Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Vancouver Downtown Signs on for Worldwide Brand Relaunch
Hotel First In Canada to Feature New Sign and Brand Standards TORONTO (June 5, 2008) - The new Holiday Inn sign introduced in 2007 is making its way around the world. Today, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Vancouver Downtown announces that it will be the property in which this green beacon of hospitality will make its Canadian debut. The new sign is the seal of approval that this hotel exemplifies the standards of the $1 billion Holiday Inn brand relaunch program established to create a more contemporary brand image, increase quality and drive consistency. Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Vancouver Downtown is the first in Canada and among the first hotels in the world to receive the sign. "We have set an aggressive pace to relaunch our complete estate of nearly 3,200 hotels, 413,406 guest rooms and 11,000 signs by the end of 2010, "said Mark Snyder, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Brand Management for Holiday Inn. "And with the addition of Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Vancouver Downtown we are off and running on our journey to make every Holiday Inn hotel as great as our best one." Elements of the Holiday Inn brand relaunch include: Redesigned Brand Signage An evolution of the iconic script logo, energizing the signature color green and eliminating the current shield shape for a more refreshed and contemporary look. Refreshed Guest Room New bedding redefines the look and feel of each guest room with fresh, white triple-sheeting and pillows that come in two comfort levels: "soft" and "firm". An enhanced bathroom features an improved showerhead offering superior pressure, as well as a signature shower curtain with curved rod and new amenities to deliver a bath experience that feels fresh and contemporary. Warm Welcome A new signature arrival - including new lighting, landscaping and design features - creates an energized and branded sense of welcome that is universally recognizable. Customized music and scent selections engage guests in a complete sensory experience and a highly organized front desk promotes a more efficient and interactive check-in process. New Service Promise A best-in-class service culture - "Stay Real"- further ensures that the team develops the behaviours and skills to best serve guests so they feel like individuals and not numbers. Genuine people delivering real service. Leading the charge, will be a newly created position at each hotel - the Guest Experience Champion. "We look forward to offering our guests an enhanced stay experience with a new look and exceptional levels of customer service,"said Suzanne Allemeier, General Manager, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Vancouver Downtown. "And we are especially pleased to be the first in Canada to showcase these new Holiday Inn brand family hallmarks. As part of the relaunch, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Vancouver Downtown worked to repurpose the hotel's previous bedding and bath fixtures and to give back to the community. Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Vancouver Downtown, was recently acknowledged by the Hotel Association of Canada for its support of the Union Gospel Mission and humanitarianism. The 245-room hotel is within walking distance to Robson Street shopping, Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium, and offers such business conveniences as 5100 square feet of dynamic meeting space. Other amenities include an indoor pool, sauna and gym. Holiday Inn guestroom accommodations feature comfortable double, queen or king-sized beds and a sitting area with a lounge chair. For the business traveler, guestrooms provide a work desk and ergonomic chair, data ports, complimentary newspaper, and in-room check-out capabilities. High speed Internet access is also available. The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Vancouver Downtown is managed by Atlific Hotels and is located at 1110 Howe Street. Telephone: 604-684-2151; www.holidayinnvancouverdowntown.com. About Atlific Hotels: Atlific Hotels is one of the fastest growing Canadian hotel management companies operating over 40 hotels in Canada with offices in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. Atlific Hotels has been managing well known Canadian hotels, resorts, and extended stay properties for 50 years. Atlific Hotels has built a reputation for best in business accounting reporting, exceptional sales and marketing programs and sound operational systems. Atlific Hotels' parent company, Ocean Properties, Ltd. operates over 100 hotels throughout the United States. Together they make up the fifth largest privately owned hotel management company in North America, operating independent hotels and resorts as well as internationally recognized hotel brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Westin and Holiday Inn. 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