|SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - (May 2, 2007) – Hotel
guests at participating Vantage Hospitality Group properties can enjoy
secure, quality High Speed Internet Access (HSIA) with a choice of connectivity
speeds at little or no cost, as the hotel company has named leading broadband
solutions purveyor iBAHNTM as a preferred provider. iBAHN is offering
Speed Solution – an innovative service that provides the participating
properties within Vantage’s 750 Americas Best Value Inns and Lexington
Collection hotels with HSIA service and support for free.
“We are thrilled to partner with iBAHN to offer our guests secure and reliable HSIA connections,” said Roger Bloss, CEO, President and Founder of Vantage Hospitality Group. “Speed Solution is a win-win solution for our members and our guests. Travelers today expect to have access to high speed Internet. iBAHN’s Speed Solution can lower our members’ HSIA operating expenses while providing or exceeding the technology our guests expect - allowing us to remain a competitive lodging choice among travelers.”
iBAHN Speed SolutionTM is the lowest cost broadband service model facilitating hotels’ “free to guest” Internet needs. Guests have the option to use a basic high-speed Internet connection for free, or they may opt for premium HSIA at a reasonably-priced daily or weekly charge. The basic Internet service meets all major brand standards for connectivity speeds, and is ideal for light e-mail and Web browsing. The premium Internet service is designed for travelers downloading video and music, viewing large online presentations and taking part in online gaming – all which require bandwidth-intensive, high-speed Internet connections.
“iBAHN Speed Solution enables hoteliers to manage guests’ demanding bandwidth needs without additional expenditures that affect bottom line results,” explained Wendy S. Kelley, Vice President of Marketing for iBAHN. “It’s essentially free HSIA for hoteliers.”
According to recent consumer studies conducted at hotels with iBAHN broadband, properties using iBAHN’s Speed Solution service have a five percent higher guest satisfaction rate. Consequently, there are fewer calls to the front desk about the Internet and happier guests. In summary, Speed Solution helps hotels save money while improving guest satisfaction.
About Vantage Hospitality Group
Vantage Hospitality, parent company of Americas Best Value Inn and The Lexington Collection, is currently the 12th largest hotel company worldwide and the only hotel company to be listed on the 2006 Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies.
Vantage Hospitality’s first hotel brand, Americas Best Value Inn, currently has over 700 properties throughout North America and China. The brand has been recognized as The Fastest Growing Hotel Chain in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 by Lodging Hospitality Magazine and has won the National Chain Leadership Award in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2006, Roger Bloss, CEO, President and Founder of Vantage Hospitality, was named Innovator of the Year by Lodging Magazine for his unique hotel membership model.
Americas Best Value Inn has a comprehensive quality assurance program to ensure all member hotels meet or exceed national lodging standards. Many locations are AAA approved and offer free continental breakfast and HBO premium programming.
Building on the success of Americas Best Value Inn, Vantage introduced its newest brand, The Lexington Collection, to the upper-mid to upscale lodging segment in January 2006. All hotels are rated three to four stars and are categorized in one of four distinct product lines - Hotel, Suites, Plaza, or Villas and Resorts.
About iBAHN TM
Wendy Kelley, VP Marketing
Vantage Hospitality Group
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