Delta Hotels and Resorts Announces New Property in Saguenay, Quebec

Saguenay's first 4-star upscale hotel set to open in spring 2012 after a multi-million dollar renovation

TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Delta Hotels and Resorts announced its expansion in Quebec with a new property, the Delta Saguenay Hotel and Conference Centre, slated to open in spring 2012.

The hotel will undergo an extensive multi-million dollar renovation to become Saguenay's first 4-star upscale property including redesigned guestrooms, upgraded amenities, and a new restaurant and lounge.  It will also include a full redevelopment of the lobby and public areas, and the creation of new business and fitness centres with state-of-the-art technology.  The hotel will boast 155 guestrooms and suites, and offer 22,000 square feet of newly revamped conference space featuring 17 meeting rooms and an 11,660 square foot ballroom.

"Delta has properties in more Quebec markets than any other 4-star hotel brand, with hotels in Montreal, Quebec City, Trois-Rivieres, Sherbrooke and now Saguenay," said Hank Stackhouse, President and CEO, Delta Hotels and Resorts. "As the only hotel in the region north of Quebec City with a convention centre, the Delta Saguenay further strengthens our ability to attract conferences and group meetings in Quebec, which is a critical part of our growth strategy in the province."

The hotel is currently branded by IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group) under the Holiday Inn brand, and is owned and managed by Saguenay Limited Partnership, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Vista Hospitality Group. It will be franchised under the Delta brand once the extensive renovations are completed. The hotel's executive team continues to remain in place, together with all of the employees during and after the transition. Treiguts & Associates has been retained as the principal interior design firm for the renovations, along with a group of project consultants and contractors.

"We are excited for our Quebec property to join the Delta family as the first 4-star upscale hotel in Saguenay," said Ally Visram, Chief Operating Officer, Vista Hospitality Group. "Delta is a well-recognized brand in Canada that we are very familiar with and their commitment to the Quebec market is extremely important to us. We like the brand's ability to provide all guest services, including a centralized reservation centre, in both French and English, which is critically important for this market."

The Delta Saguenay is ideally located in the heart of the Saguenay-Lac Saint Jean region, approximately 200 km north of Quebec City. The hotel is close to downtown and the business district, as well as provincial and federal government buildings. It is just a few minutes from Bagotville Airport, and directly off of Autoroute 70 and very close to the intersection with Route 175 making travel to and from Quebec City easily accessible. The hotel is within close proximity of Saguenay's many outdoor and cultural attractions.

About Delta Hotels and Resorts
A leading Canadian hotel management company, Delta Hotels and Resorts operates and franchises a diversified portfolio with 46 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 has consistently ranked as one of the country's 50 Best Employers for 11 years, and has been named to the Green 30 since 2010. As well, its national sustainability program, Delta Greens is the most comprehensive in the industry touching on every aspect of the hotel business. 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. 

About The Vista Hospitality Group

Vista Hospitality Group is a North American based owner and operator of hotels, resorts and other commercial properties. Vista owns and operates approximately 2,350 hotel rooms between Canada and the United States. In addition, the company through its subsidiaries owns approximately a million plus square feet of shopping centres, office buildings and retirement homes. Vista has received a number of awards for excellence in the management of its hotels.

SOURCE Delta Hotels

For further information:

Sandy Indig
Delta Hotels and Resorts
416-874-2018 / 416-409-0649

Nadia Said
Zone Franche
514-317-5715 ext. 205


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