Toronto – June 11, 2020 – Motel 6 Canada, in collaboration with G6 Hospitality, has launched “Clean@6,” a comprehensive initiative designed to ensure that guests feel confident when staying at any of the nearly 1,400 Motel 6 or Studio 6 locations across Canada and the United States.  

“The health and safety of our hotel associates and guests are of the utmost importance to us,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “The Clean@6 program exemplifies our commitment to providing the travelling public with a clean and comfortable stay.”

The “Clean@6” initiative focuses on three critical touchpoints. They include the following highlights:

  • Enhanced Cleaning & Sanitization
    • Frequent cleaning and disinfection of high traffic areas and high touch surfaces. 
    • Hand sanitizer stations in public spaces.
  • Physical and Social Distancing
    • Social distancing encouraged in all common areas and at the back of the house.
    • Plexi-glass hygiene guards installed at front desk terminals.
  • Safe Behavioral Practices
    • Recommended use of Personal protective equipment (PPE) for all hotel staff.
    • Employees trained to perform frequent hand washing by using soap and sanitizing stations.

A long-standing member of the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), Motel 6 Canada, will join other global brands and follow the Safe Stay guidelines for hotel cleaning. This joint initiative between the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Hotel Association of Canada standardizes industry cleanliness in response to COVID-19. The Stay Safe initiative enhances existing standards to increase guest confidence under guidance issued by public health authorities, including the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centres for Disease Control (CDC).

“We are very proud of the extraordinary degree of care our franchise community is demonstrating while serving guests and local communities during these unprecedented times,” added Prince. 


VANCOUVER, BC (June 10, 2020): The BC Hotel Association(BCHA) has partnered with FortisBC and GreenStep to offer two complementary sustainability programs aimed at helping hotels make steps toward improving efficiency and reducing their carbon footprint, while decreasing operating costs to assist with economic recovery from COVID-19. 

“COVID-19 has been detrimental to our industry”, said Ingrid Jarrett, President and CEO of BC Hotel Association. “With over 400 hotels closed across the province, many are on the brink of insolvency so introducing cost-saving programs, at this time, is greatly impactful to hoteliers struggling to stay afloat. We are incredibly grateful to both FortisBC and GreenStep for collaborating with us and funding this important work.”

All BCHA members now have access to a dedicated resource to help them identify savings in their properties. FortisBC has funded an Energy Analyst role which has been filled by Dylan Tomlin, a 15-year veteran of the utility industry. Tomlin will help implement a new BCHA initiative called GoGreen. Through this initiative, all BCHA members are eligible to receive an in-depth energy analysis of their operations to identify large energy conservation and cost-cutting projects.

“Hotels are notoriously high energy consumers, with the bills to prove it”, said Tomlin. “Many also have aging equipment and old technology, and while most hotel managers want to save energy, they are so busy ensuring guest satisfaction that focusing on energy efficiency never hits top of the priority list. These programs afford the opportunity to change that. Based on the projects we have done in the past, properties have seen an average total savings of approximately five per cent per year on energy bills. Savings like this not only have a significant economic impact for hoteliers, they are a step toward more ecologically conscious operations.”

This service complements other energy or sustainability assessments that hotels may have received, providing a much more in-depth analysis of energy consumption and costs. Primary goals of the programs include identifying tens of thousands of dollars of annual cost savings and utility rebates, and providing hoteliers with the tools needed to become sustainability leaders, improving their environmental impact.  

To amplify these conservation efforts, the GreenStep EcoFund program helps hotels outline a budget to invest in the energy efficiency opportunities identified by the Energy Analyst, and to generate a revenue stream for the BCHA to invest in research and advocacy.

“As an organization that strives to create sustainability strategies for small and medium enterprises, we were delighted to collaborate with the BCHA to set hotels across the province up for success”, said Angela Nagy, CEO of GreenStep. “There is an immense opportunity to help businesses, like hotels, operate more efficiently, and in times of crisis, we are given a moment to step back and assess the way we typically operate. We hope to offer the tools needed to assist in those moments.

To learn more about the BC Hotel Association or to inquire about becoming a member contact Terry Duzenberry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..'; document.getElementById('cloak88820').innerHTML += ''+addy_text88820+'<\/a>'; //--> For BCHA members who wish to reserve a spot with the FortisBC energy analyst, and participate the BCHA GoGreen program, click here.


SOLON, OH, JUNE 11, 2020 — In an age of constant digital connectivity, the new SweaterKnit and Gabardine carpet collection from Tarkett seeks to bring the tactile comforts of home into modern commercial spaces. Available in Powerbond® (Gabardine only) and modular carpet tile, the collection was designed to invoke the sense of calm and acceptance we experience in our homes, creating inviting spaces people will feel comfortable returning to time and again.

The collection’s highly textured surfaces, softened color palettes and bespoke accessories create warm and welcoming environments for people who have unlimited options for where they choose to work, play, dine and shop. SweaterKnit and Gabardine are designed for this craving of security and harmony—offering complementary styles that bridge the distance between workplace and work/life.

SweaterKnit (available in modular tile) imbues a sense of luxurious comfort, enveloping visitors with full, soft texture and the permission to escape for a moment of quiet reflection. Gabardine (available in Powerbond and modular tile) provides the perfect balance with a structured flat weave that represents our need to be focused, efficient and productive.

“Attracting and retaining a team that represents an increasingly diverse clientele is of paramount importance for any forward-thinking business,” said Leslie Thompson, director of workplace segment strategy, Tarkett North America. “With five generations working alongside each other, design must be malleable and reconfigurable, moveable and shapeshifting. SweaterKnit and Gabardine provide the flexibility to continually shift work spaces to meet people’s unique and changing needs throughout the day, making them active participants in the design of their spaces.”

The collection is available with Tarkett’s Powerbond® hybrid resilient flooring technology. Introduced in 1967, Powerbond has revolutionized the industry for more than 50 years. The cushion is designed with a scientifically precise density and thickness, so every cell is consistent and closed to ensure moisture cannot enter. With the look and feel of carpet and the performance of resilient, Powerbond seams are chemically welded to create an impermeable, wall-to-wallmoisture barrier and provide for enhanced ease of soil and stain removal. Its unique construction of nylon and closed-cell cushion produces a floorcovering that’s integral, inseparable, and impermeable.

Poor acoustics are a major concern for employees, with studies revealing it can take up to 15 minutes to regain concentration after being distracted by unwanted noise. The Powerbond construction is an ideal solution for addressing workplace acoustics because it absorbs sound and is rugged enough to handle heavy loads and excessive rolling traffic. Because of its incredible strength and durability, many of Tarkett’s first customers are still enjoying their Powerbond installations 30, 40 and 50 years later.

For more information about Tarkett and the company’s comprehensive range of flooring solutions and accessories, visit


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Through benchmarking and data analysis, hotels can compare and analyze how they have managed the current pandemic in comparison to their competitors. Effective benchmarking is needed in order to stay competitive. Achieved through data analysis, it allows hotels to gain up-to-date insight on changes in demand, when to adjust rates, how to forecast revenues and what strategic initiatives they should set up says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Ralph Hollister, Travel & Tourism Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “In unprecedented times like this, uncertainty can be eased through the use of historical data. Hotels need to assess historical trends from their competitive sets in order to find the areas where they typically underperform and identify the costs that are created through this underperformance and what can be done to improve.”

Using operational benchmarking provides an array of benefits, it allows hotels to both find cost-saving opportunities to make operations more streamlined during these difficult times and then improves the likelihood of them reducing their recovery period as restrictions are lifted on global travel.

Hollister continues: “Benchmarking and data analysis will also become much more important for external reasons, as well as internal ones. It is becoming obvious in the hotel industry as time goes on that an increasing number of hotels will either use debt restructuring methods or be forced into administration due to the impacts created by COVID-19. Discussions will now start to begin between lenders and landlords and the hotel company/business that they are dealing with.”

Benchmarking is important for this scenario. Lenders and landlords will want to see how a hotel has performed in comparison to its competitors. If the entity has over-performed or under-performed, lenders and landlords will be able to assess its chances of recovery.

Hollister concludes: “Through the use of effective benchmarking and data analysis, hotels can explain to lenders and landlords how they can restructure post-COVID-19 to become more agile and efficient in order to fix the current situation they find themselves in. This increases the chance of lenders or landlords believing in a hotels ability to become profitable in the future”.


SOLON, OH, JUNE 8, 2020 — As the world reexamines the meaning and use of physical space, the way our built environments can facilitate the collision and cross-pollination of people and ideas is more important than ever. Light Shift, the latest modular carpet collection from Tarkett developed in partnership with designer Suzanne Tick, celebrates these communal spaces—specifically the way natural light can invite joy, wellness and a sense of family togetherness in them.

Drawing inspiration from scientific studies of light waves and frequencies, as well as man-made phenomena like light trails and reflections from architectural facades, the Light Shift Collection interprets the profound ways light changes throughout the day to dramatically shape our experience of a space and influence us as interconnected beings. 

“Light is the easiest point of entry to the senses,” said Tick. “As a little girl, I remember watching light reflect off of water during the day, and transition to the light of the moon and glistening of the stars at night. Light plays and displays all the time. It makes us aware that everything is a part of the unified.”

The collection includes three distinct carpet patterns, as well as a coordinating luxury vinyl tile:

The most structured of the modular collection, Specular borrows its imagery from mathematical grids, but with a shifting, corrugated expression. Light and color emerge from behind the grid, creating a backlit effect, and break through it, with subtle color moving across the surface, allowing the viewer’s perspective to change depending on the angle. This impression of movement, and the way the color seems to come through the grid like a reflection, inspired the idea of its mirror-like luminosity.   

Light Shift 
With its organic texture and saturated colors, Light Shift’s subtle, atmospheric pattern seems to absorb light in some places while bringing it to the surface in others, ultimately distributing glowing color equally across the modular pattern, and creating the effect of planes of color. Light Shift’s fine-grain pattern pairs well with the more linear designs of the Specular and Parallel Ray patterns.

Parallel Ray 
Parallel Ray explores the synergy of color and texture in a pattern of broken, parallel lines. The play of light between the dark and mid-tones creates contrast and a feeling of movement, while the scattered, broken lines create a larger textural pattern. The resulting rays of light, and their stop-and-start interaction with fields of color, evoke the shadows that occur in the Specular and Light Shift patterns.

This coordinating LVT expresses the color and pattern of light seen in the digital realm, relating the layered visual patterns seen in technological light conversions. The loosely overlapping, linear grids of dissolving rectangles, in both neutral and bright colors, display a change in kinetic energy though space to create a layered effect.

Windshields today, carpet backing tomorrow. 
Tarkett was the first flooring manufacturer to source a waste stream outside our industry for the development of a new non-PVC carpet backing. ethos® Modular with Omnicoat Technology® is made from the PVB film of recycled windshields and safety glass. This Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver backing has enabled Tarkett to recycle the film from 28.2 million windshields between 2004 and 2019, which kept about 29,000 tons out of landfills.


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