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MUIR Queen’s Marque now Autograph Collection

HALIFAX – Marriott International, Inc. has announced a deal to bring its Autograph Collection brand to Halifax, Nova Scotia with a 110-room hotel to be called MUIR, Autograph Collection. CLN speaks with developer Scott Armour McCrea, GM Desmond Acheson and Marriott's Paul Loehr.

REOPENINGS SALES & RENOS July 14, 2020

Coast Hotels now on Vancouver Island. Element Toronto opened in June. Fairmonts reopen across the country. Great Wolf Lodge replaces huge shingle roof. Naramata opens its restaurant. Financing for Delta Quebec City. Ricky's All Day Grill comes to Hinton Best Western. Vibrant Hospitality takes over HIEX in Regina. W Toronto opening delayed. Whistler's Crystal Lodge has major rebranding.

Manga benefits from the “Atlantic Bubble”

TORONTO — Manga Hotels is the largest private owner of hotels in Atlantic Canada, with 11 of its 18 properties located in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and New Brunswick. Needless to say, they were heartened by the July 4 announcement if the Atlantic bubble, which permits travel among the four Atlantic provinces.

Aimbridge Canadian hotel management update

TORONTO — Aimbridge Hospitality has been growing dramatically over the last few years. When Aimbridge and Interstate merged last year, they became the largest global third party management company, Andrew Jordan, the company's chief marketing officer told CLN in an interview. The deal made sense because Aimbridge had a presence in Canada and the Caribbean, while InterState's strength was in Europe and into Russia. Earlier, Aimbridge had acquired the right to manage ONE Lodging's properties; and in Canada, they acquired the rights to manage the Bellstar portfolio last fall.

Hotel Equities plans to double hotels in Canada

ATLANTA, Ga. — Hotel Equities currently has 26 or 27 properties in Canada, and still plans to double that in the next two years, Joe Reardon, chief development officer told CLN.

News Briefs

Rapid Response program for Tourism Workers

TORONTO — The disruption to the global economy from COVID-19 is unprecedented and rapidly evolving with its impact on the Canadian labour market likely to be widespread, long-lasting, and unpredictable. The Future Skills Centre (FSC) and OTEC recently announced a rapid response project for the hundreds of thousands tourism and hospitality workers who have lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 crisis.

People

PEOPLE update July 14, 2020

Hilton's Ian Carter departs. Palm Holdings welcomes Kay Koot, Puneet Mahajan, Rachelle Roberts and Jen Li.

Kody the Canine Concierge

PEMBERTON, B.C. — Kody, the Canine Concierge at Pemberton Valley Lodge in Pemberton, B.C., had a low-key seventh birthday celebration on June 22, as this year's festivities were done online due to COVID-19. "Usually we waive our pet fees for the day, and provide treats for the canine guests and cake for the people guests," said David Mackenzie, owner and general manager of the lodge.

A Tribute to Bob Pomeroy

The Canadian hotel industry has lost one of its legendary entrepreneurs. William Robert Pomeroy, also known to friends and family as Bob, passed away on June 11, 2020, at the age of 72 years.

PEOPLE update as of June 23, 2020

CLN's most robust PEOPLE section in months! Read about Red Lion's new president, Charles Suddaby, Joe Baker, Bruce Williams, Danica Boyd, David Steinbach, Dr. Lysa Porth, Grant MacDonald and Hugo Germain.

A fireside chat with Lisa Conway, InnVest

TORONTO — The hotel industry is facing challenges and InnVest is receiving a lot of information from experts. "It changes daily, and we are adapting in compressed time frames," Lisa Conway told a Schulich Executive Education Centre "fireside chat" on May 21.

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