STR Canada results week of August 1, 2020

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — STR data for 26 July through 1 August 2020 shows a continued steady rise in Canada’s hotel performance but the same significant level of year-over-year declines. On the positive side, nation-wide occupancy is now at 38.4 per cent, compared to a low of 12.0 per cent for the week of April 11, 2020; and two provinces reached occupancy of more than 40 per cent.

Coalition of Hardest Hit wants CEWS extended

OTTAWA — The Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses has launched a campaign calling on the federal government to extend the CEWS program at the full 75 per cent rate for businesses facing an ongoing revenue decline of 50 per cent or higher, and extend the program until Spring/Summer 2021. The CHHB is an industry-driven group of over 40 stakeholders representing a variety of sectors including tourism, arts and culture, events and festivals, and hospitality.

WCLC considers hybrid format

TORONTO — Big Picture Conferences are still planning to go ahead with a small version of WCLC in Calgary if permitted to and also offer...

Manitoba’s COVID report shows devastating loss

WINNIPEG — The return of increased restrictions has now created conditions similar to March/April 2020. With high fixed costs and debt obligations, many hotels...

Canada’s hotel pipeline expands year over year

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — According to analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE), Canada’s hotel construction pipeline continued to expand at the close of Q2 2020 with 296...

First look at the $70M+ Hilton Quebec renovation

QUEBEC CITY —Hilton Québec is pleased to provide an early reveal of its new look and experience as it nears the completion of an over $70 million dollar renovation.

Redesign spices up a heritage hotel

By Peter Mitham VANCOUVER – A city’s oldest buildings are among its greatest assets, giving it character and building continuity between past and present. Repurposing existing buildings also...

Expedia: how technology will shape future travel

SEATTLE, Wash. — Expedia Group shared its continued commitment to focus on technological innovation as a key driver in recovery and beyond at this year's annual partner conference, explore'20, held virtually December 9-10. Expedia CFO Eric Hart said travel industry players must adapt to travellers' expectations regarding flexibility, cleanliness, and communication.

Photos from Canadian VIP Leadership dinner

Over 60 of the Hotel Industry’s top leaders from across Canada attended 2020 VIP Leadership Dinner on Feb. 24, 2020. Returning to Ruth’s Chris...

A regional check on the impact of COVID-19

TORONTO — Colliers and CFO easily reached their capacity of 1,000 participants in their second industry webinar held April 16 at 1:30 p.m. Moderated by Mark Kay of CFO and Robin McLuskie of Colliers, this panel included HAC president and CEO Susie Grynol. Mandy Farmer of Accent Inns, which has eight properties in B.C.; Ryan Pomeroy of Pomeroy Lodging, whose 13 properties are in Alberta, B.C. and Alaska; Bertrand LeBoeuf from Le Groupe Daca in Quebec and Jeff Appleton of DP Murphy from Atlantic Canada.