Montreal, July 12 2017- Group Germain Hotels is pleased to announce several new appointments within the organization.  The Canadian business, rapidly growing from coast to coast, is proud to count on their talented team of professionals who are committed more than ever to promoting the Alt and Le Germain hotel banners.

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Monique Strouvens, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing

A graduate in tourism, Monique is passionate about the trends and new technologies that shape the travel industry. Her 30 years of experience in the hotel industry make her a true leader. She joined Group Germain Hotels in the winter of 2017 to oversee all promotion, sales, distribution and marketing activities in order to maximize the company’s growth in the market.

Christina Baldassare, Marketing Director

Christina is a seasoned marketing manager with more than 15 years of experience in the development and management of products and brands. Her expertise in business development, communication, marketing, media  creativity and event organization make her a valuable resource for Group Germain Hotels. Christina is responsible for developing and implementing the marketing strategy for the Group as a whole in order to ensure strong brand positioning for both hotel banners. She oversees advertising campaigns and the design of various promotional tools.

Marie Pier Germain, Director of Operations

A graduate in mechanical engineering, with a Master’s Degree from the McGill-HEC EMBA program, Marie Pier has been an active member of the family business since 2006. She began her career in Calgary during construction of the Le Germain Hotel real estate complex, taking on key roles that ensured the project’s success. In the years that followed, she went on to manage the team of architects, designers and engineers responsible for the construction and renovation of the company’s hotels, and then took the helm of Alt Hotel Montreal in 2016 as General Manager. Today as Director of Operations, she manages the company’s properties located in the greater Montreal region in addition to overseeing the design and architecture of hotels under construction.

Julie Brisebois, General Manager, Alt Hotel Montreal

Julie’s passion for customer service is a result of working in the hotel industry since 2004. She began her career at Le Germain Hotel Montreal before taking over as General Manager of Alt Hotel Quartier DIX30 in Brossard, and then as General Manager of Alt Hotel Montreal when the hotel opened its doors in 2014. In 2016, Julie set out to Ottawa in order to manage the opening of the brand new Alt Hotel, ensuring the general management was in good hands. One year later, she once again took the helm of Alt Hotel Montreal, succeeding Marie Pier Germain.

Jean Philip Dupré, General Manager, Alt Hotel Ottawa

A graduate  in industrial relations, Jean Philip built a solid background in operations management and training in the retail sector before entering the hotel industry where he quickly climbed the ranks. He joined Group Germain Hotels in 2015 as Director of Housekeeping at Alt Hotel Winnipeg, integrating the team responsible for the opening of the hotel. He went on to serve as Director of Rooms at Alt Hotel Winnipeg, Director of Operations for the opening of Alt Hotel Ottawa and then as Business Development Manager at Alt Hotel Winnipeg. Since April 2017 Jean Philip has been at the helm of Alt Hotel Ottawa, a role he has taken on with pride since at 27 years old he is the Group’s youngest General Manager.


TORONTO (July 6, 2017) – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the opening of the new-build 119-room Holiday Inn Express® & Suites Gatineau - Ottawa hotel in Gatineau, Quebec. This hotel joins the IHG family of hotels already nearby such as the Crowne Plaza®   Gatineau-Ottawa, Holiday Inn® Ottawa East, Holiday Inn Express® and Suites Ottawa West – Nepean. Located 10 minutes away from Ottawa and a short drive from Parliament Hill, Supreme Court of Canada and Casino du Lac-Leamy, this hotel is expected to be a top choice for leisure, sport and business travelers in the Ottawa and Gatineau area.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gatineau-Ottawa property is the first modular build structure in IHG’s Canadian portfolio. The hotel was developed by Quebec-based manufacturer, RCM Modulaire, who specializes in the construction of family housing, temporary buildings and multi-use spaces. Modular buildings are created in a factory where block room units with interior finishes are completed; including the installation of beds, lights, health and safety fixtures; wiring and connections and bathrooms tiled with accessories installed and tested. Units are then delivered to the hotel site for assembly. The in-factory work runs parallel with on-site activity, which allows for overall shorter construction time and better cost control while maintaining the quality and design of the building.  The buildings maintain the exterior trademark architecture of the Holiday Inn Express brand’s newest design solution.

Jean-François Tremblay, General Manager, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gatineau- Ottawa, said: “The Holiday Inn Express brand is one of the most widely recognized hotel brands in the world. We are pleased to add this hotel in our nation’s capital region. We hope travelers will enjoy their stay and explore what the beautiful Gatineau and Ottawa area have in store.”

Additional amenities at the Holiday Inn Express& Suites Gatineau Ottawa hotel include an indoor pool, fitness center and flexible meeting space. Parking is equipped with power stations for electric vehicles, bike racks and spaces for coaches and accessible guests.

Guests can also enjoy the brand’s complimentary Express Start® breakfast. The breakfast bar offers a full range of breakfast items including a variety of healthy options, such as yogurt, Kellogg’s® breakfast cereals, Quaker® oatmeal flavors in cups and a toppings bar for yogurt, cereal and pancakes from the brand's one-touch pancake machine. Additionally, the breakfast bar also offers a wide variety of options including a rotation of egg and meat selections, fresh fruits, the brand's proprietary cinnamon roll and Smart Roast™ coffee.

The hotel, located at 11 Impasse de la Gare-Talon and is owned and managed by Gestion Hoteliere Gatineau Inc. The Holiday Inn Express brand is part of IHG’s diverse family of brands in nearly 100 countries and territories.The scale and diversity of the IHG family of brands means that its hotels can meet guests’ needs whatever the occasion – whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Holiday Inn Brand participates in IHG® Rewards Club. The industry’s first and largest hotel rewards program is free, and guests can enroll at, by downloading theIHG®App, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG’s nearly 5,200 hotels worldwide. The hotel also participates in IHG Green Engage® and offers unique programs to ensure sustainability.


CINCINNATI—[July 11, 2017] — To identify which hand drying method is preferred in the U.S., Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) commissioned a survey conducted online by Harris Poll, May 19-23, among 2,048 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The study found that the majority of American’s (69 percent) prefer to use paper towels over air dryers when drying their hands in public restrooms.

“Hand drying plays an important role in effective hand hygiene,” said John Engel, Director of Marketing, Cintas. “Studies show that germs can be more easily transferred to and from wet hands, which is why drying hands after washing them is essential to staving off bacteria and limiting the spread of infection.”

Of those that chose paper towels as their preferred method to dry their hands in a public restroom, the top five reasons include:

  • Paper towels dry hands better                                                            70%
  • Paper towels dry hands faster                                                             69%    
  • Paper towels provide something to open the restroom door with      52%
  • Air dryers blow bacteria (e.g., on hands, in the air)                            24%
  • Air dryers are too loud                                                                        22%

“What this data tells us is that the majority of Americans want a quick, thorough and hygienic public restroom experience,” added Engel. “While paper towels reduce the number of bacteria on hands, air dryers increase them, leading to further contamination of not only clean hands, but other restroom users up to six feet away[i]. This makes paper towels a ‘no brainer’ choice for hand drying.”

Paper towels are not only more hygienic, but they are also better for the health of restroom users’ ears. In fact, jet hand dryers have the same impact on ears as a close-range pneumatic drill, and are especially dangerous for children’s ears as air dryers are typically positioned at the same height as a child’s head[ii].

The survey also found that age is a factor in the paper towels vs hand dryer debate. Seventy-six percent of Americans aged 35-44 prefer paper towels compared to only 60 percent of those aged 18-34. Additionally, women are more likely than men to prefer paper towels with 73percent and 66 percent, respectively.

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Montreal, June 30, 2017 - The 2017 REBELS winners were announced at the LE Miami closing party hosted on June 28 at the Mondrian South Beach, Miami. Shortlisted among other notable players from the travel industry from around the world, Group Germain Hotels was a finalist for the elimination of pre-set check-out times at Le Germain Hotels and Alt Hotels across Canada.

‘’We are very proud to have been nominated at the REBELS Awards, a prestigious contest that celebrates the very best in the travel industry on an international level’’ says Christiane Germain, co-founder and co-president of Group Germain Hotels. ‘’We are pleased to see that Group Germain Hotels’ innovative approach to guest experience resonated well with the REBELS, whose mission is to showcase visionaries and forward-thinkers from the industry.’’ 

The Canadian family-company recently eliminated fixed check-out times for anyone booking directly with one of its hotels, whether on its websites ( and or on the telephone. A first in the Canadian hotel industry, this newly added amenity is highly valued by both leisure and business travellers who have the freedom to choose the check-out time that best suits them. In addition to increasing the number of transactions made directly on the Group’s platform, such a measure reflects the bold spirit behind the group and its desire to offer hotel guests an elevated experience with comfort at the forefront.

The REBELS award in the Greatest Innovation/Disruption category:

Winner: One Night


      Group Germain Hotels



      The Cosmopolitan

THE REBELS winners are selected through a panel of seasoned industry experts. Every year, the greatest innovation/disruption category recognizes inventive concepts, launches or events that shatter the status quo and reframe how the company sees travel. The complete list can be found here.

LE Miami: Hosted yearly in Miami, LE Miami is a travel trade event that brings together 1300 senior level industry professionals, including high-end buyers, cutting-edge exhibitors and world-renowned media, to uncover the latest trends and innovations in contemporary travel.


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