More authenticity will be part of COVID legacy

PHOENIX — As a Canadian who now lives in the U.S., Dorothy Dowling, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer for Best Western, has noticed differences between how Americans and Canadians have approached the pandemic. She believes that COVID has led to more authentic messaging.

The Ritz-Carlton Toronto’s extensive redesign

The Ritz-Carlton Toronto has recently completed an extensive redesign, reimagining luxury in its Club Level guest rooms and suites. The prestigious hotel has also updated the entrance and lounge to Spa My Blend by Clarins.

Choice to reach 100 Quality Inns early next year

TORONTO — Quality, the original Choice Hotels brand, celebrates 65 years in Canada this year. Even though its one of the senior hotel brands, it has evolved with the times and is as vibrant as ever. Choice Hotels Canada currently has 97 Quality properties, and will reach the 100 mark early next year.

Downtown metrics the worst in CBRE report

TORONTO — Even though CBRE's recent report is about major markets, Brian Stanford, senior managing director and practice lead with CBRE Hotels Valuation &...

CHIC Digital 2020: Waiting on some good news

TORONTO — As snow began to fall and lockdowns intensified, the hotel industry was waiting on some good news. There were a number of bright spots at the CHIC Digital conference that started yesterday — an original song by Aimbridge Hospitality Canadian president Ian McAuley was truly amazing. But everyone agreed that 2020 was painful, and full recovery is still a long way off.

Feds offer more than rent relief

OTTAWA — Following the Hotel Association of Canada's advocacy work, what originally started as simply a rent relief program, has now evolved to cover property owners and a number of their fixed costs as well. This will significantly help the majority of our hotels and will deliver non-repayable relief to hotels in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Naramata Inn prospers despite COVID-19

NARAMATA, B.C. — They purchased an inn and restaurant just a month before COVID struck in earnest. This was not a recipe for success, it would seem. But thanks to the efforts of the two couples who bought it, the inn has managed to thrive.

NEWS BRIEFS update as of Nov. 24, 2020

Destination Employment update. Airbnb files an IPO. Positive vaccine trials boost hotel stocks. Predictions of a 2024 recovery.

Top Hotel Renovation Trends of 2020

VANCOUVER — COVID-19 has inspired some interesting trends in hospitality, shifting the focus from pure leisure and comfort to cleanliness and sanitation. Of course, hotel guests still want to feel relaxed when they travel, but a part of that has become confidence in the safety of their hotel. Hotels will have to adapt if they want to remain competitive in this new market.

Hilton promotes Great Canadian WorkSpaces

At Hilton, those looking to make it through a presentation without an interruption or simply in need of a quiet place to focus can book a WorkSpaces by Hilton room., available at special day rates at Hilton hotels across the U.S., UK, and Canada (excluding Quebec).
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