HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — STR data for 28 June through 4 July 2020 shows Canadian hotel performance up slightly...
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.
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.
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.
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.
OTEC's Joe Baker compares hotel owners and managers to sports coaches. "Our athletes have been in an off-season world for the last 3 months. Before we can get them on the field performing at their peak during games, they will need to go through training camp and skills drills."
TORONTO — The Greater Toronto Hotel Association held the first virtual annual general meeting in its history on June 30, with Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, providing the keynote address and Richard Anderson, executive director of SmartServe Ontario as invited speaker.
OTTAWA — No one thought the pandemic would last this long, but now the hotel industry realizes that group business and mass conferences will not be taking place in the near future. "That makes leisure and tourist traffic really important this summer," HAC's Susie Grynol told CLN.
CALGARY — Industry stakeholders are justifiably concerned about hotel operations and hotel valuations in light of COVID-19. JT Dhoot and Tim TIndle provide an abbreviated case study to show how operations and valuation of a hypothetical 100-room branded limited-service suburban hotel would be affected.
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — STR data for 7-13 June 2020 shows Canadian hotel performance up slightly from previous weeks with the same significant level of year-over-year declines.