Cutting the ribbon at Holiday Inn YYC. Hilton's hostel-inspired Motto brand could work in Canada. BCP opening. Choice expands in Latin America and Spain. Quality marks 1,600th U.S. hotel. The Annex launches in Toronto.

Cutting the ribbon at Holiday Inn & Suites YYC

Cutting the ribbon from left: Charlie Cahill, IHG; George Chahal, Calgary councillor; Jonathan Lund, IHG; Naheed Nenshi, Calgary mayor; Saleem Dhanji, owner Dhanji Group of Hotels; Errol Williams, IHG; Diamond Dhanji, owner, Dhanji Group of Hotels; Nellie Dhanji, owner Dhanji Group of Hotels; and Beata Cieplik, IHG.

Cutting the ribbon from left: Charlie Cahill, IHG; George Chahal, Calgary councillor; Jonathan Lund, IHG; Naheed Nenshi, Calgary mayor; Saleem Dhanji, owner Dhanji Group of Hotels; Errol Williams, IHG; Diamond Dhanji, owner, Dhanji Group of Hotels; Nellie Dhanji, owner Dhanji Group of Hotels; and Beata Cieplik, IHG.

CALGARY — Dhanji Group of Hotels has announced the opening of the new-build, 132-room Holiday Inn & Suites Calgary Airport North hotel in Calgary. This hotel marks the first Holiday Inn hotel in Canada with the new  H4 design. It also offers the first Burger Theory restaurant in
Canada, specializing in gourmet burgers and craft beers. The hotel is located
close to the Calgary Airport, Cross Iron Mills Outlet Shopping Centre
and Century Downs Racetrack and Casino.

The hotel, located at 20 Freeport Place NE, Calgary, Alberta, is owned and manged by the Dhanji Hotel Group under a license agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group.

Nellie Dhanji, vice-president of operations and legal counsel, Dhanji Hotels Group, said: “We are thrilled to bring the first Holiday Inn hotel with H4 design and
first Burger Theory restaurant to guests at the Calgary airport. This is our
sixth hotel with the InterContinental Hotels Group in the Alberta region. With
the current expansion and renovations to the Calgary airport, we know this
hotel will serve the growing number of travelers visiting Calgary who are
looking for a welcoming stay.”

Amenities at the Holiday Inn & Suites Calgary Airport North hotel include an indoor swimming pool with waterslide, heated
whirlpool, a fully equipped fitness center, and 4,000 square feet of meeting
space with capacity for more than 300 people, and Keurig
 brewers in every room. IHG
Connect, which provides a seamless Internet experience, is available for guests
as well.

Burger Theory, the
brand’s full-service restaurant concept, features more than 4,000 potential burger
combinations and a large selection of craft beers and cocktails in
a fun, inviting and lively atmosphere. Kids 12 and younger eat free when
ordering from the kids’ menu in the hotel restaurant and accompanied by a dining

The property is also the first in Canada
to feature the Holiday Inn brand’s new H4 guest room design, a flexible
solution that adapts to each guests’ individual needs throughout their stay,
allowing guests to work or relax wherever and however they want and truly make
the space their own.

Features include a welcome nook where guests can hang their
coat, drop their keys and personal belongings and plug in their devices; an entirely new room type, the King Bed with Comfort Hideaway,
with a trundle-type bed that doubles as a sofa during the day and can pull
out into two twin beds at night; new moveable desk; and more than five dedicated points of
power throughout the room.

Hilton's hostel-inspired Motto could work in Canada

MCLEAN, Virginia— Hilton is working toward being able to offer Motto by Hilton, its
hostel-inspired in Canada as soon as possible. The brand is perfect for
the Canadian market and Hilton is excited about the opportunity here.

Billed as offering “affordable style in coveted urban destinations,” the new Motto by Hilton brand is designed to offer guests affordable
and flexible options in highly desirable city-centre locations, and Hilton
executives believe the brand will offer owners flexibility as well at
traditionally hard-to-develop sites.

There are five tenets to the Motto by Hilton brand:

1. Create a commons. A community hub for travellers
and locals, for work and for play
(and coffee and drinks). 

2. The amazing flexible room. The rooms are small but mightily
efficient. Got a group? Adjacent rooms
can link up to create more space.

3. The ultimate sleep experience. Top-notch mattresses, blackout
shades and sound-absorbing materials
deliver guests to the land of Nod. 

4. Dine like and with the locals. Embedded in the community,
our cafe and bar offers flexibility
and options from day to night. 

5. Happy hosts to the place we love. Embrace the role of host by creating
a comfortable home base for both
guests and locals.

Phil Cordell, global head of
new brand development for Hilton, said the company is targeting the midscale
segment with the brand, and company executives decided to pursue the concept
because they saw a whitespace in terms of providing the value of a hostel with the
safety, reliability and comfort of a hotel.

Grand opening ceremony for Comfort
North Battleford

NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. — The grand opening of
the Comfort Inn and Suites North Battleford, Sask., was celebrated with a
ribbon cutting ceremony on October 18. 

Left to right: Brian Leon, president, Choice
Hotels Canada; Billy Coles, president, BCP Module Construction and CCR
Hospitality; Ryan Bater, mayor, City of North Battleford; and Darin Manegre, sales
and business relationship manager, CCR Hospitality.

Marriott Pinnacle boasts new meeting rooms

VANCOUVER — Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
Hotel recently unveiled the finishing touches on
its newly-renovated event space, which features custom modern furnishings, the
latest in audiovisual equipment and technology and a revitalized ballroom for
captivating conferences or celebrations.

Boasting 13 newly updated Vancouver hotel meeting rooms in the heart of downtown, the Marriott provides an ideal home base for
meetings, with an experienced team dedicated to helping planners realize their
dream vision. The Pinnacle Ballroom can easily accommodate up to 600 guests for
conferences, special events and gatherings, with professional catering that can
be customized to suit any needs.

Travellers can also plan creative breakout
meetings or VIP cocktail receptions in the hotel’s outdoor patio which
overlooks vibrant Vancouver below. All the hotel’s newly-renovated meeting
rooms benefit from the latest audio-visual technology and Wi-Fi, and offer plenty of
natural light for inspiring gatherings in Vancouver British Columbia. Marriott's Meeting Services App handles the details so that planners can get
back to what matters most – the people. The app relieves the stress of time,
space and language barriers by connecting planners and hotel teams on any
web-enabled device in real time, 24/7, freeing up more time to empower,
showcase and personalize every event from planning through billing.

Choice expands in Latin
America and Spain

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Choice Hotels International, Inc. continues to expand its international
footprint with 40 hotel openings planned this year in Latin
America and Spain. This includes introducing the first Choice Hotels
brands in Spain and Colombia, as well as opening hotels
in Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, and Panama, adding nearly 5,000

This growth is
highlighted by:

— Spain: 16 Ascend Hotel Collection properties
were introduced through Choice Hotels' recent alliance with Sercotel, a leading
hotel operator and franchisor based in Spain. Another eight Ascend
properties are expected to open before the end of the year.

— Brazil: Three Sleep Inn hotels and one Quality
Inn hotel were opened by Atlantica Hotels, Choice Hotels' master franchisee
in Brazil. In addition, two Comfort hotels, one Clarion hotel and one
Quality Suites hotel are expected to welcome guests by year end.

— Colombia: One Clarion hotel opened and two
Ascend properties are expected to open in December, all through the Sercotel

— Mexico: Choice Hotels Mexico has opened two
hotels under the Comfort and Sleep Inn brands. A Comfort Inn hotel is expected
to open in December.

— Panama: An Ascend Hotel Collection property
opened through Sercotel.

— Ecuador: Developer Real Hotels & Resorts
opened an Ascend Hotel Collection property, their second in the country.

Along with the 40
openings this year, the international pipeline continues to grow. Choice Hotels
Mexico recently signed an exclusive multi-unit agreement with SI Operaciones, a
Mexican private equity fund, to develop 20 new-construction Sleep Inn hotels by

Quality marks 1,600th U.S. hotel 

ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Quality
brand, one of the largest and
most recognized in the midscale segment, has reached a milestone with the
opening of its 1,600th U.S. hotel in Bellevue, Wash. Part of the Choice
Hotels International, Inc.
CHH) portfolio, the Quality Inn brand's growth underscores its enduring appeal
to guests and developers across the country.

“Quality Inn was founded
nearly 80 years ago and is known for its pioneering history, superior
hospitality, and exceptional value for guests and owners. And as the most
in-demand midscale conversion brand, the Quality brand is as relevant as
ever,” said Anne Smith, vice president, brand management, design and
compliance, Choice Hotels. “I can't think of a more fitting hotel to mark
this achievement than the Quality Inn Bellevue, which is nestled in the scenic
Pacific Northwest and represents the best of the brand.”

The Annex launches in Toronto

TORONTO — A new 24-room boutique
hotel officially opened its doors this month in the Toronto’s Annex
neighbourhood. Named after the neighbourhood that houses it, The Annex — a
hybrid between an Airbnb and a design hotel — aims to meet the growing and
changing demands of the modern traveller.

“The best part of travelling is
when you truly feel like a local, so we set out to create something that would
be cherished by Torontonians, while also attracting international travellers,”
says Justin Fong, managing partner of The Annex. “The Annex was created with
the belief that we could deliver a travel-lodging experience that was
authentic, social, serviced, indulgent and affordable.” 

Each element of the hotel has
been carefully crafted — from the hand-selected artwork to custom finishes — to
ensure The Annex would embody the spirit of the Annex neighbourhood. The hotel
will have the key markings of a boutique hotel with a few small nuances: no
room service, televisions, phones, parking-lot., gym or front desk. Instead the
focus is on creating unique and memorable experiences.

“As we introduce ourselves to
Toronto, and to the world, we hope The Annex becomes synonymous with modern
hospitality as we strive to generously welcome, host and entertain the
travellers of the new economy,” says Fong.

The hotel offers diverse
food-and-beverage offerings, including bakery goods and refined small plates,
as well as a curated list of natural, organic wines. Just like everything else
at The Annex, the food-and-beverage options are a direct result of local
collaborations. The Commons — the onsite food hall — will feature two
well-known local vendors, Big Trouble Pizza and Seven Lives tacos.