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Accent Inns is proud to be a family owned chain with five hotels in BC. We have Accent Inns in Victoria, Burnaby, Kelowna, Kamloops and in Richmond BC at the Vancouver Airport; where we also offer free 24 hour shuttle service to the Vancouver International airport. This column will highlight news and stories about our chain, our people and our partners.


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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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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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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CFB Esquimalt Welcomes New Honorary Captain

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

captain-of-the-navy-introduction-2016img_1049News Release
September 27, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Today members of Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt were officially introduced to their new Honorary Captain (Navy), local hotelier, Mandy Farmer.

HCapt(N) Farmer met the members of the Base following their “Base Divisions”, a quarterly parade held at the base where honours and awards are handed out, followed by a Town Hall where the Base Commander has the opportunity to speak directly with the sailors, soldiers and aviators of CFB Esquimalt. (more…)


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The Joy of Hanging Baskets

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Hanging Basket at the Accent Inn Victoria BC

Hanging Basket at the Accent Inn Victoria BC

I love hanging baskets, they are so European. When the City of Victoria first started hanging flower-laden baskets from lamp posts throughout the downtown in 1937 it was rare to see these summer delights in North America. This year will be the 79th year visitors to this fine city will be treated to a floral display second to none – hanging baskets and Victoria are synonymous. This year 1,350 baskets will be hung up during the second week in June, each containing 25 plants and weighing around 20 kilograms. (more…)


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Victoria Day and the Best Parade in Canada

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Accent Inn Hotel Zed 2015 Parade float

Accent Inn Hotel Zed 2015 Parade float

Victoria Day is unique to Canada, nowhere else in the world do they celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday. It was first declared the Queen’s official birthday in 1845 and became the public holiday known as Victoria Day after her death in 1901. The day actually celebrates two Queen’s birthdays (Victoria’s actual birthday on May 24th) and Elizabeth II (it is by legislation her official birthday in Canada). It is always celebrated on the Monday prior to May 24th. This year Victoria Day will be on Monday May, 23rd. (more…)


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Online Reviews – How Do We Measure Up?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Accent Inn recieives tripadvisor certificate of excellenceThe hotel industry has sure changed over the last decade. The early adoption of online reviews by our industry’s guests has not only taken the accommodation industry by storm but also restaurants, attractions and more.  How do we as a chain of hotels in B.C. feel about online reviews? Of course we cringe if we see someone complaining, but that’s to be expected. The key is to respond and learn from those complaints or concerns. More importantly is to make sure that we are succeeding by getting far more praise than not. (more…)


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April Fools Day Hoaxes

Friday, April 1st, 2016

april-fools-day-I’m a huge fan of April Fool’s hoaxes as long as they are not cruel, dangerous or end up taking the time of any emergency services. The best hoaxes are those that have a grain of truth, or one could imagine being true. (more…)


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Variety Show of Hearts: 50 Years and Counting

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

show of heartsAs seen in BCBusiness February 2016 issue.

This annual telethon features local performers and generous community members who are all doing their part to raise money for some very important children. (more…)


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Kamloops Mayors Gala for the Arts.

Monday, February 1st, 2016

John with Dr Jill & Dr Bob

It was a real pleasure and honor to attend the Kamloops BC, Mayors Gala for the Arts on Saturday January 30, 2016. Accent Inns was blessed with a nomination by the Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts and the Kamloops Symphony. The Gala itself was a fun and playful event with a Shakespearian forest theme with many of the attendees wearing beautiful masks. The event was MC’d by Actor Alan Corbishley and Mayor Peter Milobar. Alan stayed in character all night as “Bishleycor” and added lots of humor to the event. (more…)


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