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LOTTE Acquires First North American Property

September 2, 2015 by Lori Smith

Korea-based LOTTE Hotels & Resorts has entered the North American market with the purchase of The New York Palace, an iconic luxury hotel in midtown Manhattan. The property, which was acquired August 28, 2015, will be relaunched this month as LOTTE

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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

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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

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CWW Canada to Rep Royal Arabian

August 31, 2015 by Lori Smith

Connect Worldwide (CWW) Canada has won the contract to serve as the official representative for Dubai-based DMC Royal Arabian Tours and Royal Arabian Incentives & Conferences (a division of Royal Arabian tours) in the Canadian market. “The team at Connect Worldwide Canada

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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

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WestJet Takes Delivery of First Wide-Body Aircraft

August 27, 2015 by Lori Smith

Calgary-based WestJet entered a new era in its 19-year history with the delivery today of the first of four Boeing 767-300 extended range aircraft. Its inaugural flights will begin in September. “The arrival of our first wide-body aircraft opens the next chapter

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ALHI Adds More Sonesta Properties to Portfolio

August 25, 2015 by Lori Smith
Royal Sonesta New Orleans (exterior)

The relationship between Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) and Sonesta International Hotels Corporation has expanded with the addition of five more of Sonesta’s luxury, meetings-focused hotels to the ALHI portfolio. The five properties joining Royal Sonesta Harbour Court Baltimore (Baltimore,

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Canadians Take Home Top ISES Awards

August 25, 2015 by Lori Smith

Canadians took home seven ISES Esprit Awards® at this year’s annual ISES Esprit Awards Ceremony, which was held Saturday, August 22, during ISES Live® 2015 at The Sugar Mill in New Orleans, LA. The International Special Events Society (ISES) Awards

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Starwood Introduces Sheraton Grand

August 24, 2015 by Lori Smith
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort, Rio de Janeiro

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has revealed the first 10 properties to receive its new Sheraton Grand designation. One of the many new initiatives for Sheraton 2020, Sheraton Grand is a new premier tier recognizing exceptional Sheraton hotels and

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QuickMobile Appoints New CMO

August 24, 2015 by Lori Smith

QuickMobile has appointed Julie Bevacqua as its chief marketing officer (CMO). Bevacqua brings more than 18 years of enterprise marketing experience to the company. She most recently served as the CMO of Vancouver-based software company, Yocale Network Corporation.   Prior to co-founding Yocale,

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Bond Brand Loyalty Names VP Biz Dev

August 24, 2015 by Lori Smith
Bond Brand Loyalty names Mike McDowell VP Business Development (CNW Group/Bond Brand Loyalty)

Mike McDowell has been appointed Bond Brand Loyalty’s North American vice-president of business development. The appointment was effective August 24, 2015. McDowell, who was most recently senior director of North American Field Marketing for BlackBerry, brings more than 18 years of marketing,

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Chelsea Hotel Completes $12M Guestroom Reno

August 20, 2015 by Lori Smith

A C$12 million dollar guestroom refurbishment at The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, is now complete. The transformation coincides with the hotel’s 40th anniversary. “This renovation is another very exciting phase in the life of the Chelsea and it couldn’t come at a better