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Marriott and Starwood Announce Merger Agreement

November 18, 2015 by Lori Smith
Marriott and Starwood Merge

The boards of directors of Marriott International, Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. have approved a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will create the world’s largest hotel company. News of the agreement was made public on


Holiday Inn Adds to Alberta Inventory

November 11, 2015 by Lori Smith

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) opened the new 129-room Holiday Inn Express® and Suites Cold Lake hotel in Alberta (Canada) today. The property is the first Holiday Inn Express hotel in the city and is less than 10 minutes from downtown Cold Lake.


Cineplex Building New Social Destination

September 30, 2015 by Lori Smith

Cineplex Entertainment has announced plans to build a two-storey dining and entertainment complex in Deerfoot City (formerly Deerfoot Mall), Calgary, Alberta. Scheduled to open in December 2016, The Rec Room™ is a nearly 50,000-square-foot “social destination” designed to appeal to young adults


Calgary Airport Hotels & CC Appoints New Director of Sales

September 16, 2015 by Lori Smith
Lisa Lepage, Director of Sales & Marketing, Calgary Airport Hotels and Convention Center

Lisa Lepage has been appointed director of sales and marketing for the Calgary Airport Hotels and Conference Center, which include Hampton Inn by Hilton Calgary-Airport North and Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary-Airport. In her new role, Lepage will oversee the

News Reports Secondary Cities More Popular

September 15, 2015 by Lori Smith

Secondary cities have experienced the greatest growth in popularity with domestic and international travellers, reports The one exception is Winnipeg, which climbed two spots, breaking into the top ten. According to the accommodation booking website’s latest Hotel Price Index™, Mont


Brewster Starts Enhancement of Banff Gondola

September 14, 2015 by Lori Smith

Brewster Travel Canada is enhancing its flagship attraction, the Banff Gondola. The company has started a $26 million redevelopment of its upper terminal building, which will make it a premier mountaintop experience. Brewster has partnered with PCL Construction and sister-company


New WestJet Route Connects NA Oil Capitals

September 9, 2015 by Lori Smith

WestJet has launched a  new non-stop service between Calgary and Houston, which will run six times a week. The inaugural flight left Calgary International Airport at 10:25 a.m. MDT on September 8, 2015. “As the two largest oil cities in


Alt Hotel Winnipeg Names New GM

September 2, 2015 by Lori Smith
Laurie Barkman, GM, Alt Hotel Winnipeg

Christiane Germain, co-president of Group Germain Hotels, has announced the appointment of Laurie Barkman to the position of general manager of Alt Hotel Winnipeg. “We are happy to entrust the management of Alt Hotel Winnipeg to Laurie, who has a wealth of


Doubletree by Hilton Opens First Property on Vancouver Island

September 2, 2015 by Lori Smith
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria

The DoubleTree by Hilton brand has entered the Vancouver Island market with the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria. The 181-room property, previously the Executive House Hotel, has had a comprehensive multi-million dollar renovation that included a complete redesign


Tourism Vancouver Appoints MICE Director of Sales

August 31, 2015 by Lori Smith
Michael Drake, Tourism Vancouver

Michael Drake has been named director of sales, Meetings and Conventions, for Tourism Vancouver, the British Columbia city’s convention and visitor bureau. In this senior role, Drake will oversee Tourism Vancouver’s efforts in international and Canadian Meetings &  Conventions sales


MPI BC Announces 2015 Excellence Award Winners

June 24, 2015 by Lori Smith

The British Columbia chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) honoured seven members with 2015 Celebration of Excellence Awards at its June Gala, held last week at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver. Six awards were presented at the event, including


New Conference and Event Space Opens at UBC

May 20, 2015 by Lori Smith

The University of British Columbia (UBC) and alumni UBC have announced the soft opening of the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre at UBC. “This inspiring facility is a springboard for learning, meeting, celebration and mentorship,” says Jeff Todd, executive director,