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VANCOUVER, BC (June 27, 2022): Fairmont Vancouver Airport has been named the #1 Airport Hotel in North America and #5 Airport Hotel in the World for the eighth consecutive year at the annual Skytrax World Airport Awards.



The World Airport Awards are the most prestigious accolades for the airport industry and based on over 13 million questionnaires completed across 100 nationalities of airline passengers at 550 airports over a six-month period.  The Airport Hotel Awards rate overall hotel experience, access from the airport to the hotel, friendliness of hotel staff, cleanliness, in-room amenities, fitness and spa facilities, quality of food and restaurant service, and value for money.

“This award is a true honour and we dedicate it to our entire team who continue to deliver extraordinary experiences for our guests and colleagues every day,” says Randall Williams, general manager of Fairmont Vancouver Airport. “We are thrilled to be recognized once again amongst the top hotels in the world.” 

The luxury hotel, located directly in Vancouver International Airport, has re-defined airport accommodation. The hotel’s latest innovations include its Fit on the Fly Suite, introducing a new way to stay fit on the go with a Peloton Bike, FITBENCH ONE, yoga mat, and self-guided Nordic hydrotherapy experience. Day pass rates for the hotel’s health club with a full-service gym and pool are also available to travellers with extended layovers at YVR. The hotel offers a wellness enhancement package that can be added to any reservation, which includes a yoga mat, personal diffusers, and essential oils; family-friendly activities, and a 6-passenger golf cart to shuttle guests from the hotel to airline check-ins.

Located in the airport and just 90 steps from the US Departures Level, guestrooms are fully soundproof with floor-to-ceiling views of the airport runways, ocean, and mountains. Day use rooms are available for travellers on layovers, and guests can check-in and print boarding passes in the hotel lobby.  Runway vistas along with award-winning Pacific Northwest cuisine are featured in Globe@YVR restaurant, Jetside Lounge as well as In-Room Dining, and the hotel also boasts a full-service day spa, health club with indoor mechanized resistance pool; and state-of-the-art meeting facilities with over 8,800 square feet of space.

 
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HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—Canada’s monthly hotel performance improved from the previous month yet again, and room rates reached the highest level since September 2019, according to STR’s May 2022 data.

May 2022 (percentage change from May 2019)

Occupancy: 63.4% (-6.7%)

Average daily rate (ADR): CAD171.37 (+2.8%)

Revenue per available room (RevPAR): CAD108.67 (-4.1%)

In addition to the highest ADR level since September 2019, the May RevPAR level was the country’s highest since October 2019 while occupancy was its highest since August 2021.

“Overall, May was a strong month for Canada hotels, with many of the segments that have lagged in recovery showing real improvement,” said Laura Baxter, CoStar Group’s director of hospitality analytics for Canada. CoStar Group is the parent company of STR.

“The main recovery driver is still strong leisure demand, as a surplus in household savings is being spent on travel and hotels,” Baxter said. “Weekend metrics therefore benefited and continued on an upward trajectory, with room rates reaching double-digit growth and occupancy returning to pre-pandemic levels for the first time. Weekday demand (Monday through Wednesday) continues to lag, while Thursday and Sunday, which are typically check-out days for corporate and leisure guests, respectively, are bouncing back quicker than the other weekdays. This could suggest that travelers are extending their weekend stay on either night, blending working remotely from a hotel with some leisure nights. Group demand once again reached a pandemic-era high in May, and as more large conferences and citywide events are taking place, we expect this number to climb again in June, which should benefit urban locations.

Among the provinces and territories, Manitoba recorded the highest May occupancy level (69.4%), which was 2.0% above the pre-pandemic comparable.

Among the major markets, Vancouver saw the highest occupancy (76.0%), which was an 8.5% decline from 2019.

 

The lowest occupancy among provinces was reported in Prince Edward Island (51.9%), down 11.8% against 2019. At the market level, the lowest occupancy was reported in Edmonton (-2.4% to 55.3%).

“Now that there are no longer government subsidies propping up the sector, hotels are fully reliant on stronger operating performance to service debt, and many are in a compromised state from the pandemic,” Baxter said. “However, Canada’s hotel performance outlook for the summer is tremendously strong. The most recent forecast for 2022 has been revised upward based on ADR rising quicker than expected. Rates are now expected to be at $167 this year, exceeding pre-pandemic levels in nominal terms next year. Occupancy is forecasted at 58% and will come close to 2019 levels next year.

There are some macroeconomic headwinds and a possibility of a recession. If discretionary spending is heavily impacted, and there is a downturn in performance, more distressed transaction activity is a possibility. Currently, this is only a downside risk to the outlook. Uncertainty surrounding how quickly and how high interest rates will rise, in addition to the increasing cost of capital, may keep transaction volumes low in the second half of 2022.”

 
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JASPER, June 23, 2022 – In 1922, a stately rustic lodge surrounded by private wilderness cabins officially opened its doors to travelers who reached the lakeside location where Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge now resides. Train travel provided by the Canadian National Railway made Jasper a unique mountain escape with unexpected connection to the vast wildlife and grand scenery. One hundred years later, Canada’s Luxury Cabin Experience set the stage to celebrate millions of memories made for visitors around the world with a series of exciting events and enhancements that are sure to continue the memory-making for years to come.

 
On June 28, 2022, cut the cake and kick off the Grandest of Celebrations with Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s Centennial Series, beginning with the newest summer event, Symphony Under the Sun, a festival of melodies that unites visitors on the shores of Lac Beauvert and features the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The Grandest of Parties and Festivals continue all year long with Signature Events offered throughout the year to spring 2023.

To enhance the resort experience, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is completing a $1.4 million capital project that intimately reconnects guests to the local landscape and historic viewpoints overlooking Lac Beauvert – an exciting centennial refresh. To connect guests with Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s rich history, an immersive walk-through timeline is being planned for the promenade, highlighting pivotal events in the resort’s legacy. This timeline will include work by Indigenous artists and timeless artifacts from the lodge’s vault.

Interested in more stories of Fairmont’s historic beginnings and its star-studded legacy? Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has just released a commemorative monograph, Grand By Nature, which spans more than 300 pages, 500 illustrations and photographs – and countless captivating stories.

 
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NEW YORKNoMo SoHo and its ownership, the global real estate and investment firm, Sapir Corp Ltd. (“Sapir”), are proud to launch a curated NFT, making the hotel the first in the U.S. to offer guests an innovative new way to book stays using blockchain technology. Located at the nexus of fashion, design and culture in downtown Manhattan, the sleek 26-story, 264-room NoMo SoHo, managed by Highgate, is the tallest building in the SoHo neighborhood, flaunts sweeping panoramas of the city skyline and is home to the neighborhood’s famed NoMo Kitchen restaurant and the newly opened cocktail bar Nina’s x Liquid Lab.

Using SolidBlock’s platform and technology, NFTstays, a selection of specially curated NFTs, are packaged with three- to six-night stays at NoMo SoHo. Guests booking these packages will have access to exclusive preferred rates at competitive prices by purchasing an NFT depicting a recognizable part of the iconic hotel. NFT options include The Lovewall in NoMo Kitchen and “The Tunnel of Love,” the hotel’s iconic archway at the main entrance. The NFT packages start with three-night stays and are priced from .41 ETH, which at launch is valued at USD$836. In tandem with plush guestrooms featuring 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and luxury amenities, additional perks when booking an NFT include late check-out, complimentary breakfast, a welcome amenity and more.

Sapir, owner of NoMo Soho, partnered with SolidBlock, a leading tokenization platform for real estate, to debut this NFT offer available only in a limited quantity. Guests will have the distinct opportunity to secure special NFT member rates with additional benefits for their upcoming stay without being beholden to a specific date.

This move to offer NFTs including hotel stays follows Sapir's recent development of Arte by Antonio Citterio, a luxury oceanfront boutique condominium in Surfside, Miami, where a $22.5 million condominium sale in June 2021 using cryptocurrency broke several records in Miami as the first development to facilitate a cryptocurrency transaction, the most expensive price per square foot for a penthouse sold in Surfside, and the second highest in Miami Beach since 2017.

“We’re incredibly proud to be the country’s first hotel to helm this new frontier,” says Alex Sapir, Chairman of Sapir Corp Ltd. “Our NFT offerings will provide NoMo SoHo a competitive edge and more importantly, flexibility for each of our discerning guests. As demand for the use of digital assets and digital currency increases across the globe, we are once again proud to serve as industry leaders. Through our partnership with SolidBlock, we are modernizing our practices to accommodate tech-savvy audiences while laying the groundwork for the future of real estate, just as we've done with record-breaking sales at Arte in Surfside." 

“We are creating a new reality in the hospitality arena by providing an innovative and attractive experience to our guests. The guest will be able to secure the rates and simultaneously enjoy a secondary market reflecting the increasing demand for room nights and the revamp of the New York hospitality market post COVID. Making the connection between tangible services and non-tangible assets is an initiative which we intend to continue and develop offering many more advantages to the limited number of NFT holders that will choose to join us,” said Sharon Raz, CEO of Sapir Corp Ltd.

“The NFT market will grow and shift to utility solutions,” explained SolidBlock CEO and Co-Founder Yael Tamar. “SolidBlock is reframing how we use NFTs by creating practical use cases using NFT technology to bring unique value to the hospitality sector and its guests. NFTstays helps hotels leverage Web3 blockchain technology to give their guests additional options and flexibility. This program will give the NoMo Soho an edge that will increase revenue and hotel occupancy rates.”

For additional information about booking the NFT packages, please visit www.nomosoho.com/nft.

 
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VANCOUVER, BC (June 22, 2022): Fairmont Vancouver Airport is pleased to announce the appointment of Randall Z. Williams as General Manager. Randall joins Fairmont Hotels’ from his most recent position as General Manager of 21c Museum Hotel Chicago, Illinois. 

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Randall began his hospitality career at the landmark Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia in 1999, beginning in the Management Development Program, followed by a series of progressive food and beverage operational roles before assuming the position of Resort Operations Manager. 

In 2006, Randall became the General Manager of the Comfort Inn and Conference Centre in Tampa, Florida where he honed his entrepreneurial skillset. In the fifteen years that followed, he oversaw a number of mid-scale to luxury hotels and resorts across brands in the United States including Wyndham and Hyatt.  

In 2016, Randall joined 21c Museum Hotels in Louisville, Kentucky as the General Manager for 21c Museum Hotel Louisville. He was then promoted to Area General Manager supporting 21c Museum Hotel Durham in addition to his primary responsibilities at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville. From there, Randall was promoted to Chicago as the Area General Manager for The James Hotel and 21c Museum Hotel Durham before assuming his most recent role as General Manager, 21c Museum Hotel Chicago.

With a career spanning over 23 years, Randall has been an integral member of Accor’s leadership team and within the communities where he has worked and lived. He holds the chair position of Accor’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for the North & Central America region and has made a significant impact on his local hospitality community, most recently as an active Board of Directors member for the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, and as a Maîtr`e Hôtelier member of Chicago’s Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. 

Randall’s career path that has since taken flight to the Great North, leaving the windy city for the west coast as General Manager for the award-winning Fairmont Vancouver Airport, named #1 Airport Hotel in North America by Skytrax for eight consecutive years. Randall’s leadership style and approach is driven by a culture to serve his team and he takes pride in making a positive difference in the lives of others. “I believe in a service-first leadership style, and leading through example,” Williams says. “I hope to inspire and be inspired, and to leave a legacy of strength through humility and giving while sharing my knowledge and experiences with my team and community.”

Randall looks forward to immersing himself in the multi-culturalism of Vancouver and exploring the city’s culinary abundance alongside his wife and five-year-old daughter. Randall is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

 

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