SOLON, OH, MARCH 2, 2020 —Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring, has introduced two new modular carpet designs—Vellum and Bindery. Through crisp pattern detail, color contrast and lustre variation, these complementary patterns draw on the rich tradition of book binding and impart the handcrafted patinas of early papermaking, enabling architects and designers to craft a story through interior spaces.

“The passing down of story is an honored tradition in every culture, and the attention given to the craft of book binding has as much to say as the words on the page—adding a memorable richness to the experience,” said Terry Mowers, vice president, commercial design, Tarkett North America. “In this highly digitized age, Vellum and Bindery celebrate the tactile feel of holding a vintage book in one's hands and turning its beautifully weathered pages.”

Abstract design. Tangible performance.

Using the same eight gentle colorways, Vellum and Bindery marry geometric and organic themes with clear and crisp color separations. A hand-drawn feel carries through both patterns, with linear striations coming and going in the background. The styles are bold and refined, yet their abstract nature warms commercial interiors with a soft elegance. Constructed with Tarkett's proprietary fiber innovations and honed tufting techniques, Vellum and Bindery offer the perfect blend of value, performance and style.

Featuring Tarkett’s ethos® Modular with Omnicoat Technology™, a non-PVC backing made from recycled windshields, Vellum and Bindery are highly sustainable carpet solutions. The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver and ILFI Living Product Challenge Imperative certified backing material has enabled Tarkett to recycle the PVB film from 28.2 million windshields between 2004 and 2019 which kept about 29,000 tons out of landfills. Furthermore, when installed with TarkettTAPE™, ethos Modular with Omnicoat Technology is unaffected by moisture and pH, eliminating the need to test for pH, RH and MVER.

Tarkett is committed to developing flooring solutions that support the health and wellness of people and the planet, with continuous optimization of every material and process to reduce its carbon footprint and move toward a circular economy. All Tarkett soft-surface products manufactured in North America include Eco-Ensure™ soil protection technology, a fluorine-free chemistry that is Cradle to Cradle Certified Platinum for Material Health.

Vellum and Bindery are sampled in 24 x 24 inch tiles, but are also available in 18 x 36 and 9 x 36 inch planks. For more information about Tarkett and Tarkett’s comprehensive range of flooring solutions and accessories, visit


PLAINFIELD, IL, OCTOBER 17, 2019 -- Following a decade of record growth, hotel franchisors are putting new focus on ensuring their brands’ flags are in tip-top condition. Tired, neglected properties with lower quality index scores are being issued property improvement plans (PIPS) to upgrade. Failing to comply with even the smallest PIP detail may put the hotel owner in jeopardy of having their flag pulled.
PIPS are an expensive proposition. Not unsurprisingly, few hotel owners welcome them. But because PIPs are part and parcel of hotel ownership, the challenge is how to make an older hotel thoroughly brand compliant, while keeping PIP cost reasonable.
According to Cicero's Development Corp., a general contractor specializing in hotel renovations, before signing off on a PIP agreement, hotel franchisees should pay close attention to avoid potentially costly mistakes. Although situations differ from brand to brand, terms are typically negotiable. Brands are especially receptive to negotiating PIPs with hotel owners who have existing relationships with the brand or who own or manage other franchised properties. 
If owners are careful about expenditures, they can save money during a PIP, reports Sam Cicero, president of Cicero's Development Corp., who offers the following Tips for PIPS.

  1. Painstakingly review PIP requirements with the PIP brand representative to quantify its content and to assist with judgment calls. It is not uncommon for franchisors to oversimplify PIP elements with words like “all” or “throughout the property,” which leaves contractors having to price in the most expensive scenarios.
  1. Identify other negotiable items in the PIP agreement such as the types of flooring tiles or wall finishes. These can vary widely in price. Ask your general contractor to break out the price of alternative items because they may be the first things to propose as "value engineering" points to the franchisor. 
  1. As a rule, any long-term maintenance items should be removed from the PIP. Yes, the hot-water heaters and roof will have to be replaced at some point, but if it’s not immediately necessary, wait.  
  1. Sometimes franchisors allow PIP work to be broken into several stages that coincide with the hotel’s cash flow. While this sounds good in theory, it usually increases the overall PIP cost because the contractor has to repeatedly restage. Don’t take the bait. A better approach is to devise a plan keeping the work to a single floor at a time, while other floors are left open for guests. Besides keeping revenues flowing into your operation, it isolates the work and will minimize guest inconvenience.
  1. It is not uncommon for time-consuming disruptions to occur in the course of implementing a PIP. Before getting started you will want to discuss the implications of disruptions with the franchisor as it effects deadline requirements and possible penalties.
  1. If you feel your property is being unfairly targeted for an extensive PIP, research if there is another property under the same flag that recently underwent a PIP but was not subjected to the same requirements. This knowledge may give you leverage during negotiations. 

Finally, once you have settled on the entire scope and details with your franchisor, be sure to select a team of contracting professionals who specialize in hospitality work. Choosing the wrong contractor can negate all the benefits made in steps one through six.
Like most elements of a business transaction, PIPs are negotiable in both their scope and timeframe. It is recommended that hotel owners negotiate as much as they can up-front before signing off on their PIP agreement, or before sharing the PIP with potential investors. Keep in mind that it is the end-goal of the franchisor to not only make the best deal, but to maintain the highest brand standards and the best appearance for your hotel. The key is to find a balanced cost solution that meets brand requirements and the hotel owner's budget.

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07 109123011 07 RI YYCBL Hearth Room 300wToronto, ON (February 18, 2020)Atlific Hotels’ Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Beltline District has been recognized as ‘Établissement d’hébergement’ by the Grands Prix Du Design 2020 in Quebec. Architecture firm LEMAYMICHAUD conceived of the property’s design and claimed the esteemed prize at the official awards gala on February 5, 2020. The ‘Établissement d’hébergement’ award is considered to be the grand prize in the hotel category. 

The Grands Prix Du Design awards recognize Quebec talent including industrial designers, architects and landscape architects in all areas of interior design. The jury reviewed more than 500 projects before honouring the selected winners at one of the most prestigious award galas in the industry. 

Photo Courtesy: Atlific Hotels

Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Beltline District was recognized for its brilliant and thoughtful design, inspired by the building’s roots as the beloved Alberta Boot Company. Paying homage to the city’s culture and the building’s heritage, boot-stitching patterns can be found thoughtfully integrated into guest rooms, while age-old advertisements are seen in the lobby. 

The 35-storey hotel, which is the largest hotel of the brand in North America, has 390 guest rooms, a complimentary breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour hour two-floor fitness centre, and a complimentary grocery delivery service. Conveniently located in the Beltline District in downtown Calgary, the Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary offers quick and easy access to the city’s top attractions, including the Calgary Tower and Scotiabank Saddledome. 


TORONTO, ONTARIO – February 12, 2020 –  Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its annual Star Rating list today, naming The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel for 2020.

Known for its personal service and facilities that it provides to its guests, this marks the fifth consecutive year for the hotel to be honored with this distinguished rating, one of only 7 hotels in Canada and 268 globally.

“We are honored once again to have been recognized as one of an elite group of luxury hotels around the world to receive the Forbes Five-Star Hotel rating.” says Franck X. Arnold, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto.
“Our Ladies and Gentlemen are very proud of their achievement. They work diligently to ensure our guests experience genuine care and comfort during their stay with us and create memories that will last a life time.”

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the hotel has completed a re-imagination of its rooms and suites, paying homage to the proximity to the waterfront, entertainment district and the history of travel and leisure.

The hotel’s 263 guest rooms and suites overlook the beautiful Lake Ontario and iconic CN Tower or views of the city skyline. Just minutes from theatre, sporting arenas and entertainment venues, The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto is in the center of the excitement of this diverse city.

“We have been committed to championing genuine Five-Star service for more than 60 years, and this year’s winners, as always, exemplify the very highest standards in hospitality,” said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide.

“It is difficult to earn a Forbes Travel Guide rating, and all our Star-Rated winners have shown how incredibly deserving they are of their accolades by demonstrating sheer dedication in their passion for service. We congratulate them all.”


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