Niagara Falls Great Wolf Lodge Recognized for Excellence in Human Resources
01/07/2010

Lodge wins national tourism award

Online PR News – 07-January-2010 – – NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario – (January 7, 2010) – The top executives of Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls believe that treating their team members well is the key to providing their guests a great experience. The Tourism Industry Association of Canada agreed and has honored the Lodge with a national award of excellence for its work in Human Resources Development.

Members of the Great Wolf Lodge management team were at Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit when they were informed that the Lodge had won the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) Award for Excellence in Human Resources Development.

“Our team approach is crucial for the development of our fine team members. We are extremely honored to be recognized by the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council,’’ Great Wolf Lodge General Manager Keith Simmonds said. “We strive every day to put the guests first. You can only do that if you also strive to give your team the support and training to do their jobs at top levels.”

The Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Ontario exemplifies the association’s belief in excellence by having the highest level of commitment to guest service. This vision and enthusiasm for the best guest service experience begins with a strong foundation: a great place to work.

The management and team member training programs are created to ensure that the Lodge’s 650-person team is motivated and equipped to handle even the most challenging guest service situations. The team is the primary focus of all meetings, projects and programs. In addition, the Lodge works with local charities, colleges and high schools to provide employment opportunities to people from many different backgrounds.

Forty-two finalists in 14 categories were chosen for the 2009 National Awards for Tourism Excellence. Among the finalists were individuals and organizations from all ten provinces, as well as Canada’s North. The National Awards for Tourism Excellence, presented by The Globe and Mail, were developed in 2003 by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.

The awards allowed Canada’s tourism industry to showcase those people, places, organizations and events that went above and beyond to offer a superior tourism experience to travelers in Canada.

About the Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls

Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls, Canada, is owned by Ripley's Niagara Water Park Resort, L.P., a Jim Pattison Group company, through a license from Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. Great Wolf Lodge captures the adventure and the intrigue of the Northwoods with nature-inspired accommodations, multiple family-themed restaurants, an Aveda® concept spa, an arcade with more than 100 games and an interactive miniature golf course. Measuring more than 100,000 square feet with 2.5 million liters of water, the indoor waterpark complex includes 13 waterslides, three pools, two whirlpools, a large outdoor heated spa experience, a giant wavepool, a 500,000 liter lazy river, a 4,000 liter tipping bucket and more.

About Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com), keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 13 million annually at its 70-plus attractions in 13 countries. In addition to its 30 Believe It or Not! museums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

Contact:

Keith Simmonds
General Manager
Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls
simmonds@ripleys.com
Office – 905-354-4888

Tim O’Brien
VP Communications
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
Obrien@ripleys.com
Office – 615-646-7465
Cell – 615-496-5949