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2012-09-12 at 11:49

Delta confirmed

By Jeff Labine,
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THUNDER BAY – The city’s worst kept secret has been revealed– Delta Hotels and Resorts will be the waterfront hotelier.

Officials with both the city and the Canadian-based hotelier made the announcement during a news conference Wednesday morning. Rumours that Delta would be named as the waterfront hotelier began as early as 2011.

Ken Greene, president and CEO of Delta, said the level of speculation goes to show how much people cared that a four-star hotel was coming into Prince Arthur’s Landing.

“This is significant,” Greene said. “Delta is growing at a decent pace and we want to accelerate our growth. A market place like Thunder Bay, which is growing, and has great business drivers too is a great opportunity for Delta.”

Greene added that every negotiation is tough and sometimes it can take a long time to make sure everything is done thoroughly. He said they tried to get the deal done as quickly as possible.

Some of the features for the 150-room hotel, which is scheduled to be open in 2014, will include a restaurant with an outside terrace, a fitness centre and a conference facility.

Of the 150 rooms, 18 will be penthouse suites, and 10 will feature balconies.

The hotel will be built alongside the two waterfront condominiums and is expected to create more than a hundred jobs.

“Thunder Bay is such a great destination for people to come,” he said. “I think it’s an undiscovered gem in many ways but not for very long.”
Gisele MacDonald, president and CEO for Resolve Group, said she was glad that all the secrets could be put to a stop.

“It’s Delta and we’re very, very pleased to have made that announcement,” MacDonald said.

“(Delta is) Canada’s brand of choice by the travelers and employees, I think to get them interested in a secondary market, to get a four-star, full service hotel to Thunder Bay is just fabulous.”

MacDonald said they chose Delta because they had a strong track record developing tourism in communities.

Delta will be the first four-star, upscale hotel in the city.

This is a developing story. More information will be published soon.

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Jakester says:
Was there a specific target date for opening or was that information conspicuously absent?
9/12/2012 12:10:52 PM
cachinnate says:
"scheduled to open in 2014"
I doubt at this time anyone could pin it down to a day.
9/12/2012 12:17:10 PM
ProDevelopment says:
Jakester, what part of "2014" don't you get. Or is that estimate too broad for your liking. Doh!
9/12/2012 12:15:50 PM
sweetazmaple says:
wasn't this the same news a month or so ago it was delta???
9/12/2012 12:16:35 PM
CountryGuy says:
This is great news! As a relatively young person who is hoping to make this city and area my home, I am excited to see a 4-star hotel coming to Thunder Bay, especially one such as Delta! It will allow many new conferences and events to happen at the downtown waterfront which will certainly stimulate growth. I know there will be many naysayers, but this is great news!
9/12/2012 12:20:53 PM
farmgal says:
No big surprise there. If you have eyes in your head when they first showed the picture of the hotel concept to council it was in the lower right hand corner "delta". Saw it on the news sometime in 2011
9/12/2012 12:31:37 PM
Jon Powers says:

Just remember that the City Paid $38.5Million for its $22.Million (Loan) share and the over Goverments paid $44.Million too.

Did I mention the $700,000.00 annual cost for your new park aswell; So get out and work and pay for all taxes that you want spent on your "Misstake By The Lake"!

Great Story!
9/12/2012 12:49:24 PM
Me n My Opinion says:
Jon Powers - the master of half truths!!
9/12/2012 4:06:01 PM
edhtbon says:
Yes, Mr Jon Powers, it cost money to build and will continue to cost money to maintain. No one ever said it wouldn't. But, these types of projects do contribute a lot back to the community, both in terms of tax dollars, incentive for people and businesses to move here and a general better feeling within citizens about their city.
9/12/2012 5:02:43 PM
Kappa says:
This is such a big day for thunder bay with this announcement, im Soooooooo excited!!
9/12/2012 12:58:50 PM
TBDR says:
awesome news... even if it was already kind of obvious by now. Still, glad its a 4 star.
9/12/2012 1:00:10 PM
Tom Sanderson says:
Great news. Who cares what chain is going to build it or when it is going to open. It's jobs during and after construction.
It's all good.
9/12/2012 1:04:46 PM
Swirly-Q says:
I'm very excited to hear this news. Not because I particularly care who the hotelier is, mind you, but rather so we can finally put an end to the lame jokes and conspiracy theories about how the hotel was a)never going to happen, b)only going to happen when the multiplex is announced next door, c)going to be a Super8, etc, etc...

9/12/2012 1:19:31 PM
youngintbay says:
Awesome News. Can`t wait to see what goes up next down there. Let`s get a nice restaurant down their. Like a Earls or Milestone, Or maybe Red lobster. I'm sure it would do awesome in this city. I`m sure alot of thunder bayins go down to duluth and either stop at red lobster and olive garden.
9/12/2012 2:09:10 PM
passlake says:
I knew people that always ranted and raved about Red Lobster and Olive Garden.

then I tried the food. it's terrible. I nearly vomited at both places. nothing more than overhyped chain restaurants with average and/or sub-par food...

put a nice restaurant in at the waterfront, but make it something special. Make it part of the reason to visit the waterfront. But let's face it, tourists aren't going to come here because there's a Red Lobster on the lake.
9/12/2012 3:06:40 PM
unionbay880 says:
Nearly vomited from Red Lobster and Olive Garden? So sorry you had to eat that peasant food your majesty.
9/13/2012 8:47:10 AM
othersideofcoin says:
Jon Powers - unfortunately it is people like you that always have to look at negatives. For sure there is cost involved but this project should have been started 20 years ago and will be a major draw for business and tourism for years to come. The dollar figures you quoted are huge but when you deal with larger projects the dollar values generated are large as well. Once we get an event centre going we might just catch up to where we should have been years ago. But let me guess you are probably against that project as well...

This is great news of foward progress for Thunder Bay!
9/12/2012 2:12:54 PM
itshell says:
Too all you cry babies out there that never add anything but complain...just wait a minute...the Wambulance is on its way
9/12/2012 2:27:23 PM
seven says:
No balconies ? ? ?
Where are the balconies?
This is completely different design from the one published on Monday and before.
Where did the balconies and the entire neighborhood friendly architecture go?
No needed anymore because the project has been approved?
9/12/2012 2:39:13 PM
seven says:
'before and after'

9/12/2012 2:47:25 PM
get_the_chip_off_your_shoulder says:
As i commented on the other story they messed up at tbnewswatch at first and posted the pic of the condo building and said it was of the hotel concept but was totally wrong. after my comment they altered the photo comment. The picture you see here is what was shown a year ago to be the hotel. the top floor is the one with balconies. If you look close the very top floor is different allowing for balconies as the top floor outer walls are set back allowing balconies around the edges. These are going to be the upper scale suites. The design could look different as nothing is set in stone for design.
9/12/2012 2:54:21 PM
seven says:
Regardless, this is another big day for Thunder Bay, that's true
9/12/2012 2:42:44 PM
seven says:
thanks "get_the_chip_off_your_shoulder" for providing good explanation to this mismatch
9/12/2012 4:03:52 PM
Pandora says:
Hotel announcement today...Next week the City will announce the Consultants have recommended the North Core location for the NEW and unaffordable ARENA/Mega Plex...

Just a coincidence? I don't think so!

Maybe they will wait 2 weeks!

9/12/2012 3:36:56 PM
edhtbon says:
And... your point is? So what if they build the multiplex facility there now that the private portion of the waterfront is going full steam ahead? I'm not intending to argue the financial implications of the multiplex here, but what is the big deal if the city announces the waterfront district as the location for it?
9/12/2012 4:57:26 PM
panzerIV says:
A) The city wont be announcing the location to a multiplex for a while.
B) The consultants are unbiased and have nothing to gain from the location.
C) The multiplex will go in the best location based on the recommendation of experts who have been doing this for years.

This is a annoying rumor really with 0 base behind it.
9/12/2012 11:09:28 PM
CM Punk says:
Actually, Hilton and Marriot are better brands.
Delta is pretty much an economy type of place.
Even the Chelsea run by Delta in downtown Toronto is an old dump.
9/12/2012 3:57:54 PM
TBDR says:
Actually the Chelsea is one of the oldest and lowest end of the Delta line, but it is still nicer than most if not all of the existing hotels in town. I've stayed there a couple times, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. Its also only a 3 star hotel. The one we're getting is a 4.
9/12/2012 4:58:15 PM
patti says:
Located in the heart of the city's downtown core on a prime waterfront location and adjacent to the two Vue condominium towers, the Delta Thunder Bay Hotel and Conference Centre will become the city's first 4-star upscale, full service hotel after a more than $20 million investment. Slated to open in early 2014, the hotel will offer 150 guestrooms and suites including 18 penthouse rooms and 10 rooms with terraces. The hotel will feature Delta's new ModeRoom™ guestrooms which are modern, adaptable and laden with technology features. The majority of the rooms will provide spectacular, unobstructed views of Lake Superior and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.

A bit more info is available through this release
9/12/2012 3:58:51 PM
seven says:
“The hotel … is expected to create more than a hundred jobs.”
I don’t think it works this way: the more hotels we build the more people will visit Thunder Bay and the more new jobs in the hotel industry will be created.
If the design is attractive it will improve Thunder Bay's image (I am sure it will) a little and the tourism might go up a little. For this single reason not much, if at all.
Most of these hundred, mainly minimum wage jobs, will be lost in the local hotel industry somewhere else, in some other, older, less appealing hotels.
It’s a good think just please, try to stay reasonable…
9/12/2012 3:59:44 PM
get_the_chip_off_your_shoulder says:
I agree it is never good to realize some jobs may be lost somewhere but we also have to realize if most hotels are almost at full capacity and making alot of profit.. adding another hotel may just split up the pie of profits to more businesses. I rather see more people with decent money than a few with too much money. Also if each existing hotel has to reduce staff by a few people in the end it will have a positive end result because the 100+ jobs for the new delta will more than offset the losses as well as bring in more conferences into the city due to being 4star service and those new tourists will spend money and wine and dine and go for entertainment which all helps create new job positions in the time of staffing needs for the influx of people frequenting other places. And the new hotel brings with it fresh new buildings and improved visual concept of our city. There are way more positives in this than all negatives we could dig up. Let's all keep positive and things will work.
9/12/2012 4:48:00 PM
TBDR says:
Pretty sure Delta isn't consistently voted one of Canada's top 50 employers by paying everyone 10 bucks an hour.
9/13/2012 12:55:26 AM
Whodo says:
That hotel conceptual drawing is pretty bad, is it suppose to represent elevators?

I sure hope the finished product is worthy of OUR hard earned tax dollars. Between creating the land at $15-18 Million and the $100 Million to 'Shoe Horn' I mean-build, the new ARENA/Mega Plex and don't forget the price of a nice new PARKADE .

A bargain at ANY PRICE!!! I guess???

2012 re-assessment year of property value from IMPAC
The scariest part of all this is that Administration and City denies that Thunder Bay is already, presently paying some of the highest property taxes in the Country.
9/12/2012 4:20:17 PM
crunchbite says:
"I sure hope the finished product is worthy of OUR hard earned tax dollars." The hotel is a private investment, and is in no way funded by the tax-base. I agree that our property taxes are high, but we do have a lot of infrastructure to maintain compared to similar sized cities.
9/12/2012 9:30:59 PM
countrychick says:
I cant wait for this to open it will be really nice to have dinner there and i bet there will be alot of weddings a perfect location! It will be really good!!:))
9/12/2012 6:27:23 PM
laurie says:
With our luck it will be a construction firm outside of Thunder Bay that will come in and build it..
9/12/2012 6:55:50 PM
edhtbon says:
Manshield NWO will be building the hotel. Their office is here in Thunder Bay. They are a partner in the private portion of the waterfront development, and really deserve the credit for making this all happen.

They may require out of town help though. The construction sector is on fire in T-Bay right now. There aren't enough local trades people to do all the work happening here in town. Its very likely only going to get worse going forwards in terms of a lack of local people.
9/12/2012 8:30:24 PM
patti says:
Geeez lauie before typing idiotic comments, why not do a bit of research and/or reading before posting eh ~ It's called GOOGLE honey !!! ~ BUT if you're too lazy to search for it, i have provided a link that answers your question a couple of posts ago ~~

" The Delta Thunder Bay will be managed and operated by Delta Hotels and Resorts, and is owned by The Re Solve Group, one of the leading residential and commercial developers in Manitoba and Ontario. Construction is being handled by **local based** Manshield Construction, and the project was designed by award-winning architecture and planning firm Brook McIlroy based in Toronto and Thunder Bay."

countrychick ~ yes indeed, with a 5000 square foot Ball Room and a million dollar back drop it will be perfect for *(year round)* weddings
9/12/2012 9:08:34 PM
hunterthedog says:
No, Laurie. Manshield will be the Contractor.
9/12/2012 9:42:55 PM
ahhhhh bach says:
I guess it's always good to know who will eventually be suing the city...
9/12/2012 8:13:42 PM
Hmmm says:
For all of you who are extremely excited about getting a "4" star hotel in the city. Let me tell you that the "4" star rating can easily and quickly become a "3" or even a "2" star. To maintain this rating the hotel must maintain the standard at which Delta has set forth for their hotels as well as standard in the hotel industry. The new hotel will be tested and re- tested over and over again, with secret shoppers. If the customer service is not up to standard, or the food and even if house keeping is not up to snuf we can loose that precious "4" star rating.
Here is a link which explains what the hotel "should" have, if you want it to be considered for a "4" star property.
Although, it is quite nice to say Thunder Bay has a "4" star property let's wait and see what will be come of it. If the Four Season's in Vancouver could drop in their diamonds. It just a thought.

I have 10+ years of experience working in upscale hotels.
9/13/2012 9:00:42 AM
largedogowner says:

Have you worked for Delta before? Do you know exactly what the wages are for their employees? If you don't then don't ASSUME what they get paid. Yes, the wage is based on location. I worked for Delta in Vancouver and let me tell you we we're paid 10 bucks an hour as you would say. Yes, the staff here may start out low because the we do not have the clientele yet. But let me reassure you that it will be a decent wage and why does it matter to you? Are you going to apply ?
9/13/2012 9:09:07 AM
Tom Sanderson says:
Gotta love the negativity in this town.
PS. Your doctor can prescribe medication to help some of you..they are called anti depressants.
9/13/2012 9:18:45 AM
laurie says:
I'm not lazy... It just wasn't written in this article.. I have better things to do than sit on the computer all day and google. Besides 4 other people agreed with me so you calling them idiots also?

Great to hear its a local construction firm!
9/13/2012 9:46:13 AM
NorthernGuy says:
Laurie - I would have taken you less time to google it compared to the time you have taken to write the assumption and subsequently write the reponses to the folks to corrected you.

Anyways, this is great news for the City of Thunder Bay. The growth in this city is uncanny.
9/13/2012 11:40:28 AM
dwb says:
The fix is officially in. No matter what happens now Mr Bentz and council have promised Delta the new Sorts and Entertainment Centre will be going acroos the road from Delta.
9/13/2012 12:16:01 PM
jubjub says:
Is that the Luxor Hotel in the background on the right?
9/13/2012 1:50:06 PM
Jon Powers says:
Me n My Opinion:

I'm only telling what your "Big City Government" told you during their budget process!

If you say I'm Lying; What are they Doing?

edhtbon :

Since when is it in the "Public Interest" to create and maintain the "Business Well-Fare Train"?

othersideofcoin :

Yes I'm against the "Proposed Multi-plex" its too small and supported by even smaller liberal minds!

Let's face it if "The Ring Of Fire" is going to bring 35,-50,000 new people to the City of Thunder Bay; Over the next twenty years then by committing to a small complex proposed by your City Government it would would quickly become outdated and far too small. I guess by 2025 it would be just too small. 7,400 max seats for Boxing

The former downtown site doesn't have free user parking either.

Let all of us hear back from you on these points!

Use your real names too!

Great Story!
9/14/2012 1:40:05 PM
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