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Shaw Conference Centre Names New Executive Chef

December 7, 2016 by douloff

EDMONTON — The Shaw Conference Centre (SCC) has named Serge Belair executive chef, who will formally join the facility on Feb. 1, 2017, it was announced last month. Belair replaces executive chef Simon Smotkowicz, who will be leaving the venue


W opens on Las Vegas North Strip

December 7, 2016 by douloff

NEW YORK — W Hotels Worldwide has opened a property on the North End of the Las Vegas Strip in a 289-room tower of SLS Las Vegas, it was announced Dec. 1. Philippe Starck, in collaboration with Gensler architects, designed the


St. Regis Bal Harbour Finishing Reno by Year End

December 1, 2016 by douloff

BAL HARBOUR, FLA. — St. Regis Hotels & Resorts expects to complete a $35 million renovation at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort by the end of 2016, it was announced Nov. 16. The renovations will add a Greek-inspired restaurant,


Hyatt LAX New Unveils New Meeting Spaces

November 30, 2016 by douloff

LOS ANGELES — Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) unveils its new meeting and event spaces, which will be available beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Included in the hotel’s redesign is The Hyatt Regency Conference Center featuring more than 10,000


Hilton Curio Collection Debuts in Central America

November 30, 2016 by douloff

TELA, Honduras and MCLEAN, Va. — Indura Beach & Golf Resort has joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton, marking the brand’s debut in Central America, it was announced Nov. 10. Situated in a tropical landscape, the hotel’s 60 junior


Homewood Halifax Ranks Top 10 in Canada: Trivago

November 29, 2016 by douloff

VANCOUVER — SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts announced on Nov. 14 that Homewood Suites by Hilton Halifax-Downtown was recognized as one of the top 10 3-star hotels in Canada, according to Trivago Awards 2017. “We are thrilled to be ranked by


Shaw Centre's Urban Beekeeping Celebrated

November 29, 2016 by douloff

EDMONTON — Japanese television highlighted Shaw Conference Centre’s urban beekeeping program, one of six Canadian destinations featured on the show Bee World, airing on the Tokyo TV network, it was announced last month. In its first year under the City


Marriott Signs Four Mexican Properties

November 29, 2016 by douloff

MEXICO CITY — Marriott International, Inc. has signed four hotels in Mexico, and following an aggressive expansion strategy in one of the region’s key markets, expects to add the new properties to its portfolio of 70 hotels, it was announced


W Opening on Portugal’s Algarve Coast in 2018

November 28, 2016 by douloff

NEW YORK — W Hotels Worldwide will open W Algarve in 2018 on Portugal’s Algarve coast, it was announced Nov. 9. This opening will mark the third W Escape in Europe, a newly created portfolio of W Hotels located in


enRoute Names Kissa Tanto Best New Restaurant

November 24, 2016 by douloff

TORONTO — Vancouver’s Kissa Tanto topped enRoute magazine’s list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2016, it was announced last month. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Air Canada enRoute Canada’s Best New Restaurants, a program that seeks to promote


Now Onyx Resort Opens in Punta Cana

November 23, 2016 by douloff

PHILADELPHIA — AMResorts has opened Now Onyx Punta Cana, the brand’s third property in the Dominican Republic, it was announced Nov. 2. Located on the beaches of Uvero Alto, the 502-suite, family friendly, all-inclusive resort offers five pools, including an


Don Appetit! Ki's Modern Japanese Flair

November 21, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Ki Modern Japanese restaurant opened 11 years ago in Toronto’s downtown banking core and remains as charming as ever. The sprawling, high-ceilinged space, outfitted in contemporary minimalism — slate tile floors, cherrywood accents, soft lighting, bare-wood tables, padded booths —