Delta Hotels and Resorts Share Canada's Best Kept Hidden Gems

Travelers see the best of Canadian cities with Delta Recommends

TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - Prepare to see the best that Canadian cities have to offer as Delta Hotels and Resorts employees share their recommendations on Canada's best kept hidden gems with a new service - Delta Recommends. Delta employees are sharing their personal recommendations on the best places to eat, browse, workout, relax and more as they reveal local hidden gems in each of the 32 communities across Canada where Delta properties are located.

Today's travelers are more discerning, looking for more authentic experiences when they visit Canadian cities. Delta Recommends goes beyond the standard tourist destinations to show guests the lesser known special places within Canadian communities. Delta employees from housekeeping and maintenance staff to restaurant servers and front desk personnel have all gathered their unique favorites from the communities in which they live and work.

"Delta Recommends is a great way to welcome guests into our communities by providing them with the chance to experience the best of our cities through the eyes of those who live there," said Hank Stackhouse, President and CEO, Delta Hotels and Resorts. "Delta employees have a diverse set of interests, tastes and experiences, providing a rich resource for us to share with our guests."

    
    Hidden gems from five of Canada's largest cities include:

    -   Vancouver - Iona Beach Regional Park: Walk out on to BC's wind-swept
        Georgia Strait, view the west coast's oceanic birds and watch planes
        take off and land from Vancouver's International Airport at this
        unique park in Richmond, BC that takes visitors off the beaten track.

    -   Calgary - 100 Wines by David Walker - Enjoy a unique wine tasting
        experience with 100 hand-picked selections from wine guy David
        Walker. In this funky yet comfortable atmosphere, guests are able to
        taste, purchase and even learn the art of making and enjoying wine.

    -   Toronto - Gerard India Bazaar/also known as "Little India" - With
        over 100 shops and restaurants which represent regional diversities
        of South Asian culture, food, music and products, this destination
        allows visitors to experience the best of the Subcontinent just
        outside of Toronto's downtown core.

    -   Montreal - Le Fouvrac - Located on trendy and bustling Laurier Avenue
        in the Plateau Mont-Royal, this shop serves up more than just coffee.
        Le Fouvrac has been serving gourmets and coffee connoisseurs in
        Montreal for years. It is a charming fine food store that doubles as
        a coffee shop, with coffee supplied by the Montreal company Agga -
        top coffee experts.

    -   Halifax - The Chickenburger Drive-In Restaurant - Opened in 1940,
        this nostalgic 50s setting is said to be the oldest drive-in
        restaurant in Canada. Featuring the perfected chicken burger and
        other high quality and delicious foods, this fun and memorable eating
        spot is a must see.
    

Employees at all 44 Delta Hotels and Resorts submitted their favourite local destinations as the must-see hidden gems in their community. Guests can find detailed information on various local gems and other hidden hot spots in the city they are visiting during their stay with Delta. A list of gems from communities across Canada can be viewed at www.deltahotels.com/recommends

About Delta Hotels and Resorts

A leading Canadian hotel management company, Delta Hotels and Resorts operates and franchises a diversified portfolio with 44 full-service, city centre and airport hotels and resorts under the Delta brand. Widely regarded as Canada's "brand of choice" by guests and owners, Delta also distinguishes itself as an exemplary employer. It is the only hotel company to have been recognized for its sustained focus on business excellence by the prestigious National Quality Institute with three Canada Awards for Excellence, including the award program's highest honour, the Order of Excellence (2007). The company also consistently ranks as one of the country's best employers in The Globe and Mail's Report on Business annual "50 Best Employers" list (2001-2003, 2005-2009). As well, its Corporate Social Responsibility platform, Delta Helps, includes a chain-wide commitment to the communities it serves through a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada, participation in the Hotel Association of Canada's Green Key Eco-Rating program, and work with various other charitable groups.

For more information, visit www.deltahotels.com.

SOURCE Delta Hotels and Resorts

For further information: For further information: Sandy Indig, Delta Hotels and Resorts, Office: (416) 874-2018, Cell: (416) 409-0649, sindig@deltahotels.com; Rachel Thexton, Media Profile, Office: (604) 609-6153, Cell: (604) 729-1448, rachel.thexton@mediaprofile.com

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