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.

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.

RLHC extended stay brand good for Canada

HALIFAX — The new RLH Corporation extended stay brand unveiled at their conference recently has potential in Canada, according to Kris Crundwell, AVP franchise development, Canada.

FreshAir’s new hotel smoking detection system

LEBANON, N.H. — FreshAir, an industry leader in the development of sensors to detect and alert for hazardous chemicals, announces its unique and highly effective FreshAir1 Smoking Detection System. The FreshAir system is ideally suited for use in hotels, casinos, and other hospitality industry settings.

NEWS BRIEFS update April 28, 2019

One thousand BC hotel rooms for the homeless. Accor announces All Heartist Fund. Best Western's hotelier relief and guest support. New cleanliness partnership for Hilton. Marriott offers $1 billion in revolving credit.

NEWS BRIEFS update as of Nov. 10, 2020

Tourism HR Canada predicts a long road to recovery. IHG looks to entertainment and sports groups. Marriott enters the Work Anywhere market. PEI faces tough times. Regina council passes Airbnb regs. Indigenous tourism to grab more market share.

Standard protocols essential during pandemic

NEW YORK — Most hotels don’t have a playbook for how to pause operations or recommission properties after a partial or temporary closure. An operating platform called Alice offers ways to bring order and standardization to hotel operations. And there's a free version to help hotels cope with COVID-19.

STR: Base occupancy “surprisingly strong”

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — Amid all the depressing statistics about Canadian hotel performance, Jan Freitag, senior vice-president, Lodging Insights, STR, reported that the base occupancy...

Hyatt’s take on emerging from the storm

TORONTO — The company is working to reimagine the hotel experience to further enhance safety and well being among guests and colleagues and critically examine every vantage point – from pre-arrival, to guest rooms and lobbies to spas, restaurants and meetings space, bringing in the latest research, technology and innovation to make that happen.

CBRE helps hotels save property tax 

TORONTO — Although most hotel revenues and operating expenses have decreased in the current environment, property taxes will likely continue to increase. Hotel owners...