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    Days Inns - Canada Recognizes Exceptional Hotels and Staff
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TORONTO, ON, February 3, 2006 – Days Inns - Canada recently presented 24 awards to its top hotels at its conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The prominent Awards of Recognition and Chairman’s Awards are presented annually to the leading Days Inns in Canada.

“Our owners and their teams continue to excel, and we’re proud to celebrate their success and the continued strong, positive growth of the Days Inn brand,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Days Inns - Canada. 

The company introduced a new Award of Recognition this year, the Humanitarian Award, which recognizes hotels that raise funds and awareness for charitable causes in their community or around the world. 

Awards of Recognition recipients include:

  • 2005 Property of the Year, 75 Rooms and Under: Days Inn - Tofino, B.C.
  • 2005 Property of the Year, 76 Rooms and Over: Days Inn & Suites - West Edmonton, Alta.
  • 2005 New Property of the Year, 75 Rooms and Under: Days Inn - Estevan, Sask.
  • 2005 New Property of the Year, 76 Rooms and Over: Days Inn - Oromocto, N.B. 
  • 2005 General Manager of the Year, 75 Rooms and Under: Randy Price, Days Inn - Vancouver Metro, B.C.
  • 2005 General Manager of the Year, 76 Rooms and Over: Steve Whelan, Days Inn - Regina, Sask.
  • 2005 Best Sales Efforts of the Year, 75 Rooms and Under: Days Inn - Vancouver Metro, B.C.
  • 2005 Best Sales Efforts of the Year, 76 Rooms and Over: Days Inn - Calgary South, Alta. 
  • 2005 Best Marketing Efforts of the Year, 75 Rooms and Under: Days Inn - Berthierville, Que.
  • 2005 Best Marketing Efforts of the Year, 76 Rooms and Over: Days Hotel & Conference Centre - Toronto Downtown, Ont.
  • 2005 Housekeeping Department of the Year, 75 Rooms and Under: Days Inn - Winnipeg, Man.
  • 2005 Housekeeping Department of the Year, 76 Rooms and Over: Days Inn - Medicine Hat, Alta.
  • 2005 Renovation/Addition of the Year: Days Inn - Ottawa West, Ont. and Days Inn - Vancouver Downtown, B.C. 
  • 2005 Humanitarian Awards: Days Inn - Barrie, Ont.; Days Hotel & Conference Centre - Toronto Downtown, Ont. and Days Inn & Suites -West Edmonton, Alta.
Also notable are the Chairman’s Awards for Quality, which recognizes Days Inn hotels that have received the highest quality assurance evaluation scores in the chain. These hotels have consistently demonstrated excellence in customer service and operational efficiency, achieving a quality assurance score of at least 495 out of a possible 500 points, on all annual unannounced inspections. 

Seven hotels were recognized for their outstanding achievement in 2005:

  • Days Inn & Conference Centre - Penticton, B.C. (General Manager Joe Morelli)
  • Days Inn - Calgary Airport, Alta. (General Manager Helena Borges)
  • Days Inn - Medicine Hat, Alta. (General Manager Leslie Squires)
  • Days Inn & Suites - West Edmonton, Alta. (General Manager Ben Mejia)
  • Days Inn - Regina, Sask. (General Manager Steve Whelan )
  • Days Inn - Saskatoon, Sask. (General Manager Cherryl Smith)
  • Days Inn & Suites - Thunder Bay, Ont. (General Manager Kevin Kalyta)
“These important awards reflect our ongoing commitment to providing today’s traveller with comfortable, quality accommodation at affordable prices,” said Irwin Prince, President and COO, Days Inns - Canada.

This year’s annual conference was an opportunity for Days Inn owners, general managers and staff from across the country to celebrate the success of recent brand wide initiatives including: free Daybreak Café breakfast, the new SolTerre® Shower experience and free high-speed Internet. 

  • Free Daybreak Café breakfast - Days Inn’s signature breakfast experience features brands consumers know and trust such as KelloggsTM, Nabob®, Red Rose® and Minute Maid®. Daybreak Cafés are found at all hotels without an on-site restaurant. 
  • The new SolTerre® Shower experience, offers increased light and elbowroom through an innovative window pane shower curtain and curved shower rod, as well as a multi-action, six-function Waterpik® showerhead and citrus and sunflower enriched SolTerre® bath amenities. 
  • Free high-speed Internet is now available in the vast majority of guest rooms. 
Other programs highlighted included: TripRewards®, the chain’s guest loyalty program, and Medallia – Days Inn’s online customer satisfaction survey that allows guests to give feedback after their hotel stay. The brand’s continued responsible growth was also celebrated. 

Last year there were seven hotels added: four new construction hotels (Langley, B.C.; Red Deer, Alta.; Prince Albert, Sask. and Oromocto, N.B.) and three hotel conversions (Estevan, Sask.; Thompson, Man. and Welland, Ont.).   

About Days Inns - Canada
Days Inns - Canada is one of the country’s leading hotel chains with over 90 independently owned and operated properties and over 8,000 rooms open and under development. Its franchises cover a wide range of urban, airport and resort properties in primary and secondary markets across Canada. 

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Contact:

Melissa Kenney
Director of Marketing 
Days Inns - Canada
Tel: (416) 966-8472
melissa.kenney@daysinn.ca

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Also See: Days Inns - Canada Has Five Hotels Under Construction in Canada / August 2005
Days Inns Worldwide Plans Series of Initiatives to Boost Revenue; Hires 27 Directors of Business Development to Improve Overall Quality and Consistency / January 2005

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