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Delta Hotels and Resorts supports Earth Hour through energy-saving service offerings for guests

All across the country, Delta goes dark!

March 16, 2011 - Toronto, ON

Delta Hotels and Resorts will be shutting off lights in support of Earth Hour for the second consecutive year at its 46 properties across the country on Saturday March 26, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. (local time).  In addition to going dark, the chain will further demonstrate its commitment to the environment by providing guests with a host of energy-saving service offerings to choose from during their stay that range from creative dining options to family-friendly activities.

“We are excited to join millions of people around the world in turning off lights to help reduce our impact on the environment,” said Hank Stackhouse, President and CEO, Delta Hotels and Resorts. “Earth Hour is a great initiative that demonstrates how small, simple steps like turning off lights can help make a difference in protecting our communities for a sustainable future.”

In addition to going dark, participating Delta properties from Victoria to Charlottetown will show their support by turning off signature signage, lights and fountains; using candlelight in public spaces such as restaurants, bars and designated lobby areas; hosting guest receptions featuring cold appetizers, raw and sustainable snacks as well as bonfires and campfire gatherings; and offering Earth Hour themed menus and cocktails. Guests will be encouraged to reduce their energy consumption during Earth Hour, and to participate in the various activities offered by hotels.

Following are Delta Hotels and Resorts’ energy-saving service offerings being hosted in communities across the country in support of Earth Hour:

BRITISH COLUMBIA

 

Victoria

Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa will serve milk and earth decorated cookies during kid’s story time in the lobby featuring Dr. Seuss’ book The Lorax, which was chosen because of its important environmental message.

Vancouver

Delta Vancouver Suites’ Manhattan Restaurant and Spencers Lounge will host a candlelit dinner, featuring a cold sharing style entrée consisting of Oceanwise sustainable seafood products.

Richmond

Delta Vancouver Airport will host a candlelit Earth Hour celebration in the lobby between 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. featuring raw-food snacks, a performance by local musician Rachael Chatoor and a reading by professional story-teller Melanie Ray. In addition, the hotel’s restaurant Pier 73 will run an Oceanwise menu featuring sustainable seafood, which will continue for several weeks to promote awareness of Earth Hour and the hotel’s commitment to the environment.

Burnaby

Delta Burnaby will turn off its signature outdoor “Delta” signage. EBO Restaurant and Lounge will host a candlelit dinner, featuring a special cold menu of dishes made without the use of powered equipment. In addition, the menus and ink will be edible.

Whistler

Delta Whistler Village Suites will lower its lights in the lobby during Earth Hour, encouraging guests and retail tenants to participate as well.

Tantalus Resort Lodge will encourage guests to turn off their lights by providing a complimentary fire log for their fireplace.

Sun Peaks

Delta Sun Peaks Resort will offer guests a special candlelit dinner reception, featuring Oceanwise and Farm to Fork sustainable menu items at Mantles Restaurant. In addition, a candlelit reception will be held in the upper-lobby at 8:30 p.m., featuring cold canapé appetizers, live acoustic music and a poetry/story reading.

Kelowna

Delta Grand Okanagan will host a “77 Mile Dinner in the Dark” in the Grand Bay Café which will include a local organic wine tasting reception provided by Summerhill Pyramid Winery and a 77 mile Table d’Hote four-course menu. For every glass of wine purchased during the candlelit dinner, $1 will be donated to the Fresh Outlook Foundation. In addition, the hotel will turn off as many interior and exterior lights as possible to bring attention to climate change.

   

PRAIRIES

 

Banff

Delta Banff will encourage guests to use the stairs instead of the elevators to help the earth and promote healthy hearts. The Evergreen Dining Room will also host a candlelit dinner featuring organic and local food sourced within 100 kilometers.

Kananaskis

Delta Lodge at Kananaskis will host a “moonlight snow shoe tour,” providing each participant with a package that includes seeds and information on energy conservation. Grappa Restaurant will host a candlelit dinner featuring “L’elettricita Libera Menu,” a menu where every dish is produced without the use of electricity. Complimentary valet parking will be offered to hybrid and alternative energy vehicles.

Calgary

In addition to turning off non-essential lighting, Delta Calgary Airport will also turn off its outdoor “Delta” signage.

Delta Calgary South will offer guests a candle light Earth Hour reception menu from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Delta Bow Valley will turn off its outdoor “Delta” signage and host a candlelit dinner in Elements Bistro. During Earth Hour, the lobby will be illuminated by candlelight.

Edmonton

Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel will invite guests to join a meet and greet candlelit reception with complimentary hors d’œuvres in the lounge, Cocoa’s.

Delta Edmonton South Hotel will illuminate the front steps with candlelight and a bellman will be standing by with a flashlight for assistance. 4404 Restaurant will host a candlelit dinner, featuring a 100-mile menu. Guests will be invited to a candlelit reception in the lobby, with cookies and a healthy punch created by the chef.

Saskatoon

Saskatoon’s landmark building, Delta Bessborough, will turn off their signature exterior lights. The GCC restaurant will host a candlelit dinner and Stovin’s Lounge will dim their lights and place hurricane lamps on the tables and bar for lighting. 

Regina

Delta Regina will turn off its signature fountain and giveaway complimentary Credo bags to guests, encouraging the use of reusable bags and saying “no thank you” to plastic and paper bags at grocery stores and retail outlets. These bags feature the wording ”cherish our planet, recycle at home or at work, conserve water, plant a tree, walk more, drive less, eliminate plastic bags, carpool, use energy efficient light bulbs, pay bills online, spread the word,” to get people to think about their impact on the environment.

Winnipeg

Delta Winnipeg’s Blaze Bistro and Lounge will offer a candlelit dinner featuring local fare. In addition, a letter will be given out at the front desk and posted in elevators encouraging guests to be a part of Earth Hour and suggesting what they can do to help the environment.

   

ONTARIO

 

Sault Ste. Marie

Delta Sault Ste. Marie will turn off its outdoor “Delta” signage, non-essential lights, elevators and the pool area during Earth Hour while View Restaurant + Bar are illuminated by candlelight. Guests will be informed of the hotel’s initiatives upon check-in and provided with information on energy savings options and how they can participate.

Muskoka

Delta Grandview Resort will invite guests to join a Muskoka bonfire under the stars. The resort’s restaurant, the Owl’s Nest Lobby Bar & Lounge will host a candlelit dinner. Guests will also be informed of Earth Hour festivities and encouraged to participate upon check-in.

Delta Sherwood Inn will invite guests to enjoy complimentary hot chocolate around a campfire. In addition, the resort will host a candlelit dinner, featuring a special menu using food from local suppliers.

Markham

Delta Markham will welcome guests with a candlelit check-in to celebrate Earth Hour and are invited to enjoy a special Earth Hour cocktail by the fireplace. Kids will be provided with complimentary children’s kits featuring glow-in-the-dark bracelets and flashlights. Tivoli Garden Restaurant will offer a unique Earth Hour menu at their candlelit dinner.  In addition, the hotel will encourage local residents and businesses to participate through signage along Highway 7.

Toronto

Delta Chelsea will give guests flashlights and an email notification outlining the hotel’s Earth Hour initiatives. Guests will also receive a free energy-saving CFL light bulb and can participate in the Green Contest on Delta Chelsea’s Facebook page for a chance to win an energy and cost saving, long-lasting LED light bulb courtesy of OSRAM SYLVANIA. Candlelit dinners will be offered in many of the hotel’s restaurants.

Delta Toronto East’s restaurants Sagano Restaurant, Whitesides Terrace Grille and T.W’s bar will feature candlelit service to celebrate Earth Hour.

Mississauga

Delta Meadowvale will turn off its signature outdoor “Delta” signage.  The Bluenose Room will host a candlelit dinner for guests. In addition, guests are invited to join a special Earth Hour celebration in the lobby featuring light refreshments, an Earth Hour cake made by the hotel’s bake shop, and a live transmission of the Earth Hour concert from Nathan Philips Square.

Delta Toronto Airport West’s Chardonnay Restaurant will host a candlelit dinner, featuring a special Earth Hour buffet menu.

Guelph

Delta Guelph will turn off its exterior “Delta” signage.  Guests will be invited to join a candlelit Earth Hour celebration in the Fifty West Bar, featuring complimentary appetizers.

London

Delta London Armouries’ will inform guests upon check-in of the hotel’s Earth Hour initiatives and how they can get involved, including Armouries Grille restaurant that will host a themed, candlelit dinner.

Kitchener-Waterloo

Delta Kitchener-Waterloo will host a candlelit evening in the Centre Point Lounge, featuring locally sourced dishes on the menu. The hotel will also challenge their employees to work “power-free” for the day.

Ottawa

Delta Ottawa Hotel and Suites’ restaurant, The Capital Dining Room and Sparks Lounge will host candlelit dinners. In addition, a poster will be displayed in the lobby promoting Earth Hour and encouraging guests to participate.

Delta Ottawa City Centre’s engineering team will coordinate power shutdowns for Earth Hour to reduce energy consumption. The kitchen team will provide cold food all day in the staff room. In addition, guests will be provided with Earth Hour information upon check-in and encouraged to participate.

   

QUEBEC

 

Montreal

Delta Montreal will turn off its signature outdoor “Delta” signage and non-essential lighting inside the hotel during Earth Hour. Restaurant Aroma will host a candlelit dinner and signs will be posted throughout the hotel encouraging guests to participate in Earth Hour.

Delta Centre-Ville will turn off its signature outdoor “Delta” signage and dim lights inside the hotel during Earth Hour, illuminating the lobby with candlelight. The Tour de Ville revolving restaurant will host a candlelit dinner for its guests.

Sherbrooke

Delta Sherbrooke will turn off its signature “Delta” signage and Le Merville restaurant will feature a special menu made exclusively with local products.

Quebec City

Delta Quebec will turn off its signature outdoor “Delta” signage during Earth Hour, and Le Bistro restaurant will host a candlelit dinner for its guests.

Trois-Rivieres

Delta Trois-Rivieres will turn off its signature outdoor “Delta” signage and Le Troquet restaurant will offer a candlelit dinner service.  Guests will be encouraged to participate in Earth Hour and provided with suggestions on how to reduce their energy consumption.

   

ATLANTIC CANADA

 

Fredericton

Delta Fredericton will host their annual “Cocktails by Candlelight” reception, featuring glowing cocktails and acoustic entertainment. Guests are also invited to brave the cold and enjoy hot chocolate and s’mores under the stars by the campfire. The hotel will also turn off its signature outdoor “Delta” signage, all non-essential lighting indoors, breakers and elevators.

Delta’s Global Reservations Service will shut down the HVAC system and turn off all non-essential lights. Employees will use flashlights or task lights to perform their work, and all equipment with the exception of the reservation system will be turned off during Earth Hour.

Saint John

Delta Brunswick will host a candlelit dinner in Shucker’s Restaurant in recognition of Earth Hour. Guests will be encouraged through an express message to their guest rooms, to participate in reducing their energy consumption for Earth Hour.

Moncton

Delta Beausejour will celebrate Earth Hour by lighting candles in the staff room. Employees are encouraged to change their everyday habits at work and at home to be more environmentally friendly. In addition, the hotel will spend the month of March focusing on “Electricity: Just how much are we wasting?”

Halifax

Delta Barrington and Delta Halifax will host a Cocktails by Candlelightevent in their lounges in recognition of Earth Hour, featuring themed cocktails and a complimentary chocolate fondue station for guests. Delta Barrington will host the event in their Trader’s Bar and Delta Halifax will host the event in their Harbourview Lounge.

Sydney

Delta Sydney will turn off all non-essential lighting in the hotel and encourage guests to avoid using any electrical devices or lighting during Earth Hour. In addition, the hotel held a presentation at a local elementary school on the importance of Earth Hour and set up a contest for kids to write about what they did during Earth Hour and pass it in to their teacher. A name will be drawn from the list of students who participated and the winning student will receive a prize package from Delta.

Charlottetown

Delta Prince Edward’s Selkirk restaurant will host a candlelit dinner, featuring an earth-friendly “Table d’Hote” menu. In addition, an audit will take place in every department prior to lights out and afterwards to show the effects and benefits of energy conservation.  The event will be taped and posted on YouTube to encourage others to participate as well.

For more information about Earth Hour celebrations and energy-saving service offerings available for guests, please contact the local Delta hotel or resort directly or visit www.deltahotels.com.

About Delta Hotels and Resorts

A leading Canadian hotel management company, Delta Hotels and Resorts operates and franchises a diversified portfolio with 46 full-service, city centre and airport hotels and resorts under the Delta brand. Widely regarded as Canada’s “brand of choice” by guests and owners, Delta also distinguishes itself as an exemplary employer. It is the only hotel company to have been recognized for its sustained focus on business excellence by the prestigious National Quality Institute with three Canada Awards for Excellence, including the award program’s highest honour, the Order of Excellence (2007). The company also consistently ranks as one of the country’s 50 Best Employers for 11 years. As well, its Corporate Social Responsibility platform, Delta Helps, includes a chain-wide commitment to the communities it serves through a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada, participation in the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key Eco-Rating program, and work with various other charitable groups. 

For more information, visit www.deltahotels.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Krystal Carter

Sandy Indig

Delta Hotels and Resorts

Delta Hotels and Resorts

416-874-2076

416-874-2018 / 416-409-0649

krcarter@deltahotels.com

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