Vancouver, B.C. (24th July 2017) - The 15th Annual Coast Hotels Shuhachi Naito Golf Classic, held July 6 at Tsawwassen Springs Golf Club, raised a phenomenal $87,000 for charity and a significant amount of those funds will go towards promoting new initiatives championing diversity and inclusion 

Coast Hotels has teamed up with a new, additional recipient of proceeds this year; S.U.C.C.E.S.S., one of the largest social service agencies in British Columbia, that helps new Canadians settle into their new lives in Canada. The donated funds will support two S.U.C.C.E.S.S. initiatives. The first is a series of community roundtables focused on tackling recent incidents of racial discrimination, taking place in BC and throughout Canada. The goal is to encourage dialogue and citizens to do their part in combating racism. As well, documentary and video vignettes featuring new Canadians from different backgrounds will be produced to further engage communities.

"The funds received from Coast Hotels are much needed to help deliver our new community roundtable dialogues. We are pleased to welcome Coast Hotels as a new supporter of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., and look forward to bringing Canadians together through these programs supporting our values of inclusion and diversity," said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

As well, Coast Hotels was delighted to again pair with The ALS Society of BC as an event funds recipient. ALS BC has a personal connection for Coast Hotels, as its former senior executive Shuhachi Naito - after whom the tournament is named - lost his battle to the disease in 2014.

"The donation we receive from Coast Hotels is significant as it represents our largest third-party fundraiser,” said Wendy Toyer, Executive Director of the ALS Society of BC. “So many are touched by this disease and we continue to fight the battle to support patients and their families.”

Victor Komoda, President of Coast Hotels, said: “Coast Hotels believes we are enriched by our differences. This diversity is evident in our teams and in the guests we welcome to our hotels, and we are proud to reflect this multiculturalism. Enabling our industry come together to support SUCCESS and ALS BC is so rewarding, as these terrific organizations truly reflect who we are.” 

Coast Hotels is grateful for the generous participation of hospitality industry suppliers, entrepreneurs, and managers.


Montreal, July 12 2017- Group Germain Hotels is pleased to announce several new appointments within the organization.  The Canadian business, rapidly growing from coast to coast, is proud to count on their talented team of professionals who are committed more than ever to promoting the Alt and Le Germain hotel banners.

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Monique Strouvens, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing

A graduate in tourism, Monique is passionate about the trends and new technologies that shape the travel industry. Her 30 years of experience in the hotel industry make her a true leader. She joined Group Germain Hotels in the winter of 2017 to oversee all promotion, sales, distribution and marketing activities in order to maximize the company’s growth in the market.

Christina Baldassare, Marketing Director

Christina is a seasoned marketing manager with more than 15 years of experience in the development and management of products and brands. Her expertise in business development, communication, marketing, media  creativity and event organization make her a valuable resource for Group Germain Hotels. Christina is responsible for developing and implementing the marketing strategy for the Group as a whole in order to ensure strong brand positioning for both hotel banners. She oversees advertising campaigns and the design of various promotional tools.

Marie Pier Germain, Director of Operations

A graduate in mechanical engineering, with a Master’s Degree from the McGill-HEC EMBA program, Marie Pier has been an active member of the family business since 2006. She began her career in Calgary during construction of the Le Germain Hotel real estate complex, taking on key roles that ensured the project’s success. In the years that followed, she went on to manage the team of architects, designers and engineers responsible for the construction and renovation of the company’s hotels, and then took the helm of Alt Hotel Montreal in 2016 as General Manager. Today as Director of Operations, she manages the company’s properties located in the greater Montreal region in addition to overseeing the design and architecture of hotels under construction.

Julie Brisebois, General Manager, Alt Hotel Montreal

Julie’s passion for customer service is a result of working in the hotel industry since 2004. She began her career at Le Germain Hotel Montreal before taking over as General Manager of Alt Hotel Quartier DIX30 in Brossard, and then as General Manager of Alt Hotel Montreal when the hotel opened its doors in 2014. In 2016, Julie set out to Ottawa in order to manage the opening of the brand new Alt Hotel, ensuring the general management was in good hands. One year later, she once again took the helm of Alt Hotel Montreal, succeeding Marie Pier Germain.

Jean Philip Dupré, General Manager, Alt Hotel Ottawa

A graduate  in industrial relations, Jean Philip built a solid background in operations management and training in the retail sector before entering the hotel industry where he quickly climbed the ranks. He joined Group Germain Hotels in 2015 as Director of Housekeeping at Alt Hotel Winnipeg, integrating the team responsible for the opening of the hotel. He went on to serve as Director of Rooms at Alt Hotel Winnipeg, Director of Operations for the opening of Alt Hotel Ottawa and then as Business Development Manager at Alt Hotel Winnipeg. Since April 2017 Jean Philip has been at the helm of Alt Hotel Ottawa, a role he has taken on with pride since at 27 years old he is the Group’s youngest General Manager.


CINCINNATI—[July 11, 2017] — To identify which hand drying method is preferred in the U.S., Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) commissioned a survey conducted online by Harris Poll, May 19-23, among 2,048 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The study found that the majority of American’s (69 percent) prefer to use paper towels over air dryers when drying their hands in public restrooms.

“Hand drying plays an important role in effective hand hygiene,” said John Engel, Director of Marketing, Cintas. “Studies show that germs can be more easily transferred to and from wet hands, which is why drying hands after washing them is essential to staving off bacteria and limiting the spread of infection.”

Of those that chose paper towels as their preferred method to dry their hands in a public restroom, the top five reasons include:

  • Paper towels dry hands better                                                            70%
  • Paper towels dry hands faster                                                             69%    
  • Paper towels provide something to open the restroom door with      52%
  • Air dryers blow bacteria (e.g., on hands, in the air)                            24%
  • Air dryers are too loud                                                                        22%

“What this data tells us is that the majority of Americans want a quick, thorough and hygienic public restroom experience,” added Engel. “While paper towels reduce the number of bacteria on hands, air dryers increase them, leading to further contamination of not only clean hands, but other restroom users up to six feet away[i]. This makes paper towels a ‘no brainer’ choice for hand drying.”

Paper towels are not only more hygienic, but they are also better for the health of restroom users’ ears. In fact, jet hand dryers have the same impact on ears as a close-range pneumatic drill, and are especially dangerous for children’s ears as air dryers are typically positioned at the same height as a child’s head[ii].

The survey also found that age is a factor in the paper towels vs hand dryer debate. Seventy-six percent of Americans aged 35-44 prefer paper towels compared to only 60 percent of those aged 18-34. Additionally, women are more likely than men to prefer paper towels with 73percent and 66 percent, respectively.

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