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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


Finamore Joins Fairmont

February 21, 2017 by Lori Smith

Peter L. J. Finamore has been appointed regional vice-president, Northwest for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and general manager of Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, B.C. Finamore has more than 35 years of experience in the international hospitality industry. He has worked with


Shaw Conference Centre Partners with GES Canada

February 15, 2017 by Lori Smith

GES Canada has been selected as the preferred supplier of exhibit and display services for Edmonton’s  Shaw Conference Centre. This new, five-year partnership also makes GES the exclusive provider of all dock marshalling and material handling services. “GES is a


Victoria, Saskatoon and St. John's Collaborate on Landmark Initiative

February 6, 2017 by Lori Smith

Destination St. John’s, Tourism Saskatoon and Tourism Victoria have launched a new collaborative initiative that provides meeting planners with a simple and effective way to book their meetings and conferences. “Cities in Sync” was announced at the CSAE Tête-à-Tête tradeshow, which


WestJet Adding Calgary-Nashville, Gander-Halifax Routes

February 1, 2017 by douloff

CALGARY — WestJet will launch non-stop twice-weekly service between Calgary International Airport and Nashville’s Metropolitan Nashville Airport beginning May 4, it was announced Jan. 30. Flights from Calgary to Nashville will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737 aircraft. In 2016,


Supply Side: Does the Industry Need Rules for No-shows?

January 30, 2017 by ALLAN LYNCH
Allan Lynch

Recently, the sales director for a U.S. company was stunned by a request from a New York City-based DMC for payment to cover site inspection costs. “Is this a new standard or something peculiar to the New York market?” she


Leadership: Challenging 'Good Enough'

January 30, 2017 by DALLYCE MACAS

Recently, I was tasked with preparing a report on the Canadian MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) industry for a global airline. I had to explain the “state-of-the-nation” and what the future has in store for suppliers to the meetings


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,


WestJet Launches Service to Phoenix-Mesa

January 23, 2017 by douloff

CALGARY — WestJet has launched service from Calgary and Edmonton to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, it was announced Jan. 19. “The Phoenix-Mesa market is very robust and WestJet continues to add new service to meet demand. These new non-stop flights connect


Kayak Reveals Top 10 Trending Destinations

January 20, 2017 by douloff

TORONTO — Havana, Reykjavik, Rio de Janeiro, in. Osaka, Istanbul and Kahului, out. Travel search engine KAYAK has revealed the Top Ten Trending Destinations of the Year, according to Canadian traveller search data, it was announced Jan. 17. “Canadians are seeking experiences both


WestJet Launches Winnipeg-Hamilton Service

January 19, 2017 by douloff

CALGARY — WestJet launched non-stop service between Winnipeg and Hamilton, Ont., it was announced Jan. 17. A day earlier, the airline also relaunched non-stop service to Edmonton and Halifax from Hamilton. WestJet now offers 27 weekly departures to seven non-stop


Rocky Mountaineer Appoints New Board Members

January 10, 2017 by douloff

VANCOUVER — Rocky Mountaineer’s board chair John Furlong announced last month the appointments of Tristan Armstrong, Ashley Armstrong and Chelsea Armstrong to the company’s board. Tristan Armstrong currently serves as director of leasing for National Hospitality Group, spearheading the commercial