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    Prabhakar Named St. Regis Toronto GM

      The St. Regis Toronto has appointed Hiren Prabhakar as general manager. He brings 29 years of hospitality experience in luxury and full-service hotels to his new role at the property. His illustrious career has seen him in roles across India, Dubai, Poland, Spain, Germany, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Canada. A member of the Marriott team for the past eight years, Prabhakar most recently opened the Toronto Marriott Markham, the first newly built, re-designed Marriott in Canada. Previously, he led the…

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  • Four seasons

    Four Seasons Resort Welcomes New GM

      Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler welcomes Estreya Gosalbez as the new general manager of the intimate mountain lodge. Following a long career in hospitality, Gosalbez returns to her first ever Four Seasons property to oversee both the hotel and residences. “Whistler is where I started my Four Seasons career and where I got to know the high standards and incredible culture of the brand, so this really feels like the full circle,” she said. “I couldn’t be more…

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  • Studio 6

    Studio 6 All-Suite Hotel Coming to Ontario

      A new purpose-built Studio 6 all-suite hotel will be built in Hornepayne, Ontario. The hotel marks the first of what will become a portfolio of new construction Studio 6 locations built in northern Ontario. “The Studio 6 all-suite prototype has eye-catching curb appeal and features thoughtful, functional and efficient layouts with an interior design that is as guest-welcoming as it is comfortable,” said Irwin Prince, president and COO, Realstar Hospitality, Canadian master franchisor of Studio 6 and Motel 6 in Canada.  “We look…

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  • Marriott Espace Laval

    Marriott Joins Mixed-Use Project in Laval

      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…

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  • OPUS

    OPUS Vancouver Reopens with New GM

      OPUS Vancouver has reopened in Yaletown with new general manager Sarah Vallely at the helm. “From the moment I walked through the front door, I fell in love with both the hotel and the brand,” says Vallely, who joined OPUS Vancouver in 2017 as director of sales following a decade working with Four Season Hotels & Resorts, and is now delighted to be assuming the role of general manager. Having grown up in the hotel business, she has followed…

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  • Fairmont Banff

    Fairmont Banff Springs Getting a $35M Renovation

      The iconic Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta is embarking on a $35 million renovation starting in January 2022. The extensive renovation of the Royal Suite, Fairmont Gold rooms, select one and two bedroom suites, and terrace suites are anticipated to be completed in summer 2022. The refurbishment of all main building and conference centre guestrooms began in spring 2021 and are anticipated to be completed in spring 2023. The sophisticated newly renovated suites and guestrooms will provide guests with a…

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  • Canada’s Hotel Industry Showing Signs of Recovery: Report

    Market analysts appear confident that rallying conditions in Canada’s hotel industry are pushing the sector in a positive direction. Colliers’ review of trends in the second quarter of 2021 gauges sentiment at a C+, while Avison Young’s mid-year Canada hotel market summary underscores expectations for improvement in the third and fourth quarters. Both reports examine the interplay of COVID-19-related depressants that will have to lift before occupancy levels, revenue per available room (RevPAR) and average daily rates (ADR) can recover to pre-pandemic levels, and…

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  • Montreal city

    Canadian City to Host Global Convention for Young Leaders

    Montreal has been named the host city for the 2024 One Young World Summit. The announcement, made March 31, bodes well for the future of the city’s convention industry. The event is expected to generate an estimated $4.4 million in tourism revenues along with 7,000 hotel room nights. “The One Young World Summit coming to the Palais is evidence that despite the impacts of the pandemic, Montreal remains a highly attractive host city for major events,” says Luc Charbonneau, director of…

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  • Hyatt to Use Mobile Health App for Meetings, Events

    Hyatt Hotels Corp. plans to incorporate a digital health passport into its events programs. “Since the onset of the pandemic, we have believed accessibility to testing and resources would play a critical role in the travel industry’s recovery,” says Hyatt senior vice-president of global operations, Frank Lavey. The hospitality company announced it would use the VeriFLY + Stay app on March 9. The mobile app provides real-time verification of COVID-19 credentials and travel guidelines. It is currently employed by American…

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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…

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