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Following CND$6 million Renovation Royal Equator Inc.
 Opens the the Park Plaza Toronto Airport

 
TORONTO, ON (April 15, 2004) Over 250 invited guests attended the grand opening of the Park Plaza Toronto Airport today, marking the official launch of Park Plaza Hotel & Resorts' newest Canadian location. The Park Plaza Toronto Airport underwent a CND$6 million dollar renovation, which included a new, expanded lobby, totally refurbished business guest rooms with upgrades, redecorated meeting and conference rooms, dining facilities and lounge.
 
William Brown, managing director of Royal Equator Inc., owners and operators the Park Plaza Toronto Airport said, "We are proud to join the Park Plaza brand and be part of the 35 Park Plaza hotels located in 12 countries.  Our association with Carlson Hotels Worldwide will help ensure a steady growth of business and leisure travelers on a national and international scale." 

Mr. Brown continued, "I would also like to thank those guests here this evening who have been frequent customers of our fine 


 Park Plaza Toronto Airport
33 Carlson Court
Toronto, Ontario
hotel over the past two decades.  It has been a pleasure to serve you and we look forward to continuing to serve you with the customer-focused service culture of the Park Plaza brand."

David Oliver, vice president of development for Canada for Carlson Hotels Worldwide added, "The opening of the Park Plaza Toronto Airport in this market, along with the Park Plaza Hotel at the Vancouver Airport, is critical to the planned expansion and success of the brand in key Canadian cities.  This property has proven its ability to meet and exceed guest satisfaction year after year.  We are proud to welcome this beautiful property into the Park Plaza portfolio."

For the event, the Park Plaza Toronto Airport created the theme, 'An Evening in the Park' whereby the invitees were escorted by 'Park Guides' to view the renovated and refurbished guest rooms, suites, meeting space and expanded reception area. The tour was followed by a sample of fine foods prepared by Chef Lawrence in the Algonquin Room decorated with live, natural trees. In lieu of the traditional ribbon cutting, trees, representing the brand name and logo for Park Plaza, were symbolically planted by Mr. Brown and Mr. Glen Blake, president and CEO, Corporation, master franchisors for Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts in Canada. 

Those attending the opening were also eligible to win the drawing for the grand prize a trip for two to visit another park for a week the Victoria Park Plaza in London, England.

With 12 meeting rooms and more than 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting/banquet space, the hotel can accommodate groups of up to 475 persons.  Hotel features include a beautiful indoor atrium, restaurant and lounge, room service, fitness room, indoor swimming pool, sauna and outdoor sundeck.  The hotel offers a wide range of guest room amenities including two speakerphones with dual lines, on command movies, reclining wing back chairs, high-speed internet service in the upgraded rooms and windows that open.

Royal Equator Inc. is a Canadian based hotel management company and operates three properties under different brands in the Greater Toronto Area.

AFM Hospitality Corporation is the master franchisor for Park Plaza across Canada.  The company is Canada's largest multi-brand franchise and one of North America's leading management companies of hotels, restaurants and other national and international franchised service (www.afmcorp.com). 

Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts is positioned in the mid-scale segment of the full service hotel category.


 
Contact:
Debbie Hastings 
Director of Sales & Marketing 
Royal Equator Inc. 
Tel: 416-675-1234, ext. 1323 
E-mail: debbieh@royalequator.com
www.parkplaza.com

 
Also See: Royal Equator Reflags the 524 room Best Western Carlton Place Toronto Airport to Park Plaza Toronto Airport / September 2003


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