News & Articles - hotels

  • Toronto Hotel Debuts Fresh Look after Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

    The Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport reopened its doors Jan. 11, after completing a $20 million renovation. The transformation marks a new beginning for the hotel, which looks forward to hosting conferences and meetings when the need resumes. “The hotel is one of the largest airport hotels in the market and now the most modern,” says Sukhdev Toor, president of Manga Hotels, which owns and operates the Crowne Plaza. “The renovation and undertaking of this new look and design was extensive…

    Breaking News

  • Landlords of Vacant Sites Offer to Help Canadian Vaccination Efforts

    Prominent commercial landlords are offering free space in conference centres, hotels and other well-located sites across Canada to accommodate COVID-19 vaccination clinics and related support services. The newly announced initiative, coordinated through the industry association REALPAC, is an effort to replicate the United Kingdom’s uptake of commercial venues into its national network of vaccine dispensaries. “REALPAC members are keen to work with the government to repurpose their unused spaces to function as vaccination sites or storage spaces for vaccines, essential…

    Breaking News

  • Canadian City Ranks First Worldwide for Best Performing Hotels

    Montreal’s hotels are the best performing at a city level in terms of their carbon footprint. This is according to the 2020 Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking (CHSB) index — the hotel industry’s largest annual benchmarking of energy, water and carbon. In contrast, Abu Dhabi ranked the highest among cities, with the average hotel emitting more than 250 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions per square metre. Overall, the average carbon footprint of a hotel stay is down 10 per cent since…

    Breaking News

  • Five Hotel Openings to Look Forward to in 2021

    Canada’s hotels have been hammered by COVID-19, with occupancy rates falling as low as 18.8 per cent during the first full week of April 2020, so news of vaccine readiness in November was welcomed by the industry. As immunizations now rollout, there’s renewed hope that existing hotels will recover losses this year and new ones won’t have to offer the deep discounts that have become all too commonplace to fill suites. But although optimistic, there’s no certainty this will be…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives

  • Collaboration and Consolidation among Top Trends for Business Events

    Strong industry-wide collaboration to raise the profile of meetings and events will continue in 2021. This is one of the predictions made by the Hotel Booking Agency Association (HBAA). Market and business recovery, the rise of virtual and hybrid events, and the importance of mental health and sustainability are among other items forecasted. The association expects recovery will begin in Q2, at the very earliest, and agencies that haven’t reduced their costs and/or failed to secure new areas of revenue…

    Breaking News

  • Feds’ Fiscal Update provides Pandemic Support to Hardest Hit Sectors

    Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC) says it’s encouraged by new support measures proposed as part of the federal government’s long-awaited 2020 fall economic update, unveiled Nov. 30 by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. “Many in the meetings and business events sector are fighting for survival,” says MMBC chair, Clark Grue. “We’re gratified the government has recognized the economic hardships facing key sectors of the visitor economy. As we go forward, we’re committed to working with government representatives to ensure quick rollout…

    Breaking News

  • Hotel Initiative Supports Local Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

    Some hotels are going beyond just boosting cleaning efforts during the pandemic. Hyatt Hotels Corp. has launched a program to support small businesses around the world that are impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis. Nearly 60 hotels and resorts across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East are participating in the initiative, known as Hyatt Loves Local, whereby they provide complimentary resources and exposure to select regional businesses that have struggled during this unprecedented time. In turn, these…

    Breaking News

  • Halifax Promotes Live Meetings as Industry Awaits Return

    Discover Halifax recently launched an initiative to help local and Atlantic bubble businesses and event organizers amid the pandemic. The Meet Again Halifax campaign and associated website includes tips and advice for hosting safe face-to-face events, as well as a list of trusted venues to help. “In a typical year, Halifax welcomes 5.3 million overnight stays who spend $1.3 billion locally. Business travellers attending meetings are an important part of this,” says Ross Jefferson, president and CEO of the city’s destination…

    Breaking News

  • Predictions for the Events Industry in the Post-Pandemic Era

    The global spread of COVID-19 has transformed daily life and, like most business sectors, the events industry has evolved and adapted to cope with the new normal. In doing so, it has entered a new phase where changes are likely to endure into the post-pandemic period. Here, three industry experts — Carly Silberstein of Redstone Agency, Ruby Sohi of Royal Blue Events Management and Theresa Beenken of the National Speakers Bureau — provide their predictions on how the events industry…

    Event Operations

  • New Lakefront Hotel Marks First for Upscale Brand

    Toronto welcomed a new hotel this month with the opening of Radisson Blu. Located along the waterfront in the city’s core, this is a first for the upscale brand. “As the world gears up to travel again, we are accelerating the growth of Radisson Blu with a series of openings starting with Toronto, which also marks the brand’s entrance into Canada,” says Aly El-Bassuni, COO, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group. “This hotel expertly highlights the vibrant and energetic local cultures of…

    Breaking News

Venue & Supplier Profiles