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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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Confession: Today is our 25th anniversary.

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Accent Inns anniversary rubber duck

Accent Inns 25th anniversary rubber duck

25 years ago my dad Terry made the drastic decision to take a complete left turn in his career, leaving the construction industry to dip his toes into the fun, vibrant world of tourism.  Where was I during this chaotic time in his life? Did I even notice what was up with my dad? Well, I was an oblivious little 12 year old, being chauffeured around in the back seat of station wagon, and you know what? I did notice something weird happening.  My dad started humming.  He’d hum in this high pitched, off key sort of jubilant way.  When I’d say to him, “um, Dad? You’re like totally embarrassing me in front of my friends?!” he wouldn’t know what I was talking about!  “I’m not humming” he’d protest! (more…)

 

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Great Hotel Service Means Great people and Great Training

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Kamloops hotel trains staff for great customer service

Kamloops hotel team member Karen gets congratulated by GM Katie

There are two very important groups of people that mean everything to Accent Inns; our awesome customers and the very special individuals that make up our team. We know that one of the best ways to provide incredible guest service is to have team members that are engaged, well trained and happy. In that regard our own Kathy Gaudry (HR Manager) recently travelled around to all 5 Accent Inns B.C. hotel locations and our Blue Ridge Inn in Victoria. Read below for Kathy’s comments on the fun process. (more…)

 

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FISH FOR FREE THIS FATHERS’ DAY WEEKEND IN BC

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
Terry Farmer victoria hotel founder with his Grandchildren

Accent Inn founder Terry Farmer enjoys fishing with his Grandchildren

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC , one of Accent Inns Fish for the Future partners, has an awesome event for this Fathers day weekend.

Have fun, win great prizes and fish for free at a local Family Fishing event in BC this Fathers’ Day Weekend, June 17-19. The Family Fishing Society of BC and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC are inviting everyone to come out rain or shine and enjoy a day at the lake with a free fishing licence as part of our plan to get more British Columbians hooked on fishing.

BC’s Family Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity to attend an organized community event, or create your own family fishing adventure at one the province’s thousands of lakes with a free three-day licence, compliments of the BC Government. It is also a perfect opportunity to become a Fishing Buddy and pledge to introduce at least one friend to fishing this year. (more…)

 

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I’m in love

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
Mandy Farmer loves accent inns bike friendly hotel program

Mandy Farmer loves her new bike

I’m in love. I’m exhilarated. Optimistic.  Refreshed.  And yes, a little out of breath.  As usual, rain or shine, I’ve biked into work this morning, and feel awesome and excited to start my day.  Who am I in love with?? Don’t worry honey, yes, it’s still you, but my new bicycle is the hot new love of my life.  It’s a girl-bike which means I can wear a dress, my uniform of choice instead of a business suit, and it’s a retro styled Amsterdam upright two wheeler, in raspberry with wood trim and leather seats. Mmm-hmm! (more…)

 

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Wild About Whales

Thursday, June 9th, 2011
Wild about Whales Derby for the Boys & Girls Clubs

Check out the Wild about Whales Derby!

The Boys & Girls club are Wild About Whales

June 18th, 2011      1:30 – 4:30 PM      Esquimalt Gorge Park

For years, Boys & Girls Club’s major fundraising event was Monopoly Madness, a unique gala style function that doubled up as a large, and usually highly competitive, Monopoly Tournament for upwards of 200 guests. This year they are putting the Monopoly game on the shelf for a while to indulge in some equally unique outdoor games. But don’t worry, the competitive spirit of their fundraisers lives on. This June, Boys & Girls Club is inviting Victoria to reach into their pockets, not for houses and hotels, but for little rubber whales! (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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The Annual FAB 50 Elite Girls Basketball Camp

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Head Coach Bruce Langford instructs campers.

The annual FAB 50 Elite Girls Basketball Camp was held Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24 at Spectrum Community School’s Gyms.

The annual camp brought together 40 of the top girls basketball players in grades 6-11 from schools around the Victoria area for a weekend of basketball instruction from some of the top coaches in the province.  The guest coaches included Simon Fraser University’s Bruce Langford, Thomson Rivers University’s Scott Reeves and Camosun College’s Brett Westcott, who is also the camp organizer.

FAB 50 Elite Girls at practice.

Accent Inn Victoria has been a sponsor of this youth development event for several years as the hotel hosts the visiting coaches who volunteer their time to work with the local players.  This camp also served as the selection camp for the South Vancouver Island Basketball Association select team program which will keep local players involved in the game through July with practices and games against teams from around the province.

 

 

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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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Accent Inns now offers a Reward program for your Pets!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
Accent Inns pet friendly hotel in bc

Our Founder and President love their dogs

Victoria B.C. March 31, 2011

You’ve heard of rewards and loyalty programs for Hotels and Airlines, well now Accent Inns offers a special rewards program for all those pet lovers who like to travel.   Yes Rover or Butch now has their very own rewards card! Accent Inns a BC owned, family run hotel with 5 locations in B.C. now offers a special pets stay free card”.

It’s not a family holiday without the whole family – that’s why Accent Inns has designated pet rooms.

With a “pets stay free card” you can travel with your “best friend”, stay 4 nights and we’ll waive the pet fee on the 5th night for you! (more…)

 

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