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Openings, Sales & Renos ~ July 2012

Cabot Links—eight more holes and new lodging

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INVERNESS, NS—Golfers who come to the Cabot Links golf course in Cape Breton (pictured above) this year will have eight more holes to shoot and a new place to stay.

They can also have a drink in an expanded bar and dine in the newly renovated Panorama Restaurant .

Designed by Rod Whitman and billed as a “true links course,” Cabot Links opened with 10 holes last year in Inverness,  NS.

On June 29 it will have 18 holes ready for play and 48 rooms for people to stay in the new Cabot Links Lodge.

Designed by architect Susan Fitzgerald  to provide deluxe accommodation, the lodge is mainly framed in wood  and clad with cedar  shingles. While it features renewable materials,  it is furnished with Beltrami linens, Ralph Lauren lighting and fabrics, Paul Smith décor and a Philippe Starck Louis Ghost armchair.

Interior design of the guest rooms, bar and restaurant  was done by Los Angeles-based Alexandra Angle.

The restaurant has 82 seats inside and 52 outdoors, while the Cabot Bar has 75 seats inside and 20 on the patio.

More than just a place to feed golfers and guests, the Panorama Room is a destination restaurant open to the public.

The kitchen is overseen by husband and wife chef team John Haines and Tracy Wallace, who were previously with the Inn at St. Peters on Prince Edward Island and the Glenora Inn & Distillery  in Nova Scotia.

There is seafood on the breakfast menu—a lobster frittata sells for $17 and haddock fish cakes are $15.

Dinner mains include roasted Atlantic halibut ($36) and Digby scallop pasta ($31). The menu takes a bistro turn with steak frites, although the steak is rib and the fries flavoured with truffle. Price is $35. The vegetarian option here is bell pepper stuffed with orzo, accompanied by grilled vegetables feta and smoked tomato reduction.

The wine list is international and includes selections from Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia, with a group of bottles mainly in the $35 to $46 range, and another group costing $58 to $175.

Six selections by the glass are priced  $7 to $9.

One high-priced standout is a 2008 Petrus for $3,250.

There is a wide selection of single malt whiskies on the drinks menu, all scotch except for three Glen Bretons from Nova Scotia’s own Glenora Distillery.

The Cabot Links property is owned by Canadian-based golf travel company owner  Ben Cowan-Dewar  in a partnership with  Mike Keiser,  proprietor  of the Bandon Dunes golf course near Bandon, Oregon.

Accor sells Motel 6, Studio 6

PARIS—Accor has sold its North American Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands to a Blackstone Group affiliate for $1.9 billion. The transaction involved 1,102 hotels, acquired by an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII. The hotels comprise 107,347 rooms in the United States and Canada.

“I am delighted by the transaction signed with Blackstone, which ensures the future of Motel 6 and its teams in North America, where we will remain present with luxury and upscale flagships under the Sofitel and Novotel brands,” Accor chairman and CEO Denis Hennequin said in a news release.

“This deal will provide Accor with additional resources to address the tremendous growth potential in the Asia Pacific region, in Latin America and in Europe, where the leadership of our brands is one of the key drivers of our future growth.”

Atlific adds Hotel Timberlea

FORT MCMURRAY, AB—Atlific Hotels has added Clearwater Residence Hotel Timberlea in Fort McMurray to its portfolio of hotel properties. This is the seventh hotel in the region managed by Atlific and owned by Temple Real Estate Investment Trust (TREIT), bringing the total numbers of rooms in Fort McMurray to 833.

Suited for long-term guests, the intimate, condo-style hotel features 66 one and two bedroom suites, with a full range of appliances including refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave, en-suite washer and dryer and cable television to ensure that all the necessities of home are available to travellers during their stay. The hotel features free high-speed internet and extensive complimentary heated underground and surface parking.

The first hotel to be located on the north side of the city, en route to the oil sands, the Clearwater Residence Hotel Timberlea is located 9.5 kilometers from the city centre and 26.4 kilometers from the Fort McMurray Airport.

Inn at the Quay sold to Temple REIT last month

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC—The Inn at the Quay, located in New Westminster in the Metro Vancouver area, was acquired by Temple Real Estate Investment Trust last month.

As the exclusive advisor to Narland Properties (Quayside) Ltd., Colliers International Hotels conducted a targeted marketing campaign and accessed the most logical domestic and international investment groups.

Overlooking the Fraser River, this recently renovated 126-room hotel is the preeminent boutique-style hotel in the area and offers an excellent complement of facilities and amenities to service both leisure and corporate demand.

Two New WorkBC Employment Centres in Victoria and Saanich

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Minister Ida Chong, Christine Stoneman COO, Charles Shier CFO and Frank Bourree CEO cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the new WorkBC Employment Service Centres in June.

Chemistry Consulting and their subsidiary company GT Hiring Solutions announced two new office openings to add to their six existing BC offices.

They held Grand Openings for their new WorkBC Employment Service Centres back in June.

This makes three new offices in Victoria since April (including the new Douglas & Pandora location) to be the “one stop shop” for job seekers in Greater Victoria.

The centres will provide services to all Canadians looking for work and will assist EI clients, Welfare to work clients, disability, Aboriginal, Immigrant and also the coordination of training and apprenticeship clients.

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