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Vrancor Group Announces Reopening of Holiday Inn Express® Sarnia – Point Edward


POINT EDWARD, Ontario – June 19th, 2020

The modern, new Holiday Inn Express Sarnia – Point Edward is excited to welcome guests back to the hotel, effective today, after temporarily closing operations on March 23rd, 2020.

In early March, over the course of a few short weeks, travel throughout the world reduced to a near halt due to the health crisis. As owner of twenty-one hotels across Ontario including three popular hotels in Sarnia – Point Edward (Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn by Hilton and Best Western Plus Guildwood Inn), Vrancor Group adjusted operations accordingly, which meant a reduction in hours, temporary leave for some team members or outright temporary closure to some facilities including Holiday Inn Express Sarnia – Point Edward, which first opened it’s doors in September 2019. Hampton Inn and Best Western Plus Guildwood Inn have, and continue to remain, fully operational.

“What’s happening inside our hotels is changing” said Doug Loucks, General Manager. “In addition to physical distancing practices that are carefully laid out in public areas and elevators, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has expanded their long-standing commitment to rigorous cleaning procedures by enhancing IHG Way of Clean with additional COVID-19 protocols and best practices to strengthen the hotels’ commitment to the care of all who visit. Heightened abilities are underpinned by the new IHG® Clean Promise, ensuring that guests enjoy a confident, clean stay.

New science-led protocols and services, partnering with industry-leading experts Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab and Diversey, assures guests that “good isn’t good enough – we’re committed to high levels of cleanliness. That means clean, well maintained, clutter free rooms that meet redefined standards.”
IHG’s Way of Clean program has always included deep cleaning with hospital-grade disinfectants. With guidelines from WHO, CDC, Province of Ontario and local Public Health Agencies, enhanced procedures have been developed to include additional deep-cleaning, physical distancing protocols and changes to how food services are delivered, all with heightened guest-safety in mind. Extra attention is given to high touch areas including light switches, door handles, TV remote controls, elevator buttons, and faucets. Moving forward, guests can expect to see evolved procedures in every area of the hotel including reduced contact at check-in with the use of plexiglass partitions for additional protection, sanitizer stations located throughout the hotel and visible verification of sanitized items in all guestrooms. Complimentary Grab and Go Breakfast is available daily and includes a variety of popular, fresh items.

“The health and wellbeing of guests remains our top priority”, said Loucks. “Holiday Inn Express has a long-standing tradition of setting new benchmarks for excellence in our industry and as more guests prepare to resume travel, we’ll be ready to welcome them with new standards that support this unprecedented moment in our history.” The hotel employs 35 associates including management and hourly team members.


Holiday Inn Express® hotels are modern hotels for value-oriented travelers. Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers. Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start® Breakfast with new healthier offerings, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone calls (U.S. and Canada only). There are currently almost 2,800 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe. For more information about Holiday Inn Express hotels or to book reservations, visit www.holidayinnexpress.com. Find us on Twitter www.twitter.com/hiexpress, Facebook www.Facebook.com/holidayinnexpress and Instagram www.instagram.com/holidayinnexpress.

Vrancor Group is one of the top hospitality companies in Ontario and an award-winning leader in property management and development. Committed to smart growth, we effectively adapt to changing market demands in order to deliver market leading ROI. Vrancor’s experienced and diverse corporate team offers expertise in multiple disciplines including operations, finance, sales, marketing and human resources. We specialize in building, (re)developing and managing award-winning properties in Ontario. When it comes to hotel, residential or commercial spaces – we know our game, and are one of its leading players. We pride ourselves in creating a sense of uniqueness and individuality for each of our properties, something which has earned us a reputation for innovative leadership, sound judgment and extraordinary guest satisfaction. Visit vrancor.com for more information and connect with Vrancor at facebook.com/VrancorGroup and twitter.com/VrancorGroup.



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