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HAC Honours Chelsea Toronto with Humanitarian Award

February 22, 2017 by Lori Smith

The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is the recipient of the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) Humanitarian Award. The Chelsea received the award at HAC’s Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence event, held on February 16th at the Sheraton Airport Hotel &

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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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New Castle Renews Westin Franchise

February 22, 2017 by Lori Smith

New Castle Hotels and Resorts, which made history in 1996 when it became the first franchisee of Westin Hotels & Resorts, renewed the Westin franchise for another 20 years for The Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax on February 1, 2017.

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Shift Away from Strictly Seller's Market, reports MPI

February 22, 2017 by Lori Smith

There are indications that the industry is finding some equilibrium and moving away from being strictly a seller’s  market, according to the latest edition of Meeting Professionals International’s Meetings Outlook™ quarterly report. The 2017 Winter Edition, which is available online at www.mpiweb.org/meetingsoutlook, also

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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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ILEA Partners with ibtm events

February 21, 2017 by Lori Smith

The International Live Events Association (ILEA) has formed a global partnership with ibtm events, part of global exhibition organizer Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE). The partnership gives ibtm events exposure to ILEA’s 5,000+ international members. Other members of ILEA’s Global Partners Program include Giants

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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

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Lord Elgin Hotel Reno Complete

February 15, 2017 by Lori Smith

The 75-year-old Lord Elgin Hotel, a historic downtown Ottawa landmark, has completed a $12-million renovation just in time for the start of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. The hotel remained open throughout the refurbishment, which took seven months and saw an

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Group Germain Opening New Hotel in Square at Quartier DIX30

February 15, 2017 by Lori Smith

Group Germain Hotels will debut a new banner in 2018, when it opens Alt+ Hotel Quartier DIX30 in Brossard, Quebec. Construction has already begun on the new four-star, $35 million property, which is located on the Square at Quartier DIX30, the lifestyle

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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

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BEICC to Rebrand as Meetings Mean Business Canada

February 15, 2017 by Lori Smith

The Business Events Industry Coalition of Canada (BEICC) is the first organization to execute Meetings Mean Business Coalition‘s newly-created licensing agreement. The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMB) is a U.S. cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative.The agreement allows partners in countries and