WINNIPEG—The Manitoba Hotel Association’s 85th Annual Convention took place Oct. 7 and 8 at the Victoria Inn Hotel in Winnipeg. Delegates took part in educational seminars regarding tourism growth by panelists and speakers from Travel Manitoba, the province of Manitoba, Hotel Association of Canada and the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.
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The convention was highlighted by keynote speaker Jim Knight, speaking on the importance of creating, maintaining and revolutionizing an organizational culture. Using the Hard Rock Cafe’s iconic culture as a backdrop, Knight inspired those in attendance to take up the challenge of enhancing their organizational environment.
Sessions at this year’s AGM included the tourism panel, tourism education seminars by Chris Fields of Twist Marketing, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries presentation, a seminar for increasing sales in your beer store by Manitoba Tourism Education Council and the Town Hall meeting. The turnout for these sessions exceeded expectations and brought forward insightful discussions vital to the industry.
Convention sponsors included Western Financial Group Insurance Solutions, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Labatt Breweries of Canada, Travel Manitoba and the Government of Manitoba: Culture, Heritage and Tourism.
During the convention’s gala dinner the MHA presented plaques to the industry’s Loyalty Award winners, Quarter Century Award winners, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries IMPACT award winner and a Life Membership Award. There were 45 award winners in total.
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MHA Life Membership Award goes to past chair Brian Sparrow
Brian Sparrow is the past chair of the Manitoba Hotel Association and for many years was also the general manager of the Norwood Hotel. He was a member of the MHA board of directors for five years and in that time was on the executive committee, was the finance chair and finally the MHA chair.
The MHA, on behalf of its board of directors, thanked Sparrow for his service to the association. The association is only as strong as the volunteers that step forward to provide the clear vision and the hard work on which we are able to grow. Sparrow sacrificed his time to the goals of the association and has proven to be a valuable asset.
MHA ‘13 TradeShow
The MHA ‘13 TradeShow took place on Oct. 8. The attendee turnout confirmed that Manitoba’s hospitality industry remains one of the strongest in Canada.
Congratulations to Bill Duff of Howland Hotel in Beausejour, winner of the MHA TradeShow $1,000 grand prize.
There were also seven winners of Winnipeg Jets tickets: Melissa Stewart of the Jays Inn & Suites in Virden, Yianni Skorletos of the Norwood Hotel in Winnipeg, Melinda Jeanson of the Travelodge Winnipeg East, Ronald Thurston of St. Louis Centre in Winnipeg, David Carriere of the Keystone Motor Inn in Brandon, David Kaisaris o
f the St. Norbert Hotel in St. Norbert and Dylan Clarke of the Comfort Inn & Suites in Virden.
New MHA chair David Kaisaris
David Kaisaris, owner/operator of the St. Norbert Hotel, took over the role of MHA chair in late May. Kaisaris has been on the board since 2010. He is currently on the MHA executive committee as well as on both the liquor and lotteries committee and beer vendor issues committee.