ATLANTA (October 13, 2020) – IHG®(InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announced today the latest in international expansion for its avid hotels brand – the groundbreaking for the first Canadian property located in Vaughan, a suburb of Toronto. The property is owned by PI Cap and is part of a robust pipeline of new avid hotels currently under development across Canada. There are more than a dozen avid hotels now open and welcoming guests, including the first property in Mexico, and 90 properties under construction or with plans approved for construction across Canada, the United States and Mexico.    

Expected to open by spring 2022, the new avid hotel in Vaughan will offer 119 rooms across six floors. Located in a high traffic, high visibility area, the hotel is just minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport, convenient to many area shopping centers and restaurants, with easy access to neighboring Brampton, Etobicoke and Bolton. Vaughan has long been recognized as one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada and is home to Canada’s Wonderland theme park which draws millions of visitors to the area each year.

Karen Gilbride, Vice President, avid hotels and Atwell Suites™, IHG, commented: “On behalf of IHG and our thousands of colleagues, I congratulate PI Cap on this milestone for the avid hotels brand in Canada. There are great things on the horizon as travelers continue to visit newly opened hotels and discover the avid hotels’ experience, which is all about the basics done exceptionally well and delivered at a fair price. We believe this mainstream brand will continue to resonate strongly with hotel owners due to the lower cost to build, efficient staffing model and overall operating economics in the current environment and for years to come.”

Sherjang Singh Rana, co-owner PI Cap, commented: “Bringing the avid hotels brand to the growing city of Vaughan is a tremendous achievement for our company.”

Sandeep Ahuja, co-owner PI Cap, commented: “While we have deep roots throughout Canada and are known and trusted for our expertise in personal and business insurance, this property marks our first venture into the hospitality industry, and we are excited to partner with IHG to introduce the avid brand to Canadian consumers. We look forward to welcoming our first guests at this new property soon.”

Launched in 2017, avid hotels is one of IHG’s newest brands in the midscale, mainstream category and has grown rapidly with more than 200 new hotel properties signed since launch. The brand is purpose-built and offers the type of hospitality its guests value most – the essentials that make a difference and experiences that feel just right, every time. Guests at avid hotels properties can expect a superior stay, including a great night’s sleep in a clean room, a grab-and-go, complimentary breakfast, and seamless technology. 

IHG understands that cleanliness is top of mind for today’s traveler. The company’s longstanding commitment to rigorous cleaning procedures includes the IHG Way of Clean program developed with Ecolab and Diversey, both world leaders in hygiene and cleaning technologies. The program, launched in 2015, features deep cleaning with hospital-grade disinfectants as well as new COVID-19 protocols and best practices, developed with experts from the Cleveland Clinic. As a part of the IHG family of brands, avid hotels properties offer guests additional peace of mind with the IHG Clean Promise– guests can be reassured that their room will meet IHG’s high standards of cleanliness. If not, the hotel will make it right. Learn more about IHG’s new cleanliness initiatives and guest programs here.

To learn more about the brand and book with avid hotels for an upcoming trip, click here.


NORTHBROOK, Ill.Oct. 16, 2020—The Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, today announced the latest list of 75 facilities that have achieved GBAC STAR™ accreditation. Tucson Airport Authority in Tucson, Ariz., UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisc., the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky., Hyatt properties around the world, and many more join a growing list of accredited facilities.

“Facilities that achieve GBAC STAR have proven that their approach to cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention will protect building visitors, residents, and employees,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “And because accreditation is renewed annually, these organizations demonstrate they are committed to continually improving their programs.”

GBAC STAR accreditation means that a facility knows how to prepare, respond, and recover from infectious disease outbreaks and biohazard situations. The program, which is designed for facilities of all types and sizes, outlines 20 program elements that each have specific performance and guidance criteria for facilities to meet to earn accreditation. The GBAC STAR Facility Directory includes a list of all facilities that are GBAC STAR accredited and those that have committed to achieve accreditation.

The following facilities have earned GBAC STAR accreditation this week:


  • Tucson Airport Authority in Tucson, Ariz.


  • Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Calgary
  • UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Convention Centers

  • Bojangles Entertainment Complex in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.
  • Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.
  • Safe Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Distribution Facilities

  • Hill & Markes in Amsterdam, N.Y.


  • Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
  • Best Western PLUS Pavilions Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.
  • Diamonds Thudufushi Maldives in South Ari Atoll, Maldives
  • Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel in New York
  • Gleneagles Hotel, a Leading Hotels of the World member property, in Perthshire, Scotland
  • Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Atlanta
  • Grand Hyatt Bali in Bali, Indonesia
  • Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver
  • Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas in Doha, Qatar
  • Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas
  • Grand Hyatt Shenzhen in Shenzhen, China
  • Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.
  • Hotel Edison in New York
  • Hotel Okura Amsterdam, a Leading Hotels of the World member property, in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Hyatt at Olive 8 in Seattle
  • Hyatt Centric Downtown Minneapolis in Minneapolis
  • Hyatt Centric Old Town Alexandria in Alexandria, Va.
  • Hyatt House Chicago/West Loop-Fulton Market in Chicago
  • Hyatt House Cypress/Anaheim in Cypress, Calif.
  • Hyatt Place Asheville/Downtown in Asheville, N.C.
  • Hyatt Place Atlanta Perimeter Center in Atlanta
  • Hyatt Place Austin Downtown in Austin, Texas
  • Hyatt Place Chantilly/Dulles Airport-South in Chantilly, Va.
  • Hyatt Place Charlottesville in Charlottesville, Va.
  • Hyatt Place Flushing/LaGuardia Airport in Flushing, N.Y.
  • Hyatt Place Fort Worth/Cityview in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Hyatt Place Las Vegas at Silverton Village in Las Vegas
  • Hyatt Place Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia
  • Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Fla.
  • Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport in Tempe, Ariz.
  • Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia
  • Hyatt Regency Al Kout Mall in Ahmadi, Kuwait
  • Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa And Casino in Palm Beach, Aruba
  • Hyatt Regency Bellevue On Seattle's Eastside in Bellevue, Wash.
  • Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Md.
  • Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago
  • Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center in Denver
  • Hyatt Regency Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
  • Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort And Spa in Lost Pines, Texas
  • Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Hyatt Regency Mexico City in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Hyatt Regency Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis
  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, Calif.
  • Hyatt Regency Seattle in Seattle
  • Hyatt Regency Toronto in Toronto, Ontario
  • Hyatt Regency Valencia in Santa Clarita, Calif.
  • Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Park Hyatt Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, Calif.
  • Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash.
  • The Marker Hotel, a Leading Hotels of the World member property, in Dublin, Ireland
  • Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, Calif.
  • Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, S.C.


  • Pizza Inn in Hobbs, N.M.

Retail Locations

  • Golf Grips Depot in Port Richey, Fla.
  • The Avenue East Cobb in Marietta, Ga.
  • The Avenue Peachtree City in Peachtree City, Ga.
  • The Avenue West Cobb in Marietta, Ga.


  • Miller High Life Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Worship Facilities

  • East Valley JCC in Chandler, Ariz.
  • Passion City Church in Atlanta.

“We’ve seen tremendous interest in GBAC STAR from facilities around the world,” said ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “By helping organizations understand how to document and execute their cleaning procedures, we’re paving the way for a healthier and safer world.”

To apply for GBAC STAR facility accreditation or for more information, visit

To learn which facilities have earned or plan to earn accreditation, view the GBAC STAR Facility Directory.


Montreal, October 8, 2020 – A pioneer of boutique hotels in Canada, Germain Hotels is proud to offer innovative solutions to meet the new reality of workplace and business. Hotel rooms becoming spaces conducive to remote work, a room equipped with the best web conferencing equipment, contactless check-in kiosks, these are examples that once again illustrate the spirit of innovation and agility that drives Germain Hotels.

Provide a space for efficient remote work

For some, working from home turns out to be a real headache: lack of space, unsuitable environment, renovations, etc., Germain Hotels therefore offers daily rental for safe and efficient hotel work. Workstation with ergonomic chair, Wi-Fi, Chromecast device, unlimited Nespresso coffee, snacks, and even access to the gym, basically everything is there to increase productivity. Parking is included at some hotels. For maximum flexibility, hotel work is offered at daily, weekly and long-term rates.

Virtual events with TV-broadcast quality

The current crisis is having us rethinking events and meetings and in order to support business customers, Le Germain Hotel Montreal has transformed the Expo room into a television-quality virtual studio. A unique multi-camera webcasting space ready to host meetings, training sessions or virtual conferences. Three cameras help energize meetings and the technician, present throughout the virtual event, helps keep your mind at ease.

Optimize the guest registration process

In collaboration with MT Lab and the Quebec Ministry of Tourism, Le Germain Hotel Montreal now offers contactless check-in kiosks. Initially designed to address the labour shortage in the hospitality industry, this project now answers the need for guest security while offering an alternative to check-in at reception. This initiative differs from the usual check-in kiosk as the guest interacts directly with a hotel employee, as in a FaceTime exchange for example.

Since last February the Alt Hotel at Pearson Airport in Toronto has been experimenting with conventional check-in kiosks, and its guests have appreciated the ease of use and the security aspect.

"The current crisis is leading us to rethink our ways of doing things and our spaces, which is why with our teams we have worked very hard to offer solutions adapted to the new reality," underlines Christiane Germain, co-founder and co-president of Germain Hotels. "To be effective at remote work, comfort, tranquility and technology must be present, that is what working at a hotel offers. As for the Virtual Studio, anyone who has attended virtual meetings in recent months knows that inadequate or deficient technology is a major irritant. We are pleased to partner with Edge Studio to provide businesses with technology tools worthy of their events,” added Ms. Germain.


Saint-Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec, Canada, October 5, 2020 — Formica Canada announces the launch of an updated line of Formica® Laminate Woodgrains giving designers a complete, on-trend and usable woodgrain palette for modern commercial spaces. Based on extensive research, the launch includes 16 new wood designs that also meet macro commercial design trends in nature and natural materials.

“When designing with wood, we’ve learned color goes hand-in-hand with species and style for many designers,” said Renee Hytry Derrington, managing principal at Formica North American Design. “Designers were seeking more neutral colors and tonal variations of whites, lights, naturals, grays and true browns. These new woodgrain designs enhance feelings of warmth, comfort and familiarity – all while providing a durable and easily cleanable alternative to real wood surfaces in hardworking spaces like hospitals, classrooms and office settings.”

Formica Canada held focus groups with commercial and furniture designers across the United States to identify the most usable wood visuals. The selections that consistently met their needs were neutral colors with lighter-toned options to complement Scandinavian designs, as well as more choices in ash, elm, oak and walnut.


The 16 new patterns are grouped into seven series: Elm, Ashwood, Cherry, Modern Oak, Modern Walnut, Traditional Walnut and Casual Woods, creating a robust offering of woodgrain laminate designs in stain colors from light to dark.

Elm Series 

This new species to the Formica® Laminate Woodgrain collection is valued for its interlocking grain and resistance to splitting, making it useful for furniture production. While this species is rare in real wood, it provides ideal inspiration for laminate designs with subtle graining and neutral color tones.

Buff Elm: A warm, creamy elm.

Beige Elm: A true beige elm.

Camel Elm: A darker beige elm.

Graphite Elm: A warm, black elm.


Ashwood Series

Long considered a cousin of oak, ashwood is popular in furniture design and offers a linear, multipurpose visual. 


Ashwood Bone: A soft, gray-white ash.

Ashwood Beige: A light chameleon ash.

Ashwood Oak: Ash stained in a modern oak color.


Cherry Series

Often used for cabinets and furniture, this series has a soft, flowing, straight-grained layout and true brown color tones. It is ideal for furniture and architectural doors.


Clove Spice Cherry: A mid-brown stained cherry.

Nut Brown Cherry: A true, dark-brown-stained cherry.


Modern Oak Series

Depending on the specific species, oak has a wide range of color variation. Its open pores accept stain readily, but gray stains on natural wood tend to discolor easily. The elegant, straight grain of this laminate series offers a solution for trending gray and black wood designs that are also easy to maintain. 


Grayed Oak: A true gray-stained oak.

Inked Oak: A blackened oak.


Modern Walnut Series

Walnut is widespread throughout the world and ranges from creamy white sapwood to dark chocolate heartwood. This series is modernized with “heathered” stains, in which brown is neutralized with a hint of gray. The mixed-width, random-match layout with half-cut cathedrals represents the look of solid lumber construction.


Taupe Walnut: A greige, mid-toned stained walnut.

Hazel Walnut: A darker brown-gray stained walnut.


Traditional Walnut

A classic walnut with a random-match layout and half-cut cathedrals that works well in traditional and modern environments in which architects and designers want to contrast style with a familiar wood visual. 


Formal Walnut: A classic brown stained walnut.


Casual Woods

Unique finishing techniques and a new species inspire these patterns, both featuring a dark brown stained look with random-match layouts and cathedrals.

Tula Oak: Features a cerused technique, which involves rubbing a contrasting color into wood pores to highlight the grain. This deep-brown oak design features gray cerused pore details.


Antique Mango: Fast-growing, sustainable mango provides a stylish alternative to rare, slow-growing exotic woods and inspires this curvy, tone-on-tone stained brown wood design.

Formica® Laminate woodgrains can be applied horizontally or vertically. To learn more, visit


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