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  • WestJet to Purchase Sunwing Airlines

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      Calgary-based airline WestJet has agreed to purchase Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines. Following the close of the transaction, a new tour operating business unit will be created under the WestJet Group, to include both Sunwing Vacations and WestJet Vacations Inc., and will be led by Sunwing CEO Stephen Hunter. Sunwing’s current shareholders will become equity holders in the WestJet Group. The WestJet Group of companies will expand to include Sunwing Airlines. This will add increased capacity, dedicating otherwise seasonal aircraft…

  • Travel Tests Remain a Barrier to Recovery

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      As COVID-19 cases continue to decline across Canada and restrictions are eased, the meetings and events industry is eager to see the restart of corporate meetings, conferences and conventions. But a major barrier remains to fully welcoming back visitors and attendees. While the federal government took a step in the right direction by allowing the use of rapid antigen tests for pre-departure as of Feb. 28, it is still not enough, according to travel and tourism leaders. Bridgitte Anderson,…

  • Marriott Joins Mixed-Use Project in Laval

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      A new Courtyard by Marriott hotel will be an integral part of Espace Montmorency, a mixed-use development in the heart of Laval. The $45-million hotel is slated to open in fall 2022. Espace Montmorency, an urban hub directly connected to Montréal’s underground network via the Montmorency metro station, will feature offices, cafés, restaurants, 717 residential units and inviting green spaces, which will create a vibrant and animated new space for the community and visitors. The Courtyard by Marriott hotel…

  • New Vernon Event Venue Breaks Ground

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      The Rise Golf Course in Vernon, B.C. has multi-million-dollar project plans for a 30,000 square foot, multi-amenity building that includes a restaurant and lounge, corporate event space and wedding venue. The venue’s top floor will feature 35-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and a 120-seat casual dining area including a multi-level patio overlooking Okanagan Lake, the City of Vernon and the golf course. “Vernon, B.C. is the right place and now is the right time to elevate local experiences. We’re breaking ground now and…

  • MPI Report Shows Optimism For 2022

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      Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Winter Meetings Outlook, which reveals positive signs as well as complications for the year ahead. The report identifies new trends and innovations, allowing event planners to budget and plan accordingly. According to the report, while a balancing market reveals signs of positivity, complications such as the shifting desires of humans emerging from various degrees of societal lockdown as well as a lack of qualified staff/applicants in many meeting and hospitality roles continues to…

  • Palais des congrès de Montréal earns GBAC Star

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      The Palais des congrès de Montréal has obtained the GBAC Star certification. It is the first convention centre in Quebec to receive this internationally recognized sanitary certification. The GBAC Star, conferred by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, is “the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities” relative to the outbreak of infectious disease. This certification is a testimony to the facility’s relentless commitment to maintaining a safe environment for clients, partners and visitors. A committee that will…

  • Success Depends on Working Together

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      As I sat down to think about how I wanted to excite and encourage you, my valued industry colleagues, I thought back to the phrase, ‘we’re all in this together.’ I feel compelled to remind everyone that this still holds true, and as we plan for our future, we must think about each other and our mutual success. Together is the way forward. Our relationships with our suppliers, team members, and industry are our most valuable assets. It’s these…

  • Coast Hotels Adds Two Properties

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      Coast Hotels has added two properties by entering into a franchise agreement to convert the Pomeroy Inn Grimshaw, located in Grimshaw, Alberta to a Coast Hotels property – Coast Grimshaw Hotel & Suites. The hotel started welcoming guests under the Coast Hotels banner February 1, 2022. Coast Hotels is also pleased to announce that the Lakeview Inn Fort St. John will be converting to a Coast franchise, Coast Fort St. John Hotel effective March 1, 2022. The Coast Grimshaw…

  • The Dorian Hotel Appoints Executive Chef

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      The Dorian, Autograph Collection (The Dorian), in Calgary has appointed Kevin Birch as its executive chef, who will oversee the hotel’s three dining experiences. Birch, the hotel’s newest team member, is an accomplished chef, a successful entrepreneur, and has been a culinary instructor at Canada’s top hospitality school, SAIT. He has led teams of more than 200 culinary professionals and has worked in two of Canada’s top 100 restaurants. He will be overseeing all three culinary offerings at The…

  • Air Canada Expands Summer Network

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      Air Canada has announced an expansion of its North American network for summer 2022 as the carrier’s recovery from COVID accelerates. With the launch of new service on four transborder and three domestic routes, as well as the restoration of 41 North American routes, Air Canada will operate to 51 Canadian and 46 U.S airports this summer and offer customers the largest network and most travel options of any Canadian carrier. New services will be launching to the U.S.…

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