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Don Appetit! EVOO’s Sophisticated Mediterranean Simplicity

June 18, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Two and a half years ago, EVOO Ristorante launched in the space formerly occupied by Cantine in Toronto’s Avenue Road/Davenport Road restaurant row. Spearheading EVOO is Peter Catarino, who, for 20 years, co-owned Spuntini restaurant about a block or so

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Air Canada Launches Non-Stop Service from YVR to Zurich and Paris

June 18, 2018 by Lori Smith

Two new international Air Canada Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes from Vancouver to Europe launched last week. The carrier’s inaugural flight from YVR to Zurich took off on June 7, 2018, followed by the launch of its non-stop service to Paris

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First Hyatt Regency Opens in Beijing

June 18, 2018 by Lori Smith

Hyatt has opened its first Hyatt Regency-branded property in China’s capital city. The 348-key Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing has a total of 60,277 square feet of meeting/event space, including a 14,746-square-foot ballroom. “As the first Hyatt Regency property in Beijing, we

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Industry Insider: Expect Significant Price Increases

June 14, 2018 by LES SELBY, CMP, CMM
Les Selby

If you plan events or incentive travel programs or you hire someone else to do that for you, you should expect fairly steep price increases.  Don’t assume you can hold a program similar to last year’s unless you have more

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Industry Insider: Gender & Salary in Events

June 13, 2018 by Lori Smith
Les Selby, CMP, CMM

One of the things that has constantly amazed me in the meetings and incentive industry is the salary differentials reported in the press.  M+IT’s 2017 Salary Revue reported that the men who answered the survey had a mean salary of

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Don Appetit! InterCon Yorkville’s Unique “Dine in Around”

June 12, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

The InterContinental Yorkville, in Toronto, has just introduced a unique group program option: A “Dine in Around” enabling groups to design their own experience around a six-course tasting menu that can be eaten either in a single dining space, or

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Renaissance Hotels Unveils Transformed Paris Property

June 7, 2018 by Lori Smith

The multi-million dollar renovation of the Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel’s guestrooms and public spaces has been unveiled. “Today’s announcement reaffirms our commitment to strengthening our portfolio of artfully-designed properties in destinations such as Paris, where our guests are seeking unscripted

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AccorHotels Opens Raffles in Poland

June 6, 2018 by Lori Smith

The 106-key Raffles Europejski Warsaw opened last week, joining Raffles Istanbul Zorlu Center and Raffles Paris Le Royal Monceau in AccorHotel’s growing European portfolio. Located on the historic “Royal Route” of Poland’s capital city,  the property is housed  in a

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Don Appetit! Nirvana — The True Flavours of India

June 4, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Time and again, I return to Nirvana restaurant, in Mississauga, Ont., for a true taste of Indian cooking, and time and again, I’m delighted to discover new edible treasures. Credit for this belongs to general manager Karan Bajwa, who ensures

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Jamaica's Half Moon Undergoing $75 Million Transformation

May 31, 2018 by Lori Smith

Half Moon, one of Jamaica’s most iconic resorts, is celebrating its upcoming 65th anniversary with a $75 million revamp, which is slated to be complete by November 2018. “It’s time to build anew and to continue to express ourselves in

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Don Appetit! Ruth’s Chris Delivers the Steak AND the Sizzle

May 28, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In late 2017, Ruth’s Chris Steak House opened on Dixon Road, in the heart of Toronto’s Airport Strip, and from all reports, the restaurant is doing very well, drawing a strong business crowd and attracting travellers from nearby hotels. This

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Don Appetit! Cineplex Queensway’s VIP Movie and Food Experience

May 24, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Cineplex VIP Cinemas, on the Queensway, in west-end Toronto, is moviegoing for grown-ups, a deluxe theatre experience that delivers all the comforts of home — and top-notch food, too. VIP Cinemas feature specially designed auditoriums where moviegoers can watch a