Bethesda, MD- 19 September, 2018,- Today marks the official opening of Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection, part of the towering 3 Civic Plaza project that continues the transformation of Surrey City Centre into a dynamic business, social and transit hub at Surrey Central Skytrain Station. Developed by Century Group in partnership with Surrey City Development Corporation, the project (at 54 storeys) is designed to complement Civic Precinct that includes City Centre Library and Surrey City Hall. Located at the geographic centre of Metropolitan Vancouver, Civic Hotel embodies the City of Surrey’s vision for a vibrant, modern, and social business hub. In addition to Civic Hotel, the development includes 349 residential units and 50,000 square feet of commercial space, which will be occupied by Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

“In the past 12 months, the Canadian portfolio has more than doubled with the introduction of spectacular hotels such as The Civic” said Jennifer Connell, VP Brand Management & Marketing, Autograph Collection Hotels. “We are proud to welcome The Civic to the Autograph Collection family and look forward to providing guests with a boutique-like experience through its unique design and local cultural influences, elements that bring this brand to life.”

Conveniently located immediately adjacent to Surrey Central Station and just 35 minutes from Downtown Vancouver by SkyTrain, Civic Hotel boasts 144 guest rooms and suites, fitness and pool facilities, award-winning Prado Café and restaurant Dominion Bar + Kitchen. It features a conference floor with two ballrooms and over 8,000 square feet of multi-purpose meeting space including a rooftop deck for private events and specialized catering. Civic Hotel uses eco-friendly technologies, ensuring it is at the forefront of sustainable hospitality.

As a member of Autograph Collection Hotels, Civic Hotel was designed to embody individuality and independence while celebrating the beauty of British Columbia. From Civic Hotel’s locally inspired catering menu to the hotel’s unique commissioned art pieces, each aspect of the hotel showcases the diverse cultures and natural beauty that make up the heart of the region. The lobby features a dramatic David Robinson sculpture of a life-size canoe suspended from the ceiling, while each of the 16 floors of the hotel represents a different region in the province, highlighted with unique images and artwork.

“3 Civic Plaza is an iconic project for the City of Surrey as it represents Surrey’s first mixed-use hotel, education, and residential project.” says Sean Hodgins President, Century Group, “We are proud to be at the epicentre of Surrey City Centre’s rapid transformation into a thriving downtown core for business, culture and entertainment. Today is a milestone for our team as we celebrate the innovation and collaboration which have brought Civic Hotel to life and look forward to the positive impact it will have on Surrey City Centre”.

“Today’s celebration marks the start of a wonderful future for Civic Hotel in Surrey’s revitalized City Centre. Our vision is that Civic Hotel will be a place where people, both local and visitors, connect, engage and create new opportunities and memories.” Said Franklin Jackson, General Manager, Civic Hotel. “We are excited to welcome our guests and offer them a memorable experience through our technology forward guest rooms and personalized customer service.”

Surrey is set to become the most populated city in British Columbia over the next 30 years as 250,000 people from around the world seek to make a new life in one of the youngest and most culturally diverse cities in Canada. To accommodate this growth the City of Surrey’s vision is to create a transit-connected city with the development of a Light Rail Transit System. Civic Hotel complements this vision by providing much-needed amenities in the transit-served City Centre, to transform it into a vibrant, accessible, competitive and sustainable city.

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Washington, D.C. (September 6, 2018)Building on decades of investments in safety and security and in coordination with security experts, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the major hotel brands in membership today announced the 5-Star Promise, a pledge to provide hotel employees across the U.S. with employee safety devices (ESDs) and commit to enhanced policies, trainings and resources that together are aimed at enhancing hotel safety, including preventing and responding to sexual harassment and assault.

In an unprecedented show of unity within a fiercely competitive industry, the CEOs of Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott and Wyndham joined AHLA president and CEO Katherine Lugar and Chairman of the Board Mark Carrier, president of B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group, for the announcement.

Deployment of ESDs is already underway. Hotel companies in several markets, including New York, Washington D.C., Chicago and Seattle, already provide ESDs to employees, and they are piloting devices in many other markets. Today’s announcement broadens this commitment to hotels across the country, with the goal of broad implementation by 2020.

“We’re proud of the hotel industry’s efforts and are encouraged to see our industry come together in an unprecedented way to make our employees feel safer at work. Hotels have been investing in employee and guest safety for decades, working with experts to continuously update protocols and procedures that keep both employees and guests safe,” said Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of AHLA. “Safety is a never-ending challenge, and the hotel industry is highly committed to be part of the solution. Protecting our employees—as well the millions of guests who stay in American hotel rooms each day—is critically important to our industry. Unfortunately, no industry is immune to dealing with sexual harassment, but we will continue to work, day in and day out, so America’s hotels are secure places for all those who work in and visit them.”

Participating brands or properties will determine the best security devices based on the property’s layout and features, with a range of options including devices with loud noise-emitting features or emergency GPS tracking at the push of a handheld button. AHLA has convened a sourcing task force to assist companies in identifying the appropriate technology for their respective properties.

This approach reflects the segmented and diverse nature of the hotel industry, ranging from large urban hotels to small rural roadside inns to mixed-use properties that combine hotels, apartments, condos, retail, and restaurants. In addition, there are considerable structural differences in building design and layout, construction materials, and Wi-Fi network capabilities within the industry.

With these complexities in mind, AHLA convened a task force of industry experts in 2017 to begin the process of outlining an implementation framework. As part of this effort, AHLA and hotel security experts convened a Safety Summit in July, bringing together lodging executives, lawmakers and security experts to discuss ways to keep employees and guests secure and then shared learnings with members.

The 5-Star Promise represents the hotel industry’s commitment to advance safety and security for hotel employees and guests.

  • Build on our industry’s longstanding commitment to hospitality and a People Culture. AHLA will continue providing industry-wide training and materials on safety and security matters, and retain expert guidance, such as Tina Tchen, a partner at Buckley Sandler LLP and co-founder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, to work with AHLA and its members on workplace diversity and safety matters. 
  • Ensure mandatory anti-sexual harassment policies are in place in multiple languages.
  • Provide ongoing training and education for employees on identifying and reporting sexual harassment.
  • Provide U.S. hotel employees with employee safety devices to help them feel safe on the job.
  • Broaden vital partnerships with wide-ranging national organizations that target sexual violence and assault and trafficking and promote workplace safety, including the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV), End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT-USA), and Polaris.

“As an industry, it’s important that we continue to lead around these important issues affecting our employees, building on our longstanding commitment to the hospitality culture and industry,” said Mark Carrier, Chairman of the AHLA Board and president of B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group. “We are proud that AHLA members are working together on solutions no one company could address alone, and we hope AHLA’s actions will be a catalyst for other industries to follow suit.”

Tina Tchen, partner at Buckley Sandler LLP and co-founder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which provides legal support to victims of sexual harassment, assault and abuse in the workplace, has been consulting with the hotel industry for the last several months as it developed this initiative. She commended the hotel industry for coming together for this unprecedented announcement.

“I applaud the hotel industry for taking the initiative and continuing to put employee safety first, recognizing that all people should feel safe while doing their jobs,” said Tchen. “This is an important step that we hope will lead to more industries taking a stand and committing to employee and guest safety. I look forward to continuing to work with AHLA along with experts and advocates to ensure hotels are safe and welcoming for everyone.”

Hotel industry leaders, speaking at today’s press conference offered their individual pledges to advance employee and guest safety and security on their properties.

“At Hilton, all 380,000 of our team members are the heart and soul of our business,” said Chris Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton. “That is why we are deeply committed to putting their safety and well-being above all else. In addition to implementing anti-harassment and anti-trafficking training across all 5,400+ of our properties, we have already deployed employee safety devices in New York, Washington D.C., Seattle and Chicago properties. Today, I am proud to share that we are expanding that commitment across all our hotels in the United States, deploying safety devices for all team members who service guest rooms by 2020.”

“Our Hyatt family is driven by our purpose: we care for people so they can be their best. There’s nothing more foundational to caring for people than making sure they feel safe at work,” said Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “Our strict policies and protocols have never tolerated guest harassment of our colleagues, and we continue to apply fresh eyes to keep pace with changing needs. In fact, we recently revised housekeeping guidance with an eye toward more personal safety. Hyatt also took a leading step last fall when we mandated Employee Safety Devices for colleagues who enter guestrooms across the country’s full-service, managed hotels. Already half of Hyatt’s franchised full service hotels have joined in, and there’s more to come.”

“IHG has a long-standing commitment to fostering a culture of respect and empowerment, which includes a work environment that is free from harassment and expects personal safety. This culture is rooted in IHG’s existing anti-harassment, anti-bullying and human rights policies and standards,” said Elie Maalouf, CEO, Americas, IHG. “IHG takes a holistic approach to employee safety which includes comprehensive policies, mandatory training and safety technology.  We continually review and strengthen our policies, and we are translating them into additional languages to reach more employees. We have rolled out mandatory and enhanced workplace training for corporate and hotel employees in the U.S. Building on our track record of providing employee safety technology solutions, we have deployed personal safety devices at hotels in New York, Chicago and Seattle. We will use employee and management feedback to guide a deployment plan for devices at all our managed hotels in the U.S. by 2020. Additionally, we are collaborating with our owners on how best to support our franchised locations. Collectively, all of these efforts reflect our enduring commitment to employee safety.”

“At Marriott International, we believe that everyone should feel safe and secure while fulfilling their work responsibilities,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International. “We are testing and deploying associate alert devices to enable hotel associates to press a button to summon help if they encounter a threatening situation. We are working toward deployment of the devices at both managed and franchised hotels in the United States and Canada through 2020 and we continue to explore safety technology solutions globally. With our people-first corporate culture, one of our top priorities will always be to protect the associates who work tirelessly every day to deliver incredible experiences for our guests.”

“The fine people working every day in hotels around the globe are truly what makes hospitality the best industry,” said Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “At Wyndham Hotels & Resorts we know our team members are our greatest resource, that’s why we take providing for their safety, security and well-being very seriously. Over the next 12 months at our U.S. owned and managed hotels we will deploy Employee Safety Devices to all team members who are assigned to work in a guest room by himself or herself and roll out mandatory, annual anti-sexual harassment, discrimination, and human trafficking training. Additionally, we will provide best practices guidelines and training to our U.S. franchisees, in addition to endeavoring to offer ESD sourcing solutions. Wyndham is proud to unite with our industry today showing our joint commitment to the people who day-in and day-out help make guests’ travels memorable.”

About AHLA

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the largest national association solely representing all segments of the eight million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including brands, hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and generates nearly $170 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments. Learn more at


WASHINGTON, D.C.—September 7, 2018 Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® are pleased to announce the nominee finalists for the 2018 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers from across the nation and from around the world.

The 2018 Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence and Gala Dinner will take place at The Broadmoor (1918) in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7 pm. The final award winners will be announced before an audience of owners, senior management, industry leaders, and representatives from the finest historic hotels around the world.

Nominee finalists are selected from nominations received from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, prior award recipients, community leaders, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. As official programs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide provide the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America and around the world. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories.

From over 200 nominations, the awards committee evaluated and after careful consideration selected the following 2018 award nominee finalists:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year

  • Antrim 1844 Taneytown, Maryland
  • The Stagecoach Inn (1852) Salado, Texas
  • The Lodge at the Presidio (1895) San Francisco, California
  • The Bellevue Hotel (1904) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Hotel Skyler Syracuse, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (1921) Syracuse, New York
  • The Statler (1956) Dallas, Texas

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel

  • Ledges Hotel (1890) Hawley, Pennsylvania
  • Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection (1900) Nashville, Tennessee 
  • The Otesaga Hotel and Cooper Inn (1909) Cooperstown, New York
  • Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Pennsylvania
  • The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (1965) Kohala Coast, Hawaii

Sustainability Champion

  • Airlie (1892) Warrenton, Virginia
  • Hotel Congress (1919) Tucson, Arizona
  • La Fonda (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Omni San Francisco Hotel (1926) San Francisco, California
  • The Inn at Death Valley (1927) Death Valley, California
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (1965) Kohala Coast, Hawaii

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)

  • El Convento Hotel (1651) San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Glasbern (1787) Fogelsville, Pennsylvania
  • Castle Hotel & Spa (1910) Tarrytown, New York
  • Benbow Inn (1926) Garberville, California
  • The Berkeley City Club (1930) Berkeley, California
  • Williamsburg Inn (1937) Williamsburg, Virginia

Best Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms)

  • Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn (1766) Rhinebeck, New York
  • Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection (1900) Nashville, Tennessee 
  • Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Pennsylvania
  • La Fonda (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • The Cavalier (1927) Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort (1935) St. Simons Island, Georgia

Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms)

  • The Willard InterContinental, Washington, DC (1818)
  • Capital Hotel (1873) Little Rock, Arkansas
  • The Pfister (1893) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky
  • Hotel Viking (1926) Newport, Rhode Island
  • The Wigwam (1929) Litchfield Park, Arizona

Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms)

  • Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa (1901) Honolulu, Hawaii
  • The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco (1907) California
  • The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection (1925) Washington, DC
  • Hilton Chicago (1927) Chicago, Illinois
  • Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
  • Hotel Captain Cook (1964) Anchorage, Alaska

Best City Center Historic Hotel

  • Palmer House®, A Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago, Illinois
  • The Jefferson Hotel (1895) Richmond, Virginia
  • The Bellevue Hotel (1904) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Utica (1912) Utica, New York
  • Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC (1930)
  • Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton (1931) Kansas City, Missouri

Best Historic Resort

  • The Buccaneer (1653) St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
  • Mohonk Mountain House (1869) New Paltz, New York
  • Hotel del Coronado (1887) Coronado, California
  • The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin
  • The Wigwam (1929) Litchfield Park, Arizona
  • The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hotel Historian of the Year

  • Susan Wilson at Omni Parker House, Boston (1855) Massachusetts
  • Larry Johnson at The Seelbach Hilton (1905) Louisville, Kentucky
  • Teresa Porter at Benbow Inn (1926) Garberville, California 
  • Sarah Gill at The Berkeley City Club (1930) Berkeley, California
  • Patrick Denis Murphy at Morris Inn at Notre Dame (1952) South Bend, Indiana
  • Brian Kelleher at Capital Hilton (1943) Washington, DC

Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel

  • TÈ at The Inn at Leola Village, Est. 1867 Leola, Pennsylvania
  • Chez Philippe at The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee
  • Grand Dining Room at Jekyll Island Club Resort (1887) Jekyll Island, Georgia
  • Woods Restaurant at Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan
  • Murray Circle at Cavallo Point (1901) Sausalito, California
  • Immigrant Restaurant at The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin

Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year

  • The Belz family at The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee
  • The Beach family at Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont
  • The Monteleone family at Hotel Monteleone (1886) New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The Boughton family at The Colony Hotel (1872) Kennebunkport, Maine
  • The Kohler family at The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin
  • The Oseran family Hotel Congress (1919) Tucson, Arizona

Historic Hotelier of the Year

  • Jack Moyer at 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  • Linn Lesesne at Wentworth Mansion (1886) Charleston, South Carolina
  • Kenneth Hayward at Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan
  • Patty Henning at Jekyll Island Club Resort (1887) Jekyll Island, Georgia
  • David Tamulevich at Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (1895) Portland, Maine
  • Susan Anselona at Radisson Martinique on Broadway (1896) New York, New York

Steward of History and Historic Preservation

  • Andrew Todd at Xanterra Travel Collection
  • Oliver Carr at The Willard InterContinental, Washington, DC (1818)
  • John Murtha at Omni Parker House, Boston (1855) Massachusetts
  • Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. at The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin
  • Gary Melius at OHEKA CASTLE (1919) Huntington, New York
  • Birney and Marie Dempcy at Mayflower Park Hotel (1927) Seattle, Washington 

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in Europe

  • La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton (11th Century) Siena, Italy
  • Kinnitty Castle Hotel (1209) Birr, Ireland
  • Domus Renier Boutique Hotel (1608) Chania, Greece
  • Hilton Molino Stucky Venice (1884) Venice, Italy
  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo (1910) Lake Como, Italy
  • Fairmont Le Montreux Palace (1906) Montreux, Switzerland

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in Asia/Pacific

  • Alsisar Mahal (18th Century) Rajasthan, India
  • Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (1780) Bataan, Philippines
  • Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (1901) Hanoi, Vietnam
  • The Fullerton Hotel (1928) Singapore
  • Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor  (1932) Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Hotel New Grand (1927) Yokohama, Japan

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in the Americas

  • Quinta Real Oaxaca (1576) Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Hacienda de los Santos (1600s) Sonora, Mexico
  • Hacienda Uxmal Plantation and Museum (1673) Yucatan, Mexico
  • Alfiz Hotel (17th Century) Cartagena, Colombia
  • Fairmont Le Château Frontenac (1893) Québec City, Canada
  • The Omni King Edward Hotel (1903) Toronto, Canada
  • Alvear Palace Hotel (1932) Buenos Aires, Argentina

“It is an honor to congratulate all the 2018 award nominees,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “The nominee finalists exemplify the finest historic hotels and hoteliers from the across the United States and from around the world. The historic hotels nominated include small historic inns, boutique hotels, lifestyle hotels, and resorts. They represent small towns to large cities to UNESCO World Heritage destinations. We applaud the dedication and passion of the thousands of individuals working at these iconic and legendary hotels that keep the stories alive from the past and make staying or celebrating special occasions at these historic hotels memorable experiences.”

Tickets for The Historic Hotels 2018 Annual Awards of Excellence and Gala Dinner are available. The Awards Ceremony and Dinner will take place at The Broadmoor (1918) in Colorado Springs, Colorado on November 1, 2018 at 7 pm. Tickets for the 2018 Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner are $350 for one seat and $2,800 per table (for 8 seats). To register for the ceremony and gala, please contact Stephanie Calhoun This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +1 202 772 8336. 


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