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BC Day – is it just another long weekend?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

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For some people BC Day (Aug 6, 2012) is just another excuse for a long summer weekend.  But for many, it means much more than that.

People who grew up in BC may sometimes take this province for granted but for those of us who are here by choice, it is really a very special place.  We came here for many reasons but no matter the reason, most of us are totally enthralled by the weather, the natural beauty, the diversity of the population and the healthy lifestyle. Whether we moved from the East Coast, the Middle East or the Far East – British Columbia is special in so many ways.

Anybody who has ever visited BC goes away with tales of the beauty of the mountains, the ocean and the parks. But for those of us who live here, there is a great deal more to celebrate.  We may get used to living in such amazing beauty.  We may even complain about the weather. But given the choice most of us would not live anywhere else. (more…)

 

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Travelling with your Grandchildren

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Grandkids helping Granpa to load car

This is a great time in our lives when we’re able to travel on our own as well as go on trips with our wonderful grandchildren. We can include the kids parents (our children) or not, and gear our travel and activities to our grandchildren of all ages. Sometimes the kids are even more well behaved without their parents! However having the parents included is less responsibility on us and creates great quality family time. The grandchildren are so appreciative and it is absolutely fantastic to strengthen our rapport with our younger generation. The wonderful memories created on these trips will stay with them for the rest of their lives, and long after we have gone.

Most grandparents are a little intimidated about keeping the youngsters occupied, so I have
attempted to list a number of activities at all our hotels throughout this magnificent province of ours. The only thing you have to do is match up which activities are most appropriate for the ages of your

Grandparents & Grandkids enjoying an outing

grandchildren and then call our central reservations and book your trip.

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2011 Year in Review

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
Terry farmer jumps for joy - Victoria hotel chain, Accent Inns Celebrates 25 years in business

Terry Farmer founder of the BC hotel chain excited over Accent Inns awesome success

Wow, what a year 2011 was for the Accent Inn team.

The year began with us launching the first ever hotel rewards  for Pets, the “Pet Fee Free” card back in March. The response had people  talking about it online from all over North America (not just Canada). Next, one of our Vancouver Airport  team members, Zully, won a Tourism Vancouver award for his service. We went from the excitement for Zully  to  our founder, Terry Farmer, being awarded Tourism Victoria`s first ever Lifetime Member award, which really put a spring in our steps. (more…)

 

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Accent Inns Founder Receives First Ever Tourism Life Member Award

Friday, April 29th, 2011
Terry Farmer of Accent Inns victoria hotel chain enjoys `semi-retirement`

Terry Farmer enjoys `semi-retirement`

On Thursday April 28, 2011 friends, colleagues and supporters gathered at Tourism Victoria’s annual general meeting witnessed Terry Farmer being named this year’s Life Member award recipient. “A successful entrepreneur, tireless volunteer and beloved employer, Terry Farmer, founder of the Accent Inns Hotel Chain, has made British Columbia a better place to live, work and play,” said a long time employee with the locally owned and operated hotel chain and those words were repeated as Dave Cowan, GM of the World Famous Butchart Gardens named Terry farmer as the first ever recipient.

 

 

No matter who describes his work ethic – loyal employees of Accent Inns, tourism operators who have enjoyed his vision and expertise, or his family who are following in his management footsteps – they all reply that Terry Farmer is a man who cares deeply about people, his community, the environment, and tourism in this province.

Terry is past president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, past director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, founding chair of Pacific Sport National Training Centre-Victoria, and past chair of Tourism Victoria, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Bay/Greater Victoria Summer Games. (more…)

 

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CEO Throws Surprise Christmas Party

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Mandy Farmer at the Accent Inn Management Christmas party

Mandy Farmer surprises the team at the Accent Inns Management Christmas Party

Confession: Last Wednesday was the highlight of my career

Our company Christmas party was held last week and, believe it or not, I think it was the highlight of my career. I realize that is saying a whole lot. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been recognized recently for a few professional awards, but last Wednesday night takes the cake.

First, a little history.  The Christmas party I’m talking about is for all of Accent Inns general managers, sales people, everyone who works here at Head Office and the folks that have retired with us.  I organize the party completely because it’s my way of thanking everyone for taking such good care of me throughout the year.   This year I decided it was going to be a surprise, just to keep everyone guessing. (more…)

 

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Profit Names Accent Inns CEO Mandy Farmer

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Mandy Farmer, President and CEO Accent Inns

Mandy Farmer, President and CEO Accent Inns

For Immediate Release:

Accent Inns CEO, Mandy Farmer, recognized as one of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs on the 2010 PROFIT W100 list

October 20, 2010, Victoria, BC – In two years, under the leadership of Mandy Farmer, Accent Inns has expanded its markets, greened more of its business process and retained staff far beyond industry standards. They have also had a profitable year while holding true to their company vision of investing back into the community, in light of a poor global economy, an accomplishment elevating Farmer into an elite group of Canada’s Top Women Entrepreneurs, as recognized by PROFIT magazine’s 12th annual W100 list.

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Undercover Boss meet the not so Undercover Boss

Friday, October 1st, 2010
Terry Farmer, Accent Inns founder painting at one of the Kamloops hotel

Terry Farmer, Accent Inns "not so undercover" boss

The current installment of CBS (shown on CTV) Undercover Boss TV Shows the President and CEO of Choice hotels going undercover.  Well I just had to take this opportunity to talk about Accent Inns leadership. Long before Choice Hotels CEO dawned a uniform our own Terry Farmer was working hard at our Accent Inn BC hotels. The attached video shows  Accent Inns founder and Chairman, Terry, more recently cleaning rooms and doing maintenance at both our Kamloops hotel and our Victoria hotel. This particular efforts was as a reward to our staff for the great fundraising effort everyone in the BC  hotel chain did for the Power to Play event.  Every Accent Inn is owned and operated by the Farmer family with Mandy Farmer being the current President and CEO. Terry and Mandy have never been afraid of getting in and supporting our team and they always make an effort to know each one of our staff (around the province) by name!
Friendliness and cleanliness have always been a priority and as you can see in the video, having fun is important to!
 

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Fish for the Future

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

man holding salmon in a stream regarding restoring fish habitat

Maintaining and restoring fish habitat helps our environment

‘Fish for the Future’ program supports British Columbia’s natural environment

For Immediate Release

August 24, 2010

New Accent Inns ‘Fish for the Future’ program supports British Columbia’s natural environment

Victoria, B.C. – Accent Inns hotels has just launched a new program that will see to the long-term viability of British Columbia’s natural resources, as they continue to fulfill their vision of supporting local groups that strive towards improving the B.C. environment.

“Building business and building community truly go hand-in-hand,” said Accent Inns CEO Mandy Farmer. “And in launching ‘Fish for the Future’ program, we’re showing that it’s possible for every one of us to make a positive difference in our world – a core value held by Accent Inns.”

The program, underway this month, is simple to support. For each guest who stays at any one of the BC hotel’s locations and shows a valid freshwater or salt water fishing license, Accent Inns will donate $2.00. Accent Inns ‘Fish for the Future’ partners are: Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. and Pacific Salmon Foundation. In addition, the Accent Inns Vancouver Airport hotel also has supporting services for the fishing enthusiasts with free shuttle service to the South Terminal / float plane terminal for the ‘fly-in’ fisherman as well as providing freezer service. (more…)

 

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Survivors – Accent Inn team and Power to Play

Monday, May 17th, 2010
Power to play 2010 Accent Inn Dusters

Power to play 2010 Accent Inn Dusters

Several months ago Mandy Farmer, the President of Accent Inns put the word out that she was looking for volunteers to participate in the Power to Play adventure race. The race is in support of the great work done by the Power to Be organization with challenges designed by Anthony Bishop who also designs for the TV shows Survivor and the Amazing race. Always having community spirit and a sense of adventure it didn’t take long for several volunteers to come forth from the Head office staff and so was born the Accent Inn “Dusters”. The intrepid volunteers (or sacrifices depending on your perspective) were Dave Splawski, Chris Knight, John Espley and our “fearless leader” Mandy Farmer. (more…)

 

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BC hotel chain achieves eco-friendly hotel stays for travellers

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Family-owned BC hotel chain achieves eco-friendly hotel stays for travellers on a budget

Accent Inns BC Hotel Chain offers an eco- friendly option

Victoria, BC, April 20, 2010- Affordable room rates and strong social and environmental values don’t always go hand in hand with hotels, but as the next generation of family leadership takes Accent Inns into their 25th year, these three pillars are positively influencing the guest experience at all five Accent Inns in Victoria, Burnaby, at the Vancouver Airport, and in Kamloops and Kelowna. (more…)

 

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