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June 30, 2022
Calgary Stampede to make full-scale come-back with major funding from the Government of Canada; four other tourism experiences in southern Alberta to benefit from federal investments

PrairiesCan Minister Daniel Vandal announced nearly $12 million to support the return of a full-scale 2022 Calgary Stampede and new or enhanced tourism experiences that attract visitors and support quality jobs in southern Alberta

Calgary, AB/CNW/—Calgary is a globally renowned tourism destination that supports a resilient Alberta economy. In addition to its outstanding urban experiences and attractions, the city is a launching point for domestic and international visitors wanting to explore the southern ranges of Canada's Rocky Mountains, Alberta's Badlands, the Cowboy Trail, and enjoy western hospitality at other southern Alberta attractions. The city is also home to the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", the Calgary Stampede; the famed summer rodeo, exhibition and festival that takes place across Calgary for 10 days every July.

Today, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan, announced a federal investment of more than $10.1 million to support a full-scale Stampede in delivering authentic western experiences, while representing Calgary's unique community spirit, and attracting visitors from Canada and abroad to the region to experience Western hospitality.

PrairiesCan is delivering $10 million through the Government of Canada's Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative to help the 2022 Calgary Stampede bounce back stronger after a scaled-down 2021 event. An additional $150,000 through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund will support adaptions to the BMO Centre and training for staff that enables the facility to exceed health and safety protocols. The total federal investment of $10.15 million through PrairiesCan will enable this year's Stampede to reignite Alberta's visitor economy, attract visitors to explore southern Alberta, and spur economic benefits for the region.  

In addition, PrairiesCan is providing $1,832,500 through the Tourism Relief Fund to support four tourism projects in southern Alberta. This funding will help tourism organizations and attractions to create new experiences, or reimagine existing ones that draw visitors and position Alberta's tourism economy for long-term growth.

In total, PrairiesCan is investing more than $11.98 million to support a strong recovery for southern Alberta's tourism industry. This investment is expected to help create or maintain more than 1,600 jobs and attract more than 1.13 million domestic and international visitors to Alberta over the next several years.

Quotes
"Festivals large and small were hard hit during the pandemic. They are events where families and friends come together, and take in the exciting atmosphere. The tourism industry is facing a strong comeback providing quality jobs across the country, showcasing stunning landscapes and offering exciting experiences right here in Alberta. Through today's investments in the Calgary Stampede and attractions in southern Alberta, our government is helping tourism operators to reimagine existing experiences and create new ones attracting more visitors from Canada and abroad to experience what Alberta has to offer."

-     The Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister responsible for PrairiesCan 

"The hospitality of Albertans is world famous. Our tourism partners are at the heart of Canada's economic recovery, and today's announcement will welcome back tourists for the summer season with engaging tourism experiences in Calgary including another incredible Stampede celebration."

-     The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance

"The Calgary Stampede is a proud reflection of our city's community spirit and resiliency. Today's funding will help ensure the Stampede remains at the heart of our city's tourism sector by supporting the return to a full-scale event that draws tourists to our city and generates economic activity for local businesses."

-     George Chahal, MP for Calgary Skyview

"A year-round district which not only hosts the greatest outdoor show on earth, but also serves as a cultural and economic venue 365 days a year, the Stampede plays a critical role in our city's travel and tourism sector. The investment announced today supports the vision of continuing to build a best-in-class venue that adeptly hosts visitors and residents alike as we continue on our path of economic recovery." 

-     Jyoti Gondek, Mayor, City of Calgary

"We are grateful to the Government of Canada for recognizing the cultural importance of the Calgary Stampede and our positive economic impact on the tourism industry in the Calgary region. As we emerge from a challenging two years to be Together Again, Stampede 2022 will help contribute to the economic recovery by creating jobs and filling restaurants, hotel rooms, taxis and rideshares. We look forward to using today's investment to further enhance our experience offerings for guests coming from here and around the world as we continue to put on The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth."  

-     Steve McDonough, President & Chairman of the Board, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Ltd.

"We're grateful for funding that recognizes the importance of the tourism industry and helps as we build back from the impacts of the pandemic. It will be an immense help as we grow tourism-related experiences and create an amazing digital library of photos and videos to showcase Calgary and all it has to offer. This funding also provides resources that will help us elevate and expand Chinook Blast - a new anchor festival for the city."  

-     Cindy Ady, CEO, Tourism Calgary

"Innovation Crossing is an opportunity for guests to discover how the history of energy can help us navigate the present and future of energy. Today's announcement supports our vision to use immersive experiences to spark a connection to Alberta's energy history in context of today's society. By doing so we can broaden the possibilities of what Alberta's story will be."

-      Lindsey Galloway, President and CEO of Heritage Park

Quick facts
The Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative funds major Canadian festivals and events hit hard by the economic impacts of COVID-19 to adapt and enhance their activities as the economy recovers.

  • The Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) helps tourism businesses and organizations adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services facilitating their future growth.
  • The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides assistance to businesses and communities that may require additional support to cope with and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Today's announcement complements the $17.5 million in federal funding announced May 24, 2022 to support tourism initiatives in Alberta.

Backgrounder
Funding includes more than $10.1 million to support a full-scale 2022 Calgary Stampede and more than $1.8 million to enhance tourism experiences to attract more visitors to Alberta

The Government of Canada is providing $10.15 million to Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited to support a full-scale 2022 Calgary Stampede that delivers authentic western experiences and attracts visitors from Canada and abroad to Alberta. In addition, PrairiesCan is investing more than $1.8 million to support four tourism organizations and attractions in southern Alberta to launch new or enhanced experiences. Combined, this investment of nearly $12 million will help drive Alberta's economy forward, support tourism businesses, and ensure a resilient Alberta tourism sector.

Funding for these projects is through the Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative (MFESI), the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) and the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF).

Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative
The MFESI supports major Canadian festivals and events hit hard by the economic impacts of COVID-19, to adapt and enhance their activities as the economy recovers. One Alberta MFESI recipient receiving funding through PrairiesCan announced today is:

  • Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited ($10,000,000)
    Support activities for the continued operations and enhancement of the Calgary Stampede, including COVID-19 adaptation measures, website upgrades, and reconstruction of the grandstand.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

As part of Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the RRRF is assisting businesses and organizations across Canada to mitigate financial pressures caused by the pandemic. Through the RRRF, the Government of Canada is providing over $2 billion to help keep people employed, and to sustain employers for recovery. One quarter of the RRRF is targeted to support the tourism sector. One Alberta RRRF recipient receiving funding through PrairiesCan announced today is:

  • Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited ($150,000)
    Support COVID-19 adaptations to the BMO Centre and administer training that enables the facility to meet and exceed health and safety protocols, including the adoption of touchless technology and bio-risk cleaning management accreditation.

Tourism Relief Fund
Launched in July 2021, the TRF helps organizations and businesses in the tourism sector adapt their operations to meet public health requirements and offer new or enhanced innovative products and services to help the sector attract more domestic and international visitors and prepare for future growth. Four Alberta TRF projects receiving funding through PrairiesCan announced today are:

  • Charmed Resorts Inc., Charmed Playhouses Inc., Charmed Brands Inc. ($500,000)
    Introduce eight fairy tale themed ''glamping'' cottages in Crowsnest Pass to expand the region's unique accommodation offerings and attract more visitors to the area.
  • Cochrane Tourism Association ($32,500)
    Deliver a Tourism Product Mentorship Program to a maximum of 12 local businesses within the Town of Cochrane to guide and mentor them through the process of developing and implementing new tourism product offerings.
  • Heritage Park Society ($500,000)
    Create two new digital exhibits that highlight the history of Alberta's energy sector at Innovation Crossing, the new natural resources building within Heritage Park.
  • Tourism Calgary - Calgary Convention & Visitors Bureau ($800,000)
    Enhance Calgary's tourism recovery by supporting the 2022 Chinook Blast winter festival and the creation of a digital asset library that is accessible to tourism operators promoting tourism experiences in the Calgary area.

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June 29, 2022
Companies Should Be Rethinking Their Business Travel Programs For A New Era, According to New Research

Ground transportation, sustainability, bleisure travel and meal options are just a few of the considerations, according to a new study from Uber for Business and GBTA

Alexandria, VA—Business travelers are taking to the roads and the skies again, but are corporate travel programs and policies keeping up with the way business travel happens now? With corporate travel and in-person meetings increasingly returning, businesses need to be thoughtful about how they’re implementing – or re-implementing – their travel programs, especially when it comes to their ground transportation.

That’s the premise behind a first-ever ground transportation report – “The Corporate Travel Comeback: The Evolution of Ground Transportation and Other Trending Business Travel Topics” – which is based on a quantitative survey of corporate travel managers across the U.S. and Canada. From Uber for Business, Uber’s enterprise arm, and the Global Business Travel Association, the world’s largest association representing the pre-pandemic $1.4 trillion global business travel industry, the report uncovers pressing concerns and considerations from travel managers at some of the world’s biggest companies.

“Corporate travel is on the rise. Uber saw airport rides represent 13% of Mobility Gross Bookings in Q1 2022, growing 166% from the past year,” said Susan Anderson, Global Head of Uber for Business. “As more and more companies shift to in-person and hybrid work flows, it’s important that businesses reimagine their travel programs and policies, so that they’re tailored to this new era of business that we’re operating in. Our hope is that this report’s findings can provide travel managers and others in the business travel space with the insights and data they need in order to roll out seamless and efficient travel programs that outpace the requirements of a changing world.”

The report finds that travel managers emerging from the pandemic are laser-focused on a few key considerations when it comes to evolving business travel programs at their companies: traveler safety, policy compliance, and sustainability. Compared to two years ago, 75% of employers are more focused on traveler safety/well-being, 55% are more focused on sustainability/social responsibility, and 53% are more focused on travel policy compliance/enforcement.

“As we’ve moved through the pandemic, business travel and travelers have changed and therefore company travel programs must evolve accordingly. This research puts a spotlight on some of the important and thoughtful considerations happening across companies and corporate travel departments when it comes to serving employees traveling for business moving forward,” said Suzanne Neufang, CEO of GBTA.

Getting business travelers from Point A to B and everywhere in between

When thinking about their company’s current approach to managing ground transportation, survey respondents identified some of the top strengths of their travel programs – as well as notable areas for improvement.

  • Rideshare and rental cars top the list. Most travel managers say their company’s employees “frequently” use rental cars (82%) and rideshare apps (70%) on work trips, but fewer than half (48%) say employees frequently use taxis.
  • Going premium. Most travel policies at least sometimes allow chauffeured transportation/black car service (74%), premium ridesharing (68%), and premium/luxury rental cars (51%). Roughly one-third say their company’s employees “sometimes” or frequently” use chauffeured transportation (36%) or premium ridesharing (30%).
  • Half of travel programs (49%) currently have a business account with a rideshare platform and one-third (35%) would consider it. The most important features cited by travel managers were reporting (76%), integration with expense platforms (69%), and ability to apply company policies (62%).

Evolving business travel for people and the planet – despite the cost

  • Making sustainability a priority. An overwhelming majority (84%) say sustainability is at least somewhat important in the design of their company’s travel program, with 50% saying it is very or extremely important.
  • Of the companies surveyed, 73% are tracking or considering setting up tracking ground transportation sustainability efforts.
  • Even though travel programs prioritize sustainability, not all are willing to incur significant additional cost in order to achieve more sustainable outcomes. Only 6% of respondents say their company currently allows employees to spend more on sustainable travel options, and an additional one-quarter (26%) are considering allowing employees to spend more.

Work meets play, but how does travel policy follow?

  • Business and leisure, better together. Ninety percent of respondents say employees are more (30%) or equally as interested (60%) in bleisure travel – adding vacation days to their work trips – compared to pre-pandemic times. And although 36% say their company’s travel policy expressly allows bleisure trips, 49% their policy does not, but employees are often allowed to take these trips in practice.

A business traveler has to eat – but what are the rules now?

  • Inflation’s impact on meals. Meal prices are rising because of high inflation. While almost one-third of respondents (29%) say their company has raised its spending limit or per diem for meals, a larger number (56%) say these are unchanged from last fiscal or calendar year.
  • Food delivery is here to stay. More than half (55%) of travel managers say their company’s employees at least sometimes use food delivery apps on business trips and 32% expect employees to use them more than they do today.
  • Most travel programs (52%) already have or would consider having a business account with a food delivery platform. Features important to travel managers are integration with expense software (74%), reporting (72%), ability to order group meals (66%), and ability to apply company policies (64%).

The Uber For Business/GBTA survey was fielded April 18-27, 2022, among GBTA members and industry stakeholders in the U.S. and Canada who are involved with managing or procuring travel on behalf of their company and resulted in 202 responses. GBTA members can download a full copy of the research report on the GBTA Hub or visit the Uber for Business website.

Source: GBTA

June 28, 2022
Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable Calls on Federal Government to Cease Mandatory Random Testing and the Removal of Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions

Ottawa, ON/CNW/—The Canadian Travel & Tourism Roundtable ("The Roundtable") is calling on the federal government to avoid reintroducing testing at airports and lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions on travel.

Three weeks ago, to aid the flow of passengers at 'Canada's airports, the federal government announced a pause on Mandatory Random Testing through to June 30, 2022. Removing the entire testing process from airports will ease the passenger experience, particularly once staffing issues with third-party agencies have been dealt with. Later this week, the federal government's "pause" of several COVID-19 restrictions relating to testing expires; it is critical that the government not allow these restrictions to come back into force and push the sector backwards. The Roundtable calls on the federal government to follow the overwhelming science and evidence and further lift COVID-19 restrictions plaguing Canada's tourism sector and negatively impacting Canadian and international passengers.

Specifically, the Roundtable is advocating for:

  1. Removing COVID-19 testing out of the travel environment and consider other ways to assess community spread, such as community wastewater testing for tracking future variants;
  2. Permanently lift the vaccine requirement for travel for both domestic and international travellers in addition to workers in the sector; and
  3. Streamline the ArriveCan application and use it solely as a pre-entry declaration system to digitize border processing.

As a measure of good faith, the Roundtable requests that the federal government meet with the Roundtable members in July to discuss government and industry jointly developing a contingency response plan for the fall. Working together, we can ensure that future measures are rooted in science and can be implemented without unnecessarily impacting Canadians, workers and our sector.

Leftover COVID-19 measures negatively impact the passenger experience at Canada's border and limit the sector's ability to recover after more than two years of shutdowns and restrictions. As the government looks to rebuild the Canadian economy and protect the health and safety of Canadians, there are no scientific reasons that the travel economy should be treated differently than any other sector, as confirmed by officials at the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Canada's travel and tourism sector is facing major challenges caused in part by the significant underperformance of government and third-party service providers and labour shortages; Canadians cannot access passports, the wait time for NEXUS applications is unmanageable, CATSA, CBSA, and NAV Canada staffing is insufficient, and the sector is plagued with untenable policies that are not rooted in science. The Roundtable acknowledges the government's recent establishment of the Cabinet Task Force on Government Services to review some of these issues. We would like service level standards and timelines communicated to industry and the travelling public to ensure swift action and improvements to the travel process.

"Our industry calls on the federal government to support Canadians looking to travel after two years of a pandemic. This means permanently lifting the remaining COVID-19 restrictions hindering our sector's recovery," said Beth Potter, President & CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.

About the Canadian Tourism Roundtable
The Canadian Tourism Roundtable is a cross-Canadian coalition of leaders in the tourism and travel sector – including representatives from airports, airlines, hotels, and chambers of commerce across the country – committed to working together to restart the sector smoothly and safely. Travel and Tourism is a $105 billion sector, employing millions of Canadians across the country and accounting for 2.1% of the country's gross domestic product. It advocates for a safe and prosperous tourism and travel sector across Canada.

SOURCE Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable

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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Connor Whitworth, connor.whitworth@teneo.com

June 28, 2022
Lynx Air's Inaugural Flight From St. John's Takes Off

Canada's new ultra-affordable airline is celebrating its arrival in St. John's with a seat sale

St. John’s, NB/CNW/—Lynx Air's (Lynx) first flight from St. John's International Airport will take to the skies today, marking the commencement of twice-weekly return service between St. John's and Toronto Pearson International Airport. As of July 14, 2022, the St. John's-Toronto service will increase to daily and will add Edmonton and Calgary to its network.

Starting July 14, the airline will be flying 14 flights a week in and out of St. John's, equating to 2,646 seats per week. The Edmonton and Calgary services will operate as through-flight services to St. John's via Toronto, providing a seamless service with a single boarding pass, no deplaning in Toronto and the ability to check bags through to St. John's. 

To celebrate Lynx's inaugural flight to St. John's, the airline has launched a limited-time seat sale, offering up to 50 per cent off all base fares to and from St. John's. The sale will start on June 28, 2022 and end at 11:59p.m. NDT on June 30, 2022. For complete sale details and to book an ultra-affordable fare, please visit FlyLynx.com.

"It's been a busy couple of months for Canada's newest airline, and with today's addition of St. John's, Lynx is proud to make air travel accessible across Canada," said Merren McArthur, CEO of Lynx Air.  "Whether you are travelling to connect with friends and family or to explore the dramatic fjords and pristine marine reserves of Newfoundland and Labrador, Lynx ensures a great flying experience at an ultra-affordable price."

"We are delighted to have Lynx Air as our newest airline partner," said Peter Avery, Chief Executive Officer of St. John's International Airport Authority. "This added capacity to Ontario and the through-flights to Alberta, a province deeply connected to Newfoundland and Labrador, is arriving at the perfect time as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians celebrate the Come Home Year."

Canada's new ultra-affordable airline is on a mission to make air travel accessible to all Canadians, and in keeping with that mission, Lynx is offering fares to St. John's from as low as $109* one-way. Lynx's network spans 10 destinations across Canada, including Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto Pearson, Hamilton, Halifax and St. John's. The airline operates a fleet of brand-new, fuel-efficient Boeing 737 aircraft and plans to grow its fleet to more than 46 aircraft over the next five to seven years.

Lynx's full flight schedule includes:

Round Trip Market

Service Starts

Weekly Frequencies

Calgary, AB to Vancouver, BC

April 7, 2022

14x

Calgary, AB to Toronto, ON

April 11, 2022


12x

Vancouver, BC to Kelowna, BC

April 15, 2022

2x

Calgary, AB to Kelowna, BC

April 15, 2022

2x
3x (from June 29)

Calgary, AB to Winnipeg, MB

April 19, 2022

4x

Vancouver, BC to Winnipeg, MB

April 19, 2022

2x

Vancouver, BC to Toronto, ON

April 28, 2022

7x

Toronto, ON to Winnipeg, MB

May 5, 2022

2x

Calgary, AB to Victoria, BC

May 12, 2022

2x
3x (from June 29)

Toronto, ON to St. John's, NL

June 28, 2022

2x
7x (from July 14)

Calgary, AB to Hamilton, ON

June 29, 2022

2x
4x (from July 29)

Hamilton, ON to Halifax, NS

June 29, 2022

2x

Toronto, ON to Halifax, NS

June 30, 2022

3x
5x (from July 30)

Edmonton, AB to Toronto, ON

July 14, 2022

5x

7x (from July 30)

Edmonton, AB to St John's, NL**

July 14, 2022

5x

Calgary, AB to Halifax, NS **

July 14, 2022

5x

Calgary, AB to St John's, NL**

July 16, 2022

2x

Edmonton, AB to Halifax, NS**

July 30, 2022

2x

Please note that dates are subject to change. Visit the website for full schedule details.

* Available for a limited time; fares are accurate at the time of release and include taxes and fees; fares vary by destination and date
** Denotes a one-stop through-flight via Toronto, single boarding pass, bags checked through to destination and no deplaning in Toronto

   

 

Tickets are on sale now at FlyLynx.com

About Lynx Air 
Lynx Air (Lynx) is Canada's leading ultra-affordable airline and is on a mission to make air travel accessible to all with ultra-affordable fares, a fleet of brand-new state-of-the-art Boeing 737 aircraft and a great flying experience. Lynx is a privately owned Canadian airline with the financial backing and industry expertise required to transform the Canadian aviation landscape. To learn more visit FlyLynx.com or connect with Lynx on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Ultra-reliable and energy-efficient, Lynx Air's fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft are serviced and operated by one of the most experienced teams in the business. The aircraft offers advanced aerodynamics and highly efficient engines, which result in significant fuel savings that cut the airline's CO2 emissions by an estimated 14 per cent over even the most efficient single-aisle planes. These are vital improvements that decrease Lynx's carbon footprint and help make it one of Canada's greenest and most sustainable airlines. All Lynx aircraft meet the highest internationally certified safety standards and are certified by Transport Canada.

SOURCE Lynx Air

June 28, 2022
YVR and ITBC Announce Indigenous Tourism Training Grant Recipients

Musqueam Territory/Vancouver, BC—Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) and YVR announce the award of Indigenous Tourism Training Grants to two YVR partners, Salmon ‘n’ Bannock On The Fly and Musqueam Art Store. The announcement comes during National Indigenous Peoples Month – a time to celebrate all Indigenous peoples, including Musqueam, on whose territory the Vancouver International Airport sits.

Through these grants, Indigenous Tourism BC will support coordinating and delivering a suite of 11 industry-standard tourism training courses. The two programs will help a minimum of 14 Indigenous students each and cover all training costs, including living allowance. The programs are customized to the needs of the two grant recipients and funded by the Province of BC as part of the Indigenous Labour Training Program.

The first Indigenous Tourism Training Grant is awarded to Musqueam Employment and Training to provide merchandising and marketing training for artisans, frontline and super host training for Musqueam Art Store retail clerks at YVR.

“Art connects the present with the past, and is key to keeping culture strong. Musqueam Employment and Training is humbled and honoured to receive an ITBC grant to support ongoing training for emerging artists and folks interested in retail,” said Malonie Langthorne, Musqueam Employment and Training Manager. “The Musqueam Art Store at YVR provides artists an opportunity to gain insight into the business side of the art world, preparing them for their professional careers.”

The second Indigenous Tourism Training Grant is awarded to the new Salmon ’n’ Bannock On the Fly at YVR. This grant will provide industry-standard education for the new kitchen and front-of-house teams in preparation for the July 2022 opening of the restaurant’s second location.

“Salmon ‘n’ Bannock is the only Indigenous restaurant in Vancouver. We are excited to open our second location at YVR,” said Darnell Stager, Manager of Salmon ’n’ Bannock On the Fly. “This training grant from ITBC will help us grow our already talented team and bring modern Indigenous cuisine to new heights.“

In 2021, Indigenous Tourism BC and Vancouver Airport Authority signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their working relationship, with a shared vision to support a sustainable Indigenous tourism economy and the economic recovery of BC after COVID-19.

“Indigenous Tourism BC is honoured to support YVR’s commitment to Musqueam Indian Band and sustainable Indigenous-owned businesses, with education-to-employment opportunities that observe Indigenous protocols. We celebrate our relationships with YVR and Musqueam,” says Brenda Baptiste, Chair of Indigenous Tourism BC.

This year, National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 marked the fifth anniversary of the Sustainability and Friendship Agreement between YVR and Musqueam. The first-of-its-kind agreement acknowledges YVR’s responsibility to the Musqueam community and commitment to creating education-to-employment opportunities.

“As proud partners of Indigenous Tourism BC, we applaud their work to support British Columbia’s rich and diverse Indigenous tourism industry. These tourism training grants for two important businesses at YVR will lead to education and employment opportunities for Musqueam with the potential for continued learning and growth at the airport. As we reflect on the five-year anniversary of our Sustainability and Friendship Agreement with Musqueam, we are honoured and privileged to be part of the continued work and benefits that come from our shared partnership,” said Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority.

About YVR
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a diverse global hub that connects people, cargo, data, and ideas and serves as a platform for our community to come together thrive. We are motivated by supporting regional economic development and making a positive difference in the lives of British Columbians. We do this with a focus on serving our passengers, partners, workers, and community through digital modernization, climate leadership, reconciliation, and financial sustainability.

About Indigenous Tourism BC
Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) is a non-profit, Stakeholder-based organization committed to growing and promoting a sustainable, culturally rich Indigenous tourism industry. Through training, information resources, networking opportunities and cooperative marketing programs, ITBC is a resource for Indigenous entrepreneurs and communities in BC who are operating or looking to start a tourism business. ITBC works closely with tourism, business, education and government organizations to help BC’s Indigenous tourism businesses offer quality experiences and actively promote these experiences to visitors and local residents. www.indigenousbc.com

June 27, 2022
Fairmont Vancouver Airport Named #1 Airport Hotel in North America

Fairmont Vancouver Airport Named #1 Airport Hotel in North America and #5 in the World at 2022 Skytrax World Airport Awards

Vancouver, BC—Fairmont Vancouver Airport has been named the #1 Airport Hotel in North America and #5 Airport Hotel in the World for the eighth consecutive year at the annual Skytrax World Airport Awards.  

The World Airport Awards are the most prestigious accolades for the airport industry and based on over 13 million questionnaires completed across 100 nationalities of airline passengers at 550 airports over a six-month period.  The Airport Hotel Awards rate overall hotel experience, access from the airport to the hotel, friendliness of hotel staff, cleanliness, in-room amenities, fitness and spa facilities, quality of food and restaurant service, and value for money.

“This award is a true honour and we dedicate it to our entire team who continue to deliver extraordinary experiences for our guests and colleagues every day,” says Randall Williams, general manager of Fairmont Vancouver Airport. “We are thrilled to be recognized once again amongst the top hotels in the world.” 

The luxury hotel, located directly in Vancouver International Airport, has re-defined airport accommodation. The hotel’s latest innovations include its Fit on the Fly Suite, introducing a new way to stay fit on the go with a Peloton Bike, FITBENCH ONE, yoga mat, and self-guided Nordic hydrotherapy experience. Day pass rates for the hotel’s health club with a full-service gym and pool are also available to travellers with extended layovers at YVR. The hotel offers a wellness enhancement package that can be added to any reservation, which includes a yoga mat, personal diffusers, and essential oils; family-friendlyactivities, and a 6-passenger golf cart to shuttle guests from the hotel to airline check-ins.   

Located in the airport and just 90 steps from the US Departures Level, guestrooms are fully soundproof with floor-to-ceiling views of the airport runways, ocean, and mountains. Day use rooms are available for travellers on layovers, and guests can check-in and print boarding passes in the hotel lobby.  Runway vistas along with award-winning Pacific Northwest cuisine are featured in Globe@YVR restaurant, Jetside Lounge as well as In-Room Dining, and the hotel also boasts a full-service day spa, health club with indoor mechanized resistance pool; and state-of-the-art meeting facilities with over 8,800 square feet of space.

About Fairmont Vancouver Airport
Ranked #1 Airport Hotel in North America by SkyTrax, the hotel is located 90 steps from the US Departures Level of the Vancouver International Airport. Triple-paned glass provides the ultimate in soundproofing with views that overlook the runway and North Shore Mountains. The health club has a full fitness centre with an indoor mechanized lap pool, and a day spa that offers specialties like an oxygen facial and jet lag recovery massage. The award-winning restaurant and bar celebrates the flavours of the Pacific Northwest with dishes that highlight sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. Complimentary bicycles are provided to explore the adjacent dykes and beaches, and the seasonal Fishing Valet provides assistance to guests (and their catch) as they return from fishing expeditions.

About Fairmont 
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is where the intimate equally coexist with the infinite – an unrivaled portfolio of more than 80 extraordinary hotels where grand moments of life, heartfelt pleasures and personal milestones are celebrated and remembered long after any visit. Since 1907, Fairmont has created magnificent, meaningful and unforgettable hotels, rich with character and deeply connected to the history, culture and community of its destinations – places such as The Plaza in New York City, The Savoy in London, Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Banff Springs in Canada, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, and Fairmont The Palm in Dubai. Famous for its engaging service, awe-inspiring public spaces, locally inspired cuisine, and iconic bars and lounges, Fairmont also takes great pride in its pioneering approach to hospitality and leadership in sustainability and responsible tourism practices. Fairmont is part of Accor, a world-leading hospitality group consisting of 5,300 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries.
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For media inquiries and further information, please contact: 
Kaylyn Storey
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June 24, 2022
Metro Toronto Convention Centre Increases Support for Ontario’s Wine and Craft Beer Industry

Toronto, ON—The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is pleased to announce that for the first time, 100% of the wine and craft beer they serve will be locally sourced. This initiative reflects the Centre’s ongoing commitment to support local businesses and showcase the best Ontario has to offer.

In a typical year, the MTCC serves approximately 38,000 bottles of wine and 94,000 beers. By buying local in large volume, the Centre hopes to help support local businesses as much as possible, especially as the region recovers from the effects of the pandemic.

Overall, approximately 65% of all food and beverage items procured by the MTCC are from local farms and suppliers. The facility aims to increase this percentage every year. The MTCC’s culinary team also spearheads a dry age meat-aging program that can serve aged local Ontario beef to up to 3,500 guests.

“As Canada’s largest convention centre, it’s important for us to lead by example, support local businesses and make a positive impact on the region,” said David Procopio, Director of Food and Beverage Services at the MTCC. “We continue to find ways to increase our ability to buy local, and for attendees to experience the best of Ontario.”

MTCC’s 2022 Local Wine List:
Trius Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon
Cave Spring Cellars, Riesling Dry
Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery, Unoaked Chardonnay
Malivoire Winery, Estate Grown Chardonnay
Keint-He Winery, Portage Chardonnay
Le Clos Jordanne, Le Grand Clos 2019 Chardonnay
Château des Charmes, Sauvignon Blanc
Henry of Pelham Estate Winery, Fumé Sauvignon Blanc
Creekside Estate Winery, Pinot Grigio
Henry of Pelham Estate Winery, Rosé
Henry of Pelham Estate Winery, Pinot Noir
Keint-He Winery, Pinot Noir Portage
13th Street Winery, Burger Blend, Gamay Pinot Noir
Westcott Vineyards, Temperance, Gamay Pinot Noir
Henry of Pelham Estate Winery, Old Vines Baco Noir
Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery, Cabernet Merlot
Hidden Bench Estate Winery, 2017 Terroir Caché

MTCC’s 2022 Local Craft Beer List:
Steam Whistle Pilsner
Ace Hill Vienna Lager
Rainhard Classic Lager
Henderson’s Best Ale
Junction Krispy Lite Lager
Harmon’s Lunchbox Non-alcoholic Lagered Ale

Local Partner Quotes
“Partnering with the Metro Toronto Convention Centre has been a tremendously exciting opportunity for us here at Peninsula Ridges Estates Winery. Their commitment to showcasing our world class, locally made craft wine and beer lets visitors from around the world experience the very finest Ontario has to offer. MTCC’s support, by buying local has also had a significant, positive impact on the economic health of our rural communities across the province, and will do so for years to come.” – Norman Beal, President at Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery

“As we get access to more and more global products, having access to local ones becomes even more important. Local brands reflect the community they serve, support local economies and are made by people who live locally. This is not only important for the people who live here, but also the people who visit us. It’s our local flavour that makes us unique. Supporting local helps local business, but more importantly it lets the people in the community shine and tell their stories through the products they make and the services they offer. At Henderson, we strive to make beers that reflect the city so that people who enjoy our beer feel like they are having a taste of Toronto.” – Steve Himel, General Manager at Henderson Brewing Company

“Now more than ever we have realized how important it is to support local businesses and enjoy local products. Andrew Peller Ltd is extremely proud to be a part of the MTCC’s 100% local program.  The program will help raise awareness about all of the amazing products that we are able to produce right here in our backyard.” -Thirty Bench Winemakers

“We are honoured to showcase our award winning, Niagara grown wines at the MTCC to a Canadian and international group of people. We are a family owned business making and growing sustainable certified wines. Our wines are available across Canada and in over 21 countries around the world. It is critical that we promote local products to the world. It shows off Canadian innovation and our culture as well as critical in growing our economy.” – Paul Speck, President at Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery

“Junction Craft Brewery makes exceptional beer that honours tradition yet compliments our modern world. We’re proud to supply our product to MTCC and thrilled that an organization with such expansive local and international audiences is supporting local businesses in this way. It’s a mandate of JCB’s to work with other members of our community, as we, like MTCC, understand the power of lifting each other up. With all the creativity and innovation coming out of our local beverage industry, there’s sure to be something to satisfy everyone’s taste on their new 100% local wine and craft beer list.” – Junction Craft Beverage Co.

“Since Harmon’s Craft Brewing launched last November, the support we’ve received from local businesses has been our life’s blood. I think the pandemic accelerated the movement among small Ontario merchants and producers to collaborate and create innovative opportunities for everyone to thrive.” – Steve Abrams, Partner at Harmon’s Craft Brewing

About the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada’s number one convention and trade show facility. Over the past 37 years, the Centre has hosted over 21,000 events and has added $8.2 billion in direct spending economic impact to the community. For further information, please visit www.mtccc.com.

Media enquiries:
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T: (416) 585-8504 E: mwade@mtccc.com

June 23, 2022
Move Over COVID, the Business Travel Industry Tackles New Considerations on its Continued Road to Recovery

Business travel’s return remains strong, while emerging issues challenge accelerated recovery and companies empower employee travel based on COVID comfort levels, according to the latest research poll from GBTA

Alexandria, VA—There’s more on the minds of the business travel industry these days beyond COVID-19 when it comes to the sector’s continued recovery. The return of global business travel remains strong – this month a majority of global travel managers surveyed report their companies are allowing domestic and international employee travel, and travel suppliers continue to cite increased travel bookings from their corporate customers. Conference attendance is also back – stronger than in 2019 as an overall share of business travel budgets.

Current affairs and economic concerns, however, are also now in the mix and are having a significant impact on travel programs, according to industry stakeholders. And as the world starts traveling for work again, companies are also considering their policies for employees who aren’t quite ready to get back on the road or in the air.

These are the key findings from the June 2022 Business Travel Recovery Poll, the 28th in a series from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s premier association serving the business travel industry. GBTA has been regularly surveying business travel buyers, suppliers, and other stakeholders around the world since the pandemic began to understand the path forward as the industry navigates recovery.1

“As COVID-19 becomes more manageable in many regions, companies and employees are getting back to traveling for business, fueled by the need to get back to business. We are now seeing, however, other factors beyond COVID-19 coming into play that could affect the speed and trajectory of recovery for business travel as we head into the second half of 2022,” said Suzanne Neufang, CEO, GBTA.

Here are the highlights from GBTA’s June Business Travel Recovery poll:

  • DOMESTIC TRAVEL OUT IN FRONT, INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL CONTINUES TO FOLLOW. A majority of business travel industry respondents report non-essential domestic business travel is sometimes or usually allowed (89%) at their company, along with non-essential international business travel (78%). This continues to be consistent with similar recovery figures in the April 2022 GBTA poll.Overall optimism in the business travel industry also continues – more than four in five travel suppliers (88%) report they feel more optimistic compared to a month ago (which aligns with 86% in the April poll). Few (4%) say they feel more pessimistic about the path to recovery.
  • TRAVEL BOOKINGS CONTINUE TO REBOUND. Most travel suppliers and travel management companies (84%) report their bookings have increased compared to the previous month (compared to a similar strong showing of 85% in the April poll).
  • THE ISSUES “DU JOUR” FOR TRAVEL MANAGERS. The pandemic is not the only – or even the top – issue travel managers are juggling right now. Corporate travel buyers cite government policies/restrictions (43%), COVID infection rates (38%) and staffing shortages (33%) as having a significant impact on their corporate travel programs. Rounding out the top six for travel buyers in terms of top impacts to their programs include supply chain bottlenecks (30%), inflation (28%) and oil prices (27%).
  • TRAVEL SUPPLIERS HAVE ISSUES, TOO. Travel suppliers share some of the same challenges, but also some that differ, from travel managers. They report their travel programs are most impacted by staffing shortages (51%), inflation (37%), government restrictions and COVID infection rates and variants (tie 36%). Rounding out their top of their list are oil prices (33%), strength of the economy/risk of recession (33%) and increased wage demands (31%).
  • 2022 TRAVEL SPENDING IN A WORD: MEETINGS. In-person meetings are on the top of the list for where companies are allocating their business travel spend this year. With customer and prospect meetings (31%); conferences, trade shows, and industry events (21%); and internal meetings with colleagues (17%) earmarked for a fair majority of their travel spend, it’s clear that face-to-face gatherings are seen as key to company strategies, objectives, and culture. And spending for conferences specifically, as a share of overall business travel spend, is expected to be up 4 percentage points in 2022 compared to 2019.
  • WHO’S TRAVELING NOW. On average, respondents estimate a third (33%) of employees at their company have jobs that require regular business travel. Nine in ten (88%) GBTA buyer and procurement members feel their employees are “willing” or “very willing” to travel for business in the current environment. Very few (3%) are either unsure or don’t feel their employees are currently willing to travel for business (1%).
  • AND WHAT IF THEY WON’T. Fewer than half (46%) of respondents say their employees are somewhat or very concerned about COVID-19 when it comes to returning to business travel, and 38% when it comes to returning to the office. So how are companies addressing employees who do not want to travel for business due to COVID-19 risks? The majority are letting their employees make the call.Of the 65% who report their company has an opt-out process for those concerned about COVID-19 risks for business travel, 63% of respondents say their employees can opt-out of any trip they are uncomfortable taking, while 31% say opt-out requests are addressed on a case-by-case basis. An additional 4% report employees can opt-out of business travel based on certain pre-defined circumstances or specific health conditions.

Methodology: GBTA conducted this poll among its members and other business travel industry professionals including travel buyers and travel suppliers across the globe from June 6-17, 2022. A total of 547 responses were received.

View the complete June GBTA poll results and key highlights, as well as the full series of GBTA business travel recovery polls.

1The June GBTA survey was launched before the U.S. eliminated the COVID testing requirement for inbound international travelers.

About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world's premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA's 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA and the GBTA Foundation deliver 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. For more information on GBTA's Sustainability Program, visit www.gbta.org/sustainability.

Source: GBTA

June 23, 2022
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Celebrates Its Centennial

One hundred years and millions of memories made at Canada's Luxury Cabin Experience

Jasper—In 1922, a stately rustic lodge surrounded by private wilderness cabins officially opened its doors to travelers who reached the lakeside location where Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge now resides. Train travel provided by the Canadian National Railway made Jasper a unique mountain escape with unexpected connection to the vast wildlife and grand scenery. One hundred years later, Canada’s Luxury Cabin Experience set the stage to celebrate millions of memories made for visitors around the world with a series of exciting events and enhancements that are sure to continue the memory-making for years to come.

On June 28, 2022, cut the cake and kick off the Grandest of Celebrations with Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s Centennial Series, beginning with the newest summer event, Symphony Under the Sun, a festival of melodies that unites visitors on the shores of Lac Beauvert and features the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The Grandest of Parties and Festivals continue all year long with Signature Events offered throughout the year to spring 2023.

To enhance the resort experience, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is completing a $1.4 million capital project that intimately reconnects guests to the local landscape and historic viewpoints overlooking Lac Beauvert – an exciting centennial refresh. To connect guests with Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s rich history, an immersive walk-through timeline is being planned for the promenade, highlighting pivotal events in the resort’s legacy. This timeline will include work by Indigenous artists and timeless artifacts from the lodge’s vault.

Interested in more stories of Fairmont’s historic beginnings and its star-studded legacy? Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has just released a commemorative monograph, Grand By Nature, which spans more than 300 pages, 500 illustrations and photographs – and countless captivating stories.

About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is where the intimate equally coexists with the infinite – an unrivaled portfolio of more than 80 extraordinary hotels where grand moments of life, heartfelt pleasures and personal milestones are celebrated and remembered long after any visit. Since 1907, Fairmont has created magnificent, meaningful and unforgettable hotels, rich with character and deeply connected to the history, culture and community of its destinations – places such as The Plaza in New York City, The Savoy in London, Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Banff Springs in Canada, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, and Fairmont The Palm in Dubai. Famous for its engaging service, awe-inspiring public spaces, locally inspired cuisine, and iconic bars and lounges, Fairmont also takes great pride in its pioneering approach to hospitality and leadership in sustainability and responsible tourism practices. Fairmont is part of Accor, a world leading hospitality group counting over 5,300 properties throughout more than 110 countries, and a participating brand in ALL - Accor Live Limitless – a lifestyle loyalty program providing access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. 
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For further information, please contact:
Laura-Ann Chong
Public Relations Manager
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Laura-Ann.Chong@Fairmont.com

June 22, 2022
Three New Destinations Join the Hosts Global Alliance

Hosts Global is thrilled to announce the new Hosts Global Members that will be curating breathtaking events in Colorado, Portugal, and Turks and Caicos. Welcome Operation Altitude, Portugal Travel Team, and Glamour DMC! These destinations will give your guests the thrill of adventure, a fill of culture, and the chill of relaxation. From the outdoor mecca of Colorado, the culture and cuisine of Portugal, and the tranquility of Turks and Caicos turquoise blue waters, there is something for everyone in these new and memorable destinations.

“We are excited to see our members grow in areas where we have client demand with best-in-class DMCs. We will continue to expand our locations and members on a managed basis, ensuring we have the right DMCs in the right destinations,” said Marty MacKay, President, Alliance Events & Operations for Hosts Global. Hosts Global offers over 300 destinations around the world to partner with you to create meaningful and memorable events.

Operation Altitude
With 300 days of sunshine and an average of 190 inches of snowfall annually, Colorado has an outdoor culture like none other in every season! With miles of pristine hiking and biking trails, rivers for rafting and fly-fishing, world-class ski slopes, multiple national parks to explore, and even hot springs and sand dunes, this state has a year-round spectrum of outdoor adventures in virtually every terrain it offers. In the mountain cities like Breckenridge, Vail, and Aspen all four seasons are packed with the best of the outdoors, the indoors and everything in between.

But if you focus on the allure of our landscapes alone, you’ll certainly miss the whole picture. Denver — The Mile High City — is where urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure. Denver is an outdoor city known for its art, culture, food, music and sports in the Rocky Mountain region. With its love of fresh air, fresh food and fresh thinking, it’s not hard to see why Boulder earned the title the Happiest City in the U.S. by National Geographic. In Colorado Springs you can enjoy stunning natural scenery, endless blue skies and exciting choices for outdoor adventure. See where Olympic dreams are born and discover all that Colorado’s second-largest city has to offer.

And if you think Colorado is done there, wait until you discover its vibrant arts and theaters communities, multiple professional sports teams, as well as it’s inspired culinary and craft-brewing scene that are thriving all over the state. Let the local experts, Host Global member Operation Altitude, create your winter-spring-summer-fall wonderland event.

Portugal Travel Team
Portugal is an Atlantic Ocean dream with fairy tale castles, stunning beaches, and Azulejo-decorated cities where Fado music lulls, world-class Douro wines soothe, and the freshest seafood is never too far away. The otherworldly beaches of Algarve will beckon your group for some R&R, hilly treks through Lisbon reward with medieval architecture, tantalizing nightlife and sun-kissed ocean views, and charming Porto boasts a rapidly growing tech hub amongst the colorful 18th century townhouses, outdoor bars and Port wine sellers that line the Ribeira.      

With its mild climate, 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and miles of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect event destination all year round. Portugal provides the perfect blend of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this destination a paradise of the highest quality. Let the local experts, Hosts Global Member Portugal Travel Team, show your guests just how enchanting Portugal can be.

Glamour DMC
Welcome to Paradise. Turks and Caicos have long been revered as a luxurious, and opulent destination, debuting serene solitude and unspoiled nature. Sparkling, crystalline, turquoise waters and white sand beaches are trademarks to the over forty islands and cays that make up the Turks and Caicos Islands. Considered the world’s best kept secret, each island and cay in the archipelago is a destination on to its own.

Experiences on the islands are bountiful. Whether it’s a round of golf, or an island fish fry, indulging in rejuvenating spa treatments, or sampling the culinary delights, snorkeling at Smith’s Reef or swimming with dolphins, there is no shortage of ways to relax and unwind. The islands also attract avid divers eager to experience one of the world’s greatest wall diving meccas. Your guests will delight in the old-world allure of the island and its friendly people.

Hosts Global Member, and local expert, Glamour DMC invites guests to enjoy the pristine and inviting beaches, experience the luxurious accommodations, indulge in the world-class spas, taste the delectable dining in paradise and revel in the culture and local traditions.

June 22, 2022
Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico, the Brand’s First Adult-Only Luxury Tented Resort in the Americas, Now Accepting Reservations for December 2022

Punta Mita, Mexico/CNW/—Naviva®, A Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico, the brand’s first adult-only tented resort in the Americas, is now confirming arrivals for December 1, 2022 and beyond. A nature retreat featuring 15 luxury tents nestled amid 48 forested acres (19 hectares) on a private peninsula overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the unrivalled and unconventional Naviva experience creates an environment that fosters community, personal growth and knowledge enhancement.

“Naviva is an ambitious new resort concept that offers highly individualized service and innovative design that brings guests closer to nature than ever before,” says Vince Parrotta, Four Seasons President, Hotel Operations – Americas West. “With the debut of this exceptionally personalized retreat, guests will interface one-on-one with knowledgeable guides during thoughtful experiences that embrace the culture and character of Mexico.”

With only 15 luxury tents designed by Luxury Frontiers – all with private plunge pools – Naviva is one of the smallest Four Seasons resorts in the world. The Resort’s transformative approach and certified Naviva guides come together to create a high-touch, yet unassuming adult-only experience inspired by biophilia, meaning “love of life or living things.”

“Our location tucked in a cliffside forest creates the feeling of being disconnected in a faraway destination, when in reality, we’re only a short flight away from the US,” says Ronny Fernández, Resort Manager, Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort. “Our untamed natural setting organically encourages guests to embark on their own personal journeys.”

Intrinsic Bond with Nature
Naviva celebrates the intrinsic bond that humans have with nature through biophilic design – an architectural approach that connects people to their natural surroundings. At Naviva, guests are immediately immersed in the outdoors upon arrival, meeting their guide on a cocoon-inspired bamboo bridge overlooking a deep forest ravine. 

Guests will continue to experience direct connections to nature throughout their stay. Each stand-alone luxury tent features spacious indoor and outdoor areas that seamlessly blend together, allowing guests to take in the sun and smell the ocean breeze along with indirect connections to nature with textures and fabrics that mimic natural patterns found in the surrounding environment. Luxury Frontiers designed the spaces of each tent to engage humans’ natural desire to seek prospect, refuge, mystery and thrill with an open-air living room and separate bedroom flowing to a private plunge pool and expansive deck with a hammock and outdoor shower.

Authentic Local Experiences with a Sense of Place
Daily life at Naviva sets the stage for individual transformation as guests explore their passions and discover new ones with the heartfelt support of their certified Naviva guides. Unscripted Naviva experiences such as sampling small-batch Mexican coffees, stargazing and joining in sunset rituals, are among spontaneous activities for guests to pursue at the Resort.

Guests can also enjoy Signature Naviva experiences that bring the character, heritage and expertise of local talent and tradition to the forefront, such as visiting award-winning local artist Jose Juan Esparza at his private home and studio, nocturnal forest bathing, sound therapy and breathwork.

Journeys for the Mind, Body and Soul
Deviating from traditional hotel wellness offerings, Naviva offers a series of intimate spaces including two spa pods tucked away in the lush forest, a traditional Mexican temazcal or “house of heat,” an outdoor gym, a serene jungle oasis at the Alma Pool and a private 575-foot (175-metre) expanse of pristine Pacific beachfront – a calming place to practice yoga or mindfulness.

Each area promotes human connection to nature by immersing guests in tangible and intangible aspects of the environment, such as a half-day retreat in one of the cocoon-like spa pods that were inspired by the seed of the local Ceiba tree and provide cocooned refuge, allowing for shifts in internal energy. All holistic rituals at Naviva harness the healing properties of indigenous ingredients, from regenerative reishi and hydrating snow mushrooms to natural gemstones and coloured clays found throughout Mexico.

Naviva also gives guests the opportunity to focus fully on their physical wellbeing. Workouts at Naviva include cliffside yoga sessions at Risco Terrace, scenic hiking and running trails, and strength training in the outdoor open-air gym overlooking the Pacific, where guests can incorporate existing formations such as boulders and trees, connecting to nature with every stretch and every breath.

Memorable Meals and Moments Overlooking Coastal Seascapes
Rustic luxury is brought to life overlooking the coastal seascapes of the Pacific at Copal, the heart of Naviva. More than simply a restaurant, the shared space is designed to evoke the feeling of being in a living room and kitchen of a private home, inviting guests to gather for games, reading, conversation, ideas, and music. Handmade games such as backgammon and a foosball table fashioned from reclaimed wood by Mexican artisans are available for playful competition.

At Copal Cocina, guests can feel the live cooking energy of the open-air kitchen, which is at the epicentre of the space and features all natural open-fire cooking methods with traditional BBQ pits, wood-fire grill rotisseries and wood-fire ovens. Bountiful sea catches and seasonal produce are the inspiration and foundation of fresh daily offerings. 

Faraway Feeling, Yet Close to Home
On Mexico’s Pacific coast, within the Riviera Nayarit, Naviva is located at the northern tip of Bahía de Banderas on the same peninsula as Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. Just 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, this self-contained paradise is nestled within a 48-acre (19 hectare) cliffside forest.

Luxury tents start at USD 3,950 per night and include all meals and snacks at any time of the day throughout the Resort, 24-hour in-tent dining, pool and beach service, all beverages including premium wine and spirits, one 60-minute spa treatment per guest, community activities, mind and body classes, Unscripted Naviva experiences, guide planning and in-tent amenities. Signature Naviva experiences, rare or specialty-ordered beverages, additional spa treatments, private classes or training, and airport transfers are available for an additional cost.

Naviva guests also receive full access to the adjacent Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, located just five minutes away. The Resort features ten restaurants and bars, two golf courses, three pools, two beaches and additional spa and fitness facilities. 

Be among the first to experience the all-new Naviva®, A Four Seasons Resort: Reservations are now being confirmed for December 1, 2022 and beyond. Call +52 (328) 291-6100 or book online.

About Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Founded in 1960, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continual innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. Currently operating 124 hotels and resorts and 50 residential properties in major city centres and resort destinations in 47 countries, and with more than 50 projects under planning or development, Four Seasons consistently ranks among the world’s best hotels and most prestigious brands in reader polls, traveller reviews and industry awards. For more information and reservations, visit fourseasons.com. For the latest news, visit press.fourseasons.com and follow @FourSeasonsPR on Twitter.

Contact: fourseasons@kwtglobal.com

SOURCE Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

June 21, 2022
W Toronto Announces General Manager and Director of Sales & Marketing to the City’s First Ever W Brand Hotel

The New Property Names Leadership for its July 21st Opening in Toronto’s Yorkville Neighbourhood

Toronto, ON—W Hotels has announced Craig Reaume, General Manager, and Perry Pisani, Director of Sales and Marketing for W Toronto, the city’s first ever W Hotel, opening on July 21st, 2022. Reaume oversees all front-of-house operations, while Pisani manages sales and marketing initiatives for the hotel. Together, they are bringing the brand’s signature Whatever/Whenever service to life at W Toronto.

Born in Chatham, Ontario, Craig grew up working in the hospitality industry and always enjoyed making people smile and laugh. Now, with more than 30 years of experience overseeing hotels worldwide, Craig has emerged to cast the team and set the scene for Toronto’s most exciting hotel launch this year. Beginning in 1992 at The Delta Chelsea, Craig progressed through numerous positions within Delta Hotels in Toronto and Vancouver over 16 years. In 2008, he moved to Fairmont Royal York and over the next decade, he led numerous hotels and resorts around the globe, including Fairmont properties in Vancouver, Boston, New York City, and Riviera Maya, Mexico, as well as Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney, Australia. He returned home to Toronto with Accor in 2017 in the role of Vice President, Hotel Franchise Operations. He describes the decision to join W and debut the brand in his home city as one of the most pivotal moments in his career. His true passion for developing talent, paired with the opportunity to lead the most anticipated opening of a new hotel brand in Toronto, was what he calls, “way too special.”

With 15 years of industry experience, Perry is ready to shake up the hospitality scene in Toronto with the much-anticipated opening of W Toronto. Launching his hospitality sales career in 2008 at The Westin Harbour Castle, Perry then went on to hold progressive roles at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, Starwood Toronto Metro Market Sales Office, and W South Beach. First joining the W family in 2014 as an Account Director, Perry oversaw business travel, entertainment, and diplomatic sales efforts for the 355-room ocean front resort property. In this role, Perry was successful in significantly growing revenue from his markets for the property and was awarded Starwood Hotels & Resorts North American Business Travel Salesperson of the Year for 2014. Returning to Toronto in late 2017, Perry joined the Accor Hotels family as the Assistant Director of Sales for the Fairmont Royal York. He was then appointed as the Director of Sales for The St. Regis Toronto in January 2019, helping to introduce the iconic luxury brand to the Canadian market. Perry is no stranger to the W Hotels family and his affinity for the lifestyle/luxury brand and its bold, hip offerings and outside the box thinking immediately drew him back to be part of the opening team for the W Toronto.

Opening its doors at 90 Bloor Street East, W Toronto will offer guests a new socially charged hub for the city. The chic 11-storey Yorkville destination will feature 254 artfully designed guest rooms, 4,600 square feet of event space, and a 3,300 square foot fitness facility to help FUEL your stay. The hotel will include three distinct beverage and food venues, ranging from a rebellious coffeehouse to an electric rooftop bar and restaurant. Taking the music experience to the next level, W Hotels will introduce the first W Sound Suite in Canada at W Toronto - a private recording studio and creative space for artists to use whenever inspiration hits.

Reservations are currently available for dates of stay starting July 21st. For more information, visit www.wtorontohotel.com and follow along on the hotel’s journey to its summer opening on Facebook and Instagram.

About W Toronto
Wake up. Stay up. Rock the scene. Then, hit repeat. Say hello to Toronto’s newest and most sought-after hotel destination located in Yorkville, where work is always followed by play. Surrounded by iconic art galleries, the city’s best shopping, and world-class dining, our brand-new luxury hotel is an urban oasis of culture and style. Live it up and explore what’s New/Next with our 24/7 programming. Hit play with live music and DJs in the Living Room or vibe out in our W Sound Suite. See and be scene at our dazzling hotel rooftop bar and restaurant. Detox at the FIT® gym and fuel-up at our street-level coffeehouse, kitchen and bar. For business and social events, our Toronto hotel offers everything you need to own the moment. From our city-inspired hotel design to our premium beverages and food, every detail is designed to elevate your Yorkville event. Get backstage access to the city through our W Insiders and amp up your stay with our signature Whatever/Whenever® service. Soak it in. We’ve got you covered. For more information, please visit our website at www.wtorontohotel.com, and connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.
About W Hotels Worldwide

Born from the bold, 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels has redefined hospitality for over two decades, breaking the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With nearly 60 hotels around the globe, the detail-driven design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service and buzzing, signature Living Rooms create an experience that is often imitated but never matched. Dynamic and invigorating, the brand celebrates each travelers’ desire to uncover the destination through a lens that is distinctly W. 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 complimentary nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 8,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 139 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 Twitterand Instagram.

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June 21, 2022
Meet Again, Claremont Style

Signature Group Adventures and Activities

Berkeley, CA—Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel is proud to relaunch “Meet Again, Claremont Style,” an unmatched group activity and adventure menu for businesses and social groups.  Both old favorite and exciting new adventures and activities, scheduled both on and off-site, provide groups the backdrop and opportunity to reconnect and build interpersonal relationships.

Meet Again, Claremont Style makes it easy for groups of all sizes –from teams of four up to 250 – to come together with generous meeting spaces, iconic San Francisco Bay views and award-winning dining at Limewood Bar & Restaurant.  Limewood boasts unparalleled San Francisco city views both from the deck and Sunset Lounge.  Private pavilion space is also available for group events.

Guests of the resort retain an array of privileged access including entrée to the award-winning health club, which includes new pickle ball courts.  Elevate your tennis game to the next level with on-site pro and California Hall of Famer, Rosie Bareis.  Delegates are encouraged to bring along their children, who will enjoy summer camp programming, dedicated resort babysitting services and more.  

Always on par, the Claremont resort experience now includes championship golf at Berkeley Country Club. Located just minutes from the hotel, the Berkeley Country Club offers a challenging course for players of all abilities. Superbly routed over natural terrain and incorporating breathtaking 360º views of San Francisco Bay, the 18-holes, Par 72 golf course is unmatched in Northern California sporting circles.

Groups come together at Claremont Club & Spa with generous indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, curated food and beverage menus and reimagined teambuilding experiences. Make your team time inspirational, energizing and fun with bespoke activities that will long be remembered.

“Whether setting goals, creating ways to engage remote workers or simply reconnecting as leaders, face-to-face engagement activities deliver the highest impact.  The experiences and activities we have thoughtfully curated allows teams and colleagues to really bond,” shares Paul Tormey, Regional Vice-President and General Manager, Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel. “The preferred micro-climate weather, the impressive transportation system in the East Bay and the resort’s enviable central location make Claremont Club & Spa the best choice in Northern California for any event or gathering.”

Through exclusive partnerships with unmatched local attractions, dining establishments and our own award-winning fitness and wellness facilities, Meet Again, Claremont Style provides memorable team-building activities that promise to unite and make meetings more meaningful and impactful. Adventure and Activity options include, but are not limited to, the following categories:

Lifetime Fitness
These group wellness classes are designed to uplift and re-energize your team, whether it’s a hike through the Berkeley hills or a breathing exercise to help you get focused. Our goal is to encourage attendees to continue these practices beyond the meeting room and into their everyday lives.

Tasty Teamwork
Tantalize your taste buds with an array of culinary challenges. Put your palate to the test with a blind wine tasting, or get those creative juices flowing with Restaurant Wars. Think you have what it takes to craft the next great cocktail? Let’s see what you’ve got!

Team Building & Games
Prepare to hit the ground running with these challenging team games! Test your knowledge of fun facts with a Game Show Roundup, or get outside and explore with a Team Treasure Hunt. These unique activities are designed to last a couple of hours and will create a healthy competition among teams.

Creative Collaboration
Get crafty with these colorful experiences! Designed to tap into the right side of the brain, these hands on activities allow teams or individuals to express their creative side. Who knows, you might be the next Picasso or Donatella Versace!

Guests and meeting planner share a few of their favorite:  GPS Scavenger Hunts; Cooking Classes; Murder Mystery; Private Wellness Classes and Wine & Pairing 

For complete menu of offers and descriptions please visit HERE.

ALL Meeting Planner – receive 2X rewards points when you plan your meeting by September 30, 2022, for events until December 31, 2022. Register for ALL Meeting Planner here:

The resort has introduced intensified hygiene and prevention measures to ensure your safety. The ALLSAFE label verified by Clifton represents our new elevated cleanliness protocols and standards and provides assurance that these standards have been met in our hotel.

For media inquiries and further information contact:
Michelle Heston
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
707/843/6995
michelle.heston@fairmont.com

June 21, 2022
Nobu Hospitality Grows Partnership with RCD Hotels in North America

New Hotels and Residences Announced in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and Orlando, Florida

New York/CNW/—Nobu Hospitality, the leading luxury lifestyle and iconic hotel and dining brand in partnership with RCD Hotels, announces today two new hotels and residences in Punta Cana and Orlando.

The introduction of these two destinations marks the fifth successful collaboration between Nobu Hospitality and RCD Hotels.  The partnership commenced back in 2016 with the opening of Nobu Hotel Miami Beach and has continued to flourish over the years with the introduction of Nobu Hotel Los Cabos in 2019, Nobu Hotel Chicago in 2020, and the imminent arrival of Nobu Los Cabos Residences, 60 stunning units situated next to the hotel and overlooking the golf course, due for completion in 2023.

  • Nobu Hotel Punta Cana, scheduled to open in 2025, will offer 200 guest rooms and suites including 12 villas, a signature Nobu restaurant, meeting, and event spaces, and 50 Nobu residences. Located on the eastern coast of Dominican Republic, amidst the endless white sand beaches and lush tropical landscape, Punta Cana will expand the brand's footprint within the Caribbean region.
  • Nobu Hotel Orlando, expected to open in 2025, is set in the heart of Orlando and just moments from world renowned theme parks and family entertainment attractions. The resort will feature 300 accommodations including eight stunning villas, a Nobu restaurant, and 50 stylish residences, and meeting and event space.

Trevor Horwell, Chief Executive Officer Nobu Hospitality comments, "The addition of these new mixed-use projects solidifies the mutual long-term investment that we have with RCD Hotels.  Our ownership partners are critical in our development and it's important that we work with like-minded owners who share our philosophy and passion for creating the highest quality product and guest experience for our customers."

Mr. Roberto Chapur, President of RCD Hotels says, "We are pleased to continue our thriving partnership with Nobu Hospitality with the introduction of these exciting new destinations to our existing Nobu Hotels' portfolio in Mexico, Chicago, and Miami Beach.  The expansion into the Caribbean, a region where RCD Hotels has seen much success, is a pivotal move for Nobu Hospitality and we are delighted to be collaborating with them on this project."

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June 16, 2022
Exhibition Place Debuts Wi-Fi 6 at Beanfield Centre, Enhancing Its Premier Offerings with Cutting Edge Technology

Toronto/CNW/—Building on a tradition of innovation in the Canadian convention and exhibition industry, Exhibition Place debuted Wi-Fi 6 at Beanfield Centre today.

Deemed the "next generation of internet," this cutting-edge wireless technology provides better connectivity in high-density space uses such as meetings, conventions and galas where audiences congregate and the demand for bandwidth is high. Through OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access), a new technology in Wi-Fi 6, network performance is greatly improved resulting in frictionless access to the internet especially when large audiences with multiple devices are connected at Beanfield Centre.

"We worked with Exhibition Place to develop a fully customized solution that is unique to Beanfield Centre, ensuring that the venue gets the best capacity that Wi-Fi 6 has to offer along with robust performance," said Greg White, Wireless Network Architect at Beanfield Metroconnect.

"The return to in-person events has seen an increased demand for enhanced digital connectivity as a result of industry trends – from webcasts and video streaming to hybrid events. We are meeting and exceeding these demands by offering complimentary WiFi to all convention and exhibition clients, exhibitors and attendees at Enercare Centre and Beanfield Centre. Furthermore, as one of the few venues in Canada with Wi-Fi 6 capabilities, Beanfield Centre is positioned to thrive in this new landscape where frictionless hyper-connectivity is the norm." said Exhibition Place General Manager, Laura Purdy.

At Exhibition Place, this commitment to innovation extends beyond the newly minted Wi-Fi 6 technology – recent initiatives also reflect the venue's vision to enhance connectivity and sustainability in the long term. Debuted in late 2021, the Sky Bridge at Beanfield Centre is the first glass-enclosed walkway of its kind, providing an all-season link to Hotel X Toronto. Furthermore, the award-winning Beanfield Centre was the first in Canada to achieve LEED Silver certification as environmental sustainability has remained top of mind for the entirety of the grounds.

"At Exhibition Place, our sights are set on building sustainable future," said Laura Purdy. "We have long-standing environmental stewardship initiatives, like GREENSmart, that have made us leaders in this space since as early as 2004. With the recent singing of the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge, and with our new cutting-edge technological offerings, we are continuing our tradition of offering our partners a premier experience that is both forward-thinking and environmentally conscious."

Earlier this year, Exhibition Place officially signed the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge, a global initiative to address climate change across the events and meetings industry, per the targets laid out in the Paris Climate Accord, to commit to achieving net zero by 2050.

More information can be found at explace.on.ca

About Beanfield Centre
Beanfield Centre is Canada's first LEED Silver conference centre, designed for meetings, conventions and galas. Located in the former Automotive Building, this Art Deco masterpiece offers spectacular lakeside views and is connected to Enercare Centre which offers 1 million square feet of exhibition space.

Beanfield Centre combines history and state-of-the-art technology. The 160,000 square foot facility incorporates today's most advanced technological innovations while remaining respectful to the historical aspects of the former Automotive Building.

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.

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June 16, 2022
Explore Waterloo Region Welcomes Yvonne van Dinther as its new Chief Marketing Officer

Explore Waterloo Region (EWR) is pleased to welcome Yvonne van Dinther to the position of Chief Marketing Officer for the organization.

"We're excited to have Yvonne join the team at Explore Waterloo Region to lead our marketing efforts,” says Michele Saran, CEO of Explore Waterloo Region. “Her wealth of knowledge and experience in the tourism industry and beyond will be extremely important as we work to solidify this region as a premiere tourism destination for leisure travel, business events and sport hosting."

Yvonne van Dinther joins the team at EWR with over 25 years of brand development, strategic planning and integrated marketing specialist experience. She has managed marketing and communication initiatives at the local, national, and international level for a number of companies including Bell Canada, Coca-Cola, Hilton Hotels, Singapore Airlines, Destination Toronto, Destination Ontario, Unilever, and Microsoft. Prior to establishing her own consultancy, Yvonne was co-creator and managing director of Radar DDB, where she led the Canadian Tourism Commission’s (now Destination Canada) marketing efforts in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and North America.

She also has an extensive public affairs background, having worked as part of the political staff of a Canadian Minister and led strategic public relations efforts for organizations such as the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Fisheries & Oceans Canada, and the National Archives of Canada.

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with and support Waterloo Region's members in inspiring travellers, businesses and sporting entities to take full advantage of all the region has to offer,” says van Dinther. “I have had many great experiences in the region, and I'm looking forward to helping shape impactful marketing communications that will accelerate our members' businesses."

Yvonne van Dinther assumes the role of Chief Marketing Officer with Explore Waterloo Region on June 15, 2022.

About Waterloo Explore Waterloo Region 
Founded in 2007, Explore Waterloo Region is the Destination Marketing Organization for the Region of Waterloo. A nonprofit organization responsible for destination marketing to increase the number of visitors and length of stay, Explore Waterloo Region works with community partners to promote festivals, events, attractions, restaurants and hotels and to develop new product offerings. The goal: to deliver a single, focused message that Waterloo Region is a dynamic, year-round destination with much to offer the individual traveller, families on vacation and corporate visitors.

For more information, please contact

Stephen Murdoch
Vice President, PR
M- 289-241-3997
Twitter: @canadianprguy
enterprisecanada.com

June 16, 2022
Park Hyatt Toronto is Proud to Reintroduce Stillwater Spa

Toronto's ultimate luxury oasis promises a reimagined wellness experience after a multi-year renovation.

Toronto/CNW/—Today, Park Hyatt Toronto is pleased to announce the reopening of the much-anticipated Stillwater Spa, marking the completion of the hotel's multi-year renovation. As one of Toronto's most sought-after wellness destinations, the reimagined Stillwater Spa now offers guests the opportunity to personalize their luxury experience.

Stillwater Spa's new bespoke services are facilitated by artisans of rejuvenation including body rituals, facials, massages, and nail services customized to each guest's unique needs and product preferences. Combining luxury and sophistication to create a unique wellness destination, Stillwater Spa welcomes guests weekly from Thursday to Sunday.

"Stillwater Spa is returning as a destination where guests will be nurtured, inspired and find serenity at our urban retreat in the heart of the city," says Stillwater Spa Director Kerry Werner. "We are thrilled to welcome guests in to experience a reimagined premium and sustainable approach to beauty and wellness."

Aromatherapy Associates, a best-in-class leader in therapeutic essential oil blends, has collaborated with Stillwater Spa to deliver hand-crafted products to its guests. The product line features organic plant essence-based products, customized for each guest's specific needs, ensuring each visitor will walk away refreshed, balanced and radiant.

In addition to body treatments, all nail services feature award-winning Dazzle Dry to provide guests with a vegan, cruelty-free and free from harmful chemicals to promote wellbeing and healthier nail care.

Stillwater Spa is the newest addition to mark the completion of Park Hyatt Toronto's multi-year renovation. In collaboration with KPMG Architects and world-renowned designer, Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge, the artistic storytelling known throughout Park Hyatt Toronto is continued in Stillwater Spa. The celebration of storytelling through local artists flows throughout the space with pieces depicting a tranquil oasis and calm natural environment.

The completed reimagined Park Hyatt Toronto brings a home away from a home luxury experience to the lively Yorkville neighbourhood. After reopening in September 2021, profoundly personalized and engaging service continues to be the cornerstone of this iconic address. For more information and to book appointments visit Stillwater Spa or email the Stillwater Spa Concierge.

About Park Hyatt Toronto
Park Hyatt Toronto provides a peaceful respite with deeply personalized and engaged service in an enriching environment. Located in the heart of Toronto's most fashionable neighbourhood, Park Hyatt Toronto features renowned-Canadian artwork, sophisticated design, with immersive and rare culinary experiences. The 219 well-appointed guestrooms - including 40 luxurious suites - artfully balance residential comfort with contemporary design, providing guests a refined home-away-from-home. Find luxury in the heart of Toronto at Park Hyatt Toronto. For more information and reservations, please visit parkhyatttoronto.com or @parkhyattto on Instagram.

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June 15, 2022
The Bahamas Eliminates Its Travel Health Visa Requirement For All Travellers

Streamlined Entry Protocols Take Effect 19 June 2022

Nassau, Bahamas/CNW/—The Government of The Bahamas is removing another COVID requirement for international travellers. Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, 19 June 2022, travellers will no longer need to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa in order to enter the country. Travellers will, however, still be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to travel to The Bahamas.

"The discontinuation of the Travel Health Visa is yet another signal to the international community that we are open for business," said the Honourable I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation. "Throughout the pandemic, we have remained committed to evaluating protocols and adjusting requirements to reflect the current environment. We acknowledge that the Travel Health Visa was a burden for travellers, and we are pleased to be able to eliminate it."

While the streamlined entry protocols are a welcome change, the health and safety of all citizens, residents and visitors remain the priority. Besides having to test negative before flying to The Bahamas, travellers must also follow on-island guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing.

Testing requirements are as follows:

  • Vaccinated travellers, as well as children ages 2-11, may present either a negative RT-PCR test or a Rapid Antigen test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to travel.
  • Unvaccinated travellers ages 12 and older must submit a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to travel.

For full details on The Bahamas' current COVID-19 protocols for travellers, please visit Bahamas.com/travelupdates.

ABOUT THE BAHAMAS

With over 700 islands and cays, and 16 unique island destinations, The Bahamas lies just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, offering an easy flyaway escape that transports travellers away from their everyday. The Islands of The Bahamas have world-class fishing, diving, boating and thousands of miles of the earth's most spectacular water and beaches waiting for families, couples and adventurers. Explore all the islands have to offer at www.bahamas.com or on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram to see why It's Better in The Bahamas.

PRESS INQUIRIES
Anita Johnson-Patty
Director, Global Communications
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation
ajohnson@bahamas.com

Weber Shandwick
Public Relations
Bahamas@webershandwick.com

June 15, 2022
Signature Events Return to Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Celebrate in the Heart of the Canadian Rockies

Jasper—Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Canada’s Luxury Cabin Experience, is excited to unveil its upcoming schedule of Signature Events, which include the grandest of gatherings to be hosted in the Canadian Rockies. From centennial toasts in June through to a culinary extravaganza in the spring of next year, guests are invited to experience a grand line-up of celebrations. Let the festivities begin!

Symphony Under the Sun, June 28, 2022

Experience the grandest of melodies as Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s newest event kicks off the centennial celebrations with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra performing on the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert. Amplified by the surrounding Rocky Mountains and shimmering sun as the backdrop, tickets for the concert are available starting from $159 CAD per person. Packages that include dinner and VIP preferred seating are also available, as well as a limited number of VIP rooms packages (contact the hotel directly to book).

Bubbles on Beauvert, July 9 and August 13, 2022

Back by popular demand, summer evenings will pop with historic grandeur as the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge team pays homage to the resort’s 100 years of history during Bubbles on Beauvert. Old Hollywood Glamour comes alive on July 9, celebrating a time when Jasper was touted as “Hollywood of the North”.  August’s event gives a nod to the 1920’s Prohibition era, the decade when the lodge officially opened its doors. Sparkling wine, prohibition-inspired cocktails and a selection of chef’s finest culinary creations will be savored, while guests are entertained with live music and soaking in the majestic mountain views from Beauvert Plateau. Tickets are $149 CAD per person.

Symphony Under the Stars, October 14-16, 2022

During Jasper’s Dark Sky Festival, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge will host the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for a truly celestial experience. Starting from $699 CAD per person, this grand weekend package includes two night’s accommodation, Friday evening dinner reception with live jazz music, Saturday night three-course dinner, Symphony Under the Stars live concert, and all gratuities and resort fees. VIP packages are also available with preferred seating and designated concert-side beverage cart and fire pits. It’s memories in the making under a million twinkling stars.

Christmas in November, November 4-13, 2022

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s most anticipated event will return for its 32nd year. Featuring special guest chefs Michael Allemeir, Susar Lee, Anna & Michael Olson, Corbin Tomaszeski and Vikram Vij, this festive culinary experience is sure to deliver the grandest of flavours. Starting from $1,499 CAD per person, guests will enjoy accommodation for three nights, a Christmas Welcome Dinner Reception, Gala Dinner featuring live entertainment, a Farewell Brunch, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, interactive Christmas-themed seminars and tastings, and a special Christmas in November welcome amenity. Gratuities and resort fees are included. VIP packages are available and the lodge’s Signature Cabin Collection may be booked for groups.

Jasper Beer & Spirits Festival, February 10-12, 2023

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Alberta Beer Festivals welcome back a selection of North America’s craft breweries and distilleries for a weekend designed with the beer and spirit enthusiast in mind. Guests will enjoy cooking classes, seminars and tastings featuring craft beer and local spirits – plus, an exciting option to add on a Super Bowl Sunday viewing party package. Starting from $649 CAD per person, this festival package includes two night’s accommodation, two Grand Tasting Dinners, meals throughout the weekend, interactive seminars and tastings, a Jasper Beerfest welcome amenity, and all gratuities and resort fees.

The PJ Party, March 10-12, 2023

The grandest of parties is back! Boasting Bachelorette star, winner of Dancing with the Stars and co-host of The Bachelor, Kaitlyn Bristowe, it’s time to grab your ladies and your best pajamas and onesies and head to the mountains for endless dance parties, cocktail receptions, interactive classes and a Gala Dinner with Kaitlyn. Packages starting from $799 CAD per person.

Devour! Food Film Festival, March 31-April 2, 2023

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s most sophisticated culinary event returns to pair independent films with the culinary expertise from some of Canada’s most creative chefs. Guest chefs and wineries join forces with the culinary team at the lodge to serve up this legendary two day food and wine extravaganza that features a Signature Cabin Crawl, Chili Smack Down Competition, Bubbles Brunch, and a pinnacle five-course Gala Dinner where curated short films are perfectly paired with each chef’s creation and fine wines. Packages start from $789 CAD per person.

All events are bookable online at www.jasper-park-lodge.com.

About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is where the intimate equally coexists with the infinite – an unrivaled portfolio of more than 80 extraordinary hotels where grand moments of life, heartfelt pleasures and personal milestones are celebrated and remembered long after any visit. Since 1907, Fairmont has created magnificent, meaningful and unforgettable hotels, rich with character and deeply connected to the history, culture and community of its destinations – places such as The Plaza in New York City, The Savoy in London, Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Banff Springs in Canada, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, and Fairmont The Palm in Dubai. Famous for its engaging service, awe-inspiring public spaces, locally inspired cuisine, and iconic bars and lounges, Fairmont also takes great pride in its pioneering approach to hospitality and leadership in sustainability and responsible tourism practices. Fairmont is part of Accor, a world leading hospitality group counting over 5,300 properties throughout more than 110 countries, and a participating brand in ALL - Accor Live Limitless – a lifestyle loyalty program providing access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. 

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For further information, please contact:
Laura-Ann Chong
Public Relations Manager
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Laura-Ann.Chong@Fairmont.com

June 14, 2022
Hyatt Place Montreal Downtown Celebrates Grand Opening

The 354-room hotel marks the first Hyatt Place hotel in Montreal, located in the ‘Village’ neighborhood

Chicago—Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) is pleased to announce the opening of Hyatt Place Montreal Downtown, Montreal’s first Hyatt Place hotel. The hotel is located near the renowned Village, one of Montreal's most diverse and colorful neighborhoods, and minutes from the Quartier des Spectacles. Hyatt Place Montreal Downtown features intuitive design, a relaxed atmosphere and convenient amenities sought after by business and leisure travelers alike. Montreal's largest metro station, Berri-UQAM, is connected to the hotel, providing easy access to the Palais des Congrès and many other attractions.

Acquired in August 2019 by Sageblan Investments™, the hotel has undergone a $25-million-dollar renovation resulting in modern design, innovation, and 24/7 dining to exceed the expectations of today's multi-tasking traveler. With its caring approach, Hyatt is known for pushing the boundaries of simple accommodation and creating unforgettable experiences.

"It was a natural choice for us to move in and restore the nobility that this historic building encompasses for Montrealers, it is with great enthusiasm that we bring the Hyatt brand back to Quebec. The Village has strong development prospects and many attractions, and we are proud to be change agents participating in its revitalization," expressed Managing Partner and President of Sageblan Investments™, Gaurav Gupta.

“As the Société de développement commercial (SDC) du Village continues to develop the neighborhood, we are thrilled to be part of the momentum by welcoming the first Hyatt Place hotel in Quebec," said  Kathleen Machabee, General Manager of Hyatt Place Montreal Downtown. “By creating a thoughtful, approachable, and accessible place to stay, we want to connect with our guests in an authentic way so they can be themselves and discover Montreal in their own way.  We look forward to welcoming guests and helping them get the most out of their stay whether they’re visiting for business or leisure travels.

Hyatt Place Montreal Downtown offers:

  • 354 spacious guestrooms with separate spaces to sleep, work and play, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper.
  • An indoor pool and sauna, with a unique view of Downtown Montreal.
  • Several spaces to facilitate remote working with breathtaking views of Montreal and 10 meeting rooms with over 6,000 square feet of flexible space.
  • Le Coin Bistro, a restaurant, bar, and lounge, offering a variety of delicious dishes to share as well as signature cocktails.
  • Complimentary breakfast for guests of the hotel
  • A Starbucks attached to the hotel to satisfy caffeine cravings
  • A pet-friendly atmosphere

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

For further information:

About Hyatt Place
Hyatt Place hotels combine style, innovation and 24/7 conveniences to create an easy to navigate experience for today’s multi-tasking traveler. Guests can enjoy thoughtfully designed guestrooms featuring distinct zones for sleep, work and play, and free flowing social spaces that offer seamless transitions from work to relaxation. With more than 400 locations globally, Hyatt Place hotels offer freshly prepared food around the clock, efficient service and differentiated experiences for World of Hyatt members. For more information, please visit hyattplace.com. Join the conversation on Facebook and Instagram, and tag photos with #HyattPlace and #WhySettle. 

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation 
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people so they can be their best. As of March 31, 2022, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,150 hotels and all-inclusive properties in 71 countries across six continents. The Company's offering includes the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Alila®, Andaz®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, Caption by Hyatt, JdV by Hyatt™, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Place®, UrCove, and Hyatt Residence Club® brands, as well as resort and hotel brands under the AMR™ Collection, including Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Vivid Hotels & Resorts®, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Subsidiaries of the Company operate the World of Hyatt® loyalty program, ALG Vacations®, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC destination management services, and Trisept Solutions® technology services. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com

About Sageblan Investments
Sageblan Investments™, a Canadian private real estate investment and management firm, focuses on the acquisition and management of real estate across all asset classes, including hospitality, office and multi-family. With an opportunistic yet selective approach, the company develops a portfolio of top-performing assets in strategic markets.

MEDIA CONTACT
Bianca Flores
Hyatt
bianca.flores@hyatt.com

June 14, 2022
Travel and Tourism Industry Welcomes the Federal Government Decision to Suspend Vaccine Mandates; Calls for Full Removal of Vaccine Mandate and Remaining Restrictions to Streamline Passenger Experience

Ottawa, ON/CNW/—The Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable ("the Roundtable") welcomes the federal government's decision to suspend the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for domestic and outbound international travel. Today's announcement marks another important step as the sector continues rebuilding after over two years of lockdowns, restrictions, and setbacks.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Roundtable has advocated for science-based solutions to pandemic management at the border. While today's announcement helps to level the playing field, there is still work to do. To that end, the Roundtable calls on the federal government to continue following the science and lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions governing the sector to streamline further and ease passenger experience. Further, the Roundtable is calling on the federal government to ensure that today's regulatory changes at the border are permanent.

Firstly, the federal government must remain focused on addressing issues plaguing Canada's airports. Public Health Agency of Canada ("PHAC") requirements continue to control and check incoming passengers, causing significant delays in Canada's customs halls, which has adverse knock-on effects across the travel experience. To that end, the ArriveCan app should no longer be leveraged to collect public health information. Restrictions and roadblocks at the border are relics of a different phase of the pandemic and are no longer justified by science.

Secondly, the Roundtable calls on the federal government to lift the mandatory mask mandate applying to federally regulated transportation sectors like aviation and rail. The mask mandate is out of step with provincial public health agencies, which have lifted mask requirements from more vulnerable settings like hospitals, schools, and public transit. Enforcing the masking requirement has become a safety issue for personnel, and in turn, the Roundtable advocates for this measure to be lifted.

"After two long, hard years, we are now focused on rebuilding tourism back to the economic powerhouse it was pre-pandemic. Today's announcement by the federal government is another step in the right direction towards helping us achieve that goal," said Beth Potter, President & CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Canada. "However, while this is good news for domestic and outbound travel, it does not address any of the current issues for inbound travellers or our cruise sector. I urge the federal government to now turn its attention to eliminating barriers to travel in these important areas and do so quickly so we can promote a resurgence in travel over the summer months," concluded Beth.

About the Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable
The Canadian Tourism Roundtable is a cross-Canadian coalition of leaders in the tourism and travel sector – including representatives from airports, airlines, hotels, and chambers of commerce across the country – committed to working together to restart the sector smoothly and safely. Travel and Tourism is a $105 billion sector, employing millions of Canadians across the country and accounting for 2.1% of the country's gross domestic product. It advocates for a safe and prosperous tourism and travel sector across Canada.

SOURCE Teneo Holdings - Toronto

June 13, 2022
The Cayman Islands to Host Caribbean Tourism Organization and IATA Aviation Conference in September

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands—The Cayman Islands Ministry and Department of Tourism are partnering with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) to host the organization’s Business Meetings from 12-15 September 2022. This conference will be the first major in-person event programme for the CTO. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will also host Caribbean Aviation Day on 14 September during the CTO event in the Cayman Islands. The event will be attended by the Ministers of CTO member countries, Directors of Tourism, senior executives, media, and regional students who participate in the Caribbean Youth Congress, as well as international aviation experts.

“It is a great honour to be the host country for this significant conference and we look forward to welcoming CTO and the delegations from the member countries to the Cayman Islands,” said Hon. Kenneth Bryan, Minister for Tourism and Transport. “The CTO does vital work for the region, and this is an opportunity for regional Ministers and industry leaders to meet face-to-face to have key discussions as the region continues to recover from the pandemic and plan for the future.”

The organization’s annual Business Meetings, hosted in a member destination, bring together CTO members to discuss and plan key items. The conference has been on hold for the past two years due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and consequently the 2022 CTO Business Meeting hosted in the Cayman Islands will be the first in-person occurrence since the start of the pandemic.

The conference includes the following meetings and events:

  • CTO Board of Directors Meeting - Attended by the Directors of Tourism and the private sector members of the board, this is where the work plan, budget and other proposals for special consideration are discussed and approved.
  • CTO Council of Ministers Meeting - Attended by the Ministers of the CTO member countries, this is where the approved work plan, budget and other special proposals are discussed and ratified.
  • The Election of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers - This event occurs every two years and is where the financial members of the Council of Ministers vote to select the new Chairman of the Council of Ministers.
  • Caribbean Youth Congress - The Youth Congress is a developmental competition involving students aged 14 to 17 from CTO member countries who debate on regional tourism matters. Its main aim is to stimulate greater awareness and excitement about tourism among young people in our Caribbean communities

“The tourism sector and the Caribbean as a whole have faced severe challenges over the two years of the COVID-19 pandemic but have confronted these with a tenacity which has further demonstrated the resilience of the sector,” said Acting CTO Secretary-General, Neil Walters.

“For some months, there have been distinct signs pointing to a robust recovery by the sector, underlined by the fact that the Caribbean is among the regions experiencing the fastest rates of growth since mid-2021 and in some cases outpacing the rest of the world. The CTO believes this is an optimal moment for industry leaders to collaborate and strategize.”

The IATA hosted Caribbean Aviation Day will bring together the top management of the airline and tourism industry in the region, as well as government ministers, aeronautical authorities, the diplomatic corps, media, among others. The objective is to discuss the challenges and opportunities of this sector and the recovery of the region, as well as the roadmap to enhance benefits of aviation in the Caribbean.

Mr. Peter Cerda, IATA’s Regional Vice President for the Americas states: “The current spirit of cooperation with governments in the region will enable aviation along with the entire tourism and travel value chain to play a key role in the region’s post-pandemic economic and social recovery.”

The Ministry and Department of Tourism are actively working with local industry stakeholders to organize and facilitate venues, accommodations, and dining and entertainment experiences for the incoming attendees.

“While historically September sees a decrease in tourism activity, the CTO and IATA Aviation Conference will act as a boost for our local tourism businesses,” said Director of Tourism, Mrs. Rosa Harris. “The conference is a chance for collaboration between the government and the private sector as well as our regional colleagues as we work to make tourism more sustainable and inclusive, both in the Cayman Islands and the region.” 

About the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), which is headquartered in Barbados, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of the region’s finest countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish-speaking, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year-round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism - One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialised support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology.

For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization, please visit www.OneCaribbean.org and follow CTO on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn to be part of the conversation.

About the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is a trade association of the world’s airlines founded in 1945. Its membership consists of some 290 airlines, representing 117 countries and approximately 83% of total available seat miles air traffic. It supports airline activity and helps form industry policy and standards.

About the Cayman Islands
Located 480 miles south of Miami in the vibrant tranquility of western Caribbean, this trio of tiny islands is a premier destination for discriminating travelers, divers, honeymooners, and families. World renowned for its idyllic beaches and recognized as a sophisticated, diverse, and memorable tourist destination, the Cayman Islands offers spectacular recreational opportunities along with warm, impeccable service. To learn more about the Cayman Islands, please go to visitcaymanIslands.com or www.divecayman.ky or call your local travel agent.

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June 10, 2022
Government of Canada and airport and airline partners making progress on reducing traveller wait times at Canada's major airports

Ottawa, ON/CNW/—The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, issued this statement today to provide an update on progress being made by the Government of Canada and industry partners to reduce wait times at Canadian airports:

"The Government of Canada recognizes the impact that significant wait times at some Canadian airports are having on travellers. We continue to work with airports, airlines, baggage handlers, and other partners to implement solutions to reduce delays as we approach the summer peak season.

"Our efforts are having a positive impact. Current traveller wait times at major Canadian airports are decreasing.

"Today, the Government of Canada is also announcing that Mandatory randomized testing will be temporarily suspended at all airports between Saturday, June 11 and Thursday, June 30, 2022. Unvaccinated travellers will still be tested on-site. As of July 1, all testing, including for unvaccinated travellers, will be performed off-site.

"This expanded measure builds upon action currently underway by the Government of Canada and the air industry, including:

  • Regular meetings of Transport Canada (TC), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), and key industry partners to find solutions to address bottlenecks at pre-board security screening and pre-clearance departure checkpoints, and customs halls.
  • Hiring of CATSA screening officers continues. Since April, 865 CATSA screening officers have been hired across Canada. CBSA is also maximizing officer availability and additional Student Border Services Officers are now at work.
  • Prioritizing the issuance of Transportation Security Clearances and Restricted Area Identity Cards for CATSA screening officers to expedite the hiring process and build immediate capacity.
  • CBSA and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority are making available additional kiosks at Toronto Pearson International Airport customs hall areas.
  • Increasing communication with travellers and stakeholders through social media, signage and multimedia screens to better prepare them for the pre-boarding screening and arrival processing requirements and facilitate a smoother passage in and out of airports.

"Travellers are reminded that the use of ArriveCAN before coming to the airport helps remove unnecessary delays. PHAC is adding additional staff on select days at airports to verify that travellers have completed their ArriveCAN submissions on arrival and further inform air travellers about the importance of the mandatory requirements. PHAC staff will assist travellers in completing ArriveCAN if they were unable to do so.

"We recognize that there is still work to be done, particularly for international arrivals at our largest airports, and we will continue to work with all orders of governments and partners to reduce the delays in the travel system."

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SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information: Laurel Lennox, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, laurel.lennox@tc.gc.ca; Media Relations,Transport Canada, Ottawa, media@tc.gc.ca, 613-993-0055

June 10, 2022
Canada's Travel and Tourism Industry Welcomes Announced Changes to Travel Testing Requirements Made by Canada and U.S. Governments; Calls on the Canadian Government to Lift Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions

Ottawa, ON/CNW Telbec/—The Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable ("the Roundtable") welcomes the announcement made today by the American federal government to remove all testing requirements for travellers to the United States. Similarly, the Roundtable welcomes the step taken by the Canadian government to temporarily suspend mandatory arrivals testing for vaccinated travellers to assist with current congestion at airports, but continues to call on the Canadian Government to permanently remove all arrival testing and other remaining COVID-19 restrictions.  

Today's announcements mark an important milestone for the North American travel and tourism industry as it attempts to rebuild following more than two years of restrictions and shutdowns.

Notwithstanding today's announcements, there is still significant work to do to alleviate unnecessary pressures on the travel sector and passenger experience. This includes immediately lifting the outdated vaccine mandates for passengers and federally regulated aviation workers and removing the duplicative health checks at Canada's airports. While today's announcement in Canada will remove some testing, there will remain congestion issues as all passengers' vaccination status will continue to be determined at the border, with unvaccinated travellers still required to undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival through June.  

Canada's outdated rules are causing unacceptable delays at the country's major airports, keeping international visitors away and souring Canada's reputation on the world stage. Domestically, Canada's travel rules are hurting small businesses, unfairly impacting families looking to enjoy the summer travel season and forcing the cancellation of conferences and events that help power local economies. 

"Unfairly targeting travel and tourism is a relic from the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical experts have been clear; Canada's current border policies are outdated and no longer helping keep COVID-19 out of Canada. While today's announcement marks an important step in the right direction, there is still work to do," said Perrin Beatty, President & CEO of Canada's Chamber of Commerce. 

To that end, the Roundtable calls on the federal government to immediately:

  • Remove vaccination mandates for passengers and federally regulated aviation workers;
  • Remove the Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC) duplicate health checks and questions through ArriveCAN at government checkpoints;
  • Remove manual selection processes for testing from CBSA and within airports;
  • Establish clear service standards for security and customs processing of passengers travelling through Canadian airports.

Canadians are ready to travel abroad, and international travellers are ready to travel to Canada. As demand for travel returns and other global economies re-open, Canada's border policies and resources must reflect the new reality.

About the Canadian Travel & Tourism Roundtable
The Canadian Tourism Roundtable is a cross-Canadian coalition of leaders in the tourism and travel sector – including representatives from airports, airlines, hotels, and chambers of commerce across the country – committed to working together to restart the sector smoothly and safely. Travel and Tourism is a $105 billion sector, employing millions of Canadians across the country and accounting for 2.1% of the country's gross domestic product. It advocates for a safe and prosperous tourism and travel sector across Canada.

SOURCE Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable

June 07, 2022
Atlific Hotels Announces the Retirement of Vice President, Operations Raymond St-Pierre

Montreal—Atlific Hotels, Canada’s most trusted hotel management company announced today that Vice President, Operations Raymond St-Pierre will retire effective June 17, 2022, after 25 years of dedicated service. 

“I cannot put into words the positive impact that Raymond has had over three decades at Atlific,” said Mr. Robert Chartrand, CEO, Atlific Hotels. “His skillful leadership, business acumen and dedication to our company through phases of growth and challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic helped us ensure Atlific’s position as a trusted partner in this industry.  His contributions to our company and to the industry at large cannot be overstated. We will miss him terribly but wish him the very best as he embarks on a well-deserved retirement.”

Prior to joining Atlific in 1997, Mr. St Pierre, was general manager of Montreal’s renowned Chateau Champlain.   During this time he led the transition of the property as it rebranded to Marriott.  Mr. St-Pierre was named Hotelier of the Year by the Quebec Hotel Association and was elected President of the Montreal Hotel Association in 1998, the same year he was appointed Vice-President, Operations for Atlific Hotels.  In 2010, he once again proved his effectiveness when he took on the additional role of general manager for Le Westin Montreal, on the site of the reimagined former Montreal Gazette building. Throughout his tenure, Mr. St-Pierre oversaw operation of numerous hotels in the Atlific portfolio as an integral and trusted member of Atlific’s leadership team.

Mr. St-Pierre graduated from Montreal’s Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec, with a concentration in Hotel Management.

ABOUT ATLIFIC HOTELS
Atlific Hotels is one of the leading hotel management companies in Canada operating over 40 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.atlifichotels.com.

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