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First avid hotel in Canada breaks ground

ATLANTA — IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announced today the latest in international expansion for its avid hotels brand – the groundbreaking for the first Canadian property located in Vaughan, a suburb of Toronto.

Ground drilling launches Regal Plaza project

TORONTO — It wasn't just a ground breaking, but also a ground drilling on Sept. 23 as SAMM Developments started construction on its $104 million Regal Plaza complex near Toronto Pearson Airport. Along with the traditional shovels, the celebrants used jackhammers to launch the complex, which includes a Staybridge Suites.

Extensive Atlantica Halifax reno not just lipstick!

HALIFAX — Manga Hotels has almost completed a $17 million renovation of the 238-room Atlantica Hotel in downtown Halifax. “The hotel was an older property that needed work. It was an extensive renovation — not just lipstick here and there,” Sukhdev Toor, president and CEO of Manga Hotels told CLN.

Canada gets its first Radisson Blu

TORONTO — "It's got the best location in Toronto, right at the foot of the CN tower, with views of downtown and the lake. It's downtown with kind of a resort feel." So says Nathalie Lalonde, GM, when asked what's so special about the Radisson Blu Toronto Downtown.

Mixed use a growing part of IHG pipeline

TORONTO — Mixed-use developments such as the SAMM Developments Regal Plaza project that broke ground recently, are becoming a more common part of the IHG landscape, said Jonathan Lund, regional vice-president, Canada. 

News Briefs

STR Canada results week ending Oct. 3, 2020

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — STR data for Sept. 27 through Oct. 3, 2020 showed slightly lower performance from prior weeks for Canada’s hotel industry.

People

PEOPLE update as of Oct. 13, 2020

Sabrina Bhangoo now AVP at Manulife.  Ryan McRae joins Hotel Equities. Pierre Gauvin promoted to Colliers in N.B. IHG’s new SVP Analytics and Insights. Accor has new South American CEO.

New chair and 3 regional chapters for ORHMA

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) has appointed Jesse Hamilton, general manager of...

PROFILE: Mathieu Mault, founder of Activar

OTTAWA — Mathieu Mault is something of a world expert on hotels since he and his wife took a sabbatical in 2011/12, visiting more than 30 countries and 130 cities, staying in hotels for a year. He has used this expertise to found Activar, which currently manages Casselman Microtel and is preparing to open Lac Mégantic Microtel later this fall.

Sparrow, Scheer and team to lead CBRE Hotels

TORONTO — CBRE Canada is pleased to announce that Mark Sparrow and Luke Scheer have rejoined CBRE to lead an enhanced hotel investment practice. The team will spearhead a new initiative that coordinates opportunities with seniors housing, healthcare and student accommodations.

PEOPLE update as of September 22, 2020

Terry Sanders new EVP development at Aimbridge. Radisson Hotel Group announces its new Americas development team. New president for Restaurants Canada. Jonathan Korol takes over at AHIP. Franck Arnold joins the Savoy in London. Fairmont's new regional VP. Curtis Gallagher promoted at Cushman & Wakefield. Bernard McEvoy retires from Ryerson. Samantha Kagan promoted at Moutcha Bay Resort.

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