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TORONTO—A Canadian hotel, the Quality Inn & Suites of Val d'Or, has been named International Hotel of the Year by Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the world's largest hotel companies and franchisor of the Quality Inn brand.
The award was presented at the company's 60th Annual International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Quebec-based property was also awarded Canadian Hotel of the Year by Choice Hotels Canada.
“General Manager Michael Prince and the entire team in Val d'Or have set a new international standard,” said Tim Oldfield, managing director, Choice Hotels Canada. “Excelling at guest service and property maintenance each and every day, the Quality Inn & Suites in Val d'Or has certainly established itself as a world leader in hospitality.”
The Quality Inn & Suites in Val d'Or was selected from among 10 nominees in the International category, chosen from over 1,200 Choice Hotels franchised properties operating outside the United States. Winners of this prestigious award consistently demonstrate exceptional service and lodging excellence, and nominees all rank among the top hotels within the brand. Other finalists included properties in Toowoomba, Australia and Gothenburg, Sweden.
For Canadian Hotel of the Year, the property was chosen from 12 nominees, out of more than 300 hotels across Canada. The Quality Inn & Suites was selected for its overall service and hotel quality, as well as its commitment to going above and beyond to serve its guests.
The awards ceremonies at the International Convention didn't exactly go smoothly. “Where’s Michael?” was the question on
everyone’s lips May 15 as Tim Oldfield of Choice Hotels Canada announced to a
roomful of Canadian Choice hoteliers that Quality Hotel & Suites Val D’Or
had won the Canadian Hotel of the Year Award.
GM Michael Prince had stepped out of the room for a
moment. Mary-Anne Chan, from the hotel’s ownership group, stepped forward to
receive the award on his behalf.
A few minutes later, Prince re-entered the room, and
received his award from Oldfield to great applause from the Canadian hoteliers.
The Canadian crowd was even louder in their applause at the
gala later that evening when Prince’s hotel was named International Hotel of
the Year for the Quality Brand. This time Prince was on hand to receive his award, escorted
to the stage by Oldfield.
The Quality Inn & Suites is located in Val d'Or at 1111 rue de L'Escale, near the Centre Creebec Arena, Club Sports Belvédère and La Vérendyre Wildlife Reserve. Great for business and leisure travellers, the hotel is near many local shops and restaurants. Tastefully appointed suites feature mini fridges, microwaves, flat screen televisions and comfortable pillow-top mattresses. Guests can also take advantage of complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast and lobby coffee bar, exercise room, business centre and meeting rooms.
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