NEWS BRIEFS update as of Feb. 11, 2020

Canadian hotel construction pipeline soars to all-time high. CHF Benefit Gala to be held Feb. 29. Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador Conference announces keynote. Coast Hotels recognizes excellence at annual conference.

Saskatchewan and Ontario fight human trafficking

SASKATOON, TORONTO — While Jim Bence of the SHHA has made headlines with his efforts to advance hoteliers' knowledge of human trafficking, Tony Elenis of ORHMA and other stakeholders met with Ontario Premier Doug Ford to discuss the issue.

Wyndham Garden's Arbor prototype unveiled

LOS ANGELES — Wyndham Garden's new Arbor prototype was featured at the recent ALIS conference in Los Angeles. Danica Boyd spoke to CLN about the prototype and its suitability for Canada.

Record number of Days Inns Chairman's Award winners

TORONTO – Realstar Hospitality recently announced the winners of its prestigious Chairman’s Award for 2019. The award recognizes a select group of Days Inns and Hotels across the country that meet the highest level of quality and guest service.

Industry x Education must address labour shortages

The shortage of talent facing Canadian hospitality and tourism has reached crisis levels in some parts of the country, and it’s not going away any time soon, writes Joe Baker of Centennial College.

Marriott Canada sees uptick in select service deals

MISSISSAUGA — Marriott Canada opened 23 hotels in Canada in 2019, four each for Four Points, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites and Delta. The strongest brands in the pipeline going forward are select service hotels.

Politicians unite on short-term rentals

OTTAWA — Trudeau, Scheer, Singh and Blanchet didn't agree on much during last fall's election. Yet all parties included a commitment to tax digital businesses, like Airbnb, the same way as hotels thanks to the unified voice of the hotel industry.

Smart Serve seeks candidates for its Board

Smart Serve Ontario is a responsible alcohol beverage sales and service training program which is recognized by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). The Governance and Nominating Committee seeks to fill board vacancies.

Industry unites to fight human trafficking

TORONTO – Accor's seminar on Human Trafficking, held Jan. 16 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, emphasized the vital role hotels have to play in curbing this problem. After all, hotels are often where it all takes place.

STR looks at Canada's 2019 hotel performance

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — The overall performance of Canadian hotels was more negative than positive: occupancy was down 1.3 per cent, while ADR was up 1.2 per cent and RevPAR was almost the same as in 2018, down just 0.2 per cent.
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