Groupe Germain Hospitality continues development in Canada

A 6th ALT Hotel set for the Halifax Stanfield International Airport

"We are on track to achieve our business objective of
building ten ALT Hotels across the country within five
years. The projects we announced to date represent
spending of $150 million."
Christiane Germain, Co-president of Groupe Germain

MONTREAL, Oct. 26, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - With the announcement of the construction of an ALT Hotel at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Groupe Germain is on track to meet its target of building ten ALT Hotels across the country over a five year period. The first ALT Hotel opened in Brossard's Quartier DIX30 district in 2007, followed the same year by a second in Quebec City. In addition to the project announced today for the Halifax market, three other projects are under construction or development: Pearson Airport in Toronto, which will open in spring 2012, downtown Winnipeg, which was announced this summer and will open in summer 2013, and downtown Montreal, scheduled to open in summer 2013.

While 50% of the construction cost of an ALT Hotel will be spent in Quebec, particularly in the pre-fabrication process of hotel rooms, about $100 million will be injected into the Quebec economy by the end of this project.

A 6th ALT Hotel - in Halifax
Early in 2013, travellers flying in and out of Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA) will have the opportunity to stay in a new boutique-style hotel that will offer a type of accommodation not available anywhere else in the Maritimes. ALT Hotels, a banner of Groupe Germain Hospitality, feature a concept that offers chic design and atmosphere at an affordable price. Construction will get underway this fall, and the new Halifax ALT Hotel is scheduled to open early in 2013.

"We've been looking to make inroads into the dynamic Halifax market for some time now, and our agreement with Halifax International Airport Authority allows us to move ahead with this project," said Christiane Germain. "We're enthusiastic about the idea of opening an ALT Hotel in the Maritimes. This type of hotel meets a growing demand among travellers who seek quality accommodation, outstanding design and comfort at an accessible price," she added.

"As Atlantic Canada's gateway to the world, we are pleased to be partnering with Groupe Germain Hospitality, one of Canada's most innovative hoteliers, to add world-class accommodations to the list of service offerings at Halifax Stanfield International Airport," said Tom Ruth, president and CEO of Halifax International Airport Authority. "The addition of ALT Hotel is part of our ongoing investment in superior service to our passengers."

The hotel will be convenient for both business travellers and tourists, thanks to an enclosed pedestrian walkway connecting the airport to the hotel. Comprising 169 rooms and a restaurant, it represents a $27 million investment.

"The type of hotel we're building here in Halifax reflects a major trend in accommodation, especially in Europe and Asia, which has been dubbed "no-frills chic", offering design, atmosphere and décor at the best possible price. It's a bold concept that makes a strong impression and is not hampered by gratuitous detail" explained Christiane Germain from Groupe Germain.

ALT: a green hotel
The new ALT hotel boasts a series of energy-saving features: geothermal heating and cooling, heat recovery from indoor air that is vented outside and from the water used in commercial washers, energy-efficient lighting throughout, main light switch to control all lights when entering and exiting a room, geothermal water heating, radiant floor heating in the lobby using geothermal heat pump, detection sensors in stairwells to reduce lighting by 50% when not in use, direct digital control system for ventilation, heating and cooling, as well as a white roof to minimize the creation of heat islands.

About Groupe Germain Hospitality

A family-run Quebec company, Groupe Germain Hospitality owns and operates five Le Germain boutique hotels—one each in Quebec City, Montreal and Calgary, and two in Toronto. Groupe Germain Hospitality also owns and operates two ALT Hotels, in Montreal (Quartier DIX30) and Quebec City. Four ALT Hotels are currently under development: at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, in downtown Winnipeg, at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport and a second in the Montreal area. Groupe Germain Hospitality is recognized for the unrivalled hospitality and sophisticated style that characterizes its hotels.

For further information:

Hugo Germain
Director of development, ALT Hotels Canada
418-266-1080

Émilie Dutil-Bruneau
edutilbruneau@national.ca
(514) 843-2370