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April 17, 2014
The Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan—Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence for 2013

The Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence were established to recognize and foster excellence in the province’s tourism sector. Presented annually by Tourism Saskatchewan, the awards allow the industry to recognize those people, places, organizations, and events that have gone above and beyond to offer superior tourism experiences to visitors and residents. More than 100 nominations were received in the 15 award categories for 2013. The Service Excellence Award (Business) award was presented to Brian Munson, General Manager of the Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan at the 25th Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence at TCU in Saskatoon on April 10, 2014.

For the last 87 years the Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan has continuously provided luxuriously appointed guestrooms and the finest conference and special occasion facilities in the Province, combined with a dedication to providing exemplary customer service. They truly believe that superior customer service is essential to maintaining a profitable business.

For additional information, contact:
Brian at the Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan: 306-337-4300

April 17, 2014
Carissa Sommise joins the sales team at the Scotiabank Convention Centre

Niagara Falls, Ontario—The Scotiabank Convention Centre, in Niagara Falls (SCCN) is pleased to announce the addition of Carissa Sommise, who joins the growing team of sales professionals at the SCCN as a Sales Manager focused on SMERF, consumer shows and the local day meetings industry.

“Carissa comes to us with an impressive background in the tourism hospitality industry,” says Jeremy Tyrrell, Director of Sales at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. “We are excited that Carissa is joining our ranks; and we are confident that her extensive skills in creating positive client experiences will play significant role in our future growth.”

With over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism, and meetings industry, Carissa brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to her new role at the SCCN. Before coming to the SCCN, she spent the past 8 years working as a Conference Sales Manager at the White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa and over 6 years prior to that at the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa as a Sales & Catering Manager; finding success at both locations building brand loyalty and long-term partnerships with internal/external clients and stakeholders.

“Niagara Falls is a dynamic and exciting destination,” says Carissa Sommise, Sales Manager, Scotiabank Convention Centre. “It gives me great pride to be part of a great team representing this wonderful facility and this incredible city.”

Carissa Sommise joined the Sales Team at the Scotiabank Convention Centre on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Individuals interested in contacting Carissa, may reach her directly by calling 905-357-6222 or email: csommise@fallsconventions.com

About the Scotiabank Convention Centre
The Scotiabank Convention Centre, in Niagara Falls, Canada (SCCN) is the region’s largest meetings & events facility. Much more than any ordinary convention and meeting facility, the SCCN aims at becoming an innovator of the unconventional and a model of a new class of ‘green’ convention & meeting facilities committed to sustainability and community leadership. The SCCN opened its doors in April 2011, and since then has welcomed over half a million guests and visitors for meetings and events that draw from the magic of Niagara’s many natural wonders, its rich history, culinary delights, and year-round cultural activities.

April 16, 2014
Canadian Economic Impact Study highlights the impact of the Meetings industry in Canada

Ottawa, ON–April 16, 2014 – The Ottawa Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, the world’s largest meeting and events community held the annual National Meetings Industry Day event at the Ottawa Marriott on April 10, 2014. Top line numbers from the MPI Foundations Canadian Economic Impact Study (CEIS 3.0) were released to the audience which included MPI CEO Paul Van Deventer and MPI President Michael Dominguez. The study detailed the economic significance of meetings, specifically business events, held in Canada in 2012. Highlights from the study included:

- In 2012, business events in Canada attracted 35.3 million participants and involved $29.1 billion in direct spending.

- These events delivered $27.5 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012- approximately 1.5% of Canada’s total GDP

- Business events contributed $8.5 billion in taxes and services fees to all levels of governments.

- Business events supported employment of more than 200,000 full-year jobs directly, nearly double that of telecommunications sector.

The study was conducted by Maritz Research Canada, the Conference Board of Canada, Greenfield Services Inc., and the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council on behalf of the MPI Foundation Canada. The MPI Foundation will transfer ownership of the CEIS to the Business Events Industry Coalition of Canada (BEICC) for in-market activation. The goal with this move is to gain more collaborative support and exposure for the study. A full executive summary of the Canadian Economic Impact Study can be viewed here: www.mpiweb.org/ceis3.

The April 10 event in Ottawa featured a panel discussion on the impact of the meetings industry that included MPI CEO Paul Van Deventer, MPI President Michael Dominguez, Stephanie Lockhart from the Canadian Bar Association and Angela Xavier, Regional VP Sales, IHG. The panel discussion was moderated by Canadian Stand-up comic, Steve Patterson, host of CBC’s “The Debaters”. The MPI Ottawa chapter also used this evening to present their MPI National Meetings Industry Day Influence award. This year’s recipient was Altaf Sovani, chair of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Wellness at Algonquin College.

About MPI: Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the meeting and event industry’s largest and most vibrant global community, helps our members thrive by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces. MPI membership is comprised of more than 23,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide. For additional information, visit mpiweb.org. mpiottawa.ca

April 11, 2014
Meetings Movers & Shakers Meet at the 3rd annual Ignite Business Event Expo

It’s no secret that the meetings, conventions and incentive industry is big business – so no surprise that the 3rd annual Business Event Expo at the sprawling Direct Energy Centre in Toronto attracted a big crowd.

Some 700 registrants convened to meet with over 170 exhibitors, from the Accra Beach Hotel to the Yukon, many featuring some of the most elaborate and elegant trade show booths in the business. There was an impressive contingent from right across Canada, as well as the U.S. and offshore destinations from the Caribbean to the exotic including Prague, Kenya and Iceland.

What’s hot in the meeting biz these days? Michael Kohlmaier of Melia reported lots of interest in their European properties, especially their high end boutique hotels including their new Vienna property and their London hotel located right on the Strand. “There’s definitely a move into the luxury market,” he told me.

Vegas of course keeps re-inventing itself, and there’s always something new including, this June, the addition of non-stop Westjet flights from Fort McMurray (can you say “well-paid oil workers”?), the opening of the Linq open-air pedestrian zone right on the strip and the SLS high end boutique property slated to open in the old Sahara hotel. According to Paul Larcher of the Vegas CVB, the city now boasts some 147,000 hotel rooms and can accommodate meetings of up to (wait for it) 50,000 attendees.

The U.S. Virgin Islands is a great destination for your groups looking for luxury brand names, Brent Carnegie of CanLink says, thanks to the presence of both Ritz Carlton and Westin. Groups to the destination average 30 – 40 pax and include lots of wedding groups who love the 3 islands’ distinctive vibes.

And what’s a trade show without the latest trinkets and giveaways? For those customers who already have enough branded thermal mugs, post-it notes, pens and key rings, Eric Jolly of Coyote Promotions says that the hot new item is a cell phone power booster. A great travel tie-in for the corporate or leisure client!

Martha Chapman

April 11, 2014
Mark McEwan Leaves Lasting Impression with Meetings by McEwan at The Hazelton Hotel

Toronto, ONThere is only one chance to create a lasting impression. The Hazelton Hotel, internationally recognized for its exclusive five-star accommodations, has redefined its luxurious meeting offering with a thoughtfully curated program, Meetings by McEwan. This original service concept pairs the hotel’s luxury and attentive service with the gourmet expertise of celebrity chef and TV personality Mark McEwan.

Created by Chef McEwan and catered by his restaurant, One, located in The Hazelton Hotel, the Meetings by McEwan menu reflects the chef’s distinctive culinary style, which combines the essence of classical cuisine with nuances of contemporary flavour.

Meetings by McEwan is designed to fuel inspiring and innovative ideas in an award-winning backdrop, while catering to the culinary savvy and expectations of today’s corporate meeting guest,” said Chef Mark McEwan.

The menu features the best of McEwan’s vast culinary spectrum including bespoke dinners with wine pairings, along with creative A.M. and P.M. treats. Items include lobster tomato bisque with truffle and garlic croutons and crème fraiche, eggs benedict with artisan ham, brioche and hollandaise, and housemade doughnuts.

Meeting planners have a choice of gourmet power breakfasts and modern working lunch options, along with unique coffee breaks that are included in all meeting packages. Delivered with flair, each dining experience spans the best of Mark McEwan's vast culinary spectrum. To view the complete Meetings by McEwan menu, please visit www.meetingsbymcewan.com.

Elegant Meeting and Event Spaces
The Hazelton Hotel offers tailored meeting and event solutions with spaces that are surrounded by luxury, attentive service and unsurpassed technology with Yabu Pushelberg-designed meeting venues and suites, exclusive dining options and a private, state-of-the-art screening room.

About The Hazelton Hotel
Located in the heart of Toronto’s exclusive Yorkville district, The Hazelton Hotel offers guests 77 luxurious rooms and suites designed by the internationally renowned Yabu Pushelberg. The Hotel is home to a 25-seat Hollywood-standard, private screening room, perfect for film screenings, sporting events, or presentations. The Hazelton boasts an extensive art collection; guests at the Hotel are surrounded by works from top Canadian artists. Chef Mark McEwan’s ONE Restaurant also offers visitors of The Hazelton the chance to enjoy some of the city’s top cuisine. The Hazelton Hotel has an unwavering commitment to comfort, refinement, privacy and an extraordinary level of service, which has made it Toronto’s only member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The Hazelton is managed by Metropolitan Hotels.

About Mark McEwan
From his early years as Canada’s youngest ever, executive chef at Toronto’s upscale Sutton Place Hotel to his latest endeavor, trendy resto bar Fabbrica, Mark McEwan is never content to rest on his laurels. McEwan has led the restaurant scene in Toronto for many years. He joins the ranks of the truly innovative with ground-breaking Toronto standards from “North 44” to “Bymark” to the always interesting “ONE”, a staple for the “see and be seen” crowd in Yorkville. With “Fabbrica”, he has taken another turn and captivated customers with rustic Italian fare in a warm, yet contemporary setting at The Shops at Don Mills.

April 03, 2014
Global Emerging Leaders Community Recognized Canada Meet Week

Plymouth, MN—In recognition of Canada Meet Week, April 7-11 2014 and MPI’s National Meetings Industry Day April 10.

The Global Emerging Leaders Community in Partnership with VoiceHive, will sponsor all new emerging leaders’ members who join by April 24, 2014.

The Global Emerging Leader (GEL) Community based in the US, is a global organization dedicated to supporting emerging leaders in the meeting industry. An emerging leader is defined as zero to seven years of industry experience in the meetings and hospitality industry.

The organization was founded to support and teach members by providing a one-stop shop for all aspects of the meeting industry through the interactive website. www.emerleaders.com  –The site acts as a portal providing access to all the resources that emerging leaders may need. GEL was founded by Julie Ann Schmidt CMM, CMP an 18 years meeting industry veteran with a long history of support for emerging leaders programming.

When asked why she founded GEL, Schmidt said, “I fell into this industry and I have never looked back. I think I have the best job – and I have learned a lot from many great people over the years.  A number of years ago I began to feel an obligation to give back to the industry and was inspired to support others looking to get into this industry. I became aware that even with education programs now available and students able to go to school for the meeting industry, there was still a large knowledge void. This is what led me to create this portal, and pull together knowledge from professionals who are as passionate about supporting our industry. This site should help anyone expand their career in the meetings field.  ”

GEL partnered with VoiceHive www.voicehive.com to offer this opportunity to Canadian emerging leaders. “The meetings industry is strong in Canada with the Business Events Coalition, Canada Meet Week and the award winning MPI National Meetings Industry Day” said Schmidt “We wanted to highlight these efforts and support the local emerging leaders”

New members can join at www.emerleaders.com and use the offer code CANADAMEETWEEK until April 24. The first year membership fee of $25 USD will be waived.

Questions -  Xander@emerleaders.com  262-719-7589 or julieann@emerleaders.com  763-390-1380

April 02, 2014
Atlific Hotels Assumes Management of Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan

Toronto, ONAtlific Hotels is proud to announce its management of the Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan. The property was recently acquired by Temple Hotels Inc., and marks Atlific’s fourth managed hotel in Saskatchewan.

“Atlific is delighted to have been selected to manage another Temple Hotels Inc. property,” said Philippe Gadbois, Senior Vice--‐President Operations, Atlific Hotels. “We are thrilled to expand our presence in the robust Saskatchewan market and we look forward to bringing our trusted experience to this historic property,” he added.

Brian Munson has been appointed General Manager and brings with him a wealth of hospitality industry experience. His 33 years of hotel experience includes progressively senior roles with Fairmont Hotels, The Algonquin in St. Andrews, Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Winnipeg, Casino Rama and Casino Windsor.

“Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan holds a unique position in the Regina market thanks to a historic building combined with our wide range of exceptional services and amenities,” said Brian Munson, General Manager, Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan. “I look forward to bringing my experience to this exemplary property, ” he added.

The ten-story, 224 guestroom hotel first opened in 1927 bringing world class hospitality to the burgeoning city. Every room is decorated with a unique style and colour scheme to reflect the building’s historic tradition. All guestrooms feature complimentary WiFi, refrigerator, a comfortable work desk, coffee maker and plush bedding to ensure a relaxing stay.

Additional hotel amenities include The Dining Room, an onsite restaurant featuring fresh seasonal and local ingredients, a lounge, tea room, and the European style KOKO Patisserie with its specialty coffees and pastries. Guests will also enjoy an indoor whirlpool, fitness center, steam room, Essence Organic Hair and Day Spa, and the authentic Historic Barber Shop and Shoe Shine. The hotel has 14,000 square feet of elegant meeting and function space as well as a 24‐hour business centre to round out their stay.

Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan is located in the heart of downtown Regina and provides guests with a beautiful view overlooking Victoria Park. The hotel is within walking distance to numerous restaurants, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, parks, Casino Regina, and shopping including the popular Cornwall Center. Regina International Airport is a mere 10-minute drive from the hotel.

About Atlific Hotels
Atlific Hotels is one of the leading hotel management companies in Canada operating over 60 hotels with offices in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Ranked by Hotelier Magazine as one of the country’s top 5 performing hotel management companies in 2012, Atlific Hotels has 55 years of experience managing well known Canadian hotels, resorts, and extended stay properties. The company has built a reputation for best in business accounting reporting, exceptional sales and marketing programs and sound operational systems. Atlific Hotels’ parent company, Ocean Properties, Ltd. operates over 60 hotels throughout the United States. Together they manage over 120 properties in North America with over 16,500 rooms, which include independent hotels and resorts as well as internationally recognized hotel brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Westin and Holiday Inn. For more information please visit www.atlific.com.com

April 02, 2014
Temple Hotels Inc. completes acquisition of Hotel Saskatchewan, Regina

Winnipeg—Temple Hotels Inc. ("Temple") (TSX: TPH) announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Hotel Saskatchewan (the "Hotel") for $32.8 million, subject to the customary closing adjustments. The full-service Hotel is located at 2125 Victoria Avenue in downtown Regina, Saskatchewan.

The ten-story Hotel, which opened in 1927, was originally one of a chain of hotels constructed and owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Hotel features 224 guestrooms, restaurant, lounge, tea room, 13,922 square feet of meeting space, indoor whirlpool, steam room, exercise facilities, business centre, member's club, leased out barbershop, leased out salon and spa, leased out bakery and vending areas.

The acquisition price was financed with a first mortgage loan in the amount of $21.25 million and the balance in cash. The first mortgage loan bears interest at a rate of 5.1% for a three-year term, with a 30-year amortization. Based on the 2014 forecasted net income, the acquisition price of $32.8 million represents an estimated capitalization rate of 11.5%.

Temple intends to undertake a $6 million capital expenditure program over approximately three years, which will include guestrooms, dining room, lounge, meeting space and lobby refurbishments.

Hotel Saskatchewan represents Temple's fourth property in Saskatchewan, comprising a total of 771-guestrooms. Temple's other properties include the 179-guestroom Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort in Moose Jaw; 118-guestroom Wingate Inn in Regina; and 250-guestroom Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre in Saskatoon.

About Temple
Temple is a real estate investment company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TPH (common shares), TPH.DB.C, TPH.DB.D, TPH.DB.E and TPH.DB.F (convertible debentures). The objective of Temple is to provide shareholders with stable cash dividends from investment in a diversified portfolio of hotel properties and related assets. For further information on Temple, please visit our website at www.templehotels.ca.

March 28, 2014
Meeting Encore Adds Another Industry Veteran To The Team

Port Hope, ONMeeting Encore Ltd. welcomes another industry veteran; Sandi Goodman to their team.

As Meeting Encore enters its 25th year in business, Joe Nishi and Jennifer Glynn, co-owners of Canada’s premier site selection company, Meeting Encore Ltd, are excited to announce their newest Regional Director, Sandi Goodman to the team.

Sandi is a well respected veteran in the business events industry with over 25 years of hotel sales experience. Well known for her role with Delta Hotels & Resorts as their National Account Director, Sandi’s experience, calm demeanor and excellent relationships makes her a perfect fit for Meeting Encore. “I am so excited at the opportunity of joining such a well respected team of professionals. Meeting Encore was a client of mine since day one and I always loved working with them. I really look forward to working closely with my clients in my new role.”

“The heart of our company is our team” says Jennifer and Joe “We are truly thrilled that Sandi isjoining us especially as we celebrate 25 years in business”.

Sandi and her husband Stan are blessed with two amazing children. When Sandi is not hard at work you can find her cheering her teenagers on at the hockey rink or soccer field or relaxing with family and friends.

Carol-Ann, Solange, David, Elizabeth, Frank and Thomas join Joe and Jennifer in welcoming Sandi and her family to Meeting Encore team.

Meeting Encore Ltd. is Canada’s first site selection company . They have been providing hotel consulting and site location services for their clients for the past 25 years. They can be reached at 905-403-9646 or contacted via their website at www.meetingencore.com.

March 28, 2014
Palladium Hotel Group Offers Free Brand-Wide Wi-Fi Commencing this Summer

IbizaPalladium Hotel Group (PHG) underscores its leadership among hotel brands in innovation and technology with the announcement of free brand-wide Wi-Fi commencing this summer. As a result of positive guest feedback from the free Wi-Fi service at PHG’s Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel property, PHG will begin rolling out Wi-Fi service starting with the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya complex this April. This service, which is offered all throughout the complexes, including rooms, will be implemented at all Grand Palladium and The Royal Suites resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil; and in most of the brand’s portfolio in Spain later this year.

"Palladium Hotel Group is committed to providing its clients with the finest guest experience. What differentiates Palladium from our competitors is our willingness to adapt to new trends based on consumer needs. We believe that the launch of this brand-wide amenity will continue to keep guests coming back to our Resorts again and again,” said Juan José Calvo, PHG’s Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing.

The Wi-Fi service is complimentary to guests following a short questionnaire which is issued within the user’s internet browser upon accessing the Palladium wireless network. Guests will be asked about what kind of experiences they are looking for on their trip, if they are travelling with a group or with their family and why they chose to stay at Palladium. This questionnaire will be used to better tailor the hotel’s service to guests. Repeat guests will only have to register once in the network, even if they are visiting a different Palladium Group Hotel property. For more information, please visit: www.palladiumhotelgroup.com.

Palladium Hotel Group:
Palladium Hotel Group is a Spanish hotel chain with over forty years of experience. The chain has 50 hotels in six countries: Spain, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Italy and Brazil and operates five brands: The Royal Suites by Palladium, Palladium Hotels & Resorts, Fiesta Hotels & Resorts, Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, Ayre Hoteles, and four special products: Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, Only You Hotel & Lounge Madrid, Agroturismo Sa Talaia and Mallorca Rocks Hotel. The Palladium Hotel Group is characterized by its philosophy of offering guests a high standard of quality facilities and services in each of its hotels and resorts as well as excellent value. Palladium Hotel Group is a family owned company (Grupo Empresas Matutes) and based in Ibiza, Spain.