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The BC Hotel Association (BCHA) announces that Ingrid Jarrett will be stepping down as CEO, effective at the end of 2024. Ingrid will be moving on to the next chapter in her career after five years of leading the BCHA, having joined the team in 2019 with a wealth of industry experience and knowledge.

Anyone who has had the honour of working with Ingrid can attest that her leadership has been instrumental in positioning the BCHA for ongoing success. Ingrid’s vision and dedication have helped transform British Columbia’s hospitality landscape, preparing BCHA and the sector for future growth and resilience. 

Under Ingrid’s leadership, the BCHA has achieved many milestones. These include enhanced relationship-building based on trust with the Government at provincial and federal levels, leading the hospitality sector by example for diversity, equity, and inclusion and reaching the 50/30 diversity challenge by November 2022, while also promoting sustainability in hospitality through the launch of the BCHA Sustainability Playbook. 

Ingrid led the BCHA team through advocacy efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including various initiatives to support the industry’s recovery and future growth. She helmed the team through research and legislative changes for British Columbia on the short-term rental policy development and legislation to support affordable, available housing, and cultivated meaningful partnerships for the BCHA to bolster support for our members. 

The BCHA, with the support of Ingrid’s leadership, identified opportunities to further support our communities through recent economic crises and climate change, as seen through the collaborative development of the Emergency Management Booking Portal.

Looking to the future of the BCHA, we are confident in this new chapter, building upon the organization’s solid foundation for growth and the culture of curiosity, innovation, and collaboration. The Board of Directors, with support from Watson Board Advisors, are beginning a thoughtful search process to identify the next CEO of the BCHA. Watson has over 20 years of experience advising Boards, and their team’s approach to the art of CEO recruitment, the dynamics of leadership, and the practice of governance is well-suited to ensuring the BCHA will continue to build on the strong groundwork laid by Ingrid and the team. For all inquiries regarding the CEO position, please contact Hannah Magus, Associate, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Barb Schimnowsky, Partner, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Ingrid for her contributions and impact, and we wish her the best in her future endeavours.

 
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WASHINGTON 19 July 2024 – Two of the world regions, the Americas and Asia Pacific, showed a year-over-year increase in hotel pipeline activity at the end of the second quarter, according to June 2024 data from CoStar. CoStar is a leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information, and analytics in the property markets.

June 2024 (% change in comparison with June 2023):

Europe

In construction: 165,858 rooms (-2.4%)

Final Planning: 93,241 rooms (-20.9%)

Planning: 160,651 rooms (+8.0%)

Total Under Contract: 419,750 rooms (-3.8%)

Among countries in the region, Germany (27,302) led in construction activity, closely followed by the U.K. (25,312).


Asia Pacific

In construction: 503,770 rooms (+4.4%)

Final Planning: 91,282 rooms (-22.9%)

Planning: 323,931 rooms (+16.5%)

Total Under Contract: 918,983 rooms (+4.5%)

China leads the Asia Pacific region in total rooms in construction (319,012), followed by Vietnam (36,521).


Middle East & Africa

In construction: 109,005 rooms (-5.6%)

Final Planning: 33,040 rooms (-23.8%)

Planning: 83,020 rooms (+9.2%)

Total Under Contract: 225,065 rooms (-4.2%)

Most of the region’s pipeline activity is focused in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia (42,786) and the United Arab Emirates (18,933) have the most rooms in construction.


Americas


In construction: 208,718 rooms (+8.3%)

Final Planning: 299,153 rooms (+6.9%)

Planning: 385,945 rooms (+34.6%)

Total Under Contract:893,816 rooms (+17.8%)

The U.S. (157,713) has the most rooms in construction in the region. After the U.S., Mexico (13,301), Canada (8,686) and Brazil (5,948) have the highest number of rooms in construction.

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Vancouver, B.C. – July 17th, 2024 – 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, celebrated the completion of an extensive, multimillion-dollar guest room renovation at the Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA, British Columbia during a launch event today. The newly reimagined rooms and suites offer guests an elevated Refreshingly Local™ experience with a focus on sophisticated comfort, intuitive design, aesthetic appeal, and unparalleled service

Nestled along the picturesque shores of Victoria Outer Harbour, Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA has long been a beacon of coastal hospitality. The extensive renovations represent a significant investment in both style and comfort, further solidifying the hotel’s position as a premier destination for leisure and business travelers alike.

"We are thrilled to unveil and celebrate our newly renovated rooms and suites, which reflect our unwavering commitment to providing guests and residents with the best upscale experience in Victoria,“ states Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA General Manager, Stephen Roughley. "We ensured that every detail was considered, and this fresh, contemporary update has surpassed all expectations.”

The extensive revitalization includes comprehensive updates to every room and suite, including new furnishings, bedding, fixtures, and full bathroom renovations. Some rooms feature a massage chair and balconies with stunning views. The design incorporates a unique coastal feel with contemporary lines and silhouettes that lend a relaxed elegance to the breezy simplicity of shore life. The redesigned open-concept space also incorporates nature’s palette with a bit of drama and mood.

Dark chocolates and caramel, the colors of earth, wood, and stone, emulate a relaxing and warm feeling.

"We are proud to bring best-in-class accommodation to the residents of Victoria, Vancouver Island, and indeed the world”, says Takamasa Machiura, President & CEO of Coast Hotels Limited. “Our investment in elevating the guest room experience reflects our dedication to providing the utmost in hospitality. This revitalization, characterized by its warm and organic essence, underscores our promise to offer the preeminent Hotel in Victoria.”

At the forefront of this exciting renovation project were ProStar Contracting and LIV Hospitality FF+E, bringing their expertise and creativity to redefine the Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA experience.

With the completion of this renovation project, Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA reaffirms its commitment to providing an unparalleled experience, inviting guests to discover a destination that exceeds every expectation.

 
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ATLANTA - July ​18, 2024 - Today, hotel owner, operator and developer, Hotel Equities ("HE"), announced the promotion of Bill Stachler to Senior Vice President of Revenue Management.

Stachler’s leadership has been instrumental in driving HE's success through innovative revenue management strategies. His keen understanding of recognizing and adapting to trends and changes in guest behavior has positively influenced performance throughout the firm's portfolio. Stachler has been a strong advocate for leveraging business intelligence tools, which have become a noteworthy advantage. HE has enjoyed measured advantages over its competitors in overall market share performance thanks to the dedicated and innovative efforts of a best-in-class revenue management team led by Stachler.

“Stachler's analytical prowess and leadership have been pivotal in shaping our revenue strategies," said Al Smith President of HE hotel operations. His journey to SVP of Revenue Management is not just a career milestone but a testament to his relentless pursuit of excellence. I've had the privilege of witnessing Bill turn challenges into triumphs, always approaching each situation with a blend of analytical rigor and genuine entrepreneurship. He has a unique talent for seeing beyond the numbers, understanding the intricacies of our industry, and crafting solutions that drive our organization forward.”

In his elevated role, Stachler will assume an expanded range of responsibilities that will further drive the company's performance and growth. He will lead the development and execution of cutting-edge data analytics and business intelligence systems, enhancing our ability to make proactive and informed decisions. Additionally, Stachler will spearhead cross-departmental collaborations to identify and capitalize on emerging market trends, optimize pricing strategies, and maximize revenue opportunities. His focus will also include mentoring and developing the next generation of leaders within the revenue management team, fostering a culture of innovation and excellence.

“I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity. I’ve been fortunate to work alongside some of the most talented and passionate individuals in the hospitality industry. Together, we have navigated challenges, embraced creative thinking, and consistently delivered results for the organization. This journey has been marked by continuous learning and growth, and I am committed to building on our successes.” Said Stachler.

His ability to utilize strategic foresight and analytical rigor has been reflected in his success at HE.

 
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 16, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport is thrilled to announce their selection as the first-place winner of the strongly contested ‘Best Hotel’ awards category, in this year’s ‘Best of Richmond’. The significant and notable win emphasizes the team's continued commitment to showcasing the best of Canadian hospitality, providing exceptional comfort and great service at great value to all guests.

With more than 5,000 individual votes cast by local readers, 2024 marks the 16th annual edition of the special awards publication. The grassroots initiative was established to give readers the opportunity each year to vote for their favorite services, products, and experiences based in Richmond. Most important of all, it is also a chance for the public recognition of those who continue to showcase excellence to their guests.

We are extremely proud of our team as this award is a true testament and celebration of the dedication that they have shown to guests during their time here at Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport. It confirms and further motivates us to ensure we continually strive for excellence in every aspect of our guest services and hospitality” advised Anjali John, Manager of Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport. “We are truly grateful to Richmond News and to everyone who voted for us, we will cherish it as a significant milestone in our journey.”

Adding to this, Joseph Lee, Regional Director of Lower Mainland Vancouver, Sandman Hotel Group advises “Our team in the Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport is truly special, they genuinely support and care for one another. Not only do they work diligently to provide a truly positive guest experience, but the culture of excellence is prevalent throughout our hotel. I want to sincerely congratulate every single one of our team members on this well-deserved recognition.” He finishes by saying “We are also so grateful to our Richmond community and want to thank them for this prestigious honor. It is such a privilege for them to place us first for this award.”

Located only minutes away from Vancouver International Airport and accessible via our free dedicated airport shuttle, the Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport is situated between the downtown hubs of two great cities. With incredibly comfortable rooms, connection to free high-speed Wi-Fi, and plenty of amenities to suit your every need, it’s no wonder this location has been voted by the public as Richmond’s ‘Best Hotel’ for 2024.

If you would like to experience the world-renowned River Rock Casino, venues of the 2010 Winter Olympics, or simply make your way to the lush greenery at Minoru Park, the Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport team is ready to welcome you upon landing. For further information and offers, check out their website or their Hot Last-Minute Deals page to book a stay today.

 

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