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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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A January Getaway to Recover From Holiday Madness

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

holidaymadness-2My wife and I had two-weeks off over Christmas and the New Year – it was fun and very busy. We were out every night the five days leading up to the big event, then had family staying with us for a few days, then went to friends for a few days leading up to the second big event; New Year’s Eve. Phew! Come January 2nd we were exhausted and had just one day to recover before heading back to work. I know we’re not alone; for many people the holiday season is crazy busy and leaves them feeling like they need a real break. (more…)


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Laughter – the Best Medicine

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

duck-group3Staying in an Accent Inn has always made me smile; the company’s sense of humour shows itself in lots of small ways, such as pens with messages such as “don’t forget to take me when you leave,” to rubber ducks in a variety of guises including a chef, a jazz dude duck, a biker and a cyclist, a lady duck in curlers, a skateboarder, a basketball player, a hockey player, a footballer, a pirate and even a snorkeler. (more…)


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3 New Year’s Resolutions We’d All Benefit From

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

JanuaryI’ve been contributing to the Accent Inns blog since October 2014, and have written over 100 posts on a mind-blowing range of topics. It got me thinking about the looming New Year recently; I love starting a fresh new year – it’s like rubbing the slate clean and beginning again. The problem I have is I tend to make resolutions and not keep them – sound familiar? (more…)


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Hotels and the Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

sofa-bedEarlier this year I was thinking about Christmas and wondering whether this year we should invite people to stay with us, or go and visit friends and family who have invited us to spend the holiday season with them. Or even escape it altogether and fly off to somewhere hot and sunny. (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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My 5 Favourite Business Travel Apps

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

tripitTravel has become increasingly a pain in the rear end; just the other day some friends told me about their recent trip to Hawaii where just about everything went wrong. They thought they had planned everything perfectly, but all it took was two-hours trying to get through security in Seattle to throw a wrench into their well-laid plans. Missed flights ensued and they ended up having to make a detour to Maui before finally arriving a day late at their hotel on the Big Island.

This got me thinking about whether there are any good business travel apps – after all there always seems to be “an app for that” – lo and behold I discovered dozens and dozens of the little beggars! (more…)


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Sports Games, Star Attractions and Disney – All in Vancouver

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

getaway_weekendI’m thinking of taking my wife away for a weekend trip sometime in the next six weeks or so, and Vancouver is calling me. Living here in Victoria, it’s nice to visit the big city occasionally and we haven’t been for awhile. If you live in Kamloops or Kelowna I’m sure you feel the same way. (more…)


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