SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts

Vancouver’s SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts Awarded Hilton Worldwide’s Developer of the Year in the Multi-Brand Category

Top recognition includes new Halifax dual-build Homewood Suites by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites

Vancouver, BC, August 20, 2012 – Hilton Worldwide announced the2011 winners of its annual development awards for North America. Vancouver-based SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts and the company’s President & CEO, Steve Giblin, has been awarded the top recognition by Hilton Worldwide for Developer of the Year for Multi-Brand.

Canada has become a major growth market for Hilton’s focused service hotels, and SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts continues to produce premier quality hotels for multiple Hilton-branded properties. Recipients are awarded based on criteria that include unique hotels developed, total number and quality of hotels, impact on community and fastest construction time.

“We are extremely honoured to be awarded the Developer of the Year for Multi-Brand by Hilton Worldwide and to be recognized for our accomplishments and community contribution,” said Steve Giblin, President  & CEO, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts. “We are dedicated to bringing the best hotel experience to visitors and business travelers who visit Canada and our many great communities.”
The company announced a recent partnership between Hilton and SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts to bring the first dual-branded hotel property to Nova Scotia. By the spring of 2014, travelers looking for accommodations in downtown Halifax will have two new hotel options at the former site of the Citadel Halifax Hotel.

“We recognize the importance of our developers’ contributions,” said Craig A. Mance, North American development, Hilton Worldwide. “It is our privilege to acknowledge SilverBirch’s commitment to the development of the Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton dual-branded hotel in Halifax with the Developer of the Year for Multi-Brand Award.”

SilverBirch is investing $62 million in the Halifax redevelopment for the dual branded hotels of Homewood Suites by Hilton, the international brand of upscale, all-suite, residential-style hotels, and Hampton Hotels, the award-winning leader in the mid-priced hotel segment. Both hotels will be constructed simultaneously and housed within two 13-story towers and will include a shared conference center, as well as a fitness center, retail space and parking.

The Developer of the Year award also recognizes SilverBirch’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability. The summer demolition of the Halifax site includes reducing the amount of materials that enter the waste stream. A recycle program for materials including carpets, underlays, toilets, sinks, tubs, doors, miscellaneous mill work, and metals is underway.  Approximately 6,500 tonnes of concrete is being sent to a facility where it can be crushed and re-used.

About SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is one of Canada’s leading hotel management companies and manages over 20 hotels and resorts across Canada. The company manages independent hotels and hotels operating under major franchise brands, such as Marriott, Hilton, Radisson, Quality and Best Western.www.silverbirchhotels.com
For more information, please contact:

Emily Farlow
MT&L Public Relations
902.420.1860
efarlow@mtlpr.ca
Stacey Morton
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
604.646.8787
smorton@silverbirchhotels.com