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Kempinski Opening Five-Star Property in Havana

February 22, 2017 by Lori Smith

Kempinski Hotels will open its first property in Cuba in the second quarter of 2017. A management contract has been signed with Grupo de Turismo Gaviota SA. The Gran Hotel Kempinski Manzana La Habana is located within the historic Manzana de

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Sandman Turns 50

February 22, 2017 by Lori Smith

The Canadian-owned and operated Sandman Hotel Group is celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary this year. In 1967, Bob Gaglardi, Sandman Hotel Group’s founder, opened his first location in Smithers, British Columbia, a 35-room Sandman Inn. Close to main highways, it was a success

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ALHI Launches New Website

February 22, 2017 by Lori Smith

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has launched a new website with enhanced “search” abilities and other user-friendly features. According to ALHI CEO David Gabri, the site is designed as a one-stop online resource for event and incentive travel professionals looking

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Air Canada Adds to Israel Service

February 13, 2017 by Lori Smith

Air Canada is introducing seasonal non-stop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv and increasing its current Toronto-Tel Aviv non-stop service. The expanded services to Israel, which will come into effect this summer, represent a 28 per cent capacity increase over summer

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Monte Carlo DMC Joins SGM

February 6, 2017 by Lori Smith

Select Group Marketing (SGM) is now representing InspireME Monte Carlo in the Canadian marketplace. A full-service destination management company, InspireME operates in Monaco, the south of France and Corsica. Its team has more than 25 years of professional experience in

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Air Canada Introducing Summer Service to Iceland

February 1, 2017 by douloff

MONTREAL — Air Canada will launch daily summer seasonal service from Canada to Reykjavik, Iceland, beginning in June, it was announced Feb. 1. Flights will operate four times and three times weekly from the carrier’s Toronto and Montreal hubs, respectively,

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Hyatt Plans Ski Resort in French Alps

January 31, 2017 by douloff

CHICAGO — Hyatt Hotels & Resorts plans to open Hyatt Centric La Rosière, the first Hyatt Centric hotel in France and Hyatt’s first ski resort in the region, it was announced Jan. 18. The 71-room hotel is expected to open by the 2017-18

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Renaissance Hotels Debuts in Sub-Saharan Africa

January 30, 2017 by douloff

LAGOS, Nigeria — The Renaissance Lagos Ikeja Hotel, in Nigeria, has opened, marking the brand’s debut in sub-Saharan Africa, it was announced Jan. 19. Centrally located in Ikeja GRA, the hotel features 155 guestrooms, including 17 contemporary loft suites. Designed

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Scottish Exhibition/Conference Centre Renamed, Rebranded

January 28, 2017 by douloff

GLASGOW, Scotland — The Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) has been renamed and rebranded the Scottish Event Campus, it was announced Jan. 26. The new name acknowledges that, over 30-plus years, live entertainment has grown to become a significant

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Marriott Opens Pop-up Innovation Lab

January 27, 2017 by douloff

BETHESDA, Md. — Marriott International launched its first pop-up hotel innovation lab, creating an interactive model hotel experience in downtown Los Angeles to crowdsource real-time feedback from the public, it was announced Jan. 23. The lab will let industry professionals,

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Hotel X Toronto's Sister Property Named #1

January 26, 2017 by douloff

TORONTO — The Aria Hotel Budapest, sister hotel of the upcoming Hotel X Toronto, has been named #1 Hotel in the World in TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards, it was announced Jan. 25. Part of the Library Hotel Collection, the

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Two Aruba Resorts Unveil Renovations

January 25, 2017 by douloff

ARUBA — Two Aruba properties, the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, and Divi Dutch Village Resort, recently completed renovations, it was announced Jan. 24. Located in Palm Beach, the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino’s 18-month, multimillion-dollar renovation updated