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June 20, 2017 – MONTREAL – dormakaba, one of the top three companies in the global market for access and security solutions, will launch its Quantum® Pixel electronic door lock at HITEC 2017 in booth 1901.

Quantum Pixel collects a wealth of lock activity information to support productivity analytics.

 

dormakaba will also debut its Virtual Design Center VR experience at HITEC.

This virtual reality encounter takes attendees to the Italian Alps to introduce dormakaba’s solution panorama and history.  

dormakaba manufactures the Saflok™ and Ilco™ electronic door locks and provides installation and service for these locking systems.  

Click here for information on electronic door locks from dormakaba.

“We invite HITEC attendees to test the most advanced mobile access solutions and mobile systems.

“Our newest addition to the Quantum series portfolio by dormakaba, the Quantum Pixel, provides a minimalistic appearance while providing all hardware features and technology today’s global hospitality market, designers and architects are seeking,” said Mike Lopes, dormakaba senior product manager, Lodging Systems.

“We have taken a ‘less is more’ on the door approach, leveraging space inside the door to contain electronics, while capable of delivering online wireless integration and mobile access solutions.

“Great things do come in small packages.

dormakaba is moving beyond locks and hardware manufacturing with global software and analytics that help hoteliers do a better job with actionable information.

Its online locks capture and record a great deal of data that makes maintenance predictive, and continuously monitors room door status to keep hotels secure.

dormakaba systems also monitor frequency of door use to help properties balance room usage, and enable hotels to schedule staff more efficiently.

“The more intelligence that is built in a lock system, the more operators can learn about their hotel, the guest experience, and the lock’s performance,”

said Joey Yanire, dormakaba assistant vice president mobile access, Lodging Systems.

“The usage profile of each lock provides data that supports better decision making. It can also help reduce operator maintenance costs and improve customer satisfaction.” 

 
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TORONTO, ON (June 2017) – Realstar Hospitality today announced the opening of a 77-room Days Inn & Suites in Brooks, Alberta. Onsite amenities include free Daybreak Café breakfast, fitness centre, business centre, heated indoor swimming pool and guest laundry. The hotel is pet friendly, offers free parking and features 400 square feet of meeting space for up to 10 people.

“We’re thrilled to welcome this property to our portfolio of Days Inn hotels in Canada,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “Development across the country is important in expanding our Days Inn customer base. With another four hotels on the books and numerous other projects on the horizon, the brand continues to be well-positioned for robust growth.”

Conveniently located in the heart of Brooks at 1307 2nd Street West, the hotel is close to Brooks Golf Club, Duchess Golf Course and Kinbrook Island Provincial Park. Dinosaur Provincial Park and Bassano & District Centennial Area are also just a short distance away. Reservations for Days Inn & Suites - Brooks can be made by visiting www.daysinn.ca or by calling 1 800 DAYS INN (1-800-329-7466).

 
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WHISTLER, BC June 13, 2017 – In April 2018, Whistler will welcome the opening of the Pangea Pod Hotel – a visionary property situated in the centre of the pedestrian village. Designed for the discerning solo traveller seeking a boutique hotel feel, impressive design and a prime location at an affordable price-point, Pangea is set to fill Whistler's void between hostels and hotels.

“Pangea is unlike anything else offered in Canada, and we are thrilled to launch this concept in Whistler. Our unique pod hotel experience will speak to sophisticated, value-conscious guests unwilling to compromise on location, function, and aesthetics,” says co-founder Russell Kling. “Currently we are working obsessively to perfect the industrial design of the pods and suites, as well as the interior design of the communal spaces. We are also relentlessly focused on the significant gut renovation to the interior and complete update to the exterior to bring this prime property into the 21st century.”

Pangea will feature a series of custom suites housing a total of 88 private sleeping pods. Each boutique pod will be luxuriously lined in wood and comfortably outfitted with a memory foam double mattress and high-end linens. They’ll also be equipped with individually controlled LED lights, multiple charging points (including USB ports) and an integrated fan for ventilation and white noise. There’s a place for everything, with a lockable cabinet for valuables, hangers and hooks for clothes, and a storage area for luggage. Mirrors and artwork lend a personal touch, while curtains provide a fundamental level of privacy.

Perhaps one of the most ground-breaking design aspects of Pangea is its modular bathroom concept. Unconventional thinking led to the conventional bathroom being separated into four individually accessed components: spa-like shower cubicles, washrooms, vanities, and changing rooms. More than 60 of these bathroom components are spread among Pangea’s suites.

“After travelling the world extensively with my husband, Russell, we knew we had to approach the ‘bathroom situation’ differently to excite the kinds of travellers we want to attract,” says Jelena Kling, Pangea’s co-founder. “By creating these four-piece bathrooms and locating them all within the suites themselves, we add a level of privacy and convenience not commonly found in hostels or other capsule hotels.”

While the pod suites encourage a tranquil and restful ambiance, Pangea’s guests will relish the lively atmosphere and connection to Whistler in The Living Room, Pangea’s stylish communal space. As the property’s hub on the second floor, The Living Room’s large drop-down glass panels overlooking the Village Stroll will create the feel of an outdoor patio, with long shared tables in the café for socializing and cozy sitting areas in the bar and lounge for relaxing. The Patio, Pangea’s rooftop bar on the third floor, will offer a unique outdoor experience and sensational views down to the Village Square.

In these vibrant communal spaces, Pangea’s guests will plan their next day's exploits and trade tips and adventure ‘must-dos’ with other travellers. They’ll also refuel with simple yet delicious meals from the café, sip on barista-made cappuccinos and Americanos from the espresso bar, and toast the day with craft beer, cocktails or wine. Free, lightning fast WiFi will keep Pangea’s guests connected throughout the property.

The Toy Box, Pangea’s meticulously designed open-plan gear area, will offer secure storage for skis/snowboards and mountain bikes, places to hang wet gear, and private lockers for boots and accessories, meaning everything Pangea’s guests need to enjoy Whistler’s great outdoors is safely stored and ready for action.

"Pangea will reinvent accommodation in Whistler for a generation of travelers who expect more for less and want to spend their money on experiences, not on several hundred feet of hotel room space in which they simply sleep," says Russell. "Our guests seek a killer location, brilliant design, a cool vibe and certain key elements of privacy. They have money to spend, but not to waste."

 
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Vancouver, BC (8th June 2017) – Vancouver based Coast Hotels is expanding its Okanagan region offerings with the addition of a brand new property in Oliver, British Columbia. This new build will be located in the town dubbed the ‘Wine Capital of Canada’ near the south end of Canada’s famed Okanagan Valley and wine region, that is only 25 kilometers north of the US border.

The new property complements the brand’s strong B.C. presence and its existing locations in Kelowna, Penticton and Osoyoos, providing travellers with the opportunity for complete Okanagan experiences and itineraries.

The Coast Oliver hotel will feature 80 bedrooms, an indoor pool, breakfast room and future restaurant, and will offer guests Coast Hotels brand standards like triple sheeting and complimentary high-speed in-room Wi-Fi. Construction is slated to start October 2017 with a planned opening in May 2018. The quick-to-market timeline is possible through modular construction, which will be done by Horizon North Logistics, a leader in the modular construction industry.

The branding of the hotel will be done with Mundi Hotel Enterprises Inc. who purchased the lot from the Town of Oliver. President and leading industry veteran Ron Mundi selected Coast Hotels for its winning combination of friendly service and exceptional guest value, as well as brand delivery track record. Mundi Hotel Enterprises Inc. currently has two Coast branded properties in Kamloops and Lethbridge and owns a further five hotels.

“As a business we focus on ensuring strong asset value and revenue generation, while playing a vital role in each community. We made the decision to expand our relationship with Coast Hotels as the brand flag for Oliver, given they share the same values, performance focus and community approach we do” said Mundi.

The addition of the new Oliver property builds on the brand’s strength in its home province bringing its total to 36 properties in Western North America covering two provinces, two territories and five US states. “We’re delighted to again partner with Mundi Hotel Enterprises Inc. to welcome guests to a new Okanagan destination,” said Victor Komoda, president of Coast Hotels. “Expanding our footprint in the popular Okanagan wine region will add value to our customer base” continued Komoda.

Oliver Town Council unanimously approved the new hotel on the site. “This investment will support revitalization of the downtown and have economic spinoff benefits for the broader community” said Mayor Ron Hovanes. “Mundi Hotel Enterprises Inc. and Coast Hotels truly celebrate local destinations, so we are looking forward to seeing the property embrace the character and authenticity of our community” Hovanes added.

Oliver, British Columbia is a small agricultural community known as the "Wine Capital of Canada”. The town was born following the First World War with a plan to irrigate the semi-arid South Okanagan and turn it into a viable fruit-growing region. Today people throng to the area to visit its wineries. The area's natural attractions draw people for bird watching, water activities, hiking, mountain biking, golf, fishing and winter activities, as does Oliver’s charming small town atmosphere.

 

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