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October 22, 2014
Wickaninnish Inn Voted Best Canadian Resort In Conde Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards

Tofino, BC—The Wickaninnish Inn was named the #1 resort in Canada, as announced this week in the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards.

The Wickaninnish Inn (, a member of Relais & Chataux, was named the #1 resort in Canada in the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards. Situated in Tofino, on Vancouver Island, the Inn has views of the Pacific Ocean and a temperate rainforest as a backdrop. Wild beaches, passing whales, bear watching, and hiking within Pacific Rim National Park bring outdoor enthusiasts, culinary travelers, spa lovers and even eloping couples from around the world to the resort."

The "Wick" provides a casual, elegant setting for experiencing the wild, natural beauty of the remote west coast of Vancouver Island. Situated on Chesterman Beach in Tofino, a quaint surfing community, it is surrounded by views of the Pacific Ocean and has a temperate rainforest as a backdrop. The area's wild beaches, passing whales, bear watching, and numerous hiking trails within Pacific Rim National Park make it a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts, culinary travelers, spa lovers and even eloping couples from around the world.

The Inn is also famous for originating the concept of winter storm watching, where guests experience the natural drama of 25-foot waves crashing against the shore onto Chesterman Beach.  And diners witness the scene from their table at The Pointe Restaurant, with its 240-degree views, while enjoying fresh, innovative regional cuisine prepared by the talented culinary team of chefs Warren Barr and David Sider. The Inn's Ancient Cedars Spa provides a well-deserved retreat into relaxation after an exciting day in the elements.

"We are thrilled to learn about this latest honor by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler," said Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director. "It's gratifying to know that our guests appreciate the level of commitment by our excellent staff, and we delight in providing the best possible experiences for visitors to our resort."

More than 77,000 readers of Conde Nast Traveler voted for their favorite hotels, which were ranked on rooms, service, location, food/dining, design, activities/facilities and value. For the full listing of 2014 winners, visit

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 nature's edge." A member of Relais & Chateaux 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 or call 800-333-4604.

October 17, 2014
The Ottawa Convention Centre and Shaw Communications Announce Sponsorship Agreement

Ottawa, ON—The Ottawa Convention Centre and Shaw Communications Inc. announced today a multi-year agreement that will see the award-winning downtown venue be named Shaw Centre, effective immediately.

“This exciting relationship will help position the Shaw Centre and our city for continued growth in the lucrative national and international meetings and conventions marketplace,” said Centre Chair Marc Seaman. “Over the coming decade, the Shaw Centre will leverage the strength of one of Canada’s leading brands and media organizations to enhance and increase its profile and standing as a world class convention facility.”

“We are privileged to work with this world-class and award-winning facility, and are eager to showcase the Shaw brand to hundreds of thousands of local, national and international visitors that come to the Shaw Centre every year,” said Brad Shaw, Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Communications. “The Shaw Centre reflects our commitment to strengthening our presence with our customers, communities, regulatory and government stakeholders in the nation’s capital. We are honoured to be a partner of one of the world’s greatest convention venues.”

“We are delighted to partner with Shaw Communications and we look forward to working with them,” said Centre President and CEO Patrick Kelly. “Over the coming weeks, we will be executing a comprehensive plan to communicate with clients, stakeholders and suppliers across multiple channels to ensure broad awareness of the name change in support of our strategic growth initiatives in Canadian and international markets.”

This agreement will allow the Shaw Centre to elevate its existing profile and standing as one of Canada’s premier national and international convention facilities by leveraging Shaw’s strength as a leading Internet and content-experience company.

The partnership will provide Shaw with the opportunity to showcase its leading media brands, products, and services to guests from Canada and abroad. Notably, visitors to the Shaw Centre will enjoy seamless access to Shaw Go WiFi – Shaw’s carrier-grade wifi network – throughout the building with complimentary access available to all guests in recognized gathering areas.

In the coming months, the Shaw brand will be visible on new interior and exterior signage and across all communications platforms.

The Shaw Centre will continue to use ‘Canada’s Meeting Place’ as its descriptor, and will continue to partner closely with Ottawa Tourism in all domestic and international marketing efforts to ensure the Centre is positioned as the premier meeting venue in Canada’s Capital. Shaw has secured naming rights for a period of 10 years.

About Shaw Centre
A bold, modern design, bright naturally-lit interior with magnificent views, the Shaw Centre offers an unparalleled, environmentally-responsible setting for Ottawa conventions, conferences, meetings and exhibits – large and small. Its 100 ft. / 31 m. high sweeping window façade faces the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site and Parliament Hill. The LEED Gold certified facility was runner-up for the title of World’s Best Convention Centre, an award handed out on July 1 by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC). The Ottawa Convention Centre® Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.2 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit

For media inquiries, please contact:
Shaw Centre
Sylvie Carbonneau, Director, Marketing & Communications

Shaw Communications Inc. Chethan Lakshman, VP, External Affairs
(403) 930-8448

October 16, 2014
Say Hello to Canopy by Hilton

Hilton Worldwide Redefines the Lifestyle Category with New Hotel Brand

MCLEAN, Va.—Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide, today announced the launch of Canopy by Hilton, a new hotel brand that redefines the lifestyle category around the mindset of today’s leisure and business travelers. Nassetta unveiled the Canopy by Hilton concept to more than 1,300 owners and development representatives as part of Hilton Worldwide’s Global Partnership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“Built on extensive and thorough market research, our highly anticipated Canopy by Hilton brand delivers a fresh approach to hospitality and the guest experience,” Nassetta said. “We saw an opportunity to not only enter the lifestyle space by developing a new brand, but to redefine this category entirely by creating a much more accessible lifestyle brand targeting the upper upscale price point segment. We identified the need to take the emphasis off of capital-intensive high-design and deliver exactly what the target consumer desires: an energizing, comfortable stay with more included value.”

Canopy by Hilton represents a new hotel concept with high potential, a clearly defined guest offering and a sustainable business model. Hilton Worldwide identified a viable target audience based on preferences and needs, not demographics alone. “We’ve launched a brand that is all about the mindset of today’s traveler and creating a positive stay,” said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, luxury & lifestyle brands, Hilton Worldwide. “Canopy is the energizing new hotel in the neighborhood offering simple, guest-directed service, thoughtful local choices, and comfortable spaces, so guests simply feel better going forward.”

Through Hilton Worldwide’s extensive research and analysis, Canopy by Hilton’s proposition and concept has been refined and validated at every step with both guests and owners alike. Beyond simply creating a positive stay, four essential elements define what it means to be a Canopy hotel:

  • Great neighborhoods. Canopy by Hilton is the streetlamp of the neighborhood. We are all about being local, through design, food & beverage, art, and local know-how. No two Canopy hotels will be the same, and we know that’s what our guests want.

  • Comfort and design. We take a people first approach to design. The energy from our great neighborhoods flows through our open, welcoming lobby space. This energy gives way to warm, inviting, and comfortable just-right rooms.

  • More included value. We know our guests demand a more inclusive approach and surprising extras. So basic Wi-Fi and an artisanal breakfast are included, along with a local welcome gift and an evening tasting of local beers, wines, or spirits.

  • Our “positively yours” culture. With a “positively yours” service culture, our Team Members are “Enthusiasts” who deliver a one-stop approach to front-of-house service.

“The demands and preferences of today’s travelers continue to evolve, and Canopy by Hilton’s launch creates something new for consumers in the lifestyle space,” said Jim Holthouser, executive vice president, global brands, Hilton Worldwide. “Canopy by Hilton will deliver more choice and control for guests than ever before, from a mobile straight-to-room arrival to surprising extras throughout each stay.”

Canopy by Hilton will develop through new-build and conversion projects in key urban neighborhoods and vibrant secondary markets around the globe with properties expected to begin opening in 2015.

Canopy’s strong brand value proposition and compelling operating platform have already attracted the interest of ownership groups including The Buccini/Pollin Group, Keystone Corporation, Anish Hotel Group, Baywood Hotels Inc., and North Point Hospitality Group.

Dave B. Pollin, co-founder and president of The Buccini/Pollin Group, said of being one of the first to ink a deal for Canopy by Hilton, “Hilton’s leadership and track record in building successful brands was the primary reason we wanted to be among the first to develop this new lifestyle brand. The concept and timing of Canopy by Hilton entering and redefining the lifestyle space is right because of changing guest preferences and a demand for more local experiences. Canopy by Hilton offers us the opportunity to compete in ways we haven’t been able to before.”

At Canopy by Hilton, loyalty is rewarded. Guests will earn credit towards elite tiers and points for free nights through Hilton HHonors, the award-winning loyalty program. HHonors Diamond and Gold members will also receive HHonors Bonus Points and a space available room upgrade.

Connect with Canopy by Hilton on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for live coverage of launch events and interviews with Hilton Worldwide executives as well as future property owners. Explore fresh-forward thinking in travel, design, and wellness with our hashtag, #PositivelyYours.

Experience Canopy at

About Canopy by Hilton
Canopy by Hilton is the energizing, new hotel in the neighborhood offering simple guest-directed service, thoughtful local choices, and surprisingly comfortable spaces, so guests simply feel better going forward. Each property is designed as a natural extension of its neighborhood, with local design, food & drink, and delivers a fresh approach to hospitality and the guest experience. Canopy by Hilton is a lifestyle hotel brand part of Hilton Worldwide. Learn more at

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of 12 world-class global brands comprises more than 4,200 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 685,000 rooms in 92 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Canopy by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning guest-loyalty program, Hilton HHonors.

October 16, 2014
Niagara Falls Welcomes CSAE Annual Conference and Tradeshow

Niagara Falls, Canada—Final preparations are on the way for what promises to be Niagara Falls’ most important event of 2014. The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) Annual National Conference & Showcase comes to town on Wednesday, Oct. 29 and concludes on Friday, Oct. 31. The three-day event brings together hundreds of association executives and exhibitors from across Canada. Association executives are key for developing and producing successful events of all shapes and sizes throughout the country. Niagara Falls Tourism and its regional partners are aiming to enhance attendees’ discerning opinions on Niagara being a destination of choice for the Business Events industry.

The event is hosted by Niagara Falls Tourism, the official destination organization for Niagara Falls. “We are planning a number of pre- and post-conference tours specially designed to engage attendees during their stay,” says Vittoria Wikston, the organization’s Director of Business Development. “Many of this year’s attendees may have been to Niagara in the past but probably not in the past five years; or maybe not at all. This event will give us the opportunity to showcase our Business Events product development and enhancements.”

CSAE’s 2014 National Conference & Showcase is the latest in a line-up of major annual association conferences and tradeshows Niagara Falls has welcomed in the past two years. Both the Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) held their annual conferences and tradeshows in 2013; this year’s CSAE event is by far the largest of its type and will complete the triad of Canadian national association events that define this sector.

Conference and tradeshow activities will take place over the course of three days at the Scotiabank Convention Centre and the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, and will include keynote speakers, comprehensive educational programs, exceptional networking opportunities and an interactive trade show featuring over 150 booths. “We’re prepared to offer a showcase experience beyond expectations” says Jeff Dixon, the Centre’s interim General Manager.”

“This will be a multi-property event unlike any other in the past,” says Jeremy Tyrrell, Director of Sales for the Scotiabank Convention Centre.  “Along with our partners, we will have the opportunity to showcase the diversity and flexibility offered by Niagara Falls, and the kind of positive cooperation that exists between all regional partners.”

“We want all our attendees to learn and see for themselves how easy it is to business with Niagara,” adds Vittoria, and concludes by saying “This year’s CSAE Conference & Tradeshow will draw from a variety of event backdrops that will inspire a full sensory experience; that to date, is certain to be second to none.”

For more information on this year’s CSAE National Conference & Showcase, please visit:

About Niagara Falls Tourism
Niagara Falls Tourism (Visitor and Convention Bureau) is the official tourism marketing organization of Niagara Falls, responsible for developing public and private sector programs that produce incremental visitor business and resulting economic development returns for the City, its Residents, the Business Community and the Niagara Destination at large. 

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

October 09, 2014
EAD Joint Venture Announces Delta Hotels and Resorts as Hotel Partner in the Edmonton Arena District

Edmonton—The EAD Joint Venture is proud to announce Delta Hotels and Resorts (Delta) as the hotel partner for the Edmonton Arena District (EAD). With construction to be completed in fall 2017, the new Delta Edmonton hotel will become downtown’s first newly constructed four-star, full-service hotel in three decades. 

Designed to match the contemporary architecture and innovative design of the EAD, the impressive tower will exceed 50 storeys in height.  The 26 storey hotel tower, with private condos reaching into the skyline, will bring unparalleled luxury to Edmonton’s city centre. The unveiling of Delta as the hotel partner follows closely on the announcements of the City of Edmonton and Stantec tenancies in the EAD, and the unveiling of Edmonton’s tallest tower. With construction of the hotel parkade scheduled to begin in fall 2014 and the main hotel tower to begin in fall 2015, the continued progress of the EAD marks an exciting time for the citizens of Edmonton.

“We’re thrilled to announce Delta as the hotel partner for the Edmonton Arena District,” said Daryl Katz, chairman of the Katz Group of Companies. “The EAD will be a magnet for Edmontonians and visitors alike -- a special gathering place to experience, celebrate, and come together. This partnership with Delta offers our visitors an upscale and modern place to stay that reflects this world class destination.”

The hotel will consist of 362 guest rooms and suites, and offers numerous upscale amenities, such as a luxury pool, outdoor terrace and expansive fitness facilities. It will house approximately 24,000 sq. ft. of state of the art ballroom, meeting and conference space, with access to an outdoor area overlooking the EAD’s public plaza.

“We are proud to partner with the EAD Joint Venture to bring Delta’s elevated hotel experience to Edmonton’s newest landmark,” said Ken Greene, president and CEO of Delta Hotels and Resorts. “Like Edmonton, Delta is on a journey of transformation. From coast to coast, we are introducing new designs, new hotels and new brand programs that engage guests in ways that one would expect from Canada’s leading, full-service hotel company.”

Delta Edmonton is one of many new Delta projects, including the recently opened Delta Waterloo, Delta Toronto opening at the end of November, and the addition of the new Delta Calgary International Airport that incorporate the company’s new elevated brand concept.

“When planning the Edmonton Arena District, it was important to us that we attract brand partners that reflect the EAD’s world class values,” said Darren Durstling, president and CEO of WAM Development Group. “With this new Delta announcement, we’ve done just that. We’re very excited to welcome Delta Hotels and Resorts to the EAD.”

For more information and updates on the Edmonton Arena District, visit

The Edmonton Arena District (EAD) will be a world-class destination, developed by a joint venture between Katz Group and WAM Development Group. The EAD will offer Edmontonians and visitors from around the world a place to live, work and play. Anchored by a public plaza and the Rogers Place Arena, the EAD will house an upscale hotel, two office towers, condominiums and rental apartments. As well, the urban village will offer a variety of eateries, retail options including boutique shops, a grocery store, pharmacy, and year-round entertainment and attractions. The EAD will be a dynamic, mixed-use urban destination that is true to Edmonton’s character and unlike anything in North America.

A leading Canadian hotel management company, Delta Hotels and Resorts operates and franchises a diversified portfolio with 42 full-service, city centre and airport hotels and resorts under the Delta brand. Widely regarded as Canada’s “brand of choice” by guests and owners, Delta also distinguishes itself as an exemplary employer. It is the only hotel company to have been recognized for its sustained focus on business excellence by the prestigious Excellence Canada with three Canada Awards for Excellence. The hospitality company has also consistently ranked as one of the country’s 50 Best Employers for 14 years, and has been named to the Green 30 since 2010. As well, its national sustainability program, Delta Greens is the most comprehensive and ambitious in the hospitality industry touching on every aspect of the hotel business. Delta’s Corporate Social Responsibility platform, Delta Helps, includes a chain-wide commitment to the communities it serves through a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada, participation in the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key Eco-Rating program, and work with various other charitable groups. Delta Hotels Limited is privately owned by the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation. For more information, please visit

October 09, 2014
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Announces 7,500 sq.ft. Addition to Meeting Space, Spa Transformation

Destin, Fla.— With a long-standing tradition of providing award-winning facilities, deluxe accommodations, impeccable service and luxury resort amenities, the 602-room Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is one of the South’s preferred beachfront meeting destinations.  Over the last three years, Hilton Sandestin Beach has spent more than $25 million on transformations throughout the award-winning meeting space, guest rooms and public areas, and in October announced the addition of 7,500 square feet of exhibit and event space slated for debut in March 2015. This addition includes expansion to pre-function space, current restroom facilities and permanent registration areas. The additional space will provide meeting planners more than 23,000 square feet of ballroom and event space on a single level with approximately 10,000 square feet of additional pre-function area to support the three rooms. With nearly 40,000 square feet of indoor meeting space after the addition, and 20,000 square feet of outdoor event space, the property will be able to accommodate larger conferences and events, and provide additional flexibility for group activities and breakouts.

The award-winning Serenity by the sea Spa will also be receiving a complete overhaul regarding the footprint of the current space and a transformation throughout. The spa will be expanded by 3,000 square feet providing more space for individual guests and groups in the women’s locker room, lounge facilities and group relaxation area, as well as the salon for hair, makeup and nails, with a total new area of 14,500 square feet. The complete transformation will also include an all-new fitness center offering 24-hour guest access and updated reception area, retail area and new tile/paint accents throughout the spa.

Set against a beautiful backdrop of the sugar-white sand and emerald-green water and an ideal location for any event, in 2014 alone, Hilton Sandestin Beach has received top honors from some of the country’s most prestigious meetings publications including Smart Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, Corporate & Incentive Travel, ConventionSouth, Meetings Focus and Successful Meetings. The resort masterfully accommodates groups from 10 to more than 2,000 with a combination of luxury resort amenities, deluxe accommodations, award-winning meeting facilities, fabulous beachfront setting and professional staff – all under one roof.

For more information regarding the meeting space or renovations of Destin’s premier hotel, visit or call 850-267-9600.

About Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is located on the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast in Destin, Fla. Aside from its stunning location, Northwest Florida’s largest full-service beachfront resort hotel boasts 602 spacious accommodations, more than 32,000 square feet of award-winning meeting space, a world-class spa and fitness center, six on-site dining venues – including a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant – abundant resort recreation options, access to championship golf courses, and close proximity to the area’s best attractions. For more information on Destin’s premier hotel, visit, or stay up-to-date with its Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

October 08, 2014
Porter joins JetBlue for interline agreement

Connecting at Boston and Toronto City hubs opens dozens of new destinations for passengers

Toronto—Toronto-based Porter Airlines and New York-based JetBlue Airways are unveiling an extensive interline partnership that will lead to dozens of additional destinations being accessible to Porter passengers.

Porter and JetBlue are ideal partners based on each carrier's customer focus and innovative product and service. Both airlines are internationally-recognized as being among the best in their respective categories. This is the first U.S. interline agreement for Porter.

"Porter's connection with JetBlue opens up many new business and exciting leisure destinations from our convenient downtown Toronto location," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "It gives customers throughout the Porter network choice and is also the first time that we will sell interline tickets directly to our passengers."

"We are delighted to sign this agreement with Porter Airlines and make it even easier for Canadians to experience JetBlue's award-winning service," said Tracy Bink, JetBlue's director of alliances and partnerships. "With our 51 nonstop routes from Boston, Porter guests will have access to an incredibly diverse array of JetBlue destinations."

Boston Logan International Airport serves as the connecting point for these interline flights. JetBlue is the largest airline in Boston, with about 125 daily departures. Porter flies to Boston up to eight times daily from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, providing convenient connection times throughout the day.

Flights from Toronto City Airport are available for sale immediately on These purchases are eligible for travel as of Nov. 3. Markets on will be introduced based on the following schedule, which is subject to change:

-- Oct. 7 – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles
-- Week of Oct. 15 – San Juan, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Richmond
-- Week of Oct. 22 – Phoenix, Charleston, Philadelphia, Tampa
-- Week of Oct. 29 – Up to 10 additional JetBlue continental U.S. markets via Boston
-- November – Porter domestic Canada markets via Toronto City Airport, such as Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Sudbury
-- 2015 – International JetBlue markets via Boston, such as Cancun, Punta Cana, St. Maarten, Grand Cayman

Sales through Global Distribution Systems start immediately for all routings. Tickets are expected to become available for purchase on in the coming weeks.

The ability to reach Toronto via Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport provides customers with one of the most convenient urban airport experiences in North America.

About Porter Airlines
Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating® by Skytrax, and rated Best Small Airline in the world by Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards.

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston, Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Stephenville, N.L., Mt. Tremblant, Que., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Burlington, Vt. Vacation packages are available from Porter Escapes at Visit or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.

About JetBlue
JetBlue is the largest carrier in Boston, and a leading carrier in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 30 million customers a year to 86 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 850 daily flights. New service to Curacao begins in December. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, an overnight stay is never required and the first bag is included with your standard fare (subject to weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including flights marketed or operated by other airlines). For more information, please visit

October 08, 2014
Alt Hotel Calgary to open in the East Village in 2017

Montreal—Building on the success of Hôtel Le Germain Calgary, Groupe Germain Hospitalité announced today its intention to build an Alt Hotel in Calgary, with the goal of welcoming its first guests in 2017. ALT Hotels are the result of an innovative "no-frills-chic" concept that offers today's traveller modern design and eco-friendly features at a low price. Located in the heart of the dynamic East Village, at the corner of Confluence Way and 6th Avenue SE, Alt Hotel Calgary will present stunning views of the Bow River, downtown Calgary as well as the many activities that will take place in the area. The new hotel will be accessible within walking distance from Hôtel Le Germain Calgary and represents an investment of 34 million dollars.

"East Village is currently buzzing with activity and promises to quickly evolve into a neighbourhood full of vitality that visitors will want to spend time in", says Christiane Germain, co-president of Groupe Germain Hospitalité. "Guests who have grown to love Hôtel Le Germain Calgary will recognize some signature elements at its new sister property as Alt Hotel will offer cutting-edge design, ultra-comfortable beds and helpful staff. It will however surprise many with its accessible rate."

There are currently five Alt Hotels across Canada, including locations at Halifax's Stanfield International airport, Toronto's Pearson International Airport, Montreal and Quebec City. Two new Alt Hotels will open in downtown Winnipeg in 2015 and Ottawa in 2016.

Designed by the firm LEMAY MICHAUD Architecture Design, Alt Hotel Calgary will be an ultra-modern building, standing 11 stories tall. Its large, loft-style windows will display spectacular views while allowing an abundance of natural light into each of the 155 rooms and 5,000 square feet of meeting space. The lobby will face Riverwalk Plaza and offer great views of St. Patrick's Island Park and the Bow and Elbow Rivers. Two retail zones will be integrated into the first floor of the building and there will be three floors of underground parking available. The proposed project is currently pending approval from municipal authorities and is being developed in partnership with local builder Homes By Avi.

"With the East Village district now poised to cross the threshold from concept to reality, we are proud to leave a mark on this diverse and vibrant developing community. We were an early believer in the re-development concept and diligent in our search for an appropriate development partner. The strength of Groupe Germain Hospitalité lies in the great reputation of its brands and the value it brings towards each of its properties nationwide. These are the two vitally important characteristics that also define how we've done business in Calgary for 37 years. We look forward to a successful partnership and the continuing evolution of the East Village community", explained Charron Ungar, with Homes by Avi.    

Michael Brown, President & CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, the master developer guiding the rejuvenation of Calgary's oldest downtown community, commented:  "We have seen steady developer interest in our East Village program since 2010 and have attracted over $2 billion of investment to the community. With this announcement, we are a step closer to realizing our vision of a true urban village".

Outside the lobby, guests of Alt Hotel Calgary will easily access the 700 km network of public recreational trails, including, a revitalized St. Patrick's Island park via the new St. Patrick's Bridge. The area's new restaurants and stores, including the highly anticipated Charbar, opening soon in the historic Simmons Building will also be reachable within a few seconds.

Full speed ahead for Groupe Germain Hospitalité
Coming just days after the announcement of a new Le Germain Hotel being built in Ottawa, Alt Hotel Calgary will now be the fourth property in development by Groupe Germain Hospitalité, in addition to its ten hotels already in operation. The construction of a second property in Calgary is aligned with the company's goal of offering its unique hotel experience from coast to coast.

Ranked as one of Canada's 50 best managed companies, Groupe Germain Hospitalité is a family run business, founded in Quebec City, which owns and operates Le Germain 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 700 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:

October 07, 2014
Courtyard by Marriott Puts Some Play Into Your Stay

Bethesda, MD—Courtyard by Marriott is inviting guests to put some play in their stay, with the launch of its new brand campaign, Make Room for a Little Fun, which focuses on the success-driven traveler who is also looking to have some enjoyment on the road.

It begins with humorous new ads that visually contrast the fine line that exists between “having to travel for work” and the fun side of “getting to travel for work.” Four new TV spots, as well as digital and property marketing, tell Courtyard’s story while dramatize what the brand offers guests who want to shake-up their stay.

Courtyard also revamped its website with a fresh and contemporary dance video tour of a hotel and intimate look at its new amenities. Collaborating with Emmy Award-winning choreographer Bonnie Story, (“High School Musical,” “So You Think You Can Dance” fame), and award-winning cinematographer/ video producer Malik Sayeed, (whose credits include work with Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z and Prince), the brand created a larger-than-life music video set entirely in a Courtyard hotel, showcasing its many features to guests.

The brand is also introducing a new look and feel to all of its communications, with hand-drawn elements featured alongside a stylish and contemporary aesthetic.    

“This complete revamp of our look and feel correlates with Courtyard’s positioning of staying current and being relevant to our guests. From the ongoing transformation of our Bistro to the crisp new design of our rooms, we have been updating and transforming the brand inside and out.” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager for Courtyard by Marriott. “This new campaign recognizes that our guests want a playful nudge to remind them to kick back, relax, and have some fun while traveling.”  

To check out the new Courtyard music video, campaign spots, and all of the updated amenities, visit the new website at

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 950 locations in 37 countries and territories, Courtyard hotels participate in the 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 Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit, become a fan at or follow Courtyard at

October 06, 2014
Taking the plunge for charity at Marriott Gateway on the Falls

Participants ‘go over the edge’ to raise money for Wells of Hope and WARM Niagara

Niagara Falls, Ont.— Generous donors will literally “go over the edge” to support two Niagara charitable organizations at a unique event this fall hosted by The Marriott Gateway on the Falls.

On Saturday, October 18, participants will rappel down the side of the 32-storey hotel near the brink of Niagara Falls to raise money for Niagara-based Wells of Hope and WARM Niagara.

"We are extremely excited to be part of this fantastic event," said Anthony Annunziata, VP of Marketing for the Marriott Gateway on the Falls. "The Marriott Gateway believes strongly in supporting our community and jumped at the opportunity to be involved in a project that's goal is to aid and support our friends, family and neighbours in Niagara as well as others throughout the world."

Participants who raised a minimum of $1,000 through individual and corporate donations will be rewarded with the once-in-a lifetime opportunity to rappel down the side of the hotel, enjoying a breathtaking view of the falls and an adrenalin rush at the same time.

"Rappelling down the side of the Marriott Gateway on the Falls isn't something you get to do every day," said Annunziata. "This is a great opportunity for people to cross something off their bucket list while supporting a great cause."

This charity event is in support of WARM (Women's Addictions Recovery Mediation) Niagara, a non-profit organization that provides personal support recovery programs for women and families with addiction issues and Wells of Hope, a non-profit based in Niagara that delivers fresh, clean water to Guatemala.

About The Marriott Gateway on the Falls
Located in the heart of the vibrant Niagara Falls Fallsview district, the Marriott Gateway on the Falls is the largest Marriott conference facility in Canada. The closest hotel to the Scotiabank Convention Centre, the Marriott Gateway features more than 40,000 square feet of meeting space with the latest in multi-media technology, a full-service business centre, 405 guest suites — including lofts with 19-foot floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the majestic Niagara Falls — an open concept lounge, Fallsview dining and a concierge lounge.