2019 Closing of Grand Hotel

Monday, October 28th marked the final day Grand Hotel was open for its 133rd season. Opening this year on Friday, May 3rd and open for 177 nights we hosted over 150,000 overnight guests. 2019...

Provinces Begin Releasing Plans for Re-Opening

TORONTO — Within the last two weeks, several provinces have been working on and/or releasing plans to re-open their economies and begin loosening restrictions put in place to help control the COVID-19 pandemic. Provinces have...

Government Extends Time Period for Temporary Layoffs

GATINEAU, Que. — The Minister of Labour announced changes to extend time periods for temporary layoffs, on June 23, to allow employers more time to recall laid-off employees. The temporary changes are intended to...

Hospitality International Inc. Launches New Branding Identity

TUCKER, Ga. — Hospitality International Inc., a recognized leader in franchising of conversion and new-build hotels for economy lodging, has announced “hihotels by Hospitality International” as its renamed umbrella for Red Carpet Inn, Scottish...

New Training Program Offered to Manitoba Businesses

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Tourism Education Council (MTEC) is launching a new training program to help businesses regain consumer confidence as the reopening process begins. Clean It Right focuses on enhancing proper cleaning and disinfection...

Super 8 Launches Journey-Safe Campaign

Photo Courtesy: Super 8 by Wyndham PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Super 8 by Wyndham has collaborated with New York City sleep expert Dr. Janet Kennedy PhD to launch the return of its #JourneySafe campaign.  The campaign aims to curb tired driving...

Canadian Hotel Occupancy Down 5.2 Per Cent

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — The Canadian hotel industry recorded mostly negative year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of March 1 to 7, 2020, according to data from STR. In a year-over-year...

UNWTO Releases Call for Action for Tourism’s COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery

MADRID — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released a set of recommendations calling for urgent and strong support to help the global tourism sector not only recover from the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19...

Hotelier: Simon Chapman, InterContinental Toronto Yorkville

Photography by Tanvi Madkaiker Simon Chapman’s arrival in Toronto last fall to helm the 212-room InterContinental Toronto came on the heels of the hotel’s $12-million renovation. The native of Capetown, South Africa arrived at Canada’s...

The Americas Striving for Stronger, Greener and More Innovative Future for Tourism

MADRID — Though kept apart physically, the 65th meeting of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Regional Commission for the Americas saw the region’s 22 member states more united than ever in their determination to...

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