Archived Press Releases – 2007
Atlific Hotels Announces Human Resources Appoinment as well as Several Management Positions
February 13, 2007 – Atlific Hotels welcomes several new managers, including Mr. Philippe Guerrard appointed as Hotel Manager of The Advantage West Inn and Suites, Ft. McMurray, Alberta. This announcement comes in conjunction with the appointment of Atlific Hotels as management company of the property, its sixth in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Mr. John Caneco assumes the role of General Manager for the new Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Vaughan which will open in April, 2008. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Caneco was a General Manager with a Toronto area Holiday Inn.
Atlific Hotels also announces several internal promotions. Opening next month, Executive Suites Garibaldi Springs Golf Resort, Squamish, B.C. welcomes Mr. Kris Szylowski as General Manager. Mr. Syzlowski comes from the Holiday Inn Express Vancouver Airport where he received the Atlific General Manager of The Year Award.
Replacing Mr. Syzlowski, Tanner Tredget assumes the role of Hotel Manager for the Holiday Inn Express Vancouver Airport.
After a strong performance since its opening in 2006, Ms. Deana Elchuck has been promoted to General Manager of the 88 room Comfort Inn & Suites, Red Deer, Alberta.
After almost 20 years as Director of Sales & Marketing of the Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown, Mr. John Jennings assumes an exciting new role as General Manager of the charming Rosellen Suites at Stanley Park.
“These individuals have all demonstrated just the kind of expertise and passion for hospitality that we need” said Mr. Chartrand, adding “and we are delighted that they are a part of the Atlific family.”
Atlific Hotels Adds Advantage West Inns & Suites to its Growing Portfolio
February 6, 2008 – Atlific Hotels is pleased to announce Advantage West Inn and Suites as the newest addition to its growing portfolio. Recently acquired by Temple Real Estate Investment Trust (TREIT) of Winnipeg, this hotel becomes the sixth property in Fort McMurray, Alberta to come under the management of Atlific.
“Advantage West Inn and Suites offers comfortable rooms and suites at excellent value for trades and business travellers visiting the Fort McMurray area,” said Philippe Gadbois, Senior Vice-President Sales & Marketing, Atlific Hotels. “We are proud to be chosen to manage all of TREIT's hotel investments in this key market for a total of 566 rooms.”
Fort McMurray is the gateway to northern Alberta as it experiences rapid development from a booming oil industry. Surrounded by the largest oil sands in Alberta, Athabasca oil sands, this energy producing city has been a key player in the province's unprecedented growth. Its remote location, nestled in the Boreal Forest also makes it a destination for northern outdoor adventure ranging from camping to biking, hiking and fishing.
Advantage West Inn and Suites provides affordable hotel accommodations in Fort McMurray offering 83 well-appointed guestrooms and suites. The hotel features two meeting rooms, complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary high speed internet, a fitness centre and the Victory Sports Bar. Conveniently situated adjacent to Highway 63 and only minutes from the airport, downtown and the tar sands of Northern Alberta, the Advantage West Inn and Suites is an ideal location for trades, business and leisure travellers.
Mr. Philippe Guerrard will lead the team at The Advantage West Inn and Suites as Hotel Manager. Relocating to Fort McMurray to assume this role, Mr. Guerrard is originally from Montreal where he obtained his degree in hotel management. His experience includes management of numerous hotels in Montreal and Quebec including Hilton Garden Inn.
Information about Temple Real Estate Investment Trust (TREIT) can be accessed at www.treit.ca.
Atlific Hotels Bolsters its Toronto Portfolio with a Brand New Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
December 3, 2007 – Cited for its success in overseeing a broad range of business and leisure hotels across Canada, Atlific Hotels has been selected to manage the brand new Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites opening in Vaughan, Ontario in April, 2008.
This 125-room property, located on the northwest corner of Highway 7 and Highway 27 has a striking design, providing a wonderful option for Greater Toronto Area business and leisure travellers looking for superior amenities at an affordable price. The hotel also offers meeting space for up to 150 people.
“Atlific now operates 35 hotels across Canada and is growing rapidly with eight new properties slated to open by the end of 2008,” said Philippe Gadbois, Senior Vice President, Atlific Hotels. “Our management experience, combined with a strong presence in Toronto and the recent opening of Canada's first Hotel Indigo in Ottawa, made us an obvious choice to manage this new property. We look forward to introducing the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Vaughan to our discriminating guests.”
With new corporate business parks, event venues, shopping and leisure activities in close proximity to this hotel, guests can take advantage of the myriad offerings in the City of Vaughan and nearby Toronto and Brampton.
Both the impressive lobby and Great Room are finished with cherry wood, imported tiles and dramatic carpet in a chic colour scheme of warm earthy tones such as chocolate brown, tan and olive green. With a spectacular double-sided fireplace and unique display of wild field grasses, the Great Room provides a perfect location to unwind, or enjoy complimentary breakfast - and it can be sanctioned off for private functions.
Guestrooms and suites feature upscale touches including spacious bathrooms with imported tile floors, granite counter tops, and Kohler fixtures. All units feature contemporary furniture, large LCD flat screen televisions, and pristine white bedding.
Careful consideration was taken at time of development to find ways to make this new Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites an industry leader for energy efficiency. Intelligent motion sensing thermostats automatically adjust the temperature in guest rooms, common areas and meeting facilities when not in use. Instantaneous hot water heaters eliminate the need for oversize water tanks known to waste large amounts of electricity. An ‘Energy Recovery Unit’ captures energy from exhausted air and redistributes that energy back into common areas such as corridors.
The inviting indoor pool area features an Energy Recycler Dehumidifier which lowers the amount of energy consumption. All exterior windows in the hotel were tinted to a low “e” rating and PTAC heaters provide heat via condensing hydronic boilers rather than the less efficient traditional electric heating.
The hotel also boasts higher ceilings and wider corridors than average creating an open and bright environment. With a spacious lobby, indoor pool, exceptional business amenities, choice of rooms or suites and guest laundry facilities. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Vaughan will be an excellent and comfortable choice for all guests.
Atlific Hotels adds Inn at Westminster Quay to its managed portfolio
November 1, 2007 – Atlific Hotels is pleased to announce the addition of the Inn at Westminster Quay to its portfolio of managed hotels effective November 1, 2007. Owned by Narland Properties, this full service hotel highlights picturesque vistas of the magnificent waterfront from its perch above the Fraser River. Its distinctive architecture offers guests cruise ship sensibility with panoramic views of the Quay from each of its guest balconies which jut out over the water.
“The Inn at Westminster Quay is a perfect complement to the charming environment in which it is surrounded,” said Philippe Gadbois, Senior Vice President, Atlific Hotels. “The exceptional service its loyal guests have come to enjoy will be enhanced by Atlific's network of hospitality professionals coast to coast.”
"Travellers are discerning and Atlific Hotels has a reputation for ensuring the high standards our guests expect," said Chris Sherry, Executive Vice President of Narland Properties. “We have no doubt that the Inn at Westminster Quay will continue to grow in popularity as more and more travellers discover the myriad offerings of New Westminster.”
The Inn at Westminster Quay is located in historic New Westminster, British Columbia, a popular suburb of Vancouver. The hotel, which boasts a striking glass encased lobby with breathtaking views of Golden Ears Mountains and Mount Baker is adjacent to the Quay's shopping, dining and entertainment offerings including the popular Riverboat Casino. The hotel offers 126 guest rooms, with balconies to relax and enjoy the majestic water views, meeting facilities for up to 150 guests and an award-winning seafood restaurant and lounge. The Inn at Westminster Quay is only 30 minutes from the International Airport, the US border, and ferry terminals. Downtown Vancouver is a quick Skytrain ride away making the hotel an ideal choice for Vancouver tourists looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city.
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa Selected by Condé Nast Traveler as one of Canada's Top Three Hotels
October 22, 2007 – Victoria's The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, managed by Montreal-based Atlific Hotels, was honoured by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top three hotels in Canada according to its 20th Anniversary Readers Choice Awards. The results, which are derived from an independent poll of consumer preferences, will be printed in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler.
“The readers of Condé Nast Traveler are discriminating, and to have The Magnolia recognized as one of the top hotels in Canada is extremely gratifying and fitting,” said Philippe Gadbois, Senior Vice President, Atlific Hotels. “We began working with the Magnolia in 1998 prior to its opening. From the outset, we, and the people of Victoria knew this hotel was truly special. It is wonderful to share that news with the rest of the world. We strive to ensure that every detail is relished by our guests, and we are so pleased that they enjoy the property.”
Eight-time winner of the prestigious AAA four-diamond award, the luxurious Magnolia Hotel & Spa, is a bright, 63-room boutique hotel located just steps from Victoria's quaint inner harbour. Brimming with European elegance, in the midst of chic shops, fine restaurants and magnificent landscape, its stylish furnishings and warm, comfortable rooms offer guests chic accommodation without pretense. Attention to detail and service are in evidence everywhere, with complimentary continental breakfast, fresh flowers, and fruit in the lobby, nightly turn down service, and natural Aveda® bath and body products.
Guestrooms feature downtown and harbour views, custom-designed traditional two-poster beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, and fireplaces in diamond level rooms. In-room amenities include gourmet coffee, hand made toffee, apples and bottled spring water. The opulent bathrooms feature marble surfaces, glass walk-in shower and deep soaker tub for the ultimate in bathing and relaxation. A fireplace is the perfect addition to set the mood for a relaxing stay.
The Spa Magnolia embodies the world-famous Aveda holistic approach and Hugo's Brewhouse offers a wonderful array of in-house micro brewed beers. Sanuk Restaurant, a Thai word meaning “the pursuit of happiness”, brings the trade winds sensibilities of Asia with its contemporary Asian décor and evocative cuisine.
Atlific Hotels is a fully integrated hotel management company specializing in the management of hotels, resorts, and extended stay properties in Canada. Its robust portfolio ranges from urban to resort, and from large convention hotels to quaint boutique style inns.
Atlific is driven by a core team of experienced industry professionals that lead a tight-knit, hard working team. Atlific has built a reputation for implementing solid management practices, innovative sales and marketing programs and sound operational systems working with some of the world's great hotel brands as well as well-known independent properties such as The Magnolia Hotel & Spa; Lake Louise Inn, and Deerhurst Resort.
Philippe Gadbois joins Atlific Hotels as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
July 10, 2007 – Mr. Philippe Gadbois joins the executive management team at Atlific Hotels today as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing.
Atlific Hotels is a multi-brand hotel management company with 34 hotels in Canada. Experiencing the most dramatic growth in its 48 year history, Atlific added 7 hotels to its portfolio in the past 9 months, and plans to open another 6 properties. “We are extremely pleased that Mr. Gadbois joins the team at Atlific Hotels during this significant expansion program,” stated Robert Chartrand, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Atlific Hotels. “Mr. Gadbois' 35 years of senior management experience will enable him to spearhead the company's revenue growth,” added Chartrand.
“It is an exciting time for Atlific Hotels, Canada's premier hotel management company. With a vast network of sales personnel and a strong operational, sales and marketing team across Canada and the United States, Atlific offers hotel owners and investors solid sensible hotel management,” stated Philippe Gadbois, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Atlific Hotels. "Developing each hotel's ability to promote their services, enhance their image, and of course increase their profitability, has earned this company tremendous respect and attention and I plan to continue in that tradition," added Gadbois.
Mr. Gadbois held senior positions at Realstar Hospitality Corp. and owned a fully integrated hotel consulting firm. He spent 25 years with Hilton International where he became President and CEO of Hilton Canada Inc. Gadbois, a graduate of Université de Montréal was a Vice Chair of the Hotel Association of Canada and the founding Chairman of the Business Council for Tourism Issues. He will be based in the Atlific Hotels Toronto office.
Atlific Adds Management of 4 Hotels to its Portfolio in Fort McMurray
May 16, 2007 – The Merit Hotel, Merit Inn & Suites, The Nomad Hotel & The Nomad Suites in Fort McMurray, Alberta come under new management by Atlific Hotels.
Temple REIT of Winnipeg, new owners of the four successful properties, announced today that Atlific Hotels of Montreal will manage the 4 hotels, joining the already successful Clearwater Suite Hotel in Fort McMurray, The Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and the Chateau Nova Hotel in Yellowknife, NWT.
"We are all extremely proud to have been chosen to lead these hotels in Canada's rapidly developing north" stated Robert Leoppky, Regional Operations Manager Western Region, Atlific Hotels, adding, "they have long been considered premier accommodations in their respective markets and we intend to continue to grow on that tradition. Our vast network of sales personnel and the marketing and e-commerce team across Canada and the United States will increase the hotels' abilities to promote their services."
Conveniently located on opposite ends of Franklin Avenue, the Merit Hotel, features 92 guestrooms including studio suites with separate living room and efficiency counters providing under counter refrigerators and microwave ovens. Other hotel services include 4 meeting rooms, The Pantry Restaurant, Alexander's Lounge, and an indoor pool and fitness centre. The Merit Inn & Suites is Fort McMurray's newest extended stay hotel offering 75 outstanding studio suites with full efficiency kitchens, The Merit Inn & Suites offers two boardrooms, exercise room and Coco Joes coffee house.
The Nomad Inn is the only high rise hotel in Downtown Fort McMurray with 141 guest rooms in seven stories, The Keg restaurant, 2 meeting rooms, an Irish Pub, Coffee house and exercise room. The nearby Nomad Suites feature some of Fort McMurray's largest fully equipped Hotel suites, all with two bedrooms and over 1,100 square feet of living space including private balcony.
Management Contract Announced for the Vancouver Island Conference Centre
April 11, 2007 – The City of Nanaimo announced it has appointed Atlific Hotels as the management company for the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, British Columbia, scheduled to open late spring, 2008.
The three level 38,000 square foot Vancouver Island Conference Centre, currently under construction, is situated in downtown Nanaimo, just steps away from the harbour front. “We are extremely proud to have been chosen to lead this major development for Vancouver Island that will host large conferences and add to the growing Nanaimo economy,” stated Robert Leoppky, Regional Operations Manager Western Region, Atlific Hotels. “VICC will bring additional visitors to the area hotels and businesses and will create new jobs directly and indirectly,” added Leoppky.
The 38,000 sq ft Vancouver Island Conference Centre will feature industry leading technology and inspiring Ocean views. The Upper Level will house a 13,697 sq ft divisible ballroom plus five multi-purpose meeting rooms. The upper level will provide walkway access to the new 200-seat Shaw Auditorium plus a 1,868 sq ft divisible meeting room. The Street Level will showcase the newly built 16,000 sq ft Nanaimo Museum, 2,658 sq ft of meeting space, a business centre, and access to the downtown shops and restaurants. The facility includes 600 parking spaces on the lower level with freight elevator access to the street and upper levels. “With room for 1,300 delegates, spacious pre-function areas on all levels, and leading technology, the Vancouver Island Conference Centre will become a preferred venue for British Columbia associations and Canadian government and corporate conferences,” stated Leoppky.
“Accessibility is key for large conferences and Nanaimo is easily accessed by road from Vancouver Island, by air from Vancouver International Airport and by float plane from Vancouver Harbour” stated Leoppky, adding “a choice of ferries from just north (Horseshoe Bay) or just south (Tsawwassen) of Vancouver allows delegates to avoid downtown congestion and arrive in Nanaimo after a short 80-120 minute ferry ride.”
“The proven systems of Atlific management, and our experience with large meeting facilities such as Deerhurst Resort (44,000 sq ft), Montreal Marriott Château Champlain (29,000 sq ft), and the future Westin Montreal (28,000 sq ft), led to this appointment,” stated Robert Chartrand, Executive Vice President and CFO, Atlific Hotels, adding, “our vast network of sales personnel and the marketing and e-commerce team across Canada and the United States will increase the conference centre's ability to promote its services”.
In conjunction, Atlific Hotels announces the appointment of Mr. Jim Owens as Director of Sales for the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.
“Mr. Owens joins the team bringing a stellar background in sales,” stated Leoppky, adding “ten years with John Labatt Ltd., and 19 years with the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre in a number of senior management positions, including Director of Sales and COO make him the perfect choice to lead the sales and marketing initiatives for this project.”
Hotel Indigo Ottawa to Become Boutique Brand's First Property in Canada
February 5, 2007 – InterContinental Hotels Group [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] (IHG), the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, announced today that its eighth Hotel Indigo will open this week in Ottawa, Canada. Situated in Ottawa's bustling central business district and just four blocks from Parliament Hill, this 106-room hotel is Hotel Indigo's first property in Canada
Located at the corner of Laurier Avenue West and Metcalfe Street, Hotel Indigo Ottawa is a conversion of a historic 1900s building that once served as a community YMCA. The six-story property is owned by Gillin Engineering & Construction Limited and managed by Atlific Hotels.
“As the Canadian capital, Ottawa is an important government center as well as a vibrant leisure and business destination with a distinct culture, which is a perfect fit for Hotel Indigo,” said Jim Anhut, senior vice president, Brand Development, the Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group. “We are proud to introduce this exciting branded boutique concept to Canada and believe it will quickly become a centerpiece of Ottawa's downtown community.”
This winter, visitors and residents alike can take advantage of the hotel's close proximity to the Rideau Canal, which is central to life in Ottawa. The new hotel will open just in time for Ottawa's famed Winterlude, one of North America's largest winter festivals centered on the world's longest outdoor skating rink. Whether visiting Canada's capital for the first time or reliving childhood memories on the Rideau Canal, Hotel Indigo's inviting lobby makes it a perfect respite for travelers and city dwellers alike.
Providing stylish accommodations and a personalized service experience in a unique and intimate atmosphere, Hotel Indigo Ottawa is a branded boutique hotel designed to appeal to lifestyle-focused guests who desire affordable luxury, genuine service and an alternative to traditional hotels.
Renewal is the soul of Hotel Indigo's retail-inspired design concept — thoughtful changes are made throughout the year to keep the hotel fresh, similar to the way retailers change their window displays. The renewal concept provides even the most frequent guest a unique experience with every stay. Hotel Indigo's guestrooms feature signature murals, area rugs, and duvets and slip covers that will change periodically, while public spaces will be transformed seasonally through changing artwork, murals and directional signage. As Canada's first Hotel Indigo, the Ottawa hotel's “opening season” murals will feature winter wonder intermingled with striking murals of birch trees, wheat fields and irises, showcasing some of Canada's most recognizable natural offerings.
Other signature Hotel Indigo design elements include cozy, airy and inviting guestrooms with plush bedding; hardwood-style flooring and spa-inspired glass showers. Hotel Indigo Ottawa offers free high-speed internet access in all guestrooms and wireless in the public spaces. In addition, there are four meeting rooms, the largest room at 1200 sq.-ft. will seat up to 130 attendees, two smaller rooms seat from 45-60 people and there is also a permanent boardroom for up to 8 participants. Rounding out the offering for lifestyle-focused guests is a full fitness center complete with indoor swimming pool.
Whether guests desire a quick bite before a meeting or a full meal after a day of sightseeing, Hotel Indigo Ottawa offers guests exactly what they need. Phi, a gourmet fast casual restaurant refreshingly brings the unique Hotel Indigo approach to breakfast, lunch and dinner. With an emphasis on ever changing seasonal ingredients Phi offers both starters and entrees that tempt. A visit to Phi should always include a decadent cup of Starbuck's coffee, latte or cappuccino. In the evening, guests can enjoy their favorite beverage in casual elegance at Phi.
“Hotel Indigo perfectly combines the unique attributes of a small boutique hotel with the consistency of service and amenities you expect from a traditional hotel,” said John C. Dunn, vice president, Sales & Marketing, Atlific Hotels. “We're excited to be involved in the launch of this fresh, new hotel concept in Canada. Our branded boutique hotel fits well within this market and will create a superior hospitality experience for business and leisure travelers.”
The Hotel Indigo brand is rapidly expanding, with eight locations open and nearly 20 in the pipeline. The first Hotel Indigo opened in Atlanta in October 2004, followed by Chicago Gold Coast, Chicago Schaumburg North, Houston and Dallas, Texas, Sarasota, Fla., and Scottsdale, Ariz. Hotel Indigo properties will soon be open in New York City, Baltimore, Md., Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn., Columbus, Ind., and Ft. Myers, Fla. For more information on Hotel Indigo, or to make reservations, please visit www.hotelindigo.com.