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VANCOUVER, B.C. (September 8, 2022) https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/yvrjw-jw-marriott-parq-vancouver/overview/ Click to follow link.">JW Marriott Parq Vancouver took its third consecutive win as British Columbia’s Leading Business Hotel. The World Travel Awards announced the results of its annual awards programme, recognizing the most prestigious travel, tourism, and hospitality industries in the world.

Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards acknowledges and celebrates excellence across all key sectors of travel. Every year, travel professionals, media and consumers are invited to vote for their favourite travel brands. Categories cover the travel and tourism industry, and range from hotels, resorts and destinations to airlines and tour operators.

“We’re honored to be named British Columbia’s Leading Business Hotel three years in a row”, says Graeme Benn, dual property general manager, JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection. “Whether groups are gathering for large-scale meetings or sophisticated events, we’re proud to offer amenities to accommodate the needs of both the business and leisure traveler. As Vancouver’s business destination in the heart of the entertainment district, we look forward to continuing to offer guests 5-star luxury and comfort at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver.”

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver is known as downtown Vancouver’s preferred luxury meetings and events destination. The hotel boasts more than 60,000 square feet of well-appointed indoor and outdoor urban event space. With 13 separate event rooms, 22 breakout rooms, and the largest-capacity space, the Parq Grand Ballroom, can hold up to 1,144 guests. Showcasing 23-foot ceilings and stunning chandeliers, the ballroom displays modern simplicity while reflecting luxury expected of the JW Marriott brand. Totalling 15,604 square feet, this event space is the largest hotel ballroom in Vancouver.

JW Marriott is part of the cultural hub of Parq Vancouver, which is also home to the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection, six discerning restaurants and lounges, an elevated sixth-floor park, Spa by JW and a casino.

 
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OSOYOOS, B.C. (September 19, 2022) – Watermark Beach Resort is thrilled to welcome David McBean as general manager, effective immediately.

McBean is the perfect fit to lead the Watermark Beach Resort team, bringing over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He holds an International Sommelier Guild (ISG) – Level One accreditation, and throughout his career has transitioned seamlessly between global brands and independent properties.

“I’m thrilled to join the incredible team at Watermark Beach Resort,” said McBean. “I know Watermark has all the ingredients to becoming a world-class resort and destination. As a Southern Okanagan resident, I see the resort’s relationships with the surrounding regions and partners, and how it has brought value to the local community. I’m excited to continue building on the strong foundation Watermark has developed over the years.”

Having worked at every level of guest services and hotel operations, McBean began his hospitality career as an elevator operator at the CN Tower in Toronto, his hometown. Upon graduating from the Hospitality and Tourism Administration program at Centennial College, he joined Fairmont Lake Louise, which set the stage for a lifelong career in hospitality. “Six months turned into five years,” joked McBean, referring to his time in Alberta. “I had the opportunity to see how a resort truly operates during my time at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, which inspired me to pursue a lifelong path in hospitality.” McBean's commitment to excellence, passion for developing and delivering remarkable guest experiences and building high performing teams is the perfect fit for Watermark Beach Resort.

Since then, McBean has held leadership roles in revenue management and operations with respected brands such as Delta Hotels in Vancouver, and Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre, where he was instrumental in transitioning the Resort from a branded property to an independent hotel. Most recently, he held the director of operations role at Spirit Ridge, Unbound Collection by Hyatt, in Osoyoos.

McBean’s success as a hotelier can be partly attributed to his excitement in meeting international visitors, and his appreciation for global cultures. An avid traveller and keen foodie, he has visited over 60 countries, and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Today, McBean is excited to share his expertise with the Watermark family as they grow into the brand’s next transformation.

 
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VANCOUVER, B.C. (September 8, 2022) JW Marriott Parq Vancouver took its third consecutive win as British Columbia’s Leading Business Hotel. The World Travel Awards announced the results of its annual awards programme, recognizing the most prestigious travel, tourism, and hospitality industries in the world.

Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards acknowledges and celebrates excellence across all key sectors of travel. Every year, travel professionals, media and consumers are invited to vote for their favourite travel brands. Categories cover the travel and tourism industry, and range from hotels, resorts and destinations to airlines and tour operators.

“We’re honored to be named British Columbia’s Leading Business Hotel three years in a row”, says Graeme Benn, dual property general manager, JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection. “Whether groups are gathering for large-scale meetings or sophisticated events, we’re proud to offer amenities to accommodate the needs of both the business and leisure traveler. As Vancouver’s business destination in the heart of the entertainment district, we look forward to continuing to offer guests 5-star luxury and comfort at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver.”

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver is known as downtown Vancouver’s preferred luxury meetings and events destination. The hotel boasts more than 60,000 square feet of well-appointed indoor and outdoor urban event space. With 13 separate event rooms, 22 breakout rooms, and the largest-capacity space, the Parq Grand Ballroom, can hold up to 1,144 guests. Showcasing 23-foot ceilings and stunning chandeliers, the ballroom displays modern simplicity while reflecting luxury expected of the JW Marriott brand. Totalling 15,604 square feet, this event space is the largest hotel ballroom in Vancouver.

JW Marriott is part of the cultural hub of Parq Vancouver, which is also home to the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection, six discerning restaurants and lounges, an elevated sixth-floor park, Spa by JW and a casino.

For more information about the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, or to arrange an interview with Graeme Benn, please contact Nicole Kennedy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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September 2nd, 2022 – CALGARY  – Travelodge Canada is pleased to announce the opening of its latest property in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. The Travelodge by Wyndham Prince Albert adds further to the more than 100 Travelodge by Wyndham and Thriftlodge branded hotels across Canada.

The Travelodge by Wyndham Prince Albert opened to guests on Wednesday, August 24th with 93 well-equipped guest rooms and ample meeting spaces that can host a wide variety of weddings and conferences. In addition, the property offers fantastic guest amenities that include an onsite restaurant – The Uncle Bux, 24-hour security, free parking, a complementary shuttle service to many local establishments, and free WiFi throughout the building.

“This new property in the heart of Prince Albert will provide our guests with a fantastic location to take in all of the areas local culture and attractions.” said Trevor Hagel, Executive Vice President, Operations, Travelodge Canada. “Working alongside the Cumberland House Cree Nation and Chief Rene Chaboyer, to open this property as the first Indigenous owned Travelodge in Canada has been a privilege for our entire team. We are all thrilled to welcome them into the Travelodge family.”

“We kind of saw a diamond in the rough here,” Cumberland House Cree Nation Chief Rene Chaboyer told reporters. “My end goal is to get my First Nation to be a sovereign government not so much an INAC [Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada] band that relies on the federal government and their policies,” Chaboyer said. “To be successful in that way you need economic development.”

This is the third Canadian property opening for Travelodge by Wyndham brand in 2022, with several more properties scheduled to join the existing operation of more than 100 Travelodge by Wyndham and Thriftlodge branded hotels across the country in the coming weeks.

 
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HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—Canada’s monthly hotel occupancy came in higher than the 2019 comparable for the first time in the pandemic era, according to STR’s July 2022 data.

July 2022 (percentage change from July 2019)

Occupancy: 75.5% (+0.3%)

Average daily rate (ADR): CAD214.77 (+16.1%)

Revenue per available room (RevPAR): CAD162.11 (+16.4%)

In addition to the improvement in occupancy, monthly ADR topped CAD200 for the first time on record, and RevPAR was at an all-time high. When adjusted for inflation, ADR was also up from 2019 for the first time.

“Canada’s hotel industry reached a number of recovery milestones in July, and trends remained consistent from the month prior with transient leisure demand serving as the primary driver of performance,” said Laura Baxter, CoStar Group’s director of hospitality analytics for Canada. CoStar Group is the parent company of STR.

“Improvements in weekday demand contributed to the uptick in occupancy, with strong leisure volume on the weekdays as well as the weekends,” Baxter said. “Weekday demand is less indicative of corporate demand strength given the summer holiday period. Anecdotally though, hoteliers are reporting a rebound in corporate travel but not quite at 2019 levels. Group demand continued its upward path, reaching 90% of July 2019 levels, again a pandemic-era high. There was, however, fewer group room nights sold compared with June, which is a typical seasonal trend. More pent-up group demand is expected in the fall, along with further improvements to the recovery index.”

Among the provinces and territories, Prince Edward Island recorded the highest July occupancy level (91.9%), which was 9.3% above the pre-pandemic comparable.

Among the major markets, Vancouver saw the highest occupancy (84.7%), which was a 4.2% decrease from 2019.

 

The lowest occupancy among provinces was reported in Saskatchewan (64.2%), up 2.8% against 2019. At the market-level, the lowest occupancy was reported in Edmonton (+8.3% to 60.7%).

“The recovery of international travel demand is well on its way, with Statistics Canada reporting that inbound international air travel to Canada neared pre-pandemic levels in June and July,” Baxter said. “Overall, the outlook for the rest of the year is positive, with the recovery of lagging segments inching closer to 2019 levels. Full-year occupancy is currently forecasted to reach 60% in 2022, while ADR is expected to reach $179. Based on stronger-than-anticipated occupancy and ADR growth, the long-term position has improved, with full-year RevPAR now expected to be in line with pre-pandemic results this year. However, adjusting for inflation extends the full recovery position by a few years. The possibility of a recession and any downward pressure on key metrics related to the pandemic remains a downside risk to the forecast.”

 

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