CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- It’s official, Banff’s newest hotel, Moxy Banff, is slated to open in January 2024 in the Canadian Rockies. Moxy, a playful hotel brand for the young at heart, is part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of over 30 extraordinary brands. Originating in Europe in 2014 with the launch of Moxy Milan, Moxy now has over 125 locations across the globe. Moxy Banff has been developed in partnership with Drumheller-based company, Canalta Hotels.

“While most hotels in Banff offer a traditional mountain hotel experience, Moxy Banff stands out from the crowd with its cool, vintage, mid-century modern vibes and unique guest experience,” says Brooke Christianson, VP Canalta Hotels. “Moxy Banff is the result of a 30-million-dollar renovation of Banff’s first commercial motor hotel, The Voyager Inn, originally constructed in 1964. Moxy Banff has a bold mid-century design anchored in the centre by Bar Moxy and flanked on both sides by expansive rundle stone walls and unique precast guest wings that float over the parkades.”

The guest experience starts with a trip back in time as guests enter the hotel to check-in at the retro bar. Lit by an upside-down bear wearing headphones, the check-in experience sets the tone for the fun that lies ahead as every guest receives a complimentary cocktail. The bar itself evokes a retro ski vibe with its racetrack design and chairlift-inspired liquor baskets.

Bar Moxy’s doors open right onto the courtyard, a fun social space perfect for lounging by the fire or taking a dip in the hot pools. Hungry fun seekers will enjoy delicious après and an all-day menu from Bar Moxy’s fully restored ‘66 VW food truck.

“Fun is what we do best so it’s no surprise that we’ve integrated playful opportunities for guests into our programming,” says Sudeep Sandhu, Moxy Banff Captain. “The Moxy Banff team will have scheduled activities for guests to enjoy and we aren’t afraid to throw in spontaneous, ‘you just had to be there’ options too. We can’t wait to welcome guests from near and far to experience the new hotel on the block.”

Moxy Banff’s room designs are one-of-a-kind, smart, and efficient. The unconventional room layouts seek to include everything guests need and nothing that they don’t, without feeling small. Moxy’s smart room designs include toe-to-toe beds that increase floor space while creating a giant daybed for lounging. There are rooms with double bunks, kitchenettes and lock-off suites that make two rooms into one. Even the corridors of this hotel are striking with psychedelic carpet treatments and globe fixtures.

Canalta Hotels partnered with NYC based Workshop/APD to bring Moxy Banff’s groovy, mid-century interior atmosphere to life, and Calgary’s METAFOR Architecture Inc. (METAFOR) to design and modernize the exterior of the building while still paying homage to its predecessor.

“The designs are not the only part of this new hotel’s charm, Moxy Hotels are known for its good times and upscale experiences, and Moxy Banff will be no different,” says Christianson. “With daily programming designed to encourage guests to mingle, get out of their rooms and experience all that Banff has to offer, Moxy Banff is as fun as it is chic.”

From unconventional room layouts and playful programming to a year-round heated patio and outdoor hot pools, Moxy Banff promises a guest experience like none other, with something for everyone. This first-of-its-kind hotel, located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, is sure to blow your socks off!

For more information about Moxy Hotels, visit

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Following the Western Canadian Lodging Conference, 60 top hotel leaders participated in this year’s social dinner event at Five Sails Restaurant in Vancouver.

The annual event, put on by Jason Cheskes of Above the Line Solutions, has become an annual tradition following the WCLC and is held to give hotel leaders an opportunity to gather in a purely social environment to network, build bridges between those in the industry, and have an opportunity to get to know BCHA leadership. Begun in the west following the great success of Hotel Leadership dinners Jason has held over the past 10 years in Ontario, the event has quickly grown to equal size of the eastern event.

At this year’s dinner, Jason recognized Don Cleary, President of Marriott Canada, and his long-time support of the industry throughout his career following the announcement of his upcoming retirement. Following, BC Hotel Association’s President and CEO Ingrid Jaret, received enthusiastic applause from all, for her work with HAC resulting in BC’s creation of the country’s strongest provincial protection from short term rental operators like Airbnb.

Attendees from over 35 brands, management companies, ownership groups, BCHA board members and key leaders from the hotel finance and transaction community, enjoyed a fantastic culinary experience and social atmosphere while overlooking Vancouver’s harbour and dining on an Instagram-worthy meal.

The evening was sponsored by top suppliers to the hotel industry; Eden Textile, RHB Enterprises, Foodbuy, Serta Simmons, MTech Locks, ECNG, and LG Electronics.

Several of the invited guests remarked that this was the best of all the dinners held so far in Vancouver, both in terms of dining experience and the group of attendees.

Photos can be viewed at and were arranged and provided by Frank Yeo of Mercury Publications. 

The BC Hotel Association Summit takes place May 1st-2nd at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and information has begun to be released through


Paris, 8 November 2023 - Deepki, the only company in the world offering a fully populated ESG data intelligence platform for the commercial real estate sector, has today released the latest findings of its annual "ESG Index". This publication marks a year since the launch of the Index, which represents the first publicly available European benchmark measuring real estate’s environmental performance using real data. Following its initial publication in late 2022, it was positively received by the market, which was desperately lacking a common framework in order to tackle the challenges brought about by tightening regulations, such as the SFDR. The Index gives values for the average, top performing 30% and top performing 15% in terms of energy consumption and CO2eq emissions for different typologies across the real estate sector in the UK, France, Germany, Benelux, Italy and Spain, as well as Europe as a whole, thereby defining which investments are sustainable according to the EU Taxonomy.

In order to redirect investment flow in line with the 2050 net zero target, the European Commission has detailed certain performance criteria in the EU Taxonomy. According to these criteria, buildings in the top 15% of the national or regional building stock in terms of primary energy intensity will be considered sustainable investments and serve as a benchmark for the entire sector.

The newly published Index shows that the evolution of Europe’s commercial real estate sector’s ESG performance varies from year to year depending on the typology, with housing, offices, healthcare, and retail seeing a drop in final* energy consumption, in contrast to hotels, which have increased, while logistics remains stable.

Hotels stand out as only typology with rise in energy consumption

Of the five sectors analysed across Europe, the hotel sector was the only one to see an increase in terms of final energy consumption. This can be attributed to a rise in occupation, as the hospitality industry recovers from the impact of Covid-19, reflecting an evolution in terms of usage not necessarily tied to energy efficiency. Luxury hotels are the main culprits, due to the nature of the services offered. This means owners must find new, less energy-intensive solutions to maintain the same level of comfort. Achieving carbon neutrality requires a multi-faceted approach: improving energy efficiency and transitioning toward greener energy sources. In contrast, the updated ESG Index shows that the logistics sector has the lowest energy consumption across Europe.

In terms of carbon emissions, the hotel and healthcare sectors rank the highest across Europe, at 39 kgCOeq/m² each. Both sectors must step up efforts if we are to limit global warming to 1.5°C and avoid the very worst effects of climate change.

The full report is attached below



Lake Louise, (November 6, 2023) – In the wake of the devastating fire that destroyed Lake Louise’s Ski Resorts staff accommodation on July 3, 2023, two local family businesses have come together to showcase the true spirit of community support and unity in the picturesque town of Lake Louise.  Despite the difficult circumstances, Deer Lodge and Lake Louise Ski Resort have demonstrated remarkable solidarity by collaborating to find a mutually agreeable solution for housing the ski resort’s dedicated staff for this upcoming winter 2023/2024 season.  

“Lake Louise's strong sense of community has deep roots," reflects Larkin O'Connor, President of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts. "Kim Locke, Co-Vice President of Lake Louise Ski Resort, and I were both raised in this community. From our shared memories of skiing Lake Louise as youngsters, to our ongoing efforts in tandem to champion and bolster this wonderful town, these recent challenges have only underscored the unbreakable bonds that unite residents and businesses alike here in Lake Louise."

“Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts’ generous support in providing accommodation for our winter season has been truly remarkable,” says Leigha Stankewich, Marketing & Communications Manager, Lake Louise Ski Resort. “Witnessing the community's collective resilience following the devastating fire at our Charleston Residence last July has been both inspiring and heartwarming. We deeply appreciate our partnership with Deer Lodge.”

Deer Lodge will make up a portion of the staff accommodation for Lake Louise Ski Resort for the next two years while they diligently rebuild and seamlessly transition their staff back into resort residences. Both organizations have mutually committed to the meticulous preservation of the Heritage Wing at Deer Lodge, safeguarding the enduring legacy of these accommodations throughout the forthcoming stages of Deer Lodge's journey.

Following this period, Deer Lodge will embark on its eagerly awaited redevelopment plans.
This heartwarming display of solidarity has strengthened the sense of community in Lake Louise and demonstrated the unwavering commitment of its businesses to support one another.


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