NEWS BRIEFS update as of June 23, 2020

Choice Gold and Platinum Award recipients. Motel 6 Clean@6. Trump's 4K to Travel idea. Hilton CleanStay rolled out. IHG updates travel cancellation policy. Destination Indigenous Campaign.

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.

Deerhurst GM on ORHMA and COVID

HUNTSVILLE, Ont. — Jesse Hamilton, general manager of Deerhust Resort in Huntsville is confident his property will sell out on winter weekends, though that means 75 per cent occupancy due to COVID-19 safety measures. Hamilton, who is also newly-appointed chair of ORHMA, spoke to CLN on how Deerhurst has weathered the storm and how ORHMA is working to help hotels and restaurants.

ORHMA praises Ontario provincial budget

TORONTO — The Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association praised the Ontario government for positively impacting property tax, hydro cost relief, raising the threshold...

Choice Hotels Canada “Nudges” its employees

TORONTO — When Choice Hotels Canada wanted reach and engage with front-line workers to communicate its Commitment to Clean program, they used an app developed by Toronto-based Nudge Rewards. 

Toronto paints the town purple… and more

Toronto paints the town purple. Blue Mountain's retro pond skim. Home Inn Express Medicine Hat welcomes front line. A new home for Centennial's food. Westin and Sutton Place Edmonton light up with valentines.

STR Canada results week ending June 13

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.

Hotels and their lenders during COVID-19

If we learned anything from the financial crisis, it was that communicating with your lending institution is essential during these difficult times, say Steve Hedington and Salim Gulamani of Clifton Blake Asset Management.

Calgary Hotel Association considers ancillary fees

CALGARY — The plexiglas screens, hand sanitizer stations, footprint stickers, personal protective equipment and safety measures required post-pandemic will add costs to running a hotel. Calgary Hotel Association's Sol Zia talks about ancillary fees to cover these expenses.

STR Canada results week of July 4, 2020

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — STR data for 28 June through 4 July 2020 shows Canadian hotel performance up slightly from previous weeks with the same significant...