Montreal, July 12 2017- Group Germain Hotels is pleased to announce several new appointments within the organization.  The Canadian business, rapidly growing from coast to coast, is proud to count on their talented team of professionals who are committed more than ever to promoting the Alt and Le Germain hotel banners.

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Monique Strouvens, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing

A graduate in tourism, Monique is passionate about the trends and new technologies that shape the travel industry. Her 30 years of experience in the hotel industry make her a true leader. She joined Group Germain Hotels in the winter of 2017 to oversee all promotion, sales, distribution and marketing activities in order to maximize the company’s growth in the market.

Christina Baldassare, Marketing Director

Christina is a seasoned marketing manager with more than 15 years of experience in the development and management of products and brands. Her expertise in business development, communication, marketing, media  creativity and event organization make her a valuable resource for Group Germain Hotels. Christina is responsible for developing and implementing the marketing strategy for the Group as a whole in order to ensure strong brand positioning for both hotel banners. She oversees advertising campaigns and the design of various promotional tools.

Marie Pier Germain, Director of Operations

A graduate in mechanical engineering, with a Master’s Degree from the McGill-HEC EMBA program, Marie Pier has been an active member of the family business since 2006. She began her career in Calgary during construction of the Le Germain Hotel real estate complex, taking on key roles that ensured the project’s success. In the years that followed, she went on to manage the team of architects, designers and engineers responsible for the construction and renovation of the company’s hotels, and then took the helm of Alt Hotel Montreal in 2016 as General Manager. Today as Director of Operations, she manages the company’s properties located in the greater Montreal region in addition to overseeing the design and architecture of hotels under construction.

Julie Brisebois, General Manager, Alt Hotel Montreal

Julie’s passion for customer service is a result of working in the hotel industry since 2004. She began her career at Le Germain Hotel Montreal before taking over as General Manager of Alt Hotel Quartier DIX30 in Brossard, and then as General Manager of Alt Hotel Montreal when the hotel opened its doors in 2014. In 2016, Julie set out to Ottawa in order to manage the opening of the brand new Alt Hotel, ensuring the general management was in good hands. One year later, she once again took the helm of Alt Hotel Montreal, succeeding Marie Pier Germain.

Jean Philip Dupré, General Manager, Alt Hotel Ottawa

A graduate  in industrial relations, Jean Philip built a solid background in operations management and training in the retail sector before entering the hotel industry where he quickly climbed the ranks. He joined Group Germain Hotels in 2015 as Director of Housekeeping at Alt Hotel Winnipeg, integrating the team responsible for the opening of the hotel. He went on to serve as Director of Rooms at Alt Hotel Winnipeg, Director of Operations for the opening of Alt Hotel Ottawa and then as Business Development Manager at Alt Hotel Winnipeg. Since April 2017 Jean Philip has been at the helm of Alt Hotel Ottawa, a role he has taken on with pride since at 27 years old he is the Group’s youngest General Manager.


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. 


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