THE WINNERS' CIRCLE update May 14, 2019

Fredericton rocks: Hotels of the Year for Radisson & Choice

Quality Inn & Suites Amsterdam Fredericton.

Quality Inn & Suites Amsterdam Fredericton.

TORONTO – Choice Hotels Canada is delighted to announce the Quality Inn & Suites Amsterdam in Fredericton has been named the 2019 Canadian Hotel of the Year. This is the second Fredericton hotel to win Hotel of the Year for a major brand. Last month at the Radisson conference, the  Radisson Kingswood Hotel & Suites Fredericton, NB was honoured with the 2018 New Hotel of the Year Award.

Quality Inn & Suites Amsterdam was chosen from among the over 340 hotels in the Choice Hotels Canada family. The 10 finalists for the award all received a 2019 Platinum Guest Satisfaction Award, which recognizes properties in the top three per cent of Choice Canada’s portfolio.

The property is state-of-the-art, with superior Wi-Fi, comfort, design and service. The hotel recently expanded from a 50-room to a 68-room property, with new features such as suites, walk-in showers, tap locks and security safes, in addition to 50-inch televisions. Located five kilometers from downtown, the hotel is owned and managed by the de Winter family, now in their third generation in the hotel business.

“Quality Inn & Suites Amsterdam is one of the best hotels across our system,” said Brian Leon, president, Choice Hotels Canada. “The ownership and hotel team truly represent the best of the best and are committed to providing hospitality leadership and superior guest experiences.”

The hotel was awarded Gold Guest Satisfaction awards in 2017 and 2018, and Choice’s Real Guest Reviews rank the hotel highly, with 98 per cent of guests reporting they would recommend the hotel. The property has also been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor and receives consistently positive reviews.

Hilton Canada a Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work recently announced its 2019 List of Best Workplaces in Canada. For the first time, Hilton ranked #29 in the 1000+ employees category and is the top hospitality company on the list.  

Hilton Team Members are able to thrive personally and professionally with a variety of industry-leading benefits, including Thrive Sabbatical, global career development opportunities, volunteer programs that support Hilton's corporate responsibility mission, Travel with Purpose, and discounted stays at Hilton properties around the world. 

Additionally, Hilton has introduced more comfortable and performance-driven wardrobes through a partnership with Under Armour and has redesigned back-of-house spaces with updated restaurants, Wi-Fi access and energizing music. 

Historic Hotels nominations now open

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide are accepting nominations for the 2019 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence. The Awards of Excellence recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a number of categories. Awards of Excellence winners will be announced and recipients will be honored on November 7, 2019 at Pinehurst Resort (1895) in Pinehurst, North Carolina during the 2019 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence Ceremony and Gala. Award winners receive annual recognition, promotion, and the esteem from having been selected from a prestigious collection of historic hotels. 

Nominations are being accepted for Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence in various categories, including but not limited to: Best Historic Hotel (ranging in size), Best Historic Resort, Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year, Best Historic Restaurant, New Member of the Year, and many others. Nominations from fellow hoteliers, industry and local community leaders are encouraged. Award nominations also include categories for Historic Hotels Worldwide. There were more than 250 nominees for the Historic Hotels of America 2018 Awards of Excellence.

To be nominated, the hotel must be a member of Historic Hotels of America or Historic Hotels Worldwide. 

Vancouver Convention Centre celebrates 10 years

VANCOUVER — Ten years ago, the Vancouver Convention Centre opened the doors to its West building, marking the beginning of an unprecedented opportunity for British Columbia to shine on the world stage through the offering of an inspirational space in a breathtaking location. 

A total of 5,561 events later, the West building of the Convention Centre is an icon for the city of Vancouver and an award-winning international industry leader. The events that take place here contribute to the advancement of global collaboration and transfer of knowledge on issues that matter to this generation, not only in BC, but around the world.

With the addition of the West building that tripled the facility’s capacity, the Convention Centre has welcomed over 9 million guests from around the world and generated over $2.4 billion in direct spending for British Columbia over the past decade. The 5,561 events range from major city-wide conventions, including the renowned TED Conference and SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference to consumer and trade shows, private meetings, banquets and fundraisers, community events, special events, public celebrations, and film and TV shoots. 

For a number of years, the convention centre hosted Western Canadian Lodging Conference.

Apart from the economic impact generated by the expenditures of event attendees and exhibitors, the impact of these conventions and events are more far-reaching. Whether it is advancing academic and scientific research; driving awareness or solutions to a global issue; or introducing investment and new ideas to a host city, the meetings hosted create legacies in local communities, industries and globally. One example is the 2015 International AIDS Society Conference held in Vancouver, which called for a plan to eradicate the disease by 2030.