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  • Marriott Promotes Longtime Execs to President, CEO

    Marriott International has a new president and CEO in Stephanie Linnartz and Tony Capuano, respectively. The two veteran Marriott executives had been sharing responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company’s business units and corporate functions since early February, when former president and CEO Arne Sorensen stepped back from full-time management to focus on his health. Sorenson passed away shortly thereafter on Feb. 15, after an almost two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. “Tony has played a critical role in…

  • Canadian City Seeks Accreditation as Safe Destination for Travel, Business

    Edmonton will soon be the first Canadian destination with a health and safety designation. Explore Edmonton is collaborating with its tourism and hospitality industries to pursue a city-wide Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star accreditation. “Edmonton’s tourism, hospitality and events industries will play an important role in our region’s post-COVID recovery, getting people back to work, welcoming travellers back to the city and delivering important economic and social benefits to our region,” says Maggie Davison, acting CEO of Explore Edmonton.…

  • Toronto Pearson takes Top Honours for Best Airport, Hygiene

    For the fourth year in a row, Toronto Pearson has been named the best large airport in North America. The win comes as part of Airports Council International (ACI) World’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program, which recognizes airports across the globe that deliver the best customer experience in the opinion of their own passengers. New this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is a survey category on airport hygiene. As chosen by passengers, Pearson has also received the…

  • Hazelton Hotel Welcomes New General Manager

    Toronto’s first luxury boutique hotel has a new general manager. Gaurav Dutta will oversee the Hazelton’s day-to-day operations and performance in his leadership position. “I am moving into this exciting chapter and role with an incredible team of hospitality experts and a strong existing relationship with our guests and residents,” says Dutta. “Together, we will have the opportunity to build on our success, heighten our service excellence and preserve the exceptional culture of our establishment.” Dutta joined the Hazelton in…

  • Futuristic Venue Slated for Toronto’s CNE Grounds

    Toronto’s Exhibition Place will be the site of a new entertainment venue and hotel complex, according to plans revealed by Overactive Media. Designed by Populous, the futuristic building will deliver an iconic architectural presence along the city’s waterfront and reflect a modern expression of a new age theatre for sports and entertainment. “The design was neither conceived as a sports arena nor an opera house; rather, a new typology that creates a merger of the old and the new,” says…

  • MMBC Chair Recognized for Industry Advocacy

    Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC) chair Clark Grue is the recipient of this year’s President’s Award, presented by the Toronto chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). “Over the past year, Clark has captured not only my attention but my deep respect,” said Margaret Binns, president of MPI Toronto. “In his role as chair of MMBC, he works tirelessly to advocate to elected officials and industry stakeholders about the critical social and economic impact that our industry has on the financial…

  • Hotel Chain Incentivizes Vaccination with Financial Reward

    Employees at Marriott hotels will receive the equivalent of four hours of pay if they get vaccinated for COVID-19. The hotel chain made the announcement March 4. “Marriott International is confident that vaccination is a key measure, along with mask wearing, social distancing and stepped up cleanliness protocols and hygiene practices, in minimizing the spread of COVID-19,” says Marriott’s global chief human resources officer, David Rodriguez. “As vaccines become more widely available, this will create a safer environment for all…

  • Event Companies come Together to Elevate Remote Live Experiences

    Two Western Canadian event companies have teamed up to tackle the growing demand for high-end hybrid and virtual events. Experience Factory, a joint venture by OneWest Event Design and Orange Frog Productions, is a 7,000-square-foot private broadcasting studio and hybrid event space fully equipped with both the technology and talent to deliver a virtual event on par with the streaming services, cable networks and awards shows regularly enjoyed remotely. OneWest is an event management and design company in Calgary and…

  • B.C. Convention Centre Re-envisions Space for Safe Return of Events

    In anticipation of the return of in-person events, the Vancouver Convention Centre has put together a ‘safe events’ plan. Called ReDesign, the convention centre worked with industry partners to create a live demonstration space that highlights how event aspects could evolve amid the changing industry landscape. “We took a proactive step to explore what events will look like and how they can function so our clients are able to host meaningful experiences with the assurance that decisions are informed by…

  • Canada’s Tourism Industry Association Welcomes New President and CEO

    The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) has found its new leader in Beth Potter following an intensive search. “I’m excited to be taking on this new challenge. This is a critical time for the tourism industry,” says Potter. “The decisions the government takes in the coming weeks and months will have a significant impact on our ability to bring back the jobs and economic growth that tourism contributed to the Canadian economy before the COVID-19 pandemic.” Potter will officially…

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