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The Quality Inn Northern Grand in Fort St. John, B.C.
Named 2005 Canadian Hotel of the Year
by Choice Hotels

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Toronto, ON, June 6, 2005 - The Quality Inn Northern Grand in Fort St. John, B.C., located at 9830 100th Avenue, has been named the 2005 Canadian Hotel of the Year by Choice Hotels Canada (CHC). The hotel was selected from more than 280 Choice hotels across Canada.

The Canadian Hotel of the Year Award was presented to owner Ralph Jordan, president of Jordan Enterprises Ltd. and Cheryl Erickson, the hotel’s general manager, at Choice Hotels International’s 51st annual convention, at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The Quality Inn is managed by Atlific Hotels & Resorts.

“The Quality Inn Northern Grand is a premier hotel that is very deserving of this prestigious award,” said Mike Jackson, Choice Canada president. “The hotel team subscribes to an operating philosophy that calls for an impeccably maintained property and extraordinary customer service.”

CHC annually presents the Canadian Hotel of the Year Award to hotels that demonstrate lodging excellence. The Quality Inn Northern Grand was nominated and evaluated by peer hoteliers who evaluated the hotel on a variety of factors including guest service, hotel cleanliness and hotel décor. The hotel was among 45 hotels that were recognized with Gold Hospitality Awards this year by CHC.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Choice Hotels Canada with this award,” said Jordan. “We have a tremendous team in place, headed up by our outstanding General Manager, Cheryl Erickson. With her wonderful leadership and guidance and the help of her dedicated staff, we were able to win this prestigious award.   Atlific Hotels and Resorts provide our staff with the leadership and specialized training that continues to set us apart from our competition.”

The hotel, built in 1980, joined the Choice system in 2001. Since that time it has been recognized as a Gold Award winning hotel by Choice Hotels Canada three times and was a finalist for the Canadian Hotel of the Year Award in 2004.

“Our success is tied to the dedicated staff at the Quality Inn Northern Grand,” said General Manager Erickson, who has worked at the hotel for 19 years. “We have a long serving staff at our hotel committed to making every stay for our guests an enjoyable one, ensuring that they will come back time and again.”

Just minutes away from the Alaska Highway, the Quality Inn Northern Grand offers 125 rooms to business and leisure travelers in the Fort St. John area. Executive rooms offer such luxuries as a plush robe, mini-refrigerator and heated bathroom floors. Executive suites take it one step further with a whirlpool, work desk with leather chair, dataports, two televisions and VCRs, a stereo and a cordless phone.

The hotel features an indoor recreation centre with pool, whirlpool, fitness room and sauna. The meeting rooms and banquet facilities include bright meeting and convention rooms that can accommodate 300.

The six other finalists for the Canadian Hotel of the Year were: Comfort Inn, Kitchener, Ont., Quality Hotel and Suites, Woodstock, Ont., Clarion Resort Pinewood Park, North Bay, Ont., Comfort Inn & Suites, Kamloops, B.C., Quality Resort Chateau Canmore, Canmore, Alta. and Quality Inn Airport West, Missisauga, Ont.

Atlific Hotels and Resorts, operates 30 multi-brand hotels in Canada including Marriott, Fairfield Inn, Crowne Plaza, Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Quality Inn and Econo Lodge. Atlific’s entire portfolio can be viewed online at www.atlific.com. Atlific is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ocean Properties Hotels & Resorts owners and managers of over 100 properties across North America.

Choice Hotels Canada Inc. (CHC) is the largest hotel franchisor in the country with 280 properties representing seven brands from coast to coast, including Comfort, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn. CHC is part of Choice Hotels International, which has 5,000 properties worldwide. 

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Contact:

Daniel Young
Communications Manager
Choice Hotels Canada
5090 Explorer Drive, Suite 500
Mississauga, ON L4W 4T9
Phone: (905) 624-7762
www.choicehotels.ca

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Also See: The Comfort Suites City Centre Toronto Named International Hotel of the Year by Choice Hotels / May 2003
Choice Hotels Canada Offering Prospective Franchisees Significant Incentives for Conversion of Hotels to Quality or Econo Lodge Brands / March 2002


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