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June 18, 2010 11:12 ET

Calgary Marriott Hotel and Employees Receive Prestigious Service Awards

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) -  The Calgary Marriott proudly announces that four of the hotel's employees are recipients of the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association's Gold Key Awards and Tourism Calgary's White Hat Awards. In addition, the Calgary Marriott was awarded the Employer of Choice designation award for the third consecutive year.

The Calgary hotel near the BMO Centre received the Employer of Choice Award at the 2010 Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) Annual Conference at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, held from April 18 to 20th. The AHLA Employer of Choice designation award is awarded to those properties that achieve high practices in seven key human resources functional areas. These key areas include organizational effectiveness, staffing, total compensation, employee/labour relations, organizational learning/development/training, health & safety and human resources information management. This, combined with a staff and management survey, is the deciding factor on the results.

At the same event, two of the hotel's associates received prestigious Gold Key Awards. Stephen Ngai, Banquet Server, and Hing Chak, 2nd Cook, both received Gold Key Awards. The Gold Key Awards celebrate the contribution of employees at all levels who exemplify the attitude and dedication needed to serve guests and promote Alberta's tourism industry. Recipients receive a certificate and gold lapel pin to recognize their commitment to the hospitality industry. 

Two of Calgary Marriott's associates also received White Hat Awards at a ceremony hosted on May 19th at the Jubilee Auditorium. These awards honor those individuals in the hospitality and tourism industry who continuously provide exceptional customer service in Calgary. This year, 28 individuals were selected as winners from a pool of over 700 nominees. Sakina Sawari was the winner of Best Cleaning Services and Hans Jansen received the Honorary Doug Johnson Service Award. This award is given to an individual who has served in the hospitality and tourism industry for a minimum of 20 years. This individual must have contributed to the enhancement of the industry by upholding high standards of service throughout their career. In addition, Liezanel Shields was a finalist in the Best Guest Services: Concierge/Bellperson category and Kayln Leung was a finalist in the Best Server: Banquets/Catering category.

"I am extremely proud of our associates," says Joseph Clohessy, General Manager of the Calgary hotel. "These awards are well-deserved and a true testament to the outstanding service levels of our associates."

"It's an honour to work with associates who are dedicated to providing the best customer service. These awards are not only a win for the associates recognized, but also a win for all associates at the Calgary Marriott Hotel," says Rayna Weatherald, Director of Human Resources.

The Calgary Marriott is conveniently located downtown, close to major attractions and businesses and the best downtown Calgary restaurants. The guest rooms have been recently renovated and showcase floor-to-ceiling windows, luxurious bedding and beautiful views of the vibrant city. For more information on the Calgary Marriott, visit:

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With a convenient location near eclectic shopping, fine dining and world-class corporations, the Calgary Marriott hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travel. This hotel offers the largest guestrooms in downtown Calgary and the utmost hospitality. Our newly renovated accommodations showcase floor-to-ceiling windows, plush, brand-new bedding and unobstructed views of the vibrant metropolis. One of the best Calgary hotels, we blend attentive hospitality with brilliant amenities including our LCD HD TV's. Sip your favorite latte at Starbucks, or savor a deluxe breakfast buffet at Traders Grill. Host an unforgettable meeting or event in more than 4,000 square feet of flexible function space -- perfect for weddings, banquets, and corporate gatherings. From our indoor swimming pool and dedicated concierge to a full-service, 24-hour business center, we offer the most amenities among downtown Calgary hotels. Feel confident booking your Calgary weekend getaways and hotel reservations with Marriott's Best Rate Guarantee.