TORONTO, ON (March 5, 2020) – Realstar Hospitality announced the winners of its prestigious Awards of Recognition for 2019. Presented annually, the awards formally recognize the outstanding achievements of the top performing Days Inn hotels and hotel teams from across Canada.

“Leading a business to success can be a challenge which is why it’s a pleasure to celebrate our owners, general managers and their dedicated staff who demonstrate remarkable commitment to hospitality excellence,” said Irwin Prince, president and COO, Realstar Hospitality. “This year’s recipients collectively have shown exceptional attention to guest satisfaction providing a benchmark for all of our franchises.”

2019 Awards of Recognition Recipients:

  Guest Choice Award Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lindsay, ON
  Housekeeping Team of the Year Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lindsay, ON
  Days Inner Circle Award Days Inn by Wyndham Orillia, ON
  New Property of the Year Days Inn by Wyndham Wainwright, AB
  Property of the Year - Under 85 rooms Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lindsay, ON
  Property of the Year - Over 85 rooms Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Sherwood Park, AB
  General Manager of the Year Candace Buckley, Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lindsay, ON
  General Manager of the Year Lili Sartorius, Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Sherwood Park, AB

“Throughout 2019, these properties worked extremely hard to represent the very best that Days Inn has to offer by providing the market with a top quality product and service,” added Prince.


(TORONTO, ON – March 4th, 2020) – The historic Windsor Arms Hotel has appointed Brandtalk Media as it’s official public relations and digital strategy agency based in Toronto, Canada. 

Brandtalk Media will be responsible for managing the media relations in North America for the landmark hotel.  A key objective of the agency will be aligning its public relations strategy, along with social media to captivate the attention of locals and visitors through showcasing the properties classic charm and intimate setting.

A new curated digital presence will be introduced on all social media platforms to capture the Windsor Arms enchanted atmosphere, inviting potential guests to step back in time to experience the finest attention to detail.

The agency will focus it’s communication efforts on targeting the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including the cities top drive markets in the USA and Canada to attract regional and international business.  

The Windsor Arms hotel is located in the heart of Toronto, steps away from Yorkville, an affluent neighbourhood with high-end boutiques, galleries, and design studios also known as the “Mink Mile”.

Brandtalk Media will produce a series of promotional videos that highlights the Windsor Arms core pillars – exquisite suites, fine dining, luxurious high tea experience, a rejuvenating spa oasis, and a special focus on corporate and social events.

"We selected Brandtalk Media, a boutique PR and digital agency to lead our marketing strategy based on their experience in hospitality and tourism sector curating premium lifestyle experiences for niche hotel properties” - George Friedmann, President of Windsor Arms Hotel. 

Jenelle Ernest, CEO of Brandtalk Media will work closely with its sister agency TOTAL Public Relations to lead the account from their Toronto based office with a diverse team of industry professionals.

“We are thrilled to have been selected to represent the Windsor Arms Hotel, which has been a staple in the City of Toronto since 1927.  One of the few properties in Toronto which has maintained its heritage, a classic throwback to old time splendor with a great Gatsby experience.” – Jenelle Ernest, CEO Brandtalk Media.


ATLANTA, GA – March 3, 2020 – Today, Hotel Equities (HE) announced plans for the development of a new Four Points by Sheraton hotel to be located in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. The new hotel is owned and being developed by We Wai Kai Nation. Hotel Equities is providing development services for the new-build and will operate the hotel upon opening. This property will be the ninth Four Points-branded property in HE’s growing portfolio.

“We are so proud to partner with We Wai Kai on this new hotel,” said Joe Reardon, chief development officer for HE. “Their vision to create much-needed accommodations aligned with We Wai Kai’s mission will be enhanced through their decision to partner with one of Marriott’s most loved brands, Four Points by Sheraton. We look forward to further promoting their culture through this new development.”

With construction slated to begin in Q3 of this year, the forthcoming Four Points by Sheraton-Campbell River will combine Four Points’ classic-modern aesthetic with a timeless nod to the natural serenity inspired by the oceanside communities of Campbell River and the Discovery Islands. Travelers, shoppers, outdoor adventurers, and marine enthusiasts alike will experience five star accommodations nestled in a unique town-by-the-sea.

The We Wai Kai culture is proud to be foundationally rooted in their ancestral history as they look to the future to ensure their next generation is able to thrive in modern society. We Wai Kai Chief, Brian Assu, sees several economic benefits to stem from the new development including job creation and economic prosperity which are of utmost importance to Chief Assu. “In addition to contributing to building a diversified economy, our ability to lift up our community by providing capacity building opportunities supports our overall mission. We couldn’t be more pleased to bring our vision to fruition with the support of the world’s largest hotel chain, Marriott, and with the operational expertise Hotel Equities provides.”

Campbell River is nicknamed the “Salmon Capital of the World” and is located on Vancouver Island at the southern end of the Discovery Passage – the 16 mile long channel and key shipping route is off the coast of mainland British Columbia. Campbell River has a population of approximately 36,000 people and is located 230 miles northwest of Vancouver, Canada’s third largest metropolitan area and home to nearly 2.5 million people.


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


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