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MTCC Hosting Multiple Citywide Medical Conventions in 2018

July 3, 2018 by Lori Smith

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is hosting seven citywide medical conventions in 2018, three of which took place in June. Collectively, they will generate some $55 million in economic impact for the city. “Toronto has the largest life sciences sector

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PSAV Announces Agreement to be Acquired by Blackstone

July 3, 2018 by Lori Smith

Global audiovisual supplier PSAV has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity and real estate funds affiliated with investment firm Blackstone from affiliates of Goldman Sachs and Olympus Partners. The announcement was made June 19, 2018.

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AccorHotels Enters Strategic Partnership with sbe Entertainment Group

July 3, 2018 by Lori Smith

AccorHotels and sbe Entertainment Group (sbe) have signed a Letter of Intent and entered into exclusive negotiations for AccorHotels to acquire a 50 per cent stake in sbe. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. It should be completed by

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Marriott Purchases Sheraton Grand Phoenix

June 28, 2018 by Lori Smith

Marriott International has purchased the 1,000-room Sheraton Grand Phoenix for $255 million USD, and plans to transform the property into a cutting-edge model for the Sheraton brand. “The hotel will provide a living and breathing showcase of our new vision

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The International Centre Names Co-COOs to Replace Retiring CEO

June 28, 2018 by Lori Smith

The International Centre‘s vice-president, Trevor Graham and its chief financial officer, Dany Lester, will take on the roles of co-chief operating officers when the facility’s long-time chief executive officer Michael Prescott retires at the end of this month. Prescott has headed

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CN Tower Unveils Observation Level Renovation

June 27, 2018 by Lori Smith

Toronto’s iconic CN Tower in downtown Toronto has unveiled the $16 million renovation of its 14,000-square-foot observation level. Designed to modernize and enhance the guest experience while providing truly universal access, the revamped observation level’s features include scalable space that

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Celebrity Reveals New Terminal for Celebrity Edge

June 26, 2018 by Lori Smith

Celebrity Cruises has unveiled its first-ever brand-designed cruise terminal, Terminal 25 (T25). Designed to complement the line’s newest ship, Celebrity Edge, the terminal is located at Broward County’s Port Everglades in Hollywood, Florida. “When designing the revolutionary Celebrity Edge, we

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Teneo Hospitality Releases Results of Planner Poll on Industry Issues

June 26, 2018 by Lori Smith

Budgets, greater quality control, cost and reliability of audiovisual (AV) and technical services, security of content and the challenges of meeting the increasingly complex dietary demands of a more diverse demographic are among the major concerns of meeting planners, reports

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St. John's Convention Centre Names New Executive Chef

June 22, 2018 by Lori Smith

Jeremy McKinnon has been appointed executive chef for the St. John’s Convention Centre (SJCC), reports Centerplate and St. John’s Sports and Entertainment Ltd. “Chef Jeremy has created culinary masterpieces throughout Canada including Vancouver, Toronto, and Lake Louise, as well internationally

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Caesars Entertainment Recognized for Positive Community Impact

June 22, 2018 by Lori Smith

Caesars Entertainment Corporation has been recognized for the fourth year as one of the most community-minded companies, and for the third time as the leader in the consumer discretionary industry, by Civic 50, a Points of Light initiative. The Civic

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Memphis CVB Rebrands as Memphis Tourism

June 22, 2018 by Lori Smith

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau has rebranded as Memphis Tourism and launched a refreshed music-inspired logo and tagline. “Authenticity is at the heart of everything we do, staying true to who we are as a city and destination will

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Meliá Opening New Luxury Resort in Dominican Republic

June 21, 2018 by Lori Smith

Meliá Hotels International will open its newest luxury experience in the Dominican Republic this December. The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real will offer 288 one- and two-bedroom suites, seven restaurants and bars, a full-service spa by Natura Bissé, wellness