Effective March 1st, 2017 The Royal Oak Inn and Suites will no longer be part of the Brandon hotel landscape. Genesis Hospitality, who own and operate the Royal Inn, will make the move on March 1st to embrace the Clarion Hotel and Suites concept. The Clarion brand is franchised by Choice Hotels Canada, the nation’s largest hotel franchisor. For more information, visit www.ChoiceHotels.ca.
Aaron Tycoles, the GM of the Royal Oak Inn told BDNMB.CA today that negotiations started last spring with Clarion and they felt it was the best fit for their property. The Royal Oak has under gone recent improvements and renovations to their standard rooms over the past 2 years, and will continue these renovations to meet the standards of the Clarion brand as outlined in the agreement. The Royal Oak Inn & Suites currently has 156 rooms, 51 of them suites. Genesis Hospitality Inc. owns and operates 10 hotels in Brandon, Winnipeg, Flin Flon, Hamilton, Mississauga, Owen Sound, Thunder Bay and Vaughan.
According to the media release the 150 employees, and staff, will not be affected and it will be business as usual.
Kevin Swark, Executive Vice President for Genesis Hospitality Inc. says, “Genesis is ecstatic to join the Choice and Clarion hotel family, we have been working diligently over the past two years in order to re-position the hotel as well we are looking forward to growing our online presence, and welcoming their 1.5 million Choice Privileges members to stay with us.”
We’re proud to welcome Genesis Hospitality Inc. into the Choice Hotels family,” said Brian Leon, managing director, Choice Hotels Canada. “We’re excited to expand our excellent reputation of value and guest experience that Choice Hotels offers in Manitoba. The continued growth of the Clarion brand is a strong indication of our consumer’s desire for affordable and convenient meeting space for business and social gatherings.”
The change to Clarion will not affect the current operation of Echo Restaurant or Houston’s Night Club, which are both part of the current operation at the hotel.