A regional success story
PTI biggest hotel is Wapasu Lodge, a two hour drive north of Fort McMurray, in the middle of nowhere, but just a short drive down a private road to Kearl Lake, Imperial Oil mass michael kors australia ive new oilsand mining operation. At 5,400 rooms, it truly is the fifth biggest hotel in the world.
PTI buys more yogurt than any other Canadian customer because it a lunch bag favourite for the 19,000 michael kors australia plus tradespeople who stay and eat at their 20 lodge hotels in Western Canada 16 in the oilsands.
PTI hotel rooms are sold to resource companies to house their workers. Wapasu Lodge has only one customer Imperial Oil. Imperial fills most of those rooms most of the year.
Note I say hotel not work camp.
In 2004, PTI Group made a dramatic strategic decision.
It had been quite successful at sending trailers to remote worksites for a few months at a time, mobile dormitories with group washrooms and a kitchen.
But it had to differentiate itself, says CEO and President Ron Green. decided to design, build, own and operate our own lodges. They would be run as three star hotels, not work camps. nine years later, PTI is Canada largest owner operator hotel chain 20 different lodges with 19,270 rooms, all built close to major but remote industrial worksites.
In the oilsands, that would include plants operated by Imperial, Suncor, Syncrude, CNRL, Conoco, Statoil and Devon.
It a business model, PTI Senior VP and former hotel executive Fred Bannon says, that hotel world would kill for. lodge isn built unless PTI has a long term housing contract with one or two anchor tenants. They run, year round, at over 85% occupancy rates.
Part of the PTI genius is its building model. The hotel rooms three different types are all modular and are manufactured in PTI own plants outside Edmonton, in Nisku and Acheson.
Around each hotel/lodge or cores depending on its size, stretch hallways leading to three story wings, each with ab michael kors australia out 112 rooms depending on the configuration. All rooms are single, either sharing a bathroom with one other room, or having a bathroom to itself. The module is trucked to the site complete with furniture, then assembled like Lego plug and play says Wapasu general manager Ashoke Ahluwalia.
You never know the lodges are modular, other than a basic exterior industrial look. From the inside, they are just like a normal, classy hotel. The amenities are excellent Wapasu has eight work out gyms, summer time outdoor sports facilities, games rooms and so on. Seven cafeterias feed shift workers around the clock, the food considered first class. Every room has cable RV, full internet access and its own land phone.
Attracting hotel staff is not an issue, not when salaries are three times higher than in urban Canada. Room and board is included. Staff work three weeks, then have a week off, plus holidays and a $400 a month travel allowance. Housekeepers earn in the six figures. PTI takes good care of its staff. If the lifestyle suits them, employees don leave.
Ther michael kors australia e a million human interest stories at every PTI Lodge from Canada wide, multi ethnic work forces, to successful aboriginal staff programs, to environmental standards, to the bears and foxes that share the land.