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Vancouver, BC (April 24, 2024) –  Botanist Bar, tucked inside Vancouver’s definitive Five-Star Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel, was recognized for the second consecutive year by the global authority for the world’s best cocktail experience, ranking the 24 best bar in North America for the 3rd annual North America’s 50 Best Bars Awards ceremony on Tuesday evening in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Botanist Bar, led under the guidance of Creative Beverage Director Grant Sceney, is located in the award-winning Botanist Restaurant. Inspired by the principles of botany, Botanist Bar celebrates the Pacific Northwest’s unique biodiversity in its approach; culinary-forward cocktails blend the union of science and nature together to deliver a sophisticated yet whimsical drinking experience.

“To be recognized on this list for a second year in a row speaks volumes about Botanist Bar’s constant pursuit of creativity,” said Grant Sceney, Creative Beverage Director at Fairmont Pacific Rim. “It’s a reflection of all of the people that have been a part of its seven-year journey.”

The 2024 ranking is reflective of the best bar experiences collated by a group of 250 anonymous voters, made up of cocktail experts, educators, authors, journalists, bartenders, and bar owners from across North America. For this vote, the continent is divided into seven regions: Canada East; Canada West; USA Northeast; USA Midwest; USA West; USA South; Mexico and the Caribbean.

Botanist is set to celebrate this esteemed recognition by hosting The Clumsies, ranked No.47 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list in 2023, for a collaborative cocktail experience on May 15 and 16 in Vancouver, their latest in an ongoing series of guest collaborations with world-renowned bars. On Wednesday, May 15, Botanist Executive Chef Hector Laguna will design a six-course Mediterranean-inspired tasting menu, paired with a cocktail menu developed by Sceney and The Clumsies team. Tickets, priced at $245 CAD ++ per person, are now available and can be purchased online.

On May 16, The Clumsies’ Bar Manager, Nick Sourmpatis, and bartender Georgopoulos Lefteris will lead an informative discussion on the current global trends facing the cocktail and spirit industry in the Botanist Garden, followed by a four-course tasting menu with cocktail pairings by both teams at Botanist Bar. Tickets, priced at $168 CAD ++ per person, are now available and can be purchased online

 
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Vancouver, B.C. – April 23rd, 2024 – Coast Hotels Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of APA Hotel Canada, Inc. and one of North America’s fastest-growing and one of Canada’s largest hotel brands, today announced a significant leadership transition aimed at propelling its ambitious expansion plans in the United States and driving exponential growth across North America by 2028.

As part of this strategic move, as of May 16th, 2024, Jin Sasaki, the current President of Coast Hotels Limited, will be relocating to Seattle, WA, to assume the role of President & CEO of Coast Hotels USA, Inc., a newly established subsidiary of Coast Hotels Limited. With his extensive experience and proven track record in the hospitality sector, Sasaki is poised to spearhead Coast Hotels rapid expansion efforts throughout the US Pacific Northwest.

Commenting on this transition, Sasaki expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "I am excited to take on this new role and lead Coast Hotels expansion in the dynamic U.S. market. With our commitment to delivering exceptional guest experiences and simplifying hotel franchising with our consultative and flexible approach, I am confident that we will achieve remarkable success in the years to come."

Simultaneously, Takamasa Machiura, currently holding a key leadership position within APA Hotels, will return to Vancouver, BC, to serve as President & CEO of Coast Hotels Limited. Machiura brings a wealth of expertise and strategic vision to this role, having played an instrumental part in Coast Hotels growth journey thus far.

"This is an exciting time for Coast Hotels as we embark on this strategic transition to accelerate our expansion and strengthen our presence across North America," remarked Machiura. "I am honored to return to Vancouver and lead Coast Hotels Limited as we continue to uphold our commitment to excellence and drive sustainable growth."

The strategic leadership change reflects Coast Hotels unwavering commitment to guest satisfaction and operational excellence. With a clear vision for the future and an experienced and dynamic leadership team in place, Coast Hotels is well-positioned to achieve its ambitious growth goals and solidify its position as a leader in the hospitality industry.

 
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MATTHEWS, N.C. — stayAPT Suites, the innovative apartment-style hotel brand, is pleased to announce a significant expansion initiative in partnership with Powerhouse Hotels, a joint venture between JCap Realty Group and Cullinan Holdings. This collaboration involves signing a multi-unit development agreement, adding 30 new locations to stayAPT Suites’ portfolio, and expanding the brand footprint to 25 states over the next five years, with six locations that will break ground in 2024.

The strategic alliance between stayAPT Suites and Powerhouse Hotels underscores confidence in the brand’s unique concept of apartment-style accommodations, prioritizing travelers' comfort, convenience, and value. With 22 operational hotels and a projected total of 40 by the end of 2024, stayAPT Suites is rapidly establishing itself as a premier choice for modern travelers and an attractive franchise opportunity for investors.

Industry veteran Gary A. DeLapp, President & CEO of stayAPT Suites, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to join forces with Powerhouse Hotels to expand the reach of stayAPT Suites. This multi-unit development agreement marks a significant milestone in our growth strategy and demonstrates the appeal of our unique apartment-style concept to guests, investors and the franchise community.

Brian Johnson, Managing Partner of Powerhouse Hotels, shared his excitement about the collaboration, saying, “We are excited to partner with stayAPT Suites in this endeavor. The innovative approach of stayAPT Suites, a unique hybrid between multi-family and hotel, aligns perfectly with our vision for investing in hospitality.”

With a focus on new construction, flexible prototype sizes, and a commitment to maintaining a uniform standard across properties, stayAPT Suites stands out in a crowded market. Leading with an owner mindset and boasting corporate-owned and franchise-owned properties, the brand’s highly efficient labor model further enhances operational efficiency.

As the hospitality industry continues to evolve, stayAPT Suites remains at the forefront, continually setting new standards of excellence. With its broad customer reach, resilient business model, and unwavering commitment to guest satisfaction, stayAPT Suites transcends the traditional concept of extended stay lodging, offering a place to stay and an experience with the conveniences of home.

 
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WASHINGTON 23 April 2024 – After four consecutive months of year-over-year declines, Canada’s hotel industry reported a marginal lift in transient occupancy, according to CoStar’s March 2024 data. CoStar is a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information and analytics in the property markets.

March 2024 (percentage change from 2023):

Occupancy: 61.0% (-2.1%)

Average daily rate (ADR): CAD185.23 (+3.9%)

Revenue per available room (RevPAR): CAD112.99 (+1.7%)

Transient, according to CoStar, includes rooms sold to individuals or groups occupying less than 10 rooms per night.

“The slight increase in transient occupancy indicates that individuals were still choosing to travel during March break and holidays throughout the month,” said Laura Baxter, CoStar Group’s director of hospitality analytics for Canada.

“Group demand, on the other hand, was down year over year, in part due to a calendar shift, with corporate events tending to steer clear of Easter, in addition to March break. The segment continues to recover from the drop-off during the pandemic with certain months showing stagnating improvement.

“Overall, Canada’s hotel occupancy continued on a downward path in March, with some markets posting double-digit declines. Overall, room rates remain on a positive trajectory.”

Among the provinces and territories, Manitoba recorded the highest March 2024 occupancy level (77.1%), which was 0.9% above 2023.

Among the major markets, Toronto saw the highest occupancy (73.4%), up 2.2% over March 2023.

The lowest occupancy among provinces was reported in Prince Edward Island (32.6%), down 36.3% against 2023. The decline was due to comparison to the province’s Canada Winter Games host period last year.

At the market level, the lowest occupancy was reported in Ottawa-Gatineau (-10.4% to 57.1%).

“Although economic conditions are changing rapidly, it currently appears that Canada will cut interest rates before the U.S.,” said Baxter. “This will likely devalue the Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar, making Canada an even more affordable destination for Americans. This bodes well for inbound American travel this summer – a segment that continues to make progress toward typical levels achieved before the pandemic.” 

For more information about the company and its products and services, please visit www.costargroup.com.

 
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TORONTO, ON (April 22, 2024) – DaysInns - Canada announced the recipients of the coveted Awards of Recognition for 2023, which acknowledges the exceptional accomplishments of top-performing Days Inn hotels and hotel teams across Canada. This formal recognition honours the outstanding performance and unwavering dedication displayed by the recipients.

"Leading a successful business is no easy task, making it all the more rewarding to celebrate our owners, general managers, and their hardworking teams for their ongoing dedication to representing the very best of the Days Inn brand,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO of Days Inns - Canada. "Together, these recipients have shown an impressive commitment to exceeding guests' expectations and maintaining hospitality excellence.”

2023 Awards of Recognition Recipients:              

·        Guest Choice Award:  Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lindsay, ON
·        Housekeeping Team of the Year:  Days Inn by Wyndham 100 Mile House, BC
·        Property of Year - 85 Rooms or Less:  Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lindsay, ON
·        Property of Year - 86 Rooms or More:  Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Sherwood Park, AB
·        New Property of the Year Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria Airport-Sidney, BC
·        GM of the Year:  Darryl Wilson, Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour, BC
AND Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria Uptown, BC

Days Inn by Wyndhamhotels in Canada offer free Wi-Fi, either an on-site restaurant or a free breakfast, a pool at many locations and kids stay free. Plus, earn valuable Wyndham Rewards points while you travel, then redeem for stays at thousands of Wyndham hotels, vacation club resorts & vacation rentals worldwide. Members can also redeem Wyndham Rewards points for flights, car rentals, gift cards, online merchandise and so much more. Reservations can be made by visiting daysinn.ca  or by calling 1 800 DAYS INN (1-800-329-7466).

 

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