VANCOUVER, BC - September 27, 2019-

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, an architectural landmark in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, completed the final phase of a five-year $75M renovation project with the unveiling of its newly redesigned Fairmont Gold, the brand’s exclusive ‘hotel within a hotel’ experience. Located on the ninth and fourteenth floors of the heritage building with a private lounge that features dedicated concierge service, Fairmont Gold is designed to fulfill the needs of discerning travelers, ensuring their stay is nothing short of unforgettable. “There is much to celebrate in 2019 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver,” said Adam Laker, General Manager, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. “We marked our 80th anniversary in May, followed by the launch of our redesigned Fairmont Gold offering and the completion of the hotel’s renovation project. We are elated to be able to provide our guests with elevated personalized service in a space that honours the grandeur and original architecture of the hotel, while featuring modern touches and amenities. We feel a sense of duty to ensure that the history of the hotel is not just preserved but highlighted throughout, and with this new Fairmont Gold I believe we have accomplished that.”  

Contemporary Design Married with Traditional Heritage

After delivering the award-winning restoration of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Fourteenth Floor Heritage Suites, CHIL Interior Design was commissioned to reimagine the Fairmont Gold experience showcasing a contemporary design that would seamlessly blend with the hotel’s heritage. Included in the redesign project was the ninth floor private lounge, and 50 guest rooms, including three-bedroom suites featuring a living room, kitchen, and dining room which can seat up to 10 guests. The guest rooms utilize a palette of deep navy blues, heather gray, gold metals and marbles, and feature luxurious axminster wool custom carpets with large scale patterns. Special attention was paid to existing architectural elements such as the original plaster crown mouldings, woodwork, decorative built-in fireplaces and shelving. Where inconsistencies appeared, artisans were brought in to replicate and repair the old world details. The guest rooms also feature modern amenities, and multifunctional pieces that can be used for dining, conversational seating and relaxing.

 “We were inspired by the hotel’s Royal Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939, and wanted the design concept to celebrate the historical significance and prominence while selectively updating elements to their original grandeur,” says Adele Rankin, Principal and Design Lead, CHIL Interior Design. “Our goal was to honour the important events that have taken place under the hotel’s magnificent copper roof, reflecting opulence but in a contemporary fashion to give a unique personality. It’s a project that we all fell in love with.”  

Boutique Experience

The Fairmont Gold experience begins with private check-in, located on the hotel’s ninth floor at the entrance to the private Fairmont Gold Lounge, which provides a warm relaxing atmosphere and feeling of home for guests to unwind. The dedicated concierge team is on hand to assist in creating a truly unforgettable stay, from securing reservations at Vancouver’s best restaurants, to itinerary planning and even delivering coffee with a morning wake up call, if a guest so desires. In addition, Fairmont Gold amenities include a pillow concierge to ensure the perfect slumber, complimentary shoe shine services, and a complimentary piece of pressing.

Vancouver-Inspired Culinary Offerings for Lounge

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Executive Chef Colin Burslem carefully curated rotating culinary offerings that give guests of Fairmont Gold an opportunity to sample locally sourced and produced fare. With a selection of dishes representing Vancouver’s diverse culture such as dim sum and sushi, others represent the hotel’s own culinary history showcasing beloved classics like prime rib stuffed Yorkshire pudding and French onion soup.  Served in the Fairmont Gold Lounge, the all-day culinary experience is complimentary and includes deluxe European breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres, and mid-afternoon and late-night snacks, along with refreshments and an honour bar.   

What’s Gold Is New Again Stay Package

Guest can be among the first to experience the newly redesigned Fairmont Gold, and enjoy 20% off when booking before December 31, 2019, for stays until April 30, 2020. For more information or reservations, please visit or call 1 866 540 4452.


CALGARY – September 24, 2019 – Fairmont Hot Springs Resort has invested in new snowmaking technology that will significantly extend the upcoming 2019/2020 ski season at the Resort. The major investment will allow the Resort to open its runs earlier and to remain operational later into the spring.

“Our new snowmaking equipment doubles Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s capacity to create first-class snow,” said Vivek Sharma, CEO, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. “With this new technology, which is used for major events like the Olympic Games, we will be able to make snow in warmer conditions to open the hill earlier, keep the hill open later and deliver more consistent snow conditions for years to come.”

Ski Area Manager Peter Harding, who has been with the Resort for more than three decades in various capacities, remembers when the original snowmaking system was installed in 1979. Forty years later, the latest in snowmaking technology will open exciting possibilities for the Resort, including the potential to offer more pre-season training to junior ski and snowboard teams.

“Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s ski area is perfect for all ages and abilities. I often see kids I used to teach on this hill coming back as adults with children of their own,” shared Harding. “I am thrilled that with this new snowmaking equipment, we can continue welcoming generations back to the Resort and provide even more kids with an incredible ski and guest experience.”

Above and beyond great snow and an extended ski season, the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area offers an equipment rentals and ski shop, tube and terrain parks, a snow school, delicious slope-side dining, and striking views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains and Columbia Valley. Ski tickets and passes also include complimentary access to the Resort’s natural mineral hot springs pools. With three ski lifts and 14 runs ranging from green to black diamond, the Resort offers something for everyone.

Early bird pricing on ski season passes is available now until October 31, 2019. For more information, please visit


Columbus, OH – September 12, 2019 – Red Roof® has announced that Greg Aden is expanding his role with Red Roof and will be joining the team as Consultant, Franchise Development, West Coast and will be leading franchise development for the Western United States. Greg brings more than 30 years of hospitality experience plus financial services knowledge and leadership coaching to the organization.

Greg is a former Vice President of Franchise Development-Western US with IHG where he led strategic franchise development for five globally recognized brands and provided mentoring and leadership for seven regional directors. At IHG, Greg was recognized as the most prolific franchise development person in company history, setting sales records as he provided top-level client service and created genuine franchisee relationships.

Greg owns Aden Leadership, a coaching and consulting firm focused on guiding top performers and leaders to create a positive impact in the world of development and leadership. Using an authentic language and behavioral approach, Greg’s coaching incorporates transformational methods to help his clients find their true sense of purpose and perform at their highest and best selves. 

Greg is based in Denver, Colorado where he enjoys life with his two boys, Brooks and Jackson. 


San Francisco, September 17, 2019—Sandman Hotel Group, Canada’s fastest growing hospitality company, has officially partnered with Duetto, a hospitality revenue platform with a best-in-class pricing application, to maximize profitability across its entire portfolio of hotels, resorts, and inns.

Sandman, which operates The Sutton Place Hotels, Sandman Signature Hotels & Resorts, and Sandman Hotels, Inns & Suites, is implementing the technology firm’s pricing application, GameChanger; its solution for intelligent reporting, ScoreBoard; and its groups business application, BlockBuster.

With more than 50 Hotels, Resorts, Inns, and Suites, from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador, the US, and the UK, and with several properties under development, Sandman is Canada’s fastest-growing, privately-owned hospitality company.

Duetto’s revenue strategy platform brings together core technologies and data to make them accessible through multi-tenant cloud architecture, powering a suite of applications delivering a holistic revenue strategy that increases organizational efficiency, revenue and profitability.

Sandman will use ScoreBoard to quickly and efficiently produce and share multi-property reports such as financial forecasts and budgets, leading to more accurate reporting and streamlined operations.

With GameChanger, the company plans to yield rates independently by property and stay date, room type, booking channel and customer segment, driving increased revenue, profit and efficiency. Using BlockBuster will help Sandman bring together sales and revenue management to effectively yield group bookings and optimize contracted business.

"We were looking for a modern application to enable innovative strategies throughout the organization," says Michael McNames, Director of Revenue at Sandman Hotel Group. "We are confident in Duetto's best-in-class technology, but perhaps more importantly, it was a cultural fit for an agile company proving to be cutting-edge market leaders."

“Sandman Hotel Group is an innovative industry leader eager to empower their teams with the right resources,” says Patrick Bosworth, CEO and co-founder at Duetto. “We're excited to help them along a journey of making more informed decisions to maximize opportunities.”

In addition to the newly opened Sandman Signature Plano – Frisco Hotel, US (Sandman’s first hotel in Texas and the United States); Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel, UK (Sandman’s first hotel in Scotland and third in the UK); Sandman Signature St. John’s Hotel, NL; Sandman Signature Calgary Airport Hotel, AB; and Sandman Signature Ottawa Airport Hotel, ON, Sandman has also announced new Canadian hotels in Sherwood Park, AB; Saskatoon, SK; and Winnipeg, MB.


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