Your Opinion

When it comes to technology:
 
When it comes to technology:
I stay on top of the trends
33%
I feel like I’m constantly catching up
33%
I’ve been left behind
33%
 
look_for_new_issue
The Stockroom: See our destination guides
www.fallsconventions.com
www.mtccc.com
www.luxurycoach.to
www.caesars.com
www.thunderbay.ca

Current News

July 28, 2015
W Montreal Partners with LIFT Digital to Enable Live Online Fitness Training in Hotel Rooms

An industry first, guests at W Montreal Hotel will be able to train online with top fitness professionals in the comfort of their hotel rooms

Montreal, QC—W Montreal and LIFT Digital, Inc. today announced a partnership giving guests the ability to book LIFT Session, live online fitness sessions, throughout their stay at the hotel and after they return from travel. The LIFT Session platform provides online fitness training, instruction, analysis and monitoring through iPads and TVs.

W Montreal guests will be able to experience critically-acclaimed LIFT Session workouts provided by top fitness professionals in the comfort and convenience of their own guest room for a fee. Certified LIFT Session instructors will be provided and assigned, according to the guests' fitness objectives, by VSQUARE GYM, a high-end boutique fitness club based in Montreal. Guests who already have an existing relationship with a trainer can also train with them on LIFT Session at the W Montreal.

"Health and wellness have become essential for business travelers and guests," said Jean-Francois Pouliot, General Manager. "We see an increasing demand for in room fitness due to convenience and the privacy it provides our guests. With LIFT Session, we can now offer in room, top-quality online personal training that truly differentiates us from the common hotel gym model."

"We built LIFT Session to make quality personal training available and accessible to all, from anywhere," said Raffi Tchakmakjian, co-CEO of LIFT Digital. "We are delighted to partner with W Montreal, who shares our vision. Our customers benefit from training continuity when travelling. This will now be even easier when they stay at W."

The LIFT Session platform is currently available at W Montreal. Guests can request a LIFT Session before or during their stay by contacting the W Montreal concierges, 01471.concierge@starwoodhotels.com, and will be able to continue using the platform after their stay at the hotel, wherever they live or travel. Sessions cost CDN $40 for 30 minutes and CDN $70 for one hour.

This is an added step of innovation at W Montreal, after earlier this year becoming one of the first hotels in Canada to introduce SPG Keyless. SPG Keyless – powered by the SPG app – enables guests to bypass the front desk, avoid waiting in line and unlock their stay with a simple tap of their smartphone or Apple Watch. The hotel also recently restyled the 152 guestrooms transforming the experience.

About W Montreal
Behind a former bank facade, W Montreal is where work and play merge both above and below ground, day and night. 152 guest rooms and suites offer luxe and contemporary furnishings, Bliss bath amenities and tech throughout, including keyless entry to put you in control.

Start the day energized with a workout in FIT or in your room with LIFT. Grab a bite overlooking the city before heading out or up the stairs for your meeting, On your downtime, unwind in the exclusive Away Spa or sip a cocktail in Bartini, Montreal's most intimate and exclusive bar, featuring only six seats.

As the sun goes down, the city's vibrant nightlife comes to life. Our Insiders offer currency to get you into whatever scene you fancy, including W's Wunderbar and Plateau lounge which are magnets for the chic and cultured locals. http://www.wmontrealhotel.com/

About LIFT Digital
LIFT Digital is the creator of LIFT Session, the next evolution of personal training, where fitness services, instruction and monitoring can be conducted anytime, anywhere via live video sessions. LIFT augments personal training from home, while traveling or in the gym by combining real-time fitness analytics, socialization and gamification. To find out more about LIFT Session, please visit our website, www.liftsession.com or our social media pages @ facebook, twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

July 27, 2015
MSHost and Toronto chef Susur Lee open Lee Kitchen at Toronto Pearson Airport

Toronto, ON—Internationally acclaimed Master Chef Susur Lee’s culinary creations are taking flight—literally-- with the opening of Lee Kitchen at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Chef Lee, in partnership with global restaurateur HMSHost, has opened Lee Kitchen in Terminal 1, where guests from all over can now get a taste of his imaginative Asian-fusion fare, and even take a dim sum box on board. The famous chef is frequently in transit himself, overseeing his three popular restaurants in Toronto—Lee, Bent and Luckee—as well as a restaurant in Singapore, and juggling catering gigs and TV appearances around the world.

“I am truly excited about having a restaurant in the airport of my home city, and to be able to cater to international travellers. Lee Kitchen is a great project for me, because it exposes so many travellers to both my popular dishes, and brand new recipes that I created specifically for people on the go,” said Chef Susur Lee. “HMSHost has been a great partner on this restaurant and I look forward to working together on representing Toronto as an international dining destination.”

Born in Hong Kong and living in Toronto since 2000, Chef Lee applies the precision of classical French techniques to traditional Chinese cuisine, resulting in a totally unique example of Asian-fusion fare. The menu at Lee Kitchen features an array of bistro-style entrees with items such as mushroom dumplings, five spice braised beef, and Chef Susur’s highly regarded cheeseburger spring rolls made with chipotle mayo and sweet and sour ribs. Naturally, traditional-style Dim Sum is also available.

“Lee Kitchen offers international bound passengers in Terminal 1 the opportunity to start their journey with an innovative dining experience,” said Scott Collier, Vice President of Customer and Terminal Services at Toronto Pearson. “We are passionate about providing our passengers with traditional and global food options, but at the end of the day, it’s about making sure we have truly good food for our passengers which is what Chef Lee brings to the airport.”

As travellers approach Lee Kitchen in the airport, they will be intrigued by the sight of cooks stuffing soft dough behind the counter of the terminal-facing Dim Sum station. Bright red chairs line the welcoming bar, while the restaurant reveals a stylish, comfortable dining area with dark wood finishes and a trellis overhead. Accent lighting sets off this sophisticated yet casual atmosphere, giving travellers of all types the chance to enjoy some of Lee’s new and adventurous dishes, as well as some of his traditional favourites.

“Chef Lee is an ideal partner for HMSHost because the breadth of his experience and knowledge along with his insight and creativity is unparalleled in the culinary realm of Asian-fusion. Having the opportunity to work with such talents, the entire team behind Lee Kitchen is so excited to bring this culinary destination to travellers,” said Amy Dunne, Vice President of Business Development at HMSHost. “Toronto Pearson has been a great partner and we are proud to have worked with them on their vision for the airport to provide a ‘sense of place’ for travellers. Lee Kitchen gives travellers that Toronto experience that helps make the dining offering at Pearson Airport truly world-class.”

Although, Chef Lee’s cuisine draws on broad international influence, a taste of Ontario can still be found within Lee Kitchen’s menu items, with quality spices from Malabar, local greens from Slegers Greens of Strathroy, cheese from Monforte Dairy of Stratford, tomatoes and cucumbers from Ontario Hothouse of Leamington, and bread from ACE Bakery of Mississauga.

Chef Susur Lee has been mastering the culinary arts since his apprenticeship at the age of 16 at Hong Kong's prestigious Peninsula Hotel. Over the years Chef Lee has been called a “culinary genius” by Zagat, “top ten chefs of the millennium” by Food & Wine Magazine, and an “improvisational artistby Gourmet Magazine. He has accumulated accolades for more than two decades including winning the CAA Five Diamond Award, Cannes, France; the American Academy of Hospitality Services 5 Diamond Award (selected as one of the “World’s Best Chefs”); setting a high-score record on the Food Network’s “Top Chef Masters” in 2010; judging “Top Chef Canada” in 2011; and appearing on "Iron Chef America." He currently appears as a judge on MasterChef Asia.

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 33,000 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 €3.9 billion in 2014, the Group operates in 29 countries and employs some 54,000 people. It manages approximately 2,800 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 and on Twitter at @HMSHost.

July 20, 2015
Tourism London collaborates with London Convention Centre to open Ottawa office to expand Convention business for London

Tourism London and the London Convention Centre are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Marc Forgette to the position of Business Development Manager effective June 22, 2015.

Marc will be based in Ottawa, the primary national association convention feeder market. In partnership with the London Convention Centre, Marc has been contracted to support Tourism London’s Director of Conventions, Lynne Gale, CMM, in the development and implementation of both organization’s present and future convention marketing plans. The primary focus will be to cultivate qualified sales leads and deliver bid presentations to entice city-wide conventions and multi-day business events to London.

Marc is a seasoned and respected industry expert whose primary focus will be to leverage a large professional network of key convention and meeting decision-makers to give serious consideration to hosting their events in London. It is anticipated that London’s visible presence in the nation’s capital will not only strengthen London’s reputation as a convention destination but should help stimulate revenue growth as well.

Marc is a member of Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) Ottawa-Gatineau chapter and the Ottawa chapter of Meeting Professionals International.

Marc looks forward to meeting our hospitality partners and building more convention business for London.

Sincerely,
Lynne Gale, CMM
Director of Conventions
Tourism London
GTA Office: 416.903.8483
T: 1.800.265.2602 X 6376
E: lgale@londontourism.ca

John Winston
General Manager
Tourism London
P: 519.661.6396
T: 1.800.265.2602 X 6396
E: jwinston@londontourism.ca

July 16, 2015
Residence Inn Montreal Downtown re-opens after multi-million dollar renovation

Montreal, QC—Celebrating the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation, Residence Inn by Marriott Montreal Downtown has re-opened and invites travellers to experience a renewed sense of well-being through the harmony of cozy rooms and modern technologies.

Whether travelling for business, pleasure, or both, guests will be amazed by the transformation from the moment they walk through the front doors. Every space at this hotel has been transformed from floor to ceiling, with new carpet, floor tiles, wall vinyl, furnishings, appliances, technology, artwork and décor.

"We're beyond excited to be open again and our guest response has been exceptional," said Marco Carelli, general manager of Residence Inn Montreal Downtown. "Our returning guests are thrilled with the transformation and our new modern look – and we've enjoyed meeting many new first-time guests who love how welcome they've been made to feel by all of our incredible associates."

The lobby not only offers a chic, comfortable space to relax and socialize during a stay, but also features an elegant and cozy fireplace to make it feel just like home. The Hearth Room offers a healthy and hearty hot breakfast buffet with new floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto Peel Street.

Sweetening guests' travel experience, the downtown Montreal hotel embraces that warm, contemporary feel in all of its redesigned studios and suites while boosting energy efficiency with new windows that reduce sound and let in plenty of natural light. Travellers will be greeted by rich, chocolate brown furnishings and neutral wall colors, accented with a touch of teal to add pop and sophistication. Elegant cabinetry and new stainless-steel appliances now adorn the fully equipped kitchens, giving guests everything they need for an extended stay. Superior bedding with feather and foam pillows and stylish light fixtures complement modern technologies including flat-panel TVs and complimentary high-speed Internet access.

The bathrooms in all guest suites also received a complete facelift, appealing to today's travellers with quartz countertops on dark wood cabinets, space-saving glass shelves for personal items, glass-enclosed showers and new ceramic tile.

The new interior of the hotel continues to represent everything guests have grown to love about Residence Inn, including complimentary Wi-Fi and a free hot breakfast buffet with fluffy eggs, waffles with fruit coulis, yogurt and fresh fruit. Visitors wishing to keep up with their workout routines can work up a sweat in the hotel's 24-hour fitness centre, complete with treadmills, an elliptical and bike all boasting integrated TVs, as well as free weights and Pilates equipment.

In honor of the renovation, the hotel invites visitors to take advantage of one of a variety of exciting packages now available.

About Residence Inn Montreal Downtown
Residence Inn Montreal Downtown at 2045 Peel St. in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is near McGill University, Olympic Stadium and Montreal Casino. The hotel features 24 floors with 210 suites, one meeting room with 538 square feet and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. A free hot breakfast buffet and high-speed Internet access are complimentary. For information, visit www.marriott.com/YULRI or call 1-514-982-6064 or call the toll-free reservations hotline 1.866.580.6279.

July 15, 2015
Tourism on the rise in Montréal: Best spring in 20 years

Montreal, QC—Tourisme Montréal is reporting outstanding tourism rates for the spring of 2015. Economic indicators point to a substantial increase in tourism in the city during the April to June period. Montréal owes this rise in tourism to the many successful events and popular attractions on offer in the city, as well as the growing number of Americans coming to visit.

"Considering how important it is for the local economy, we are very pleased to report that the tourism industry is thriving in Montréal. The business travel sector continues to be buoyant and the number of foreign visitors has increased. It's great news for us as a destination and for all stakeholders in the region. I'd like to take this opportunity to commend the various industry players who helped make this growth happen," said Yves Lalumière, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal.

The business travel sector was very active this spring, confirming Montréal's status as an increasingly popular North American business destination. The numerous conferences, business meetings and sporting events held in the city helped attract additional business visitors. From January to April 2015, the number of business travellers, from all markets combined, increased by 14% over the same period in 2014, according to Tourisme Montréal's numbers. When considering the U.S. market alone, the increase is up by 81%. This spike in business travel resulted in a 48% increase in hotel bookings. In addition, some 300 business meetings are held in the city every year thanks to the efforts from the sales teams at Tourisme Montréal and the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

The most recent statistics from the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal also suggest that this spring was exceptional. Hotel occupancy rates on the Island of Montréal averaged at 80%, which is 2.3% higher than last year. What's more, the average room rate is up by 6.9% and accommodation revenues rose by nearly 10.5% compared to the same period in 2014.

Meanwhile, Tourisme Montréal's latest data shows that American tourists are coming to Montréal in large numbers. For the January to April 2015 period, the number of people entering the country at the Québec border[1] increased by 4.6%. This upward trend can be attributed to a confluence of factors, including a stronger American economy, a favourable exchange rate for Americans and a 30% decrease in fuel costs compared to last year. Tourisme Montréal anticipates a 7% to 10% increase in the number of American tourists visiting the city between now and the end of summer 2015.

There has also been a 4.7% increase in the number of visitors from other countries coming to Québec. Total passenger traffic recorded at Montréal-Trudeau Airport[2] rose by 4.1% for the January to May period, compared to the same months in 2014. The more than 6 million passengers who landed at Montréal-Trudeau Airport are not only a boon to Montréal's tourism industry, they benefit the entire industry across Québec.

Last but not least, Tourisme Montréal has noted a steady increase in the number of visitors on its digital platforms, which proves that recent marketing campaigns targeting the U.S. and French markets have been successful. Montréal Lights Up, Montréal Connects and Montréal Ignites all contributed to a 52% spike in the number of visitors on Tourisme Montréal's blog from January to June, and a 9% increase in visitors on their digital platforms overall. This underscores Montréal's appeal as a tourism destination. 

"The next three years look very promising for Montréal. With urban tourism on the rise and the fact that Montréal is always adding to its tourist attractions, there's no doubt that Montréal will continue to be the gateway through which international visitors enter Québec," added Mr. Lalumière.

About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the "Montréal" destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance with the ever-changing conditions of the market.

July 09, 2015
Wickaninnish Inn Named Top Resort in Canada in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2015 Readers’ Survey

Vancouver Island Hotel Earns #1 Spot for Second Straight Year

Tofino, BC—The Wickaninnish Inn was ranked #1 on the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2015 list of Top Resorts in Canada, it was announced today.

The Wickaninnish Inn is located in Tofino, on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast. With the Pacific Ocean at its doorstep and an old growth temperate forest as a backdrop, the casually elegant 75-room Relais & Chateaux property is a top destination for discerning travelers, foodies, honeymooners, nature lovers, romance seekers and outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe. It offers easy access to surfing, kayaking, hiking, whale watching, wildlife viewing, stand up paddle boarding, and other pursuits in the Pacific Rim.

“We are thrilled to be ranked, once again, among the world’s best by the readers of Travel + Leisure, said Charles McDiarmid, managing director. “We’ll be celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2016, and this latest recognition will make the milestone even more special for us. I’m grateful to the many guests who have supported us all these years, and especially proud of our team, which is committed to providing exemplary service and genuine hospitality at every level.”

The Wickaninnish Inn is also famous for its winter storm watching, an adventure conceived by the McDiarmid family prior to its actual construction. During storm watching season, from November through February, guests are provided all the appropriate rain gear so they can head out to the beach to witness the powerful 25-foot waves crashing against the shore.

“The Wickaninnish Inn was planned from the ground up with storm watching in mind,” said McDiarmid. “I wanted our guests to have the same thrilling experience that I did growing up in Tofino, watching the great forces of nature at work. Here, a rainy day really is magical.”

All rooms at the Wickaninnish Inn have floor to ceiling windows angled for a great view of the Pacific ocean, and The Pointe Restaurant offers 240 degree views of the scene along with a sound system that brings in the sound of the surf while diners enjoy the fresh, innovative, refined west coast cuisine of chef Warren Barr and his team.

The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards rely on guest experiences. Hotel/resort rankings are based on readers’ ratings of five characteristics: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. This year’s results will be featured in the August 2015 issue of the magazine, as well as on www.travelandleisure.com.

The Wickaninnish Inn has consistently earned top spots in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards in addition to other notable accolades. These include a spot in the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame, and being named the #1 Resort in Canada by Conde Nast Traveler in 2014. In 2012, the Inn’s Ancient Cedars Spa was voted the #1 Hotel Spa in the Continental U.S. and Canada, and Best Hotel Spa Overall (worldwide) in 2008. 

About the Wickaninnish Inn: Perched on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino, the Wickaninnish Inn is a year-round destination exemplifying “rustic elegance on natures edge.” A member of Relais & Châteaux since 1997, the Inn is owned and managed by Tofino’s McDiarmid family and is exclusively located on beautiful Chesterman Beach. For reservations or information, visit www.wickinn.com or call 800-333-4604.

For information about Travel + Leisures Worlds Best Awards, visit www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest.

PR Contact:
Helen Patrikis
631-553-1370
Helen@hp-pr.com

July 08, 2015
Halifax Convention Centre Recognized by International Industry Peers for Marketing Excellence

Halifax, NS—The Halifax Convention Centre has received the Members' Choice Award out of 14 finalists at the 2015 International Association of Convention Centres Innovation Award, presented Tuesday, July 7, in Boston. 

The remarkable achievement was based on the team's "Imagine Your Event Here" unique brand and marketing campaign that engaged global event planners and helped shape the new facility from the ground up. 

The campaign featured interactive elements in the planning, design and actual experience of hosting an event in Halifax, with tactics that ranged from direct mail and guerilla marketing to weekly blog posts and digital elements.

The Halifax Convention Centre team was one of only two Canadian finalists and competed against international facilities including Amsterdam RAI Convention Center, Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona, International Convention Centre Sydney, and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

"There's nothing more gratifying than seeing our team recognized by global industry peers," said Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited. "We have worked very hard to connect the new space with potential audiences, and to receive this award is a signal that we're moving in an exciting direction and making those meaningful connections through innovation and creativity."

Through bold, simple, fun brand and marketing tactics, the Halifax Convention Centre is building anticipation, excitement and confidence with event planners. Campaign efforts are helping to make Nova Scotia a top meeting destination, and business is already booked for when it opens in 2017. 

The International Association of Convention Centres is the industry group for professional convention and exhibition centre managers worldwide. The innovation award reflects the association's mission of encouraging and recognizing excellence in convention centre management.

Media Contact: 
Sadie Toulany
Trade Centre Limited
902-421-1302 ext. 2761
Email: sadie@tclns.com

July 06, 2015
Montréal, a leading destination for environmentally sustainable events

Montreal, QC—The Ville de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal and the Palais des congrès de Montréal are pleased to announce that Montréal has recently been certified by iCompli Sustainability according to ASTM-APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange) standards, a certification that solidifies the city's reputation as a leading destination for hosting environmentally sustainable events. Crafted by over 300 professionals from different sectors of the business tourism industry, the ASTM-APEX standards are the first in North America to establish performance criteria for sustainable practices and responsible management systems for tourism stakeholders in the meetings sector. They cover different elements of event organization, including meeting venues, communications, audiovisual, transportation, accommodations, food and beverage, energy, onsite offices and exhibits.

Developed in partnership with Green Meetings and Events, the certification gives Montréal truly enviable positioning in an extremely competitive global market in which business clients are increasingly attuned to the issues of sustainable development and respect of the environment.

"Montréal is a popular destination, well known for hosting conventions and international events of all kinds. We are proud to have contributed to obtaining this accreditation, which certifies that our city is a green destination, particularly for event and conference tourism. The ASTN-APEX standard underscores our commitment to making Montréal a sustainable metropolis, in keeping with our aspirations and the needs of future generations," said Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre.

"Several years ago, Tourisme Montréal embarked on an ambitious and pioneering green movement. We knew it was important, in collaboration with our tourism industry partners, to respond to the major challenges of sustainable development and the growing preoccupations on the subject held by different industry stakeholders. Today, we are proud of the results we have achieved. Montréal is now recognized as one of North America's leading urban tourism destinations for hosting environmentally sustainable events," said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

"Ten years ago, the Palais undertook a sustainable development approach, which materializes in the form of an ambitious action plan, a BOMA BESt (Level 3) certification, a strong sustainable events program and an innovative showcase of green roof technologies that includes a vegetable garden and beehives," said André Saucier, Vice-President, Finance and Administration and responsible of sustainable development at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. "We are proud to contribute to positioning Montréal as a leading destination for sustainable events", he adds.

iCompli Sustainability, a division of BPA Worldwide, developed the certification protocol for the ASTM-APEX standards and acted as an independent third party in the auditing process to ensure that Tourisme Montréal complied with the Destination category criteria. "Our standards certification process, which was driven by GMIC [Green Meetings Industry Council] and adopted by Tourisme Montréal, is part of a long partnership with the events industry to encourage transparency and eco-responsible practices," said Glenn Hansen, CEO of BPA Worldwide.

This certification follows Tourisme Montréal's recent Responsible Travel & Tourism Forum Award as part of the Leadership Awards presented by Baxter Travel Media, which annually awards Canadian tourism organizations for socially, economically and environmentally responsible practices.

About Tourisme Montréal 
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the "Montréal" destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance with the ever-changing conditions of the market. For more information, visit www.tourisme-montreal.org.

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
Recipient of the AIPC Gold Quality Standards certification, the highest in the convention industry, the Palais des congrès de Montréal attracts and hosts conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events, and generates major economic benefits for Québec. www.congresmtl.com

About iCompli Sustainability
Compli Sustainability (iCompli) is a division of BPA Worldwide, a not-for-profit organization established in 1931. The world's largest media audit company, BPA's audit services have expanded to include external assurance of government and industry standards and independent verification of companies' sustainability claims.

July 03, 2015
Multi-million dollar renovation of Calgary Marriott Downtown gives guests everything they want…and more

Calgary, AB—Luxurious design balancing the warmth of nature with contemporary finishes. Inviting spaces to dine and unwind, grab and go, meet and greet, sleep or just put your feet up after a long day, whether business or pleasure.

Following an eight-month, multi-million dollar renovation, Marriott Hotels unveiled the fresh, new Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel on June 25th with a special event for top clients, partners and special guests.

'We have created a jewel in the heart of Calgary,' says hotel general manager, Joseph Clohessy. 'We've combined high-end design with advanced technology, superb dining and the comfort and amenities guests expect when sleeping away from home. Once they arrive, they may not want to leave!'

The Highlights
Let's start with the most important part of any hotel – the bedrooms. The luxury Calgary hotel features a dramatic mural in every room that reflects the magnificence of the Alberta landscape, while crisp white, warm chocolate brown and soothing dove grey all swirl together to create a contemporary backdrop for different living zones. Each guest room includes a flat-screen smart television, flexible work/dine area, plush bedding with custom duvet and bathroom that features a sleek glass-walled, walk-in shower, upscale THANN amenities and chic sliding barn doors.

Other hotel amenities include a fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment, indoor pool, concierge service, laundry service and valet parking. The on-site Starbucks allows guests to jumpstart their mornings. And 11,000 square feet of modern and dynamic meeting space provides ample opportunities for businesses or organizations to meet, present and celebrate.

Exclusive M Club Lounge
Whether travelling for business or pleasure, guests have access to the first-ever M Club Lounge in Canada. An exclusive space located in the heart of the hotel, the M Club Lounge offers an elite space to work, connect and relax for Marriott Rewards® Gold and Platinum Elite members as well as guests who choose to add M Club Lounge access to their reservation.

Open 24/7, the M Club offers complete connectivity and advanced technology to meet guests' business needs. This includes expanded high speed Wi-Fi using the highest tier of internet services available, as well as Wi-Fi printing, convenient power supplies near each seating group, four TVs including one with laptop connection, and other business services such as computers, phone, fax, scanner and copier.

A range of additional services also ensures M Club Lounge guests are well supported while staying connected. Some of these include complimentary breakfast, evening hot/cold hors d'oeuvres, a hydration station feature still and sparkling water and dedicated staff including a Hostess and a Bartender to serve elite guests from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

ONE18 EMPIRE
Located within the hotel, on the site of the historic Empire Hotel at 118 Atlantic Avenue, ONE18 EMPIRE is a swanky spot that offers diners a delicious experience with great food, fine whiskey and good times.

The locally-inspired menu features sharable plates allowing guests to savour more great food while hearing some of the tall tales of the old west…like the one about the Sundance Kid, who once operated a saloon at the old Grand Central Hotel in Calgary during prohibition.

And for a real taste of the west, connoisseurs and amateurs alike can choose from an expansive selection of whiskeys, handcrafted cocktails and a great assortment of wines and craft beers. If you're new to the world of whiskey and want to learn, the McTavish Room is home to tastings and education sessions.

Clohessy sums it up, saying, 'With our unparalleled accommodations and amenities, whatever your reason for travelling, the beautifully revamped Calgary Marriott Downtown will be the only place you'll want to stay.'