systems and Genares.
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For the past few years, the talk of The Lodging Conference in Phoenix had been focused on the economic recovery, solid industry projections and “cautious optimism.” With the word cautious no longer necessary, the economic outlook took a backseat this year to the seemingly unending parade of new lifestyle brands.