Full Service Holiday Inn Taking Shape in Truro, Nova Scotia

The Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre Truro, a full-service hotel focused on becoming the meetings and convention centre of choice in central and northern Nova Scotia, is well on schedule to open in October 2007. The 114 room hotel results from a major $4 million renovation to the former Howard Johnson hotel at 437 Prince Street in Truro and will launch its Holiday Inn life as a 100 percent smoke free property.

Pacrim Hospitality Services Inc. (PHSI) of Halifax manages the hotel. "Truro and surrounding area have a thriving business community and hospitality industry and as the Hub of Nova Scotia will benefit from an efficient and tastefully renovated hotel complete with many unique amenities," PHSI President and CEO, Glenn Squires said today. "With 10,000 square feet of multi-purpose meetings and function space the new Holiday Inn can accommodate dinners for up to 400 people or meetings of 25 participants. We believe this hotel offers Truro new opportunities to build its reputation as a meetings centre and will help support its tourism base," Mr. Squires said.

Complete with 12 executive guestrooms, two suites designed for honeymooners, two completed accessible rooms and an extended stay suite, free high speed internet and On-Command movie television the new Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre is "a great example of a hotel built with the needs and comforts of a changing guest foremost in mind," said General Manager Susan Scharpegge.

"The Bistro on Prince" will offer a full-service menu for visiting business guests and leisure travelers. Special hotel amenities include a saltwater swimming pool, Games Rooms for "kids" of all ages and a fully-equipped fitness centre.

The property remains open during the renovation. "We are very grateful for the many loyal guests who continue to stay with us during renovations. From its outstanding curb appeal to the calming leaf-motif throughout the property's interior design, we have paid attention to making this renovation something special for Truro," Ms. Scharpegge said. "Our staff, many of them local residents, have been real troopers throughout the reconstruction process and every one of us is proud of the results that are emerging," she added. "Basically, we can't wait until this community has the opportunity to see it finished."

In total, 80 staff members will be employed at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre Truro.

The property is owned by Aquilini Group Properties LP of Vancouver, British Columbia. Pacrim Hospitality Services Inc. is one of Canada's leading, privately-owned hotel management companies with a portfolio of 37 hotels throughout Canada and the United States totaling more than 3,800 hotel rooms and suites. Pacrim Hospitality is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.