JW Marriott and Autograph Collection Properties to Anchor Canada's Most Exciting New Destination
VANCOUVER, April 11 /CNW/ - Paragon Development and Marriott
International Inc. announced today they have agreed to terms for two
luxury hotels at Vancouver's new entertainment destination adjacent to
BC Place, subject to obtaining internal and City of Vancouver
approvals. Paragon and Marriott will be working together on the new JW
Marriott, the first in British Columbia, as well as a luxury boutique
hotel in Marriott's signature "Autograph Collection." The hotels and
meeting space will complement a robust integrated leisure facility,
which includes exceptional dining, entertainment and gaming options.
Marriott and Paragon bring extensive experience in creating total and
exciting destination experiences and together are committed to bringing
new international demand to the market.
Marriott is a global leader in the hospitality industry, with brands
known worldwide for exceptional quality and service. With recently
announced projects in China, Southeast Asia and Europe, Marriott has
successfully integrated cultural elements from their best properties to
create a specialized offering for international visitors and domestic
travelers. Marriott and Paragon will partner on both properties where
Marriott will provide operational resources across multiple hospitality
disciplines at the world-class facility; including hotels, convention
and meeting space, and select food and beverage venues. Marriott
recently launched two luxury hotels, the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton
at the popular "LA LIVE" integrated entertainment facility that
breathed new life into a major downtown city centre, bringing
first-class leisure and entertainment offerings to the general public.
The JW Marriott brand will bring Vancouver a distinctive, upscale hotel
in keeping with Vancouver's beautiful natural surroundings. The
luxurious and inviting décor will draw from the province's organic
characteristics and provide guests a complement of exceptional hotel
services to make their experience special.
The second hotel, an intimate and modern boutique, will be a member of The Autograph Collection; joining a select group of independent and luxury tier properties, each
with their own distinct brands and personalities. The new hotel will be
the first major urban hotel in Canada to earn this designation and
cater to guests who desire a more contemporary and intimate travel
Both properties will be incorporated into the proposed $500 million
expansion adjacent to BC Place which Paragon announced in 2010.
Designed by the award-winning David Rockwell of The Rockwell Group,
along with renowned Vancouver architect IBI/HB, this exciting urban
venue - the first of its kind in Vancouver to offer so many diverse and
integrated elements - will provide a comprehensive leisure experience
in British Columbia.
In addition to the hotels, the entertainment venue will incorporate
seven restaurants ranging from home grown organic to signature chef, a
re-energized pedestrian streetscape, a dynamic gaming floor and direct
access to BC Place where residents and visitors alike can enjoy the
most exciting sporting events, concerts and international spectacles.
"We are very excited to be working with Paragon Gaming on this project
that we believe will complement the existing Vancouver tourism product
while creating entirely new markets for the city. Paragon is one of our
key strategic partners, with both existing and future projects across
Canada. Like Marriott, this is a business managed by the second
generation of the founding family and we share many of the same values
of offering superior guest experiences based on looking after our
associates so that they in turn create a memorable guest experience",
said Scott Allison, vice president of Canadian operations for Marriott
"These two properties will be the pinnacle of good taste, exceptional
service and beautiful design," said Scott Menke, President of Paragon
Development. "We'll continue to work closely with Marriott to develop
the perfect hotels for Vancouver - maintaining the integrity of local
culture and providing a perfect destination for visitors from abroad.
We're looking forward to great success, as we collaborate to open the
province's premiere entertainment and leisure destination."
Paragon Development Ltd. is one of North America's leading destination
resort developers. The Company's principals are responsible for the
successful development and operation of numerous landmark projects
throughout North America, with special emphasis on gaming-based
Paragon currently operates casinos in Western Canada including the
highly successful River Cree Resort outside of Edmonton and purchased
Edgewater Casino on Vancouver's waterfront in 2006.
For more information, please visit our web site at www.paragongaming.com.
About JW Marriott - J.W. Marriott is part of Marriott International's luxury portfolio
and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive
resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to
today's sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet
luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in
pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted,
anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that
their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them.
Currently, there are 51 JW Marriott hotels in 21 countries; by 2014 the
portfolio will encompass 77 properties in 28 countries.
AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION represents a well-edited ensemble of high-personality and boldly
original independent hotels, each carefully selected for its
distinctiveness, style and synchronicity with individual travel
interests. The Autograph Collection takes the guesswork out of finding
exceptional, independent hotels in multiple categories, including
boutique arts, iconic historic and boutique chic. For more information
or reservations, please visit our web site at www.autographhotels.com.
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