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SOLON, OH, AUGUST 6, 2020 — As people return to public spaces, two issues loom large: guiding individuals safely around the interior, and reminding everyone to maintain a safe distance from each other. Wayfinding and zoning are simple ways to help people navigate your space, and flooring has long been a key component of the solution. Adding new visual cues beneath people’s feet helps coordinate their movement, reducing the likelihood of individuals coming into close contact. Tarkett, a worldwide leader in sustainable flooring, is offering a suite of solutions aimed at helping businesses address these challenges, while creating appealing spaces for people to work, play, learn and heal safely.

A number of preconfigured wayfinding solutions from Tarkett make specification easy, and may be customized to meet individual needs. Die-cut shapes are available through the company’s IMAGINATIONS® program in a wide variety of materials from modular soft surface to heterogeneous sheet vinyl. Designs include 24” x 24” arrow or footprint tiles that can be easily dropped into an existing floor to integrate clear distancing markers. Modular 18” circles are another way to mark appropriate distancing, while larger 6-foot diameter circles help delineate individual workspaces or zones. Custom Powerbond® area rugs offer yet another opportunity to add iconography and messaging onto the floor.

For LVT, 18”x18” tiles printed with “Stand Here” messaging are a simple and stylish way to integrate distancing markers into an existing space with the switch of a few tiles, whether a long- or short-term solution is needed. Also, arranging 6” x 36” LVT planks into arrow patterns is another easy way to provide subtle wayfinding.

“As the world begins to emerge, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities and retailers are working to balance the reopening of the economy with the continued health and well-being of their people. Returning to public space presents a set of unprecedented challenges, and flooring can play a crucial part in addressing them,” said Leslie Thompson, director, workplace segment strategy. “Tarkett’s Human-Conscious Design™ is our promise that we will put people first in everything we do. As the world gets back to business, Tarkett has the knowledge, products and services necessary to guide you through the next normal.”

For completely customizable solutions, Tarkett’s IMAGINATIONS® Custom Floor Design program enables architects, designers and facilities personnel to create custom die-cuts for carpet, LVT, rubber or resilient sheet. These can include specific designs, messaging or imagery, which can then be fabricated and shipped directly to the jobsite.

Tarkett’s Collections Infinies™ program is another unique solution for creating custom, digitally printed LVT with wayfinding and zoning elements. The collection lets businesses either co-create a brand-new design or recolor an existing design to suit their brand or theme.

Facilitating social distancing may also require expanding or repurposing existing space. Tarkett offers a wide variety of flooring options designed for fast installation, immediate occupancy and easy cleaning and maintenance, while also contributing to healthy indoor environments. iQ® Optima® sheet vinyl, for example, retains its superior wear, stain and abrasion resistance with just an occasional dry buff. No wax or finish is needed for the life of the product, and maintenance requires only a damp mop with a neutral cleaner. The series has earned the asthma & allergy friendly® certification from the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Tarkett also offers a number of innovative, safe adhesives, including RollSmart™, which dramatically reduce the time needed for installation and curing. Installers are able to get in and out of buildings faster, lowering potential health risks and letting building employees get back to work more quickly.

For more information about Tarkett and the company’s comprehensive range of flooring solutions and accessories, visit www.tarkettna.com

 
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VANCOUVER, BC (August 5, 2020):Wedgewood Hotel & Spa is recognized as 2020 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award winner for Top Luxury Hotel in Canada, ranking #1 of 25. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners exemplify travelers’ ultimate favourite, top 1% of hospitality businesses around the globe.

“We are thrilled and honoured to be recognized as the #1 Luxury Hotel in Canada!" says Elpie Marinakis Jackson, Co-owner & Managing Director. "We thank all of our amazing guests for helping us achieve this top spot, as it is their wonderful and thoughtful reviews that made this award possible. It means the world to us that our guests enjoy our hospitality as much as we love providing it! We look forward to having our guests visit again soon to celebrate with us!”

“Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners' achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for travelers as the world begins to venture out again.”

To see traveler reviews of the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, visit tripadvisor.ca

 
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Calgary, AB – July 23, 2020 – The Kananaskis Nordic Spa (the Spa) is thrilled to announce its reopening today, Friday, July 24, in tandem with the reopening of neighbouring property Crosswaters Resort (the Resort). Renowned for their stunning settings and hydrotherapy offerings, the Spa and the Resort have shifted their service offering in response to COVID-19 and are readily accepting guests at revised capacities with enhanced health and safety measures in place.

“The health and wellbeing of our guests is at the heart of what we do, and I am thrilled to welcome the public back to embrace the elements, discover the benefits of hydrotherapy, and find refuge here in the Kananaskis Valley,” said Alexandra Sharpe-Keene, Vice President of Spa Operations, Kananaskis Nordic Spa. “Wellness routines have been so important over the past few months and I look forward to seeing the Kananaskis Nordic Spa become a key part of peoples’ self-care rituals once more.”

The Spa and the Resort closed temporarily on March 18, 2020 as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Now, with the greenlight from Alberta Health, a new adult-only Picnic and Spa Package has been launched that includes guaranteed access to the coveted wellness amenities available at the Resort and the Spa’s hydrotherapy pools coupled with a gourmet picnic dinner for two. In keeping with provincial guidance, the Spa’s saunas and steam rooms remain closed.

“We are incredibly pleased to reopen Crosswaters Resort to once again offer our guests a truly unique refuge in which to relax and recharge,” said Graeme Jenkins, Vice President of Operations, Pomeroy Lodging, the Alberta-based parent company of Crosswaters Resort. “This newly renovated accommodation is one of the Kananaskis region’s hidden gems and its latest Picnic and Spa Package is the perfect way to experience everything the Resort and the area has to offer, from wellness amenities, to hydrotherapy, to fresh local food and stunning mountain vistas.”

While the Resort previously featured an adult-only floor, upon reopening it has become a fully adult-only accommodation to provide one-of-a-kind retreat-style getaway. The Resort is walking distance to the offerings available at the nearby Spa and the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, including various food and beverages outlets.

“We recognized the need to offer another option to guests who want to prioritize calm and relaxation above all else,” said Jenkins. “We continue to warmly welcome families to Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, but now offer Crosswaters Resort as an alternative for those wanting the ultimate wellness retreat.” 

The new adult-only Picnic and Spa Package is available for purchase and includes accommodation for two people, access to the Spa’s pools for the day, and a picnic dinner for two.

As wellness-centred operations, both the Spa and Crosswaters Resort are committed to the health and wellbeing of guests and staff. Enhanced health and safety protocols in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 include, but are not limited to:

  • Touchless intake, check-in and payment.
  • Extended time between Spa treatments to allow for additional disinfecting between guests.
  • The reconfiguration of all entryways and reception desks to allow for social distancing.
  • Employee wellness checks at the start and end of every shift.
  • Bluetooth technology that monitors max capacity (65 people) and social distancing in the Spa.
  • Staggered access to the Spa’s hydrotherapy pools that allows time for full sanitization in between morning (9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) and evening (3:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) sessions.
  • Prohibited re-entry to the Spa upon exit to help manage guest capacity.
  • Access to the Spa by reservation only, required at least 24 hours in advance.

For more information and to make a booking, visit knordicspa.com and crosswatersresort.com.

 
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ISAC Hotelier & FFE International is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuti Kothari to the position of Marketing Executive. 

During these unprecedented times, she has been brought onboard to maximize business opportunities and drive growth.

Recently moved to Canada, Kothari, a University of Mumbai Alumini has a Masters in Marketing and brings 4+ years of international experience in the digital space.

 With the industry coping through a lot of issues due to the pandemic, she will be driving sales by designing innovative marketing strategies.

 
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WASHINGTON (July 29, 2020) – As Congress debates a new round of COVID-19 recovery legislation, a new survey of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) members shows that the pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on the hotel industry and its employees. Results show nearly nine in ten hotels have been forced to lay off or furlough employees due to COVID-19 and the resulting drop in travel. Four months into the crisis, only 37 percent of survey respondents report that they have been able to bring back at least half their full-time employees.

To raise awareness for hotel industry priorities, AHLA is declaring Wednesday, July 29 “Save Hotel Jobs,” a National Day of Action for hoteliers across the country to urge lawmakers to swiftly pass additional stimulus relief.  Among hotel owner respondents, more than half are in danger of foreclosure by commercial real estate lenders.

AHLA conducted the survey of hotel industry owners, operators, and employees from July 23-27, 2020, with more than 1,200 respondents. Key findings include the following:

  • 87% of hotels report being forced to lay off or furlough staff because of COVID-19
  • 36% have been unable to bring ANY of their furloughed or laid off workers back to full-time employment
  • Just 37% of hotels have been able to bring back at least half their full-time employees
  • Only one in four hotels (24%) is back to a minimum of 60% of their pre-COVID staffing levels, while less than one in three (29%) is still at or below 20% staffing
  • Of the more than 600 hotel owner respondents, more than half stated that are in danger of losing their property to foreclosure by commercial real estate lenders due to COVID-19

“It’s hard to overstate just how devastating the pandemic has been for the hotel industry. We have never seen a crisis of this magnitude,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. “We are encouraged to see many of AHLA’s industry priorities included in the Senate package released this week. We urge Congress to direct help to the industries and employees that need it the most, and to move swiftly to support them.”

Rogers urged hoteliers to immediately contact the offices of Members of Congress with calls, letters, and social media posts to ensure the industry’s top priorities are included in the next relief package passed by Congress. The most pressing concerns for the industry right now include access to increased liquidity, tax relief, and limited liability protection.

“It is critical that Congress hear directly from hoteliers so that you get the help you need,” said Rogers. “Hotels have a presence in every congressional district in America, building strong local economies and supporting millions of jobs. Every Member of Congress needs to hear from us about the urgent need for additional support so that we can keep our doors open and bring back our employees.”

Hoteliers can visit www.ahla.com/hotelsact to connect to their elected officials.

 

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