Toronto, ON (February 6, 2018) Atlific Hotels is thrilled to announce that 11 of its managed properties received distinguished industry awards in 2017. The honours were granted by varying high profile travel brands including Trip Advisor, Forbes Travel Guide and Condé Nast Traveler. Atlific managed hotels earned an impressive total of 16 awards in 2017.

With more than 50 years of hotel management experience, Atlific consistently strives to train and develop its staff by adhering to exceptional industry standards. The awards, ranging from recognition for corporate social responsibility to outstanding management services, to recognition for eco-friendly initiatives, show the breadth of Atlific’s seasoned expertise.

“We are tremendously proud of our hotels and their accomplishments as they exemplify our continued efforts in providing our guests with an exceptional customer service experience,” says Robert Chartrand, Chief Executive Officer, Atlific Hotels. “We look forward to continued success and accomplishments for Atlific in 2018.”

The awards are as follows:

Prince George Hotel, Halifax
2017 Hotel Association of Canada Revenue Performance Team of the Year Award
Awarded for the successful implementation of a multi-departmental strategy and delivering a unique response to the high tourism demand in their region, ultimately driving exceptional revenue results.

Magnolia Hotel & Spa
Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards
#1 Best City Hotels in Canada 2017

Condé Nast Traveler Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards
#4 Best Hotels in Canada 2017, not including Vancouver

TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards
 #4 Best Hotels in Canada 2017

Four-Diamond AAA/CAA Awards
Awarded the prestigious Four-Diamond Hotel Award for the 18th consecutive year

Forbes Travel Guide
Victoria’s only Forbes four-star rated hotel 2014-2017

US News & World Report
#4 Best Hotels in Victoria & Vancouver Island

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Airdrie-Calgary North
2017 Housekeeping Award from the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association

Hilton Garden Inn West Edmonton
2017 Housekeeping Award from the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association
Radisson Hotel & Suites Fort McMurray
2017 Chamber of Commerce Accommodation of the Year – Business

Holiday Inn Winnipeg South
2017 Where Magazine Silver Plume Award – Hotel Employee of the Year for the City Winnipeg for Food Service – Sara An Yuxiao

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Sudbury
2017 Best In Show/Sustainable Business of the Year – Green Economy North
This award goes to a business that has worked to reduce its carbon footprint through planning, operational improvements, capital investments and staff engagement.

Days Inn & Suites Thunder Bay, Days Inn Thunder Bay North, Days Inn & Suites Lloydminster, Days Inn Stephenville
2017 Chairman’s Award - This award recognizes an elite group of Days Inn and Hotels that meet the highest level of quality and guest service.


TOKYO, January 25, 2018 ( - ​Global Agents has just announced the Grand Opening of the second in its luxury capsule hotel brand ‘The Millennials’ for March 15th, 2018. Following the huge success of their first iteration, opened last year in Kyoto, and attracting the attention from many overseas guests and medias, Global Agents is finally bringing its brand to the Japanese capital with a first location in the bustling Shibuya district. With a new concept based on “Living in the future”, The Millennials re-imagines the capsule hotel concept through high-tech facilities and technology and social spaces to bring a formerly utilitarian concept into the realm of semi-luxury. With over 120 multi-functional Smart-Pod units spread over 5 floors of prime Shibuya real-estate, The Millennials provides guests with full control of their personal unit through the integrated iPod touch provided at check-in. These controls correspond to several unique functions, including an alarm system based on bed movement and optional projectors that make use of each unit's built-in privacy screens. Additionally, the 3rd and 4th floor lobby doubles as a spacious coworking space for local entrepreneurs, with full office amenities, banquet & event space, and a lively “Happy Hour” with endlessfree beer.

The central focus of guests’ experience of The Millennials is its high-tech Smart-Pods, controlled through an in-house app that centralizes all the functions of each guest's sleeping arrangements. With this intuitive tool, guests can adjust lighting, air-flow, and even the incline of their mattress easily. Of particular note is the unique, soundless alarm system slowly raises guests to a seated position along with steadily brighter lights, enabling guests to wake up bright and early without disturbing their neighbors. For pods equipped with projectors, guests can connect their personal devices to watch any of their favorite programming in their own private theater. Each unit comes with underbed storage for luggage and can be locked for those staying consecutive nights. Every floor also includes completely private individual shower booths for guests, and free Wi-Fi throughout.

The 4th floor lobby of the complex doubles as a stylish lounge specially designed for guests to interact with each others, and a common kitchen to cook simple meals during their stay. The 3rd floor offers a large and colorful coworking space that can also be used for banquet and events. With an open-concept design, this area focuses on encouraging interaction between travelers and local entrepreneurs. All users of this community space have free access to unlimited coffee, and a daily happy hour provides free draft beer every day from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Millennials is the latest hotel from Japanese developer Global Agents, whose CEO Takeshi Yamasaki notes that “our goal with The Millennials is to go beyond what people have come to expect from this type of hotel, and create a new option for today’s customer who wants both affordability and style.” Global Agents have seen great success in the Tokyo market with their Social Apartment brand of co-living arrangements and plan to open several new lifestyle hotels across Japan this year, and much more to come in 2019!


TORONTO, ON (January 16, 2018) - Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing (2004 Bay Lake Road, Bancroft, Ontario) has been named winner of Canada’s Best Wellness Retreat for the second consecutive year, by the World Spa Awards, which acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across the rapidly evolving spa and wellness sector. For just over 24 years, Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing has been dedicated to improving the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of their guests with their holistic sanctuary, sprawled across one hundred acres in the heart of the Canadian Shield, just five minutes outside the mineral capital of Canada, Bancroft, Ontario. 

“We are honoured and thankful to be recognized with this award for a second consecutive year by the World Spa Awards and our industry peers,” says Founder & CEO, Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing’s Madeline Marenette. “Grail Springs is a place where take-charge people retreat from the noise and pressures of everyday life to nourish their mind, body and spirit. For over two decades, we have been very grateful to provide this sanctuary for individuals to improve their lives, and I’m very much looking forward to the bright future that lies ahead for our facility.”

Recognized for their educational component and specialized treatment processes such as the Cleanse and Energize Program and their signature Life Transformation Program, Grail Springs welcomes guests from all over the world to experience their healing alkaline waters, saunas, salt tubs and state-of-the-art spa. From yoga, meditation and spiritual enrichment, to a full menu of healthy plant-based eating options, the full-service retreat offers cutting edge treatments, delivered by a dedicated staff of highly regarded coaches, instructors, healers and therapists. 

Setting the retreat apart from others is their unique environment which boasts a vital spring-fed lake and meditation installations such as a labyrinth, volcanic ash healing bed, and a unique equine meditation experience. The group also worked with a professional Geomancer to optimize the rich deposits of minerals of the area. The property highlights the crystals and granite rocks which leads to a unique crystal outcrop meditation area.

No stranger to receiving accolades, Grail Springs will be adding this 2017 award to an impressive list of recognition including Canadian Spa & Wellness Award Winner, Tripadvisor Traveler's Choice Award, Tripadvisor Winner Certificate of Excellence and SpaFinder Best Body, Mind & Spirit Spa, among many others. With over 35% of guests returning annually for an average stay of 5 to 21 nights, Grail Springs has become a popular healing ritual for guests from around the globe.

To read more about Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing, please visit their website at:


NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA. – Jan. 12, 2018 – AMResorts® closes record-breaking third year of AMRewardswith unprecedented growth in the U.S. and Canada. With more than 30,000 travel agents registered for the hotel company’s robust travel agent loyalty program and millions of dollars’ worth of rewards redeemed, AMRewards experienced its highest participation to-date with a 65 percent increase in total bookings entered in the program year over year. Looking ahead, agents will experience more AMRewards contests and benefits this year than ever before, plus enhanced platforms and programs with an improved user experience and more educational opportunities.

Starting this month, AMRewards has launched a new
Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa campaign. Agents receive double points in January when entering bookings for this family-friendly property situated along the Riviera Maya. Full details available on

Additionally, AMResorts has two major relaunches planned for the travel agent community in 2018. In the first quarter, the all-new will debut. This dynamic website will be personalized for the agent with new content and sales tools to serve as a convenient resource hub. In the second quarter, agents can expect the unveiling of the new and improved Master Agent Program. The education program will be re-platformed with enhanced content and gamified testing, as well as offer new certifications for agents. In addition to the standard AMResorts Master Agent certification, agents may choose to become a Brand Specialist or an AMResorts Master Wedding Agent.

“Following the incredible success of 2017, AMResorts will be investing more in its loyal agent community with a commitment to continue to raise the bar even higher for the AMRewards program,” said Jan LaPointe, Vice President of Strategic Planning Retail Sales North America, AMRewards and Sales & Marketing for Canada. “Beyond providing agents with tools to help their sales and even more opportunities to reap the rewards, AMRewards continues to evolve and support agents in delivering personalized and customized travel experiences to their clients.”

Over the past year, AMRewards has received significant enhancements, including:

  • New online booking engine, allowing agents to easily redeem their points for stays
  • Discounts on transfers and excursions when booked in conjunction with their stays
  • New branded tote bags and flamingo drink “koozie” redemption items
  • Five percent cash back at select retailers with new AMRewards Visa® prepaid cards
  • New landing page on with promotions, program updates and more

AMResorts looks forward to building upon the exceptional participation and positive feedback received from the travel agent community to-date to continue to make booking travel with AMRewards easy and rewarding.


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VANCOUVER, January 8, 2018: Jens Moesker has been appointed Regional Vice President, Pacific Northwest and General Manager of Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, BC. Jens joins Fairmont Hotels’ from his most recent position as Area Manager and General Manager of the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto where he oversaw the North American properties.

Internationally raised and born into a family of hoteliers, Jens began his hospitality career in 1990 when he held a series of progressive Food and Beverage management roles in Europe, Middle East and the United States, including the acclaimed Hilton Jerusalem in Israel, InterContinental hotels in London and Germany, the Hotel Bristol Forte in Warsaw and the Jebel Ali Hotel in Dubai.
In 2000 he joined Shangri-La as director of food and beverage at The Kerry Centre Hotel in Beijing and shortly after became resident manager at Shangri-La Hotel Changchun. In 2004, he was promoted to general manager and three years later took on the challenge of general manager for the opening of Shangri-la Villingili Resort & Spa in the Maldives. In 2011, he transferred to become general manager of the Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo in Japan and in 2016 relocated to North America where he was Area Manager & General Manager, Shangri-La Hotel Toronto.

With a career of over 25 years specializing in luxury hotels, and a passion for food and beverage operations, Moesker brings a strategic approach to his management style, and takes pride in developing his team. “I’ve had a series of mentors that have had an impact on my career journey and I’m still in touch with many of them,” Moesker says. “An integral part of my role is to continue the legacy and coach and share my knowledge with others.”
Accompanying him and his wife Kristine’s arrival into Vancouver is their multilingual golden retriever, Lola, who “speaks” German and has a working knowledge of Japanese. Moesker is looking forward to exploring the culinary scene in Vancouver and dusting off his camera to indulge in his passion for photography.


About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,100 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 10 000 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more information or reservations, please visit

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