OAKLAND, N.J. – Amerlux has added two new members to its stunning Rook family of aluminum pendants and wall mounts, including an exterior architectural wall mount that allows designers and architects to create a sleek, uniform design from the inside out.

The Rook X, an exterior wall-mount cylinder with a 2.7-inch aperture, and the Rook 250, an interior pendant with a 2.5-inch aperture, continue the Rook product family’s heritage of translating the control, performance and comfort of Amerlux’s award-winning downlights into sophisticated new formats.

“Ideal choices for commercial, retail, hospitality and high-end residential applications, the Rook X and Rook 250 ensure a sleek, uniform composition for nearly every space—starting inside, finishing out,” said Bill Plageman, Amerlux’s VP of Marketing. “The Rook 250 spectacularly delivers another option for delivering control and output in balance inside, while the Rook X’s weather-proof capabilities take the family someplace it has never been before: outside.”

Rook X Exterior Wall Mount

The clean-styling Rook X exterior wall mount cylinder offers a 2.7-inch aperture in dual output (up/down light) or single-sided (up-light or down-light only) configuration. Domestically engineered with precision-machined extruded aluminum housing and five elegant, discrete finishes, the Rook X blends in gorgeously with any architectural façade and adds beauty, character and focus to modern and traditional outdoor structures.
Facility managers applaud the Rook X because it has seamless sides and no visible hardware, ensuring water-tight, long-lasting durability in all weather conditions. Contractors also love the exterior wall-mount because it has an integral driver that simplifies installation and a thin diecast backplate that keeps the fixture snug against the wall.

Various optical accessories, beam shaping films and a hexcell louver can be changed or added in the field. In addition, a range of color temperatures (i.e., 2700K to 4000K) ensures it’s a pleasant addition to any landscaping environment.

Rook 250 Interior Round Pendant

The Rook 250 interior round pendant is a beautiful, slender solution ideal for open-ceiling applications where downlight performance is required in a more strikingly decorative manner.

Maximizing a 2.5-inch aperture, the Rook 250 complements Amerlux’s line of pendant cylinder solutions with a constant aperture appearance, quiet ceiling design and optical performance in two distinct sizes: full (9-inch height) and mini (just under 4½-inch in height).

Built with integral drivers, the fixture offers quick and easy installation and can control direct and indirect lighting separately. Single-point suspension and surface and single-circuit track mounting options are available, as are several performance outputs and finishes that stir and grab attention.

Meanwhile, the Rook 250 Mini Frame Mount offers a remote driver in the most convenient location: above the fixture. Perfect for a trimless, clean and minimal aesthetic, the Rook 250 Mini Frame Mount allows for more driver options and accommodates EM battery packs.

More Rook Options, More Memorable Experiences

Architects and designers don’t have to go far to find other opportunities to add to their spaces using Rook’s complete family of interior and exterior lighting solutions:

Amerlux’s Rook 3.5" Round Pendant

Amerlux’s Rook 3.5" Round Pendant with Dim-To-Warm

Amerlux’s Rook 3.5" Square Pendant

Amerlux’s Rook 3.5" Square Pendant with Dim-To-Warm

Amerlux’s Rook 4.75" Round Pendant

Amerlux’s Rook 3.5" Round and Square Interior Wall Mounts

For more information about the company’s lighting solutions, call Amerlux at 973.850.4342.


International travel from Europe was set to make a promising start to recovery in 2022. However, chaos at many European airports is likely to hinder growth as queues and cancellations are quickly becoming air travel norms, says GlobalData. The leading data and analytics company notes that airlines failing to adequately prepare for travel’s great comeback has resulted in staff shortages.

Hannah Free, Travel and Tourism Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “International departures from European countries are expected to reach 69% of 2019 figures in 2022, according to GlobalData forecasts. While destinations are eager to welcome visitors, supply simply cannot meet demand following extreme staffing deficits and industrial disputes, which has coincided with a rebound in international travel.”

As well as observed chaos and cancellations at several European airports, the travel industry’s recovery is also contending with other challenges including inflation, the rising cost of living, and the Russia-Ukraine conflict. All these challenges are likely to significantly dampen travel demand.

Free continues: “Airports like London Heathrow and Amsterdam’s Schiphol have been forced to ask airlines to cut flights, while many carriers have had to pre-emptively cull their schedules by the thousands, affecting millions of holidaymakers. easyJet has reportedly cut more than 11,000 flights from its summer schedule. Meanwhile, British Airways has now cancelled 13% of its summer schedule, following a statement on July 6, 2022, that the company is to axe another 10,300 short-haul flights up to the end of October 2022.”

Both easyJet and British Airways have cited staff shortages as the reason for culling flights. However, when looking at British Airways’ hiring trends, the airline may have failed to adequately prepare for a rebound in travel demand this summer. In November 2021, British Airways announced that it would be increasing its workforce by 15%, adding around 4,000 personnel including pilots, cabin crew, ground staff and back-office roles as part of a recruitment drive to prepare for COVID-19 recovery.

However, the recruitment drive has fallen short after British Airways reportedly cut as many as 10,000 jobs during the pandemic. Furthermore, according to hiring trends data on GlobalData’s Job Analytics Database, British Airways had not increased the number of job postings (active jobs) on its career pages until at least March 2022. GlobalData found that active job postings declined by 18.4% between November 2021 and February 2022.

Free adds: “While this example looks specifically at British Airways, it should be emphasized that this is an industry-wide issue with massive staff shortages, following cuts during the pandemic, causing major issues for several airlines. The interconnected nature of the tourism ecosystem - which sees hotels, airlines, car rental firms, tour operators, cruise lines and others dependent on each other along the traveller journey - means that disruption issues at any point along this chain has the potential to negatively affect the others. Unfortunately, prolonged financial hardship for a number of industry players is the corollary of cancelled flights.”


July 6, 2022 – CALGARY –Travelodge Canada is pleased to announce the opening of its most recent property in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Regina further adds to the more than 100 Travelodge by Wyndham and Thriftlodge branded hotels across Canada.

The Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Regina opened its doors to guests on Wednesday, June 29th with 76 well equipped guest rooms. The property offers guests fantastic amenities such as free breakfast, free parking, complementary WiFi and an all-hours coffee/tea station. Guests will also enjoy access to the on-site fitness and business centers and pet friendly rooms.

“This property is a tremendous example of our Travelodge by Wyndham properties serving as the ideal Basecamp for Adventure.” said Trevor Hagel, Executive Vice President, Operations, Travelodge Canada. “The central location of this property provides guests fantastic access to some of the top attractions that Regina has to offer such as Mosaic Stadium, the Saskatchewan Science Centre and the lakefront park of Wascana Centre.”

This opening marks the first new property opening for the band in 2022, with several more properties scheduled to join the brands current operation of more than 100 Travelodge by Wyndham and Thriftlodge branded hotels across the country over the coming months.


VERNON, BC -- Hollypark Hotels Corporation, a Vernon-based hotel and property development firm, today announced the acquisition of the Kanata Kelowna Hotel & Conference Centre. The transaction was completed on June 10, 2022.

The Kanata Kelowna Hotel & Conference Centre is a 190-room hotel with over 5,000 square feet of conference space. The hotel originally opened in 1993 with 120 rooms and underwent a 70-room expansion in a 7-storey tower and parkade in 2010.

“We’re excited about acquiring this hotel in such a prime location in midtown Kelowna,” stated Sam Dhillon, Hollypark’s 35-year old CEO. “I believe that growth in tourism volume to the Kelowna area will outpace most Canadian markets over the next decade. We’re betting big on the hotel sector after two years of uncertainty in the industry.”

Hollypark will unveil plans later this year to overhaul and transform the property to an internationally recognized hotel brand. The hospitality company also owns and operates the Fairfield by Marriott hotels in Vernon and Salmon Arm, BC, which the company developed and constructed in 2013 and 2021, respectively.

Hollypark was advised and represented in the transaction by Peter Macpherson of Farris LLP, Tyler Krenz of Grant Thornton LLP, and Mack Hair of Macdonald Realty, all based in Kelowna.

“I understand this is the second highest price ever paid for a hotel in BC outside of the lower mainland, after the Grand Okanagan Resort sold in 2008. The market sentiment continues to be bullish on Kelowna and the Okanagan in general,” added Mack Hair, who was previously involved in the sale of two other prominent Kelowna hotels, Hotel Eldorado, and the Best Western Plus.


July 7, 2022 (Calgary, AB) – Post Hotel & Spa is pleased to announce that they have been awarded Wine Spectator’s Grand Award for the 21st consecutive year. The Grand Award wine program, which has been presented to the hotel annually since 2002, is under the direction of Cellar Master, Misun Bu and Sommelier, Julian Simard-Gillis. Since the previous owners, George & André Schwarz sold the hotel in November 2021, George is still overseeing the wine program on a consulting basis. The new owners, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR) are committed to continue the wine program as before.

“We are dedicated to maintaining the long-standing reputation of one of the most notable wine cellars in Canada and upholding the incredible legacy of hospitality the Post Hotel & Spa is known for,” says Larkin O’Connor, President of CRMR. The dining room at Post Hotel & Spa is one of four Canadian restaurants to be bestowed the honour Wine Spectator’s Grand Award.

The wine cellar is located in the basement of the original 1940’s log lodge and is easily accessed from the Dining Room. Guests are in awe when they descend to the cellar and view the vast array of 20,500 bottles comprising of 2,473 labels. “Many bottles are ageing and are not yet listed, including both our Bordeaux and Burgundy collections from the 2017 and 2018 vintages,” says Bu. “Of special note, more than 95% of our wines were acquired at release and have been stored in our cellar since.” Surrounded by rack-filled walls, the main area of the cellar features a beautiful, custom-made table, ideal for special wine tastings and private dinners for up to 14 guests. Smaller storage areas in the cellar are cordoned-off with antique wrought-iron gates, each section housing carefully chosen treasures from the world’s greatest wine regions. Of course, the cellar is temperature and humidity controlled.

The Post Hotel & Spa wine program continues under the guidance and consultation of George Schwarz. Misun Bu has been the Cellar Master in charge of the beverage team since 2017 alongside Sommelier Julian Simard-Gillis who joined in 2018. Julian has recently won The Chaine des Rôtisseurs Young Sommeliers of Canada competition and will be going on to compete at the international competition in Europe later this year. Their dedication and knowledge have been greatly respected by management and guests. Misun, Julian and their team are always on hand in the dining room to assist guests with knowledgeable wine recommendations throughout their stay.


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