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  • Quebec Hotel Achieves Carbon Neutrality with Help from Local University

    Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is the first historic hotel in Canada to achieve carbon neutrality, thanks to a partnership with Université Laval. “As the owner of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, (we are) very proud,” says Charles-Antoine Lussier, senior vice-president, residential and hotels, at Ivanhoé Cambridge. “Ivanhoé Cambridge is committed to finding sustainable solutions to reduce its carbon footprint while increasing its positive impact in the communities where the company operates.” The agreement between the hotel and higher education institution…

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  • What it’s Like to Open a Hotel during the Pandemic

    Despite the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it’s had on Canada’s hospitality and travel industries, several brave brands have forged ahead with ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new hotels. This includes Vancouver-based Northland Properties Corp., which opened not one but two hotels last month, though the celebratory occasions were more low-key. On Sept. 8, the company introduced its first Signature-branded hotel, Sandman Signature Saskatoon South Hotel, in Saskatchewan. On the same day, Atlantic Canada welcomed the Sutton Place Hotel Halifax. “We are…

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  • Toronto Hotel Earns Five Stars for Eighth Year Running

    Four Seasons Hotel Toronto has again received five stars from Forbes Travel Guide. This is the eighth consecutive year the hotel has been recognized with the accolade. “We strive to achieve these coveted star ratings and it gives me immense pride in our team to receive these designations year over year,” says hotel general manager, Konrad Gstrein. “We are delighted to stand tall among the best in class.” The Four Seasons’ flagship is situated in the heart of Yorkville. Soaring…

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  • Sheraton Laval Unveils New Multimedia Studio for Hybrid Events

    Facing the current economic crisis brought about by COVID-19, the Sheraton Laval Hotel has partnered with audiovisual and event production firm, Creativ Nation, to enable Quebec businesses of all sizes to bring large-scale interactive events to life for their employees, clients, partners and collaborators. Together, they unveiled a multimedia studio at an event Aug. 18, that can be used to design hybrid events that allow both a physical and virtual presence of participants. “It is not because physical gatherings are…

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  • World’s Largest Hotel Chain Ramps up Guidance for Meetings Professionals

    Marriott International has introduced a series of efforts to help event hosts and organizers plan and execute meetings so attendees can “connect with confidence.” The changes include enhanced sanitation guidelines, new operational training for associates and increased use of conference technologies to ensure customers are able to come together when they are ready. Marriott has also created more content on its digital platform about redefined processes and reimagined spaces to provide additional context and information for designing successful events in the…

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  • Hotels Sue Insurance Provider for Denying COVID-19 Coverage

    Canadian hotels have launched a class action lawsuit against Aviva Insurance Co. of Canada for being denied insurance coverage for loss of business income related to the pandemic. In a statement of claim, Lerners LLP alleges Aviva is in breach of contract when it denied the hotels’ loss of business income coverage after the federal and provincial governments declared states of emergency, restricting their business due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This applies to all hotels who were insured under a…

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  • Montreal Apartment-style Hotel Flouts the Odds and Opens Amid Pandemic

    Montreal’s newest hotel has opened its doors to visitors, as occupancy rates at local hotels averaged only about 10 per cent in June because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Griffintown Hotel boasts a unique experience. It offers guests not simply rooms but complete one-bedroom and two-bedroom condo-style apartments in the 14-storey building. Ranging in size from 395 to 845 square feet, each of the 114 apartments is equipped with a full kitchen, living room, and clothes washer and dryer so guests…

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  • Luxury Hotel Planned for Halifax Waterfront

    A new five-star hotel is coming to Halifax’s waterfront. The 110-room hotel by the Armour Group is a key component of the Queen’s Marque development, designed by celebrated Nova Scotia architect Brian Mackay-Lyons. “Muir is a physical and spiritual manifestation of Nova Scotia, exploring materiality and craftsmanship of our past yet imparting a contemporary relevance,” says Scott Armour McCrea, president and CEO of the Armour Group. “Anyone who visits Muir will see this softly spoken in every detail.” Canadian designers…

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  • Can hotels cancel your concessions? Well, it’s complicated

    Hotel will provide the following concessions if at least 90 per cent of the minimum guestroom revenue is received and at least 100 per cent of the minimum food and beverage revenue is received… Concessions are benefits or value-added services that venues offer in exchange for the event host’s business and fulfilment of their contractual requirements. For event hosts, it feels great to negotiate potentially lucrative concessions as part of an event contract. Complimentary staff rooms, free wi-fi, discount parking…

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  • Red Roof enters the Canadian market in Calgary, Alberta

    Press Release Meeting the continuing and growing global demand for the brand, Red Roof is expanding its presence into the Canadian market, with its first property in Calgary, Alberta. The company has partnered with FANS International Hospitality Group, an international hotel management company, to grow the brand beginning with the conversion of a former Travelodge hotel property at Calgary Airport into a Red Roof PLUS+ & Suites. This is the first of multiple properties that Red Roof plans to convert in Canada, over the next…

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