Hotel Grand Pacific opens new Victoria Athletic Club and unveils renovated pool facilities

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HOTEL GRAND PACIFIC OPENS NEW VICTORIA ATHLETIC CLUB AND UNVEILS RENOVATED POOL FACILITIES
25-metre pool sets facilities apart from other hotels, attracts visiting athletes and wellness-minded visitors
www.victoriaathleticclub.com

March 18, 2011; Victoria, B.C. – The Hotel Grand Pacific has launched its new Victoria Athletic Club with the grand opening of the facility’s newly renovated 25 metre pool. The off-white Italian marble pool is not only one of the city’s most beautiful swimming spots, but it’s also one of the only “short-course training length” hotel pools in Canada. The club, which is open to both hotel guests and private members also boasts first class weight training and cardio facilities; an aerobic studio featuring yoga, pilates, zumba and other classes; along with a full-size squash court.

“We are excited about the launch of our competition-length lap pool as well as the new Victoria Athletic Club,” said Reid James, General Manager of the Hotel Grand Pacific.  “In an age when many hotel gyms are tucked away in a forgotten corner of the property, we understand the need to provide both visiting athletes and other guests seeking an exceptional fitness experience with a facility that meets their high standards.”

The comprehensive fitness facilities at the Victoria Athletic Club are making sports-minded visitors to the city sit up and take note: the Hotel Grand Pacific has proved to be a top draw among athletes visiting Victoria to take part in amateur and professional sporting events, including January’s Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Given the importance to the tourism industry of attracting sporting events to Victoria, the property works closely with organizations such as SportHost Victoria.

“As a sport tourism partnership with a mandate to attract events that enhance the economy and quality of life in Greater Victoria, we rely on the support of industry partners,” said Hugh MacDonald, Executive Director of SportHost Victoria. “The Hotel Grand Pacific has been a strong advocate of SportHost and has supported several key events including the Pan Pacific Championships (2006), the FIFA under-20 World Cup (2007), the recent Skate Canada event, and the upcoming Victoria Curling Classic, just to name a few.”

Previously known as the Grand Pacific Athletic Club, the facility has undergone upgrades and rebranding to emerge as the Victoria Athletic Club. “We felt by re-naming the club, we could set the facilities apart from the average hotel fitness experience, and attract local Victoria residents to come and check out the club,” said James. Along with catering to the health and wellness needs of guests staying at the Hotel Grand Pacific, the Club also welcomes private members by offering annual and short-term memberships. More information on memberships can be found on the club’s website at www.victoriaathleticclub.com.

The Victoria Athletic Club was officially opened on Friday, March 18 by Victoria-based Olympic swimmer Ryan Cochrane. To celebrate the opening of the club, local radio stations 103.1 JACK fm and Ocean 98.5 are partnering with the Victoria Athletic Club on their “For the Health of It” contest. Winners of the contest attended the opening to weigh in, set their goals and meet their personal trainers before embarking on a six-week health and fitness regime based at the club.

The Hotel Grand Pacific is a four-Diamond property conveniently located on the Inner Harbour in downtown Victoria.  With 304 spacious guestrooms and suites, the Hotel Grand Pacific is renowned for delivering an exceptional and personalized guest service experience. With a focus on health and wellness, the hotel offers complimentary access to the Victoria Athletic Club, located on-site. Relax at the spa or dine at the all-day Pacific Restaurant or The Mark, an award-winning fine dining restaurant.  The Hotel Grand Pacific is a proud member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

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Media Contacts:
Wendy Underwood    
Fever Pitch Marketing Communications  
T: 604.418.5253     
E: wendy@feverpitchcommunications.com

Dale Ryan
Hotel Grand Pacific
T: 250.380.4453
E: dryan@hotelgrandpacific.com

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