TORONTO – The 2018 Greater Toronto Hotel Association Annual General Meeting, held on June 5, highlighted last year’s operations with a focus on what’s ahead for the association in 2019/2020.
Chair Bonnie Strome, general manager of the Park Hyatt Toronto, having just completed her 2-year term, thanked the membership and board of directors for their support over the past year. Strome’s remarks highlighted the association’s government relations activities in 2018, specifically around the Workplace Safety and Insurance Bureau premium rates reduction, the Municipal Accommodation Tax and short-term rentals in the Greater Toronto Area.
Incoming chair Edwin Frizzell, regional vice-president of Accor Hotels Central Canada & general manager of the Fairmont Royal York, provided remarks highlighting what’s ahead for the industry and association. Mr. Frizzell noted that he looks forward to working with members of the board and GTHA membership to represent a unified voice on behalf of the hotel community. Mr. Frizzell also noted how important it is for our industry to continue to give back to the community and cities that we serve.
Chair of the nominating committee David Kelley, general manager of the Soho Hotel & Residences, thanked the 2018/19 Board of Directors for their dedication and commitment to the hotel industry across the Greater Toronto Area. Kelley recognized Bonnie Strome who concluded her role as chair of the Board after a 2-year term. Strome remains on the GTHA Executive Committee and Board as past chair. On behalf of the membership and staff, Kelley and president and CEO Terry Mundell thanked Strome for her support and guidance over the past two years during a recognition presentation.
Kelley also presented the slate of candidates for the 2019/20 GTHA Board of Directors.