Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ visits Canada with expansion and growth strategy


TORONTO, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Representatives from the revered brand, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) hosted travel media and hoteliers from Nova Scotia, Grenada, New York, Mexico, Argentina and Barbados for an exclusive gathering at the prestigious Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto late last month.

The brand's Global Director of Marketing, Tim Davis, addressed attendees stating that 2013 was the best year yet for SLH in terms of its business growth, with a strong first quarter in 2014, demonstrating an increase in revenue by 8% and room nights by 4%. Presently, SLH's top five customer source markets are the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Switzerland. The brand has seen an impressive increase year-to-date in mobile visits (150,000, a 19% increase) and tablet visits (270,000, a 41% increase). Furthermore, the Club of SLH is more successful than ever, with a 71% increase in membership in 2013 compared to 2012, with an increase in Club revenue by 21%.

The total number of active Club Members acquired from Canada has increased by a significant 31 per cent from 2012 to 2013. The top destinations for the Canadian Club Members are Chicago, New York, London, and Hong Kong.

Davis claims that inquiries on behalf of SLH Loyalty Club Members for Canadian cities such as Montreal, Ottawa and Calgary rank high amongst destinations of choice. As such, a focus on these cities are included as part of the brand's Canadian growth strategy. Global strategic growth prospecting sees SLH in countries such as China, Brazil and Chile.

There are three Canadian hotels under the SLH brand:

The Windsor Arms Hotel – Toronto, Ontario

Located in Toronto's prestigious Yorkville neighbourhood, The Windsor Arms Hotel is an elegant fusion of historic and new-millennial amenities, attracting A-listers and jetsetters from all over the world.  The Windsor Arms proudly boasted 28 unique suites ranging from 500 – 1,500 square feet, conference rooms, a spa, private screening room for 15, the Courtyard Café, The Living room and is known as the number one place in Toronto to indulge in decadent high tea.

George Friedmann, owner of The Windsor Arms Hotel, says that "The Windsor Arms stands for providing the finest experience in hotel accommodation within the intimate setting of boutique luxury. SLH is a great ambassador of our brand and it helps identify and unite like properties around the world, allowing our guests to experience this lifestyle globally".

Trout Point Lodge, - Kemptville, Nova Scotia

For those who love nature with a luxurious twist, Trout Point Lodge offers a secluded sanctuary on the banks of the Tusket River and next to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area. Guests can explore the backwoods, enjoy gourmet Creole and Arcadian cuisine, and indulge in a well a range of spacious and comfortable accommodations as well as take in some of the best air quality in North America.

After a day of wilderness, guests are invited to relax in Trout Point Lodge's outdoor sauna or hot tub before a gourmet dinner. Later engage in a spot of romantic star-gazing under a pristinely clear sky.

Georgian Court Hotel – Vancouver, British Columbia

Designed with comfort in mind, Georgian Court offers a selection of spacious guestrooms, executive suites and luxurious penthouse suites for an ideal downtown Vancouver stay. With premium amenities and easy access to Vancouver's top tourist attractions, this hotel exudes the "luxury within reach" standard. This hotel also offers a special attraction called the Orchid Floor with 18 guest rooms offering additional amenities to provide a higher level of comfort and convenience to women travelling to Vancouver.

For a list of SLH properties and to search for boutique hotels in specific destinations, visit www.slh.com

About Small Luxury Hotels of the World: The Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) brand is an unrivalled portfolio of some of the world's finest small independent hotels. Comprising over 520 hotels in more than 70 countries, the diversity of the individual hotels, and the experiences that they offer, is exceptional. From cutting-edge design hotels to palatial 17th century mansions, city centre sanctuaries to remote private islands, historic country houses to idyllic resorts, Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers only the very best. Reservations can be made at any Small Luxury Hotels of the World property online at www.slh.com, via the free SLH iPhone app or by contacting your favourite travel agent. You can also call a Small Luxury Hotels of the World reservations office; to view a listing by country, click here: http://www.slh.com/contact-us/.


SOURCE: Small Luxury Hotels of the World

For further information: For media inquiries and additional information on Small Luxury Hotels of the World, please contact: Valerie Stachurski, Charming Media, Valerie@charmingmedia.ca. 416-520-9504

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