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REPORTING · 10th October 2015
Walter McFarlane
Microtel held a grand opening for their Kitimat location on Tuesday, October 6th. Many people from around the community as well as a number of dignitaries related to the construction of the hotel were present for the celebration.

The evening began with tours of rooms which were available, a single, a double and a suite, as well as services which they offer their guests. We were informed the Microtel was so fully booked, only those three rooms for the open house were empty.

“We scour the country for the best places to put a Microtel brand,” said Eric Watson, Chief Operating Officer of Masterbuilt Hotels, “I’ve never actually seen our investors so excited to come into a community then they were for Kitimat. This is the 13th Microtel we’ve opened in the country and I think this is the one that gets our company pumped up the most.”

He stated this was due to the proposed developments as well as the Modernized Smelter. However, in addition, they found out, when they did their research on Kitimat, there has not been a hotel built here in almost 40 years.

It took them a year and a half to find the right piece of land, the location of the former Aluminium City Motel. They demolished the condemned property that was there, contending with asbestos and even a fire.

Marc Staniloff, CEO of Superior Lodging, said BC was a have province and a great place to live and Kitimat was similar to a lot of communities where they built hotels. They also stated Kitimat was also very accommodating. They saw a lot of demand for hotels.

“We liked what we saw, and we decided to build our prototypical Microtel here,” said Staniloff. He stated all the Microtels have the same design.

As a part of his speech, Jay Westman, Chairman and CEO of Jayman Built, introduced as ‘the other partner,’ stated they are still in planning stages for an all-suites hotel and restaurant next door to the Microtel. This will be for people who are staying for weeks or months at a time. He also talked about the quality materials used to build the hotel.

Mayor Phil Germuth welcomed the Microtel to the community. He expressed the history of the site, as a location for temporary housing, the Aluminum City Motel and now A Microtel.

“This hotel is a beautiful facility that will provide much needed hotel accommodation for our community. On behalf of Council and the community of Kitimat, I would like to congratulate Masterbuilt Hotels on the achievement of today’s grand opening,” said Germuth.

There was a special presentation from the Common Ground Initiative, which is a program where the community vote to determine a cause in the community which will receive money. Kitimat voted over 1300 times and the community selected the Kitimat Dynamics Gymnastics Club as the winner of $5000. Due to the high voting, the Kitimat Humane Society was given $1500 and the Child Development Centre was given $1000.

The ribbon was cut, refreshments were served.

After the Ceremony, Watson expressed they have had a great opening and occupancy has been high. “We are here to invest for the long term, there are other projects we are thinking of doing,” said Watson. “We’re really excited to be here and we look forward to being a part of the community for years and years to come.”
Comment by Chery Willis on 11th October 2015
That was good of them to make donations to three very deserving community groups. Welcome to Kitmat!