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September 23, 2014
The International Centre Announces the Completion of Phase 1 of a $7 Million Renewal Plan

Mississauga, ONThe International Centre is pleased to announce the completion of phase 1 of an impressive 7 million dollar renewal plan. Incorporating sleek, modern design elements, and enhancing client and visitor experiences, the renovation has transformed its one million square foot facility.

Changes to the facility, which complement the over 450 events held annually, include:

 Stunning, sleek and modern Hall 1 lobby providing versatility for a multitude of events, facilitating everything from a product showcase to an elaborate reception.

 Dynamic, multifunctional new Connector building built to improve the flow between Hall 5 and the remainder of the facility. Merging functionality and design, this space now has the flexibility to accommodate registration, receptions, booths and displays, and lounge areas for food and beverage. Both Hall 1 lobby and Connector spaces were designed by Arch-Tech Design Group.

 State-of-the-art LED exterior main entrance and hall signage providing Clients full colour, full motion event messaging.

 Enhancing external and internal way-finding systems to better guide visitors through an updated easy-to-understand and esthetically pleasing way-finding system.

 Increasing the number of complimentary Internet hotspots to 4 key areas in the facility, allowing attendees to get affordably connected.

 Increasing Internet speeds by a factor of 10, and augmented the density of wireless coverage. This allows the Centre to deliver services reliably while halls are bustling with activity, and improves performance for downloading and uploading media-rich content.

“The International Centre has undergone a very exciting transformation and we are thrilled to share it with our staff, clients and visitors,” said Michael Prescott, Chief Executive Officer, The International Centre. “Enhancing our client and visitor experience has always been our number one priority, and the revitalization of our facility will help our over 450 annual events continue to achieve success.”

As the leading exhibition and conference venue in North America, the completion of phase 1 of the renewal plan demonstrates The International Centre’s commitment to providing an exceptional venue for its 1.5 million visitors annually.

About The International Centre
The International Centre boasts over  40 years of success as the leading trade and consumer show venue in North America, and one of Canada's largest privately owned multi-purpose conference facilities. Located at 6900 Airport Road, offering complimentary parking for 5,000 vehicles and surrounded by more than 10,000 hotel rooms, The International Centre is easily accessible from any point in the Greater Toronto Area. For more information visit www.internationalcentre.com.

September 22, 2014
Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel Announces Multimillion-Dollar Renovation

Calgary, AB—The Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel has just unveiled plans for a bold transformation. Scheduled to begin in October 2014, the changes will affect nearly every corner of the hotel, from its 384 guest rooms, to its more than 7,000 square feet of meeting space. And while the property already boasts some of the finest accommodations in Calgary, guests can soon look forward to an even more compelling stay.

Scheduled for completion in Spring 2015, the upcoming makeover will encompass fresh, innovative enhancements to the guest rooms, meeting space, lobby, restaurant/bar and concierge lounge. And the timing couldn't be better. The renovation will dovetail with the property's 40th anniversary and promises to solidify its place as a leader among upscale hotels in Calgary.

"These ground-breaking enhancements will keep our property at the forefront of the competitive hotel market in Calgary," says General Manager Joseph Clohessy. "More importantly, these changes will contribute significantly to helping the city be a leading destination for travellers seeking to achieve their personal and professional goals."

This bold transformation is accordingly immense. When guests arrive at the hotel, the new lobby will greet them with a redefined energy that sets the tone for their stay. Expanded floor space, a reconfigured guest-services area, contemporary décor and new social seating areas, all of which reflect Marriott's signature GreatRoom concept, create a current of excitement that carries through to the rest of the hotel. A new Starbucks location in the lobby will include dedicated seating for guests' convenience as well. And the 7,075 square feet of existing meeting space will grow by another 4,000 square feet to befit this property's location near the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre.

Upstairs, visitors will experience innovative and thoughtful guest rooms, which are already the largest among downtown Calgary hotels. Included in the guest rooms' new enhancements are upgraded bathrooms (many of which will be converted to shower-only spaces) that incorporate sliding barn doors for better utilization of space and to provide a more open feel.

One of the most exciting changes to the property, however, will be the arrival of Canada's first M Club Lounge. This upscale concierge lounge will serve as an inspiring place for guests to work, connect and recharge with features like business services, flexible seating options and food & beverage offerings.

The hotel will also update all of its dining options to improve interiors and expand seating. Additionally, whispers are circulating regarding a brand-new restaurant and whiskey bar that honours the hotel's Canadian roots in epicurean ways, with final details coming soon.

While the new-and-improved spaces will feel as good as they look, guests can rest assured that the changes will be implemented responsibly as well. All current carpet will be recycled and therefore have less of an impact on the landfills. Water-saving toilets, smart thermostats with energy-efficient heating/cooling systems and state-of-the-art card-reader technology are all part of the package, too.

Beyond the physical changes, digital innovations such as mobile check-in and concierge services along with collaborative work and meeting tools will also transform the Marriott experience for future guests. This transformation will be shared with travellers on the Calgary Marriott's social media and digital platforms, where the evolution of the hotel will occur in real-time – a new and compelling way of communicating a brand new vision of travel and hospitality.

About the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel
The Calgary Marriott Downtown attracts business and leisure travellers with attentive service, plush accommodations and a variety of convenient amenities. Upon the completion of its multimillion-dollar renovation in Spring 2015, the hotel will welcome guests with a new lobby, Canada's first M Club Lounge, inspired dining options that include an on-site Starbucks and a new whiskey bar, and more than 11,000 square feet of dynamic meeting space. Guest rooms invite travellers to relax with luxury bedding, smart TVs and dramatic views of the city and the Canadian Rockies. Other features of this luxurious hotel include a fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment, an indoor pool, concierge service, a full-service business centre, laundry service and valet parking. Located in the heart of downtown Calgary, the hotel is near the famous Calgary Tower, Calgary Zoo and Glenbow Museum, as well as vibrant restaurants, bars and shops.

September 22, 2014
IHG Announces the Opening of a New Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites for Spruce Grove, Alberta

Spruce Grove, ABInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announced the opening of a new Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites in Spruce Grove following an $18 million investment by the ownership group. This 79,500-square-foot property has been added to IHG’s hotels in Alberta, is located close to some of the city’s major attractions such as TransAtla Tri Leisure Centre, Fuhr Sports Park and 20 minutes away from West Edmonton Mall. Other neighboring attractions include the Tri-Village which features many shops and popular eateries and the Acheson Industrial Park, a major employment area, home to more than 200 businesses.

"Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers," said Heather Balsley, senior vice president, Americas Core Brands & Brand Operations. "With more than 2,200 properties worldwide and nearly 500 more in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express portfolio continues to provide our guests with an enhanced-stay experience at a great value.  We are proud to welcome this hotel into the Holiday Inn Portfolio of Brands with the brand-new sign and everything it represents.”

The Holiday Inn Express brand is one of the largest and fastest growing hotel brands in the industry, and in order to meet the ever-changing needs of its guest, IHG invested in the $1 billion Holiday Inn global brand re-launch, the largest in hospitality history. The re-launch continues to drive increased quality and consistency across the global portfolio, and new hotels feature a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

The four-story, 130-room hotel includes 42 suites, an indoor swimming pool, and 3,000 square feet of meeting space for up to 200 people. Through IHG’s Green Engage initiative, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Spruce Grove upholds IHG’s commitment to sustainability through its installation of an energy management system, the implementation of LED and energy efficient lights bulbs throughout the hotel, an extensive recycling program, the utilization of green cleaning chemicals and the use of the innovative MOLOK garbage disposal system.

“We want to be a hotel that Spruce Grove is proud to call their own”, said Jon Sholter, general manager, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Spruce Grove. “Our hotel is a great representation of the warm and welcoming nature of our community and we know that both business and leisure travelers will enjoy the many amenities our hotel offers.”

The new hotel offers guests a pleasurable experience with amenities that include a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary high-speed Internet access and a business center. Business travelers will find large desks with ergonomic chairs, free local and toll free phones with private voicemail, and complimentary newspapers. The complimentary Express Start™ breakfast bar offers a full range of breakfast items, and now features healthy breakfast items, including Chobani yogurt, whole wheat English muffins, Special K cereal with red berries, new oatmeal flavors in cups, and a toppings bar - for yogurt, cereal and pancakes. Additionally, the breakfast bar continues to offer a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, fruit, the brand's proprietary cinnamon roll, and Smart Roast® coffee. Guest rooms will feature contemporary styling, comfortable queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair and an in-room coffee machine featuring complimentary Smart Roast 100% Arabica coffee. The SimplySmart™ shower incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart™ Kohler showerhead, signature shower curtain with curved rod. Upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels and Bath & Body Works White Citrus bath products are also included. Guests will enjoy the SimplySmart™ bedding collection, where they will find crisp, fresh bedding that features an attractive decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket and soft, 200 thread-count sheets.

About Holiday Inn Express® Hotels
Holiday Inn Express® hotels are a part of the IHG brand family and are the ideal choice for the smart traveler, offering them a great night’s rest while helping them be productive on the go. Fresh, clean, modern and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers. Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start™ Breakfast Bar, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone calls (US and Canada only). Launched in 1991, the Holiday Inn Express® brand is one of the largest and fastest growing brands in the hotel industry, opening hotels at a rate of two per week on average. There are currently more than 2,200 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe. For more information or to book a reservation, visit ihg.com/holidayinnexpress or call 1-800-HOLIDAY. Find us on twitter twitter.com/HIExpress or Facebook facebook.com/holidayinnexpress.

September 11, 2014
Aimia appoints John Boynton Chief Marketing Officer in Canada

Montreal, QC—Vince Timpano, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada, Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM), announces the appointment of John Boynton to the newly created role of Chief Marketing Officer for Canada. Boynton's mandate is to ensure Aimia is recognized in Canada as the leader in loyalty marketing and for its full suite of loyalty programs, products and services.

Boynton will shape the future of the Aeroplan program by accelerating the development of innovative products and marketing, leveraging valuable member insights to ensure a rich and relevant member experience. He will also lead the proprietary loyalty business, with a focus on high-value loyalty products and services.

"John is a widely recognized and respected marketing leader within Canada and we are thrilled to have him join Aimia," said Timpano. "He has a strong track record in a number of sectors and brings a unique mix of social, digital and data-driven marketing expertise, coupled with classic marketing strategy and execution. John will play a pivotal role in building our Aimia and Aeroplan brands in Canada and strengthening our leadership position in this market."
With more than 25 years of broad marketing experience, Boynton most recently served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Rogers Communications Inc., one of Canada's largest communications and media companies. Prior to his 12 years at Rogers, he gained experience across a number of sectors across North America with brands such as Pepsi Co, Sprint Canada, and AT&T.

Boynton is a member of the boards of the Canadian Marketing Association, Toronto Region Board of Trade and the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership Council at the Richard Ivey School of Business. He holds an Honors Business Administration, Marketing degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

About Aimia
Aimia Inc. ("Aimia") is a global leader in loyalty management. Employing more than 4,300 people in 20 countries worldwide, Aimia offers clients, partners and members proven expertise in launching and managing coalition loyalty programs, delivering proprietary loyalty services, creating value through loyalty analytics and driving innovation in the emerging digital, mobile and social communications spaces.

Aimia owns and operates Aeroplan, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program, Nectar, the United Kingdom's largest coalition loyalty program, Nectar Italia, Italy's largest coalition loyalty program and Smart Button, a leading provider of SaaS loyalty solutions. In addition, Aimia owns stakes in Air Miles Middle East, Travel Club, Spain's largest coalition loyalty program, Club Premier, Mexico's leading coalition loyalty program, China Rewards, the first coalition loyalty program in China that enables members to earn and redeem a common currency,  Think Big, the owner and operator of BIG - AirAsia and Tune Group's loyalty program, Brazil's Prismah Fidelidade and i2c, a joint venture with Sainsbury's offering insight and data analytics services in the UK to retailers and suppliers.  Aimia also holds a minority position in Cardlytics, a US-based private company operating in card-linked marketing.  Aimia is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: AIM). For more information, visit us at www.aimia.com.

September 10, 2014
The City of Ottawa, Groupe Germain Hospitalité, DevMcGill and EBC to break ground on $100 million Arts Court Redevelopment project

New Hôtel Le Germain to open in Ottawa in 2017

Montreal—The consortium formed by Groupe Germain Hospitalité, DevMcGill and EBC has been selected by the City of Ottawa for the construction of a state-of-the-art, 23 storey mixed-use complex that will be an integral part of the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project. Featuring a 120-room Hôtel Le Germain, 82 private residences, a theatre and an art gallery, this project represents a $60 million investment from the private sector and $40 million from the public sector (City of Ottawa and University of Ottawa).

"The City of Ottawa is pleased to partner with this dynamic consortium as we work together to make Arts Court the downtown hub for Ottawa's vibrant arts community," said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. "This spectacular redevelopment will also create a world-class hotel and residential complex and provide artistic education possibilities within walking distance of many of Ottawa's signature attractions and the future stations of the Confederation Line LRT."

Located on the corner of Daly and Waller, the complex will be easily accessible. Positioned near the future Rideau and uOttawa stations along Ottawa's Light Rail Transit, it will also be just steps from the Ottawa Convention Centre, Byward Market, the Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill.

"Ottawa's strong visitor base and the wealth of tourism options make the city an ideal place to pursue our national expansion. We're genuinely excited to offer the hospitality of our two banners in the nation's capital," explained Christiane Germain, co-president and co-founder of Groupe Germain Hospitalité.

Occupying the complex's first eight floors, the new Hôtel Le Germain will offer an elegant and authentic experience with attentive service. The hotel will be Groupe Germain Hospitalité's 2nd establishment in Ottawa, following the opening of an ALT Hotel on Slater Street in 2016.

Jean-Serge D'Aoust, senior vice-president, buildings at EBC confirmed: "For this project from the City of Ottawa, EBC has assembled a premier team that will ensure the Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court will be a work of the highest quality. This mixed, public/private complex, to be built for the City of Ottawa and private developers, is one of the few projects of this nature in Canada and represents an example of how other public bodies may create value on their real estate holdings. We are both pleased and proud to collaborate with the City of Ottawa on one of the 2017 festivities project."

Located between the 12th and 20th floors, DevMcGill's private residences, the Gallery Condominiums, will offer distinguished, minimalist design, bolstered by a vast range of refined touches. With 9-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, the residences will present spectacular views of the city allowing the Gallery Condominiums to establish a reputation as an exclusive, sought-after location in the heart of Ottawa.

"We are truly honored to contribute to the fulfillment of this incredible new project, on both the building's architecture and its interior design. We are in the process of creating a logo that will stand out and serve as a beacon for arts and culture in the city. The theme of the arts largely permeates the aesthetics of the residential component, from its common areas to the interior design of the condos," said Stéphane Côté, President of DevMcGill.

The design of the project is the result of collaboration between Groupe Régis Côté Architectes and Lemay Michaud Architecture Design.

About Groupe Germain Hospitalité
Ranked as one of Canada's 50 best managed companies, Groupe Germain Hospitalité is a family run business, founded in Quebec City, that owns and operates Le Germain Boutiques-Hotels and the no-frills-chic ALT Hotels across Canada. The company is renowned for its exceptional approach to hospitality and the unique style that characterizes its hotels. Every year, its staff of about 650 people welcome guests for a total of 325,000 overnight stays, bringing the total overnight stays to nearly 2.6 million, since the first hotel opened in 1988. For more information, visit: www.groupegermain.com

About DevMcGill
DevMcGill is a multiple award winning developer with over 15 years of experience developing condominium projects, while being recognized as a leader in the real estate industry. Building on the success of its past, such as the Montreal flagship construction projects Le Couvent Outremont Caverhill along the slopes of Mount Royal, plus Le 777 and Le Orléans in Old Montreal, DevMcGill is constantly researching the art of better living and innovating to build the urban centers of tomorrow. Its many projects currently in development include M9 in Old Montreal, Castelnau in Villeray, St. Dominic in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the Avenue32 project in Lachine and the mixed-use residential and commercial complex, Le Beaumont NDG, in Montreal's Notre Dame de Grace district.

About EBC
EBC is a construction company that was founded in 1968. In its 46 years of existence, EBC has completed 600 projects totaling $7 billion. EBC operates in three main areas: building, civil engineering and earthworks and mining. The company employs 1,500 people and manages six offices in Quebec City, Montreal, Brossard, Ottawa, Timmons and North Vancouver. For more information, visit the EBC website: www.ebcinc.com.

September 10, 2014
IHG Announces Upcoming Opening of a Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites for Mont-Tremblant in Quebec

Mont-Tremblant, QCInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the upcoming opening of a new Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites in Tremblant in time for the 2015 winter ski season. Expected to open early 2015 and following a $3.2 million investment by the ownership, this property is located in the heart of the Tremblant pedestrian village, conveniently accessible to numerous ski lifts, restaurants and shops. IHG currently has 14 hotels open in Quebec Province with two more in the pipeline.

Nearby attractions include the Mont-Tremblant Activity Centre, which offers everything from sleigh rides and snowmobiling in the winter to rock climbing and white water rafting in the summer, and world class golf courses such as Le Diable and Le Géant which are located within a short distance of the hotel. Additionally, the Casino de Mont-Tremblant is also a gondola ride away and can even be reached on skis in the winter. Guests can enjoy Ziptrek Ecotours – a ziplining experience, allowing guests to come down the mountain on five ziplines, comprising nearly 4 km in length of suspended descent. Unparalleled views of the Laurentian Mountains and the diversity of the region’s four-seasons have enabled it to play host to highly acclaimed major events such as the IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant, the Tremblant 24h of Skiing, The Wanderlust Wellness Festival as well as the Tremblant International Blues Festival. These events have earned The Tremblant Village to be named a place among the top 25 ski towns in the world, according to National Geographic.

Only a 90-minute drive from Montreal, the four-story, 141-room hotel includes a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, outdoor whirlpool bath (open year round), fitness room, sauna and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Business travellers can take advantage of the Tremblant Convention Centre in the heart of the pedestrian village, located only 100 meters away from the hotel. Perfect for hosting meetings and conferences the centre offers 12 meeting rooms, an integrated business centre, and catering services.

“Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers," said Heather Balsley, senior vice president, Americas Core Brands & Brand Operations, IHG. "With more than 2,200 properties worldwide and nearly 500 more in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express brand portfolio continues to provide our guests with an enhanced-stay experience at a great value.”

The Holiday Inn Express brand is one of the largest and fastest growing hotel brands in the industry, and in order to meet the ever-changing needs of its guest, IHG invested in the $1 billion Holiday Inn global brand re-launch, the largest in hospitality history. The relaunch continues to drive increased quality and consistency across the global portfolio, and new hotels feature a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

“Tremblant is a top resort destination and is located in the heart of its pedestrian village, giving unparalleled access to all the skiing facilities here”, said Serge Dufresne, general manager, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Tremblant. “We look forward to welcoming our guests with all the amenities and services that they have come to expect from the Holiday Inn Express brand.”

The complimentary Express Start™ breakfast bar offers a full range of breakfast items, and now features healthy breakfast items, including Oikos yogurt, whole wheat English muffins, Special K cereal with red berries, new oatmeal flavors in cups, and a toppings bar - for yogurt, cereal and pancakes. Additionally, the breakfast bar continues to offer a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, fruit, the brand's proprietary cinnamon roll, and Smart Roast® coffee. Guest rooms will feature contemporary styling, comfortable queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair and an in-room coffee machine featuring complimentary Smart Roast 100% Arabica coffee. The SimplySmart™ shower incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart™ Kohler showerhead, signature shower curtain with curved rod. Upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels and Bath & Body Works White Citrus bath products are also included. Guests will enjoy the SimplySmart™ bedding collection, where they will find crisp, fresh bedding that features an attractive decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket and soft, 200 thread-count sheets.

About the Holiday Inn Express® brand
Holiday Inn Express® hotels are modern hotels for value-oriented travellers.  Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travellers.  Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start™ Breakfast Bar, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone calls (US and Canada only).  There are currently more than 2,200 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe.  For more information about Holiday Inn Express hotels or to book reservations, visit www.hiexpress.com. Find us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/hiexpress or Facebook www.Facebook.com/holidayinnexpress.

September 09, 2014
HMSHost and Paramount Fine Foods Open First of Two Locations at Toronto Pearson International Airport

Toronto, ON—Toronto Pearson International Airport is set for a restaurant renaissance over the next year with several new dining options scheduled to open by global restaurateur HMSHost. Local favorite Paramount Fine Foods, in partnership with HMSHost, has opened the first of two locations coming to Toronto Pearson.

Paramount Fine Foods adds a new dimension to the dining scene at Toronto Pearson with fresh, healthy, high quality and certified halal Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine—an experience that travelers won’t find in most airports. The first Paramount Fine Foods is located pre-security in Terminal 1, with the second location to open post-security in Terminal 3 in Spring of 2015.

“I am exceedingly happy to have the opportunity to bring Paramount Fine Foods and our Middle Eastern cuisine to hungry travelers at Toronto Pearson. Our halal food is a healthy, quick and tasty option for the thousands of visitors and locals who walk through the halls of Toronto’s largest airport,” said Paramount Fine Foods CEO Mohamad Fakih. “We look forward to the new expansion of Paramount and are excited to have teamed up with HMSHost. They have been great partners and carry the same beliefs toward quality and standards that have made us so successful on the street.”

Paramount was founded on serving the best fresh and healthy Middle Eastern cuisine around. Baked pita served straight from the oven, charcoal barbecued halal meats cooked to order, chicken and beef shawarma with exotic spices, and a variety of Manakeesh, a flat-bread style dish with various toppings, are just a few of the highlights from a diverse and original menu that was created from recipes that have been passed on through generations. Passengers at Toronto Pearson will be able to taste the difference that Paramount’s authentic recipes provide, creating a dining experience that will leave them coming back for more.

“Bringing an exciting range of dining options to our diverse guests is a top priority at Toronto Pearson,” said Howard Eng, GTAA President and CEO. “Our goal is to offer passengers a variety of restaurants, provide high quality options, and deliver local flavours and familiar brands. Paramount does just that with its authentic fresh and healthy Middle-Eastern cuisine priced to match its restaurants in the city.”

This is the seventh restaurant that Paramount Fine Foods has opened with the expertise of Mohamad Fakih. The brand has been extremely popular in the Toronto area since its beginning, earning Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in Ontario in 2010, as well as Best Restaurant in Toronto in 2012.

“We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Mohamad and Paramount Fine Foods to bring their unique and innovative culinary creations to the travelers at Toronto Pearson,” said Amy Dunne, Vice President of Business Development at HMSHost. “Mohamad and the Paramount team have done an outstanding job growing their brand in the Toronto area and we are confident that it will be just as well-received by travelers.”

Paramount is one of several new restaurants that HMSHost is bringing to travelers at Toronto Pearson over the next year. Some of the other highlights include The Hearth by Lynn Crawford; LEE Kitchen by Susur Lee; Twist by Roger Mooking; and Caplansky’s Deli and Caplansky’s Snack Bar, in partnership with Zane Caplansky. HMSHost will also open Bar 120: Cuisine Transformed with a menu developed by Modern Culinary Academy chef John Placko.

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 100 airports around the globe, including the 20 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.7 billion and employs more than 30,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of around €4 billion in 2013, the Group operates in 30 countries and employs some 56,000 people. It manages approximately 4,700 stores in over 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at fb.com/HMSHost.

September 08, 2014
Associated Luxury Hotels International Debuts “2015 ALHI Meeting Facilities Guide”

Free Guide Is Designed For Meeting Professionals, Association Executives & Incentive Specialists; Features 160+ Four- and Five-Diamond Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, With 10 Million Square Feet of Meeting Space Options

Washington, DC—Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has just released its new “2015 ALHI Meeting Facilities Guide,” a very useful 190-page meeting planners resource guide from which to identify Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels, resorts, and venues of distinction from around the world which are specifically designed and operated for meetings, incentive/recognition programs, conventions, and exhibitions. Meeting professionals, association executives, and incentive/recognition specialists can contact ALHI for a free copy of the colorful and descriptive resource guide.

The very helpful and informative guide features beautiful large photos, easy-to-find “at a glance” descriptions, overviews, and critical facts about ALHI’s 160+ Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels, resorts, and venues around the world. This includes easy reference information about the property’s accommodations, meeting facilities, recreation, dining, unique attributes, points of distinction, and accessibility. The guide presents ALHI’s distinguished worldwide portfolio of extraordinary meeting, convention, and incentive resorts on land and sea. This includes incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic and landmark properties, beach and island destinations, resorts with spas, mountainside resorts, properties in international destinations, and hotels with world-class gaming and entertainment.

“This comprehensive new 190-page guide is a very valuable resource for meeting professionals seeking distinctive Four- and Five-Diamond site solutions for their meetings and programs,” said ALHI CEO David Gabri. “Some planning professionals call the annual guide their ‘idea book.’ We are often told that our annual guide is a vital tool for meeting planners in helping them identify luxury-level and upper-upper tier venue options and concepts to discuss internally and with ALHI that could be ideal solutions for their meetings and programs. The directory showcases our entire portfolio of Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts from around the world, offering more than 115,000 rooms and suites, and 10 million square feet of meeting space.”

“In addition,” Gabri said, “the guide also provides an easy-to-use, consolidated platform for our experienced ALHI Global Sales professionals to personally provide guidance and further insights to planners on why one or more ALHI Member hotels or resorts might be the ideal solution for a particular meeting or program. It is a tool that can assist in finding the most desirable, suitable, and effective solutions for the planner’s total program needs, and can even inspire ideas for future programs.”

Established in 1986, ALHI (www.alhi.com) is the prestigious dues-based Global Sales Organization (GSO) which is dedicated exclusively and approved specifically by the more than 160 Four- and Five-Diamond quality Member hotels and resorts on land and sea that it serves. Most of the Member hotels and resorts are independently owned or operated, or are part of emerging brands to the North American marketplace, with all in the upper-upper tier and luxury level. There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the GSO services, expertise, and account advocacy of ALHI, as its Members’ dues fund the Global Sales Organization to serve planners with local professionals.

“We design the annual guide with the assistance of our ALHI Industry Advisory Council,” said Gabri. “It is a user-friendly, table-top format that is designed and intended to be a quick and easy-to-use resource that planners can reference when working with their ALHI GSO professional. So whether it is an annual convention, special incentive/recognition program, large or small meeting, important board meeting, or executive retreat that you are planning, the guide is very useful in helping to identify and then narrow the options for programs of all types.”

Gabri continued, “Planners also can get incremental information, photos, videos, destination details, and other information on www.alhi.com . The combination of the guide, website, and the insight of our skilled ALHI Global Sales professionals has proven to be very popular with planners. This then leads up to site visits to the specific properties of interest, which we coordinate. So whether you are seeking city, resort, global, and/or incentive solutions, ALHI has the solution to suit your needs.”

For even easier navigations, the guide also features a section on ALHI’s 12 distinctive Specialty Segments to make it easy for planners to identify properties that will suit their programs’ unique desires and specific needs. The ALHI Specialty Segments include:  the “ALHI Big Box Solutions Collection,” featuring ALHI’s 24 Member hotels and resorts that offer more than 500 rooms, feature over 50,000 square feet of meeting space, and have at least one 20,000-square-foot ballroom; and the “ALHI Level 5 Collection,” consisting of ALHI’s 26 hotels and resorts that have earned the industry’s highest and most distinctive recognitions including the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond rating, and/or the esteemed Forbes (Mobil) Five-Star rating.

Other ALHI specialty segments include the “ALHI City Solutions Collection,” featuring ALHI’s 56 Four- and Five-Diamond quality city center hotels which are specifically designed to serve meetings and programs; the “ALHI Historic Collection,” consisting of 40 legendary hotels and resorts with more than 50 years of heritage; the “ALHI Mountain Collection,” with 26 options with inspiring mountain views; the “ALHI U-200 Gems Collection,” consisting of 18 ALHI Member hotels with 200 rooms or under, which specialize in serving meeting and incentive programs; the “ALHI Caribbean Collection,” with 22 resorts in 11 countries and territories, making it the largest and finest collection of Four- and Five-Diamond meeting and incentive resorts in the Caribbean; and the “ALHI Ocean Line Collection,” featuring 9 luxurious ships (i.e. “floating resorts”) that can accommodate groups nearly anywhere around the world.

Also available are:  the “ALHI Golf Collection,” consisting of ALHI’s 57 Four- and Five-Diamond golf resorts that cater to the meetings and incentive marketplaces; the “ALHI Beach & Island Collection,” featuring 49 Four- and Five-Diamond beach and/or island resorts and hotels with distinction which are designed to serve meetings and programs; the “ALHI Entertainment & Gaming Solutions Collection,” consisting of 25 Four- and Five-Diamond resorts and hotels in the U.S. and abroad that provide hallmark entertainment and/or gaming; and the “ALHI Passport Collection,” featuring ALHI’s 26 Member resorts and hotels outside of the U.S. which provide unique opportunities and beautiful backdrops for meetings.  

Meeting professionals, association executives, and incentive specialists have utilized ALHI’s Global Sales services for nearly 30 years, with reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive/recognition programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500 rooms.

For a list of ALHI’s entire portfolio, visit www.alhi.com, and preview details of ALHI’s membership, including easily useful information on the Specialty Segments. On the website, planners can quickly see details of the properties’ meeting, accommodation, recreational and dining offerings, as well as destination information and “Luxury on Sale” value opportunities. A photo gallery, meeting floor plans and specs, and a location map for each property are also easily available.

ALHI has 20 professionally-staffed Global Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). Go to www.alhi.com to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about a future meeting at any of the ALHI member properties, or to acquire a free copy of the new “2015 ALHI Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com.

September 05, 2014
EMA Marketing Adds New Boutique Gem in Niagara-on-the-Lake to Portfolio

Oakville, ON—EMA Marketing is pleased to expand its portfolio to include the NEWEST Boutique GEM in Niagara-on-the-lake, 124 Queen Hotel & Spa. Located on the main street of Niagara-on-the-Lake, this luxury hotel is steps away from the town’s shops, restaurants and theatres.

The property offers 27 spacious and beautifully appointed suites, including one, two and three bedroom villas. They also offer a 5 bedroom villa which is perfect for small retreats, incentives, or casual meetings. Each suite is elegantly designed to offer guests an experience in luxury with its high quality furniture, dreamy beds, luxurious linens and comforters, incredibly soft towels and robes, and amenities by L’Occitane. The spacious villas include a fully equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and premium kitchenware. It’s the perfect setting for small groups  to gather around the dining table or in the cozy living room complete with a 42’ HD television and gas fireplace. Additionally, private dinners and cooking demonstrations can be arranged in the villas.

Treadwell’s Restaurant has become the most critically acclaimed restaurant in the region thanks to its superb dining experience and authentic farm-to-table menu. An outdoor terrace is open through warmer months and their wine bar that looks onto the courtyard offers a fun, comfortable atmosphere for up to 30 guests.  

Meetings are hosted in the stylish Courtyard Cellar which accommodates 32 people.

It is equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment including a 60’ interactive Panasonic plasma display, Virtual Whiteboard and Teleconferencing equipment. Another unique option for groups is the Rooftop terrace that accommodates groups of 60 for reception, or 30 for a sit down meal.

The Spa at 124 offers a full menu of organic luxurious body and beauty treatments. Centering on the ideas of Eco-Chic, Health & Wellness the spa boasts a boutique filled with products that support their initiative along with featuring a delightful beverage menu of organic fresh pressed juices and local organic wine and beer to enjoy while you relax. The salon style manicure and pedicure area, located on the upper level, offers six stations; while  the lower level of the spa provides a relaxation lounge and five treatment rooms. A state-of-the-art fitness centre is also available.

124 Queen Hotel & Spa was recently recognized by Readers Choice as one of the top three Small Hotels in Canada. In addition, it is consistently ranked as the number one hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Trip Advisor.

EMA Marketing is thrilled to welcome this new GEM to its portfolio and knows it will be of the same 5-star caliber of service as the other partners.

EMA Marketing’s mission is to offer exceptional service and first-class meeting and recreational facilities to ensure a smooth and unforgettable event.

About EMA Marketing
EMA Marketing is the authorized representative for some of the world's most luxurious and exclusive hotels & resorts and elite group of Destination Management Companies. The portfolio of award-winning, international hotels and resorts offers the perfect property for meetings or incentive retreats.

Contact: Liz Akey, CMP
liz@emamarketing.ca
905-338-6222
www.emamarketing.ca