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MCLEAN, Va.October 31, 2017Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced deals for three Tru by Hilton properties in Canada, which marks the development of the brand’s first non-U.S. locations. Located in Alberta, Tru by Hilton Edmonton-Windermere is the first of these properties expected to open in 2018. It will be followed by two additional Tru by Hilton properties in Ontario in 2019. These hotels are part of Tru by Hilton’s robust pipeline of 420 hotels in various stages of development – the fastest-growing pipeline in the history of the hospitality industry.

“Tru by Hilton is an innovator and industry-leader in the midscale segment – the very first to meet the needs of a previously underserved group of travelers who seek simplicity and value without compromising quality and design,” said Alexandra Jaritz, global head, Tru by Hilton. “We’re incredibly excited to bring Tru by Hilton to the Canadian market. This marks a new chapter for this brand, and we know it will have broad appeal to travelers who span generations, but have a similar ‘zest for life’ mindset.”

Development interest in both Canada and the U.S. includes a diverse group of location types – urban, suburban, resort, college towns and interstate locations. The three properties in development are:

  • The 92-room Tru by Hilton Edmonton-Windermere, located in Alberta, developed by Rohan Investments Inc. and expected to open in 2018.
  • The 120-room Tru by Hilton Markham, located in Ontario, developed by Hanisha Incorporated & Lodson Investments Corporation and expected to open in 2019. This property is a dual-brand project with Home2 Suites, Hilton’s all-suite accommodations option for travelers seeking a longer stay. 
  • The 95-room Tru by Hilton Kingston, also located in Ontario, developed by Canada Ltd., and expected to open in 2019.

When completed, the new hotels will provide guests with smart and efficiently-designed guest rooms and public spaces. Property features include:

  • A reimagined, enlarged lobby with 268 square meters (2,880 square feet) of public space with areas to work, play games, eat or lounge.
  • A build-your-own complimentary “Top It” breakfast bar that has 30 sweet and savory toppings so guests can create their own healthy or indulgent morning masterpieces.
  • Modern rooms designed to make every square foot count, with natural light from oversized windows, 55” TV with a robust programming offer and bright all-shower bathrooms with premium bath amenities.
  • National- and local-brand gourmet snacks and drinks – including single-serve beer and wine – are available 24/7 in the “Eat. & Sip.” market located in the heart of the lobby.
  • Tech-savvy amenities, including mobile check-in, Digital Key, free superfast Wi-Fi, remote printing, social media wall, super-charging stations and accessibility to outlets everywhere.
  • A fitness center that leverages the latest fitness trends through barre, TRX bands, free weights, cardio and flexibility gear, plus guests can get workout ideas from the fitness center tablet.
 
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Barcelona, Oct. 23, 2017 – In the festive ambience of the W Hotel in Barcelona, the winners of the 14th annual International Business Awards were presented their Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards on Saturday, October 21, 2017. High-ranking representatives from more than 130 honored companies and organizations from around the world received their awards on stage.

The International Business Awards (IBAs) are the world's only international, all-encompassing business awards program. Many organisations and individuals from all over the world are among the 2017 winners. One of the top winners this year is the Spanish PR agency Llorente & Cuenca, which won seven golds, times gold Stevie Awards, 15 silvers, and 11 bronzes. They also received a Grand Stevie Award for the Most Honored Public Relations Agency. The marketing agency Hanaroadcom from South Korea, ASDA'A Burson Marsteller from Dubai, Cisco Systems from the USA and India, the Ooredoo Group from the Maldives and PT Petrokimia Gresik from Indonesia were also honored with Grand Stevie Awards.

Among the winners of this year’s International Business Awards are 19 companies and individuals from Canda who have prevailed over the global competition. In total they’ll receive 40 Stevie Awards: 13 gold Stevies, 10 silvers and 17 bronzes. This high number of gold, silver and bronze Stevies is evidence of the great performance of Canadian companies and managers.

The leading winner among the Canadian companies is Toronto based insurance company RSA Canada, with one gold, two silver and six bronze Stevie Awards in various marketing categories. Another top-winner is the computer service provider RevenueWire, with one gold (Customer Service Department of the Year) and four bronze Stevie Awards.

Another company with multiple award winning entries is the computer software company J2 Global from Ottawa, winning one gold and two Silver Stevies in various Customer Service categories.

Resolute Forest Products from Montreal wins a gold Stevie in the category Health, Safety & Environment Program of the Year - in Canada and the U.S.A.. Manatee Holdings Ltd. from Courtenay wins with Lourdes Gant, Chief Visionary Officer, a Silver Stevie in the category Woman of the Year.

From Canada, J2 Global, Manatee Holdings Ltd., and Resolute Forest Products attended the IBA ceremony to receive their awards in Barcelona.

Photo of J2 Global: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevieawards/37855615351/in/album-72157661754095428/

Photo of Manatee Holdings Ltd.: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevieawards/37807044916/in/album-72157661754095428/

Photo of Resolute Forest Products: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevieawards/37145670364/in/album-72157661754095428/

The International Business Awards are open to all organisations worldwide. Organisations and individuals are eligible to compete, and can submit entries in a wide range of categories, including management awards, company of the year awards, marketing awards, public relations awards, customer service awards, human resources awards, new product awards, IT awards, web site awards, and more.

The Stevie winners were selected from more than 3,900 nominations from more than 60 nations. More than 150 executives worldwide participated in the judging process this year to determine the Stevie winners.

“We received a record number of nominations in the IBAs this year,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards. "It was great to welcome the Stevie Awards winners in Barcelona and to watch them receive their awards with pride and joy. The atmosphere was simply outstanding."

More information about the 2017 International Business Awards and the calendar for 2018 is available at www.stevieawards.com/iba.

 
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Quebec, October 19, 2017 - This week Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of their Readers’ Choice Awards 2017, ranking Le Germain Hotel Quebec at #6 on the list of Top Hotels in Canada (excluding Vancouver).

Condé Nast Traveler is one of the most prestigious publications in the luxury travel industry and it is an honour to be included on their list” said Christiane Germain, co-president of Group Germain Hotels. "Providing attentive service in our boutique hotel’s inviting setting is our priority every day," added Sarah Côté, General Manager of Le Germain Hotel Quebec. We are delighted to see that our hospitality resonates with readers and travellers."

More than 300,000 readers submitted their ratings and comments, sharing their recent travel experiences of the world's cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines and airports. The Readers' Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide October 24, 2017. The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca.

Nestled in a century-old building in Quebec City’s Old Port, Le Germain Hotel Quebec is renowned for its warm and luxurious atmosphere as well as for its attentive service. The 60-room family-owned property combines original woodwork and stone and is adorned with unique works of art from local artists, creating a classic yet contemporary look. Located in a neighbourhood as lively as it is picturesque, the hotel is the ideal starting point for making exciting discoveries: early colonial homes, antique shops, boutiques, art galleries, lively cafes, and gourmet restaurants are all within walking distance.

 

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