THE WINNERS' CIRCLE Dec. 11, 2018

Choice Hotels Canada's Sleep Day raised $14,000

TORONTO — Pajamas were worn, waffles
devoured and funds raised, all as part of #SleepDay, in support of
Sleeping Children Around the World.  Together, Choice Hotels Canada raised $14,000,
the equivalent of 400 bedkits, which will go a long way towards helping
provide children in need the benefits of a good night’s sleep. Thank you to
everyone who participated in this year’s event. 

Calgary Marriott Hope for Kids Gala

ONE18 Empire's Booth at the Building Hope for Kids Gala.

ONE18 Empire's Booth at the Building Hope for Kids Gala.

CALGARY, Alta. — Baywest Homes and Calgary Marriott Downtown proudly
celebrated the seventh edition of the Building Hope for Kids Gala: A Night in
New Orleans on Dec. 4. The hotel in downtown Calgary partnered with Baywest to raise $1.5 million for the
cause, with over 400 people in attendance. The hotel’s restaurant, ONE18 Empire
showcased a sponsored stand with old-fashioned whiskeys, selling out in just
two hours.

Pinnacle Awards celebrate 30 years

Hotelier of the Year Robert Housez. Photo: Daniel Alexander.

Hotelier of the Year Robert Housez. Photo: Daniel Alexander.

TORONTO — Kostuch Media Limited, publisher of industry magazines Foodservice and Hospitality and Hotelier, celebrated the 2018 winners of its Pinnacle Awards at a luncheon on Fri., Nov 30. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the awards.

Group Germain, based in Quebec, is Hotelier’s Company of the Year. Group Germain has had a huge year with its three brands — Alt, Alt+ and Le Germain. 

On the hotel side, this year’s winner of the Regional Company of the Year is Mississauga, Ont.-based Manga Hotels. Manga owns, develops and manages 15 properties in Canada (as well as two internationally). The private, Canadian-owned company added five properties to its portfolio last year and recorded gross sales of $110 million.See related story.

Hotelier of the Year honours go to Robert Housez, GM at The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto. 

Supplier of the Year honours go to Destination Canada.

Skål Hamilton celebrates its 40th Anniversary

BURLINGTON — Skål Hamilton celebrated its 40th Anniversary on Nov. 15 at the Burlington Convention Centre. 

The evening began with a cocktail reception, followed by a four-course gourmet meal and entertainment by Peter Marino, a classically-trained tenor whose repertoire ranges from Broadway hits to pop and rock.

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, MP for Milton and Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition, provided a keynote address. She has supported Skål Hamilton for many years.

Mandy Farmer a

Mandy Farmer

nd others win at TIAC

Mandy Farmer

GATINEAU, Que. — The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) announced the 2018 Canadian Tourism Awards Winners at its annual Tourism Congress recently in Gatineau, Que.

Mandy Farmer, CEO and president of Accent Inns Inc., was on hand to accept the Business of the Year Award.

“We are absolutely delighted to have won the Business of the Year Award,” said Mandy Farmer, CEO and president of Accent Inns Inc. “We have an incredible team who work tirelessly to provide the best guest experience. I am thrilled their efforts are being recognized.”

The annual awards, which recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada’s tourism industry, honoured recipients in 12 categories, including:

Adventure/Outdoors Award — Traversée du lac Saint-Jean à vélo, Alma, Que.

Airport Innovation & Excellence Award — Gaëtan Gagné, Quebec City

Business of the Year Award — Accent Inns, Vancouver

Community Outreach Award — Sébastien Roy, Distillerie Fils du Roy, Petit-Paquetville, N.B.

Culinary-Tourism Experience Award — The Paisley Notebook, Kelowna, B.C.

Event of the Year Award — Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls, Ont.
Indigenous Cultural Tourism Award — Quaaout Lodge & Talking Rock Golf Course, Chase, B.C.

Innovator of the Year Award — Cities in Sync – Tourism Victoria, Tourism Saskatoon and Destination St. John’s

Marketing Campaign of the Year Award — “Pacific. Authentic.” – Tourism Richmond

Small or Medium-Sized Business of the Year Award — The Historic Reesor Ranch, Maple Creek, Sask.

Sustainable Tourism Award — Shorefast Foundation, Joe Batt’s Arm, N.L. (Fogo Island Inn)

Tourism Employee of the Year Award — Ian Cheverie, The Great George, Charlottetown