VANCOUVER, B.C. (August 4, 2022) JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection are thrilled to welcome Graeme Benn as dual property general manager. In his new role, Benn is responsible for overseeing both luxury properties, which anchor the buzz-worthy Parq Vancouver entertainment experience in downtown Vancouver.

Exceptionally suited to lead the prestigious hotels, Benn joins the team with over 35 years of experience earned at hospitality venues across the globe. He has worked in leadership roles at respected brands such as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Marriott International, Coast Hotels, and Delta Hotels, and holds an MBA from the University of Guelph. Today, Benn is honoured to continue the incredible work of his predecessor Marion Harper Treskin, who retired from her position in July.

“I’m thrilled to join the incredible team at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and the DOUGLAS, which are in the epicentre of Vancouver’s electric entertainment district. Over the years, these hotels have evolved into globally recognized properties located in the heart of an enviable city,” says Benn. “I’m excited to build on this momentum and continue offering guests the impeccable, personalized service and luxurious comforts they have come to expect from a visit to our hotels.”

The MICHELIN Guide recently added the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection, to its curated selection of hotels worldwide. Benn’s immediate plans include creating opportunities for further accolades by introducing strategic programs and initiatives to both hotels that will raise the bar for luxury and comfort.

For more information about the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection, or to arrange an interview with Graeme Benn, contact Louise Stoddart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Vancouver, B.C. – August 04th, 2022 – Coast Hotels Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of APA Hotel Canada, Inc. and one of North America’s fastest-growing and one of Canada’s largest hotel brands, has joined UNESCO and Expedia Group in the global expansion of the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge. The brand and eight owned/managed hotels commit to adhering to responsible environmental and cultural practices, making a difference to the communities in which they operate.

The UNESCO Pledge promotes responsible practices such as environmental protection, community resilience and heritage conservation, with the goal of changing the nature and impact of global tourism. With 22 hotels already certified by Green Key Global with a Green Key Eco-Rating of two or more keys, Coast Hotels adds a further commitment to sustainability practices.

“Coast Hotels are nestled in magnificent mountain ranges and spectacular cities, in quaint towns and coastal retreats. We want to keep those places beautiful and be better stewards of the planet,” said Mr. Jin Sasaki, President of Coast Hotels. “An important factor in sustainable tourism is allowing the communities and cultures in which we operate to thrive. As part of this Pledge, we commit to supporting our local communities through actions such as sourcing produce locally and hiring local people.”

Coast Hotels' current eco-friendly hotel practices help protect the properties’ surroundings by encouraging sustainability in a variety of ways: recycling, composting, sourcing sustainable and local foods, using bio-degradable cleaning supplies, energy-efficient lighting and more.

In addition to the brand, the following individual hotels have completed the UNESCO Pledge:

Coast Bastion Hotel, Nanaimo, BC

Coast Chilliwack Hotel by APA, Chilliwack, BC

Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA, Vancouver, BC

Coast Prince George Hotel by APA, Prince George, BC

Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA, Victoria, BC

Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel by APA, Edmonton, AB

Campus Tower Suite Hotel, Edmonton, AB

Tekarra Lodge, Jasper, AB


Woburn, MA - 3 August 2022CJ BIO, a division of South Korea-based CJ CheilJedang, announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the global hotel chain Accor to begin developing hotel amenities that are made with polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), an eco-friendly biodegradable material. Through this agreement, the two companies will work together to replace single-use plastic amenities that are provided to all Accor hotel guests, which will help the hotel chain to deliver on its commitment to phase out all single-use plastic items in guest experience from its hotels by the end of 2022.

Established in France in 1967, Accor operates more than 5,000 hotels in 110 countries around the world. Their catalog of brands includes Fairmont, Pullman, Novotel, the Delano, Swissotel, and other luxury hotel chains. Through the initial agreement, Accor and CJ BIO will replace plastic products used at Accor’s hotel chains in Korea, including cups, plastic bags, combs, stationery, and various amenity containers with PHA-based products. The two organizations will then expand the agreement to hotels in the Asia-Pacific region, and if positive results are obtained, the intent is to expand the use of PHA globally.

In addition to eliminating all single-use plastic items in guest experience from its hotels by the end of 2022, Accor has committed to stop using all other industrial biodegradable materials that only decompose under certain conditions. The chain also added specific guidelines to encourage the use of materials that are biodegradable at home, in the soil or at sea, or that are recycled or derived from paper or wood. CJ BIO is a pioneer in the development of PHA and is the world’s first and only producer of amorphous PHA, which is TUV OK Certified for industrial and home compost, soil biodegradable, and marine biodegradable. It is considered ‘home compostable,’ meaning that it does not require specialized equipment or elevated temperatures to fully degrade.

“We are committed to a sustainable future, and we actively investigate and implement solutions that help to address the environmental challenges that we all face.  We believe PHA is the right solution to help us achieve our goal,” says Vincent Lelay, Vice President Operations AccorHotels Korea.

According to Seung Jin Lee, Head of the Biomaterials business for CJ BIO: “We are pleased to enter into this collaboration, which is mutually beneficial for Accor and CJ BIO. This will serve as an opportunity for CJ BIO to demonstrate that eco-friendly biodegradable materials, like our PHA, can replace the petroleum-based plastics that are deeply present in our lives, and offer the same level of performance. For Accor, this relationship will allow them to provide sustainable services to their customers and to meet their environmental commitments. We look forward to our continued collaboration.”

CJ BIO has started producing amorphous PHA at its manufacturing facility in Pasuruan, Indonesia, and plans to increase production to meet expected demand. Branded as PHACT® Marine Biodegradable Polymers, CJ BIO’s amorphous PHA is a softer, more rubbery version of PHA that offers fundamentally different performance characteristics than the crystalline or semi-crystalline forms that currently dominate the PHA market. The first product of this new line is PHACT A1000P, which is now being used as a modifier to other compostable polymers and biopolymers to improve functional and processing characteristics, and for enabling these products to achieve faster rates of biodegradation or composting.

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Rossland, BC – July 20, 2022 – The Josie Hotel, Autograph Collection and The Velvet Restaurant and Lounge in Rossland, British Columbia welcomes Takashi Harada as their new executive chef.

No stranger to hospitality and resorts, Chef Harada has worked in destination hotels and resorts around the world such as Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in Vancouver (under well-known Canadian chef Ned Bell), Tokyo, Lanai (Hawaii), Hualalai (Hawaii), St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean, and most recently, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. A self-professed ski enthusiast, he also looks forward to hitting the slopes at RED Mountain Resort with The Josie just steps away.

“Rossland is such a special town, and everyone is so friendly.” says Chef Harada. “There are so many activities to explore. I’ve already taken my kids on the hiking and mountain biking trails, and we can’t wait to ski at RED this winter.”

At the age of ten, Chef Harada began his culinary career by his mother’s side in the kitchen. Making simple traditional Japanese dishes with his mother, he learned the importance of approaching cooking in an orderly, step-by-step fashion. “We often forget the complexity of each individual ingredient.” says Chef Harada. “It’s important to slow down and appreciate the ingredients, and it’s my goal to bring this philosophy of cooking and teaching to the kitchen at The Velvet Restaurant and Lounge. If I could sum up my cooking style, it would be bold and flavourful, while still simple and approachable.”

Chef Harada plans to continue focusing on special culinary events. “I’m excited to work with the team to build on the culinary programming,” says Chef Harada. “I grew up in Richmond [BC] and was spoiled for choice with the Asian culinary scene. I’d love to share this diversity with our guests at The Velvet Restaurant and Lounge.”

In addition to The Velvet Restaurant and Lounge, Chef Harada oversees culinary for banquets and events as well as in-room dining at The Josie hotel.


GERMANY, 2 August 2022: Machine learning is delivering enhanced hotel profitability, continually optimizing pricing and inventory controls using SIHOT and IDeaS. The integration takes advantage of SIHOT’s comprehensive hotel management data paired with IDeaS G3 Revenue Management System (RMS) to deliver exceptional results for hotels.

The enhanced two-way interface provides unique benefits surfacing more meaningful data from across a property or group. It optimally prices each key product using unique characteristics and relationships between products and room types. This easy-to-use approach ensures analytically priced products to further personalize guests’ booking journeys.

Underpinned by advanced data science to continually improve pricing decisions, G3 RMS incorporates historical and on-the-books transactional data along with market intelligence to deliver accurate demand forecasts, room type pricing, and rate availability decisions. The system provides insight into cancellation and no-show patterns, price sensitivity, and market behavior maximizing RevPAR while taking into account specific property restrictions and overbooking thresholds.

“As long-term partners, IDeaS and SIHOT have always set the bar high to provide quality solutions for the hospitality industry,” said Carsten Wernet, Chief Executive, SIHOT. “Our new integration to G3 RMS takes hotel revenue optimization to the next level to really benefit from the wide cross-section of data within a hotel’s system, together with valuable economic and third-party data. Hotels see the necessity to react faster to the market, have greater visibility and transparency over rate decisions, and move to focus on overall profitability. This enhanced integration helps them achieve that.” 

The new connectivity supports G3 RMS' unique pricing approach that goes beyond rate tiers and fixed offsets to set the optimal price by room type to elevate overall profitability and competitiveness. Using advanced analytics to flexibly price products such as advance purchase, loyalty, packages, promotional rates and more, hoteliers can capture incremental revenue by dynamically adjusting discount percentages or amounts based on demand patterns such as season, days to arrival, day of week and room type.

“Hoteliers receive exceptional value from this new interface thanks to the sheer range of data which is accessible via SIHOT,” said Sanjay Nagalia, co-founder, COO and CTO, IDeaS. “With more data points to work with, our G3 RMS is an incredibly powerful tool that provides precise forecasts and optimizes pricing and overbooking decisions. This enables our partner hotels to respond to every market change, whether large or small, giving hoteliers an even greater advantage over their competition in a continually volatile market.”

Customers currently live with the SIHOT/IDeaS enhanced connection include Travel Charme Hotels & Resorts and Brera Serviced Apartments.

Egor Fast, distribution at Brera Serviced Apartments, said,As a serviced apartment provider focusing on the long stay business, our requirements are, to a certain point, unique. SIHOT provides support for all our requirements with IDeaS G3 RMS, and we are convinced this collaboration will lead to revenue increases and sales optimization.”

SIHOT upgraded the direct connection with IDeaS to provide access to a wider pool of data needed to manage comprehensive and intuitive functionality in G3 RMS. Find out more at


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