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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

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M+IT Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

August 18, 2015 by Lori Smith
(l-r) Mariela McIlwraith; Sandra Wood; Helene Moberg, Chuck Schouwerwou; Krista Cameron; Elle MacPherson; Tahira Endean: and Mariella Irivarren.

Meetings + Incentive Travel (M+IT) announced its 2015 Hall of Fame inductees this morning in a special, live  presentation at IncentiveWorks™ 2015, Canada’s leading meeting, events and incentive travel trade show and conference. The show runs today and tomorrow at the Metro Toronto

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FICP Releases Incentives Survey Results

August 13, 2015 by Lori Smith

Results of the just-released 2015 Incentives Survey facilitated by Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP) indicate that incentive program attendance, length and frequency is mostly increasing or staying the same. The survey was conducted to gather trends an data related

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Tourism Toronto Appoints Bélanger President and CEO

August 13, 2015 by Lori Smith
Johanne Bélanger becomes new President and CEO of Tourism Toronto effective September 1, 2015..

Tourism Toronto announced today that Johanne Bélanger has been appointed president and CEO, effective September 1, 2015. Bélanger was president of Freeman Audio Visual Canada for the past 10 years and, throughout her career, has been a globally-recognized leader in

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Freeman Audio Visual Names New EVP & COO

August 13, 2015 by Lori Smith
David Campbell, EVP & COO, Freeman Audio Visual, Canadian division

David Campbell has been named executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Freeman Audio Visual’s Canadian division. His appointment is effective immediately. Campbell brings to the organization a wealth of experience, having spent nearly 30 years in strategic leadership roles,

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Skyline Buys Third U.S. Property

August 12, 2015 by Lori Smith
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

Skyline International Development Inc. has reached an agreement with a company controlled by CTF Holdings Limited to buy the historic Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio for just under $20 million USD. The property is currently managed by Marriott Corporation.