April 10, 2014 - MCLEAN, Va. - Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's international brand of upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotels, continues its expansion into Canada, with two new hotel openings in Q1 2014, and four more properties slated to open in the market in Q2 2014. The brand's eleventh Canadian property in Hamilton, Ontario, opened on February 21. Homewood Suites Winnipeg Airport-Polo Park opened March 12, and is the brand's twelfth property in Canada and first hotel in the Manitoba market.
The brand's wave of Canadian hotel openings comes on the heels of what Scotiabank highlighted in a recent report on the Canadian tourism market as a national trend of increased domestic travel due to Canadians' tighter travel budgets and a weaker Canadian dollar. These factors have many Canadians booking trips closer to home, significantly supporting the domestic tourism market. Simultaneously, there has been an uptick in the number of international travelers visiting Canada, with nearly 2,800 more international overnight trips to Canadian markets taken in December 2013 than during the same time period in 2012, according to a recent report from the Canada Tourism Commission.
"As the Canadian tourism market continues to grow and become more lucrative, it remains an important area for development for Homewood Suites," said Bill Duncan, global head, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton. "Hotels under the Homewood Suites brand flag have earned the trust of guests over the years, and are the answer to the increasing demand for the extended-stay product in Canada."
Over the last decade, Homewood Suites has steadily built its presence in Canada, which now exceeds 1,300 suites across 12 hotels. The majority of the brand's current Canadian portfolio is located in Ontario and Quebec, including locations in Burlington, Cambridge, Hamilton, London, Markham, Mississauga, Mont Tremblant, Oakville, Sudbury, Vaughan and Toronto Airport, which shares a flag with Hampton Inn & Suites as the first dual-branded hotel property in the Canada market.
"Kicking the first quarter off with entrance into the Manitoba market, Homewood's surge into new markets throughout Canada is in line with the brand's overall goal of increasing its footprint within urban and primary suburban North American markets," added Duncan.
Additional Canada property openings this year include the following hotels, all slated to open in Q2 2014:
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary-Airport, Alberta featuring 122 suites is slated to open in April 2014 and is owned by Prestige Hospitality HW. The hotel will be Homewood's first in Alberta.
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Ajax, Ontario featuring 104 suites is slated to open in April 2014 and is owned by Wella Investments Inc.
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Halifax-Downtown, Nova Scotia, featuring 135 suites is slated to open in May 2014 and is owned by SilverBirch No. 15 Operations LP. The hotel will be Homewood Suites' first in Nova Scotia.
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Waterloo/St. Jacobs, Ontario featuring 97 suites is slated to open in June 2014 and is owned by Benjamin Hotel Inc.
Homewood Suites by Hilton provides travelers amenities and services that maximize their travel budget, including complimentary internet, daily full-hot breakfast and evening dinner and drinks Monday through Thursday*. In addition, Homewood Suites' 325+ all-suite hotels boast fully equipped kitchens, separate sleeping and living spaces, a complimentary grocery shopping service** and recreational options to stay active – all amenities that enable travelers to be at home and make life on the road more about life and less about the road.
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About Homewood Suites by Hilton™
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's upscale, all-suite, residential-style hotel with more than 300 hotels open in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Homewood Suites by Hilton is proud to be a J.D. Power 2014 Customer Champion - one of an elite group of 50 U.S. companies to be named to this list. Also voted "Top Upscale Extended-Stay" hotel by J.D. Power and Associates and Business Travel News, Homewood Suites by Hilton is the first choice for guests seeking comfortable, home-like accommodations when traveling for an extended stay. Beyond its spacious suites, which feature separate living and sleeping areas, and fully equipped kitchens with full sized refrigerators, additional value-driven amenities include: complimentary Internet, a daily full-hot breakfast, and healthy, delicious evening meals with drinks every Monday-Thursday. The brand is focused on guest satisfaction and stands behind each stay with its 100% Suite Assurance® guarantee. For more information, please visit www.homewoodsuites.com.
*Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age.
**Guest pays for groceries. Other restrictions apply.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 678,000 rooms in 91 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®.
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