SwimBC, joining in on the arrangement put in place by Swimming Canada, has recently entered into a long-term partnership with IHG - InterContinental Hotels Group, the largest hotel chain in the world, whose properties include Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, along with more upscale brands as Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo, as well as extended stay properties such as Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.
The purpose of the partnership is to capitalize on the large number of rooms that are booked each year by members of the swimming community, both for competition, as well as for personal/leisure stays, offering Swimming Canada members better than "Best Available" rates at any time.
- To use that volume of room nights to obtain best available rates for our membership at appropriate hotels across Canada.
To provide Swimming Canada, Provincial Sections and our member clubs with an alternate revenue stream & opportunity to reduce expenses.
SwimBC has signed on to this partnership as well, which will provide the following benefits to SwimBC clubs who take part:
A Provincial Section or Club hosting an event with out of town participants can arrange for a block booking through our IHG representative. This process will be available shortly on the Swimming Canada website. IHG will in turn set rooms aside for the event and provide a block-booking contract which will include:
- a better than the best available rate
- 10% commission paid on booked rooms (1% to Swimming Canada and 6% to the club, and 3% to SwimBC.)
- Priority Meeting Rewards Points (3 pts./dollar to a max of $20,000).
Part 1: Clubs or Provincial Sections booking 10 rooms or more for training camps, meets etc. can contact our National IHG rep to negotiate best available rates and PCMR points (for meets that are not already under a block booking). This process will be available shortly on the Swimming Canada website.
For either of these types of bookings, whether traveling or hosting, which involves 10 or more rooms being booked, click the "Block booking (10+ rooms)" in the right-hand sidebar and complete and submit the online form there.
Part 2: Friends of Swimming Canada reservation website for any bookings of less than 10 rooms per night. This could be single room bookings, family vacations and used by ANYONE. These better than best available rates will be for any IHG property in the world; with the best rates coming in Canada and a few select US cities.
For these bookings of nine or fewer rooms per night, click the link on the right-hand side bar that says "9 or fewer rooms" and follow the link from there. There are no rebates or commissions for clubs, but the person booking does get the special "Friends of Swimming Canada" rate (in my experience, this has been as much as $50 per night off the listed "Best Available" rate). IHG Priority Club points are also accumulated to the person making those bookings.
Brendan St. Jacques