Canadian pipeline remains strong. Belmont Vancouver's Millennial Makeover. Choice welcomes Bayside Resort. Comfort Inn & Suites Napanee. First guitar-shaped hotel. Hotel Equities' Canmore property. Lakeside Golf Resort near Saskatoon. New Motel 6 near V

Canadian pipeline remains strong

Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) report that at the close of the first quarter of 2019, the total construction pipeline in Canada remains strong with 264 projects/33,023 rooms. Construction pipeline projects and rooms are both up an impressive 11% year-over-year (YOY). 

A driving force of the pipeline’s double-digit growth is the surge in projects in the early planning stage with 80 projects/11,328 rooms, up 48% and 53% YOY, respectively. Currently, there are 93 projects/10,466 rooms under construction and 91 projects/11,229 rooms scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months, a record high. 

The jump in early planning counts YOY is the result of a record number of new projects being announced into the pipeline during the fourth quarter of 2018, some 36 projects/5,380 rooms. 
The forecast for new hotel openings in 2019 calls for 51 new projects/5,578 rooms to open. In 2020, counts are expected to rise with 62 projects/7,005 rooms forecast to open. Should all these projects and rooms come online, this will be a record high for annualized new hotel openings in Canada.

The top provinces in Canada with the most projects in the pipeline are Ontario with 139 projects/17,374 rooms, at a record-high and responsible for 52% of the projects in Canada’s pipeline. Next is Alberta with 38 projects/5,821 rooms and British Columbia with 37projects/4,068 rooms. Together the three provinces account for 81% of Canada’s Pipeline.

The top five cities within these three provinces starts with Toronto with 48 projects/6,570 rooms; at a record high and claiming 18% of all the projects in Canada’s total construction pipeline. Following distantly is Vancouver with 12 projects/1,448 rooms, Edmonton with 11 projects/1,735 rooms, Calgary with 11 projects/1,239 rooms, and Ottawa with 10 projects/1,684 rooms. These five cities account for 35% of the total pipeline. 

The top franchise companies in Canada's construction pipeline are Hilton Worldwide with 56 projects/6,658 rooms, followed closely by Marriott International with 52 projects/6,788 rooms and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 46 projects/4,508 rooms. These three franchise companies claim 58% of the projects in the total pipeline. 

The top brands in Canada’s pipeline are IHG’s Holiday Inn Express with 30 projects/3,109 rooms. Next is Hampton by Hilton with 28 projects/3,240 rooms and TownePlace Suites by Marriott with 13 projects/1,336 rooms, both reaching record highs. 

Other notable brands in the Canadian pipeline are Courtyard by Marriott, at a record high, with 12 projects/1,796 rooms, Hyatt Place with 12 projects/1,786 rooms, and Best Western Plus with 12 projects/1,027 rooms.


Belmont Vancouver's Millennial Makeover

VANCOUVER — Vancouver is now home to its first ever Ascend Collection Hotel. Hotel Belmont, a boutique hotel in a landmark Vancouver building, is open for business. The modern and trendy hotel is a newly renovated, 82-room boutique property that has stood at the corner of Granville and Nelson for more than a century. 

“This hotel offers a unique product in downtown Vancouver, satisfying a gap in the hotel market. It has been designed with the millennial traveller in mind, providing a modern, fun and vibrant hotel experience,” says Juan Duran, Director of Franchise Development at Choice Hotels Canada. “We’re confident it will be loved by both the local community and out-of-town travellers.”

Based in the entertainment district, Hotel Belmont offers modern guest rooms in a fun and funky environment with food, drinks, and entertainment, operated in partnership with the renowned food & beverage team of the popular Banter Room in Vancouver. The hotel has VIP rooms, multiple bars including two full-service lounges, personalized services such as luggage assistance, concierge service, and a vintage house car service for those looking to explore the diverse selection of attractions surrounding the hotel in this invigorated neighbourhood.

Designed by CHIL Interior Design, Hotel Belmont offers contemporary, beautifully decorated guest rooms with pillow-top mattresses and state of the art technology including in-room mobile device casting, blazing fast wifi, and an integrated in-room tablet. In-room amenities include flat-screen televisions with high-definition cable programming including HBO and Movie Central, motion sensor climate control, locally sourced spa-grade toiletries and Keurig coffee makers.

Choice Hotels Canada welcomes Bayside Resort

PARKSVILLE, B.C. –  Vancouver Island is now home to its first Ascend Hotel Collection property, the Bayside Resort. Formerly the Quality Resort Bayside, this modern 59-room property by Parksville Beach boasts panoramic ocean views and recently completed significant renovations to its guest rooms and lobby space. 

“With beautiful ocean views and outstanding amenities, the Bayside Resort will offer a memorable experience for both business and leisure travellers,” says Brian Leon, president, Choice Hotels Canada. “The resort is the second Ascend hotel to open in British Columbia this year and is a phenomenal addition to our portfolio.”

A spacious property with a nautical theme, the Bayside Resort is a hidden gem for family vacations, intimate getaways, weddings, corporate retreats and business functions. The property offers immaculate beachside guest rooms with modern bathrooms and premium bedding. Suites and standard rooms are equipped with convenient in-room amenities, including flat-screen televisions with satellite programming, high-speed Wi-Fi, work desks with ergonomic chairs and Nespresso machines. 

The facility features six banquet and meeting rooms capable of hosting upwards of 200 people, first-class catering and onsite business essentials. Guests also have access to a fully-equipped fitness centre with squash court, outdoor tennis courts, outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub, as well as the onsite Bayside Bistro & Lounge, offering west coast favourites and an extensive wine list, including vintages from some of the British Columbia’s top wineries. 

The resort is conveniently located near many other local attractions, including Butterfly World and Gardens, Horne Lake Caves, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, Moobery Winery and Mount Washington.

Comfort Inn & Suites Napanee

NAPANEE, Ont. –  Visitors to Lennox & Addington County have a new place to stay, with the opening of Comfort Inn & Suites in Napanee. The highly anticipated hotel, which began development in the spring of last year, increases accommodation options for greater Napanee by a reported 45 per cent.

This is Choice Canada’s first opening of a Comfort Inn & Suites in 2019. It is the latest of the brand to open along the 401 corridor, after the newly built Quality Inn & Suites in Kingston and the recently opened Comfort Inn & Suites in Bowmanville. 

“We’ve seen strong strategic growth with the Comfort brand, with five more hotels scheduled to break ground this year,” says Graham Marsh, director, franchise development at Choice Hotels Canada. “Our new Napanee property is a great representation of the evolution of the Comfort brand, while incorporating all the amenities a travelling guest would expect to receive at our existing hotels.” 

The hotel has many onsite amenities, including a business centre, exercise room and indoor pool. Guests of the hotel are also provided with free Wi-Fi and a complimentary hot breakfast. All 66 guest rooms have a range of helpful appliances, including a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and flat-screen TV.

Located on 31 Community Road, just north of highway 401 at exit 579, the hotel has easy access to local attractions including the city centre, Lennox and Addington County Museum, Allan Macpherson House, Strathcona Paper Centre and the Canadian Piano Museum.

The world's first guitar-shaped hotel

SEMINOLE, Fla. — Hard Rock hotels have long been wowing guests with edgy, memorabilia-filled properties, but now the brand is taking that effort to an entirely new level.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida has just announced plans for a sweeping $1.5 billion expansion that will include three new hotel towers, one of which is to be the world’s only guitar-shaped hotel tower.

The 638-room tower, slated to be complete this fall, is part of a broader plan that includes an expanded gaming floor, a new Rock Spa, 13.5 acres of recreational waterscape and more.

The expansion of the casino gaming floor, for instance, will bring nearly 200 table games and more than 3,000 slot machines to Seminole Hard Rock. The new, 30,000-square-foot casino will also include a High Limit Slots room with denominations ranging from $1 to $1,000.

Sixteen unique new concept restaurants and 20 bars, including nightlife outlets and restaurant bars, will also be added to the Hollywood property.

Hotel Equities adds Canmore property

ATLANTA, Ga. – Earlier this month, hotel owner, operator and developer, Hotel Equities, announced their appointment as the management firm for the Holiday Inn Canmore, located at 1 Silvertip Trail in Canmore, AB. The resort-style hotel is situated next to the TransCanada Highway and features stunning views of nearby Three Sister Mountain. The hotel is owned by 3G Equity Inc. of APX Hotels Group.

In early 2019, APX Hotels Group established a strategic expansion partnership with Hotel Equities. At that time, HE assumed management of eight branded hotels developed and owned by 3G Equity/APX Hotels. In May, APX acquired Best Western Wainwright Alberta and Holiday Inn Canmore Alberta, expanding its portfolio to 10 hotels. Hotel Equities currently operates a total of twenty-three hotels in Canada with its Canada-based office and team located in Edmonton.

“We continue to expand and shift management responsibility to Hotel Equities,” said Mike Lai, president of APX Hotels Group. “They have deep resources and a professional management team to implement and provide high quality services to our guests.”

The Holiday Inn Canmore is located near downtown Canmore Alberta offering guests dramatic mountain views and close proximity to unforgettable adventures in Alberta’s backyard, such as hiking at Banff National Park, biking on the Legacy Trail or swimming at Quarry Lake. The hotel’s location also offers guests an abundance of attractions during their visit with three nearby golf courses and ski slopes at Lake Louise Ski Area, Norquay, Nakiska and Sunshine Village. 

Lakeside Golf Resort near Saskatoon

SASKATOON — Lakeside Golf Resort & Event Centre has unveiled the only luxurious resort community of its kind with convenient proximity to Saskatoon, where residents can enjoy spectacular lake living in various cottage and estate options across four seasons of outdoor recreation while accessing countless deluxe amenities, all with the option of earning rental income hassle-free. 

Located 25 minutes from Saskatoon on Blackstrap Lake, the new master-planned community is expected to be valued at $30 million and uniquely boasts numerous nature-lover activities, including boating, swimming, golfing, fishing, cross-country skiing, skating, snowmobiling, ice hockey and more as well as deluxe amenities housed in the new Event Centre, including full-service restaurant and bar, spa, pro-shop, four-season pool, gym and event space.

This is all available to residents with the option of easily renting their properties via full support of the resort’s property management company. When owners are not using their cottages, they can enter them into the rental pool, for as little or as much as they want. Property management takes care of everything – from maintenance to marketing.For purchasers who opt into the rental pool, a full furniture, appliance and electronic inventory package is available that includes everything from bedding to outdoor furniture and accessories. |

Brandon Moore, Lakeside’s Strategic Operations & Marketing Manager, was instrumental in cultivating Saskatchewan’s fastest-selling recreational community development – The Cottages at Elk Ridge, located just outside of Waskesiu. 

New Motel 6 near Victoria Airport

TORONTO, ON (May 28, 2019) – Realstar Hospitality is proud to announce the opening of the 36th Motel 6 in Canada. Motel 6 – Victoria Airport is the fifth hotel for the brand in British Columbia and the first on Vancouver Island. 

Located minutes from Victoria International Airport, the hotel is 8 kilometers from internationally renowned Butchart Gardens and within close proximity to Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, Elk Lake and a wide variety of dining options.

“We look forward to welcoming guests from around the world and can’t wait to provide them with a home away from home while they enjoy Victoria’s many offerings,” said Micaela Smith, hotel General Manager.

Completely renovated, each guestroom features a 42” flat-screen TV, microwave and mini-fridge. Guests will enjoy free Wi-Fi and complimentary morning coffee in the lobby. At Motel 6, pets are always welcome and kids 17 and under stay free when occupying the same room as an adult family member. 

“Motel 6 – Victoria Airport is a great addition to the brand, providing great value to guests that want to experience the beauty of Vancouver Island,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “We look forward to welcoming more hotels to our portfolio throughout the year.”

TownePlace Suites Hamilton breaks ground

HAMILTON — Sigma Group of Companies (Sigma) along with Kothari Group (Kothari) is pleased to announce the ground-breaking ceremony of the construction of its latest development, the Towneplace Suites in Hamilton, Ontario. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Towneplace Suites, located at 1195 Upper James Street, took place on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. 

To kick-off the event, councillor John-Paul Danko of the City of Hamilton, Keanin Loomis, president, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Aaron Laurie, director of lodging development for Eastern Canada, Marriott International, and Glen Norton, director, economic development, City of Hamilton; each shared their excitement for the project. In addition to other local dignitaries and partners in attendance was Sharon Murphy, Acting Manager at Tourism Hamilton.

“We chose Hamilton for our newest hotel as we saw a need for an extended-stay product in the community,” said Anupam Kothari, President of Kothari Group. “We are excited to bring the Towneplace Suites by Marriott to the area for both commercial travellers, local residents and tourists alike.”

The latest joint development between Sigma Group and the Kothari Group, the four-storey, 125-room property located on Upper James Street is scheduled to begin operations by spring of next year. The all-suite property will include amenities such as complimentary breakfast, meeting space, a fitness center, pool, and more. TownePlace Suites’ model offers an extended stay hotel with suites designed to provide everything travellers need to live life uninterrupted.

Hamilton drew the highest number of tourists in recent memory last year, with 4.5 million visitors bringing $360 million in spending. And more people than ever stayed in local hotels, demonstrated a high demand for hospitality in the market.

“We are incredibly proud and excited to be part of the tremendous growth in the city of Hamilton,” Anita Dharamshi, managing partner with Sigma Group said. “We firmly believe that offering quality lodging and warm hospitality helps further strengthen the soul of a community like this.”