Barcelona, Oct. 23, 2017 – In the festive ambience of the W Hotel in Barcelona, the winners of the 14th annual International Business Awards were presented their Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards on Saturday, October 21, 2017. High-ranking representatives from more than 130 honored companies and organizations from around the world received their awards on stage.

The International Business Awards (IBAs) are the world's only international, all-encompassing business awards program. Many organisations and individuals from all over the world are among the 2017 winners. One of the top winners this year is the Spanish PR agency Llorente & Cuenca, which won seven golds, times gold Stevie Awards, 15 silvers, and 11 bronzes. They also received a Grand Stevie Award for the Most Honored Public Relations Agency. The marketing agency Hanaroadcom from South Korea, ASDA'A Burson Marsteller from Dubai, Cisco Systems from the USA and India, the Ooredoo Group from the Maldives and PT Petrokimia Gresik from Indonesia were also honored with Grand Stevie Awards.

Among the winners of this year’s International Business Awards are 19 companies and individuals from Canda who have prevailed over the global competition. In total they’ll receive 40 Stevie Awards: 13 gold Stevies, 10 silvers and 17 bronzes. This high number of gold, silver and bronze Stevies is evidence of the great performance of Canadian companies and managers.

The leading winner among the Canadian companies is Toronto based insurance company RSA Canada, with one gold, two silver and six bronze Stevie Awards in various marketing categories. Another top-winner is the computer service provider RevenueWire, with one gold (Customer Service Department of the Year) and four bronze Stevie Awards.

Another company with multiple award winning entries is the computer software company J2 Global from Ottawa, winning one gold and two Silver Stevies in various Customer Service categories.

Resolute Forest Products from Montreal wins a gold Stevie in the category Health, Safety & Environment Program of the Year - in Canada and the U.S.A.. Manatee Holdings Ltd. from Courtenay wins with Lourdes Gant, Chief Visionary Officer, a Silver Stevie in the category Woman of the Year.

From Canada, J2 Global, Manatee Holdings Ltd., and Resolute Forest Products attended the IBA ceremony to receive their awards in Barcelona.

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The International Business Awards are open to all organisations worldwide. Organisations and individuals are eligible to compete, and can submit entries in a wide range of categories, including management awards, company of the year awards, marketing awards, public relations awards, customer service awards, human resources awards, new product awards, IT awards, web site awards, and more.

The Stevie winners were selected from more than 3,900 nominations from more than 60 nations. More than 150 executives worldwide participated in the judging process this year to determine the Stevie winners.

“We received a record number of nominations in the IBAs this year,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards. "It was great to welcome the Stevie Awards winners in Barcelona and to watch them receive their awards with pride and joy. The atmosphere was simply outstanding."

More information about the 2017 International Business Awards and the calendar for 2018 is available at


CALGARY, OCTOBER 23, 2017 - Le Germain Hotel Calgary is proud to present "The Hatstack", a new public artwork created by renowned Albertan artist Walter May.  The sculpture permanently graces the exterior entrance of the boutique-hotel on the corner of 9th Avenue and Centre Street SW across from the Calgary Tower.

The cast-bronze and cement freestanding pillar is comprised of 33 identical stacked modules. When seen from a distance, the 19 feet tall sculpture displays balance, lightness and rhythm through its repeated geometric shapes, reminiscent of Constantin Brancusi’s “Endless Column”, which is considered to be one of the 20th century’s great modernist abstract monuments.

"Approaching the work, the solidity and weight of the modules become more prominent along with the recognition that they are, in fact, representations of hats stacked brim-to-brim and crown-to-crown," says artist Walter May.

The hat-shaped elements are based on John B. Stetson’s 1865 design for what many consider to be the first mass produced western hat, known as the “Boss of the Prairies”. With its tall, rounded crown and flat brim, often creased and shaped by individual owners to their liking, this hat is now recognized as the ubiquitous western cowboy hat.

"We are delighted to present this sculpture to both hotel guests and Calgarians," says Lionel Houliat, general manager of Le Germain Hotel Calgary. "This collaboration is in perfect continuity with our ongoing commitment to feature local talents." Similar to all Group Germain Hotels in Canada, Le Germain Hotel Calgary is adorned with original works of art by Canadian artists such as Christian Grandjean and Pascale Girardin. 


Chicago (10/7/2017) – Protect-A-Bed, the leader in products that enhance healthy sleep, will spice up the 2017 Boutique Design New York Trade Fair (BDNY) with its revolutionary ZEEQ® Smart Pillow. This unique product from Protect-A-Bed’s REM-Fit line, which combines cutting-edge fabrics and materials with smart capabilities, can be seen in booth 163.

The 8th-annual event takes place November 12-13 at the Jacob J. Javits Center in New York, and “…brings interior designers, architects, purchasing agents and hospitality owners/developers together with manufacturers and marketers of high-caliber design elements for hospitality interiors.”

“This will mark Protect-A-Bed’s 3rd showing at BDNY and to underline our commitment to constant innovation and unparalleled quality, we’ve decided to bring a special product to the show,” says Sandra Divito, Vice President of Hospitality for Protect-A-Bed. “While our crowd-gathering protection demos will continue, we’ve opted to give the industry a first-hand look at sleep innovation through the ZEEQ Smart Pillow”.

Designed and launched via Kickstarter in 2016, the ZEEQ Smart Pillow has won multiple design and innovation awards due to its high-tech approach to sleep enhancement. At the core of ZEEQ is smart technology that not only provides feedback on the quality and duration of your sleep via app, but it allows the pillow to play music and audio only the user can hear, as well as stop snoring by detecting it, and vibrating to encourage the user to change positions. Featuring a Tencel® exterior and adjustable memory foam fill, ZEEQ combines comfort with high-tech innovation. “When people use ZEEQ, they are blown away by the comfort and usefulness of the smart pillow”, says Divito.

A manufacturer of bedding protection, pillows, mattresses and more, Protect-A-Bed has been a global leader in sleep products for over a decade. Over the years, Protect-A-Bed’s presence has grown within the hospitality industry, ensuring a clean, comfortable and healthy sleep environment for millions of guests. “Hotel guests spend the majority of their time in bed, so what portion of the stay would require more attention than sleep?” says Protect-A-Bed CEO, James Bell. “Our commitment to providing the support, quality and innovative products that the hospitality industry requires is unmatched.”

BDNY Show attendees are encouraged to visit the Protect-A-Bed booth (163) in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center during trade fair hours (10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.) November 12th & 13th. The team will demo mattress protection, discuss multiple programs and feature the ZEEQ Smart Pillow.


Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) has announced Dormy House Hotel in the Cotswolds, UK, as Hotel of the Year at the SLH Awards 2017. Described as ‘very nearly perfect’, it is one of thirteen hotels in SLH’s 500-strong portfolio of independently minded hotels that were honoured with awards at the luxury brand’s International Conference in California last week. The awards highlighted excellence in everything from notable staff and noteworthy suites, to their embracing of social media and the local community.

For the first time, many of the experiential categories were voted for exclusively by members of SLH’s loyalty programme, INVITED, and luxury travel agents. These included the Refinery New York (City Hotel of the Year), Baros Maldives (Resort Hotel of the Year) and Dormy House Hotel (Country House Hotel of the Year), which were then put forward for the ultimate accolade – Hotel of the Year. Meanwhile, immersive spa Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda, two Michelin-starred ABaC Restaurant & Hotel in Barcelona and 137 Pillars Suites Bangkok were all deemed by SLH guests and agents to have the best spa, restaurant and suites respectively, and CastaDiva Resort & Spa on Lake Como was voted Most Romantic Retreat.

Member hotels were invited to enter the awards designed to applaud their own innovation and high levels of service:

*         akyra Manor Chiang Mai in Thailand received the Love of Local award based on its ‘give back’ policy, working with the local community not only to source products but also assisting local schools

*         Giovanni Sanchez, a waiter at The Arch London’s Hunter 486 restaurant was awarded the Hotel Hero award, thanks to his bespoke and consistent excellence, extensively acknowledged by both colleagues and guests

*         Owl and the Pussycat Hotel in Sri Lanka received the Most Instagrammable award based on its daily posts of an imaginary travel journal that travels into the nonsensical world of Edward Lear

*         Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal in Paris was awarded Best Hotel Video for a ‘work of art’ featuring Royal Swedish Ballet dancer Casia Vengoecha

SLH’s infamous Mystery Inspectors also had their say based on their experiences whilst staying at each and every one of SLH hotels over the last twelve months, with Casas Del XVI in the Dominican Republic coming out top based on a combination of guest reviews, inspection scores and overall quality rating.

Also new for this year was an award to recognise a significant newcomer to the SLH family – this year Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay was the outstanding winner. Since opening in June, the hotel has received an unprecedented level of interest, press coverage and reservations.

Filip Boyen, CEO of Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ said: “As curators of the very best small, luxury hotel experiences around the world, we are delighted to recognise these exceptional hotels that showcase our independently minded ethos in such a variety of creative, classy and culturally-relevant ways.”

The full list of winners and shortlisted finalists is as follows:

*         Hotel of the Year - Dormy House Hotel (UK)

*         City Hotel of the Year - Refinery New York (USA)

Shortlisted Finalists - Flemings London (UK); Ca’Sagredo Hotel (Italy)

*         Resort Hotel of the Year -  Baros Maldives (Maldives)

Shortlisted Finalists - Pangkor Laut Resort (Malaysia); Twinpalms Phuket (Thailand)

*         Country House Hotel of the Year – Dormy House Hotel (UK)

Shortlisted Finalists – Castello di Velona (Italy); Les Sources de Caudalie (France)

*         Best Newcomer Hotel – Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay (Spain)

Shortlisted Finalists – Sikelia (Italy); La Zebra (Mexico)

*         Mystery Inspectors’ Excellence Award – Casas Del XVI (Dominican Republic)

Shortlisted Finalists – Baros Maldives (Maldives), Dormy House Hotel (UK)

*         Hotel Hero – Giovanni Sanchez, The Arch London (UK)

Shortlisted Finalists – Hannah Roberts, Foxhill Manor (UK); Suphamat Namwongphrom, akyra Manor Chiang Mai (Thailand)

*         Love of Local – akyra Manor Chiang Mai (Thailand)

Shortlisted Finalists – The Betsy South Beach (USA); Pangulasian Island Resort (Philippines)

*         Best Gourmet Experience – ABaC Restaurant & Hotel (Spain)

Shortlisted Finalists – The Iroquois New York (USA); Baros Maldives (Maldives)

*         Best Hotel Video – Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal (France)

Shortlisted Finalists - Hotel Pashmina Le Refuge (France); Canaves Oia (Greece)

*         Most Instagrammable – Owl and The Pussycat Hotel (Sri Lanka)

Shortlisted Finalists – Canaves Oia (Greece); Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay (Spain)

*         Most A-List Suite Experience – 137 Pillars Suites Bangkok (Thailand)

Shortlisted Finalists – Baros Maldives (Maldives); Ca’Sagredo Hotel (Italy)

*         Most Sensational Spa – Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda (Italy)

Shortlisted Finalists – Aleenta Resort and Spa Phuket (Thailand); Baros Maldives (Maldives)

*         Most Romantic Retreat – CastaDiva Resort & Spa (Italy)

Shortlisted Finalists – Pangkor Laut Resort (Malaysia); Carpe Diem Boutique Resort (Greece)

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