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December 17, 2014
SPG Members Stay Connected in 2015 with Free Internet Access from Starwood

Stamford, Conn.— Staying reliably connected to the world while on the road – whether for business or pleasure – is vital to today’s modern traveller. In recognition of that, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) is announcing that all Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) members who book through Starwood’s digital channels will be offered free standard in-room Internet access during their stay at all participating hotels worldwide.

“With the seismic shift towards digital, particularly when guests are on the road and literally mobile, our SPG members believe high quality Internet access is a basic necessity right up there with a great bed,” said Chris Holdren, Senior Vice President, SPG and Digital at Starwood. “Offering free in-room Internet access just relieves one more pain point in the travel experience and recognizes our loyalty to SPG members who travel with us.”  

Beginning February 2, 2015, free Internet access will be available to SPG members who book their hotel stays through Starwood’s many digital channels including the company’s corporate and brand websites and mobile sites as well as the SPG app.

Starwood’s digital channels have seen increased popularity among guests and SPG members. The SPG app has seen the fastest growth in bookings across SPG’s digital platforms experiencing nearly 60% growth in the last year. In total, all of Starwood’s digital channels have seen more than 10% growth, and now, Starwood is rewarding guests who book through its platforms with the services they want.

“This year we’ve been laser-focused on empowering our guests with tools to control their stay and personalize their experiences,” said Holdren. “SPG Members can now share their core preferences through SPG Preferences or bypass the front desk and open their door with their smart phone with SPG Keyless. Free Internet access is another milestone as we put ever greater control in the hands of our loyal guests, with more to come.”

Access Extended: Travel Pros Can Offer Free Internet with Bookings

In addition to members, SPG is dedicated to championing travel professionals who play an integral role in helping travellers book their stays. Following the launch of SPG Pro, a new comprehensive loyalty program designed to reward travel professionals, SPG is offering all travel professionals the opportunity to extend free Internet access to their client base of SPG members when travel is booked on This advantage is in addition to all other SPG Pro benefits they’re already receiving if they are enrolled in the program.

Visit for more information and to secure standard in-room Internet access for your next Starwood hotel stay or a stay on behalf of your clients.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in 100 countries, and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®,The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit

About Starwood Preferred Guest
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®) is an innovative, award-winning frequent traveller program that unites each of Starwood’s 9 distinctive hotel brands and includes more luxury hotels in more destinations around the world. SPG reinvented the hospitality loyalty landscape when it launched in 1999 with its breakthrough policy of no blackout dates, and over the years has continued its tradition of innovation with enhancements such as Cash + Points, SPG MomentsSM, and most recently Your24™ and SPG Lifetime™. In addition to Free Night Awards at more than 1,200 hotels and resorts and Award Flights on over 350 major airlines without blackout dates, the Starpoints® that members earn through SPG can be redeemed for access like no other to experiences in music, sports and the arts through SPG Moments. SPG offers the opportunity for meeting and travel professionals to earn rich rewards including Starpoints and elite status through SPG Pro. SPG also has an ongoing commitment to digital innovation to meet the needs of today’s connected global traveller – from the SPG app for iPhone that utilizes state-aware technology to create a more personalized hotel stay to Starwood’s Best Rate Guarantee on, to SPG’s integration within various social media platforms. Offerings such as these have helped SPG build a passionate member base among the world’s most frequent travellers. Learn more at, and and connect with us,,,, and

December 17, 2014
Temple Hotels Inc. announces The Hotel Saskatchewan's 2015 affiliation with the Autograph Collection

Winnipeg—After acquiring The Hotel Saskatchewan in April 2014, Temple Hotels Inc. ("Temple") (TSX: TPH) is reconstituting the property's grandeur as it joins the acclaimed Autograph Collection by Marriott. The Autograph Collection is an extraordinary group of independent luxury hotels worldwide that provide distinctive guest experiences. As part of this exciting new affiliation, The Hotel Saskatchewan will undergo extensive renovations to revitalize guestrooms, public spaces and restaurants commencing in January 2015. Substantial portions of the renovations are to be completed by next summer.

"Temple is honoured to have The Hotel Saskatchewan join the Autograph Collection," said Arni Thorsteinson, Chief Executive Officer. "The uncompromising originality and exceptional hospitality of The Hotel Saskatchewan will be in excellent company amongst the iconic Autograph Collection properties." 

Autograph Collection properties are located in dynamic gateway cities and preferred destinations across the world. The personality and individuality of this unique group of properties provides the ultimate experience that reflects the adventurous spirit and originality of the guests who seek unique hospitality.

Since 1927, Hotel Saskatchewan has been one of the premier hotels in Regina featuring 224 guestrooms, wide range of dining options, lounge and 14,000 square feet of meeting/function space. Additional conveniences include on-site barbershop, shoe shine, patisserie, fitness centre, spa and gift shop.  Hotel Saskatchewan is located in the heart of downtown Regina overlooking beautiful Victoria Park. The property affords access to various restaurants, Casino Regina, the Cornwall Centre and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina International Airport (YQR) is a 10-minute drive from the hotel.


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

December 15, 2014
Eventive Marketing Inc. Welcomes new Senior Account Director, Dana Warren

At Eventive Marketing Inc., we welcome aboard our new Senior Account Director, Dana Warren.  Dana is a proven leader in the meetings, incentive and events field with over 20 years of experience. Dana’s hands-on personal approach is a perfect fit for our organization.  Her attention to detail, vast experience and a focus on making every dollar count is her corporate emphasis.  In her spare time, Dana is very active in philanthropic endeavors through various charitable events, improving the lives of children, the LGBT community and other charitable programs.

Eventive Marketing Inc.
Eventive Marketing Inc. is an event management company where experience, creativity and global resources meet, to provide our clients’ with a Total Event Solution. We produce and manage, conferences, meetings, product launches, incentive travel programs, roadshows, advisory board meetings and a variety of special events.

Dana Warren
) 986-9467

December 08, 2014
Residence Inn Helps Business Travelers Stay Connected With Their Kids

Bethesda, Md.— Geographic distance no longer means having to compromise sacred bedtime rituals with your children. Launching today, Residence Inn by Marriott announces a partnership with Story Bug by Cricket Media, a collaborative reading app for iPhones and iPads that allows kids and their parents, grandparents and other loved ones to read stories together even if they aren’t physically in the same location.  With the help of video chat, an interactive reader and Cricket Media’s award winning collection of digital books, sharing a bedtime story while traveling has never been easier.

“We understand how difficult it is for parents who have to travel for work to maintain the daily routines for their children, especially in the evening before bedtime,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “As a part of our ongoing commitment to celebrating families, the Story Bug app helps our guests use technology in a fun and meaningful way to stay connected with their kids.”

All app users will have access to two co-branded, travel-themed books titled “I Left My Sock in San Francisco,” and “We’re on our Way.” As part of the experience, parents and their little ones will be able to see and hear each other while viewing the same digital book, plus share controls for turning pages and interacting with content. A digital hand shows where the child is pointing to on the page, so grown-ups can challenge their young readers to point to items or sound out words.

“In addition to being a fun way for families to connect, Story Bug is a great educational tool,” explained Katya Andresen, CEO at Cricket Media. “Families can choose from a vast library of digital books for children aged 0-6 that engages young readers through early development concepts and topics, such as counting, rhyming, colors, animals and more.”

Story Bug offers families access to award-winning Cricket Media content, like complete issues of Babybug Magazine and dozens of e-books for children ages 0-6. Residence Inn guests will be able to receive a free one-month subscription to the app through March 20, 2015 but there are additional ways to receive the 30 day trial outside the relaxing hotel stay. Those interested may also visit to receive the 1 month free trial coupon code.  

Residence Inn by Marriott 
With more than 650 properties in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn by Marriott is the leader in the extended-stay lodging segment. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Fully functional kitchens, grocery delivery, 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfast help guests maintain a healthy balance while on the road. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows guests to stay connected to the home and office, while health and fitness options and inviting lobby spaces provide comfortable places to work and relax. 

Residence Inn participates in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-331-3131 or visit For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, “like” Residence Inn on Facebook: and follow Residence Inn on Twitter:

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company newsvisit

Cricket Media
Cricket Media(TSXV: CKT) is an education media company that provides award-winning content on a safe and secure learning network for children, families and teachers across the world. Cricket Media’s 13 popular media brands for toddlers to teens include Babybug, Ladybug, Cricket® and Cobblestone® and digital apps in English and Chinese. The Company’s innovative web-based K12 tools, for school and home, include the ePals virtual classroom for global collaboration as well as In2Books®, a Common Core eMentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Cricket Media serves approximately one million classrooms and millions of teachers, students and parents in over 200 countries and territories through its platform and NeuPals, its joint venture with China’s leading IT services company Neusoft. Cricket Media also licenses its content and platform to top publishing and educational companies worldwide. For more information, please visit

December 03, 2014
The Westin Harbour Castle Toronto Welcomes Celebrated Chef Corbin

Toronto, ON—The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto is pleased to announce the appointment of nationally celebrated Chef Corbin Tomaszeski as Chef Corbin at The Westin Harbour Castle.  In his new role, Chef Corbin works with the culinary team to elevate and enhance the food and beverage experience at the hotel and Conference Centre. Also, the hotel is pleased to introduce Savoury a private chef’s table available for small intimate groups with a menu designed by Chef Corbin.   

The Westin Harbour Castle is proud to partner with the culinary leadership of nationally celebrated, Chef Corbin Tomaszeski. Chef Corbin’s passion for bringing back meaning to the world of food aligns perfectly with our goal of nourishing the soul with the innovative Westin Superfoods program. Menu options include antioxidant-rich ingredients transformed by focusing on flavour and outstanding presentation in order to create exceptional meals.

“I am delighted to be working with the team at The Westin Harbour Castle, the preeminent hospitality leader in the city,” said Chef Corbin Tomaszeski. “I look forward to bringing my vision and passion for food to share with guests at the hotel and to residents of Toronto. I believe the memories we make around a shared table are the best memories of all and Savoury was designed with this as inspiration.”

Savoury is a secluded, one-of-a-kind 10-person restaurant with a unique arrival experience through the busy kitchen of the hotel. The semi-private location and dining experience is designed for small groups of diners with a five course meal designed to delight diners in an intimate and VIP setting. Chef Corbin’s menu combines quality ingredients in a simple and distinctive way. Dinner can be booked with one of the hotels talented chefs, or booked with Chef Corbin himself to discuss the preparation methods, cooking techniques as well as the origins of the dishes. Wine pairings and education is also available for booking with the meal.

Chef Corbin’s influence is present throughout the hotel, having worked with the Food & Beverage team to complement the existing menus for the hotel’s outlets. Menus at Mizzen Restaurant and the Chart Room Bar and Lounge now feature delightful signature Chef Corbin items for guests to enjoy.

“We are thrilled to have added Chef Corbin to the culinary team at The Westin Harbour Castle,” said Tim Reardon, General Manager at The Westin Harbour Castle. “With the addition of Savoury with Chef Corbin will elevate our culinary offerings to the next level. His focus on healthy, fresh ingredients and eating well perfectly align with Westin’s Eat Well pillar.”

With a brand positioning rooted in wellness, The Westin Harbour Castle is dedicated to ensuring that guests leave feeling better than when they arrived.  Earlier this year the Westin brand launched The Westin Well-Being Movement – a year-long global initiative designed to enhance the well-being of guests and associates with the introduction of a string of innovative partnerships and programs across the brand’s six pillars of well-being: Feel Well, Work Well, Move Well, Eat Well, Sleep Well and Play Well.  Building upon its existing healthy SuperFoodsRx™ menus, Westin recently introduced new delicious and nutrient-rich offerings including Westin Fresh by The Juicery, featuring energizing juices and smoothies, and kid-tested nourishing dishes developed in partnership with SuperChefs on the Westin Eat Well Menu for Kids (Eat Well).

About Chef Corbin
Corbin Tomaszeski is a chef with a unique vision: to bring meaning back to the world of food. In every endeavor he has taken up, whether being executive chef or through his popular Food Network shows Dinner Party Wars, Restaurant Makeover and Restaurant Takeover, Chef Corbin strives to keep the focus on food as a conveyance to shared joy, and away from fussy, rigorous rules.

About The Westin Harbour Castle
The Westin Harbour Castle, located on Toronto’s vibrant waterfront offers refreshing accommodations in Canada's largest city. The CAA/AAA Four Diamond property is a landmark downtown Toronto hotel and a haven of personal wellbeing for business, group and leisure travellers from around the globe. With more than 70,000 square feet of premium function space, The Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre sets the stage for productive conferences, conventions, meetings and top notch special events. For more information please visit or follow @westintoronto.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts has been a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade. Today, Westin has 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, and is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®.  The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates.  Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands.  For more information, please

December 01, 2014
Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place achieves LEED® Gold Certification

Toronto, ON—The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) on Nov 12, 2014, announced that the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place has been awarded LEED® Gold Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. The Direct Energy Centre is one of the first convention centres in Canada to receive this distinction by the CaGBC.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized rating system for evaluating the sustainability of building design, construction and operations. LEED certified buildings incorporate leading-edge features that protect the environment and promote healthy working and living conditions.

As the largest venue situated at Exhibition Place, Direct Energy Centre’s achievement is substantial and continues to present the facility and the entire site as an industry leader in environmental and sustainability practices through the GREENSmart Program. A few of the significant upgrades to reach LEED Gold include:

-A reduction of over 45% in water use from washroom fixtures.
-Increased controllable lighting systems that reduce lighting energy consumption
-An average of 72% of show waste being diverted from landfill
-Participation in the Toronto Smart Commute program which demonstrated a 52% reduction in conventional commuting trips

“It is a significant achievement to receive this prestigious certification, I wish to congratulate and thank all Exhibition Place staff for their hard work and consistent efforts on this project” says Councillor Mark Grimes, Chair of the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place, “Having also been recently awarded 3RCertified Platinum Level from the Recycling Council of Ontario , Exhibition Place is once again proving itself to be a phenomenal leader in sustainability, energy reduction and waste management.”

LEED Gold for Direct Energy Centre follows on from the LEED Silver certification of the Allstream Conference Centre awarded in 2012.

About Exhibition Place
Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest entertainment venue, attracting over 5.3 million visitors a year. The 192-acre site is an integral component of Toronto and Ontario’s economy, particularly with respect to conventions, sport, festivals, recreation, culture and tourism. During the summer of 2015, Exhibition Place will become CIBC Pan Am Park, and will play host to up to 13 sports during the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, entitled GREENSmart; which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading edge green technologies and practices across the site.

About Canada Green Building Council
The Canada Green Building Council is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada. CaGBC have successfully advocated for green building policies with all levels of governments and the private sector across Canada.

For more information contact:
Laura Purdy
Director of Sales & Marketing
Direct Energy Centre & Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place

Mark Goss, P.Eng., LEED Green Associate
General Manager, Operations
Direct Energy Centre & Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place

November 27, 2014
Delta's Flagship Hotel Open for Business in downtown Toronto

Toronto—Delta Hotels and Resorts® today announced the official opening of the new Delta Toronto hotel in downtown Toronto, Ontario. Delta Toronto is the first four-star, full service hotel to be built in the city in over two decades. Designed to exceed the evolving expectations of the modern traveller, Delta Toronto is the flagship brand standard for Delta's growing portfolio of hotels and resorts across Canada.

From coast to coast, Delta is introducing new designs, new hotels and innovative use of technologies that engage guests in ways one would expect from Canada's leading, four-star hotel company. Delta recently embarked on a major national campaign promising Canadians to Expect Even More™. The campaign launched across major broadcast and online media networks in Canada, and has been shown more than 100 million times to-date.

"Delta Toronto is the major symbol of our transformation. Our incredible new hotel, paired with our exceptional service culture and passionate employees, together are a recipe for success," says Ken Greene, President and CEO of Delta Hotels and Resorts. "We are well on our way to being the leading Canadian hotel brand, surpassing the expectation of our guests, owners and colleagues."

As the flagship hotel, Delta Toronto exemplifies all of the elements of Delta's brand repositioning. Guests will experience the most modern, innovative and thoughtfully designed hotel in the region delivered with Delta's trademark service excellence. At Delta Toronto, innovative use of technologies allows guests to customize their stay. Interactive televisions in each room provide information about the hotel and the local destination, as well as enable guests to remotely upload content from mobile devices to the television screen to watch their own content. A new mobile app was also recently launched across Delta hotel and resort locations to enable guests to access a full range of guest services.

Delta Toronto's design is reflective of the city's vibrant culture. Canadian art, materials and modern finishes, as well as a focus on natural light, define the new Delta Toronto. In the tradition of grand hotel design, the Delta Toronto lobby has a sweeping staircase and spacious public areas featuring works from emerging Canadian artists. With 567 ModeRoom™ guest rooms and suites on 40 storeys, guests are treated to unparalleled views of the city. The hotel also offers a leading edge fitness facility with a gym, whirlpool and indoor pool, a business centre and approximately 17,000 square feet of high-tech meeting and conference space including a 6,000 square foot ballroom and 4,000 square foot terrace for outdoor events.

Located at the intersection of Lower Simcoe and Bremner Boulevard, Delta Toronto is on centre ice in an emerging new community – the South Core or SoCo neighbourhood. SoCo is quickly becoming a major business address and tourism destination in Toronto's expanding downtown core. The hotel is steps away from major entertainment venues and attractions including The Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, the CN Tower, Steamwhistle and Ripley's Aquarium. Delta Toronto is also the most connected hotel in the city, with direct access to the PATH, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Union Station and Union Pearson Express.

"We're excited to be back in downtown Toronto in the heart of all the energy," says Peter Gillis, General Manager of Delta Toronto. "We think we have a unique hotel experience to offer visitors to the neighbourhood. From our prime location to our unbeatable views to our inspired design, Delta Toronto is a hotel that will change the way you see Toronto." 

The SOCO Kitchen + Bar, a 150-seat restaurant facing the neighbourhood which it is designed to serve, is a central meeting place for locals and visitors to connect and share a meal. Executive Chef Dan Craig's menu is inspired by fresh ingredients cooked simply. In modern celebration of a classic drink, Char No.5 is an exclusive whisky bar located in the lobby.

Guests can reserve a room at Delta Toronto by calling 888-890-3222 or by visiting To make reservations at SOCO Kitchen + Bar, guests can call 416-637-5465. 

Follow Delta Toronto:
Twitter @DeltaToronto
Instagram deltatoronto

About Delta Hotels and Resorts
As Canada's largest full-service hotel company, Delta Hotels and Resorts welcomes more than three million guests each year to its 43 city centre and airport hotels and resorts across the country. Building on a 52-year reputation for genuine hospitality, Delta offers a fresh approach to the guest experience. From new ModeRoom™ guest room designs, innovative use of new technologies, and new properties, including its flagship Delta Toronto, guests can Expect Even More™.  Delta's more than 6,000 associates across the country are active leaders in their local communities and environmental stewards through programs such as Delta Helps™ and Delta Greens™.  Delta has been named one of the country's 50 Best Employers for 15 years and a Green 30 company since 2010. For more information, please visit

November 26, 2014
First Canadian Tesla destination charging network rolled out at Le Germain and Alt Hotels

Quebec—Group Germain Hotels is proud to announce today that all electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts will literally be able to recharge their batteries while getting a great night's sleep at its Le Germain and Alt Hotels across the country. The independent Canadian hoteliers are the first to roll-out the new Tesla Destination Charging program thereby providing its guests access to a private network of over 20 EV charging stations capable of delivering a full charge in 4 to 8 hours at its many hotels.

"Sustainability and innovation have always been top of mind for us at Group Germain Hotels. Not only do we always incorporate eco-friendly features into the design of our properties but we also support and encourage like-minded guests and organizations. Tesla is an industry leader in both fields making this partnership a natural extension of our guest experience", says Jean-Yves Germain, co-president of Group Germain Hotels. "Our EV-driving guests can now have peace of mind knowing that they can get a full charge overnight or while attending on-site meetings. As a Tesla driver myself, I am thrilled to be able to recharge at almost every one of our hotels and I look forward to one day taking an emission-free road trip from coast to coast."

Universal and Tesla charging stations ranging from 60 to 100 amps are currently available at Le Germain and Alt Hotels in Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto. The Alt Hotel in Halifax currently has a universal charging station that is connected to the VERnetwork. Additional stations will be deployed in Calgary the new year.

"Tesla Motors is pleased to partner with Group Germain Hotels and provide accessible charging for patrons traveling with Model S and other electric vehicles. Their commitment to sustainability is a quality that resonates with our customers, and we're excited they will have extra charging options as they explore eastern Canada," says Tesla spokesperson, Will Nicholas.

About destination charging program
In addition to its Supercharger Network, Telsa Motors is helping businesses including hotels, shopping centers, and office parks install wall connectors to make charging while shopping or sleeping even easier. Tesla's wall connectors can charge Model S in as quickly as four hours – perfect for topping off when on the road.

About Tesla
Tesla changed the auto industry in 2008 with the launch of the Tesla Roadster, the world's first highway-capable electric vehicle. Tesla is furthering its mission to drive down the cost of electric vehicles with Model S, the first mass-produced electric premium sedan. This platform enables efficiency, safety and design not possible in an architecture conceived around a combustion engine. The Model S competes with the top cars in its class in spaciousness, handling and style, yet produces zero emissions. 

Tesla is reinventing the car-buying experience. By owning its stores, Tesla is able to provide unparalleled customer service, well beyond the point of sale. The Tesla store is designed to invite everyone – from toddlers to great-grandparents – inside to experience Tesla. You'll never find a sign that says "Do Not Touch." Each new store we open is staffed with savvy Product Specialists available to answer your questions about EVs, what it's like to own a Tesla, and how to charge. Model S orders and Model X reservations can be completed in-store or from your computer, smart phone, or iPad. Tesla places stores in high-traffic areas and encourages the public to come in, check out the cars, and explore Tesla's interactive digital displays.

About Group Germain Hotels
As a company celebrating more than 26 years in business, sustainability is at the heart of all of our activities. From the eco-responsible building practices we follow to the charitable donations we make, from the financial health of our organisation to the training programs we have developed for our team, each decision we make is guided by the knowledge that we are contributing to the sustainable growth of our communities. We follow best practices in governance and are proud of our ranking as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies since 2002.

Group Germain Hotels is a family-run business from Québec City that owns and operates Le Germain Hotels and no-frills-chic Alt Hotels across the country. The company is renowned for its impeccable warmth and the style that characterizes its hotels. Every year, the 700 member team welcomes guests for 325 000 overnight stays, bringing the total number of stays to nearly 2.6 million since the opening of the first hotel in 1988. For more information, visit

November 25, 2014
Completed renovations at Le Westin Resort & Spa inspire year-round wellbeing

Mont Tremblant, QC—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and Station Mont Tremblant today announced the completion and unveiling of the final phase of the all-encompassing renovation master plan at Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant. The hotel, located in the heart of Tremblant's pedestrian village, sets the stage for a renewing guest experience, and features a complete redesign of the hotel's interior including the 122 spacious guest rooms and more than 4090 square feet of premium meeting space with the latest technology. Additional enhancements include the re-designed lobby and front desk featuring a living green wall, and the new Gypsy Restaurant and Lounge offering Mediterranean cuisine. Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant is a 2014 SPG Member Favourite Best Winter Escapes winner for the third year.

"We congratulate the team on the completion of the significant enhancements at Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant, a world renowned destination where guests enjoy superb access to incredible skiing, golf, upscale shops, dining and entertainment," said John Crouch, Senior Director of Operations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. "Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant appeals to guests seeking to recharge and revitalize with the help of the Westin brand's signature programs and amenities, designed to send them home feeling better than when they arrived."

Earlier this year the Westin brand launched The Westin Well-Being Movement – a year-long global initiative designed to enhance the well-being of guests and associates with the introduction of a string of innovative partnerships and programs across the brand's six pillars of well-being: Feel Well, Work Well, Move Well, Eat Well, Sleep Well and Play Well.

Living Wall - Vertical Garden Offers a Breath of Fresh Air
As the very final touches are coming, Le Westin Resort & Spa Tremblant will feature a living wall behind the front desk. A unique focal element of the new Westin lobby concept, the living wall was designed not only to improve indoor air quality, but also to create a calming, more natural environment.

Revitalized Guestrooms Offer Heavenly Experience
The resort's 122 accommodations have been thoroughly updated — including new furniture and amenities. The revamped design scheme includes calming, tonal colors that create a soothing environment, allowing guests to leave feeling better than when they arrived. Elegantly decorated guest rooms and suites feature wood details, warm fabrics, and panoramic windows with breathtaking views of the mountain or Lac Tremblant. Each guestroom features Westin's luxurious amenities including the coveted Heavenly BedTM

The renovation also included the creation of the Gypsy Restaurant and Lounge. Spanish-inspired and featuring Mediterranean flavours, signature dishes include tapas, paellas and seasonal cocktail selections, featuring house-made infusions and market fresh ingredients. Located in Quebec's year-round playground, the resort with its new meeting space is well positioned to become a favourite corporate business and incentive destination. With more than 4 090 square feet of renovated meeting and event space, the hotel is an ideal host for small to medium sized events and conferences.   

Special Renovation Offer
In celebration of the completion of the enhancements, Le Westin Resort & Spa is delighted to present a special offer. For stays before December 18th, 2014, guests can take advantage of 25% off stays all week, enjoy complimentary late check-out and receive double Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints®. Visit to book or call 1 866 716 8101 and mention rate code WRLCH14.

Tremblant: Take Me to the Top
Tremblant is a top resort destination owing to the excellence of its four-season guest experience both at the mountain, and in its pedestrian village. Its views of the Laurentians, the diversity of its offer and its highly acclaimed major events – of which IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant, 24h of Tremblant, Wanderlust and the Tremblant International Blues Festival – have earned it a place among the World's 25 Best Ski Towns in 2014 according to National Geographic, and the title of#1 Ski Resort in Eastern North America for a 17th time by SKI Magazine readers. With family, friends or your sweetheart, Tremblant welcomes vacationers and groups flying direct from Toronto with Air Canada and Porter Airlines, to enjoy 1,900 lodging units fanned out across 13 hotel establishments, over 75 restaurants, boutiques and a Casino, all at nature's doorstep.  

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts has been a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade. Today, Westin has 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, and is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit

November 20, 2014
FICP 2015 Leadership Announced

Waikoloa, HI—Members of Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP) announced the meeting planner elected to serve on the association’s board of directors at the 2014 FICP Annual Conference, held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Waikoloa, Hawai’i. Joe Scully, Senior Director, John Hancock Financial Services – a division of Manulife Financial, Boston, Mass., will serve a three-year term effective January 1, 2015.

By acclamation, Shelia Cleary, 2nd Vice President, Recognition and Conferences, National Life Group, Montpelier, Vt., became the 2015 Chair.

The board of directors elected Caryn Taylor Lucia, CMP, Director, Corporate Events, SEI, Oaks, Pa., as the FICP Chair-Elect. Taylor Lucia will automatically become FICP Chair in 2016.

Continuing on the board are:

• Immediate Past Chair and Annual Conference Chair: Jana Stern, Director, Meetings & Events, Voya Financial, Minneapolis, Minn.
• Education Forum Chair: Marla Hannigan, CMP, Meeting and Event Manager, Mutual of Omaha, Omaha, Neb.
• Symposia Co-chair: Karin Pontelandolfo, CMP, Senior Meeting Planner, Liberty Mutual, Boston, Mass.
• Symposia Co-chair: Jeff Leggett, Kingston, ON
• Membership Chair: Marcia Merando, LLIF, FLMI, LUTCF, Director of Marketing, Frankenmuth Insurance, Frankenmuth, Mich.
• Education Chair: Kathy Roche, Manager, Meeting & Conference Planning, Western & Southern Financial Group, Cincinnati, Ohio
• Executive Director: Steve Bova, CAE, Financial & Insurance Conference Planners, Chicago, Ill.

Kelli Livers, CMP, CTE, Assistant Vice President, Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited, Houston, Texas, departs the board at the end of 2014.

To serve on the board of directors, one must be an FICP member in good standing for a continuous two-year period; be able to maintain their corporate and/or meeting planning responsibilities as well as their board responsibilities; have the full support of their company’s management; and have at least five years of work experience in the meeting/conference planning field.

2015 Hospitality Partner Advisory Council Announced

Kevin Regan, MBA, Corporate & Incentive Sales Director, Silversea Cruises, Ltd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was named Chair of the Hospitality Partner Advisory Council (HPAC) for 2015.

The HPAC welcomes Cosimo Bruzzese, Vice President of Business Development, Briggs, Inc., A DMC Network Company, New York, N.Y., to its roster in 2015.

Linda Burley, CMP, National Sales Manager, Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, Nev.; Chris Gilbert, National Sales Manager, Charleston Place, Charleston, S.C.; Padraic Gilligan, MA, HDE, DMCP, Chairman, Ovation Global DMC, Dublin, Ireland; Julie Holmen, Director of Sales, Corporate and Incentive, Tourism Toronto, Toronto, ON; and Isabel Mahon, Director of Sales, Incentive/Insurance, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts North America, Chicago, Ill., return to the HPAC for 2015.

Clarence Day, CMP, Director of National Accounts, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Kapalua, Hawaii departs the HPAC after serving as its chair in 2014.

FICP provides high-quality information, education and networking to financial and insurance meeting professionals, increasing their success and strategic value. We maintain a balanced planner to hospitality partner ratio at all times, resulting in a unique business environment.