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    The Drake Hotel Appoints New GM

      George Sovatzis has been appointed as general manager at The Drake Hotel at their flagship location in Toronto. Sovatzis brings 24 years of experience to his new role, where he will continue to guide and direct The Drake family and its long-standing commitment to art and culture alongside community engagement and world-class hospitality. Early on in his career, Sovatzis honed his craft within operations while holding various leadership roles in front office and housekeeping, and eventually moved into sales…

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    Toronto is the Most Expensive Canadian City

      Toronto is the most expensive city in Canada, according to Mercer’s 2022 Cost of Living Survey. The city ranks 89th worldwide, followed by Vancouver, which came in at 108th. Calgary (141) was found to be the least expensive Canadian city listed for international employees. With global economic conditions and remote and flexible work evolving faster than ever, companies must carefully navigate compensation packages to ensure the resilience of their business and sustainability of their workforce. Overall, Hong Kong was listed…

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    MTCC Will Host 19 Conventions Next Year

      Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is set to host more citywide conventions in 2023 than in most pre-pandemic years. MTCC’s strong booking calendar in 2023 signals the potential for a positive recovery for the business events industry in Ontario. The success of the meetings and events industry is vital for economic recovery. The 19 citywide conventions that are set to take place at the MTCC in 2023 will generate an estimated $219 million in direct spending economic impact for the…

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    GES Toronto Welcomes Robert Halasz

      GES Toronto has a new general manager with the announcement that Robert Halasz is joining the organization. In this new role, Halasz will be focused on growing profitability, developing expert teams, and managing products, services, and production for exhibitions and events in the Greater Toronto Area. Halasz spent the past 30 years in various positions in the exhibitions industry. Throughout his career, he has planned, developed, and executed targeted sales, marketing, business development, customer service, and account management initiatives…

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    Curio Hilton set for Toronto’s Distillery District

      Easton’s Group of Hotels has announced it will build Canada’s only Curio by Hilton, at the entrance of Toronto’s historic Distillery District. Located at 60 Mill St., the project will be the last remaining heritage building to be re-purposed in the district. Rising 31 storeys, the full-service hotel will preserve the heritage building’s exteriors as its base three floors and will offer 288,000 sq. ft. of floor area, including 392 guest rooms, conference spaces and a rooftop bar and restaurant. The project…

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    Patrick Pollak joins Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

      Patrick Pollak has joined Four Seasons Hotel Toronto as general manager. He joins the brand’s global flagship property from Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, bringing a 25-years of experience with Four Seasons. “Being at the helm of this outstanding property is a Four Seasons career milestone,” says Pollak. “I am honoured to take on this role and to continue building on the success of this iconic property. My family and I also look forward to making Toronto home, exploring the…

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    Northland Acquires King Blue Hotel

    Northland Properties has acquired the King Blue Hotel from Greenland Canada. Designed to make a striking impact at Toronto’s famous corner of King St West and Blue Jays Way, this new upscale and contemporary-modern boutique hotel is in the final stages of construction and scheduled to open this fall. “Northland’s acquisition of the King Blue Hotel is a great addition to our family-owned portfolio of hotels, restaurants, resorts and sports assets. With an existing collection of 60 hotels across five countries, this…

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    Yonge-Dundas Square Open for Events

    Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS), an outdoor public and event space in downtown Toronto, is accepting applications for 2022 events. Located at the intersection of Yonge Street and Dundas Street, the square is a popular event venue dubbed the “Times Square of Canada” that accommodates gatherings of various sizes and types including marketing activations, community celebrations, concerts, receptions, and promotions. With pandemic-related measures in place such as proof of vaccination and changes to restrictions, it is anticipated that the local economy will be…

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  • 1 Hotels puts down Roots in Toronto with Sustainable Sanctuary

    1 Hotel Toronto celebrated its grand opening Aug. 4, with news that 2,021 trees will be planted throughout the city by Tree Canada in commemoration of the occasion. “We are proud to bring a new level of service and luxury hospitality experience to the city, and through the planting of trees, mark our commitment to the local community and environment,” says Mark Scheinberg, founder of Mohari Hospitality. 1 Hotel Toronto is a partnership between Mohari Hospitality and mission-driven, sustainable luxury…

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    Experiential Agency Adopts Rapid COVID-19 Testing for Events

    Toronto experiential agency Event Circle has launched rapid COVID-19 testing for corporate and private events. The company says the goal of introducing the Health Canada approved testing is to help clients ease back into the world of events safely now that Ontario is in Stage 3 of its reopening plan. Trained on-site nurses will collect and complete SARS-CoV-2 viral nucleoprotein antigen tests for all staff and guests as they enter an event. The process consists of a painless, shallow nasal…

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