Vancouver, BC, July 19, 2016 – SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre in Fort McMurray has re-opened to the public following the devastating wildfires that led to the evacuation of the city in May.
While the hotel did not sustain fire damage, smoke from the wildfires required an extensive clean-up of the hotel and conference facilities. The hotel was also used to temporarily accommodate over 200 first responders who were battling the wildfires.
“The people of Fort McMurray have demonstrated remarkable resilience under extremely difficult circumstances,” says Steve Giblin, President and CEO of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts. “Life is slowly returning to normal and all of us at SilverBirch and the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre are proud to be a part of the rebuilding of Fort McMurray.”
The Quality Hotel and Conference Centre has a new General Manager, Jayakrishna (JK) Tiramula, a Fort McMurray resident and hospitality sector veteran, and a new Executive Chef, Christina Bowie, also a Fort McMurray resident who has been building her culinary skills, starting at just 15 years old, in a variety of roles in different parts of Canada.
Guests returning to the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre can expect some exciting changes. The hotel is introducing a new menu for its popular sports bar The Den (re-opening on August 1), while Table 63 Restaurant will continue offering its famous hot breakfast buffet, with fan favourites like smoked salmon and double house smoked bacon, along with some new menu choices. And finally, the exterior will be transformed with new landscaping.
During the evacuation, SilverBirch’s Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, Double Tree by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton West Edmonton accommodated Quality Hotel employees and their families as well as many displaced citizens of Fort McMurray. In addition, more than $61,000 was raised by SilverBirch hotels through the Friends in Need campaign. Between June 18 and 25, each hotel designated $5 from every room night booked, with the proceeds going to Local 2494 Fort McMurray Fire Fighters Relief Fund.
About the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre, Fort McMurray
The Quality Hotel and Conference Centre, Fort McMurray is the ideal setting for overnight accommodations, meetings and social events for both families and individual travelers. The Quality Hotel offers 153 guestrooms, 12,000 square-feet of meeting space, 24 hour Fitness Centre, 24 hour Business Centre and a friendly team of professionals to serve you. With 7 beautiful function rooms including the Crystal Ballroom and the Poplar Creek, it is the perfect location for receptions, catering functions and business meetings. Guestrooms at the Quality Hotel Fort McMurray offer free local calls and free wireless high-speed internet to keep our guests connected and a deluxe complimentary breakfast buffet to kick start the day.
About SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is one of Canada’s leading hotel operations and asset management companies and manages a large portfolio of full-service, focused service and extended stay hotels across Canada. The company manages hotels operating under major franchise brands, such as Marriott, Hilton and Radisson. www.silverbirchhotels.com
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