HALIFAX—New Castle Hotels and Resorts, (NCHR) a leading hotel developer, owner and operator, has been named one of the 27 Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada by Progress magazine and Best Companies Group. The awards presentation was made at a luncheon held late last month at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax.
Now in its seventh year, this survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honour the best employers in Atlantic Canada, benefitting the region’s economy, workforce and businesses.
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Only companies from across the region, (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador) were eligible for consideration.
This month, Atlantic Canada’s icon, the Algonquin, will reopen its doors after an eight-month, $20 million renovation led by NCHR and its partner, Southwest Properties. The comprehensive renovation includes modern updates to guest rooms that reflect the hotel’s elegant past, dining room revelations focusing on locally sourced ingredients and a new, indoor pool and waterslide targeted towards today’s families.
It’s the latest in a series of historic hotel rescues dating back to 1995 when David Buffam, founder and CEO of New Castle Hotels and Resorts purchased the Nova Scotian as part of an overall expansion strategy.
Based in Shelton, CN, New Castle now operates seven properties in Canada. These include three Nova Scotia Signature resorts, Digby Pines, the Liscombe and Keltic Lodge. Other properties managed by New Castle are the Residence Inn in Moncton and the Hampton Inn and Suites in Dartmouth.
“Acquisitions of iconic properties are our sweet spot, and we are a preferred management company for major brands such as Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt and Starwood, because we help them improve their operations,” Gerry Chase, president and COO told CLN in a recent interview.
“New Castle Canada is committed to long term development and management in Canada. We are excited about growing our portfolio. Hospitality is what Canada is all about, and we are engaged only in the hospitality field and the hotel business.”
Chase also sees New Castle as a leader in e-commerce and social media, and was delighted to be a speaker at the recent Online Revealed conference. “There is nothing in the U.S. like Online Revealed, and I’ve been to the conference since the beginning.”