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Accent Inns InnAid community Expo 2009
Accent Inns InnAid community Expo 2009

One of the key values for us at Accent Inns is supporting our communities. We do this by hosting or sponsoring events, volunteering and participating at others. This is all done under our InnAid program banner. This column is our opportunity to tell everyone about the great charities and non-profit associations that we are so proud of and are thrilled to be working with.


Accent Inns Offers Accommodation For YVR Travellers Affected By Travel Ban

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Accent Inns is offering complimentary accommodation at its Vancouver Airport Hotel location to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) travellers from the Muslim-majority countries affected by U.S. President Trump’s travel ban. (more…)


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Face-to-Face Time

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

I was in the Bin 4 Burger Lounge at the Accent Inn in Victoria recently waiting for a colleague to arrive for lunch and I watched a good-looking, young, well-dressed, professional couple engrossed on their smartphones. Looking around I saw they weren’t the only ones – people out with loved ones, business colleagues, friends – out for lunch, but not really present. I got to thinking; what are they doing? Texting each other? Searching for the dietary make-up of Bin 4’s Wild Mushroom burger? Why aren’t they talking to each other for goodness sake? (more…)


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Plan Your Charitable Donations Now!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Well Christmas is over, the New Year has begun and most of us have already broken some if not all of our resolutions. Actually I haven’t – as I wrote earlier this month I chose resolutions that I knew I could keep – is that cheating? (more…)


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Mandy Farmer honoured as Hotelier of the Year

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Dec. 12, 2016, Victoria, BC – Mandy Farmer, president & CEO of Accent Inns, has been recognized as Hotelier of the Year by the Pinnacle Awards, an accolade that recognizes her decades of work within Canada’s tourism industry.

Highlights from Farmer’s career include a commitment to the family-business, innovation through customer promotions and staff programs, rebelling against the ordinary through the creation of the Hotel Zed brand, and support of her local Victoria community and through charities that operate throughout the province.



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Spare room’ for Christmas

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

family-at-the-doorNo renovations necessary as Accent Inns offers ‘instant spare room’ for Christmas
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day rates offer affordable alternative for out-of-town visitors

Nov. 28, 2016, Victoria, BC – This Christmas, Accent Inns is providing an instant spare room for families, offering the perfect solution for those unexpected guests or the relatives that people may just want to keep apart.

This solution means that people don’t need to renovate, decorate or build, they simple just need to use Accent Inns as their “spare room” of convenience. (more…)


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2016 Magic of Christmas Light-Up

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

header-imageThursday, December 1, 2016 – 5pm at The Rose Carousel.
It’s time to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. On December 1st, join us as the Christmas display lights up for the first time this year. There is so much to look forward to on this magical day.  Read details  (more…)


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What Does Accent Inns and the Royal Canadian Navy Have in Common?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

captain-of-the-navy-introduction-2016img_1049The answer is Mandy Farmer, CEO of Accent Inns and also Honorary Captain for Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt. Both Accent Inns and the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) have a long history in Victoria; of course the Royal Navy’s is a little longer as they’ve been around since the 1840’s.

Seeing as Ms. Farmer recently received this great honour, I thought it might be a good idea to take a quick look at the history of Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) in Esquimalt, BC. (more…)


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Wear a Poppy to Remember

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

mandy-poppyThis year has more significance for the our Accent Inns family. Our own leader, Mandy Farmer, has been named the honorary Capt. Of the Navy here on the West coast. This makes remembrance day have even more significance for us and we encourage all of you to join us in remembering and thanking those who have served and are serving now.

Accent Inns continues to support The Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command with this promise; for every guest wearing a poppy on November 9, 10, and 11, 2016 when checking into an Accent Inns hotel , a $5 donation will be made to the Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command’s Poppy Campaign.


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Why Shop Local – Buy Local?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

thinkAs I travel around the province I run across Buy Local campaigns in almost every place I visit. I mentioned it to John Espley, aka Mountain Man, at Accent Inns and asked him what he thought. He said that Accent Inns is a huge supporter, and member, of many shop local organizations and it’s one of the reasons his company is active in Chambers of Commerce throughout the province, especially in Victoria, Burnaby, Richmond, Kamloops and Kelowna where they have hotels. (more…)


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Eco-Lighting – The Death of Incandescents

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Out with the old

Out with the old

All of a sudden, everywhere seems a little darker and dingier. At this time of year, I catch myself turning on more and more lights; this got me thinking about energy savings, which in turn got me feeling guilty, which made me turn off some lights, which got me feeling a little depressed. (more…)


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