THE WINNERS’ CIRCLE update June 11, 2019

Best Bar None winners in Toronto and Ottawa

Best Bar None Toronto winners. Left to Right - Jean Major, CEO (AGCO), Tony Elenis, President & CEO (ORHMA), Antonio Viegas (Hyatt Regency Toronto), Nik (Firkin on Yonge), Heather Santsche (Wayne Gretzky’s), Kevin Ramlal (Scotiabank Arena), Dustin Smith, (BMO Field and Coca-Cola Coliseum), Mathias Mieusel (Crocodile Rock), Tom Mungham, COO (AGCO), Maxwell Mitchell (Regulars Bar), Byron Fabricius (CODA).
Best Bar None Toronto winners. Left to Right – Jean Major, CEO (AGCO), Tony Elenis, President & CEO (ORHMA), Antonio Viegas (Hyatt Regency Toronto), Nik (Firkin on Yonge), Heather Santsche (Wayne Gretzky’s), Kevin Ramlal (Scotiabank Arena), Dustin Smith, (BMO Field and Coca-Cola Coliseum), Mathias Mieusel (Crocodile Rock), Tom Mungham, COO (AGCO), Maxwell Mitchell (Regulars Bar), Byron Fabricius (CODA).

TORONTO, OTTAWA – BBN (Best Bar None) is an industry-led international accreditation and awards program that rewards excellence amongst responsible liquor sales licensees. Establishments in Toronto and Ottawa have been selected by a judging panel comprised of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada), the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), and Best Bar None (BBN) Ontario. 

On May 27, Regulars Bar, Crocodile Rock and Wayne Gretzky’s were recognized as the best licensed establishments with respects to implementing the highest standards for the responsible sales and service of alcohol in Toronto’s downtown core. The Hyatt Regency on King took the honours for Best Hotel.

There were ten winners for this year’s Best Bar None Awards in Toronto:

Best Bar/Lounge: Regulars BarBest Members Club: The Spoke Club
Best Restaurant:  Wayne Gretzky’sBest Hotel: Hyatt Regency Toronto on King
Best Club: Crocodile RockBest Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Coca-Cola Coliseum, BMO Field
Best Pub: Firkin on YongePeople’s Choice:  CODA

On June 5, Medusa Nightclub, Lowertown Brewery and Sens Hous were recognized as the best among pubs, restaurants and clubs with respects to implementing the highest standards for the responsible sales and service of alcohol in the ByWard Market in Ottawa. The Bistro at the Courtyard Marriott took the honours for Best Hotel.

There are five winners for this year’s Best Bar None Awards in ByWard Market:

Best Pub: Lowertown BreweryBest Club: Medusa Nightclub
Best Restaurant: Sens HouseBest Hotel: The Bistro at the Courtyard Marriott
People’s Choice: Cornerstone Bar and Grill

Wyndham’s Ballotti receives Silver Plate Award

Geoff Ballotti.
Geoff Ballotti.

NEW YORK — Last week, at the 41st Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, Wyndham president and CEO Geoff Ballotti received the Stephen W. Brener Silver Plate Award. This award honors an executive, entrepreneur, company or association in the hospitality industry that has shown exemplary efforts in promoting the hotel and tourism business. While accepting the award, Ballotti encouraged colleagues to speak up and make their voices heard to continue changing the hospitality industry for the better.

“Congratulations to AHLA Chair of the Board Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO of  Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, on being recognized with the Hotel News Stephen W. Brener Silver Plate Award at the NYU Investment Conference,” tweeted AHLA president and CEO Chip Rogers. “We are grateful for all you do on behalf of our industry!”

Living Water Resorts gets THRC HR Service Award

From left: Warren Smith – executive vice-president; Larry Law – owner/CEO; Donald Buckle – vice-president of resort operations; Matt Pearson – director of human resources.
From left: Warren Smith – executive vice-president; Larry Law – owner/CEO; Donald Buckle – vice-president of resort operations; Matt Pearson – director of human resources.

Tourism HR Canada is delighted to honour a leader in positive human resource practices. Living Water Resorts accepted the Distinguished HR Service Award, presented in late May as part of Canada’s Tourism Week.

The Collingwood, Ont., property has a long history of valuing its staff and implementing progressive, supportive HR policies.

In early February, it demonstrated leadership and compassion when faced with a shocking situation. As detailed in Canadian Lodging News and other media, an OPP investigation revealed that Mexican cleaners whom Living Water Resorts had hired via a temporary employment agency were in fact victims of human trafficking. 

Promised jobs and education, the individuals were living in substandard housing, 30 or more to a house, and sleeping on mattresses. The end of each month saw them with only $50 in pay. Living Water Resorts had been paying the agency a fair rate and trusted that the workers were receiving their share, let alone were being treated with dignity and humanity.

Guided by Living Water Resorts’ Larry Law, CEO and Founder, Warren Smith, Executive Vice President, and Donald Buckle, VP of Resort Operations and General Manager, the resort launched what would become a coordinated community effort to assist the victims.

“On behalf of our servant leadership team and staff at Living Water Resorts and the local caring community, we are humbled to receive Tourism HR Canada’s Distinguished HR Service Award for doing the right thing and helping the Mexican trafficking victims,” said Larry Law, CEO and Founder. 

“We were sad that they were being treated as slaves. Our focus was simply to help. We never imagined receiving an award for helping these victims. We are very proud to join the past award recipients who have demonstrated leadership that contributes to economic and social benefits for workers and the Canadian tourism sector.”

Three Motel 6’s earn TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Motel 6 Headingley, Winnipeg has received the Certificate of Excellence for the past five years, and is recognized as a TripAdvisor Hall of Famer.
Motel 6 Headingley, Winnipeg has received the Certificate of Excellence for the past five years, and is recognized as a TripAdvisor Hall of Famer.

TORONTO, Ont. — Realstar Hospitality announced on June 10 that three Motel 6 locations across Canada have received a 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. 

The proud recipients of the awards are Motel 6 – Moncton, New Brunswick, Motel 6 – Moosomin, Saskatchewan and Motel 6 – Headingley, Winnipeg. Headingley is also being recognized as a TripAdvisor Hall of Famer, as they have won a Certificate of Excellence every year, for the past five years in a row.

“We are thrilled that our franchisees hard work and dedication is recognized by our guests and TripAdvisor,” said David Blades, Vice President Operations, Realstar Hospitality. “Our hotels are committed to providing great value to travellers from across the world.”

The Certificate of Excellence has been celebrating hospitality business over the past nine years. TripAdvisor takes into account the quality, quantity and recentness of reviews submitted by travellers, over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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