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With Hotel Demand Going Up, CLC Lodging Keeps Lodging Prices Down

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Demand is going up for hotel rooms and rates likely are going up, too. That’s the 2011 forecast from the latest quarterly survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, reported last week in Business Travel News.

In fact, PwC indicates U.S. demand this year has returned to levels last seen in hotels in 2007 – three years ago. Supply isn’t increasing much, so look for hotels to raise their rates.

While it is good news for hotels and their bottom line, it’s not so positive for companies budgeting for the business lodging their workforce travelers will require next year.

For companies that book their own lodging or call hotels to try to negotiate low rates, expect to encounter higher prices than you have paid in the past.

One way to ensure you’re paying the lowest rates is with a lodging savings card. It saves you 20-40% off hotels’ Lowest Published Rates.

CLC Lodging’s CheckINN Card is accepted at 10,000 hotels across the U.S. and Canada where these lowest rates have been pre-negotiated for you. (Best Western, Comfort Inn, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8 and other familiar brands and leading independents are included.)

Workforce travelers need only show the savings card at check-in to get the discount. The invoice is sent to CLC Lodging, and then it’s billed to the credit card your company registered when signing up for the savings card program.

Don’t wait until hotel rates climb higher when you can sign up today and start saving tonight.

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NFIB and CLC Lodging Offer Hotel Savings Card

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

CLC Lodging offers NFIB members a hotel savings cardCLC Lodging now offers members of the National Federation of Independent Business an NFIB Hotel Savings Card. Full details are announced in the press release that was distributed Nov. 17.

NFIB is a leading small business organization, with many of its members coming from the types of companies that can benefit most from the savings and solutions that CLC Lodging offers for workforce travelers.

NFIB members will show the card at check-in for 20 to 40 percent savings off the Lowest Published Rates at CLC’s network of more than 10,000 hotels across the U.S. and Canada.

What makes CLC Lodging’s savings card a good fit for NFIB members? Mark Garzone, NFIB’s Senior Vice President for Marketing put it this way:

“The NFIB Hotel Savings Card saves NFIB members significant money without the hassle of finding and negotiating a hotel that meets their budget,” he said.  “CLC’s strong experience and dedication to helping businesses reduce their lodging costs for over 30 years make them the right choice for NFIB’s Member Benefits Program.”

Nearly 500 large companies and 10,000 small businesses from the trucking, retail, energy, staffing, food service, rail and other industries hand their employees CLC’s business lodging savings card for workforce lodging.

CLC also provides emergency lodging services for  the U.S. government and disaster response customers, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), national emergency response providers, regional utilities and environmental clean-up services.

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CheckINN Direct rates ‘blow the discount Web sites out of the water’

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

We love fans – particularly like the endorsement posted this week from a writer on the Diesel Place forum.

In response to a trucker wanting information about hauling, one trucker wrote:

“Overnight stays? CLC lodging, www.clclodging.com will blow the discount Web sites out of the water. It is your new best friend for hotel cost.”

Thanks! We couldn’t have said it better.

Those in the transportation industry are the kind of workforce travelers best served by our savings card.

So are other blue collar travelers and windshield warriors who are on the road frequently and don’t carry company credit cards – like  employees working in construction, manufacturing, distribution and other industries..

Find out how you can sign up for CLC Lodging’s savings card today and start saving 20-40% on your lodging stays tonight.

Travelers show it at check-in at the more than 10,000 locations across the U.S. and Canada where it’s  accepted – familiar brands and  leading independents like Super 8, Ramada, Best Western, Holiday Inn,  Red Roof Inn, Comfort  Inn and more.

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Get A Handle on Business Lodging Fraud

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Controlling how much employees spend on business lodging can be a difficult task for any business.  Just ask the U.S. Government.

The Inspector General recently issued a report showing that some U.S. attorneys working for the Justice Department were abusing travel policies, spending too much and authorizing their own expenses.

Knowing that even the Justice Department isn’t immune to travel fraud ought to be enough to convince any size company that:

  • An employee travel policy should be in place, enforced and annually reviewed
  • Every employee should be required to provide documentation of travel expenses
  • Tracking and overseeing lodging expenses is worth the time and effort

 Sound like too much effort? Maybe you like to throw money away.

Using a savings card program can help companies control workforce lodging expenses.

From online statements of every lodging stay to hotel rates that are guaranteed to be the lowest available, CheckINN Direct provides the lodging management tools that are most useful to small business owners. 

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Sign Up Now To Get the Best Business Discounts On Hotels

Monday, November 15th, 2010

  • How are you making sure your small business is getting the best hotel deals for your employees who travel?
  • Do you rely on hotel coupons and  discounts, corporate discount cards, or motel coupon  codes?
  • What works best for your workforce travelers?

If you want to find out  how to control and manage small business lodging costs, there’s still time to register for Wednesday’s free Webinar offered by CLC Lodging and NFIB, the National Federation of Independent Business.

CLC Lodging, which saves companies money with its CheckINN Direct lodging savings card, will present some insider tips during the free event at 11 a.m. Central Time on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Speakers are  Kyle Rogg, CLC Lodging’s Sr. VP of Business Development, and Julio Farach, CLC’s Marketing VP.

Thousands of companies use CLC’s savings card to access discounted rates at more than 10,000 hotels across the U.S. and Canada. The card gives savings that are 20-40% off hotels’ Lowest Published Rates.

One Webinar participant will win $350 in CLC’s CheckINN Dollars. They’re valid toward CLC Lodging stays at any of the 10,000 hotels in CLC’s network across the U.S. and Canada.

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CheckINN Direct Traveler Safety Alert: Nissan Recall

Friday, November 12th, 2010

If your workforce travels regularly put you behind the wheel of some popular Nissan vehicles, be aware that the company announced recalls Nov. 11.

The recalls target Nissan Frontiers and Xterras to correct an issue with the lower steering column joint and shaft. Also included are Nissan Sentras due to an issue with a positive battery cable terminal. Affected markets are in North America, South America and Africa.

The company’s press release indicates the following models are part of the recall.

  • Model Year 2002 through 2004 Nissan Frontier vehicles manufactured from July 9, 2001 to October 20, 2004 in Smyrna, Tenn., for the North American markets
  • Model Year 2002 through 2004 Nissan Xterras manufactured from July 9, 2001 to January 6, 2005 in Smyrna, Tenn., for the North American markets
  • Nissan Frontier vehicles manufactured from November 30, 2001 to June 26, 2008 in Curitiba, Brazil for South and Central American markets
  • Nissan Xterra vehicles manufactured from February 17, 2003 to June 13, 2008 in Curitiba, Brazil for South and Central American markets
  • Nissan Sentra vehicles manufactured from May 15, 2010 to July 8, 2010 in Aguascalientes, Mexico for global markets

Because replacement parts will not be available until early December, owner notification will not begin until then. The parts will be installed at no charge.

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A Veterans Day Salute

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Today CLC Lodging and CheckINN Direct salute all the workforce travelers who have served as veterans, and the businesses that employ them.

In the midst of busy workday projects, meetings and stress, we all can take a moment to acknowledge the duty borne by those who serve and protect our country. It’s not an obligation taken lightly, and deserves our respect.

There’s a reason that Veterans Day is observed on Nov. 11. It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 that fighting ceased in World War I between the Allied nations and Germany. Although the official end of the war wasn’t until the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, the armistice that occurred Nov. 11 is considered the end of the conflict.

In 1938 the U.S. declared Armistice Day, making the date a legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace. In 1954, it was changed to Veterans Day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Eight years from now we’ll mark 100 years since the end of WWI, once considered the war to end all wars. Today our servicemen and servicewomen continue to serve and sacrifice for the common good in locations around the world.

Today we honor them, and all those who have done the same.

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Are Your Workforce Travelers Ready For Anything?

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

The latest from Travel Market Report provides a timely reminder for every business today:  It’s smart to have a terrorism preparedness plan.

 That may sound extreme for small businesses, but think about it: – do you and your employees know what they should do if the company is impacted by such threats?

 And would your workforce travelers on the road for their jobs know the plan?  Your business doesn’t have to be the primary target to be potentially affected. But thinking through required actions ahead of time makes sense.

 Having company lodging at your fingertips might be another smart consideration for your contingency planning.  Using a lodging savings card, CheckINN Direct members gain access to 10,000 hotels at prices that typically are 20-40% off hotels’ Lowest Published Rates.

Marilee Crocker’s article includes links to get your thinking started. It covers expertise and resources ranging from the Small Business Administration and the American Red Cross to the Nonprofit Risk Management Center and the Institute for Business and home safety.

Every business is different, but every company should understand exactly what’s needed to keep their operations rolling.

Some questions to start with:

  1. If daily operations are impacted, how will you reach employees to tell them what’s next? A phone tree with assigned responsibilities is a good starting point.
  2. Is there any emergency call-in number or internal Web site where you can post the latest updates for employees who aren’t on-site (or when issues arise after-hours)?
  3. If your business location is affected, do you have a secondary location where operations could continue?
  4. Do you have alternate vendors lined up to keep your business going if your primary vendors aren’t available?
  5. Is your business data secure with a strong redundancy plan?

Let’s hope your plan never has to be put in place. But schedule an annual review so it’s always ready to go on a moment’s notice.

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Taking Care of CheckINN Direct Members

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

What makes great service? John Hogan, a hospitality industry executive, speaker and educator, shares some of the inspirational quotes he’s gathered on the topic in the Nov. 8 issue of Hospitality Trends.

Like most bright ideas, they apply to any business that wants to motivate its employees to strive for outstanding customer service.

You can check out his latest installment of the list at your convenience. Here are a few that struck a chord:

  • It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best.
  • Be the Cause of Wonderful Things
  • Passion is Energy+ Commitment
  • It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. – Walt Disney
  • Service is measured by ACTIONS, not by reputations.

But inspiring ideas and slogans don’t mean much unless they’re put practice. That’s why we’re always gratified to hear positive feedback that demonstrates outstanding customer care.

Like this recent comment received from CheckINN Direct member Victoria L., president of a business in Michigan. She writes:

“We would like to take a moment to recognize the effort of Linda in Member Account Support for her outstanding service and professional and friendly treatment. We recently experienced a billing discrepancy, and Linda was able to bring quick resolution to the matter, leaving us satisfied with our CLC membership and the personal service we received through it all.”

Thank you, Victoria, for taking the time to share the great service you received. And thank you, Linda!

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Get Control of Small Business Workforce Travel Costs

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Workforce travel is required for many small businesses, but the costs – especially hotels – can make a big dent in company profits. So what steps can you take to make sure you’re getting the best travel deals, day in and day out? 

CLC Lodging is sharing its tips on how small businesses can control and manage travel costs in a free Webinar at 11 a.m. Central Time on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

The session is part of the NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) Webinar series, but it’s open to both members and non-members at no charge. Registration is open and available now.

CLC Lodging experts share tips on saving on workforce lodging

Participants will hear the inside scoop on getting the most for your business lodging spend from Julio Farach (right), CLC’s Marketing VP and Kyle Rogg (far right), CLC Lodging’s Sr. VP of Business Development.

Rogg and Farach have a lot of expertise, particularly on lodging for workforce travelers – those travelers from the transportation, manufacturing, distribution, construction, retail and other industries who are more likely to wear “boots” than “suits.”

CLC offers a business lodging savings card that members present at check-in to receive discounted rates of 20-40% off hotels’ Lowest Published Rates. CLC is a leading negotiator of lodging rates for workforce travelers – its clients purchase 9 million room nights worth nearly half a billion dollars a year.

One Webinar participant will win $350 in CLC’s CheckINN Dollars. They’re valid toward CLC Lodging stays at any of the 10,000 hotels in CLC’s network across the U.S. and Canada.

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