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October 14, 2021
“The city feels alive again”: Toronto restaurants owners are optimistic about the future

Charcoal Group will open its first Beertown location in downtown Toronto as the city begins to re-open

Toronto, ON—Charcoal Group has made its downtown Toronto debut after over a year of unpredictability in the restaurant industry.  

"The summer feels like a re-birth for Toronto and the restaurants that have been struggling throughout the pandemic," says CEO and partner of Charcoal Group, Jody Palubiski. "The city truly feels alive again – we couldn't think of a better time to open our doors."

Palubiski isn't wrong. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto has faced the longest lockdown in the country, causing many restaurants and bars to simplify menus, shift their business toward take-out and delivery or close altogether.

But as COVID-19 restrictions lift, restaurants still face barriers, including labour shortages, with various restaurants reporting on the newfound challenge of hiring and training staff. Yet Jody Palubiski has a more optimistic view of the current restaurant industry and its overlooked value in providing customers and staff something they've been missing; human connection. 

Palubiski's experience has been different from other restaurateurs, reporting that consumer demand is at an all-time high. Tables are filled, and reservations are booked, as friends and family are eager to reconnect and make up for lost time. According to Statistics Canada, 22 million guests are supporting local restaurants every day. While current labour shortages are undeniable, Jody Palubiski believes that the value, enthusiasm and leadership of hospitality workers often goes unnoticed.

“Of all the incredible things that had many people flocking to our industry in the past including flexibility, teamwork, creativity, rewarding pay and benefits, they are what will bring back quality individuals; it will just take a little time,” says Palubiski.

Given the demand for connection, accompanied by cold beer and great food, Charcoal Group is opening Beertown Public House in downtown Toronto, the concept's 8th location. Located at 125 Wellington Street West, the restaurant opened its doors to the public on August 12, offering a variety of local beer, plant-based and gluten-friendly menu options, and most importantly – a place to reconnect.

"Opening a location in Toronto feels like a return to home," says Palubiski. With over 30 years of industry experience – much of which was spent in the downtown Toronto core - and the recipient of the Canadian Independent Restaurateur of the Year award in 2019, Palubiski is confident Charcoal Group is ready for its next venture in Toronto.

Corporate Executive Chef of Charcoal Group, Todd Clarmo, can be accredited for leading the company's great culinary success. Clarmo has acted as the driving force of creativity and innovation within some of Toronto's most renowned restaurants for more than two decades.

"Launching a restaurant amidst concerns of public demand and hiring shortages has its challenges, but the motivation for me is to bring guests and staff back together again," reassures Palubiski.

About Charcoal Group
Charcoal Group is an inspired group of full-service restaurants located across in Southern Ontario with over 65 years in the hospitality industry. Our concepts include The Charcoal Steakhouse, Martini's, Dels Italian, Wildcraft Grill & Long Bar, Wildcraft Wherever Catering, The Bauer Kitchen, The Bauer Bakery & Café, Moose Winooski's, Beertown Public House, and Sociable Kitchen & Tavern. Our mission is to build a group of insanely great restaurants that exceed stakeholder expectations with unrivalled execution in all we do.

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October 12, 2021
Oak Bay Beach Hotel Recognized with Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Award, #1 in Top Hotels Canada, #19 Hotel in the World

The World’s Best Hotels, Resorts, Destinations, Spas, Trains, Car Rentals, Luggage, Airlines, Airports, and Cruises Ranked by Travelers

Victoria, BC—Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with the OAK BAY BEACH HOTEL recognized as the #1 TOP HOTEL in CANADA and the #19 HOTEL in the WORLD.

More than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a full snapshot about the places they cannot wait to return to next. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. The full list of winners can be found here.

“It is a great honour to receive this recognition from Condé Nast Traveler’s esteemed readership,” says Madone Pelan, General Manager at The Oak Bay Beach Hotel. “Personalized service and meaningful connections are at the core of everything we do. This award recognizes the best in the industry and is a great testament to the dedication, passion, and resilience our employees have embodied every day during this challenging year. From intimate getaways to wellness-inspired weekends, conferences, weddings, or events, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a beloved home-away-from-home for local and international guests alike. We look forward to celebrating this recognition with our team members and valued guests from near far over the coming months. Thank you!”

The 2021 Readers' Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler's website at cntraveler.com/rca and celebrated in the November issue.

About The Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean near Victoria, BC, The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a luxury 100 room boutique hotel. Just minutes away from the quaint boutique shops, cafés and galleries of Oak Bay Village, the hotel is known for world-class services such as the award-winning Boathouse Spa, Heated Seaside Mineral Pools, FARO Handcrafted Pizza, The Snug Pub and more. Our boutique seaside resort features expansive ocean or residential views paired with an unparalleled array of luxury amenities and services, including large spa-inspired bathrooms, complimentary WiFi and Nespresso Coffee machines, as well as housekeeping and 24-hour room service. Have confidence in our care, knowing every detail has been thought through so we can continue to provide our guests with a safe and special vantage point from which to experience the best of the Pacific Northwest. www.oakbaybeachhotel.com

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October 07, 2021
Event Atlantic Excellence Awards recipients announced!

Halifax, NS—During the first inaugural Event Atlantic Excellence Awards, seven (7) awards were presented to events held in Atlantic Canada in 2019-2020 and individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact to the Event industry.

Event with a budget less than $100,000: HRM Holiday Projection Show
Event with a budget between $100,000 - $500,000: The Miramichi Striper Cup
Event with a budget over $500,000: The Island Games – Canadian Premier League
Volunteer of the Year: Heather Boyd
Champion of the Year – Wayne Long (Events Development Office - City of Charlottetown)
Corporate Partner of the Year – Atlantic Lottery
Chair’s Award – The late Ian Fowler (Moncton, New Brunswick)

The Excellence Awards were created as a priority of Event Atlantic’s recently adopted Strategic Plan with a mission to inspire and support growth, development, and sustainability of event tourism in Atlantic Canada.

The recipients were presented their awards during a luncheon hosted by local comedy ventriloquist, Michael Harrison, during Event Atlantic’s annual Summit held at the Westin Nova Scotian. 

October 07, 2021
Travel & Tourism Sector Welcomes Vaccination Rules For Travel; Encourages Government to Remove Barriers to Canadian Travel

Ottawa/CNW Telbec/—The Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable ("the Roundtable") welcomes the increased clarity around the federal government's decision to require domestic travellers by air, train, and marine to be fully vaccinated.

"The federal government's announcement effectively makes travel one of the safest activities in the country. With these measures in place, the transportation sector becomes one of the only sectors requiring fully vaccinated employees and customers. Since the start of the pandemic, travel has been unfairly labelled as unsafe and risky. This announcement will help to increase passenger confidence," said Beth Potter, President & CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.

"Now that the government has announced details around mandatory vaccinations for travellers, the Roundtable calls on the Government of Canada to take an active role in ensuring the timely implementation of a pan-Canadian proof of vaccination that would allow for the harmonization, efficiency and interoperability of vaccine certification programs across the country," finished Ms Potter.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant and long-lasting damage to the Canadian travel and tourism industry. Notwithstanding the gradual re-opening, from coast to coast, small businesses are feeling the impact of COVID-19, and many are at risk of permanent closure. To that end, we must urgently adopt travel policies and guidelines that are consistent with the changing environment to support the re-opening of Canada's travel economy.

"As we enter this new phase of the pandemic, it is quickly becoming clear that travel is an activity that is re-opening for the fully vaccinated," said Perrin Beatty, President & CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "While government restrictions have opened travel for fully vaccinated travellers, many obstacles remain that are preventing the economic recovery of the industry. For example, business travel is a necessary component of growing small businesses and has been made very difficult by the current travel requirements," Mr Beatty stated.

The Roundtable is calling on the federal government to review the outdated measures currently in place that were implemented before Canada became the most fully vaccinated country in the G20. These measures – such as the pre-departure PCR test and the blanket travel advisories warning Canadian against international travel – continue to hamper many businesses in the Canadian travel and tourism sector.

The pandemic, our vaccination status, and available science have changed; so too should our response and measures to keep Canadians safe while allowing business to re-open. This is in line with the recommendations made by the COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel Report.  

The Roundtable is committed to maintaining its ongoing support for vaccination campaigns, and its member companies continue to invest heavily in the safe reset of Canada's travel and tourism economy. We welcome the opportunity to work with the federal government to support all re-opening efforts.

About the Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable
The Canadian Travel & Tourism Roundtable is a cross-Canadian coalition of leaders in the tourism and travel sector – including representatives from airports, airlines, hotels, boards of trade and chambers of commerce across the country – committed to working together to restart the sector smoothly and safely. Travel and Tourism is a $102 billion sector, employing millions of Canadians across the country and accounting for 2.1% of the country's gross domestic product. It advocates for safe and prosperous tourism and travel sector across Canada.

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October 07, 2021
Air Canada to Launch Daily Service between Toronto Island and Ottawa beginning October 31

New route to complement existing service to Montreal from Billy Bishop Airport

Montreal/CNW Telbec/—Air Canada today announced that it will launch a new service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Ottawa beginning October 31, 2021. The route will commence with four return trips daily, increasing to up to eight return trips daily starting in summer 2022.

"Air Canada's new service from Toronto Island to Ottawa will conveniently link Canada's capital directly with the centre of the country's leading business centre. This new route is designed to meet customer demand in this heavily travelled market, with a large business travel component, and complement our recently resumed Montreal-Toronto Island airport service. It is a further example of how Air Canada is rebuilding its network, including by adding new routes and destinations in our determination to emerge from the pandemic an even stronger airline," said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

Air Canada presently operates five return flights daily between Toronto Island and Montreal. The schedule for the new Toronto Island-Ottawa service beginning October 31, 2021 is:

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Operation

AC 8950

Toronto Island at 07:00

Ottawa at 07:59

     Daily

AC 8954

Toronto Island at 08:35

Ottawa at 09:34

     Daily

AC 8960

Toronto Island at 17:00

Ottawa at 17:59

     Daily

AC 8962

Toronto Island at 18:00

Ottawa at 18:59

     Daily

AC 8953

Ottawa at 07:00

Toronto Island at 08:04

     Daily

AC 8955

Ottawa at 08:30

Toronto Island at 09:34

     Daily

AC 8961

Ottawa at 16:25

Toronto Island at 17:29

     Daily

AC 8963

Ottawa at 18:30

Toronto Island at 19:34

     Daily

The service will be operated by Air Canada Express Jazz with a De Havilland Dash 8-400 featuring a complimentary snack and drink. All customers can 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 where available at Canadian airports, priority boarding and other benefits.  Air Canada's commercial schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions.

Air Canada offers its customers complimentary shuttle bus service between downtown and the Toronto City Airport. The shuttle brings travellers to and from the west entrance of The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, located at the corner of Front and York streets, directly across from Union Station.

About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline, and in 2019 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.                                      

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October 06, 2021
W Hotels Unveils W Nashville

Intentional Design and Neighborhood Culture Meet to Create a Social Hub Where Locals Feel at Home and Guests Feel Like Locals

There’s a new stage rising in Music City. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, today announces the opening of W Nashville. Nestled in the vibrant and diverse Gulch neighborhood, the 14-story, mirrored tower offers unparalleled, voyeuristic views of the hotel’s social spaces, creating a destination within a destination where global guests will be immersed in a locally-charged cultural scene. Adding a new, remastered verse to the W brand’s luxury songbook, W Nashville was designed from the outside in, with six street level entrances that offer unparalleled access to hotel guests and locals alike. In other words, W Nashville isn’t just in the neighborhood, it is part of it.

“The W experience has always been centered on a local, social scene but W Nashville takes it to the next level,” said Tom Jarrold, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “Today’s global traveler is not content staying at a hotel with superficial neighborhood references and locals are not embracing of hotels that ignore the social fabric of the community. W Nashville is different as it weaves itself into the Gulch seamlessly and authentically through the brand’s distinct lens.”

Detail-Driven Design
Thoughtful, elevated and anything-but-cliché, the concept, programming and design direction of W Nashville was led by hospitality veterans David Tessier and Anna Gomez of Hospitality Gaming Advisors along with local partner Mark Bloom, and developed by 12th Ave Realty Holding Company LLC. The public spaces and guestrooms were realized by the award-winning Rockwell Group, honoring both Nashville industry and artisanship through the use of historical, rugged local materials like iron, steel, wood, leather and polished and raw concrete. The spatial experience brought to life by HKS Architecture is awe-inspiring, beckoning passersby to look up, discover and explore, with an emphasis on indoor-outdoor flows that are an indelible part of Southern design. In fact, it includes over 26,000 square feet of outdoor space, an impressive amount for an urban hotel.

“Authenticity was at the heart of this project. Every decision and choice we made on design, materials, finishes, art and our collaborators took this into consideration. As a result, the hotel has a very tactile quality and at every turn there is something visually provocative. All of our amenities and offerings have a unique character and identity. We feel our guests will be engaged and inquisitive discovering places that evoke diverse emotions,” said David Tessier, President, Hospitality Gaming Advisors.

This discovery begins in the Welcome Den, a new W Hotels concept. Accessible only by room key, it is a space where hotel guests can relax, take a work call and enjoy a specially crafted beverage. W Nashville features 286 rooms and 60 suites - the most of any hotel in Nashville - including two Extreme WOW (Presidential) Suites. The distinct room design blends industrial polish with warm, soothing tones as well as a mix of raw materials including leather and exposed concrete. Furniture is subtly inspired by vintage stereo equipment and includes stud detailing like that found on a roadie case, while televisions are surrounded with speaker cloth. The brand’s signature Mix Bar is a focal point, illuminated in a gold, mirrored cage to encourage in-room entertaining. Guests receive a reusable water bottle upon arrival to use with the cocktail ice and filtered water stations on each floor. All WOW and Extreme WOW Suites have balconies as well as seductive overhead views of the WET Deck. Extreme WOW Suites also feature a discreet music booth, dining area, lounge and a pantry kitchen.

Art and Soul
Such a sophisticated and informed design calls for equally-inspired collaborations with some of the most creative and eclectic artisans and artists in the country. The result is a myriad of original prints, photographs and other works including a monumental, 96-inch Jim Dine double heart canvas ‘Atlantic Love Letter’- the first piece one sees when entering the hotel. A colorful and whimsical experiential, outdoor mural by the renowned Kelsey Montague features a suitcase guests can sit atop and acts as a metaphor for the playfulness that awaits inside. Perhaps the crown jewel of W Nashville’s collection is a series of original prints by the godfather of rock ‘n’ roll photography, Jim Marshall, a longtime fan and guest of W Hotels.

Every guestroom at W Nashville features an original, commissioned artwork by Brooklyn-based studio FAILE. The Pop Art-inspired piece celebrates the musical soul of the city and depicts a female figure who symbolizes the innocence of young talent who come to Nashville in search of making it big. Our heroine encounters a wolf, personifying the music industry as enticing yet difficult and uncertain.

As the creative capital of the South, there was no shortage of local artists when it came to the adornment of W Nashville. Examples include embossed, hand-stitched leather wall panels with roses and guitar pick details by leatherworker Joseph Verzilli of Lockeland Leather and Derrick Castle of Straw Castle, as well as a Jimi Hendrix mural by street artist Bryan Deese on the building’s facade. All art that speaks to the soul - and soundtrack - of Tennessee.

The Pulse of the Gulch
W Nashville is meant to be explored as a day-to-night location for locals looking for a place to drink coffee by day and sip cocktails by night. With a city-block feel and six street access venues including a neighborhood coffee shop, two destination restaurants and, coming soon, high-end retail and a live entertainment venue, W Nashville is a social nexus within the Gulch that’s more textured and assorted than what is normally found at a hotel. The laid-back, communal, neighborhood vibe begins with an unexpected use of outdoor space: The Spanish Steps, 42 flights of concrete stairs interlaced with warm wood seating platforms that act as a meeting place and amphitheater (a nod to the iconic meeting spot in Rome) with a live music stage below. Perched above and seemingly floating in the sky is the 10,000 square foot WET Deck, the largest hotel pool area in the city, featuring an impressive, 2,000 square foot, L-shaped pool with private cabanas as well as unobstructed views of the neighborhood. A short walk from the pool is the manicured yoga lawn which leads to FIT, W Nashville’s spacious fitness center, which, unlike many hotel gyms that are remote and tucked away, sits right in the heart of the action, making fitness a social activity.

In addition to the WET Deck bar, there are six other drinking and dining venues at W Nashville. It begins with Nashville-born coffee shop Barista Parlor, with a “Coffee Courier” to deliver right to guest rooms, as well as a Secret Garden for a quiet respite. Behind Barista Parlor’s copper wire draped curtain is the sophisticated and moody Living Room, which features subtle, respectful nods to music including a ceiling of pyramidal acoustic panels reminiscent of a recording studio and a two-way mirror box chandelier tipping a hat to the show lights at the music venues on Lower Broad. The backdrop of the Living Room Bar, with its chandelier adorned with shimmering tassels, is a striking, backlit scrim with a reinterpretation of a classical 1600s French-style painting of a Tennessee woodland. Adjacent to the bar and hidden behind a speaker wall is the Sound Room, a private, indoor/outdoor event space featuring a gold and ebony bar with warm, golden rotating spirits risers.

Rounding out the street level selection are two restaurants by Chef Andrew Carmellini: The Dutch, an all-day dining venue with a laid-back American comfort menu and a bar terrace overlooking the 25-foot Hendrix mural; and Carne Mare, an evening-only, fine dining, contemporary Italian chop house which draws from Carmellini’s experience working in some of the finest restaurants around the world.

Soaring high atop the 14th floor is Proof, W Nashville’s striking rooftop bar that takes inspiration from the Gulch’s expansive, historical rail yard. Here, the hotel’s impressive collection of original Jim Marshall prints is on display, including an iconic image of Jerry Garcia toasting with a glass of wine. Four sliding garage doors line the outdoor terraces, providing a jaw-dropping,

360-degree view of the city and, when open, access to outdoor seating and a hidden sunset catwalk. From exposed duct vents, steel beams, a steel-corner fireplace and polished concrete floors to backlit, split wood paneling made from reclaimed beams from a local 1800s tobacco warehouse, Proof provides an industrial juxtaposition to the natural beauty of a Nashville sunset.

Meet Up + Wind Down
W Nashville has over 24,000 square feet of meeting and event space which encourages a balance of work and play by connecting to the WET Deck, Spanish Steps and their own outdoor terraces. The Great Room, in tones of tan and gold, was inspired by the quilting techniques of Nashville artisans and includes a metal and glass framed façade that carries daylight across the floor. Pre-event spaces feature intimate seating nooks with felted walls and pastoral Tennessee landscapes adorning the alcoves, reflecting an adoration for Nashville’s natural beauty.

“From the sounds of live music filling the air on the Spanish Steps to FUEL fitness classes on the WET Deck, W Nashville is ready to add new buzz to this one-of-a-kind neighborhood,” said David Cronin, General Manager, W Nashville. “The unique beat of W Hotels is finally ready to play in this Southern capital and will soon become the most sought-after destination for both locals as well as out-of-town guests who wish to experience all this city has to offer.”

For more information or to make a reservation, visit WNashville.com or get social with W Nashville on Instagram and Facebook.

About W Hotels Worldwide
Born from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., has disrupted and redefined the hospitality scene for over two decades. Trailblazing its way around the globe, with nearly 60 hotels, W is defying expectations and breaking the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With a mission to fuel guests’ lust for life, W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat. The brand’s provocative design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service and buzzing Living Rooms create an experience that is often copied but never matched. Innovative, inspiring and infectious, the brand’s super-charged energy celebrates guests’ endless appetite to discover what’s new/next in each destination, to see more, feel more, go longer, stay later. For more information on W Hotels, visit whotels.com/theangle or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. W Hotels Worldwide is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,800 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 138 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy™, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

October 06, 2021
Porter Airlines returns to all year-round markets

Toronto/CNW/—Porter Airlines officially returns to all 18 of its year-round destinations today, with the addition of Fredericton, Saint John, N.B., Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins and Windsor.

Porter flights initially restarted on Sept. 8, after suspending service due to the pandemic. Destinations were progressively added over the past month. The initial flight schedule, including flight frequency, can be found at www.flyporter.com.

"It's a significant milestone in our recovery, as we return to all of our year-round markets," said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. "We're looking forward to seeing more of our passengers in these destinations. Over 1,000 Porter team members are now at work supporting these efforts, as we focus on recalling our complete workforce and adding more flights in the coming months."

Porter has strengthened its existing standards with a focus on high levels of sanitization in order to protect the health of its passengers and team members. More information about the Healthy Flights program can be found on Porter's website.

Passengers have the option to book a flight with the Full Refund Option for $40 plus taxes. The Refund Option entitles customers to receive a refund, including base fare, taxes and fees, for their booking upon advance cancellation of their flight for any reason.

About Porter Airlines 
Porter Airlines provides a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®. 

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Muskoka, Ont., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Stephenville, N.L.
Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. 

More information on Porter, including a downloadable multimedia library, is available at the Media Centre. Details of growth plans to provide North America-wide service are available at flyporter.com

Follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. 

SOURCE Porter Airlines

October 06, 2021
Toronto Pearson and Uber Eats enhance variety, ease of use for airport travellers

Expanded offering and enhanced functionality makes it easier for travellers on the go to fuel up before takeoff

Toronto/CNW/—Toronto Pearson and Uber Eats today announced an expanded offering that now allows travellers and airport workers to order Starbucks and pick it up when it's ready using the Uber Eats app for iOS or Android. There are now more than 20 restaurants across Terminals 1 and 3 that are available for Uber Eats users to skip the line and order for pickup including A&W, Subway, Fionn MacCool's, The Hearth, Twist and Caplansky's Deli. Canada's largest airport and the food platform  pioneer also today announced enhanced functionality that will make ordering from restaurants at Toronto Pearson using Uber Eats even easier. The Uber Eats app now automatically detects when a user is at Toronto Pearson and brings up a screen that lets them know food is available for pickup at the airport. Users can then select the area they're in and choose from any of the available restaurants near their location. Restaurants are also clearly labeled by section for easy navigation.

Today's announcement marks the latest evolution in a world's-first partnership between Toronto Pearson and Uber Eats, originally announced in 2019. In addition to the convenience that Uber Eats at Toronto Pearson offers to users, avoiding lineups when picking up food helps create a safer experience that reduces physical contact—an important consideration during the COVID-19 pandemic—and saves time for airport workers and passengers alike.

"This ground-breaking partnership is proof positive that maintaining a strong focus on health and cultivating a convenient airport experience are not mutually exclusive concepts," says Giovanna Verrilli, Director, Commercial Development at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. "We look forward to continuing to work with Uber Eats to increase choice and convenience for passengers and airport workers as this partnership grows."

"In April, Uber Eats launched pickup on mobile orders at Toronto Pearson to create a safer, contactless experience, and save time for workers and passengers conducting essential travel," says Lola Kassim, General Manager of Uber Eats Canada. "Now as more Canadians are travelling, we're happy to offer more restaurant options for users, and begin implementing this innovative offering at other airports in North America."

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is the operator of Toronto – Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Canada's largest airport and a vital connector of people, businesses and goods. Toronto Pearson has been named "Best Large Airport in North America serving more than 40 million passengers" for four years in a row by Airports Council International (ACI), the global trade representative of the world's airports. In recognition of its Healthy Airport program, ACI also awarded Toronto Pearson the "Best hygiene measures in North America" award, and Toronto Pearson was the first Canadian airport to receive ACI's global health accreditation for its response to COVID-19.

For more information, please visit Toronto Pearson on Twitter (English and French), Facebook or Instagram.

SOURCE Greater Toronto Airports Authority

October 06, 2021
Exhibition Place Opens New Sky Bridge

Toronto/CNW/—Exhibition Place officially opens the new Sky Bridge today. The first glass-enclosed walkway of its kind in Exhibition Place, the Sky Bridge connects Beanfield Centre to Hotel X Toronto.

"Today's opening of the Sky Bridge at Exhibition Place marks a significant milestone as we work towards achieving an exciting vision for the future! We are enhancing access to Exhibition Place's historic and landmark buildings, landscapes, and features that provide the foundation for meetings, conventions and exhibitions that bring the people of this City together. The ongoing evolution of Exhibition Place will build upon this tradition by showcasing innovation and enhancing spaces for all visitors," said Exhibition Place President and CEO Don Boyle.

"Exhibition Place plays a critical role in the social, cultural and economic success of our City, and the country. We are Canada's largest entertainment venue, attracting over 5 million visitors per year, and generating significant economic impact for the City of Toronto," said Exhibition Place Board Chair and Councillor Mark Grimes.

With the opening of the new Sky Bridge, connectivity between buildings has been improved, and the walkway provides a safer, all-season link with more direct access, enhancing the Exhibition Place experience. The new Sky Bridge runs east-west on a slight angle across Newfoundland Road, linking the conference levels of Beanfield Centre and Hotel X Toronto mid-block between Princes' Boulevard and Lake Shore Boulevard West.

"The new Sky Bridge now offers our clients and delegates a direct connection between Beanfield Centre's conference level and the meeting level of Hotel X Toronto, and immediate access to our onsite hotel accommodations.  The Sky Bridge glass design beautifully complements the heritage façade of Beanfield Centre and includes features such as sliding glass entry doors and interior lighting elements," said Laura Purdy, General Manager, Exhibition Place.

Sustainability plays an important role in the Sky Bridge at Exhibition Place. Designed by NORR Architects, built by EllisDon, the design features a floor-to-ceiling insulated glass panel cladding that encloses the architectural exposed steel structure and a three-colour interlayered film and bird-friendly pattern. The multicolour film decreases the solar heat gain to under 50 per cent of the levels of transparent glazing.

"The Sky Bridge is a connection of three projects over more than a decade, and is a significant link between a historic building and a new building in an unobtrusive, light and transparent design," said Silvio Baldassarra, Chair, NORR Architects and Engineers. We believe that great buildings and structures are the result of a strong long-term vision by our clients. Today we are realizing the result of their long-term vision – beginning with the revitalization of the 1929 Art Deco automotive building in 2009, now known as Beanfield Centre to the completion of Hotel X in 2018 to the official opening of Sky Bridge."

This pedestrian connection at Exhibition Place provides an all-season second-level link between the Beanfield Conference Centre and Hotel X Toronto over Newfoundland Road. The pedestrian walkway is 36.3 meters long and 110 meters in area. The connection to the hotel facility provides a convenient and efficient access route to the conference level for guests at the hotel and access to other services offered throughout the site. The bridge incorporates a coloured 5 mm dot pattern that decreases the solar heat gain and mitigates bird collisions with floor-to-ceiling insulated glass. Natural limestone panels laminated to an aluminium honeycomb core are utilized for the exterior cladding and soffit, providing a complementary visual integration between the two existing buildings.

The walkway is supported at two locations: the existing Hotel X Toronto structure and a central pier. The structure at the connection point of Hotel X Toronto had been designed in coordination with structural engineering with additional capacity in anticipation of the connection of the elevated pedestrian walkway. The opposite end of the bridge features a 16.5 m long cantilever towards the existing Beanfield Centre, with no structural connection to the building. This soft connection minimizes the impact on the heritage building and allows the bridge to act as a reversible intervention. Thoughtful design and careful planning to achieve a "touchless" structural solution at the historic building interface was a requirement of Heritage Toronto.

The floor and roof girders, columns, and rod braces function as a vertical truss to resist lateral and gravity loads in the longitudinal direction. In the transverse direction, the columns and transverse roof beams form moment frames to withstand lateral loads. The in-place braces, floor and roof girders, and transverse beams function as horizontal trusses to resist wind loads.

The 3-D structural analysis reviewed deflections and resistance of the structure and the dynamic performance of the design under pedestrian-induced loading. Canadian guidelines, American and European guidelines on structural vibration were consulted when performing the dynamic analysis and determining the acceptability criteria. A custom-designed Mass Tune Damper hidden above the ceiling at the end of the cantilever portion of the truss significantly reduced perceivable rocking vibration that pedestrians may otherwise experience. 

Exhibition Place's award-winning Enercare Centre recently achieved the distinction of North America's top 30 convention centres for trade shows and events from Exhibitor Magazine's Centres of Excellence for 2021. In 2020, Enercare Centre won the award for Best Convention Centre (500,000 – 1 million square feet of exhibit space).

Exhibition Place

Exhibition Place is Canada's largest entertainment and convention site, attracting over 5.5 million visitors a year. The 192-acre site is an integral component of Toronto and Ontario's economy, particularly with respect to conventions, sport, festivals, recreation, culture and tourism. Exhibition Place boasts the award-winning, LEED Platinum Enercare Centre; Canada's largest exhibition and convention centre, and the Beanfield Centre LEED Silver conference venue. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, entitled GREENSmart; which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading-edge green technologies and practices across the site.

For more information visit Exhibition Place's website or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

SOURCE Exhibition Place

October 05, 2021
Fairmont Chateau Whistler Named “Best Resort in Canada” in Annual Condé Nast Traveler’s Awards

All Fairmont Hotels in Canada’s Western Mountain Region Ranked Top 10

Whistler, BC—Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards. All four Fairmont hotels in Canada’s Western Mountain Region – Whistler, Jasper, Banff, and Lake Louise – have been recognized as one of the Top 10 Resorts in Canada with Fairmont Chateau Whistler again being named #1 Resort.

In addition to Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s first place finish, the 2021 results saw Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge secure the #3 spot with Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise coming in at #6 and Fairmont Banff Springs at #10 Best Resorts in Canada. The full list of winners can be found here.

“These awards represent the best of the best within our industry and we are honoured to have been recognized as leaders,” said Gregor Resch, Regional Vice President, Canada’s Western Mountain Region, and General Manager, Fairmont Banff Springs. “This achievement is only made possible bythe hard work, dedication, and genuine passion for hospitality our employees embody every day – particularly during such challenging times – this recognition is for them.”

More than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a full snapshot about the places they can’t wait to return to next. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.

The 2021 Readers' Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler's website at www.cntraveler.com/rca and celebrated in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions.

About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is where occasions are celebrated and history is made. Landmark hotels with unrivalled presence, authentic experiences and unforgettable moments have attracted visitors to Fairmont and its destinations since 1907. The Plaza in New York City, The Savoy in London, Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai are but a few of these iconic luxury hotels, forever linked to the special places where they reside. Famous for its engaging service, grand public spaces, locally inspired cuisine and celebrated bars and lounges, Fairmont promises the grandest of moments that will be remembered long after any visit. With a worldwide portfolio of more than 80 hotels, Fairmont also takes great pride in its deep community roots and leadership in sustainability. Fairmont is part of Accor, a world leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,100 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. fairmont.com | all.accor.com | group.accor.com

CONTACT
Lynn Henderson
Regional Director, Public Relations 
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Canada’s Western Mountain Region 
Lynn.Henderson@Fairmont.com

October 05, 2021
Readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler Collectively Vote the Wickaninnish Inn Their Favourite Resort Hotel in Canada

Tofino, BC—Celebrating 25 years on Nature’s Edge, the Wickaninnish Inn is once again recognized by leading travel magazine Reader’s Polls: Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards and Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards. Readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler collectively vote the Wickaninnish Inn as their favourite resort hotel in Canada.

Fellow Relais & Chateaux property, Manoir Hovey is rated number one in Canada for the Travel + Leisure list and Fairmont Whistler is the number one resort in Canada for the Condé Nast Traveler list. The Wickaninnish Inn is the unanimous choice on both lists as the number two resort in Canada. The Inn was also rated Travel + Leisure #80 in top 100 resorts worldwide , one of only two Canadian properties to make the top 100, the other being Manoir Hovey in Quebec.

The Wickaninnish Team are delighted and honoured to share company among the Relais & Châteaux properties selected in Travel & Leisure’s Top 10 Resorts in Canada: Manoir Hovey and the Post Hotel & Spa. For Condé Nast Traveler readers, the Wickaninnish Inn is the only Relais & Chateaux resort property on the top 10 list of resorts in Canada.

Consistently ranking in Canada’s top-tier by the readers of both magazines for the past twenty years has earned the Inn Condé Nast Traveler’s coveted Platinum Circle and Travel + Leisure’s Hall of Fame list. To be included in the Platinum Circle a property must be on Condé Nast Traveler Gold List for five years running. Inclusion in the Hall of Fame list requires a property make the top tier a minimum of 10 years in a row. The Wickaninnish Inn remains the only hotel in Canada on the Hall of Fame list.

The ongoing recognition from the readers of these prestigious publication’s is even more appreciated by the Wickaninnish Team as they are celebrating the Inn’s 25th Anniversary, not to mention it has been challenging times for the entire hospitality industry due to the pandemic.

Managing Director/Owner, Charles McDiarmid notes “It’s the people that make the place and this recognition means so much to our team who continually strive to create and enhance magical experiences for all our guests over the past 25 years. We stand on the shoulders of everyone who has come before us and yet even after 25 years, we are continually working to be better today than we were yesterday and better tomorrow than we are today.”

“Achieving the highest standards of service requires an ongoing commitment to growing, adapting and improving our amenities and service offerings for our guests while, also continuing our longstanding commitment to sustainable hospitality and focusing on the essence of place when making all decisions.”

About the Wickaninnish Inn
Perched on the western edge of Vancouver Island, the Wickaninnish Inn is an iconic year-round destination. Combining elegant accommodation and refined dining in spectacular natural surroundings, the Wickaninnish Inn is a haven on Vancouver Island’s wild and rugged coastline. A Relais & Châteaux property since 1997, the Wickaninnish Inn is owned and managed by the McDiarmid family of Tofino, and is exclusively located on beautiful Chesterman Beach.

Each oceanfront guestroom is designed to AAA/CAA Five Diamond standards, welcoming guests with a beach or ocean viewscape, gas fireplace, soaker tub with view, local art and an individual balcony. The Pointe Restaurant boasts 240-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, and an innovative culinary program which supports local suppliers and sustainable harvesting practices. The award-winning Ancient Cedars Spa provides an exceptional menu of services to promote wellness and relaxation. For more information, please visit www.wickinn.com  

Instagram: @wickinnbc Twitter: @wickinnbc  Facebook: Wickaninnish Inn

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October 05, 2021
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Welcomes Newly Appointed General Manager Patrick Pollak

Patrick Pollak accepts his eighth appointment with Four Seasons, leading the Hotel into its next decade of service excellence and uncompromising luxury

Toronto/CNW/—Four Seasons Hotel Toronto introduces Patrick Pollak as General Manager as he ushers the Hotel into its exciting new chapter. Pollak joins the brand's global flagship property from Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou and brings an impressive 25-year tenure with Four Seasons.

"It is with much excitement that we welcome Patrick Pollak to Toronto," says Antoine Chahwan, President, Hotel Operations, Americas East. "Heading into the property's ten-year anniversary at its Yorkville Avenue location, we are confident that Patrick will lead his team with incredible passion along with a commitment to creating an exceptional luxury experience that builds upon the brand's legacy in Toronto."

Originally from France, Patrick studied Hotel and Restaurant Management at the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon. This specialty education led to a robust career with Four Seasons beginning in 1996 as Bar Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City, where he spent much of his upbringing. Patrick's dedicated and hardworking nature led to the pursuit of further management opportunities with Four Seasons in Chicago, later ascending to Director of Food and Beverage at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. With an extensive culinary background, Patrick will work closely with the Toronto Hotel's renowned dining outlets Café Boulud, d|bar and d|azur outdoor patio.

Continuing with a genuine talent for hospitality, Pollak returned to his beloved Mexico City in 2007 as Hotel Manager. He was then appointed as Hotel Manager at Four Seasons Resort Dallas in 2011 before joining the team at the oceanfront oasis, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in 2016 as Resort Manager.

"Being at the helm of this outstanding property is a Four Seasons career milestone," says Pollak. "I am honoured to take on this role and to continue building on the success of this iconic property. My family and I also look forward to making Toronto home, exploring the beauty and culture of Canada in its entirety."

As a devoted soccer fan and former rally car driver, Patrick is excited to attend Toronto Football Club matches at BMO Field and the annual Honda Indy Grand Prix with his wife, Paola, their daughter Gaelle and son Matthis. 

With global experience and expertise, Patrick will also bring the ability to communicate in fluent French, Spanish and English, allowing him to make genuine and long-lasting connections with the Hotel's local and international guests alike.

About Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is Canada's first hotel to receive both AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five Star ratings. Having opened in October 2012, the Hotel features 259 guest rooms, a 30,000 square foot luxury Spa, and Café Boulud and d|bar by international restaurateur and Chef Daniel Boulud. Recent awards and honors include 2017 TripAdvisor's Traveller's Choice Winner - #1 Best Hotel in Toronto, Robb Report's Best of the Best, Condé Nast Traveller's Hot List and T+L's Top City Hotel in Canada. For more information, visit our Press Room or check out Facebook.

SOURCE Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

October 05, 2021
WestJet launching new service between Toronto and Dublin

Airline continues to expand transatlantic network from Toronto

Calgary, AB/CNW/—Starting this spring, WestJet will provide guests with more options to connect from the airline's Toronto hub with new flights between Toronto and Dublin. The new non-stop seasonal flights are set to operate four times weekly, beginning on May 15, 2022 and will increase to daily by June 2, 2022.

"As demand increases, we know travellers are looking for convenient and affordable options for travel between Canada and Europe," said John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. "As we continue to focus on expanding our network from our Toronto hub where we offer 33 international destinations, these flights will further strengthen business and leisure ties between Canada and Ireland and will increase connectivity between two key markets."

With flights set to commence this spring, WestJet's inaugural service between Toronto (YYZ) and Dublin (DUB) will operate on WestJet's Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The flights will feature the airline's newly redesigned Premium cabin, that offers new levels of privacy and comfort, including an enhanced inflight dining experience and wider 2X2 seat configuration.

Details of WestJet's new seasonal service between Toronto and Dublin:

Route

Frequency

Start Date

Departure

Arrival

Toronto – Dublin

4x weekly

May 15, 2022

9:10 p.m.

8:45 a.m. (+1)

 

Daily

June 2, 2022

   
 

4x weekly

October 1- October 28, 2022

   

Dublin - Toronto

4x weekly

May 16, 2022

10:05 a.m.

12:40 p.m.

 

Daily

June 3, 2022

   
 

4x weekly

October 2 - October 29, 2022

   


Details of WestJet's introductory fare service to Dublin from Toronto:

Route

Total one-way all-in pricing

Total round-trip all-in pricing

Toronto – Dublin

$272 CAD*

$499 CAD*

*From Canada Point of Sale, 200 seats available per direction to travel from May 15, 2022 to Jun 18, 2022, book by October 12, 2021. Prices are inclusive of all taxes and fees.

Since January 1, 2021, WestJet has welcomed more than three million guests back to the skies. The airline has created its Travel Ready Series  to ensure guests are equipped and prepared with the information they need to enjoy a smooth and safe return to travel.  

Additional quotes

"WestJet's continued investments in connecting Ontarians to the world is welcomed by the Ontario government.  This is good news for the airline sector and the industries who rely on their investments.  As we continue the fight against COVID-19, our government continues to urge all Ontarians to sign up for both vaccine doses so they can enjoy opportunities like this once service begins next May."
– Caroline Mulroney, Ontario's Minister of Transportation

"WestJet's new route is a welcome addition that will offer greater connectivity and provide even more opportunity for travel between Toronto and Dublin. We're happy to support WestJet with their new destination and continue to focus on keeping passengers safe and protected with our Healthy Airport commitment, which includes improved air quality, low and no-touch check-in and bag drop and contactless shopping and dining options." 
-           Craig Bradbrook, Chief Operating Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority

"We are delighted to see WestJet's route network at Dublin Airport expand further with the addition of Toronto – Dublin to complement the existing Halifax and Calgary services. This news is exciting for business and tourism at both ends of the route as it connects Toronto, as the capital of the province of Ontario, with Ireland's capital city, Dublin. It's a welcome boost to transatlantic connectivity and great to see another Canadian destination added to our growing Dublin Airport network and to witness the further expansion of WestJet's operation here in Ireland. We have been working closely with WestJet since 2014 to grow its business and build a substantial base here in Dublin.  This new service between Toronto and Dublin further cements the strong and enduring cultural and business ties between our two great countries."
-      Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport, Managing Director

"I am delighted to welcome WestJet's announcement of a new transatlantic route between Toronto and Dublin. The pandemic has imposed incredible hardship on many sectors, none more so than the aviation industry. It is therefore testament to the resilience of everyone involved that WestJet has managed to weather that storm and continue its successful rebuilding process. The pandemic has also imposed hardships on families divided by the Atlantic so this announcement is a very positive development for all those wishing to re-connect with family, friends and indeed heritage. Since WestJet's inaugural transatlantic flight in 2014 from St John's to Dublin, we have seen and welcomed the expansion of connections to Ireland through the Halifax-Dublin and Calgary-Dublin routes in 2019. The pandemic may have stalled that progress but this Toronto–Dublin connection will continue the success of those earlier routes, offering greater choice to Irish and Canadian travellers in the process. I am therefore delighted to welcome this latest Westjet connection to Ireland, and have no doubt that the strong ties which bind so many people between Canada and Ireland will ensure its success for many years to come."
-      Eamonn McKee, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada

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 promise. 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

October 01, 2021
Iberostar Group Strengthens its Presence with the Opening of a New Hotel in Lima

Palma de Mallorca—This 1 October, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts will open its first hotel in Lima city centre, Iberostar Selection Miraflores. The Majorcan hotel group has been present in Latin America for more than 25 years and chose Peru as its new destination to strengthen its portfolio in America. In its drive to be the leader in responsible tourism, Iberostar Selection Miraflores will be the first plastic-free hotel in Lima. It also puts a strong emphasis on local gastronomy and thus supports both the environment and local communities.

First plastic-free hotel in Lima
Iberostar’s Group commitment to promoting responsible tourism is reflected in each and every detail at Iberostar Selection Miraflores. In line with the company’s strategy and as part of its pioneering Wave of Change movement to preserve seas and oceans, every inch of this new hotel will be free of single-use plastics. This new opening strengthens the Iberostar Group in its drive to be the leader in responsible tourism and aligns with the three pillars of its Wave of Change movement: progressing towards a circular economy, promoting responsible consumption of fish and seafood and improving coastal health. In addition, it highlights incredible Peruvian gastronomy while also offering quality and responsibly sourced seafood. This benefits not only the health of our oceans, but also the fishing communities.

"We are very excited about this new project. The opening of this hotel allows us to be present in one of the most important tourist capitals in the world and confirms our commitment to responsible tourism and to continue offering a quality product to our customers," said Rodrigo Moscardó, Chief Operating Officer of the Iberostar Group.

A luxury experience in Miraflores
The five-star Iberostar Selection Miraflores offers a luxury city experience. Its design, inspired by the gorgeous Pacaya Samiria nature reserve, offers a warm and cozy environment without compromising on its role as a brand new, state-of-the-art building. Its rooms allow guests to enjoy the city environment with unmatched views of the boardwalk. The hotel features Cosmos Level, a new concept offering exclusive spaces within the hotel, along with other benefits such as a concierge service and private meeting rooms. The hotel proudly presents a stunning mix of tradition, perfectly melded flavours and quality produce in its magnificent take on Peruvian gastronomy in its specialty restaurants Ortega & Huamán and Tapería 27 Tapas. Both are led by the renowned Peruvian chef Carlos Testino.

The new hotel, which enjoys a privileged location in Miraflores - one of Lima’s most dynamic, picturesque and modern districts - puts the Pacific Ocean at its guests’ feet. Its 18 floors culminate in a rooftop featuring an infinity pool that offers stunning views of almost the entire city, giving visitors a panoramic and unmatched view of the ocean and spectacular sunsets.

About the Iberostar Group
The Iberostar Group is a 100% family-run, Spanish multinational company that boasts over 60 years’ experience in the tourism industry, with business origins dating back to 1877. Its main line of business is Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, whose portfolio includes over 100 four- and five-star hotels in 16 countries. The Group has become an international benchmark by promoting a more responsible tourism business model focused on caring for people and the environment. The Wave of Change movement reflects the company’s specific commitment to the environment and oceans, and its efforts to promote it among society at large.

With sustainability as the driving force behind the business, the company places the circular economy at the centre of its strategy and is working on its own 2030 Agenda, centred around not generating any waste by 2025, being carbon-emission neutral by 2030, being 100% responsible in its seafood supply chain by 2025 and improving the health of the ecosystems around its hotels, among other goals.

The Group is formed by a global team of over 34,500 people of 91 nationalities. Thanks to this talent, the company is a leader in quality and promotes a unique guest experience though the constant innovation of its products and commitment to digitalisation.

Learn more about us on iberostar.com

September 30, 2021
Introducing reStays - A new kind of stay for Ottawa bound travellers

Ottawa, ON/CNW/—Choo Communities, an Ottawa based full spectrum community developer, has revolutionized the luxury boutique hotel experience by creating a new kind of stay for business and for pleasure.

Downtown Ottawa welcomes reStays to its eclectic hotel scene. Located on 101 Queen Street and extending onto Sparks, reStays distinguishes itself from other hotels by providing an experience where one is living rather than visiting.

"Airbnb has made waves within the travel industry by offering unique homes and immersive experiences. reStays is developing this concept further by creating ultimate luxury experiences with 24/7 concierge service," said David Choo, CEO of Choo Communities.

Urban dwellers, business travellers, and bonvivants alike will enjoy reStays' atmosphere and amenities. The intimate boutique hotel has 111 suites. It offers fully furnished studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, plus a series of signature collection suites.  

Each suite is distinguished with modern and elegant designs that include spacious living areas, full kitchens, and in-suite laundry. The building has 24/7 concierge, keyless technology, a private cinema room, SkyLounge, fitness center, meeting room, and sauna.

Guests at reStays will become immersed in the rich history of downtown Ottawa and its local vendors. The unique location places travellers steps away from some of Ottawa's most coveted attractions – Parliament Hill, Rideau Canal, The National Arts Centre. Business travellers will soon come to know Ottawa as the optimal city for corporate liaisons.

Meant for both short-term and long-term stays, reStays seeks to reimagine travel by giving guests access to the reStayers Club, which includes perks and storage facilities for your belongings, making travelling light and accessible. Guests can leave items ranging from toiletries to fine wines and whiskeys. The condo styled rooms make frequent travel easy and comfortable.

reStays amplifies the hotel experience by providing a service that goes beyond a regular stay. Combining luxury hotel accommodations with condo like amenities, reStays offers a new way to travel.

About Choo Communities
Choo Communities is a real estate development company founded in 1992 by David Choo, engineer by trade and innovator at heart. Choo Communities houses the reStays, reResidences, Ashcroft Homes, Envie Student, and Alavida Lifestyles brands.

SOURCE Choo Communities

September 30, 2021
Iberostar Group Strengthens its Presence with the Opening of a New Hotel in Lima

Palma de Mallorca - This 1 October, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts will open its first hotel in Lima city centre, Iberostar Selection Miraflores. The Majorcan hotel group has been present in Latin America for more than 25 years and chose Peru as its new destination to strengthen its portfolio in America. In its drive to be the leader in responsible tourism, Iberostar Selection Miraflores will be the first plastic-free hotel in Lima. It also puts a strong emphasis on local gastronomy and thus supports both the environment and local communities. 


First plastic-free hotel in Lima


Iberostar’s Group commitment to promoting responsible tourism is reflected in each and every detail at Iberostar Selection Miraflores. In line with the company’s strategy and as part of its pioneering Wave of Change movement to preserve seas and oceans, every inch of this new hotel will be free of single-use plastics. This new opening strengthens the Iberostar Group in its drive to be the leader in responsible tourism and aligns with the three pillars of its Wave of Change movement: progressing towards a circular economy, promoting responsible consumption of fish and seafood and improving coastal health. In addition, it highlights incredible Peruvian gastronomy while also offering quality and responsibly sourced seafood. This benefits not only the health of our oceans, but also the fishing communities. 


"We are very excited about this new project. The opening of this hotel allows us to be present in one of the most important tourist capitals in the world and confirms our commitment to responsible tourism and to continue offering a quality product to our customers," said Rodrigo Moscardó, Chief Operating Officer of the Iberostar Group. 


A luxury experience in Miraflores 


The five-star Iberostar Selection Miraflores offers a luxury city experience. Its design, inspired by the gorgeous Pacaya Samiria nature reserve, offers a warm and cozy environment without compromising on its role as a brand new, state-of-the-art building. Its rooms allow guests to enjoy the city environment with unmatched views of the boardwalk. The hotel features Cosmos Level, a new concept offering exclusive spaces within the hotel, along with other benefits such as a concierge service and private meeting rooms. The hotel proudly presents a stunning mix of tradition, perfectly melded flavours and quality produce in its magnificent take on Peruvian gastronomy in its specialty restaurants Ortega & Huamán and Tapería 27 Tapas. Both are led by the renowned Peruvian chef Carlos Testino. 


The new hotel, which enjoys a privileged location in Miraflores - one of Lima’s most dynamic, picturesque and modern districts - puts the Pacific Ocean at its guests’ feet. Its 18 floors culminate in a rooftop featuring an infinity pool that offers stunning views of almost the entire city, giving visitors a panoramic and unmatched view of the ocean and spectacular sunsets.

About the Iberostar Group

The Iberostar Group is a 100% family-run, Spanish multinational company that boasts over 60 years’ experience in the tourism industry, with business origins dating back to 1877. Its main line of business is Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, whose portfolio includes over 100 four- and five-star hotels in 16 countries. The Group has become an international benchmark by promoting a more responsible tourism business model focused on caring for people and the environment. The Wave of Change movement reflects the company’s specific commitment to the environment and oceans, and its efforts to promote it among society at large.

With sustainability as the driving force behind the business, the company places the circular economy at the centre of its strategy and is working on its own 2030 Agenda, centred around not generating any waste by 2025, being carbon-emission neutral by 2030, being 100% responsible in its seafood supply chain by 2025 and improving the health of the ecosystems around its hotels, among other goals.

The Group is formed by a global team of over 34,500 people of 91 nationalities. Thanks to this talent, the company is a leader in quality and promotes a unique guest experience though the constant innovation of its products and commitment to digitalisation.
Learn more about us on iberostar.com.

September 29, 2021
Tourism HR Canada launches subsidy program for devastated tourism industry

“Propel” will help progressive employers looking to nurture talent and develop skills in all facets of the visitor economy: accommodations, food and beverage services, culinary, recreation, entertainment, culture, events, transportation, travel services, and more

Ottawa, ON—Tourism HR Canada is pleased to announce the launch of a federally funded student work placement program offering paid work-integrated learning opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector. Called Propel, the program offers Canadian tourism employers a wage subsidy of up to 75 per cent of a qualifying student’s wages, to a maximum of $7,500. 

Tourism employment in August had about 285,000 fewer workers than it did in the same month in 2019 according to Stats Canada's Labour Force Survey. There are more than 130,000 unfilled accommodations and food services jobs across the country. Propel offers progressive employers looking to nurture talent and develop skills a chance to rebuild their workforce lost during the pandemic.

“The number one challenge we’re seeing as we come out of the pandemic is a significantly decreased workforce,” stated Philip Mondor, president and CEO of Tourism HR Canada. “Propel is part of a long-term strategy to build back the tourism workforce. The program creates a direct link between students who have missed out on opportunities to get a foothold in the labour market and employers who, despite their best efforts, were not able to retain staff.”

Early Adopters See Program As A Key Strategy to Combating the Labour Shortage

Director of the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University, Frederic Dimanche, worries the next crisis is the labour gap that is being experienced in hospitality and tourism.

“The reputation of our sector has suffered and school enrolments are down. Proactive strategies such as Propel, with efficient and innovative partnerships between the public sector, schools and industry, are essential to succeed,” said Dimanche.

Early adopters of Propel include popular tourism businesses and schools including Accor, George Brown College, Ryerson University and Vancouver Community College.

“It’s been a devastating 18 months for hospitality, but the teamwork and spirit of entrepreneurship that has seen us through is truly inspiring. We are delighted to be part of an initiative that is helping our industry to win and build back stronger and better than before,” said Accor CEO North & Central America, Heather McCrory. “I started my career over 30 years ago in the laundry room at Accor’s Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and advanced through the business to now lead over 22,000 employees in more than 100 hotels across North and Central America. This program will help to find those passionate individuals who want to be part of an exciting future.”

About the Program

Funded by the Government of Canada through the Student Work Placement Program, Propel offers registered Canadian businesses, startups and not-for-profits related to the tourism and hospitality sector a wage subsidy of up to 75% of a qualifying student’s wages, to a maximum of $7,500. Students enrolled at a recognized post-secondary institution can apply for a paid position to fulfil the co-op or internship component of their program. The position being covered must be a work-integrated learning opportunity for a post-secondary student but can be accessed by businesses that cover all facets of the visitor economy: accommodations, food and beverage services, culinary, recreation, entertainment, culture, events, transportation, travel services, and more.

Benefits of the program ensure that students gain paid hands-on learning and mentoring in their field of study. Employers acquire much-needed early talent to help with the recovery of the industry, as well as assistance with wages after an 18-month stretch of little or no income. Post-secondary institutions complement their programming by connecting students and the workplace.

For more information on the Propel program please visit PropelCareers.ca.

About Tourism HR Canada:
Tourism HR Canada is a pan-Canadian organization with a mandate aimed at building a world-leading tourism workforce. It facilitates, coordinates, and enables human resource development activities that support a globally competitive and sustainable industry and foster the development of a dynamic and resilient workforce. The organization works with the industry to attract, train, and retain valuable tourism professionals by giving them the tools and resources they need to succeed in their careers and entrepreneurial endeavours. Details on the Propel Student Work Placement Program can be found at PropelCareers.ca.

September 27, 2021
Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism, Investments & Aviation Celebrates World Tourism Day

Nassau, Bahamas/CNW/—Marking the 41st annual World Tourism Day, The Islands of The Bahamas joins the United Nations World Tourism Organization and the Caribbean Tourism Organization in recognizing the tremendous social and economic impact tourism has on countless individuals around the world. After a year and a half of facing an unprecedented global pandemic, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation remains steadfast in its efforts to provide opportunities and resources to Bahamians across every island and cay to reap the benefits of tourism and is committed to achieving a bright future for The Bahamas and the Caribbean region.

"This year, World Tourism Day has been designated as a day to focus on inclusive growth through tourism, which is quite poignant," said Deputy Prime Minister The Honourable I. Chester Cooper, Bahamas Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation. "Like many Caribbean destinations, tourism is the heartbeat of The Bahamas and as we say, it is everyone's business. Our beaches are breathtaking, and the water is so clear you can see it from space, but that is not what defines us. Rather, it is every individual person who shapes The Bahamas experience and stands to benefit from tourism's success. I am committed to creating jobs and opportunities for all Bahamians and to help our great nation heal." 

As international travel restrictions begin to ease, spurred by an increase in vaccine accessibility, The Bahamas is well positioned for continued recovery. A rise in scheduled airlift combined with the return of the cruise industry is contributing to a positive increase in visitor numbers, leading to nearly 500,000 visitors over the first six months of the year. 

"While we have faced an uphill battle during these unprecedented times, we must stay focused and optimistic as the world begins to reopen," noted the Deputy Prime Minister. "I join with leaders throughout the Caribbean to elevate the importance of social inclusion, sustainability and smart destinations and businesses. Our beautiful country, and our beloved Caribbean region, will prosper again and continue to progress, as in the words of the motto of The Bahamas:  Forward, Upward, Onward, Together."

SOURCE The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation

September 27, 2021
MPI Sets Focus on Skills of Tomorrow with Eventwise Micro-Certificate Series

Dallas, TX—Recognizing that rapid changes and advancements in technology are radically changing the skills organizations need from employees, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has launched a revolutionary new education series designed to prepare its members and community for the events roles of tomorrow.

MPI’s new Eventwise micro certificate series will focus specifically on the human skills that employers, recruiters and hiring managers increasingly seek out, like creativity, emotional intelligence, persuasion and global competence.

“There is a reskilling imperative for our industry,” said Jessie States, Vice President of MPI Academy. “As meeting professionals seek to expand their understanding of how they play critical roles in KPI attainment and growth by powering portfolios of meetings that deliver on business value, it has become more critical than ever before to learn, hone and practice the skills necessary to become organizational strategists.”

Pre-pandemic, the World Economic Forum predicted that more than half of workers would require significant re- and upskilling by 2022, and while the global health emergency forced many meeting professionals to increase their proficiency in “tech fluency,” many haven’t considered how other future-ready skills are becoming increasingly critical for their roles and their businesses.

“The application or experience-based skills that have long served as the only measure by which we evaluate candidates in the job market is a thing of the past,” said Nancy Snowden, Manager of Educational Experiences for MPI. “Now more than ever, employers want to know your level of emotional intelligence, your fluency with technology, your sense of creativity and adaptability. The skills we have often set aside as ‘soft’ or ‘bonus’ are now forefront. Education like EventWISE is critical. We need to upskill our industry to be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.”

The Eventwise prospectus provides an offering of 15 micro-certificate courses interweaving discussion, collaboration, and critical education on the future skills necessary to be job-relevant and future-ready in the meeting and event industry. Upon the completion of 10 courses, students earn an Eventwise: Future-Ready Event Professional certificate.

About MPI
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. The organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals including 13,000 engaged members and its Plan Your Meetings audience. It has nearly 70 chapters and clubs with members in 75 countries. "When we meet, we change the world." www.mpi.org
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September 23, 2021
Business Travel Continues Slowed Recovery While Some Companies Consider New Travel Program Approaches

Latest GBTA poll shows Delta variant continues to cloud business travel industry sentiment and recovery, with signs that corporate travel managers are working in news ways

Alexandria, VA—Despite continuing to report an overall willingness and optimism for the return to business travel, business travel industry sentiment continues to waver, due to ongoing uncertainty around the Delta variant and other variants. However, indicators show companies and their corporate travel managers may be looking at new focus areas and ways of working for their business travel program. This is according to the latest poll from The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s largest business travel association and worldwide leader in education, research, networking, and advocacy for the industry.

This September poll is the 23rd in a series tracking the pulse of GBTA’s membership of global travel buyers, suppliers and other stakeholders on how the business travel industry overall is navigating the return to travel, post pandemic.

“It’s not a surprise that for a second consecutive month, travel industry buyers and suppliers continue to report ongoing caution around variants and travel restrictions as key factors impacting what would otherwise be a more accelerated return to business travel. The recent news regarding the opening up of the US to UK and EU business travelers will hopefully alleviate some of the concerns and give a needed boost to the business travel ecosystem through year-end. Additionally, we’re seeing early signs of new ways of thinking coming to corporate travel programs including the importance of closer collaboration with corporate travel managers and travel management companies,” said Suzanne Neufang, CEO, GBTA.

Here are some highlights from the September GBTA poll:

  • INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TRAVEL REMAINS STALLED, DOMESTIC STAYS CONSISTENT. In line with August poll results, respondents in September report non-essential domestic business travel (61%) is more frequently allowed than non-essential international business travel (34%).
    Additionally, the Delta variant / other variants continue to delay the resumption of non-essential domestic and international business travel. Of the GBTA buyer members and contacts whose companies “never” or “rarely” allow non-essential business travel, eight in 10 report their company is likely to delay the resumption of non-essential domestic (81%) and international (80%) business travel due to the Delta variant / other variants.
  • BUSINESS TRAVELERS ARE STILL READY TO GO. Consistent across the past three months, GBTA buyers feel their employees are “willing” or “very willing” to travel for business in the current environment, as reported by 68% in the September poll.
  • FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE. One in five (22%) travel supplier and travel management company respondents report they feel more optimistic compared to a month ago, versus 15% in the August poll. However, one in four (27%) say they feel more pessimistic about the industry’s path to recovery, compared to 39% in the August poll. Almost half (51%) say they feel the same.
  • WHO TESTS? WHO PAYS? Most companies report they do not require COVID-19 tests before or after employees travel for business, to attend a meeting or event, or return to the office, regardless of the employee’s vaccination status. In the U.S., 73% reported not requiring testing. In Europe 67% do not require testing and 39% in Canada, although it’s important to factor in national healthcare policies versus company policies when considering testing requirements in various countries. Of those who note their company requires COVID-19 tests, most (60%) say their company fully pays or reimburses for the cost.
  • MORE RESTRICTIONS DUE TO DELTA? Consistent with August findings, few respondents say their company has introduced new restrictions on non-essential business travel at this point on non-essential business travel due to the Delta/other variants. Half (51%) report their company is unlikely to introduce new restrictions, and only one in four (23%) report their company has introduced new restrictions.
  • CHANGING TIMES, CHANGING ROLE. In September, six in 10 travel (66%) report due to the pandemic, their roles as buyers and procurement professionals at companies has changed “slightly” to “a lot.” This includes:
    • collaborating more closely with other departments (71%) such as Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Risk Management or other teams
    • elevating duty of care as a higher priority in the company (70%)
    • developing new approaches or revisions to current corporate travel guidelines (69%)
    • serving on new cross-department committees or task forces (44%)
    • incorporating or prioritizing more sustainability policies in the company’s travel program (40%). When it came to sustainability policies, respondents based in Europe (55%) are more likely than in North America (35%) to say this focus is now more part of their role than before the pandemic.

Among travel buyers and procurement professionals, many report they spend “more” or “much more” time than before the pandemic collaborating with other company stakeholders, particularly Security/Risk Management (66%), Human Resources (51%) and Senior Management/C-suite (46%).

  • CALLING ON BUSINESS TRAVEL EXPERTISE. Even with business travel down from years prior due to COVID-19, more than one-third (37%) of travel buyers and procurement professionals say they are “more” or “much more” reliant now on their travel management company (TMC) than they were before the pandemic.
  • BUSINESS TRAVEL’S VALUE. Two in five (41%) GBTA members and stakeholders report their company has re-evaluated the return on investment for business travel in terms of its importance and value. Among those who report their company is currently re-evaluating, top areas include increased emphasis on traveler wellbeing and safety (56%); increased use of hybrid meetings (combined in-person and virtual) (52%); Reduced travel for internal collaboration meetings (49%) and reduction in overall travel costs (48%).

You can view details and key highlights from GBTA’s September 2021 poll as well as the entire poll series here.

Methodology:
GBTA conducted a poll of its members and other industry stakeholders across the globe from September 7-16, 2021. A total of 606 responses were received.

About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world"s largest business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations across four continents. GBTA"s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth, visit www.gbta.org.

September 23, 2021
AC Hotels by Marriott® Debuts in the Dominican Republic with the Opening of AC Punta Cana

The Design-Driven Hotel Brings the Brand's European Style to the Heart of Punta Cana

AC Hotels by Marriott®, the design-led lifestyle brand part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, announces the opening of the 129-room AC Hotel by Marriott Punta Cana. With open and multifunctional public spaces, guests are invited to experience a hotel in the center of one of the most important tourist and corporate destinations in the Caribbean.

"With a picture-perfect location, the first AC Hotel in the Dominican Republic offers visitors elegant and purposefully designed spaces, modern rooms and a refined culinary experience,” said Jeff Tomczek, Vice President & Global Brand Leader, Distinctive Select Brands. “We’ve created an ideal environment to become a benchmark in hospitality for Punta Cana and throughout the country, which will allow discerning travelers to live life by design with everything they need and nothing they don’t."

The culture and rich history of the Dominican Republic served as inspiration for the hotel, defining it as a relaxed, upscale option in the city. The hotel's design features subtle nods to Caribbean nature and culture, including coffee accessories, local crafts, ceramics, and ornaments. In addition, the hotel’s dedication to the creative community will be reflected in its programming with local artists of various genres showcasing the beauty of the destination with their interpretations.

Located just 15 minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) in the San Juan Shopping Center, the new hotel embodies the AC Hotels brand ethos to curate an effortless experience that offers only the best of what guests truly need with no unwanted extras, focusing on the increasingly growing trend of "bleisure travel."

The brand's signature offerings include the Spanish-inspired AC Kitchen, open for breakfast, dinner and brunch on weekends. Guests are welcomed into a sophisticated atmosphere with contemporary design featuring natural tones, richly textured finishes and carefully selected pieces. The signature AC Lounge® offers expertly made cocktails including a locally inspired gin tonic, local craft beers, and an elevated wine program. Tapas-style small bites complete the food menu in a comfortable and elegant atmosphere.

Guest can savor their refreshments outdoors on the terrace featuring an infinity pool with a children's area for family gatherings, outfitted with cabanas and lounge chairs. The terrace offers a selection of food, drink and entertainment from sunrise to sunset for hotel guests and will offer a weekly schedule that includes music and social events.

The AC Punta Cana hotel offers more than 700 square feet of flexible meeting space and two smaller meeting rooms that provide event attendees with the perfect setup for brainstorming sessions and strategies. A beautiful outdoor lawn with 3,480 square feet of outdoor space provides a picturesque backdrop for any social or professional event. The hotel also includes a signature AC Library, an open space designed for individual or groups to study, think and connect with creative ideas.

The AC Punta Cana makes its debut in the Dominican Republic through the investment group EGI Business Group and will be operated by Highgate.

About AC Hotels by Marriott®
AC Hotels includes over 190 hotels in more than 27 countries and territories. At AC Hotels, every moment has been designed, refined, crafted, and considered to create a seamless guest experience. Each AC Hotel features purposefully designed signature spaces that strike the perfect balance of form and function. Most notably, the AC Lounge® invites guests and locals alike to collaborate during the day, or to enjoy signature cocktails and tapas in the evening. The AC Kitchen offers a European-inspired breakfast each morning. All AC guest rooms and public spaces evoke a particular sophistication, featuring sleek furnishings, curated artwork, and intuitive technology. The brand is dedicated to the details that matter most to guests during their travels with a mission to deliver The Perfectly Precise Hotel™ experience. For more information, visit www.ac-hotels.com and follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. AC Hotels is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments, and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.com.

About Highgate
Highgate is a leading hospitality and real estate investment management company widely recognized as an industry innovator. Highgate is the dominant player in major US gateway cities, including New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco, and Honolulu, with a growing presence in the Caribbean and Latin America. The hotel company offers expert guidance throughout all stages of the property cycle, from planning and development to recapitalization or disposition. Highgate has a proven track record in developing its diverse portfolio of bespoke lifestyle hotel brands, legacy brands, and independent hotels and resorts with contemporary programming and digital acumen. The company uses industry-leading revenue management tools that efficiently identify and predict evolving market dynamics to drive superior performance and maximize asset value. With an executive team made up of some of the most experienced hospitality management leaders, the company is a trusted partner for major owner groups and major hotel brands. Highgate has corporate offices in New York, Dallas, London, Miami, Seattle, and Waikiki. www.highgate.com.

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September 21, 2021
Global Business Travel Association Canada Looks Forward to Working with New Federal Government

Encourages New Government to Simplify Business Travel as Pandemic Evolves

Toronto, ON—Today, the Global Business Travel Association Canada (GBTA Canada) congratulated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on forming Canada’s new Federal government. GBTA Canada also commended the other party leaders, candidates and volunteers for their effort in this historic election.

“GBTA Canada congratulates Prime Minister Trudeau on forming Canada’s new Federal government and looks forward to working with all parliamentarians to support business travel and capture all the benefits that this activity brings to Canadians,” said Nancy Tudorache, Regional Vice President, Canada of GBTA. “Advancing policies that facilitate business travel not only drives commerce and trade, it also contributes to our national prosperity and that is something everyone can support as we climb out of this pandemic.”

According to GBTA Canada data, the pandemic and associated travel restrictions at the height of the pandemic, resulted in nearly a 90%, decrease in business travel that negatively impacted 600,000 jobs and reduced spending in Canada by $2.9 billion (CAD) per month. GBTA Canada encourages the new government to focus on the challenges the sector continues to face as a result of the pandemic. Some examples of the challenges the sector is currently facing include the lack of a clear and simple vaccination certification program, one that is interoperable provincially and internationally, as already in place in many countries around the world.  In addition, the lack of resources at borders making entry into Canada at some Canadian airports a multi-hour process. Ongoing border restrictions at US-Canadian land crossings also represent serious challenges to the resumption of cross-border business opportunities.

“Business travel is about making and strengthening connections, growing careers, doing deals, fostering client relationships, engaging employees, growing businesses, and stimulating economies. Whether it be a corporate meeting in Toronto, visiting an oil site Alberta or meeting with retail locations across the country, these missed opportunities represent a significant loss to the national economy in terms of tax revenue.” Tudorache added, “Our mission is to help restore and improve these interactions by reducing the obstacles to business travel.”

The Global Business Travel Association Canada recognizes that the pandemic is not over and is aware that the Delta variant is a serious concern to public health across the country. GBTA Canada is committed to working with public leaders to develop safe policies that will simplify domestic and international business travel in order to fulfill its role as an economic enabler for Canadian individuals and businesses.

About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world"s largest business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations across four continents. GBTA"s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth, visit www.gbta.org.

September 21, 2021
Atlific Achieves Top Accolade for Global Design Best Project Award From Connect 2020 Marriott® Select Brands Owner and Franchise Awards

Toronto–Atlific Hotels is proud to announce that it has been recognized as the Global Design Best Project CONNECT 2020 award winner from Marriott International.

The Global Design Best Project Award recognizes the top project completed for each Marriott® Select Brand, based on design, cooperation, participation and process. Atlific, along with owners QuadReal Property Group were bestowed the award for their 2018-2019 collaboration on Atlific’s managed property, Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Beltline District. The award was received on July 23, 2021.

“We are very pleased to receive this honour on behalf of the Quadreal Property Group and Atlific Hotels.” said Philippe Gadbois, Senior Vice President, Operations. “It is a fantastic testament to the pride we put into our collaborative partnerships to ensure delivery of the best possible experiences for our guests.”

Atlific and QuadReal opened the hotel on March 1, 2019, in one of Calgary’s most dynamic neighbourhoods, the Beltline District. Built on the site of Calgary’s historic Alberta Boot Company, Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Beltline District pays homage to the city’s cowboy roots. The hotel allows guests to make the most of their stay with proximity to top attractions, including the Calgary Tower and the Scotiabank Saddledome. Walk to local downtown spots or hop on the CTrain, just one block away, and explore nearby restaurants and shops. Offering a full kitchen in each suite, complimentary breakfast and grocery delivery, free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour, two-story fitness centre, a stay at the property makes each day in Calgary feel effortless. For more information and to book a stay, please visit the hotel website.

ABOUT ATLIFIC HOTELS
Atlific Hotels is one of the leading hotel management companies in Canada operating over 45 hotels with offices in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Atlific Hotels has over 60 years of experience managing well-known Canadian hotels, resorts, and extended stay properties.

The company has built a reputation for offering comprehensive accounting reporting, information technology solutions and support, strategic revenue-generating sales and marketing plans, and award-winning revenue management programs. Atlific Hotels’ parent company, Ocean Properties Ltd., owns and operates over 100 hotels throughout the United States. Together they make up the fifth largest privately-owned hotel management company in North America, operating independent hotels and resorts as well as internationally recognized hotel brands such as Marriott, IHG and Hilton. For more information, please visit www.atlific.com.

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September 21, 2021
Events Industry Council launches first phase of its Equity Acceleration Plan

Today (21st September 2021) the Events Industry Council (EIC), the global voice of the business events industry on advocacy, research, professional recognition and standards, has launched the first phase of its landmark Equity Acceleration Plan.

This first phase will focus on establishing a benchmark by which to measure progress for the industry through a survey to determine the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the workplace across the events industry. The results of this benchmark will inform the development of tools, resources and recommendations in the subsequent phases on the Equity Acceleration Plan, which aims to provide a framework to turn our vision to action and lead the challenge against discrimination and systemic racism in the events industry.

The survey will give respondents the opportunity to share some of their personal experiences and opinions on what is needed to improve the sector. The gathering of these insights globally is the critical first phase of EIC’s Equity Acceleration Plan.

The findings will be used as the basis for a report and a series of specially created educational courses, tools and resources to support the industry in its shared goal of a more diverse and inclusive future. The Equity Acceleration Plan is part of EIC’s Centre for Sustainability & Social Impact and is a long-term project that will regularly measure the impact of interventions and make recommendations for further work.  

Amy Calvert, CEO of EIC said: “With over 10.3 million direct jobs and over 1.5 billion participants in our sector*, and as the industry that at its heart fosters human connection and collaborations, we have the opportunity and responsibility to be a catalyst for meaningful and measurable change. The Equity Acceleration Plan will enable us to support event professionals to create more diverse and inclusive environments, develop career pathways, and ensure representation in leadership and supply chains by providing the learning and resources intended to reach and support our community.”

Jason Dunn Sr., Co-Chair of EIC Equity Task Force, Immediate Past Board Chairman, National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals, and Vice President, Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, said: “I believe that tourism empowers communities and that business events can be a driver for change. This survey is an important step toward emboldening our global industry to lead and be an example of how to move the moral compass of DE&I to the centre of everything we do. I’m looking forward to seeing the results and to working with the EIC Equity Task Force to create what will be incredibly valuable guidance and resources for event professionals.”

Mark Cooper, CEO of IACC and 2021 Chair of the Board of the Events Industry Council (EIC), said: “We encourage our global community to openly share their experiences and insights so that the Events Industry Council can create the resources and support necessary to drive genuine long-term change.” 

The survey takes just 10 minutes to complete and uses an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered chatbot from Culturelytics to make completion easier and more efficient. To take part visit https://kaiwa.culturelytics.ai/EIC/. The survey will close on 15th October 2021. 

The survey has been generously supported and sponsored by a number of leading organisations including ASAE, Collinson Media, Discover Puerto Rico, Disney Meetings & Events, IAEE, Liberty Mutual, Louisville Tourism, Marriott, PCMA, SearchWide Global, Simpleview, US Travel and VisitScotland Business Events.

For more information on the Events Industry Council, visit: https://www.eventscouncil.org/.

September 15, 2021
Cabot Cape Breton Voted Best Canadian Hotel In Hemispheres Magazine's 2021 Readers' Choice Awards

Toronto/CNW/—Cabot Cape Breton, located on over a mile of sandy beach along the coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, has tied for Best Canadian Hotel with Fairmont Banff Springs in Hemispheres magazine's 2021 Readers' Choice Awards.

The magazine's second-annual Readers' Choice Awards recognizes the world's top hotels, resorts, destinations, cities, and more, based on the results of a 2021 reader survey. The awards are a trusted source of travel inspiration as readers once again embark on long-awaited trips around the globe. The award-winning in-flight magazine for United Airlines, Hemispheres covers travel, fashion, technology, entertainment and more. Full results are available online here, and winners are featured in the September issue of Hemispheres, out now.

"We are honoured to be voted the best Canadian hotel by travelers from around the world," said Ben Cowan-Dewar, CEO and Co-founder of Cabot. "This recognition is a testament to our dedicated team, who are committed to delivering exceptional service and helping guests create memories that will last a lifetime."

Cabot Cape Breton has garnered international acclaim as one of the premier vacation destinations in the world and offers one of the best golf resort experiences in North America. The resort includes a charming 72-room lodge with ocean views from every room, 19 stunning golf villas, two dynamic golf courses that rank among the world's best, a newly opened 10-hole short course and exquisite dining in three on-site restaurants. The Cabot portfolio also includes the 400-acre Cabot Saint Lucia resort community in development on the northern tip of Saint Lucia and newly launched Cabot Revelstoke in British Columbia.

For reservations, visit www.cabotcapebreton.com or call 855-652-2268.

About Cabot Cape Breton:
Located on over a mile of sandy beach near the world-renowned Cabot Trail, Cabot Cape Breton is the perfect island escape for social distancing and outdoor adventures. The resort includes two golf courses ranked No. 1 and No. 3 Best Golf Courses in Canada from ScoreGolf. Further solidifying its reputation, the resort was also named one of the Top 10 Resort Hotels in Canada in Travel + Leisure's 2020 World's Best Awards. Exciting enhancements for the 2021 season include new real estate offerings, curated outdoor experiences, and the opening of The Nest, the highly anticipated par-3, 10-hole short course from Whitman, Axland & Cutten. All guestrooms feature ocean views with nightly rates starting at $330. For more information, visit www.cabotcapebreton.com.

About Cabot:
Cabot is the developer and operator of a diverse collection of residential, resort, golf club and master-planned communities. The portfolio includes the award-winning Cabot Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, the Cabot Saint Lucia resort community in development on the northern tip of Saint Lucia and newly launched Cabot Revelstoke in British Columbia. Cabot continues to build upon a legacy of excellence in golf, luxury residential offerings and boutique resort lifestyle across each unique property, where owners and guests have exclusive access to destination specific experiences and an unparalleled quality of service.

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