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Victoria Hotel Chain – Accent Inns celebrates 25 years in Business

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

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

25 years of BC success adds up to good things for Accent Inns

June 30, 2011, Victoria, BC – Although the BC owned and operated hotel chain Accent Inns has undergone many changes during its 25 year history (including its name, ownership and décor), one thing that’s never wavered is the hotels’ values and community commitment.

“Accent Inns has always stood strong on a number of principles – and being a good employer has always taken the top spot,” said Mandy Farmer, CEO of Accent Inns. “While we pride ourselves on providing great value, cleanliness and customer service to our guests, we couldn’t do any of it if we didn’t have such great staff.”

A testament to Farmer’s dedication to her staff is Accent Inns’ low staff turnover – 48 per cent of the hotel line’s current employees have been with the company for 10 years or more. (more…)

 

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Bike to Work Week a Success!

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Bike friendly hotel sponsors bike to work weekMay 30 -June 5.  A hearty congratulations go to all those participants in this years Bike to work week.  A special thank you to the organizers and volunteers of the Victoria and Kelowna celebrations for allowing Accent Inns to be a supporter of your events.

 

Victoria BC’s event had over 3000 cyclist participate!   The “editor” attended the Kelowna week ending finale. (more…)

 

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BC’s Accent Inns Offer Park ‘n’ Cruise, Ski Packages

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
AAA rates at Accent Inns BC

Accent Inns welcomes AAA Members

Tony Mayer, AAA Washington- Whether you have folks trekking to Vancouver for an Alaska Cruise or  piling into the 4×4 for a ski weekend in Inland BC, the Accent Inns family of hotels provide clean,  comfortable Two-Diamond accommodations at reasonable cost. They’re pet-friendly and offer standard  rooms as well as upgraded units with kitchenettes and full 1-bedroom suites.

Vancouver Airport Hotel offers stay n' cruise rates

Vancouver Airport Hotel offers stay n' cruise rates

Both of Accent Inns’ Vancouver locations in Burnaby and Richmond (Vancouver Airport hotel) offer the Stay Park ‘n’Cruise package – one pre-cruise night for two people in a standard room, taxes, round-trip shuttle service to the pier, plus up to 25 days’ parking while on the cruise – all for C$154 in May/June and C$166 from July through September!

Kelowna Hotel and Kamloops Hotel offer Ski Packages

Accent Inns Kelowna & Kamloops welcomes skiers

If you’re booking a spring getaway to BC’s big hills, Accent Inns is the perfect spot for ski bums to relax!    Accent’s locations in Kelowna and Kamloops serve  Big White, Silver Star and Sun Peaks Resorts with  a Super Ski Getaway  Package … the package includes one night for two people in a standard room PLUS lift tickets for two adults! The price is C$193 a night in Kelowna and C$198 a night in  Kamloops (tax extra on these).
BONUS DISCOUNT: Should you  want 1 night at Kelowna and 1 night at Kamloops, they’ll save an extra $20 off the 2nd night’s room rate!

In addition to these great rates, Travel agents can score great discounts now through April 30th! Kelowna, Victoria & Richmond, Burnaby and Kamloops offer very special agent appreciation discount room rates ($10 for an extra person – upgrade to a unit with kitchenette for $10 more, or a 1-bedroom suite for $30-50 more)

For information or to reserve any of these special rates, contact Accent Inns’ reservation department at 1-800-663-0298

Tony Mayer

Auto Travel Specialist

AAA Washington

Phone 425-646-2099 | FAX 425-646-2193

tonymayer@aaawin.com

 

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Charity Valentine’s Dance for Caleb

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Caleb Lanz – age 9 – diagnosed with DIPG

Caleb Lanz – age 9 – diagnosed with DIPG

Charity Valentine’s Dance for Caleb

When: February 12th, 2011

7:00 pm – Midnight

Where: At Ellison Community Hall

Why…?

Caleb Lanz, born and raised in Kelowna, was diagnosed with DIPG, a fatal brain tumour, on January 28, 2010, and we need your support. As a community, we ask that local businesses come together to support Caleb and his family.

Thank you, in advance, to Ok DJ Service for generously donating their services!

Thank you to the amazing community of Kelowna for your generosity!

Your support gives hope to Caleb & his family! (more…)

 

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Top 10 gift ideas from BC this year!

Friday, December 17th, 2010
Accent Inns xmas gift ideas  -Shrine santa

Great gift ideas that even Santa would approve of

We’ve put together a little list of some of the top gift ideas Accent Inns staff recommend for this holiday season  and our friends at Skewed & Reviewed have put together a great video showing their picks for video’s and movies, and we know all about both being that our Burnaby hotel is so close to Electronic Arts (EA), Bridge studios and Vancouver Film Studios. We are so lucky to live here in BC. Our access to gift items is incredible. So whether you live in Victoria, Kelowna, Vancouver, Kamloops, Prince George, Williams Lake, Bella Coola, Falkland, Fort St.John or anywhere else in Beautiful BC, you have access to some of the most awesome presents either in your own backyard or just a short distance away. (more…)

 

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Top 3 Ski Hills in BC’s interior

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
Down hill skier

Ski BC's interior with and Accent Inn ski package

2010/2011 Ski season has come to BC’s interior and here’s a little information about what we consider to be the top 3 ski hills in that area.

Well the white stuff has once again arrived in beautiful B.C.  That means all the skiers and snowboarders can store their water skis and skateboards and head to the hills for some awesome downhill fun! This year the weather reports tell us it’s going to be a cold one so make sure and bundle up.  Let’s take a look at three of our favourite mountains which are now open and ready. (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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Gretzky CNIB Golf Classic

Thursday, July 29th, 2010
Gretzky Golf Logo

The 5th Annual Walter Gretzky CNIB Golf Classic is August 5th at Olympic View Golf Club

The 5th Annual Walter Gretzky CNIB Golf Classic is August 5th at Olympic View Golf Club. This year they have many new experiences for the golfers, including a live auction Hawaii Package, featuring return airfare with WestJet, green fees at Wailea Golf Club, and a 5-night stay in deluxe ocean view accommodations at Fairmont Kea Lani!

On the course you have a chance to win 2 cars or $10,000 cash! Activities on the course will include ‘Beat the Blind Golfer’ challenge, a putting contest and a trivia contest! Enticing samples will also be available!

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