CINCINNATI—[July 11, 2017] — To identify which hand drying method is preferred in the U.S., Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) commissioned a survey conducted online by Harris Poll, May 19-23, among 2,048 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The study found that the majority of American’s (69 percent) prefer to use paper towels over air dryers when drying their hands in public restrooms.

“Hand drying plays an important role in effective hand hygiene,” said John Engel, Director of Marketing, Cintas. “Studies show that germs can be more easily transferred to and from wet hands, which is why drying hands after washing them is essential to staving off bacteria and limiting the spread of infection.”

Of those that chose paper towels as their preferred method to dry their hands in a public restroom, the top five reasons include:

  • Paper towels dry hands better                                                            70%
  • Paper towels dry hands faster                                                             69%    
  • Paper towels provide something to open the restroom door with      52%
  • Air dryers blow bacteria (e.g., on hands, in the air)                            24%
  • Air dryers are too loud                                                                        22%

“What this data tells us is that the majority of Americans want a quick, thorough and hygienic public restroom experience,” added Engel. “While paper towels reduce the number of bacteria on hands, air dryers increase them, leading to further contamination of not only clean hands, but other restroom users up to six feet away[i]. This makes paper towels a ‘no brainer’ choice for hand drying.”

Paper towels are not only more hygienic, but they are also better for the health of restroom users’ ears. In fact, jet hand dryers have the same impact on ears as a close-range pneumatic drill, and are especially dangerous for children’s ears as air dryers are typically positioned at the same height as a child’s head[ii].

The survey also found that age is a factor in the paper towels vs hand dryer debate. Seventy-six percent of Americans aged 35-44 prefer paper towels compared to only 60 percent of those aged 18-34. Additionally, women are more likely than men to prefer paper towels with 73percent and 66 percent, respectively.

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TORONTO, ON (June 29, 2017) – Realstar Hospitality today announced that 34 Days Inn locations across Canada have received the 2017 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its seventh year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.

“We’re thrilled that so many Days Inns in Canada have earned this prestigious recognition,” said Irwin Prince, president & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “Our hotels are committed to offering guests a great stay and the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a testament to their success.”

The properties that have received the 2017 Certificate of Excellence are:

Days Hotel & Suites - Lloydminster Days Inn - Regina
Days Inn - Berthierville Days Inn - Regina Airport West
Days Inn - Calgary Airport Days Inn - Saskatoon
Days Inn - Calgary Northwest Days Inn - Stephenville
Days Inn - Chetwynd Days Inn - Surrey
Days Inn - Cranbrook Days Inn - Thunder Bay North
Days Inn - Dawson Creek Days Inn & Suites - Brandon
Days Inn - Edmonton Airport Days Inn & Suites - Langley
Days Inn - Edmonton South Days Inn & Suites - Lindsay
Days Inn - Edmundston Days Inn & Suites - Sault Ste. Marie
Days Inn - Estevan Days Inn & Suites - Sherwood Park
Days Inn - Innisfail Days Inn & Suites - Strathmore
Days Inn - Leamington Days Inn & Suites - Thunder Bay
Days Inn - Medicine Hat Days Inn & Suites - Whitecourt
Days Inn - Miramichi Days Inn & Suites - Winkler
Days Inn - Orillia Days Inn & Suites - Winnipeg Airport
Days Inn - Red Deer Days Inn & Suites - Yorkton

“TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, vice president of industry marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honour businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travellers identify and confidently book the perfect trip.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.


OTTAWA, ON, June 26 2017 -The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce the newest addition to its team. Diane Wessman will be assuming the role of Manager, Market Development and Sales for Green Key Global on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Diane joins HAC with extensive business and sales experience in both the private and non-for profit sectors. Most recently, she held the position of Senior Manager of Marketing and Business Development at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) where she was responsible for growing the association's revenue through program development and sales, and was an integral force behind their significant financial growth.

Prior to this, Diane lived in Portugal where she ran and managed several businesses in the areas of education management and human resources development.   

"We are very excited to welcome Diane to our growing team", said HAC President, Susie Grynol. "She will bring a strong degree of professionalism and business acumen to our Green Key sales and marketing approach."

An entrepreneur at heart, Diane is also deeply passionate about sustainable practices, making her the perfect fit to drive the association's Green Key program and sales efforts. 


June 20, 2017 – MONTREAL – dormakaba, one of the top three companies in the global market for access and security solutions, will launch its Quantum® Pixel electronic door lock at HITEC 2017 in booth 1901.

Quantum Pixel collects a wealth of lock activity information to support productivity analytics.


dormakaba will also debut its Virtual Design Center VR experience at HITEC.

This virtual reality encounter takes attendees to the Italian Alps to introduce dormakaba’s solution panorama and history.  

dormakaba manufactures the Saflok™ and Ilco™ electronic door locks and provides installation and service for these locking systems.  

Click here for information on electronic door locks from dormakaba.

“We invite HITEC attendees to test the most advanced mobile access solutions and mobile systems.

“Our newest addition to the Quantum series portfolio by dormakaba, the Quantum Pixel, provides a minimalistic appearance while providing all hardware features and technology today’s global hospitality market, designers and architects are seeking,” said Mike Lopes, dormakaba senior product manager, Lodging Systems.

“We have taken a ‘less is more’ on the door approach, leveraging space inside the door to contain electronics, while capable of delivering online wireless integration and mobile access solutions.

“Great things do come in small packages.

dormakaba is moving beyond locks and hardware manufacturing with global software and analytics that help hoteliers do a better job with actionable information.

Its online locks capture and record a great deal of data that makes maintenance predictive, and continuously monitors room door status to keep hotels secure.

dormakaba systems also monitor frequency of door use to help properties balance room usage, and enable hotels to schedule staff more efficiently.

“The more intelligence that is built in a lock system, the more operators can learn about their hotel, the guest experience, and the lock’s performance,”

said Joey Yanire, dormakaba assistant vice president mobile access, Lodging Systems.

“The usage profile of each lock provides data that supports better decision making. It can also help reduce operator maintenance costs and improve customer satisfaction.” 


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