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Chelsea Hotel Staffer Receives HAC Inspiring Hotelier Award

February 15, 2018 by Lori Smith

Shalin Parikh, health and wellness manager at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, is the 2017 winner of the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) Inspiring Hotelier Award. Parikh received the award at the HAC Conference on February, 7, 2018. He was honoured

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Marriott and Witkoff Partnering on New Las Vegas Resort

February 15, 2018 by Lori Smith

Marriott International, Inc. and global development firm Witkoff have announced a plan to open a new integrated resort and casino on the site of the Fountainebleau Las Vegas project, the construction of which was halted by the 2009 recession. The

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ALHI Adds Swedish Property to Portfolio

February 15, 2018 by Lori Smith

The Gothia Towers in Gothenburg, Sweden, is now being represented to the North American and European meetings, conventions and incentive market by Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). Together with the adjoined Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, Gothia Towers is Europe’s largest

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Ritz-Carlton Resort Slated for St. Kitts

February 14, 2018 by Lori Smith

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has signed a management agreement with The Liamuiga Corporation to open a Ritz-Carlton resort in St. Kitts. The property, which is expected to open in 2021, is a first on the eastern Caribbean island for

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Meliá Hotel Restaurants Earn Michelin Stars

February 8, 2018 by Lori Smith

Restaurants at two Spanish Meliá Hotels International properties have been awarded Michelin stars for 2018. The stars highlight Meliá’s commitment to providing exceptional gastronomic experiences at their properties. Dos Cielos, located on the 24th floor of the Meliá Barcelona Sky, Barcelona,

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Air Canada Dreamliner Vancouver-Delhi Service Going Year-Round

February 1, 2018 by Lori Smith

Air Canada’s current seasonal non-stop Vancouver-Delhi flights will become year-round starting June 8, 2018.  The expanded service complements the carrier’s year-round Dreamliner flights from Toronto to Delhi and Mumbai. “Customer response to our nonstop Vancouver-Delhi seasonal flights initially launched in

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Marriott Intl Partners with ECPAT-USA to Protect Children from Trafficking

January 31, 2018 by Lori Smith

  ECPAT-USA, the leading anti-child trafficking policy organization in the U.S., announced on January 31, 2018 that it has formed a new partnership with Marriott International to combat and prevent human trafficking and exploitation in all forms. Marking National Slavery and Human

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SPIN Starts Petition Asking Marriott for Equal Commissions

January 29, 2018 by Lori Smith

SPIN: Senior Planners Industry Network has started a petition asking Marriott for commission parity for all group intermediaries. The association posted the petition on its website on Friday, January 26, 2018. It was created in response to news reported by

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Hilton Debuts DoubleTree in Vermont

January 29, 2018 by Lori Smith

DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Vermont is the latest addition to the growing portfolio of DoubleTree by Hilton properties, one of Hilton’s 14 brands. The 309-room hotel is a full-service conference center property, located five minutes from downtown Burlington and the

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Marriott Reducing Third-Party Commissions

January 25, 2018 by Lori Smith

Marriott International has informed group intermediaries that it is reducing commissions from 10 percent to 7 percent for all properties in the United States and Canada, effective March 31, 2018. Commissions for properties outside of the United States and Canada

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Four Seasons Expands Portfolio; Makes Residential a Strategic Priority

January 22, 2018 by Lori Smith

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has several openings planned for 2018, including its first standalone residential project. This year, the luxury hospitality company will open Twenty Grosvenor Square, a Four Seasons Residence, in London, England. It will also open hotels

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Chelsea Hotel Adds to Executive Management Team

January 18, 2018 by Lori Smith

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, has announced the appointment of two new members to its executive management team—Todd Baril as director of food & beverage and Jeff Park as director of rooms. Park is a driven hotelier and strategic leader with 11 years