Hotel management giant Aimbridge finds Canadian home in Calgary


Aimbridge Hospitality, situated in Plano, Texas, and considered North America’s biggest inn the board organization is venturing into Canada — and has picked Calgary as home to its Canadian base camp.

The organization that right now claims as well as oversees around 1,400 upscale, free and marked lodgings with in excess of 150,000 rooms over the U.S. also, the Caribbean as of late finished a merger with Interstate Hotels, the second biggest inn the board organization in North America. It has additionally finished its procurement of Calgary-based Bellstar Hotels and Resorts, which includes 1,200 proprietors at townhouse resorts in Western Canada to the three Canadian properties it as of now deals with; the Westin in Whistler, Sheraton Four Points in Surrey and Courtyard by Marriott in Prince George.

Bellstar has made its imprint in the course of recent years by driving gainfulness for autonomous retreats, obtaining an aptitude and special range of abilities that has made it the best offering of its sort in the nation.

Aimbridge’s enthusiasm for the Canadian market started after it obtained a REIT that dealt with the Westin Whistler. It employed Ian McAuley, a fellow benefactor of Calgary-based Superior Lodging Corp., as its new Canadian president to assume a key job in encouraging new global joint endeavor openings while being liable for recognizing acquisitions, the board and improvement exercises for Aimbridge Hospitality’s Canadian portfolio.

McAuley migrated to Toronto to be near the significant lodging players and, while chipping away at his arrangements for Canadian extension, had the favorable luck to meet long-term Calgary businessperson and Bellstar organizer and CEO Dale Hodgson at an industry gathering. Bellstar was included on the title page of Western Hotelier magazine around then and the discussion immediately got around to Aimbridge’s have to build up a Canadian administrative center, and proceeded with an idea to buy the organization.

McAuley realizes this city well and figured it was most appropriate to draw in ability, is tech/eCommerce centered, has office opportunities, and its area offers simple access to properties in Western Canada just as to the organization in Texas.

With the procurement, Aimbridge includes seven townhouse inn understandings and an administrative center with 18 staff. Those properties incorporate Grande Rockies Resort and Solara Resort and Spa in Canmore; Glacier Mountaineer Lodge, Kicking Horse Lodging and Palliser Lodge in Golden, B.C.; The Beach Club Resort in Parksville on Vancouver Island; and its most recent property, The Royal Kelowna downtown inn on Lake Okanagan in Kelowna.

“The obtaining of this hearty organization and its flourishing properties is a tremendous expansion to our global portfolio,” says Dave Johnson, seat and CEO of Aimbridge, “and we anticipate progressing accomplishment in the Canadian market.”

It’s likewise incredible news for Calgary as Hodgson, presently official VP of advancement for Aimbridge Canada, and his official group of Robin Cumine, VP of activities and corporate improvement, and Ian Thorley, VP of offers and advertising, are as of now searching for bigger office space in the Beltline that will oblige a multiplying of staff here. The Calgary office will be isolated into Aimbridge Hospitality and Bellstar Hotels and Resorts.

“I am eager to pass the light to Aimbridge Hospitality, an organization similarly as committed to advancement and income development,” Hodgson says. “The vigorous framework and demonstrated administrative execution Aimbridge brings to the table bodes truly well for our proprietors and visitors going ahead.”


The governing body of The United Farmers of Alberta Co-usable (UFA) has chosen Scott Bolton as its new president and CEO following the takeoff of Carol Kitchen, who migrated to Illinois. Bolton takes on the job subsequent to filling in as official VP and CFO of UFA. Before joining the co-usable, he spent the greater part of his vocation at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was an accomplice responsible for the Alberta counseling practice and national vitality pioneer, and has a demonstrated reputation of achievement in the agribusiness, oil and gas, and mining areas. UFA is one of the biggest agrarian co-agents in the nation with in excess of 120,000 part proprietors. Its system includes in excess of 110 mass fuel and cardlock oil areas, 34 cultivate and farm supply stores, and a central station bolster office in Calgary.

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