Portland, ME (PRWEB) January 06, 2014

Maine companies with digital marketing expertise and e-commerce development track record merge to provide a powerful combination for e-merchants and regional businesses.

Integra Strategic Technologies Consulting, LLC of Portland, ME and VONT, LLC of Westbrook, ME today announced that the two companies have combined to create a premier web development and digital marketing agency. Integra, a pioneering web development company with a special expertise in creating e-commerce websites and custom web software, will re-locate its offices to VONT’s Westbrook location after the start of the year.

“Integra and VONT have successfully collaborated on joint web development and marketing projects for several years,” said Tom Gale, President of VONT, a leading digital marketing agency with clients in the higher education, consumer packaged goods, tourism and e-commerce segments. “Bringing our two companies together under the VONT moniker will deepen and enhance the web development and digital advertising depth we bring to our clients.”

Established in 2001, Integra has more than a decade of experience helping companies succeed in the digital space. Integra develops e-commerce-based websites, content management systems and sophisticated web-based applications for clients such as the Specialty Food Association, Hutchins Trucking, the Maine Credit Union League, and The Maine Association of Nonprofits.

VONT also develops websites and digital advertising campaigns for its clients. Founded in 2007 by Ethos, a leading branding and marketing agency, VONT excels in bringing brands to life in the digital space with high-performing websites and strategic digital marketing campaigns. VONT manages a multimillion-dollar portfolio of Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn advertising campaigns for dozens of clients such as Boston University, Oakhurst Dairy, Udi’s Gluten Free, Glutino and the Wild Blueberry Association of North America.

“VONT’s digital marketing expertise and Integra’s e-commerce development track record provide a powerful combination for e-merchants and other businesses,” said Tim Brooks, the founder of Integra and VONT’s new Director of Web Development. “By combining with VONT, we are able to provide our clients with much needed digital marketing capabilities to help them succeed in the digital space.”





Looking ahead for 2014

On January 10, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Group Travel Planner

Darlene Grant Fiander

President, Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia

The future direction of the tourism industry will be defined in 2014 by a number of strategic investments that will come to fruition.

A key highlight for 2014 will be the re-establishment of the ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine. The Province of Nova Scotia is investing up to $21 million of financial support and we need to ensure that this investment is appropriately leveraged as we gain access to the lucrative U.S. market. The cruise ferry service will operate under the brand name Nova Star Cruises and provide daily round-trip service within 24 hours, starting on May 1. The company has estimated that more than 100,000 passengers will step aboard in the first year of operation.

Another significant investment is the Nova Centre, a mixed-use development that will include an international financial centre, convention centre and luxury hotel, residential, retail, parking and public space. The project promises to be a game changer for Nova Scotia if we leverage the opportunity to build incremental international tourism receipts through conventions and events that we are not getting today.

As the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency (NSTA) heads into year two of operations and implements the new strategy for tourism, we should begin to see a renewed focus on tourism in all regions of the province.

Contributing over $2 billion a year in revenue, supporting 40,000 jobs and generating over $225 million in tax revenue, tourism is crucial to the economic well-being of Nova Scotia. With continued strategic investments, tourism will significantly increase its economic impact upon the province. We are competing with new destinations every day for the same customer — we need to ensure we approach the business of tourism like other great destinations that understand its value.

Moving full steam ahead, tourism is well positioned to increase its contribution to the provincial economy if we adjust to the rapid societal changes taking place and always keep our visitors top of mind.




NS: Nova Scotia Tourism Agency open for business in Windsor

On January 10, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Group Travel Planner

Ashley Thompson, Hants Journal

Published on December 16, 2013

CEO Patrick Sullivan says the design and layout of the office, which will house 37 staff at full complement, is meant to fuel creativity.

[WINDSOR, NS] – Nova Scotia Tourism Agency employees are settling in at their new office space in Windsor.

Formerly based in Halifax, the agency has been operating outside of the former Black Bear Tavern on Water Street since Dec. 2.

There’s no sign of a draft tap in sight inside of the completely renovated building. The large, open concept office space predominantly features the bright blue and green colours found on the tourism agency’s website.

CEO Patrick Sullivan says the design and layout of the office, which will house 37 staff at full complement, is meant to fuel creativity.

After all, creativity is key in their business.

“Our primary goal is to get people to visit Nova Scotia. That is the most important thing we can do,” explained Sullivan.

He says the Windsor office is a central location that will make destinations in areas like the Annapolis Valley and the South Shore more accessible from the workplace, and many of the businesses in the Windsor area will benefit from having nearly 40 new government employees in town.

“For the local community having the addition of having 37 jobs in the area is a good one.”

Sullivan describes the provincial tourism agency as a marketing, sales and product development group.

There was little time to rest on one’s laurels once the move to Windsor was complete. Proper timing is crucial in any tourism campaign.

“Our major product right now is to build our marketing programs for next spring and summer,” said Sullivan, noting that the tourism information targeting the United Kingdom and Germany must be ready for as early as January and February.

He says the majority of the tourists visiting Nova Scotia come from other provinces in Canada.

“We get about 550,000 of our visitors from Ontario and Quebec. We get about 30-40,000 people from Europe and we get about 160,000 from the United States.”

The Bedford resident says the agency must also ensure residents of the United States are aware of Nova Scotia in time for the revival of the Yarmouth ferry in 2014.

“I think, realistically, it’s going to take some time to reawaken the knowledge of Nova Scotia and kind of create that desire for Nova Scotia — and I know we can do it.”

Sullivan says residents of Nova Scotia can do their part to boost tourism throughout the province by treating tourists to the kind of down-home hospitality he’s witnessed in Windsor so far.

“Everyone seems very welcoming and I think that’s great.”


PE: Summerside gets approval for tourism levy increase

On January 10, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Group Travel Planner

Ryan Ross, The Guardian

Published on December 10, 2013

Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart said he expects the one per cent increase introduced through new legislation to raise an extra $30,000 to $40,000 to help promote the city.

[SUMMERSIDE, PE] – It could soon be a bit more expensive to rent a hotel room in Summerside after a recent change in legislation allowed the city to increase its tourism levy.

Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart said he expects the one per cent increase to raise an extra $30,000 to $40,000 to help promote the city.

“It certainly worked out well the last few years,” he said.

Summerside has a two per cent tourism accommodation levy, but plans to increase it one percentage point, which would bring it line with what customers pay in Charlottetown.

A change in legislation was needed to allow for the increase, but instead of just changing the law to raise the levy by one point, the government chose to eliminate any maximum limit.

That change was made through the Municipal Statutes Amendment Act 2013, which removed the maximum limit for tourism levies set by councils under separate legislation for Charlottetown, Summerside and the province’s other municipalities.

It allows municipalities to set their own levy rates without having to get a change in legislation every time.

Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan said the change was made at Summerside’s request and the government decided to deal with the other areas at the same time.

“We’ll update them just so there will be no ceiling on the levies. It will be up to municipalities themselves to make that decision from here on out,” he said.

The change doesn’t impact other areas outside of the municipalities where the Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I. (TIAPEI) is asking its members for input about the possibility of introducing a tourism levy.

In Summerside a committee that included representatives from the city’s tourism association and hotel operators asked council for an increase, which Stewart said it has approved.

Stewart other municipalities have similar levies and the money will be used to promote the city, including some funding for Meetings and Conventions P.E.I.

“We’re just sort of keeping in line with others,” he said.



Montpelier, VT (PRWEB) November 20, 2013

Choose from slopeside events and special offers at ski resorts, plus festive holiday lodging deals at inns statewide. Enjoy bustling shops and vibrant galleries in Vermont’s 24 Designated Downtowns. Several towns host the 50/50 Challenge, a series of holiday events and sales that ensure a jolly good time for shoppers filling hard-to-stuff stockings! Complete listings and websites for these events are at http://www.VermontVacation.com/pressroom.

Festival of Trees

Nov. 24 – Dec. 30, Bennington

Festival of Trees “Around the World” is a community created exhibit of 20 uniquely designed and decorated holiday trees. Additional items from the museum’s collection produce a perfect blend of current design with historical elements. There’s also several traditional and tabletop trees created by local schoolchildren to admire. Benningtonmuseum.org

Chandler Gallery Holiday Bazaar

Wednesdays, now – Dec. 23, Randolph

Quality, fine and functional arts and crafts and local specialty food products by 40 artisans will be showcased in a festive holiday setting. Shoppers find a wide array of affordable fine gifts for the holidays, open Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Chandlergallery.blogspot.com/

Candy Cane Making

Nov. 27 – Dec. 22, Stowe

Fun, family-friendly demonstrations begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Additional 2 p.m. demos take place on Saturdays. Watch for free or register ahead to make your own candy cane for $6.00. The folks at Laughing Moon do their best to accommodate everyone but please note registering ensures a lesson. Laughingmoonchocolates.com

Bellows Falls & Walpole Artisan Tour

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, Bellows Falls

Studio artists open their studios and sell their wares on Thanksgiving weekend. Several artists will have work for sale and demonstrations at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls. Walpoleartisans.org

35th Annual Putney Craft Tour

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, Putney

Demos, food, handcrafted shopping along scenic back roads. Blacksmiths, glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, woodworkers – even artisan cheesemakers. Putneycrafts.com

Manchester Merriment

Nov. 29 – Jan. 1,    Manchester

Come enjoy the dozens of events happening in Manchester all holiday season! Lighted tractor parade, wine tastings, inn tours, tree lightings, horse-drawn wagon rides and world-class shopping are how Manchester & the Mountains celebrates the holiday season! Visitmanchestervt.com

Ri Ra’s Santa 5k Run

Dec. 1, Burlington

The Ri Ra’s Santa 5k Run is Vermont’s first and only all Santa Race! The course starts on historic Church Street and features a rolling course with one tough hill on Battery Street. All participants receive a full Santa suit and a great Irish breakfast after the race at Ri Ra Irish pub. Events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=8881

Star Party

Dec. 6, Peacham

Join fellow stargazers for an evening of observing under clear skies using the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation’s main 17″ and portable telescopes. Learn with neighbors, newcomers and amateur astronomers. Facebook.com/nkaf.org

Holiday Celebrations at Shelburne Museum

Dec. 3-8, Shelburne

The new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education will be humming with holiday-themed art activities, games and live music. The Center will be a sight to behold bedecked with 10 holiday trees, each decorated in a different theme inspired by the museum’s collections. Shelburnemuseum.org

Holiday Stroll

Dec. 7, Vergennes

Eat breakfast with Santa, shop at the craft fair, find rare gifts at the Bixby Library silent auction, grab your rotary wreath and sing carols as you stroll. Read with Mrs. Claus; make cookies and decorations in Santa’s workshop. Enjoy the music of Champlain Brass Quintet, Victory Baptist Church Choir, Dickens carolers and Addison County Gospel Choir. Addisoncounty.com/holidaystroll

Capital City Farmers Market

Dec. 7 & 21, Montpelier

35 farmers, food producers, and craftspeople sell local fare. Also enjoy live music and ready-to-eat foods. Join us at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Gym at the corner of E. State St. and College St. Montpelierfarmersmarket.com

Stowe Community Church Christmas Fair

Dec. 7, Stowe

The Christmas Fair features decorated wreaths, needlecrafts, baked goods, and our original mugs, cookbooks, puzzles and historic Stowe afghans. The Trinkets & Treasures Room contains jewelry and other surprises. This year’s quilt raffle features a queen-sized, “Crazy Quilt” pattern. Stowechurch.org

19th Annual Brewfest

Dec. 7, Smugglers’ Notch Resort

Enjoy a day of outdoor fun on the mountain and a night of savoring the region’s finest libations. Sample local & regional beers and wines, with music, munchies and prizes. Smuggs.com

Christmas at Billings Farm & Museum

Dec. 7 – Jan. 1, Woodstock

Discover the simplicity of a 19th century Vermont Christmas in an authentically decorated farmhouse and working dairy farm. Partake in horse-drawn sleigh ride and children’s activities. Open every weekend and December 26 – Jan. 1. GPS: 69 Old River Road Billingsfarm.org

Classic Films of the 1950s

Dec. 8, Stowe

The 1950s were a fascinating time for Hollywood films. Several directors who began their careers in the silent era were in their prime and new stars such as Marlon Brando, James Dean and Audrey Hepburn were making their mark. Films addressed vital issues of the time such as juvenile delinquency, conformity, and racial attitudes, while the shadow of the Hollywood blacklist loomed. A Vermont Humanities Council event at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe. Vermonthumanities.org

Wassail Weekend in Woodstock

Dec. 13 – 15, Woodstock

Voted one of Vermont’s Top Ten Winter events, the term has its roots in Medieval England referring to the Norse, “ves heill” meaning “to drink to the health.” Ale brewed with spiced apples and sugar was the warm drink given to the singers who went door to door during the Solstice. Parades, theatre, dining events and carolers’ songs of the season fill the air. Woodstockvt.com/wassail

Holidays on the Newbury Common

Dec. 14, Newbury

An old-fashioned winter party with music, traditional craft demonstrations, winter games, bonfire, tree lighting, hot chocolate, cookies, a visit from Santa and more! Enjoy a community supper and join the moonlight snowshoe and square dance after the fireworks show! Celebrate250.org

Winter’s Eve

Dec. 14, Burlington

Come calling on Ethan and Fanny Allen for a Winter’s Eve celebration! Begin your experience in the 18th Century Tavern; take part in group dances, hear live music, or watch historical craft demonstrations. Come along for a lantern tour of the Allen House where historical re-enactors will entertain you! Ethanallenhomestead.org

22nd Annual Coolidge Holiday Open House

Dec. 15, Plymouth Notch

The Coolidge Birthplace will be decorated as it would have been in 1872, the year the future president was born. Holiday music will fill the village. Sleigh rides, children’s activities, crafts, foods and the Plymouth Memory Tree lighting ceremony enliven this holiday celebration. HistoricSites.Vermont.gov/Coolidge

Solstice Snowshoe over Moose Mountain

Dec. 21, East Charleston

Hike four miles along the Moose Mountain Trail. This beautiful trail runs through hardwood forest and rolling terrain. The journey to the 2,339’ peak offers scenic vistas of the northern range of the Green Mountains, Lake Willoughby and Wheeler Pond. Bring lunch, a hot drink and warm layers. Registration is required and snowshoes are available. Northwoodscenter.org

Celebrate Annual Holiday Show

Dec. 23- 28, Barre

Celebrate Annual Holiday Show includes a wide variety of fine art and crafts. Hundreds of one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artists are exhibited on three floors of Barre’s beloved downtown gallery. Studioplacearts.com



Dave Stewart, The Guardian
Published on November 05, 2013

That’s the word from Don Cudmore, executive director of the Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I, which is going on tour seeking input from stakeholders on the state of the industry.

[CHARLOTTETOWN, PE] – P.E.I. could be faced with one of the largest structural changes the tourism industry has seen in a decade.

That’s the word from Don Cudmore, executive director of the Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I.

Ahead of TIAPEI’s annual general meeting on Nov. 29 in Charlottetown, the organization is going on tour, with three stops that began on Monday night in Montague, seeking input from stakeholders.

“They are looking for input. They’d like to know what the industry is thinking. Maybe everything is great but I suspect it’s time for change and that’s the kind of feedback we’ll get,’’ Cudmore said. “It could be very substantial change. I think it could be one of the largest structural changes that the industry has seen in many, many years. Probably 10 years.’’

The last time the industry conducted a review this extensive it ended up forming the Tourism Advisory Council, regional tourism associations and the Tourism Research Centre.

Essentially, they’re taking a hard look at how the province’s tourism industry is managed.

They’ll be looking into the economic impact tourism has.

“We do know what the value of tourism is, to a certain extent, but just the numbers that are presented to Tourism P.E.I. and the treasurer.’’

Secondly, they’ll be looking into ways to make more money. A levy has been floated but Cudmore says no decisions have been made.

“It means how can we raise more dollars for tourism from the industry to help drive numbers or tourism? The committee is looking at all options. They’ve made no decisions.’’

Just as an example, Cudmore said the committee could suggest creative packaging opportunities rather than a straight levy.

“There are some areas of P.E.I. that give their operators an opportunity to co-op a marketing program so you raise more dollars when they buy into that.

In Charlottetown, there is a three per cent levy per night while stays in Summerside have an additional two per cent charge.

Cudmore said they’ll also take a hard look at the visionary and accountable leadership structure of TIAPEI itself.

“It’s time we look at everything again.’’

Cudmore said they need better information on what return P.E.I. gets for the money spent on marketing.

“Right now, we’re marketing a return on investment on tourism by what the provincial marketing budget is. We don’t know what the industry is putting into marketing in various jurisdictions.’’

Tourism brings in $388 million annually, making it one of the largest revenue-generating industries in the province but there’s been no growth in the past eight years.

Numbers will be up two per cent one year and down two per cent the very next year.

“Relatively speaking with the cost of living there has been zero growth. The only thing that has been growing is our expenses and so our industry is telling us we’ve got to find news ways of doing things.’’

There will be two more public sessions — on Wednesday at the Best Western Charlottetown from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Summerside at Eastlink Arena from 7 to 9 p.m.


Staff, The Vanguard
Published on November 25, 2013

For more than two decades Morton was general manager of White Point Beach Resort.

[YARMOUTH, NS] – Nova Star Cruises Ltd. has appointed Danny Morton director of Cruise Marketing & Business Development.

For more than two decades Morton was general manager of White Point Beach Resort, and oversaw all aspects of operations including achievement of ISO 9001:2000 certification, ensuring quality standards development and human resource management throughout the resort. He was also part of the team that successfully rebuilt and reopened the resort in 2012, within one year of a devastating fire.

“We are very fortunate to have Danny join Nova Star Cruises’ growing team,” said Owen John, vice president, Sales & Marketing, Nova Star Cruises in a press release. “His extensive experience, knowledge, and relationships within the tourism industry will be invaluable in helping us establish and build a long-term, sustainable cruise ferry service.”

Starting in 2014, Nova Star Cruises will provide daily round-trip ferry service aboard the brand new, 161-metre cruise ferry, Nova Star, between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Portland, Maine, from May 1 to November 2.

Morton will be based in Halifax and lead strategic marketing, business development and sales, and support the development and introduction of the Nova Star Discovery program. The Nova Star Discovery program will provide travelers with turnkey vacation experiences that bundle passage on the Nova Star with select tourism offerings throughout Nova Scotia.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting opportunity for Nova Scotia and to join the Nova Star Cruises team,” said Morton. “This is a great opportunity for me personally, and also for Nova Scotia as we begin work to restore cruise ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine.”

“Nova Star Cruises presents a unique opportunity for visitors to, and tourism operators in, Nova Scotia and New England, and I look forward to working with industry partners to develop and market this vital link between Canada and the United States,” said Morton.

Morton is a board member of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency (NSTA) and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). He is also a past chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS).

Nova Star Cruises estimates that more than 100,000 passengers will step aboard the Nova Star in the first year of operation. Nova Star will leave Portland each evening at 8 p.m. EST and arrive in Yarmouth at 7 a.m. AST the next morning. The ship will depart two hours later and arrive back in Portland at 5 p.m. local time.

With a casino, three restaurants, including sit down fine dining and a sumptuous buffet, a theater and live entertainment, plus a spa, art gallery and more, Nova Star will provide a wealth of on-board amenities for passengers to enjoy during the voyage.

Nova Star Cruises will attend and participate in the 2013 TIANS Tourism Summit from Nov. 24-26 in Halifax.



NS: Deal signed to re-establish Yarmouth ferry service

On December 3, 2013, in Uncategorized, by Group Travel Planner
By Staff, The Canadian Press
Published on November 12, 2013

Nova Scotia Tourism Minister Michel Samson says that agreement has been revised to give the provincial government greater ability to audit the books of STM Quest, which has agreed to operate the service.

[HALIFAX, NS] – The government of Nova Scotia has signed an amended agreement to re-establish a ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine.

A deal to resume the ferry link was announced in September by the previous NDP government, nearly four years after it scrapped a subsidy for the money-losing service.

Nova Scotia Tourism Minister Michel Samson says that agreement has been revised to give the provincial government greater ability to audit the books of STM Quest, which has agreed to operate the service.

The company has committed to run the daily cruise ferry service from May 1 until Nov. 2 of next year under the name Nova Star Cruises.

Samson says the government is still willing to provide the company with a $21-million forgivable loan over seven years.

Of that, $10.5 million would go towards startup costs in the first year, with another $1.5 million set aside annually for marketing.



Following 250 Mile Bike Event Led by Great Freedom Adventures, Virgin Airways Cyclists to Present Funds to Charity for Disadvantaged Children.

Sherborn, MA (PRWEB) October 29, 2013

Bike tour operator, Great Freedom Adventures organized and operated a fund-raising and team-building challenge for 55 bicyclists from Virgin Atlantic Airways. The 250-mile, September 12-15, 2013 ride challenged cyclists to bike from Boston
Common to New York’s Central Park, traveling through four states in four days.

The ride connected the airline’s two regional hubs and provided employees from offices in the UK and the US an opportunity to bond as a team while also raising money for their partner charity, Free the Children. Funds are currently being presented to this charity which functions as a worldwide child advocacy group that works to reduce poverty and improve educational opportunities for children throughout the world.

Bicyclists departed Boston Common through balloon arches and cheering crowds to begin a journey traversing urban parks, suburban neighborhoods and rural farms. Cyclists averaged 63 miles per day with guides, print maps, cue sheets, GPS
directions, vehicle support, mechanical support, food and drink provided by Great Freedom Adventures along the way.

The carefully mapped route took cyclists through diverse regions of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York, and included a ferry ride from New London, CT to Orient Point, NY, on the eastern tip of Long Island. Lunch and rest stops saw riders refueling at wildlife areas, urban parks, a colonial farmstead, a turkey farm for farm-fresh turkey sandwiches and a vineyard for a bit of wine tasting and brick oven pizza.

All participants successfully completed the team-building challenge by riding through Central Park as a red jersey-clad group to the finish at North Meadows where a cheering crowd of supporters and spectators greeted them. Riders were unanimous in their feeling that the trip brought the group together, strengthened bonds and increased incentive to reengage with both  orporate and personal goals. The group gave high marks to the organization and execution of the event by Great Freedom Adventures as did Virgin Atlantic’s Aviation Security Manager Phil Williams, the contact person from the Virgin Atlantic side
and organizer of the UK and US ride participants.

“Great Freedom Adventures safely led our team of riders…from Boston to New York. It was a great opportunity for us to bring different elements of the Virgin Family together on such an epic adventure. Your support team were all very competent,
friendly, and accommodating. Leading a group of this size can never be easy, but your team accomplished it with ease, making the whole experience truly wonderful. From feedback already received from the group, I can tell that it has had a positive life-changing impact to many of those who participated. We look forward to partnering with Great Freedom Adventures again in the near future,” says Williams.

About Great Freedom Adventures Great Freedom Adventures offers bike tours and multi-sport adventures in New England
and New York regions possessing a unique diversity of natural beauty and cultural interests. These distinctive tours include a wealth of additional activities such as kayaking, hikes, nature walks, history tours, sunset sails, wine tastings, demonstrations and more, providing guests with a full-sensory experience and an insider’s perspective. The tour packages include upscale
lodging, most meals, side excursions, admissions, region-specific costs, bike rentals, maps, guides and van support. Scheduled tours are three to six days in duration and custom and private tours are available. Great Freedom Adventures also runs single- and multi-day corporate outings, team-building and fundraising events. Please see the website for additional information and for specific details on each tour.



The hotel management company was named one of the TOP 101 Companies in Atlantic Canada by Progress Media.

Halifax, Nova Scotia (PRWEB) 2013

New Castle Hotels and Resorts – Canadian Region was named one of the TOP 101 Companies in Atlantic Canada by Progress magazine, which ranks the region’s leading corporations by revenue for the 2012 fiscal year. The hotel management company ranked number 45 on the list of 101 Atlantic Canadian businesses.

“The companies identified by Progress Media are all industry and community leaders within Atlantic Canada,” says Guido Kerpel, Vice President of New Castle Hotels and Resorts – Canadian Region. “We are extremely honoured to rank amongst this elite group.”

With key economic factors, such as the Irving Ship Building contract, Atlantic Canada’s economy is on the rise. Progress magazine has chronicled the story of Atlantic Canada’s corporate values and performance for the last 20 years with the TOP 101. This year, the survey showcases the sectors and strategies which are setting the pace for business growth in the region.

New Castle Hotels and Resorts owns, operates and/or manages upscale hotels and resorts in the United States and Canada. The Canadian properties include The Westin Nova Scotian, Hampton Inn & Suites – Dartmouth Crossing, Residence Inn by Marriott Moncton, The Algonquin Resort, Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa, Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Centre, and
Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa.

The company is a preferred manager for Marriott, Hilton, and Starwood brands for both full-service and select-service hotels and independent properties with strong one-of-a-kind identities. The organizations regional outlook is to amalgamate certain tasks and services, such as procurement, tourism, and infrastructure, and using the gains to reduce deficits. In addition, to capitalize on purchasing underperforming assets and manage turnarounds to improved financial performance.

In addition to ranking 45 in the TOP 101 for revenue, New Castle Hotels and Resorts ranked number 8 for most balanced, number 5 for excellence in customer orientation, and number 4 for excellence in internal perspectives.

The TOP 101 earned more than $35 billion in total revenue, provided employment for close to 100,000 people in the region and own assets of more than $50 billion. To learn more about the additional companies, visit Progress Magazine online.

About New Castle Hotels & Resorts

Shelton Ct. based New Castle Hotels & Resorts, is an award-winning independent third-party hotel manager, owner and developer with more than 30 hotels and resorts and nearly 5,000 rooms under contract or in development. New Castle’s growing portfolio of hotels spans 10 states and three Canadian provinces and includes several of Canada’s historic landmark resorts.

The privately-held company was established by CEO, David Buffam in 1980 and consistently ranks among the top hotel management and development companies in North America. New Castle is a preferred operator for diverse brands within the
Marriott, Hilton and Starwood families. For additional information, please go to http://www.newcastlehotels.com.