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Issue 15February 2017

The Hotel Saskatchewan snags Canadian Geographic cover

It’s a staple in Regina with a long-standing history. The Hotel Saskatchewan, Autograph Collection has recently undergone renovations to return it to its former glory, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.

It now has a brighter look inside with white marble floors, and an antique clock in the lobby. In addition, it has old photo newspaper clippings that feature the hotel when it first opened in 1927, a history hall in the dining room with some of the original photos from when it was built, and more.

These details are what led the Canadian Geographic Travel to name the Regina hotel as the cover of its spring issue, to be released on March 20.

Melynda Loder, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Hotel Saskatchewan, Autograph Collection, said they’re super excited about the announcement after beating out heavy-hitters Shangri-La Hotel Toronto and the city’s The Ritz-Carlton, as the most luxurious hotel.

“We are thrilled to be honored in the company of some of the greatest luxury hotels in Canada.  We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from our customers on the renovations that have been completed at the property as well as our affiliation with Autograph Collection Hotels.   Being voted for the cover of Canadian Geographic spring addition cover is the icing on the cake!”

Out of the subscribers in the voting process, 49 per cent chose Regina’s The Hotel Saskatchewan.

“Voters overwhelmingly discarded our expert opinions. Option three garnered 49 per cent of the vote (options one and two received 32 and 19 per cent). Voters who commented generally agreed that option three was the most elegant, and best suited the “luxurious” cover line. And in retrospect, the antique clock, crystal chandeliers and marble columns of the lobby of Regina’s Hotel Saskatchewan do best reflect our cover feature on the nation’s fanciest city accommodations,” wrote Aaron Kyle from Canadian Geographic.”

 If you haven’t already checked it out, we highly recommend you head over and take a peek!

Learn more here.

QCM generating “heat” across the continent

The GMS Queen City Marathon (QCM) has just released a “heat map” demonstrating how far and wide registrations for the run are reaching and it’s all across the map.

This is the 17th consecutive year of the QCM, which has grown to attract more than 6,000 participants from around the world, as well as locally. The 2017 event will feature races taking place over three days, including a full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 10K, Family 5K, kids’ mini-marathon, and newly added Night Owl 5K.

“The University of Regina Night Owl 5K is the newest addition this year to the GMS Queen City Marathon,” said Shawn Weimer, Race Director. “This event introduces a Friday night race and has us now racing over three days which is very exciting. This race will have us lighting up the night with participants wearing headlamps and glow sticks as they run around Wascana Lake.”

Register for the QCM now.

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2 locals named as the next Regina Ambassadors!

For the first time ever, Tourism Regina has named two Regina Ambassadors from one round! This was no mistake, but a result of the overwhelming support from followers on social media. This round of nominees saw the most public engagement, over several online platforms, of any of the previous three rounds. This left us no choice than to listen to the public and name both as Regina Ambassadors and it was a great decision.

Tyson has lived in Regina for 30 years and is a husband and father of three.

“Life is always on the go. Whether at an event, on a walk in Wascana or whatever else is going on, I love taking amateur iPhone pictures and sharing them,” Liske said. “Regina is my home and it is chock-full of amazing people. Regina just keeps getting better and better. I want to showcase the best of Regina, the hidden gems and the stories that make Regina so great. It’s the best of two worlds; small town and big city.”

He feels Regina is different from other places he’s been because it’s “grassroots.”

“It supports local and it’s collaborative and bootstraps mentality is a refreshing difference from other places,” Liske added.

As for Ambassador number two, Yaya Wang, she is no stranger to the city either.

“While in school, I had always entertained the idea of moving away; but there was always something holding me back. I have travelled extensively around the world and ultimately I chose Regina as my home because of the people and community that is here,” Wang said.

We can’t wait to see what adventures our Ambassadors will explore and share with us as they join the Regina team!

To see what they’re up to, check them out on SeeYQR.ca.