Sparrow Hotels wins Winnipeg Tourism Award

Left to right: Chantal Sturk–Nadeau, senior vice-president, Winnipeg Tourism; Brian Bowman, Mayor of Winnipeg; Ben Sparrow, CEO, Sparrow Hotels; Marina James, CEO, Economic Development of Winnipeg Inc.; Tom Kynman, visitor experience manager, Parks Canada.

Left to right: Chantal Sturk–Nadeau, senior vice-president, Winnipeg Tourism; Brian Bowman, Mayor of Winnipeg; Ben Sparrow, CEO, Sparrow Hotels; Marina James, CEO, Economic Development of Winnipeg Inc.; Tom Kynman, visitor experience manager, Parks Canada.

WINNIPEG — Sparrow Hotels has won the Winnipeg Tourism Award of Distinction in the Large Business of the Year category, announced at a gala held June 2 at the Fort Garry Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre, in Winnipeg.

“After all the hard work we have put in over this past year, it’s nice to be recognized by our peers,” said Ben Sparrow, CEO, Sparrow Hotels and general manager, Inn at the Forks. “It’s also gratifying for all of the employees that are a part of Sparrow Hotels — their efforts made this award possible.”

Sparrow Hotels operates The Norwood Hotel, Inn at the Forks and Mere Hotel, all in Winnipeg. Opened in late 2013, Mere Hotel has seen over 20,000 visitors, with occupancy rates often ranging as high as 78 per cent. Sparrow Hotels completed a renovation of its Inn at the Forks restaurant and opened SMITH restaurant in fall 2014.

Winning the contract to provide food service for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, in Winnipeg, Sparrow, in the first 200 days of the facility opening, catered to over 180 functions. In addition, the company operates Era restaurant, in the museum, and Riverstone Spa, at Inn at the Forks.