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July 29, 2021
WestJet's first non-stop flight from Calgary to Charlottetown takes off

Calgary, AB/CNW/—Today, WestJet celebrated the launch of its new route between Calgary and Charlottetown with the departure and arrival of flight 630 and flight 631 between the communities. The new non-stop flights directly link Western Canada to Prince Edward Island for the first time and marks a positive sign for both region's travel and tourism markets.

"The introduction of new service between Prince Edward Island and Calgary is an important milestone for WestJet, our guests and these communities," said John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. "As vaccination rates across Canada continue to rise and restrictions ease, there's no better way to demonstrate our commitment to Canada's economic recovery than by seeing our investments take off as we continue to restore our network and reconnect Canadians from coast-to-coast."

Upon flight 630's arrival in Charlottetown, guests visiting from Calgary were greeted by Charlottetown Mayor Phillip Brown.

"The City of Charlottetown is thrilled about the announcement of the new direct flight from Calgary," said Mayor Brown. "We are truly excited for this opportunity for more Canadians to experience everything our beautiful city has to offer. Thank you, WestJet, for your continued efforts to connect Canadians from coast to coast."

"We are delighted to welcome WestJet's new non-stop service from Calgary, connecting Western Canada with Prince Edward Island for the first time," said Doug Newson, CEO, YYG Charlottetown Airport. "As Canadians start exploring our country once again, this service will provide a convenient option for Islanders now calling Alberta home and for new tourists wanting to explore our beautiful Island."

WestJet's new twice-weekly, non-stop service between Charlottetown and Calgary operates on Thursdays and Sunday. The service was previously set to begin in June 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic.

Since 2005, WestJet has been a key part of the fabric of Prince Edward Island's visitor economy and remains committed to investing in the recovery of Atlantic Canada from the COVID-19 crisis. 

WestJet's Charlottetown to Calgary service details

Route 

Peak Frequency

Departure

Arrival

Calgary - Charlottetown

2x weekly (Thursday/Saturday)

9:30 a.m.

5:05 p.m.

Charlottetown – Calgary

2x weekly (Thursday/Saturday)

5:50 p.m.

8:08 p.m.

*All times are local

     


Additional quotes

"We thank our guests, the YYG Charlottetown Airport and other partners who stuck with WestJet throughout the pandemic," said Angela Avery, WestJet Executive Vice-President, External Affairs and Chief Legal Officer. "We are glad to be flying twice-weekly and look forward to bringing tourists, business and products to and from Charlottetown to help drive economic recovery for the Island."

"With this non-stop flight connecting Calgary and Prince Edward Island, WestJet continues to help showcase Calgary and all its experiences to Canadians," says Cindy Ady, Tourism Calgary CEO. "The return of direct routes post-pandemic will help to support the recovery of the tourism industry and bolster the economic impact of tourism, which directly contributes over $2.5 billion to Calgary's economy each year. We are very eager to once again welcome guests from P.E.I. to Calgary"

"Congratulations to WestJet on their restored route from Calgary to Charlottetown. This direct route will connect Canadians from both regions and offer more domestic destination options as many look forward to travelling again," The Calgary Airport Authority.

About WestJet 
In 25 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline's Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium.

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com

Connect with WestJet on Facebook at facebook.com/westjet 
Follow WestJet on Twitter at twitter.com/westjet 
Follow WestJet on Instagram instagram.com/westjet/ 
Subscribe to WestJet on YouTube at youtube.com/westjet 
Read the WestJet blog at blog.westjet.com 

Recent recognition includes: 

2020/2019 Number-One Ranked Canadian Airline Loyalty Program in Member Engagement (Bond Brand Loyalty)
2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2019/2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada) 

For further information:
Media contacts:media@westjet.com

July 29, 2021
New Luxury Golf Rooms & Suites at Fox Harb’r Resort

Fox Harbour, NS/—Earlier this month, 18 new guest rooms opened at Fox Harb’r Resort, Nova Scotia’s only 5-star resort property. The 12 new 400 sq.’ Golf Rooms and 4 new 852 sq.’ Golf Manor Suites are expertly designed with a modern and contemporary flare; the Golf Rooms exceed all the needs of the business executive traveller. Each Golf Rooms offers a luxury setting, a beautiful view to take in the sunrise or sunset. The rooms are furnished with a king size luxury Simmons Beauty Rest bed, HDTV and a working desk. The Golf Manor Suite offers a living room with fireplace and patio or terrace. Relax and unwind in the beauty and comfort that our new rooms have to offer. This brings the total number of guest rooms to 88 along with new marina landing 3- or 4-bedroom villas, custom built homes and townhouses.

ALL GOLF ROOMS INCLUDE:

  • King bed set(s) with Simmons Beauty Rest luxury firm mattress
  • Goose down king pillows and duvets with Italian Frette bed linen
  • Hypo-allergenic pillows upon request
  • Plush Shawl bathrobes with Frette bath linens
  • Shower and body amenities by Molton Brown
  • Complimentary Tim Hortons coffee and tea
  • Fully stocked wet bar with refreshments and snacks
  • Kitchenette with refrigerator and coffee brewer
  • Hair Dryer, Umbrella, Weighing Scales, In-room Safe
  • Complimentary wireless access and speaker phone with data jack
  • Flat screen HDTV, alarm clock/charging/docking station
  • Working desk with chair
  • Laundry Service

ABOUT FOX HARB’R RESORT/ The dream made reality of Canadian business icon Tim Hortons’ co-founder and philanthropist, Ron Joyce, Fox Harb’r Resort flows along Nova Scotia’s sunrise side, the Northumberland Shore, promising what he termed “luxury without pretension” in a uniquely private destination. This CAA/AAA Four Diamond, and Canada Select five-star rated retreat is best known as home to one of the top-rated championship golf courses in Canada, an inspired mix of both parkland holes and traditional oceanside links. The 1,150-acre resort is also home to all-suite accommodations, a fully serviced private runway, the top sporting clay target shooting facility in the Northeast, a deep-water marina, a lighthouse outdoor venue, a vineyard, restaurant greenhouses, and over 16 km of nature trails. Visit www.foxharbr.com

For More Information Contact:
Pearleen Mofford
Sale Director
Fox Harb’r Resort
902-478-4384
pmofford@foxharbr.com

July 26, 2021
WestJet gives guests more options via Amsterdam

Airline strengthens codeshare with KLM, adds AMS connections to 18 European cities   

Calgary, AB—/CNW/—WestJet today announced the evolution of its long-standing codeshare relationship with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines through the placement of its "WS" codeshare on KLM-operated flights.  Through the expanded codeshare agreement, guests will now have convenient access via Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport (AMS) to 18 cities across Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The enhanced partnership builds on the airline's new non-stop 787 Dreamliner service between Amsterdam and Calgary and provides greater access between Canada and European points for travellers on both sides of the Atlantic.

"Through this expanded codeshare relationship with KLM our guests will benefit from new opportunities to travel between Europe and Canada," said John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. "Our Dreamliner service to Amsterdam combined with convenient connections on a world-class partner like KLM is an exciting step as we work to support the safe restart of international travel." 

WestJet's inaugural service between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) and Calgary International Airport (YYC) is set to depart on August 5, 2021. The airline's new service will operate two-times weekly beginning August 5, 2021 and will increase to three-times weekly as of September 9.  All AMS flights will be on WestJet's 787 Dreamliner, featuring WestJet's Business Cabin including lie-flat pods, dining on demand and WestJet's award-winning caring service.

"This is an exciting development for inbound travel and tourism to Alberta from key European markets via Amsterdam," said David Goldstein, CEO, Travel Alberta. "Rebuilding these targeted international air links is critical to the province's economic recovery. We look forward to working with WestJet to re-establish Alberta's competitiveness as a business and leisure destination emerging from the pandemic."

Details of WestJet's service between Calgary and Amsterdam:

Route

Frequency

Start Date

Calgary –
Amsterdam

2x weekly

Aug. 5 – Sept. 5, 2021

 

3x weekly

Sept. 9 – October 31,
2021

Amsterdam –
Calgary

2x weekly

Aug. 6 – Sept. 6, 2021

 

3x weekly

Sept. 10 – November 1,
2021

 

Details of WestJet's codeshare with KLM via AMS:

Airport
Code

City

Country

VIE

Vienna

Austria

BRU

Brussels

Belgium

TLS

Toulouse*

France*

LYS

Lyon*

MPL

Montpellier/Mauguio*

FRA

Frankfurt

Germany

MUC

Munich

BER

Berlin

HAJ

Hanover

MXP

Milan

Italy

VCE

Venice

LIS

Lisbon

Portugal

MAD

Madrid

Spain

GLA

Glasgow

UK

EDI

Edinburgh

MAN

Manchester

LCY

London

LHR

London

*Pending regulatory approval

About WestJet 
In 25 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline's Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium.

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com

Connect with WestJet on Facebook at facebook.com/westjet
Follow WestJet on Twitter at twitter.com/westjet
Follow WestJet on Instagram instagram.com/westjet/ 
Subscribe to WestJet on YouTube at youtube.com/westjet 
Read the WestJet blog at blog.westjet.com 

Recent recognition includes: 
2020/2019 Number-One Ranked Canadian Airline Loyalty Program in Member Engagement (Bond Brand Loyalty)
2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines) 
2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines) 
2019/2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada) 
SOURCE WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership

July 26, 2021
New Orleans Saints and Caesars Entertainment Announce Partnership: Stadium Rebranded as Caesars Superdome

Home of the New Orleans Saints and Super Bowl LIX, state-owned building to be renamed Caesars Superdome

New Orleans, LA—The New Orleans Saints and Caesars Entertainment announced today the formation of a 20-year, exclusive naming-rights partnership that rebrands New Orleans’ iconic downtown stadium as the Caesars Superdome.

Caesars Superdome will host all Saints home football games, and Super Bowl LIX to be played in February 2025. The building will also host the 2022 NCAA Men’s Final Four, the annual Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff contests, a variety of concerts and hundreds of other annual events including Essence Festival, the Bayou Classic football game between Grambling State and Southern University, the New Orleans Bowl and the Louisiana State High School Athletic Association Football Championships. 

“All of us at Caesars are proud to be part of New Orleans’ vibrant culture. We understand that the Caesars Superdome is more than an iconic venue, it’s the symbol of a resilient and innovative community,” said Tom Reeg, CEO of Caesars Entertainment. “We’ve had a strong relationship with the New Orleans Saints for nearly two decades and we are thrilled with the opportunity to strengthen it and celebrate our commitment to the city, the state, and the entire Gulf Coast region.”

In the last five years, Caesars Entertainment has led with its heart in the Pelican State, giving more than $30 million directly into community non-profits and services.  Through a combination of volunteer hours, grants from the Caesars Foundation, and donations supporting local non-profit programs dedicated to disadvantaged populations, tourism, and infrastructure, Caesars remains committed to the state of Louisiana and its residents.

Caesars Superdome will stand as testament to Caesars’ commitment to the New Orleans Saints and to the city of New Orleans as it embarks on a $325 million renovation to transform Harrah’s New Orleans into Caesars New Orleans.

“This partnership sends a strong message about the positive future for the New Orleans Saints, Caesars Entertainment, and the entire state of Louisiana,” said Saints Owner Gayle Benson. “That message states that companies with the global reach of Caesars Entertainment are investing in our city, state and region. Caesars has long been one of the world’s most respected entertainment companies. Caesars is in the midst of creating a first-class multi-million dollar entertainment facility in downtown New Orleans, this significant investment also demonstrates the strength of their commitment to our state and region. We are proud to partner with a company that is dedicated to the economic growth of our city, state and region.”

The agreement between the Saints and Caesars Entertainment represents a union between two iconic companies and brands that are built on creating economic growth in their communities.  Both are engaged in spearheading expansive projects, which will help spur significant economic growth for the state of Louisiana and the entire region.

“Having faced a very trying 2020 with the Covid-19 Pandemic, this is wonderful news to see that two iconic brands like the Saints and Caesars are partnering on a long-term business deal that will not only benefit New Orleans, but the entire State,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. “I congratulate Mrs. Benson and her team on securing this partnership. Caesars Superdome is an iconic building, globally recognized and I am certain that Caesars will be very pleased having their name on the building that will be hosting future Super Bowls, Final Fours, and Essence Festivals, to name a few.”

“In addition to being one of the world’s premier entertainment operators, the investment Caesars Entertainment is making into its downtown property that is being transformed into Caesars New Orleans will create an impact that will be felt throughout our entire state and region for many years,” said Saints President Dennis Lauscha.  “Caesars is a great partner for the Saints and the region, as they are investing $325 million into their downtown facility, while at the same time, significant work and investment is being made into making our playing facility state-of-the-art not only for Saints football, but multiple major events that benefit the entire community. In 2009, when the Saints and State reached their new agreement, the team took on the responsibility of selling the naming rights to the Caesars Superdome; a model that has resulted in no lease generated general fund requests from the State. The team has brought two iconic global brands in Mercedes-Benz and now Caesars Entertainment to this state-owned building. This agreement represents a tremendous opportunity for the New Orleans Saints franchise and further entrenches Caesars Entertainment as one of the region’s leading and dedicated corporate citizens.”

“The partnership between the Superdome and Caesars Entertainment represents a powerful combination of two legendary entertainment brands,” said Michael Hecht, President & CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc.  “The Superdome contributes close to $600 million in annual economic impact to the state of Louisiana, and Caesars is the largest gaming company in America.  Together, they will ensure that our iconic stadium drives even more jobs, tax revenue, and global brand awareness for New Orleans and Louisiana.  The fact that Caesars Superdome is so integral to the culture of New Orleans, and that Caesars is well-known as a community-oriented company, makes this partnership that much more compelling and promising for our collective future.”

Caesars Superdome, in a partnership between the Saints, the State of Louisiana and the Superdome Commission, is currently undergoing a $450 million renovation that is positioning the stadium to remain one of the world’s premier spectator sports and entertainment venues. Prior to the most recent renovation, the facility had seen over $350 million in improvements in the last 12 years. This most recent project will enhance the quality of experience for the spectator at all levels, with the addition of field level suites, improved concessions and vertical spaces which improve the environment and amenities and ingress and egress, as well as operational upgrades crucial to event operation. This renovation, which is expected to be completed by Super Bowl LIX, will help the Caesars Superdome retain its place in the pantheon of sporting facilities, having hosted seven Super Bowls (the most of any facility), the most recent, Super Bowl XLVII, which propelled $480 million in spending in New Orleans and approximately $262.8 million in direct spending by visitors. The last Super Bowl played in New Orleans also helped inspire an estimated $1.2 billion in public and private improvements to the city. The facility has also hosted five NCAA men’s basketball Final Fours, three BCS College Football Championship games, the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game and three NCAA College Football Playoff semi-final contests.

Edwards added, “The Superdome is currently undergoing a much needed state-of-the-art renovation, an investment that will prove to be a benefit for many years to come. I am thankful to the board of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, and specifically it’s chairman Kyle France, for the hard work on this critical investment in a state facility. I am pleased that the Saints, who may only use the building a dozen times in a year, are contributing $150 million of the $450 million and it should be noted that the building hosts hundreds of events annually…so everyone that uses the building will benefit.”

“In 2009, the State, in its new lease agreement with the Saints, gave the team the right to sell naming rights to the Superdome, thereby eliminating State subsidies to the team,” said Senator Page Cortez, president of the Louisiana Senate. “Today, we are thrilled with the announcement of a 20-year deal between the team and Caesars. In 2011, the State approved Mercedes-Benz as the naming rights partner for the Superdome, that 10-year partnership presented to the State by the Saints. What is important to note here is that the team is working to create its own revenue sources for New Orleans and the Superdome. That is very important in our deal with the team. It is a good business deal for the state.” 

The New Orleans Saints and Gayle Benson have pledged all proceeds from this partnership will go directly back into the building to help with ongoing and continued renovations, which include enhanced and expanded concourses, vertical transportation systems and on-field high-end hospitality luxury suites.

This naming rights partnership for the Caesars Superdome is a perfect fit with the corporation’s burgeoning local investment. Caesars Entertainment, the parent company of Harrah’s New Orleans, is currently in the midst of a $325 million renovation and construction project to transform the property, the only land-based casino in Louisiana into Caesars New Orleans. The project will create a flagship resort steps from the French Quarter, including an all-new 340 room hotel tower and new culinary and hospitality offerings within the casino, putting hundreds of people to work on the project, and creating more than 500 sustainable, long-term jobs. Caesars Entertainment is the largest gaming company in the United States, holding more than 50 first-class gaming facilities worldwide. 

Lauscha added, “We want to acknowledge the Oak View Group, for their tireless work in helping us build a naming rights strategy. Their partnership was a win-win for us.”

“This partnership is a long-term business investment, in the city of New Orleans, but the entire state can benefit from having Caesars and the Saints partner in this naming rights deal,” said Representative Clay Schexnayder, speaker of the House of Representatives. “It is wonderful to see this deal take place after we have all had to deal with a terrible pandemic and hopefully this is a signal that commerce is coming back.”

Caesars Superdome has housed the Saints since 1975. The naming rights agreement includes the opportunity for Caesars Entertainment branding on the exterior of the facility, as well as stadium signage and other unique displays inside the stadium.

Mercedes-Benz USA held the naming rights to the stadium since 2011, with the brand experiencing significantly increasing sales and visibility. That visibility now shifts to Caesars Entertainment. Caesars Entertainment and the New Orleans Saints have started work already to enhance the look of the stadium in support of both the Caesars Entertainment brand and the anticipated success of the 2021 Saints season and other events scheduled to take place at the facility.

Caesars Superdome is home to a record seven Super Bowls, including Super Bowl XII (1978), XV (1981), XX (1986), XXIV (1990), XXXI (1997), XXXVI (2002), XLVII (2013), plus another, coming in 2025 (LIX).

About Meetings and Events at Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
The largest casino-entertainment company in the U.S., Caesars Entertainment, Inc. offers meeting and event planners one dedicated team, united nationwide, committed to providing the most successful meeting experiences possible. With one call or email, planners have access to more than 50 properties, with more than 2.1 million square feet of meeting space and more than 50,000 guest rooms. Mix and match properties and venues within a destination under a single contract and minimum. Enjoy elite perks, rewards and privileges with our Caesars Rewards Meeting Diamond Program. For more information, please visit www.CaesarsMeansBusiness.com and
www.CAESARSFORUM.com.

About Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR) is the largest casino-entertainment company in the US and one of the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment providers. Since its beginning in Reno, NV, in 1937, Caesars Entertainment, Inc. has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions. Caesars Entertainment, Inc.’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s®, Horseshoe®, and Eldorado® brand names. Caesars Entertainment, Inc. offers diversified gaming, entertainment and hospitality amenities, one-of-a-kind destinations, and a full suite of mobile and online gaming and sports betting experiences. All tied to its industry-leading Caesars Rewards loyalty program, the company focuses on building value with its guests through a unique combination of impeccable service, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars is committed to its employees, suppliers, communities and the environment through its PEOPLE PLANET PLAY framework. For more information, please visit. www.caesars.com/corporate.

Media Contacts
Reina Herschdorfer
Director of Marketing
Caesars Entertainment
(702) 866-1116
rherschdorfer@caesars.com

July 26, 2021
Double award nomination for the IMEX Group

IMEX Ops team and PlanetIMEX both shortlisted

The IMEX Group has been shortlisted in two categories at the Exhibition News Awards, taking place on 30th July. The national industry awards, judged by some of the UK’s top event professionals from venues, organisers and agencies, have shortlisted the IMEX Operations team for Best Ops Team and PlanetIMEX for Best One-off or Series of Virtual Events, a new category for this year.

“We’re delighted by this national industry recognition,” explains Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group. “Our Ops team is a real powerhouse with a long history of creating compelling live trade shows, and they’re currently working closely with our industry partners in Las Vegas to deliver an exciting, new-look IMEX America. 

“We’re also proud that PlanetIMEX, our creative and community-centred response to the extraordinary circumstances of 2020, has been nominated in the Virtual Events category. 

“The EN Awards are both timely and significant – showcasing the sheer innovation, passion and commitment shown by event professionals as the industry builds forwards together. Given that IMEX America in November will be our 10th edition, these nominations give us even more reasons to celebrate.” 

www.imexexhibitions.com

 

July 25, 2021
British Airways Reintroduces Service to Saint Lucia from Heathrow After More Than 30 Years

Castries—Saint Lucia has added another gateway to the destination with the reintroduction of service with British Airways out of London Heathrow (LHR) after more than 30 years. The Boeing 777 touched down on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at approximately 5:45 p.m. with a total capacity of 173, most of which are visitors. 

Out of Gatwick (LGW), Saint Lucia already welcomes a weekly service with TUI and 4 flights per week with British Airways. The UK is typically Saint Lucia's second-largest tourism market and thus far, year-to-date reflects 4% growth. 

13 crewmembers led by Captain -Peter Williams joined Officials of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) to receive a commemorative plaque that depicts the iconic twin pitons, niche markets, and surprise welcome packages. Two lucky passengers were also gifted on arrival.  

“This newly introduced weekly service from Heathrow comes at an opportune time when Saint Lucia is drumming up even more support for an already exciting summer, and the upcoming peak winter period. This also signals continued progress towards the full recovery of the tourism sector,” said Public Relations Manager- Geraine Georges. 

The British Airways service from Heathrow will end on September 4, 2021, and discussions are already ongoing for resumption in the near future. The airline is also scheduled to increase airlift during the winter with daily flights from November out of Gatwick (LGW).

In creating greater demand for Saint Lucia, the SLTA will continue to welcome journalists and influencers to highlight the destination, experiences, and hidden gems.

The continued advancements towards additional targeted airlift into Saint Lucia is another step in the right direction towards the full rebound of the tourism economy. 

Media Contact:
ggeorges@stlucia.org
lfay@stluciauk.org

July 24, 2021
Anguilla Welcomes Announcement of New American Airlines Service between Miami and Anguilla, starting December 11, 2021

The Valley, Anguilla—The Hon. Minister of Tourism for Anguilla, Mr. Haydn Hughes has welcomed the announcement today by Juan Carlos Liscano, American Airlines’ Vice President of MIA Hub Operations, of new air service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA), starting on December 11, 2021.

“We are delighted that American Airlines will be inaugurating a twice-weekly, scheduled service to Anguilla this winter,” stated Minister Hughes.  “The introduction of direct service into Anguilla from the US mainland is a goal we have long been working towards, and we are thrilled that our efforts have now borne fruit.  This is a tremendous vote of confidence in our destination, as American Airlines has the equipment and the route network that will enable us to significantly increase our arrivals and further develop our tourism product,” Minister Hughes continued.

The direct flights will operate year-round, twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Flights will depart MIA at 10:50, arriving at AXA at 14:49.  The return flight will depart AXA at 15:40, arriving at MIA at 17:53. Flights will be available for sale starting on July 26, 2021.

“The introduction of these scheduled flights will be a game-changer for our tourism industry,” enthused ATB Chairman, Kenroy Herbert.  “Access is the most critical factor for any destination, and the Miami gateway provides excellent connectivity from the West Coast, so it opens up lucrative new markets for Anguilla.   This new service will create a host of business and leisure tourism opportunities for our island,” he concluded.

For information on Anguilla please visit the official website of the Anguilla Tourist Board: www.IvisitAnguilla.com; follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/AnguillaOfficial; Instagram: @Anguilla_Tourism; Twitter: @Anguilla_Trsm, Hashtag: #MyAnguilla.

July 23, 2021
The Future of Group Gathering: Experiential Agency Event Circle Introduce Rapid COVID-19 Testing for Events

Toronto, ON—Toronto’s innovative experiential agency, Event Circle, today announced the launch of their Health Canada-approved COVID-19 rapid testing for corporate and private events as Ontario enters stage 3 of re-opening.  

Known for their unique digital activations and creative strategy for clients like Instagram and MLSE, Event Circle is introducing rapid testing to help clients ease back into the world of events safely.  

Trained on-site nurses collect and complete SARS-CoV-2 Viral Nucleoprotein antigen tests for all staff and guests as they enter an event. In as little as 15 minutes, antigen tests with a 96% sensitivity rate and a 100% specificity rate are available -- making Event Circle’s testing the most efficient and accurate COVID-19 testing available. 

Event Circle’s rapid testing ensures comfortability and safety for guests and event hosts as we enter the next stage of post-pandemic life. The simple process consists of a painless, shallow nasal swab which requires 5-10 seconds in each nostril. 

While results are processed, individuals are recommended to return to their vehicles, maintain proper social distancing and wear personal protective equipment (PPE). After 15 minutes, if there is no detection of COVID-19, all individuals with negative results will be invited to enter the event and are no longer required to wear PPE. If the test result is inconclusive, the individual will require a second test. If a positive test occurs, the proctor will report this information to the event manager and recommend that the person receives a PCR test off site. 

About Event Circle:
Founded in 2015, Event Circle specializes in creating memorable, unique and interactive experiences for events nationwide. Through innovative technology and maximum creativity, Event Circle provides one-of-a-kind, influential activations that strengthen marketing initiatives, and amplifies branding. 

Event Circle has previously partnered with brands including; Ford, MLSE, Clinique, Smirnoff, BMO and Adidas. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.eventcircle.ca/

Available for Interviews:
Jakob Metz, Co-Founder & President of Event Circle
Daniel Carson, Co-Founder & CEO of Event Circle

July 22, 2021
Fairmont Banff Springs Unveils New and Returning Cocktail and Culinary Experiences

Banff, AB—Fairmont Banff Springs announced an exciting lineup of new and returning cocktail and culinary experiences. With new programming such as cocktail classes in the Rundle Bar hosted by a skilled mixologist, plus the return of signature dining offerings including the Eat the Castle tour and all-you-can-eat brunch in The Vermillion Room, guests will be delighted with the epicurious experiences that await at the “Castle in the Rockies”.

Cocktail Classes in the Rundle Bar
The recently renovated Rundle Bar’s talented cocktail curators are hosting cocktail classes at 4:00 p.m. daily. Guests are invited to shake up happy hour and to learn from their skilled bartenders how to make their Signature Bottled Cocktails. Guests will enjoy light snacks during the class and take home a personally-bottled cocktail for $49 per person. The experience is limited to eight guests.

The Moët Lounge
A new private experience – the Moët Lounge – will be coming to Fairmont Banff Springs next month. Located on the picturesque Lower Bow Valley Terrace, the venue will offer five intimate lounges available for private bookings. The experience accommodates four to six guests and is $250 for one-and-a-half hour bookings, which includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut, plus the choice of PEI oysters or charcuterie board of locally-sourced meats and cheeses.

Food Day Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs will be celebrating Food Day Canada on July 31, 2021 with feature menus available in 1888 Chop House, The Vermillion Room, Waldhaus Restaurant and Castello Italiana. The venues will showcase local and indigenous ingredients with participating restaurants across the country.

Eat the Castle Tour
The “Eat the Castle” culinary tour has officially returned to Fairmont Banff Springs. Guests are invited to eat like royalty and indulge in signature dishes with exemplary beverage pairings at STOCK Food & Drink, The Vermillion Room, Rundle Bar and 1888 Chop House, while a local guide brings the stories of the historic Castle to life all in between. The experiential tour was named a Canadian Signature Experience by Destination Canada in 2019. Eat the Castle is hosted on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. for $175 per person and can be booked here.

Bountiful Buffets in The Vermillion Room
Banff’s best buffet has returned to Fairmont Banff Springs. The Vermillion Room is serving its beloved all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., plus its extravagant Sunday brunch buffet between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Grapes Wine | Charcuterie | Cellar
The charming and historic Grapes has reopened its doors after 16 months. The former “writing room” of the hotel boasts original architecture from 1928 and offers the perfect hideaway to dine on delectable house-made preserves and cured meats, local artisan cheeses, tapas-style small plates, and freshly-baked bread, paired with an incredible wine list.

The venue has also partnered with Calgary's award-winning Chocolate Lab and will be satisfying guests’ sweet tooth with Chocolate Tastings. Guests can enjoy a D.I.Y. Chocolate Flight, which includes the choice of three hand-crafted truffles, or Le Grand Dame, where guests can enjoy one of each with a tower of fine truffles.

To learn more and to book dining experiences at Fairmont Banff Springs, guests may call 403 762 2211 or email banffsprings@fairmont.com. For those wishing to learn more about the available dining options, resort activities, spa and golf at Fairmont Banff Springs, they can visit www.fairmont.com/banff-springs.

About Fairmont Banff Springs
Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs hotel stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff, Alberta. Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies”, has been providing legendary hospitality to our guests for more than 133 years. The Fairmont Banff Springs is a year-round luxury mountain resort that offers a championship golf course during the summer, unparalleled skiing in the winter, the award-winning European-style Willow Stream Spa, and authentically local dining experiences.  For more information on the Fairmont Banff Springs and its special offers please visit: fairmont.com/banff-springs

About Accor
Accor is a world leading hospitality Group consisting of more than 5,100 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The Group has one of the industry’s most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing luxury and premium brands, midscale and economy offerings, unique Lifestyle concepts, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor also boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and approximately 260,000 team members worldwide. Over 68 million members benefit from the company’s comprehensive loyalty program ALL - Accor Live Limitless - a daily Lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its Planet 21 – Acting Here, Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States. For more information visit group.accor.com or follow Accor on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

For further information, please contact:
Lynn Henderson
Regional Director, Public Relations
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Canada’s Western Mountain Region
Lynn.Henderson@Fairmont.com

Casey Bachand
Communications Manager
Fairmont Banff Springs
Casey.Bachand@Fairmont.com

July 19, 2021
Gladstone House: Toronto's Iconic Boutique Hotel Announces Next Phase in Historic Evolution

The beloved arts and culture hub will reopen to the public September 2021, with event bookings and hotel room reservations now available online.

Toronto—Streetcar Developments and Dream Unlimited Corp. (TSX:DRM) are proud to announce the next phase in the evolution of the Gladstone Hotel, now aptly renamed Gladstone House. The new name pays homage to the original “Gladstone House” engravings on the stone exterior of the building, adding a slice of history to the modern reinvention of the space. Situated in West Queen West, one of Toronto’s most creative neighbourhoods, the reimagined landmark will maintain its emphasis on culture, art, and diversity, while ensuring the building’s rich history and iconic original architecture remain preserved. With a phased opening to the public in September 2021, Gladstone House will continue to be the cultural pulse of the city that it has been for over 130 years, with even more exciting new offerings.

Designed by internationally acclaimed Elastic Interiors, guests will be delighted by unexpected and modern elements, contrasted with colourful contemporary artwork to provide a unique and elevated experience. The celebrated boutique hotel, steeped in history, features restored exposed brick walls and innovative lighting applications that transition throughout the day, bringing the building to life. Starting today, event bookings and room reservations can be made for September onwards, via the new Gladstone House www.gladstonehouse.ca.

Gladstone House Lobby 
Since 1889, Gladstone House has been a pillar of the West Queen West community, offering a distinct representation of the neighbourhood’s art, culture and diversity. Over the past several years, Gladstone House has evolved in many ways, but continues to be recognized and valued as a staple of Toronto’s west side.  

As a platform to engage local artists, the hotel initiated a “Call for Submissions,” which attracted over 500 entries. A panel of jurors selected over 50 works, which will be part of an art installation in each of the hotel’s 55 guestrooms and surrounding public spaces. Ushering in a new look and feel, Gladstone House promises an unforgettable guest experience for locals and travellers.

“As one of the oldest operating hotels in Toronto, we are dedicated to paying homage to Gladstone’s rich history in the city and maintaining its status as a celebration of diversity in the West Queen West neighbourhood,” says Les Mallins, Founder & President of Streetcar Developments. “We have worked hard to ensure that we are telling the stories of the past and creating new one-of-a-kind experiences for the future as written by our guests. Gladstone House is the modern reimagination of a truly historical landmark.” 

The Bistro and Bar, offering a true lobby bar experience, will reopen in the fall for daily dining and cocktails. Gladstone House will also be launching 3 new studios, featuring lifestyle, fitness and art programs. Melody Bar, a destination in its own right and home to the beloved Drag Brunch, will reopen its doors later this fall.  Expect a new line up of additional programming targeted to entice the neighbourhood as well as the Greater Toronto Area.   

As the sister property to The Broadview Hotel, a popular, historical landmark and anchor of Toronto’s east side, guests of Gladstone House can also expect a colourful dining, social and event experience from the moment they enter its doors.

Gladstone House will officially reopen to the public in September 2021 and will be operated by Crescent Hotels & Resorts Latitudes division. Visit www.gladstonehouse.ca for site visits, event bookings (weddings, celebrations, corporate etc.) and room reservations.

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About Gladstone House 
Located in the heart of West Queen West, Gladstone House is Toronto’s longest continually operating hotel and a cultural pillar within the city. Thoughtfully reimagined, the original architecture has been preserved and is now contrasted with colourful contemporary artwork that aims to embrace the Gladstone’s heritage, thoughtful building restoration, cultural and social community foundation. Gladstone House is truly a place where international travelers can relax alongside local residents in a spirited exchange of culture, perspectives and ideas. For more information, please visit www.gladstonehouse.ca.

About Streetcar Developments 
STREETCAR has established itself as Toronto's premier developer of mid-rise condo buildings located in culturally rich, livable downtown neighbourhoods. Its core philosophy - Rethink Urban Living - reflects the belief that projects must integrate seamlessly with their neighbourhoods and enhance the lives of the entire community. Its developments, spanning from exclusive Beach to hip Queen West, play keys roles in transforming many of Toronto's up-and-coming neighbourhoods. Since its first projects in 2002, Streetcar continues to prove that combining contemporary design with an unwavering respect for neighbourhoods and historic architecture can make Toronto one of the world's most vibrant and livable cities. For more information, please visit www.streetcar.ca.

About Dream 
Dream is one of Canada's leading real estate companies with approximately $10 billion of assets under management. Dream is an owner and developer of exceptional office and residential assets in Toronto which we hold for the long term. We also develop land & residential assets in Western Canada for immediate sale and own and manage stabilized income generating assets in both Canada and the U.S. In addition, we have a successful asset management business, inclusive of three TSX listed Trusts and institutional partnerships. Dream has an established track record for being innovative and for our ability to source, structure and execute on compelling investment opportunities. For more information, please visit www.dream.ca.

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July 19, 2021
ProPlan and CanPlan Merger—Two PLANS are better than one!
We are thrilled to announce the merger of ProPlan Conferences & Events with CanPlan Event & Conference Services Inc, combining unmatched expertise and commitment to take the conferences and event service industry to the next level!
 
The road to success is always under construction and we are excited to be joining the forces of two incredible industry leaders, where together we will continue to strive for excellence in the delivery and execution of events and conferences of all sizes.
 
Why did this happen? We are firm believers that we are stronger together and our past collaborations have only solidified this belief.
 
CanPlan was founded in 2014 by Patricia Pearson, CMP and Ann Clemensen CMM, DES, two veteran event specialists from the hospitality and hotel sectors. In 2017, Maria Montesinos, DES joined the corporation and brought a new level of special event and travel experience to the portfolio. Today, we are delighted to have Bettyanne Sherrer, CMP, CMM, DES, another industry veteran who founded ProPlan Conferences and Events, join the CanPlan executive team as we continue paving the road to success.
 
‘We are thrilled’, says Ann Clemenson. “Bettyanne, who has received many industry awards, including being inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, is the talent behind major international events, the successful launch of the inaugural VIPlane, and is now mastering the digital world with compelling virtual events breaking attendance records and client expectations. Together, the synergies of the four partners of CanPlan will even further elevate client events and enhance attendee engagement.”
 
“I have always known the solid reputation of CanPlan as one of Canada’s leading event management firms”, says Bettyanne Sherrer. “I am humbled and excited to be invited to work with three of the best planners and innovative businesswomen in the industry. As we move to reintroducing audiences back to events safely, we will continue to create memorable experiences with impact!”
Going forward, the team will be known as CanPlan Event & Conference Services Inc. We will begin this transition over the next few weeks, while seamlessly continuing to provide exceptional service to our clients and partners, without interruption or confusion.
 
Please join us in welcoming Bettyanne to the CanPlan team and we look forward to sharing more during this process.
 
Ann Clemensen, Patricia Pearson, Maria Montesinos, Bettyanne Sherrer
Managing Partners, CanPlan Event & Conference Services Inc.
For more information: info@canplaninc.ca
July 13, 2021
The Restored Park Hyatt Toronto to Open September 2021

The reimagined hotel will debut with new interiors from Studio Munge, luxury guestrooms, and immersive food and beverage concepts

Toronto/CNW/—Park Hyatt Toronto and Oxford Properties ('Oxford') are pleased to announce the highly anticipated re-opening of the fully restored luxury hotel, which promises to offer unparalleled, enriching moments at every turn. Long considered one of Toronto's most iconic addresses, the hotel will offer guests an experience with timeless sophistication rooted in Canadian heritage. Deeply personalized and engaged service will be the cornerstone of the hotel's revival as Park Hyatt Toronto prepares to open its doors once again, in September 2021.   

The re-imagined Park Hyatt Toronto will combine luxury, sophistication, and glamour with a distinctive nod to Canadian heritage, art deco, and literature. The hotel collaborated with world-renowned designer Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge, who drew inspiration from Canada's striking seasons and natural landscapes to bring this experience to life. The hotel will offer an elevated home-away-from-home experience with purpose and style through modern materials and soothing color schemes.

"Through the evolution and restoration of Park Hyatt Toronto, exceptional personalized service remains the heart of this remarkable transformation," says Bonnie Strome, General Manager. "We are proud to welcome guests back to the reimagined Park Hyatt Toronto with services from the hotel's illustrious past, while proudly introducing new experiences for its much-anticipated future."

Park Hyatt Toronto is rooted in celebrating the sophistication of the arts. The iconic 17th-floor cocktail bar, familiar to Torontonians and international travelers alike, will be known as the Writers Room, paying homage to the history of literary legends that shared moments in Park Hyatt Toronto. This clever interpretation of a classic cocktail bar reflects the bar's historical significance as a gathering spot for great minds as they take in the unparalleled Toronto skyline views. The hotel will announce a new culinary destination, influenced by the spirit of Toronto's vibrant arts and culture scene, in the coming weeks.

The restoration of Park Hyatt Toronto comes as part of a wider redevelopment of the site into a mixed-use destination by its owner, Oxford Properties. In addition to Park Hyatt Toronto guest suites, the redevelopment has created 65 luxury rental apartments at Two Avenue Road, in the heritage-designated south tower. The south tower has been completely restored and retained, making it one of the largest heritage restoration projects in Canada. The complex will also feature 20,000 square feet of prime retail over two floors in the restored south tower with 100 feet of frontage along each of Bloor Street and Avenue Road.

"We felt a deep sense of obligation to create a destination that not only respects and embraces Park Hyatt Toronto's storied history, but one that also reflects Toronto's emergence as a truly global city," commented Tyler Seaman, Head of Hotels and Multi-Residential, North America, at Oxford Properties. "This project is a celebration of the best of Canada. It's reflected in its design palette, which is influenced by the Group of Seven, the curated art on display, and right down to the materials we used including limestone-flooring from Owen Sound. It will be one of the best hotel experiences in Canada and the finest address in the city to live at."

The hotel will feature a significant permanent art collection highlighting spectacular pieces from renowned Canadian and indigenous artists. Guests will be greeted in the lobby by a large-scale tapestry designed by Canadian artist Shannon Bool, which will set the tone for each guest's enriched and immersive stay. The 219 guest rooms - including 40 luxurious suites - will artfully balance residential comfort with contemporary design. Guestrooms will feature sophisticated décor, overlooking tree-lined Yorkville, with thoughtful touches, including blackout curtains and private in-room bars.

A spa and wellness destination will be welcoming guests and residents, providing an escape from the surge of city energy. The destination will host personalized treatments with a collection of highly curated relaxation services to treat the body and calm the mind.

For more information on Park Hyatt Toronto and for hotel reservations, please visit parkhyatttoronto.com or follow Instagram and Facebook.

About Park Hyatt
Park Hyatt hotels provide discerning, global travelers with an elegant home-away-from-home. Guests of Park Hyatt hotels receive quietly confident and personalized service in an enriching environment. Located in several of the world's premier destinations, each Park Hyatt hotel is custom designed to combine sophistication with understated luxury. Park Hyatt hotels feature well-appointed guestrooms, world-renowned artwork and design, rare and immersive culinary experiences, and signature restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. There are currently 45 Park Hyatt hotels in the following locations: Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beaver Creek, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Busan, Canberra, Changbaishan, Carlsbad, Chennai, Chicago, Doha, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Hangzhou, Hyderabad, Istanbul, Jeddah, Kyoto, Maldives, Mallorca, Melbourne, Mendoza, Milan, Moscow, New York, Ningbo, Niseko, Paris, Saigon, Sanya, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Siem Reap, St. Kitts, Suzhou, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto (under renovation), Vienna, Washington, D.C., Zanzibar, and Zurich. For more information, please visit parkhyatt.com. @ParkHyatt on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and tag photos with #LuxuryIsPersonal. 

About Oxford Properties Group
Oxford Properties Group ("Oxford") is a leading global real estate investor, asset manager and business builder. It builds, buys and grows defined real estate operating business with world-class management teams. Established in 1960, Oxford and its portfolio companies manage approximately C$70 billion of assets across four continents on behalf of their investment partners. Oxford's owned portfolio encompasses office, logistics, retail, multifamily residential, life sciences and hotels; it spans more than 150 million square feet in global gateway cities and high-growth hubs. A thematic investor with a committed source of capital, Oxford invests in properties, portfolios, development sites, debt, securities and real estate businesses across the risk-reward spectrum. Together with its portfolio companies, Oxford is one of the world's most active developers with over 100 projects currently underway globally across all major asset classes. Oxford is owned by OMERS, the Canadian defined benefit pension plan for Ontario's municipal employees. For more information on Oxford, visit www.oxfordproperties.com

SOURCE Park Hyatt Toronto

July 12, 2021
Federal government launches Tourism Relief Fund to help tourism businesses and organizations recover and grow

Canadian tourism businesses and organizations can now apply for support to welcome back visitors

Hillier, ON/CNW/—In March 2020, tourism came to a screeching halt as public safety measures kept most Canadians home and international borders closed. Now that vaccination efforts are paying off and declining case rates are allowing the easing of restrictions, tourism businesses and organizations from coast to coast to coast can look to the future.  

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Government of Canada has provided over $15.4 billion in direct supports to the tourism sector. Budget 2021 committed an additional $1 billion to help the tourism sector prepare to welcome domestic travelers and reposition Canada as a world-class destination. Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, launched $500-million in funding for the new Tourism Relief Fund. Eligible organizations can now submit applications to support the tourism sector prepare to welcome back domestic travelers and reposition Canada as a world-class destination.  

Canada's regional development agencies (RDAs) will deliver $485 million directly to businesses and organizations to help them adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate future growth. As long-standing on the ground support to economic development and community growth, the RDAs are well positioned to deliver fast and efficient support to the tourism sector.

Indigenous communities that rely heavily on tourism have also been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. In order to close this gap, the Government of Canada is investing a minimum of $50 million of the Tourism Relief Fund in Indigenous tourism projects.

In addition, $15 million, delivered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, will support destination development, seasonal and local attractions, and human resources and skills development.

By enabling tourism businesses and organizations to prepare for recovery through the development of new and enhanced products and offerings, the Government of Canada is driving economic growth and job creation from coast to coast to coast. The Tourism Relief Fund, part of the $1 billion in tourism supports announced in Budget 2021, will help tourism businesses bounce back, while making Canada a unique premier destination when it is safe for international visitors to return.  

Quotes

"Our government has been there for the tourism sector since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis and today's announcement is about adding another tool to the suite of COVID supports that will help it recover and prepare for future growth and create jobs. This is an important step in our recovery efforts to attract visitors from all over the world so they can discover our country's extraordinary wild natural beauty, delicious food and rich cultural experiences and incredibly warm hospitality once it is safe to do so."
 The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages

"Today's announcement is meaningful for the tourism sector here in southeastern Ontario, and across the country. With the launch of the Tourism Relief Fund, we are providing support for businesses, organizations and tourism entities across Canada to adapt operations and also create new offerings and experiences for future visitors to enjoy."
-    Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte

"The Indigenous tourism industry supports the overall Indigenous economy and creates jobs, supports families, and allows travelers to experience the vibrant and diverse communities and cultures of Indigenous Peoples. The Tourism Relief Fund will provide needed support to Indigenous tourism businesses all across the country in order for the industry to turn the page from crisis to recovery and build back better."
-    Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services

Quick Facts

  • More information on the Tourism Relief Fund, including how eligible applicants can apply is available through Canada's regional development agencies (RDAs).
  • Tourism is a key contributor to Canada's economy. According to Statistics Canada, the tourism sector generated an estimated $104.4 billion in revenues in 2019, supported approximately 1 in 10 jobs in communities across Canada and contributed an estimated $45.1 billion in gross domestic product.
  • Prior to the pandemic, Indigenous tourism supported over 41,000 jobs and accounted for $2 billion of Canada's GDP.
  • To help manage the severe impact of COVID-19 on the sector, tourism-related businesses and not-for-profit organizations have received $15.4 billion in support for tourism, arts, and culture sectors to pay workers, provide rent and mortgage support, as well as providing liquidity support for small businesses.

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For further information: Contacts: Floriane Bonneville, Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, floriane.bonneville@ised-isde.gc.ca; Media Relations, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, mediaroom-salledesmedias@acoa-apeca.gc.ca; Media Relations, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, dec.media.ced@canada.ca; Media Relations, FedDev Ontario, fdo.mediarel-relmedias.fdo@canada.ca; Kim Fewchuck, Communications Advisor, FedNor, Kim.Fewchuk@ised-isde.gc.ca; Media Relations, Western Economic Diversification Canada, wd.media-medias.deo@canada.ca; Barbara Abramchuk, Communications Advisor, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Barbara.Abramchuk@canada.ca

July 09, 2021
The passing of Miek Egberts 1966 – 2021

Chicago—The world of business events and incentive travel is shocked to its foundations by the sudden passing of Miek Arnolda Egberts, Founder at InspireMe, Monaco and member of the international board of directors of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE). Miek was the victim of a fatal road accident near San Tropez, France on Wednesday evening, 7 July, in which her 18 year old son, Federico, was also seriously injured.

A life-long member of SITE, Miek was awarded the prestigious Jane E. Schuldt Master Motivator award in 2018 and was elected to the international board of directors in 2019 where she was a member of the executive committee, serving as member-at-large. She was a tireless, passionate champion for sustainability and CSR and led many of SITE’s recent initiatives in these fields.

“Our social media channels have been flooded with tributes to Miek, all highlighting the many and varied ways she contributed to SITE and to our industry at large. The common thread, across all posts, from all over the world, is Miek’s extraordinary kindness. She had an empathy and an understanding of people that made her reach out, offer that word of encouragement, that note that showed she truly cared. Our community is heartbroken to lose such a special force for good. May she rest in peace.” said Aoife Delaney, CIS, CITP, President, SITE 2021.

Rebecca Wright, interim Executive Director at SITE, added “We send our deepest, most heartfelt condolences to Miek’s husband, Moreno, and her daughter Catharina and our fervent prayers for Federico’s recovery. This is an unspeakable tragedy for Miek’s family but it also leaves our entire industry bereft of Miek’s gentle wisdom, her high principles and her defining kindness. The leadership of SITE re-pledges our commitment to the work that she was so passionate about, and hope to honour her memory by our dedication”.

The family has not released any update yet on arrangements for Miek’s funeral / memorial service. Details will be released as appropriate as they come to hand.

For further information please contact Pádraic Gilligan, Chief Marketing Officer, SITE – pgilligan@siteglobal.com

July 09, 2021
Vrancor Hospitality Announces Reopening of Newly Renovated Holiday Inn & Suites Oakville @ Bronte

Oakville, ON—Vrancor Hospitality Corporation, a leading Canadian hospitality management company, today reopened their newly-renovated Holiday Inn & Suites Oakville @ Bronte.
 
Originally built by Vrancor Group in 1999, Holiday Inn & Suites Oakville @ Bronte sits adjacent to the 17,300 square foot, Oakville Conference Centre and is conveniently located at the QEW and Bronte Road in the lively Oakville community. The multi-million-dollar renovation includes a full hotel refresh, featuring updated, modern guest rooms and suites, upscale public areas and a new restaurant, Burger Theory™ Restaurant & Bar.
 
The hotel offers 144 guest rooms and suites, including 40 two-room suites designed to meet the needs of today’s travellers. All guest rooms and suites have:

  • A contemporary and stylish design
  • Rolling, ergonomic work desks
  • 55” HD TVs
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Keurig coffee maker
  • Convenient welcome nooks, allowing for easy storage
  • Comfortable bedding and linens so guests can enjoy a peaceful slumber
  • Bathrooms featuring oversized, walk-in showers with ample space to refresh

Guests can stay energized in the renovated, 24-hour fitness centre, featuring cardio equipment, weight machines and free weights, or take a splash in the large, indoor heated pool. The business centre, located in the spacious lobby, allows travellers to work, print documents or catch up on emails. Guest laundry services are also available.
 
Onsite, the new Burger Theory™ Restaurant & Bar is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Burger Theory™, Holiday Inn brand’s newest, full-service restaurant concept, offers a fully customizable and creative menu. Guests will delight in over 4,000 potential combinations of burgers and a large selection of craft beers and cocktails in a lively atmosphere.
 
Holiday Inn & Suites Oakville @ Bronte offers over 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Halton Ballroom features stunning, floor-to-ceiling windows, providing abundant natural light and refreshed, modern décor, ideal for both social and corporate events. Two other functional spaces, the Majestic and Royal Ballrooms, are ideal for larger events of up to 160 guests with flexible set-ups, audio-visual technology and onsite catering services. For smaller meetings and events, Bronte Room has floor-to-ceiling windows and can accommodate up to 68 guests. Garden Boardroom and Executive Suite are perfect for intimate, boardroom style meetings. All meeting rooms include complimentary WiFi.
 
The hotel is perfectly situated in the vibrant community of Oakville and only minutes from Bronte Village, where travellers can enjoy great restaurants, shops and entertainment. Guests can take a stroll along the scenic Bronte boardwalk and enjoy beautiful harbour views and fresh air just outside the hotel. Holiday Inn & Suites Oakville @ Bronte is conveniently located between Toronto and Niagara Falls, only 30 minutes from both downtown Toronto and Pearson International Airport.
 
The hotel participates in IHG® Rewards Club, the industry’s first and largest hotel loyalty program that is free to join. Guests can enroll at IHGRewardsClub.com, by downloading the IHG® App, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG’s hotels worldwide. All IHG hotels use the IHG Green Engage™ system, an innovative online environmental sustainability system that gives its hotels the means to measure and manage their impact on the environment. 
 
“We are thrilled to reopen the renovated Holiday Inn & Suites Oakville @ Bronte,” said Darko Vranich, CEO & President of Vrancor Group. “As one of the first hotels to be built in our quickly growing portfolio, this hotel is close to my heart, and I know our guests will love the refresh, convenient amenities and modern design.”
 
To book a room at the updated Holiday Inn & Suites Oakville @ Bronte, please click here.
 
Media Contact:
Heather Gardiner
Regional Marketing Manager
Vrancor Hospitality
heather@vrancor.com
905.512.1872
 
About Vrancor Group: Vrancor Group is one of the top hospitality companies in Ontario and an award-winning leader in property management and development. Committed to smart growth, we effectively adapt to changing market demands in order to deliver market leading ROI. Vrancor’s experienced and diverse corporate team offers expertise in multiple disciplines including operations, finance, sales, marketing and human resources. We specialize in building, (re)developing and managing award-winning properties in Ontario. When it comes to hotel, residential or commercial spaces – we know our game, and are one of its leading players. We pride ourselves in creating a sense of uniqueness and individuality for each of our properties, something which has earned us a reputation for innovative leadership, sound judgment and extraordinary guest satisfaction. Visit vrancor.com for more information and connect with Vrancor at facebook.com/VrancorGroup, twitter.com/VrancorGroup, pinterest.com/VrancorGroup.

About Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts: The Holiday Inn® brand, with hotels around the world, has helped millions of travelers discover the joy of travel since its inception in 1952. Designed to meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers, Holiday Inn hotels deliver memorable experiences through warm and welcoming service, contemporary design that blends the familiar with the new, and a sense of comfort unique to the brand and its iconic green sign. At Holiday Inn hotels, guests can find amenities to help them work and play, including full-service restaurants where Kids Eat Free, meeting and business facilities, bright swimming pools and comfortable public spaces all designed to help guests relax and refresh, making travel more enjoyable for all. For more information about the Holiday Inn brand, visit www.holidayinn.com or call 1-888-HOLIDAY. Find us on Twitter www.twitter.com/holidayinn, Facebook www.facebook.com/holidayinnhotels or Instagram www.instagram.com/holidayinn.
     
About IHG®:  
IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco™, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts , Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, avid™ hotels, Staybridge Suites®, Atwell Suites™, and Candlewood Suites®.
 
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,900 hotels and approximately 884,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with over 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.
 
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 400,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.
 
Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit: https://www.ihgplc.com/en/news-and-media and follow us on social media at: https://twitter.com/ihgcorporate, www.facebook.com/ihgcorporate and www.linkedin.com/company/intercontinental-hotels-group.

July 08, 2021
1 Hotel Toronto Now Accepting Reservations

Opening this summer, be the first to discover the new eco-luxury oasis planted in the centre of downtown Toronto

Toronto/CNW/—1 Hotels, the mission-driven, sustainable, luxury hospitality brand is now accepting reservations for its soon-to-open retreat located in the heart of Toronto beginning August 4, 2021.

This is the first location in Canada for the award-winning, nature-focused hotel brand founded by hospitality visionary Barry Sternlicht, CEO and Chairman of Starwood Capital Group. The iconic King Street West property was acquired and redeveloped as a luxury lifestyle destination by Mohari Hospitality, a real estate investment company founded by the entrepreneurial investor Mark Scheinberg. The design was developed in collaboration with SH Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Starwood Capital Group, and famed architect and designer David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group.

"As a world-class city with globally respected sustainability programs, Toronto is an exceptional new base for 1 Hotels," said Sternlicht. "Protecting the one planet is why we are called 1 Hotels, and this mantra fuels the spirit of each property. It is my hope that every guest visiting 1 Hotel Toronto feels encouraged to maintain that appreciation for the preservation of our planet long after their stay."

Mark Scheinberg, Founder of Mohari Hospitality said, "Having grown up in Toronto, I've watched the incredible regeneration that the city has experienced in recent years. By redeveloping one of Toronto's hospitality and entertainment icons, Mohari is helping to transform the downtown area and provide an exciting and relevant hospitality destination that can be embraced by the local community. We're delighted to have partnered with SH Hotels & Resorts to bring 1 Hotels, a leader in luxury sustainability, to Canada for the first time."

In the heart of Toronto's bustling King Street West neighbourhood, 1 Hotel Toronto will feature 112 guest rooms including 21 suites, offering city and iconic skyline views. Guests are immediately connected to the natural environment through the light and airy design, from sustainably sourced wood furnishings to a property-wide water filtration system. As a mission-driven hotel, 1 Hotel Toronto will have an on-site organic composter that can reduce 12,000 pounds of organic waste to under 1,000 pounds of compost per month, ultimately avoiding landfills and used to feed over 2,500 plant varietals on property and in local parks. The hotel will also be host to a "Bee Hotel," designed to attract native bees and pollinators by building a habitat uniquely designed for their nesting preferences. With well-being and comfort in focus, additional signature amenities include heated floors, in-room plants, organic cotton linens, yoga mats, and signature organic bath products.

"We have long admired 1 Hotels' sustainable and eco-friendly ethos, and we are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to design the new 1 Hotel Toronto with a biophilic emphasis," said David Rockwell, Founder and President, Rockwell Group. "Our vision for the hotel invites guests to celebrate Toronto's ecology through materiality, program, and locally-made artwork."

1 Hotel Toronto will offer five dining and entertainment concepts featuring distinct experiences. While each has its own atmosphere, they are all connected through their use of fresh local ingredients.   

Opening August 4:

1 Kitchen Toronto is the property's indoor and outdoor casual all-day restaurant boasting a menu that features cold-pressed juices, plant-based dishes and sustainably harvested fish and proteins. Sourcing all food ingredients from within a 50 km radius, 1 Kitchen is a neighbourhood destination for weekend brunch, lunch on the-go and family dinner.

At Flora, the hotel's lobby bar, guests will enjoy this richly designed lounge located in the heart of the hotel with its cozy fireplace, private and communal spaces and lush garden environment.

1 Hotel Garden Pavilion is the onsite organic garden, growing over 40 fruits and vegetables alongside 12 herbs with seating up to 40 people.

Sprouting Soon:

Casa Madera, the first location in Canada from famed restauranteurs The Madera Group, welcomes patrons into an immersive indoor and outdoor dining experience. Enjoy chef-driven selections that celebrate the culinary traditions of Mexico and the Mediterranean while DJs play alongside talented performance artists. Casa Madera's cocktail program also includes an extensive non-alcoholic and low-proof selection. 

Harriet's Toronto by nightlife group The h.wood Group, will be the city's newest rooftop hotspot featuring an open concept sushi bar, expertly made cocktails and tailored poolside bottle service rituals. With low key live music and nightly DJs, this intimate gathering place will be a go-to for the afterwork set and local tastemakers.

1 Hotel Toronto will be an inviting destination for all types of stays and events. Four versatile meeting and ballroom spaces, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and an in-room dining menu featuring locally sourced ingredients round out this sustainable city retreat.

Centrally located in downtown Toronto at 550 Wellington Street West, visit www.1hotels.com/toronto to learn more and to book your getaway, please call 416-640-7778.

ABOUT 1 HOTELS:
As a luxury lifestyle hotel brand inspired by nature, 1 Hotels cultivates the best of sustainable design and architecture, together with extraordinary comfort and an unrivaled level of service. 1 Hotels, which launched in 2015 with the opening of exclusive properties in Miami's South beach and Manhattan's Central Park, followed by Brooklyn, located on the East River, in February 2017, West Hollywood, on Sunset Boulevard, in June 2019, and Sanya (China) in 2020, is inspired by a simple idea: those that travel the world should also care about it, it is, after all, 1 world. 1 Hotels upholds this vision by channeling nature through design and culinary partnerships while connecting with the local community and taking sustainable steps to make a big difference. All 1 Hotel properties are among the first hotels in the world to become Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® with Forbes Travel Guide. The comprehensive facility verification helps ensure that guests and travel planners can book with confidence at properties that have appropriate health safety procedures in place. The brand is expanding with the upcoming opening of its Toronto property and with properties under development in Nashville, Hanalei Bay, Cabo San Lucas, Paris, London, San Francisco, Mission Bay and Melbourne. Additional information can be found at 1hotels.com.

ABOUT MOHARI HOSPITALITY:
Mohari Hospitality, founded in 2017 by entrepreneurial investor Mark Scheinberg, is a global investment company that engages in a broad range of real estate investment activities, with emphasis on luxury hospitality in prime urban and resort markets. Mohari's investments include equity and debt in both development and operating assets and Mohari invests both independently and with partners. Mohari's existing investments include Peninsula Papagayo, a 2,200-acre sustainable master development, located in Costa Rica's Guanacaste province and anchored by a Four Seasons luxury resort; The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, a new ultra-luxury cruise line launching in 2020 and; Centro Canalejas, a group of seven adjoining historical buildings in the center of Madrid, featuring the first Four Seasons branded hotel in Spain; and the 205 room Waldorf Astoria, Miami which is to be the tallest tower south of Manhattan and is currently in pre-development residential sales. Mohari seeks to protect the cultural heritage and natural environments of all areas related to its projects and is committed to identifying and contributing to philanthropic projects in each location where it does business. Additional information can be found at moharihospitality.com.

ABOUT ROCKWELL GROUP:
Based in New York with offices in Los Angeles and Madrid, Rockwell Group is an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm that emphasizes innovation and thought leadership in every project.  Founded by David Rockwell, FAIA, and led by David and partners Shawn Sullivan and Greg Keffer, the 250-person firm merges performance and architecture to create extraordinary experiences and built environments across the globe. Inspired by theater, technology, and high-end craft, the firm creates a unique narrative for each project, ranging from restaurants, hotels, cultural and educational institutions, airport terminals, to festivals, museum exhibitions, and Broadway sets. Projects include 1 Hotel Toronto; Nobu hotels and restaurants worldwide; W Hotels worldwide; The Perelman, a new arts center in New York (Restaurant and Lobby Interior Architect); the Smithsonian FUTURES exhibition; and Hopkins Student Center for John Hopkins University (Baltimore). David Rockwell's newest book, DRAMA, will be published by Phaidon in the Spring. Honors and recognition include the 2016 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for She Loves Me; the AIANY President's Award; the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award; and the Presidential Design Award.

SOURCE SH Hotels & Resorts

July 07, 2021
Corporate Stays Invests Millions of Dollars to Open 5 New Building Locations in Canada

Montreal/CNW—Corporate Stays, Canada's largest corporate housing provider has invested millions of dollars into opening five new building locations with 100+ new furnished apartments across Canada. The company is committed to accommodating their guests' needs, and the launches of the luxury buildings in Montreal, Vancouver, Halifax, and Winnipeg most definitely prove it.

All properties are near many points of interest and attractions. In addition, the buildings have state-of-the-art amenities that guarantee a pleasant and comfortable stay. "Since we provide a safe and home-like environment, along with affordable rates, many people wanted to stay with us over other accommodation providers during the pandemic. The high demand forced us to grow our presence across Canada. We want to make sure both business and leisure travelers have a wide range of apartments to choose from all across the country." says Vladimir Suarez, CEO, and Founder of the fastest growing corporate housing provider in Canada.

Where are the buildings exactly located?

  • The Zephyr - West End, Vancouver
  • The Lauren - West End, Vancouver
  • East Village - Osborne Village, Winnipeg
  • The Junction - North End, Halifax
  • Monarc - Ville Saint Laurent, Montréal.

The buildings were chosen based on a variety of factors. Their location, apartment layouts, and amenities were taken into consideration. But most importantly, the buildings had to provide a safe and secure environment.

Furthermore, Corporate Stays' buildings offer a variety of guest services like grocery delivery and housekeeping, as well as contactless check-in / out to maximize safety and comfort for their guests during these uncertain times.

Since 2008 as Canada's largest corporate housing provider, Corporate Stays has offered customized housing solutions for both short and long-term stays. All apartments come fully furnished, with an equipped kitchen and necessary appliances to make you feel at home. As of today, Corporate Stays has 60+ buildings to choose from in 13+ different Canadian markets. Guests are guaranteed to find the perfect home away from home all across the country that will suit their needs.

SOURCE Corporate Stays

For further information: Corporate Stays, Vladimir Suarez, +1 (514) 277-6464, marketing@corporatestays.com

July 06, 2021
Coalition of the Hardest Hit Businesses Calling on Government to Protect Travel and Tourism in Canada

Ottawa—Today, the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses (CHHB) is calling on the federal government to protect travel and tourism businesses and their employees in Canada, as the crucial Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) programs wind down.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses in the travel and tourism sector have been devastated by necessary public health restrictions, border closures, travel bans, and the loss of international and domestic travellers. The CEWS and CERS programs have been lifelines for these businesses that would otherwise have been forced to close. With these two key financial relief measures winding down as of July 4th, many CHHB members are facing a near-certain financial crisis that will hit especially hard in the fall and winter of this year.

“Our members need these programs to survive,” said Beth Potter, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. “Our most recent survey from June shows that nearly 60% of Canada’s hardest hit businesses will not survive if CEWS and CERS are not extended. This, together with the increased uncertainty around the reopening of our international borders, the absence of major tourism events and conventions, and the slow return of business travel means we could see a potential collapse of our industry.”

“Our industry was the first hit, the hardest hit, and will be the last to recover,” said Susie Grynol, President and CEO of the Hotel Association of Canada. “We know that recovery for our businesses will be slower than other sectors; it will not happen with the flick of a switch. For our members who are directly tied to international and business travel, and major events and festivals that need much more lead time to plan, continued and tailored wage and fixed cost support will be needed for those that need it most to ensure we can get to the other side.”

“The tourism industry employs thousands of Canadians,” said Philip Mondor, President, Tourism HR Canada. “The wind down of these programs will mean many businesses will have to let staff go and millions of Canadians will be out of work.”

If businesses in the hardest-hit sectors are allowed to fall victim to the unfortunate timing of CEWS and CERS withdrawal, staggered travel and tourism reopening, and Canadians’ unavoidable urge to exit the country in cold months, we will see the loss of our vibrant tourism and travel industry, that was previously Canada’s 5th largest sector in GDP contribution. This means that small communities will no longer be able to support tourism, major cities will no longer be able to compete for major meetings and conventions, festivals and cultural events, remote communities will be lacking in critical infrastructure for emergency services, and the livelihoods of more than two million people – mostly women, youth and immigrants – will be at risk. A few months of financial support will avoid years of economic and social disruption.

The Coalition underlined that Finance Canada has justified winding down the subsidies because they potentially provide a disincentive for businesses to reopen and rehire employees. While this could be true for businesses dependent on a domestic customer base, it is not true for businesses in the tourism, travel and accommodation sectors that are still under heavy restrictions and international visitors are prohibited from coming to Canada.

Lastly, the Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) is being boasted by the government as the program to replace the CEWS. However, it is inadequate for businesses that are not recovering. CRHP only provides funding to businesses to hire or rehire staff as business activity recovers. “Without continued tailored support for businesses that have been hardest hit, many tourism businesses across Canada will face difficult decisions on reopening, and won’t be able to pay their bills to be around in 2022 ,” said Potter.

Established in September 2020, the Coalition of the Hardest Hit Businesses is an industry-driven coalition that represents the hundreds of businesses in tourism, travel, arts and culture, events and festivals, motor coach, accommodations and hospitality, and Indigenous tourism experiences.

Media inquiries:
Sophie Normand
sophie@impactcanada.com
613-407-4294

July 06, 2021
The Westley Hotel Celebrates its Official Opening in Downtown Calgary

After months of lockdown, the city's hospitality community grows with the opening of The Westley Hotel and its in-house restaurant Fonda Fora

Calgary, AB/CNW/—Calgary's newest boutique hotel destination, The Westley Hotel officially opens its doors today. The latest addition to the city's hospitality community brings a new level of genuine service to the downtown Eau Claire neighbourhood. With its in-house restaurant Fonda Fora, a contemporary Mexican concept by local Thank You Hospitality, The Westley Hotel is also a must-visit culinary destination.

With summer travel and Stampede season top of mind, The Westley Hotel is the perfect place for locals and visitors alike to work and play.

"This is an exciting day for our industry. What better way to signal the return and rebuild of hospitality and tourism in Calgary," says Ian L. Jones, General Manager of The Westley Hotel. "Alongside the talented Fonda Fora team, we are thrilled to finally welcome guests and deliver exceptional experiences."

Located in what was once a former office building, the five-storey property was transformed by Calgary-based design firm FRANK Architecture. The hotel's 104 guest rooms feature modern-yet-vintage vibes and nod to the building's 70s heritage. Upon arrival, patrons will immediately step into a vibrant lobby lounge that connects directly to the lively dining room and open kitchen of Fonda Fora. Serving fresh, Mexican fare by Yucatan-raised Chef Rafael Castillo, the menu features fresh seafood and seasonal, vegetable-forward dishes that bring exciting new flavours to the Calgary dining scene. 

"This is a proud moment for our team as we introduce Calgary to our latest concept and celebrate more of the diverse culinary traditions of Mexico," said Cody Willis, founder of Thank You Hospitality. "A great atmosphere is equally as important as the high-quality food and drinks we serve. Thanks to our strong partnership and connection with The Westley Hotel we're able to deliver just that."

Adding more excitement around The Westley Hotel and Fonda Fora opening are two events taking place throughout the month of July.

The Westley Hotel Stampede Breakfast
On Monday, July 12 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, The Westley Hotel will host its first annual Stampede Breakfast. A new flavourful stop to the Stampede schedule invites revellers to start their day at the hotel and experience Fonda Fora's unique twist on the traditional Stampede breakfast. 

The Westley White Hat Contest
Inspired by Calgary's iconic White Hat - the city's historic symbol of hospitality, The Westley Hotel and Fonda Fora have launched The Westley White Hat Contest on the property's official Instagram channel, @thewestleyhotel. Open to Alberta residents, participants can pick up a branded mini white hat from the hotel lobby and show their Calgary pride by taking a photo of the hat at their favourite Calgary location and posting it to their feed. Running until July 18, one lucky winner will receive a two-night staycation at The Westley Hotel, dinner at Fonda Fora and their very own custom white hat from Smithbilt.

To learn more about The Westley Hotel property and to book your next stay, please visit https://thewestleyhotel.com/.

To explore the Fonda Fora menu and book your reservation, click here.

About The Westley Hotel:
The Westley Hotel, part of Hilton's Tapestry Collection Hotels, is the first of its kind in Western Canada. The unique boutique hotel, offering the utmost in comfort and customer service, is conveniently located on 4th Avenue between 5th & 6th Street SW. Situated near the heart of Eau Claire neighbourhood in Calgary's downtown core, the hotel is within walking distance to Prince Island's Park and the vast infrastructure of over 1,000 km of pathway following the Bow River.  The Core Shopping Centre and the famous Stephen Avenue dining district are just a few blocks south. The hotel is defined by two functional meeting spaces and 104 comfortable rooms in six room categories featuring intriguing design and contemporary artwork. To learn more and book your stay, please visit www.thewestleyhotel.com.

Instagram: @thewestleyhotel
Twitter: @westleyhotelyyc
Facebook: The Westley Hotel

About Thank You Hospitality:
Founded in 2015 by Cody Willis, Thank You Hospitality owns and operates some of Calgary's most innovative and influential restaurants including the award-winning Native Tongues Taqueria and Calcutta Cricket Club, and the A1 Family of Restaurants (A1 Cantina, A1 Burrito and A1 Bodega and Café). Thank You Hospitality now welcomes its newest dining concept, Fonda Fora, a contemporary Mexican restaurant located on the ground floor of The Westley Hotel in downtown Calgary. Fonda Fora will transport its guests to Mexico City with a chef-driven menu focusing on lightness, seasonality and quality ingredients. To learn more about Fonda Fora and Thank You Hospitality, please visit www.thankyouhospitality.com

Instagram: @fondafora | @thankyouhospitality

About Silver Hotel Group:
Silver Hotel Group (SGH) is a fun-loving, family-owned hotel company. Growing fast but never forgetting its roots, SHG understands that hospitality is all about people. SHG strives to excel in caring for its guests and offers the best in accommodation, food, service and hospitality. Guests make the hotel what it is, and it is SHG's mission to make them feel welcome in every sense of the word, all while consistently emulating the corporate vision of Passionate People, Exceptional Experiences. To learn more, visit silverhotelgroup.com.

SOURCE The Westley Hotel 

July 06, 2021
Ready, Set, Game! The Rec Room Is Now Open in Burnaby

Toronto/CNW/(TSX: CGX)—Burnaby is now home to the ultimate new spot for eats and entertainment with the opening of The Rec Room Brentwood. The new 44,000 square foot complex offers amusement gaming experiences, delicious cuisine, and feature attractions — all under one roof. The first location to open in British Columbia, The Rec Room Brentwood features everything you need for an amazing night out, including delicious eats and refreshing drinks after you work up an appetite from playing over 90 amusement games. 

Gamers will be able to focus on fun with VenueSafeTM, a set of protocols and procedures that Cineplex follows each and every day to keep its employees and guests safe, in accordance with provincial guidelines. Committed to our guests' safety, these protocols include enhanced cleaning and safety signage throughout the facility.

Play Day and Night

  • The Rec Room Brentwood features a massive amusement area where gamers of all ages can play over 90 games.
  • Looking for the ultimate redemption? Credits earned and tracked on RFID wristbands can be redeemed at The Trophy Case, for great prizes and nostalgia-inspired treats and toys.
  • Kick it old school with classic favourites including pool, ping pong, Mario Kart, Atari Pong, and the World's Largest Pac-Man.
  • Feel the adrenaline in our High-Tech VRX motion-based car simulators and experience the track like a professional race car driver.
  • Join us in the live performance space for the best in local entertainment, including musical acts, comedy, DJs, trivia, and karaoke once provincial restrictions are lifted.
  • Got SCENE? The Rec Room guests can earn and redeem SCENE points, Canada's leading entertainment rewards program, on food and fun!

Great Food

  • Calling all foodies: The Rec Room Brentwood features multiple dining options with something for everyone. The full-service restaurant, Three10, is inspired by the vastness and diversity of Canada, and its menu of Insta-worthy shareables and handcrafted dishes is sure to satisfy every appetite.
  • Eat while you compete! The Shed features premium poutines, savoury snacks and handhelds, and a sweet selection of made-to-order funnel cakes.
  • Fancy a drink? Between the main bar and The Shed, guests can choose from 16 draught beers on tap, including locally sourced brews, making it the perfect place for sports fans to share a bite and catch the game on multiple big screens. If beer isn't your choice of drink, there is also a wide selection of delicious wine and hand-crafted cocktails to sip.
  • Searching for that perfect social setting? The Rec Room is the ideal spot for events, with a private dining room for celebrations, meetings, team building, corporate events and parties.

The Rec Room Brentwood spans approximately 44,000 square feet and is located directly below the new, soon-to-open Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood, anchoring Phase One of The Amazing Brentwood redevelopment. Both The Rec Room and VIP Cinemas will face onto a one-acre events plaza, which is the signature area of this master planned development. One of the most significant projects in North America, The Amazing Brentwood centre is situated at the corner of Lougheed Highway and Willingdon Avenue in Burnaby, BC.

Cineplex currently operates eight other locations of The Rec Room in West Edmonton (AB), South Edmonton (AB), Calgary (AB), Winnipeg (MB), London (ON), Mississauga (ON), Toronto (ON) and St. John's (NFLD), with another location opening this summer in Barrie (ON). The Rec Room range in size from 30,000-50,000 square feet, with approximately half of the space devoted to dining and live entertainment and the other half devoted to amusement games and feature attractions. Cineplex also operates Playdium, an entertainment complex designed for teens, their friends and family, with locations in Brampton (ON), Whitby (ON) and Dartmouth (NS). For further information and to learn more about all the health and safety measures put in place, as well as all the fun features The Rec Room Brentwood has to offer, head to TheRecRoom.com

About The Rec Room
The Rec Room is Canada's premier 'Eats & Entertainment' destination that brings together incredible dining, amusement gaming, technology and live entertainment experiences all under one roof. Part of Cineplex, The Rec Room is a premier social destination and the ultimate gathering spot for corporate events, groups and parties.  While each location is customized to the individual community, The Rec Room concept features multiple dining environments and a wide range of entertainment options including a large amusement games area featuring state-of-the-art simulation, feature attractions and redemption games as well as an auditorium-style space perfect for musical acts, bands and comedians.  For more information, visit TheRecRoom.com or follow the action on social media through Facebook (@TheRecRoomBurnaby), Twitter (@TheRecRoomCA) and Instagram (@TheRecRoomCA).

About Cineplex  
Cineplex (TSX: CGX) is a top-tier Canadian brand that operates in the film entertainment and content, amusement and leisure, and media sectors. As a leading entertainment and media company, Cineplex welcomes millions of guests annually through its circuit of theatres and location-based entertainment ("LBE") venues across the country. In addition to being Canada's largest and most innovative film exhibitor, Cineplex also operates successful businesses in digital commerce (CineplexStore.com), food service, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), cinema media (Cineplex Media), digital place-based media (Cineplex Digital Media "CDM") and amusement solutions (Player One Amusement Group "P1AG"). Additionally, Cineplex operates an LBE business through Canada's newest destinations for 'Eats & Entertainment' (The Rec Room), and entertainment complexes specifically designed for teens and families (Playdium). Cineplex is a joint venture partner in SCENE, Canada's largest entertainment loyalty program. 

Proudly recognized as having one of the country's Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Cineplex employs approximately 13,000 people in its offices across Canada and the United States. To learn more visit Cineplex.com or download the Cineplex App. 

SOURCE Cineplex

July 06, 2021
Air Canada Continues to Rebuild its Global Network with Service Resuming to Key Destinations Around The World

Montreal/CNW Telbec/—Air Canada today unveiled additional details of its planned international schedule for this summer, which includes the resumption of 17 routes and 11 destinations across the world from its hubs. The airline is resuming its service between Calgary and Frankfurt, as of August 1, up to four times weekly, and is also offering for the first time a unique non-stop service from Montreal to Cairo, Egypt, three times weekly.

"As travel restrictions ease across the globe, we are committed to rebuild our international network and continue as a global carrier to connect Canada to the world, while also developing additional markets and targeting new opportunities. Canadians are eager to travel again, and we are ready to reunite customers with their families and friends. With vaccination rates globally increasing and our industry-leading CleanCare+ bio-safety protocols, Air Canada has your health and safety as its top priority," said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

"We are pleased to restart our non-stop service between Calgary and Frankfurt, a key European market for our customers in Western Canada. This route will operate all year long, connecting Calgary to the world via the global hub of our trans Atlantic joint venture partner, Lufthansa, in Frankfurt. We are also considering additional routes as restrictions continue to loosen," Mr. Galardo added.

International flight schedule for Summer 2021

Route

Frequency

Start Date

Calgary-Frankfurt

Up to 4x weekly

August 1, 2021

Toronto-Vienna

3x weekly

July 21, 2021

Toronto-Dublin

3x weekly

August 1, 2021

Toronto-Paris

Up to 5x weekly

August 2, 2021

Toronto-Zurich

4x weekly

August 3, 2021

Montreal-Geneva

3x weekly

July 22, 2021

Montreal-Tel Aviv

2x weekly

August 1, 2021

Montreal-London

Up to 4x weekly

August 3, 2021

On top of these upcoming service resumptions, Air Canada has already resumed flights to Greece, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and Morocco and will increase frequencies in some of these destinations as of August.

Resumed routes

Route

Frequency

Toronto-Athens

Up to 5x weekly in August

Toronto-Dubai

3x weekly

Toronto-Rome

Up to 4x weekly         

Toronto-Lisbon

Up to 3x weekly

Montreal-Athens

Up to 5x weekly in August

Montreal-Casablanca

Up to 5x weekly in August

Montreal-Rome

Up to 3x weekly

Montreal-Lisbon

2x weekly

Vancouver-London

Up to daily in August

Air Canada also recently launched its first and unique non-stop service to Cairo from its Montreal hub, three times weekly, serving the large Egyptian community established in Montreal and throughout North America. This new route provides a direct gateway to Africa and offers convenient connectivity throughout Canada and the U.S. from across Air Canada's network.

The airline continues to operate to several other destinations including: Brussels, Bogotá, Doha, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. Click here for the full schedule.

Note that Air Canada's commercial schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions. Passengers are responsible for ensuring they meet all government entry requirements, including holding the correct travel documents, visas, any required health certificates, and all other eligibility requirements for any flights they purchase. For the most current information, please visit our Information Hub.

Travel Policy: Book with confidence
Air Canada's new refund policy is applicable to all tickets purchased. It offers customers the option of a full refund to the original form of payment, an Air Canada Travel Voucher or the equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65% bonus should the airline cancel or reschedule a flight by more than three hours.

Customers can also collect and redeem Aeroplan points through Canada's leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits, where available.

About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline, and in 2020 was among the top 20 largest airlines in the world. It is Canada's flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. In 2020, Air Canada was named Global Traveler's Best Airline in North America for the second straight year. In January 2021, Air Canada received APEX's Diamond Status Certification for the Air Canada CleanCare+ biosafety program for managing COVID-19, the only airline in Canada to attain the highest APEX ranking. Air Canada has also committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. For more information, please visit: aircanada.com/media, follow Air Canada on Twitter and LinkedIn, and join Air Canada on Facebook.

SOURCE Air Canada

July 05, 2021
Billy Bishop Airport to Resume Commercial Airline Service on September 8, 2021

Island airport will call back staff and ramp-up operations to prepare for a return to commercial operations 

Toronto/CNW/—PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, is pleased to confirm that commercial airline service to/from the downtown airport will resume September 8, 2021, with the announced restart of Porter Airlines on that day. Porter Airlines will phase in its scheduled service to/from Toronto, offering flights to/from Montreal, Ottawa and Thunder Bay on September 8, with eight more destinations being brought online the week of September 13. Air Canada is expected to restart its Montreal service in September as well. 

"PortsToronto is pleased to confirm that Billy Bishop Airport will resume commercial airline operations on September 8, 2021, and has begun the process of recalling staff, preparing the airport, and counting down the days until we can welcome back travellers to our successful and award-winning airport," said Geoffrey Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, PortsToronto. "Billy Bishop Airport is an asset to the city of Toronto and surrounding region given its impact on supporting the economy, facilitating trade and tourism, and providing thousands of jobs. Billy Bishop Airport will play a significant role in the economic recovery of our city and province, and we are excited to ramp up our operations and get back to the business of connecting travellers to the people, places, experiences and jobs they love."

Commercial aircraft service was temporarily suspended at Billy Bishop Airport in March 2020, as a result of the impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic and associated travel restrictions. The airport remained open during the pandemic to ensure continued operations for Ornge medevac service, and to serve regional carriers such as FlyGTA and Cameron Air, general aviation pilots, and tour operators such as Helitours. 

Prior to the pandemic, Billy Bishop Airport welcomed approximately 2.8 million passengers per year, supported more than 4,700 jobs, and generated $470 million in GDP. The airport looks forward to returning to these levels of service and positive impact. Air travel has already begun to rebound in many markets around the world, with the U.S. reporting a return to 65 per cent of pre-pandemic levels in May 2021, and expectations for further growth as summer approaches. 

Billy Bishop Airport launched its Safe Travels Program in recent months to prepare the airport and its travellers for new and updated public health protocols associated with travel. This program is complemented by programs in place with each of its carriers – Porter Airlines' Healthy Flights program and Air Canada's CleanCare+ program.

About PortsToronto (https://www.portstoronto.com)
For more than 100 years PortsToronto has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada's largest freshwater marinas; and, Marine Terminal 52, which provides transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $12 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto's waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government.

SOURCE Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

June 30, 2021
Vancouver's Premier Catering Company Relaunch

Peake takes on a new look and feel to cater to the city’s finest functions. 

Vancouver, BC - Peake is relaunching its brand as the company is able to focus back on event catering after the adaptations made in the past year and a half. Peake has been providing industry-leading event catering and management since 1991 and has worked diligently to adapt through this challenging period.

To make the best use of their resources through the event restrictions beginning in 2020, Peake worked to deliver 5,000 meals per week with a provincial housing initiative, which also allowed Peake to keep a number of staff employed in spite of a complete industry shutdown. Now with BC’s plan to lift restrictions in the coming weeks, the company is bringing a wealth of new ideas and excitement as they seek to venture back into large scale event catering. Peake, located in East Vancouver, provides elegant catering for all types of events and is ready to get back to what they do best: creating memorable experiences through dining all over the Lower Mainland.

“The past year and half has been extremely difficult for so many industries, and event catering has certainly been one,” says Peake’s president, James Thornley. “We feel very fortunate to have been able to pivot and see the province shut-downs through. The team at Peake is really looking forward to getting to focus on creating incredible experiences for our clients this summer and moving forward”.

Visit Peake’s website to see their refreshed look and to get in contact for upcoming events. 

About Peake

Peake is a catering and event company that creates amazing, personalized occasions for our clients through delectable, innovative cuisine, inspired presentations and peerless service.

 

June 22, 2021
When the time is right to meet, host your event in Thunder Bay

The Bring it Home initiative, launched today by Tourism Thunder Bay, encourages local champions to advocate Thunder Bay as the prime location to hold meetings, conventions and corporate events when the time is right to meet again. To kick-start the return of corporate tourism, Tourism Thunder Bay is pleased to announce that eligible events may qualify for financial incentives of up to 25% of their event cost to bring their meeting here.

The CEDC MAT Event Funding Program provides support to events that have the capacity to attract visitors to Thunder Bay. Sports, cultural and corporate events, meetings, conventions and festivals that show the tourism potential to draw visitors to the City of Thunder Bay are eligible for funding. Events brought to Thunder Bay can be eligible for a non-repayable contribution of up to 25% of the total event budget through this fund.

“Attracting organization's corporate or sport event to Thunder Bay is a major contributor to our local tourism economy that’s been hit hard by Covid” said Paul Pepe, Manager of Tourism Thunder Bay. “As the time to meet again approaches quickly, local meeting influencers and planners play a key role in planning and welcoming their regional, provincial and national counterparts to meet here. We’re encouraging everyone who leads or works in a business, sector or organization to think about bringing future gatherings here, home to Thunder Bay.”

Tourism Thunder Bay understands the importance events play in contributing to our local accommodation, culinary, retail and transportation economy and is committed to supporting event organizers with initiatives, advice and tools that help meeting and event planners attract visitors.

For more information about the Bring it Home initiative, visit: www.visitthunderbay.com/BringItHome

For more information about the CEDC MAT Event Funding Program, visit: www.visitthunderbay.com/EventFunding

Contact: Paul Pepe – Manager - Tourism Thunder Bay, paul.pepe@thunderbay.ca

About Tourism Thunder Bay
Tourism Thunder Bay is the official destination marketing organization for the city of Thunder Bay and surrounding area and a division of the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC).

June 22, 2021
Edmonton Opens for Business as First Canadian Destination to Achieve the Destination GBAC STARTM Accreditation

Edmonton, AB – Explore Edmonton in collaboration with the Edmonton International Airport, Edmonton Destination Marketing Hotels (EDMH), Oilers Entertainment Group, TRAXX Coachlines, Edmonton Convention Centre and Edmonton EXPO Centre, has announced that Edmonton has successfully secured the Destination Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STARTM Accreditation. Edmonton is now the first and only Canadian destination, and one of only four destinations throughout North America, to have obtained the Destination GBAC STARTM Accreditation.

In support of the Destination GBAC STARTM Accreditation, Explore Edmonton has launched a promotional campaign and platform Visit Safely in Edmonton: From Touchdown to Takeoff to encourage business travel, meetings, conventions and major events to return to Edmonton following COVID-19 related cancellations and postponements. The campaign showcases the health & safety and outbreak prevention measures will be in place at participating properties across the city. In addition, Explore Edmonton and EDMH are offering substantial incentives for event planners who are considering Edmonton as their host destination.

“For over a year, Edmonton’s tourism and hospitality industry has experienced widespread travel restrictions, event postponements and cancellations,” said Maggie Davison, Interim CEO, Explore Edmonton. “As we reopen, our industry must show solidarity and collaboration in our commitment to providing a safe experience for business travelers and events returning to Edmonton. Our Destination GBAC STARTM Accreditation proves that we are prepared to responsibly open for business—reigniting our industry and positioning Edmonton among the safest business event and travel destinations in North America.”

The Destination GBAC STARTM Accreditation program is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities and destinations. This means the cleaning, sanitization, outbreak prevention and recovery programs at participating Edmonton hotels, venues and transportation agencies are accredited and validated by the gold standard program that prepares them with the right systems to protect against and respond to biorisk situations, including COVID-19. To obtain GBAC STARTM Accreditation, facilities must demonstrate compliance with 20 specific elements including maintaining strict cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, infectious disease prevention planning, staff training and more.

“The pursuit of GBAC STARTM Facility Accreditation by various venues in Edmonton is a testament to the city’s commitment to a heightened level and ongoing priority of cleanliness that citizens, visitors, and staff now expect,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “Through the GBAC STAR accreditation, they are showing their dedication to the next step in infection prevention post-pandemic: cleaning for health.”

Participating hotels, venues and transportation partners include:

ABOUT EXPLORE EDMONTON

We are the visitor economy and venue management organization for Edmonton. Together, we tell our city’s story, elevate the Edmonton experience and generate inbound visitation. We want visitors to have more than enough reasons to visit, explore and stay longer in Edmonton. In working closely with our partners & stakeholders, our efforts positively impact the economic diversity and quality of life for Edmonton residents, while remaining competitive in a global marketplace. In collaboration with our hotels, attractions and businesses, we strive to make Edmonton a four-season destination of choice, delivering year-round transformational visitor and guest experiences. For more information, visit exploreedmonton.com.