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Tru by Hilton hotel to employ 25-30 people during peak times
A dream that began in 2016 with a feasibility study was celebrated with a soft opening on Feb. 11, 2021.
Although the COVID pandemic did cause some delays in the construction of the new Tru by Hilton hotel on Acadia First Nation’s Yarmouth Reserve, the facility is now operating and accepting reservations.
September 2021 is already 60 per cent booked, says Rachel Stevenson, director of Economic Development with the Acadia band.
The hotel has 89 guest rooms, with two specially-designed accessible rooms on each floor, a pool with a water slide, a fitness room and 1,000 square-feet of conference space.
Acadia First Nation Chief Deborah Robinson says the Acadia First Nation is a progressive member of the Mi'kmaq nation.
“Our mission has been clearly stated as being economic, strategic, innovative and partnership-focused," she said.
“This positive outlook has resulted in the creation and operation of numerous successful businesses. We’re deeply rooted in the local area and invested in the growth and success of our local economy," continued Chief Robinson. “We’re confident our facility will help to address gaps in the hospitality needs of Yarmouth County and the surrounding areas."
Between 25-30 people will be employed by the hotel at peak times.
Chief Robinson adds that Acadia First Nation is proud to have worked with many local trades through the development, resulting in approximately 40 per cent of the tenders being awarded to local businesses – equal to $4.3 million going directly into local firms.
While a soft opening was held on Feb. 11, the Tru by Hilton hotel will hold a grand opening later this spring, in accordance with COVID protocols.
MORE ABOUT TRU BY HILTON
Tru by Hilton operates as a franchise under Hilton. When the launch of the new brand was announced, Tru by Hilton had already signed over 100 franchise agreements.
The brand occupies the mid-scale hotel market, with hotels offering limited food and beverage options. A social area characterized by a large central lobby, is referred to as The Hive and is divided into sections for eating, working, playing and lounging. The front desk, called the Command Center, also has a social media wall to engage guests.