OPENINGS SALES AND RENOS Update Sept. 11, 2018

Hotel groundbreaking ceremony for Quality Mont-Joli

From left, Marc St.-Gelais, Mayor Martin Soucy and future owner Jean-Marie Lamontagne

From left, Marc St.-Gelais, Mayor Martin Soucy and future owner Jean-Marie Lamontagne

MONT-JOLI, Que. — Earlier this month, the mayor of Mont-Joli, Martin
Soucy, Choice Hotels franchise development director for Quebec and Atlantic
Canada, Marc St-Gelais, and promoter Jean-Marie Lamontagne from Construction de
l’Avenir came together for a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the
construction of a new Quality Inn & Suites near the town's traffic circle.

Mont-Joli is located east of Rimouski near the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River.

The groundbreaking marks an important step in the
execution of this project, which totals close to $8 million. Mayor
Martin Soucy welcomed the start of the construction work. 

“Today marks a critical step of this hotel
project. Our city is proud to house this property, which will add to the
lodging options for Mont-Joli and La Mitis, and will help retain tourists. I
applaud the promoter’s boldness and vision, and thank Choice Hotels for its
investment. This project attests to the trust that Jean-Marie Lamontagne and
Choice Hotels have in our
city and its future,” said Mayor Soucy before the 40 people attending the
ceremony.

The promoter of the 70-room property,
Jean-Marie Lamontage, is especially proud to break the ground on this project.
“The community has been eagerly awaiting this property, and I am glad to be the
one who is executing its construction,” said Mr. Lamontagne, who expects a
very positive response from travellers.

The three-floor hotel will operate under the Quality Inn
& Suites brand and will be built according to Quality standards. “Choice
Hotels has built its reputation on high-value hotel properties, whether limited
or full service, economy, midscale or upscale. The chain is committed to
offering the very best hotel experience throughout the country,” added Choice
Hotels Franchise Development Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada, Marc
St-Gelais.

The hotel is sheduled to open its
doors in June 2019.


New meeting space part of $55+ million renovation

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Discovery Wing Floor.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Discovery Wing Floor.

VANCOUVER — Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, located in the heart of
downtown, has been hosting the city's most important meetings for the past 79
years.  A luxury four-star hotel, it has swung open the doors to an
additional eight rooms and 8,000 square feet of meeting space on the Discovery
Floor with a meeting offer that's ideal for small to mid-sized
gatherings, part of the hotels $55+ million renovation.   

The
new meeting space is in a dedicated wing and an easy connection to the original
Discovery Floor and historic Conference Floor.  Boasting expansive foyers,
the rooms (most with natural light) have a soothing colour palette of
sandstone, blue and rust, and were converted from former office space. It's the
latest in a glamorous revitalization that will see the hotel completely
renovated for its 80th anniversary in 2019. 

The
floor takes its name from the spectacular Discovery Islands located on Canada's
west coast and each of the islands — and in this case, function space — has a
distinct personality.

  Saltspring
Island Room
is the largest at over 1,900 square feet and can
be divided into three separate rooms via a soundproof air wall.  With
expansive windows that overlook the Vancouver Art Gallery, its versatility
works well for banquets and meals or individual breakout rooms. 

  Pender
Island Room
has over 1,500 square feet and corner windows
allowing light to flood the room, and can accommodate a variety of setups.
 

  Langara
Room
and Bowen Island Room, are ideal for executive
meetings for up to 14 attendees with permanent boardrooms, large windows, plush
leather swivel chairs, and a 52″ large screen monitor. 

  Quadra
Island Room
, offers 500 square feet and is the only room
without natural light.  It works well as a breakout room and a variety of
functions.   

  Edgecombe
Island Room
, is an intimate 300 square foot space with a
52″ screen monitor and views over the Vancouver Art Gallery.  It's a
good choice for small meetings, convention office, or meals. 

With the addition of the Discovery Floor, the
hotel now offers 24 function rooms, two grand ballrooms, and 63,000 square feet
of flexible space and is less than a ten-minute walk to the Vancouver
Convention & Exhibition Centre.  All meeting rooms are both wireless
and wired with ADSL and Ethernet technology. 

HNA  sells its interest in Radisson Hospitality


MINNETONKA, Minn. — On Aug. 10, HNA Tourism has entered into
an agreement with a consortium led by Jin Jiang International Holdings Co.,
Ltd. to sell its interest in Radisson Hospitality AB and, subsequently,
Radisson Holdings Inc.


New ownership at
Motel 6 – Red Deer

TORONTO, Ont. 
Realstar Hospitality recently announced change in ownership of the Motel 6 located
in Red Deer, Alta.

Effective August 16,
2018, Motel 6 — Red Deer was acquired by Dream Paradise Hospitality Ltd. from
the existing owners, Dimension 3 Hospitality (d3h). A first for the company, the
Motel 6 property is a great addition to the impressive portfolio, which
includes eight Freedom Mobile locations and three Sandhu Computers throughout
Edmonton.

“As we grow our portfolio
of businesses across Western Canada, we’re excited to leverage the strength of
the Motel 6 brand,” said Kawaljit Sandhu of Dream Paradise Hospitality Ltd.
“Our team is eager to welcome guests and offer a modern and comfortable lodging
experience that meets the needs of value-conscious travellers.”

Originally built and
opened in 2006, Motel 6 — Red Deer features 77 guestrooms with comfortable and
contemporary furnishings, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and micro-fridges. Guests
can enjoy complimentary morning coffee in the lobby and an
on-site coin laundry facility.

Located at 900 – 5001
19th Street, off the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, Motel 6 – Red Deer places
guests in close proximity to Red Deer College, Red Deer Golf & Country Club
and a variety of nearby restaurants. 

WoodSpring, Mainstay are top performers for Choice U.S.

ROCKVILLE, Md. — WoodSpring Suites is on
pace to significantly exceed the brand’s previous record for the number of new
franchise agreements awarded in a single year.

Through the first half of
the year, the brand, which is franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc., executed 46 franchise agreements, all but two of which took place
after being acquired by Choice on February 1. WoodSpring now boasts more than
340 hotels open or in the pipeline. 

In addition to WoodSpring Suites’
development pace, Choice’s midscale extended-stay hotel brand, MainStay Suites,
is also growing rapidly. In the first half of the year, MainStay franchise
agreements increased 27 percent over the same period of 2017.