Posts Tagged ‘CLC Lodging’
Friday, August 10th, 2012
Workforce travelers and administrators – business lodging with CLC just got even easier. CLC Lodging is proud to announce its Hotel Locator iPhone app – available for free through Apple’s iTunes store in Q4 of 2012. With its hotel search tool using iPhone’s built-in GPS capability to instantly map CLC hotels to a traveler’s current location, CLC hopes to ease the hectic business travel life of many of its customers.
The Hotel Locator mobile app takes full advantage of iPhone technology – allowing users to:
- Easily search from CLC’s broad network of hotels using current location orcity, address or ZIP
- Map hotels using GPS technology and get directions in seconds
- Fine tune hotel searches by distance and rate ranges
- Toggle hotel search results quickly between a hotel list and map view
- Filter by breakfast, high speed internet and truck parking
- View hotel details, amenities and photos
- One-tap dial to the hotel to make reservations
- Access CLC’s 24-hour Traveler Support Center support line
An Android version of the Hotel Locator app is in development. It will offer the same features and functionality as the iPhone app and will be available this coming September.
Not a CLC member yet? Call (866) 857-9783 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Smaller companies can receive free membership by using the key code “APPNEWS” during registration at www.clclodging.com or by calling 1-866-857-9747, Option 1.
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Thursday, February 9th, 2012
Got employees who travel to do their work in boots, not suits? Construction crews, tower erectors, drivers, field reps, installers, inventory teams and others who stay in economy and mid-scale hotels?
- Higher occupancy — Forget recent years when your travelers could bargain for a cheap rate at the front desk. Now the lodging industry recovery is well under way. According to Smith Travel Research, hotel occupancies rose to 67 percent last year from 2010 occupancy of 64 percent.
- Steadily climbing rates — 2012 is on track to continue last year’s rising occupancy trend, and higher rates go along with it. Last week the U.S. hotel industry saw average occupancy gains of 5.5% to 51.7%, reports Hotel News Now. Last week’s average daily room rate across the country went up 3.1%.
Possibly exceeding your travel budget — Travel planners surveyed by Carlson Wagonlit Travel admit to worries over ever-increasing costs, especially since many travel planners found they’d exceeded their travel budgets before 2011 was over. Business demand was mandating travel, but costs were higher than many companies planned for. This year they want to optimize their hotel spend to stretch their lodging dollars, more than 50% of respondents told Carlson pollsters.
If your company is ready for an easy way to save time and money on workforce travel, there’s no need to wait.
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Thursday, February 9th, 2012
Like an occupancy rate of 95.5% for Friday & Saturday nights alone, representing 60,500 rooms sold around the region. And how much was the average daily rate for those rooms? How about $294.55?
That’s according to Hotel News Now, which reported that the Super Bowl boosted hotel prices up 338.1% from the same days last year.
Now that the football extravaganza is over, CheckINN Direct members can find plenty of workforce lodging in the CLC Hotel Network that’s priced for your business travel budget. We’re talking member rates in the $30-$90 a night range for Indianapolis for the rest of this week (and every week), depending which participating network hotel your employees choose.
You can expect similar savings of 20-40% off hotels’ lowest published rates in any of the more than 10,000 hotels you can choose across the country (Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, Ramada, Super 8, Motel 6 and other familiar brands and leading independents are included.)
Find out how much you can save with CheckINN Direct no matter where your company travels take you this year.
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Monday, February 6th, 2012
Hold on to your wallets – USA Today reported today that gas likely will get back up to about $4 per gallon or more by this summer. Some oil industry experts predict even higher prices in some parts of the country.
Better make sure you’re saving on your workforce lodging with CheckINN Direct to soften the hit on your company travel budget.
What You’re Paying for Gas Across The Country
Today’s figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show that gas prices went up all across the country in the past week. It also is up from where it was a year ago at this time, also in every region of the U.S. The nationwide average is a dime higher than it was two weeks ago and a hike of 35 cents from a year ago.
Better News for Diesel Fuel
Diesel fuel hasn’t risen quite as much although its nationwide average is $3.85, up just 0.006 from a week ago. While diesel prices show an increase in most regions of the U.S., there was a slight downward trend in the Lower Atlantic, Gulf Coast and West Coast states outside of California.
Save 20-40% On Hotel Rooms
CheckINN Direct can help you beat the higher costs of fuel as well as the higher hotel rates your employees will be seeing on the road this year. When you sign up for the program, you pay rates that are 20-40% less than hotels’ Lowest Published Rates.
Your company gets the protection of deeply discounted rates that are backed by a Lowest Rate Guarantee. Check out how it can work for you, and know that there are never any contracts or minimum usage requirements.
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Sunday, February 5th, 2012
Workforce travelers, it’s American Heart Month. Would you recognize the warning signs of a heart attack in yourself or others? What about CPR – can you perform it?
It’s smart to be prepared for medical emergencies on the road, and the American Heart Association (AHA) offers a variety of tools to help you. CheckINN Direct provides these tips to help keep you safe and heart-healthy wherever your workforce travel takes you.
Put Your Smartphone to Work
The Pocket First Aid and CPR App not only helps you know what to do if someone isn’t breathing, but also if they’ve been biten, bruised or burned. The app includes videos from the American Heart Association to show you how to do CPR and handle medical emergencies. It is available from the iTunes App store for the iphone and from Android Market for Android phones, and costs $3.99.
Learn To Perform CPR
AHA offers an online tool to help you find CPR training that’s convenient for you. Find a CPR class.
Start Thinking Healthy
Or, if hearing about American Heart Month serves as a timely reminder about eating better and moving around more, check out the Getting Healthy section of the AHA website.
Go Red for Women
You may be seeing “Go Red for Women” banners around your travel areas all across the country this month, too. That’s the AHA’s annual focus on heart health for women, who often suffer heart symptoms that are different from the classic heart attack signs seen in men. Find out more.
Get Heart-Smart & Hotel-Savvy
With your job keeping you on the road frequently, you know it’s smart to have a company lodging plan (like joining CheckINN Direct). Now you can be just as savvy about overcoming – or better yet, preventing – health emergencies on the heart health on the road as you are about using CheckINN Direct to save you 20-40% off hotel room rates.
Not yet a member? Sign up today.
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Friday, February 3rd, 2012
Hotel rooms are booked at 91% occupancy Sunday night in Indianapolis, where this year’s Super Bowl takes center stage. No doubt at premium prices, too.
But your company can score the best hotel deals for your workforce travelers 365 nights a year with CheckINN Direct from CLC Lodging.
20-40% Discounts On Hotel Rooms & More
When you sign up for CheckINN Direct, it’s game on with these features:
Hotel room rate discounts that are 20-40% lower than hotels’ published rates.
More than 10,000 hotels in the CheckINN Direct network (familiar brands like Best Western, Super 8, Holiday Inn, Red Roof Inn, Hyatt Place, Hampton Inn and many more)
A convenient online hotel directory that lets you know where you’re staying before you stay (unlike some other online hotel deals).
You can choose the kind of hotel – and the price range – that works for workforce travel needs and your company’s travel budget.
A Lowest Rate Guarantee that ensures you won’t find a lower rate for the same room. (If you do, CheckINN Direct will pay you the difference and give you $30 in CheckINN Dollars for your next stay).
The Best Room Rates for Your Company Travelers
CheckINN Direct rates are privately negotiated for companies like yours, thanks to CLC Lodging’s purchasing power in the lodging industry.
CLC Lodging clients use more than 10 million room nights worth nearly half a billion dollars a year for their company travelers. CLC translates that buying strength to negotiate low rates that drive your room prices far below what’s publicly available.
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Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Here’s an exciting new innovation for workforce travelers (almost as good as CheckINN Direct saving you 20-40% off hotels). Now a new smartphone app lets you control the TV remote in some hotel rooms when you’re traveling for business.
That’s great news for frequent company travelers who may consider in-room remotes as germ magnets.
USA Today reports that travelers staying in hotels that get in-room TV entertainment from LodgeNet can use its free app for iPhones, iPads and Androids.
Here’s how it works:
Download the app, called LodgeNet Mobile, from your mobile device app store
Follow the directions on how to link to a specific hotel TV
Use the app to control free TV channels, pay-per-view movies and on-demand TV shows
Pay-per-view selections can be charged to your hotel bill or you pay for them separately with the app
Download Before Traveling
Be aware that before you hit the road, you may need to download the app via a computer since its size makes it too large to immediately download on an iPhone, for example.
Currently, LodgeNet has updated its TV systems in about 2,000 hotels for its new app, so it may take awhile before you can put it into practice at your specific workforce lodging. But since LodgeNet can be found in around 500,000 hotel rooms, the app eventually will be useful in many more locations.
You’ll also find that adult-only selections aren’t accessible through the app. But in addition to channel surfing, you can use it to control the TV volume, program guide and TV menu.
Just another convenience for workforce travelers – just like CheckINN Direct from CLC Lodging. When you’re a CheckINN Direct member, your business travel is discounted at more than 10,000 hotels across the U.S. and Canada.
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Monday, January 30th, 2012
Road warriors, changes are ahead on the roads you travel – starting in California – and they’ll be here sooner than you think. The stringent new standards that the state passed on Friday are designed to put lots more emission-free vehicles on the road.
The goals that California’s Air Resources Board set on Jan. 27 may mean that someday you’ll be charging your electric vehicle each night when you stay at a CheckINN Direct hotel. The new rules require:
Starting in 2025, 1 in 7 new cars sold in the state must be electric or otherwise have zero emissions (the acronym ZEV stands for zero-emissions vehicle).
Also by 2025, cutting pollution by smog by 75% and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% of today’s standards. Automakers were on board with California’s regulators for the greenhouse gas decision, which is expected to be a national standard.
By 2050, 87% of cars on the road must be zero-emission vehicles.
The regulations go into effect with on new vehicle models coming out in 2017. By 2025, that’s expected to mean an estimated 1.4 million ZEV vehicles will be traveling the state’s highways.
So what is a ZEV, anyway? While a bicycle technically is a zero-emissions vehicle, the term typically means battery-powered electrical vehicles or hydrogen-powered vehicles that use a fuel cell.
In addition to cutting down on air pollution, the vehicles typically get mileage ranging from 90 to more than 110 MPGe (since no gas in involved, that means miles per gallon equivalent).
The Nissan Leaf was one of the first all-electrics on the market, with orders now being accepted in 30 state markets.
The 100% electric Mitsubishi I toured the West Coast last fall and is expected to arrive early this year. Meanwhile, Ford’s 5-passenger Focus Electric launched last November in California and the New York/New Jersey area with availability being expanded to 14 more launch markets this year.
General Motors is charging ahead in the market, too – late last year, GM announced the roll-out of its all-electric Chevrolet Spark in 2013.
Who knows? Within 10 years, packing your workforce travel bags may mean including your car charger as well as your CheckINN Card.
Monday, January 30th, 2012
Saving money on your employees’ hotel stays is what CheckINN Direct from CLC Lodging is all about. We’re talking discounts of 20-40% off hotels’ lowest published rates, thanks to the negotiating power CLC leverages from its purchases of more than 10 million room nights a year for clients.
Not surprisingly, CheckINN Direct’s deeply discounted rates are exactly what our customers love most about the program. After all, who isn’t looking for ways to cut company costs?
Here’s what one CheckINN Direct advocate told us after saving nearly $7,000 on employee lodging in just six weeks:
“At one hotel, I had negotiated a rate of $100 a night. Your rate is $55 plus tax. That’s really noticeable…I can look at your Web site and instantly see which hotels are within my price range, so I no longer need to call around to get rate quotes.”
In other words, if you’ve got drivers, installers, construction crews or other employees frequently on the road, you can pay less for hotels AND save yourself time finding hotels and negotiating rates.
Not bad, huh? Particularly when CheckINN Direct requires are no contract commitments or annual minimum usage requirements.
2012 is just getting started, but there’s no need to waste any more time paying more for a hotel room than you have to. You easily can make 2012 the year that you get your company travel costs under control. In fact, you can sign up immediately.
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Thursday, January 26th, 2012
If your company budget includes plans for a new vehicle for your workforce travels this year, CheckINN Direct recommends the free 2012 Fuel Economy Guide put out by the U.S. Department of Energy. The time you spend checking it out could help your business save money in the long run – and we know CheckINN Direct members are big advocates of saving money on the road!
The Fuel Economy Guide displays city and highway mileage for most 2012 vehicles, and shows you how much the vehicles cost to drive. Plus, in the 2008–2012 electronic fuel economy guides, the annual fuel cost estimates are updated weekly to match national average prices for gasoline and diesel fuel.
With more and more electric vehicles hitting the roadways each year, the guide now includes plug-in vehicles so you can review gas-only and electric-only mileage estimates.
What you won’t find: SUVs or passenger vans that carry a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of over 10,000 pounds. Or, other vehicles with a GVWR of 8,500 pounds or a curb weight of over 6,000 pounds.
Also available for prospective buyers: an interactive online tool to help you find and compare cars. It lets you browse by year, make and model; compare vehicles side-by-side, and check out hybrid, diesel and alternative fuel options. Just for fun, click on the link that takes you to what are considered the best and worst vehicles out there.
Not in the market for a new vehicle, but want to make sure you’re fuel-efficient on the road? Check out these gas-saving tips from the Federal Trade Commission.
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