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MCLEAN, Va.October 31, 2017Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced deals for three Tru by Hilton properties in Canada, which marks the development of the brand’s first non-U.S. locations. Located in Alberta, Tru by Hilton Edmonton-Windermere is the first of these properties expected to open in 2018. It will be followed by two additional Tru by Hilton properties in Ontario in 2019. These hotels are part of Tru by Hilton’s robust pipeline of 420 hotels in various stages of development – the fastest-growing pipeline in the history of the hospitality industry.

“Tru by Hilton is an innovator and industry-leader in the midscale segment – the very first to meet the needs of a previously underserved group of travelers who seek simplicity and value without compromising quality and design,” said Alexandra Jaritz, global head, Tru by Hilton. “We’re incredibly excited to bring Tru by Hilton to the Canadian market. This marks a new chapter for this brand, and we know it will have broad appeal to travelers who span generations, but have a similar ‘zest for life’ mindset.”

Development interest in both Canada and the U.S. includes a diverse group of location types – urban, suburban, resort, college towns and interstate locations. The three properties in development are:

  • The 92-room Tru by Hilton Edmonton-Windermere, located in Alberta, developed by Rohan Investments Inc. and expected to open in 2018.
  • The 120-room Tru by Hilton Markham, located in Ontario, developed by Hanisha Incorporated & Lodson Investments Corporation and expected to open in 2019. This property is a dual-brand project with Home2 Suites, Hilton’s all-suite accommodations option for travelers seeking a longer stay. 
  • The 95-room Tru by Hilton Kingston, also located in Ontario, developed by Canada Ltd., and expected to open in 2019.

When completed, the new hotels will provide guests with smart and efficiently-designed guest rooms and public spaces. Property features include:

  • A reimagined, enlarged lobby with 268 square meters (2,880 square feet) of public space with areas to work, play games, eat or lounge.
  • A build-your-own complimentary “Top It” breakfast bar that has 30 sweet and savory toppings so guests can create their own healthy or indulgent morning masterpieces.
  • Modern rooms designed to make every square foot count, with natural light from oversized windows, 55” TV with a robust programming offer and bright all-shower bathrooms with premium bath amenities.
  • National- and local-brand gourmet snacks and drinks – including single-serve beer and wine – are available 24/7 in the “Eat. & Sip.” market located in the heart of the lobby.
  • Tech-savvy amenities, including mobile check-in, Digital Key, free superfast Wi-Fi, remote printing, social media wall, super-charging stations and accessibility to outlets everywhere.
  • A fitness center that leverages the latest fitness trends through barre, TRX bands, free weights, cardio and flexibility gear, plus guests can get workout ideas from the fitness center tablet.
 
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Barcelona, Oct. 23, 2017 – In the festive ambience of the W Hotel in Barcelona, the winners of the 14th annual International Business Awards were presented their Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards on Saturday, October 21, 2017. High-ranking representatives from more than 130 honored companies and organizations from around the world received their awards on stage.

The International Business Awards (IBAs) are the world's only international, all-encompassing business awards program. Many organisations and individuals from all over the world are among the 2017 winners. One of the top winners this year is the Spanish PR agency Llorente & Cuenca, which won seven golds, times gold Stevie Awards, 15 silvers, and 11 bronzes. They also received a Grand Stevie Award for the Most Honored Public Relations Agency. The marketing agency Hanaroadcom from South Korea, ASDA'A Burson Marsteller from Dubai, Cisco Systems from the USA and India, the Ooredoo Group from the Maldives and PT Petrokimia Gresik from Indonesia were also honored with Grand Stevie Awards.

Among the winners of this year’s International Business Awards are 19 companies and individuals from Canda who have prevailed over the global competition. In total they’ll receive 40 Stevie Awards: 13 gold Stevies, 10 silvers and 17 bronzes. This high number of gold, silver and bronze Stevies is evidence of the great performance of Canadian companies and managers.

The leading winner among the Canadian companies is Toronto based insurance company RSA Canada, with one gold, two silver and six bronze Stevie Awards in various marketing categories. Another top-winner is the computer service provider RevenueWire, with one gold (Customer Service Department of the Year) and four bronze Stevie Awards.

Another company with multiple award winning entries is the computer software company J2 Global from Ottawa, winning one gold and two Silver Stevies in various Customer Service categories.

Resolute Forest Products from Montreal wins a gold Stevie in the category Health, Safety & Environment Program of the Year - in Canada and the U.S.A.. Manatee Holdings Ltd. from Courtenay wins with Lourdes Gant, Chief Visionary Officer, a Silver Stevie in the category Woman of the Year.

From Canada, J2 Global, Manatee Holdings Ltd., and Resolute Forest Products attended the IBA ceremony to receive their awards in Barcelona.

Photo of J2 Global: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevieawards/37855615351/in/album-72157661754095428/

Photo of Manatee Holdings Ltd.: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevieawards/37807044916/in/album-72157661754095428/

Photo of Resolute Forest Products: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevieawards/37145670364/in/album-72157661754095428/

The International Business Awards are open to all organisations worldwide. Organisations and individuals are eligible to compete, and can submit entries in a wide range of categories, including management awards, company of the year awards, marketing awards, public relations awards, customer service awards, human resources awards, new product awards, IT awards, web site awards, and more.

The Stevie winners were selected from more than 3,900 nominations from more than 60 nations. More than 150 executives worldwide participated in the judging process this year to determine the Stevie winners.

“We received a record number of nominations in the IBAs this year,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards. "It was great to welcome the Stevie Awards winners in Barcelona and to watch them receive their awards with pride and joy. The atmosphere was simply outstanding."

More information about the 2017 International Business Awards and the calendar for 2018 is available at www.stevieawards.com/iba.

 
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CALGARY, OCTOBER 23, 2017 - Le Germain Hotel Calgary is proud to present "The Hatstack", a new public artwork created by renowned Albertan artist Walter May.  The sculpture permanently graces the exterior entrance of the boutique-hotel on the corner of 9th Avenue and Centre Street SW across from the Calgary Tower.

The cast-bronze and cement freestanding pillar is comprised of 33 identical stacked modules. When seen from a distance, the 19 feet tall sculpture displays balance, lightness and rhythm through its repeated geometric shapes, reminiscent of Constantin Brancusi’s “Endless Column”, which is considered to be one of the 20th century’s great modernist abstract monuments.

"Approaching the work, the solidity and weight of the modules become more prominent along with the recognition that they are, in fact, representations of hats stacked brim-to-brim and crown-to-crown," says artist Walter May.

The hat-shaped elements are based on John B. Stetson’s 1865 design for what many consider to be the first mass produced western hat, known as the “Boss of the Prairies”. With its tall, rounded crown and flat brim, often creased and shaped by individual owners to their liking, this hat is now recognized as the ubiquitous western cowboy hat.

"We are delighted to present this sculpture to both hotel guests and Calgarians," says Lionel Houliat, general manager of Le Germain Hotel Calgary. "This collaboration is in perfect continuity with our ongoing commitment to feature local talents." Similar to all Group Germain Hotels in Canada, Le Germain Hotel Calgary is adorned with original works of art by Canadian artists such as Christian Grandjean and Pascale Girardin. 

 

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