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Canad Inns' new manager wants to strengthen ties to the Alerus Center

The new general manager of Canad Inns said strengthening the relationship with the Alerus Center is vital not only for the hotel's future, but also for all of Grand Forks.

The new general manager of Canad Inns said strengthening the relationship with the Alerus Center is vital not only for the hotel's future, but also for all of Grand Forks.

Antonio Rossini said Canad Inns is "very closely tied" to the Alerus but continuing to improve is still a goal. "The stronger we can become together, the much stronger our community can become," he said.

He said it becomes important as the city vies to get conventions, events and visitors that could otherwise go to places such as Fargo, Winnipeg and Minneapolis.

"I think we have talent, and we surely have the facilities to build a stronger partnership where we can compete with large markets," he said.

Rossini worked for hotels in the Twin Cities area before coming to the Canad Inns about a month and a half ago.

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"It's going really well, and it's a very nice property," he said. "Being up in Grand Forks, I was never anticipating anything like this. But it's a beautiful property, the rooms are spacious."

He replaced previous manager Steve Bartlett, who now works in Winnipeg. "He's brought the hotel, I think, through some hurdles and really developed the property, which has made it easy for me coming in," Rossini said.

He said the number of Canadian visitors is "strong" throughout the week, an important demographic that is influenced by the value of the Canadian dollar, which is at par with the American dollar.

"Money is money and people are spending it," he said. "I think the community of Grand Forks is appreciative of anyone that wants to come and spend the money here."

Rossini said hotel representatives were at Thursday's public hearing of the Alerus Center task force and discussed the need to build a stronger partnership "so we can really build this area."

There has been city discussion about future development of 42nd Street South, especially near the center, and the possibility of expanding Canad Inns has also come up in talks. He said "everyone wants to expand," but it's also important to make sure they don't flood the market and cause problems for other Grand Forks hotels.

"At this time, we don't have any plans or anything drawn up until we can make sure we're filling up every night," Rossini said. "If there's a demand for more rooms, sure we'll consider it."

Johnson reports on local business. Reach him at (701) 780-1105; (800) 477-6572, ext. 105; or send e-mail to rjohnson@gfherald.com .

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