PHI Hotel Group and Siksika Resource Development Open Three Marriott Branded Hotels in the Province of Alberta

Canada, Surrey, British Columbia. January 29, 2019

PHI Hotel Group today announced the opening of three Marriott branded hotels in the province of Alberta--the 247-room Westin Calgary Airport, and 30,000 sq. ft Conference Centre in Calgary, AB, the dual-branded 142-room Four Points Edmonton West, and the 77-room Element Edmonton West in Edmonton, AB. All three properties are owned by PHI Hotel Group and Siksika Resource Development Ltd. and managed by PHI Hotel Group.

“This strategic partnership brings three distinct brands to the Alberta market, including the first Element to open in Edmonton,” said Sukhi Rai, President of PHI Hotel Group. “The Westin Calgary Airport Hotel and Conference Centre, and particularly the capacity of the meeting space will fill a gap in the Calgary airport area, better serving the meeting and convention segment. We are excited to serve the needs of these diverse and exciting cities.”

Tom Many Heads, President and CEO, SRDL Business Group said: “With the opening of the Westin Calgary Airport and Conference Centre and dual-branded Four Points and Element Edmonton West, Siksika Hospitality has positioned the Nation well for long term growth financially as well as in career development for Nation members in the hospitality and tourism sectors of Western Canada.”

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