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November 29, 2022
The Parkside Hotel & Spa Joins Beyond Green

Victoria, BC—/CNW/—The Parkside Hotel & Spa is proud to announce it has been welcomed into membership of Beyond Green – a global portfolio of planet Earth's most sustainable hotels. Committed to building a better and brighter future for people and the planet, Beyond Green offers travellers a curated way to discover, plan, and enjoy adventures that align with their responsible travel values and aspirations.

As a member of Beyond Green, The Parkside Hotel & Spa is dedicated to deliver on the three pillars of sustainable tourism – environmentally friendly practices that go beyond the basics; protection of natural and cultural heritage; and contribution to the social and economic wellbeing of local communities – while also adhering to more than 50 sustainability indicators that align with global sustainable tourism criteria and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Centrally located in the heart of downtown Victoria, BC, The Parkside Hotel & Spa is a pioneer in promoting sustainable tourism, since opening in 2009. A Green Key Global leader, proudly Climate Positive and Biosphere Certified, all elements in the hotel have been carefully thought out with a sustainable mindset.

"We're thrilled to be joining forces for good as the first urban property in the world to become a member of Beyond Green," said The Parkside Hotel & Spa General Manager Trina White. "United with other members in the portfolio, we're committed to building a brighter future for our community and the planet."

All guests of The Parkside Hotel & Spa are now eligible to enroll in the I Prefer Hotel Rewards loyalty program, which extends points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status, exclusive member rates, and other instant benefits upon every stay at more than 650 participating properties worldwide.

Since its launch in 2021, Beyond Green has continued to thoughtfully expand its footprint in different destinations around the globe and is honored to welcome The Parkside Hotel & Spa as not only the brand's first urban property, but also its first member hotel in Canada. For more information on Beyond Green, its brand pillars, and the benefits it provides to hotels, travelers, and the travel community, please visit StayBeyondGreen.com.

ABOUT THE PARKSIDE HOTEL & SPA 
The Parkside Hotel & Spa is committed to supporting a sustainable urban lifestyle, exploring, and adopting more sustainable practices to enhance the guest experience and ensuring the operation is treading as lightly as possible on the environment.
As a carbon-positive, all-suite hotel, accommodations at The Parkside feature fully equipped kitchens and kitchenettes, washers and dryers, private balconies, gas fireplaces, separate sleeping areas and plenty of space to relax and unwind.
Amenities include various meeting and event spaces, a wellness centre (featuring an onsite spa, 25-metre indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness centre), a private movie theatre, a rooftop patio with fire pits, along with Tre Fantastico Bistro. Uniquely Parkside—and fondly referred to as the heart of the hotel—the atrium is home to hundreds of plant species and koi. https://www.parksidevictoria.com.

SOURCE The Parkside Hotel & Spa

November 28, 2022
Creative Group Canada Welcomes Jennifer Barker, Account Executive, Business Development

Toronto/CNW/—Creative Group, a full-service meeting, incentive, and recognition company, announced today the hiring of Jennifer Barker as Account Executive, Business Development.

"We're thrilled to have Jennifer join our business development team in Toronto," said Manon Dicaire, Senior Vice President, Business Development. "Jennifer brings a depth of experience in brand strategy, marketing, event design and partnership management in the meetings and events industry."

"I'm really excited about joining Creative Group, with my industry background and skillset, this role is a natural fit," said Barker. "I'm in the unique position of having experienced several incentive travel programs that Creative Group designed, but on the participant side. I witnessed firsthand their authentic care and commitment to service and I've been a fan ever since — hoping one day I could work with them to create these amazing experiences!"

Creative Group offers innovative sales and channel incentive solutions and reward and recognition programs, as well as event management and experience design for meetings, product launches, trade shows, user conferences and group travel incentives.  

About Jennifer Barker
Jennifer Barker has nearly 20 years' experience in the meetings and events industry as a dynamic and accomplished sales and marketing professional. She has experience in designing business and consumer events focused on promoting brands and boosting sales. Most recently, Jennifer was the National Marketing Manager for Celebrity Cruises Canada, where she oversaw partnership strategies and has also held sales and marketing leadership roles in the advertising, media and publishing industries. With a passion for community, Jennifer has been a guest speaker at Ryerson University and Sheridan College and volunteers with the Happily Ever Esther Animal Sanctuary in Ontario.

About Creative Group
Creative Group, a Direct Travel company, is a full-service performance improvement company that delivers results by inspiring people to thrive. The company specializes in engagement, incentive and recognition solutions, and end-to-end meeting and event management. An industry leader, Creative Group has been honoured with multiple SITE Crystal Awards and the CMI 25 Award, which recognizes the top 25 most influential meeting and incentive management companies in the U.S.

Creative Group was founded in 1970 and serves clients in technology, financial services, life sciences, insurance, manufacturing, retail, automotive, hospitality and more. Employing over 190 people, the company is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, and maintains offices in San Francisco (Emeryville), Detroit, Appleton, Wisconsin and Toronto, Canada. For more information about Creative Group, visit http://www.creativegroupinc.com.

SOURCE Creative Group, Inc.

November 28, 2022
Recovery Continues on a Positive Trajectory According to IACC’s 2022 Meeting Room of the Future Barometer

The meetings and events industry’s recovery continues on a positive trajectory, with venues reporting continued growth in event volume levels, according to IACC’s latest Meeting Room of the Future Barometer (MRoTF) 2022, which was released today. Two-thirds of respondents reported recovery to above half of 2019 volume and one-third reported having surpassed a recovery to 80% of 2019 volume. 

The research shows that residential meeting venues are recovering faster than non-residential venues, especially in Europe, where approximately one quarter of residential venues have already surpassed pre-pandemic volume levels, compared with 9% in the Americas.  

Encouragingly, since the last MRoTF survey, in April 2022, the percentage of venues planning to invest in conference and meeting room spaces has increased to 70%, from 65, with public spaces the next highest priority. 

When asked about changes they had seen in the adoption of hybrid meetings in the last six months, the most noticeable shift reported by respondents was hybrid elements being added to events at short notice, to accommodate remote speakers. This was more common in the Americas (73%) than in Europe (48%). Similarly, the need for hybrid to be added at the last moment because of travel issues for attendees was almost twice as common for North American venues (60%) than for European venues (31%). 

Sustainability continues to increase in importance, though there are still clear regional disparities. The report shows that ESG policies appear to be of much higher priority for event planners in Europe than in the Americas, with European venues almost three times more likely to receive requests for their social responsibility credentials and twice as likely to receive requests for their environmental policies. 

The same is true for requests for carbon measurements, with 21% of European respondents receiving noticeable requests from clients to provide the carbon footprint to run meetings at their venues, compared with 6% in the Americas. 

Mark Cooper, CEO of IACC commented: “The latest Meeting Room of the Future Barometer clearly points to the fact that the industry’s recovery continues to grow, despite ongoing geo-political and economic challenges. Interestingly, regional disparities are becoming evident, with our report showing that Europe tracks ahead of the Americas in a number of areas, including the pace of recovery for residential venues and when it comes to requiring venues to provide evidence of sustainability criteria.

“I expect that we will begin to see this focus on sustainability growing globally in coming reports. As part of our commitment to supporting our members to deliver against the requirements of event planners, we recently created a template of questions for planners to add to their RFPs. The aim is to help them craft Requests for Proposals to venues, so that they can easily assess them based on their social and environmental credentials.

“From the point of view of IACC’s member venues, it is very promising that the report shows investment in facilities is increasing. As client expectations, preferences, and behaviours shift, it’s important that venues prioritise investment in their technological capabilities and in upgrading their conference and meeting spaces, as a return to in-person events becomes increasingly preferred.”

The survey was conducted in October 2022 and includes responses from 98 global venue operators, with over with 59% of respondents from the Americas (US and Canada), 37% from Europe (Sweden, the UK, Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands), and the balance from Australia.

IACC’s template of sustainability questions for planners to add to their RFPs can be found: https://www.iacconline.org/meeting-request-faq 

About IACC
Founded in 1981, IACC is dedicated to representing the best meeting venues globally and is, by definition, the future of the meetings industry realised. The association brings together the brightest, most innovative minds from around the globe.  IACC elevates the meeting experience by creating a unique point of entry that is inclusive of the best-in-class meeting venues internationally.  IACC membership is a symbol of meeting excellence and exceptional connections amongst the best in the meeting industry.  This exclusiveness makes IACC’s members part of an elite group representing the most innovative, forward-thinking, and results-driven meeting venues globally.

November 25, 2022
Niagara Falls Canada Welcomes Leading Group Tourism Conferences in November 2022

Niagara Falls, ON—In November 2022, Niagara Falls, Canada’s top international meeting and convention destination, welcomed two leading group travel and business event industry conferences.

Niagara Falls Business Events was pleased to welcome the OMCA Marketplace from November 13 – 16, 2022 at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre, providing over 150 group-tourism related companies from across Canada and the USA a chance to reconnect, network, learn and secure future group bookings. This important event allowed Tour Operators and Coach Operators to meet one-on-one with tourism suppliers over three days.

Niagara Falls Business Events in collaboration with the Tourism Partnership Niagara (TPN) and the Niagara Falls Convention Centre welcomed the PCMA Canada East Chapter, Canadian Innovation Conference 2022 (CIC22) from November 20-22, 2022, at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre.  CIC22 brought together over 250 meeting and event professionals and suppliers from across Canada whose organizations are engaged in providing services for meetings, conventions, seminars, exhibits and trade shows. CIC22 experienced all that the city of Niagara Falls offers for group tours and also the unique and memorable experiences extending into the Niagara Region including excellent shopping and 100 award-winning wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries.

The Conference showcased some of Niagara Falls’ and the region’s newest and finest experiences. Held at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre, this state-of-the-art venue just steps away from the famous waterfalls is one of Canada’s top meeting and convention destinations. Home to one of Canada’s hottest culinary scenes, delegates enjoyed outstanding fresh local produce and wines from the renowned Niagara wine region. Delegates also attended event premieres at the newest internationally acclaimed experiences and venues including the Niagara Parks Power Station and the new Tunnel.

Niagara Falls holds a coveted reputation as one of Canada’s top international meeting and convention destinations. Overlooking the legendary waterfalls, Niagara Falls is a four-season destination renowned for its awe-inspiring natural wonders combined with world-class accommodation, expansive entertainment options and elevated culinary scene. Located within a 1-day drive of half the population of North America, more than 152 M people. Visitors who come to experience history, nature and adventure, have made it Canada’s premier entertainment destination.

“Niagara Falls is proud to have been selected the host destination for these two important group tourism industry gatherings,” said Janice Thomson, President and CEO, Niagara Falls Tourism. “We were thrilled to showcase our destination including the newest internationally acclaimed experiences and event venues demonstrating why Niagara Falls should top the list of destinations for group travel and business events.”

MEDIA CONTACT
Irene Knight, Public Relations Manager
iknight@niagarafallstourism.com
C: 905-651-5790

About Niagara Falls Business Events | www.fallsmeetings.com
Niagara Falls Business Events (NFBE) is an affiliate program of Niagara Falls Tourism operating with a mission to make the destination a top-of-mind choice for meetings, conventions and events. Representing a network of industry partners, we take an active role in matching the destination’s world-class products and services to fit the varied needs of planners and executives. Our team is eager to support these needs in every way possible and to help create great meeting experiences.

About Niagara Falls Tourism | www.niagarafallstourism.com
Niagara Falls Tourism (NFT) is the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, representing almost 400 member establishments in Niagara Falls, including members throughout the Niagara Region. Welcoming almost 14 million visitors into the destination each year, NFT promotes the tourism and hospitality sector to visitors around the world. Dynamic marketing campaigns and signature events inspire visitors to explore Niagara Falls and support the success of local business. NFT fosters the international reputation of Niagara Falls as a four-season bucket-list destination and Canada’s entertainment capital.  
About the Tourism Partnership of Niagara | www.visitniagara.com
Tourism Partnership of Niagara (TPN) is the organization responsible for marketing the Niagara Region as a world-class, four-season travel destination to domestic and international markets. Through effective tourism marketing supported by aligned market research, we help to create jobs and generate wealth by stimulating demand for Niagara’s tourism economy. Our role is to increase awareness of Niagara Region, influencing consumers at the intent and consideration phase of the consumer path to purchase. Playing a leadership role in the Niagara Tourism and Hospitality that helps shape the Niagara narrative to attract business and leisure consumers to Niagara. 

About the Niagara Falls Convention Centre |fallsconventions.com
Niagara Falls Convention Centre is the region’s largest meetings and events facility. Steps away from the famous waterfalls, this state-of-the-art venue boasts more than 300,000 sq. ft. of open, flexible space. With close proximity to three international airports, world-renowned wineries and over 4,000 branded guest rooms, we make doing business easy.

November 24, 2022
An Extraordinary Expedition: Muir + Sable Island National Park Reserve

Muir launches an exclusive journey exploring one of the most secluded places in the world

Halifax, NS/CNW/—Muir hotel launches an Extraordinary Expedition inspired by the region's raw, physical beauty and enduring character, transporting guests to one of the most secluded places in the world. 

The 5-day expedition includes exclusive access to people and places throughout Nova Scotia with luxury accommodations at Muir. From snow-covered wineries and historic forts to Sable Island National Park Reserve, an isolated island of sand-dunes, the world's largest breeding colony of grey seals and over 500 wild horses. One of Canada's furthest offshore islands, access to Sable Island NPR is extremely limited with only a handful of tours permitted to visit each year.

Muir has partnered with Kattuk Expeditions to offer three tours scheduled for January and February of 2023. Fred Stillman, owner of Kattuk Expeditions, will personally lead the guests on a full-day tour of this windswept island.

"300 kilometers off the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and at the edge of the continental shelf lies a lonely bar of sand shaped by wind and ocean currents" explains Stillman. "Far away from any modern amenities and services, in the exposed open Atlantic Ocean with the Gulf Stream and Labrador currents nearby, this is the wild of wild, so remote and extreme, yet positively beautiful and gentle. This expedition is for those who seek wild reality and remoteness, to be immersed in an environment that functions entirely on its own and to visit it with just a handful of others. It is a place unlike any other in the world."

The Extraordinary Expedition is influenced by our proximity to and reliance on the sea. Meet with a local winemaker to learn how the highest tides in the world contribute to an award-winning terroir. Indulge in an in-room spa experience inspired by the sights, sounds, smells, and materiality of the ocean. Gain unique insight into the region through meals that reflect a contemporary expression of our shared culinary heritage. End each day in an executive suite, a soothing haven of quiet luxury with immediate views of the Atlantic Ocean.

For more information on the Extraordinary Expedition visit muirhotel.com or contact us directly at reservations@muirhotel.com

About Muir
Inspired by the enduring spirit, culture and character of Nova Scotia, Muir welcomes guests to a refined, distinctly Nova Scotian hospitality experience. Located in the absolute centre of downtown Halifax in the new Queen's Marque district, Muir offers unprecedented waterfront views and ocean access. Each of Muir's 109 rooms promise comfort, serenity and feature bespoke, made-in-Canada furniture and original Nova Scotia art. Muir's amenities include elevated, regional dining; ultra-premium wellness centre with high-performance fitness equipment, vitality spa pool and halotherapy salt room; Muir yacht and motorboat; and a significant regionally-curated art collection, including a private art gallery. Muir is a gracious host, a one-of-a-kind destination, and a true cultural beacon for Halifax and beyond. It is exactly like nothing else. 

About Kattuk Expeditions
Since 2017 Kattuk Expeditions have been operating guided expeditions to Sable Island National Park Reserve. In order to develop tour offerings that are safe and responsible, they have been working with Parks Canada and the Sable Island Institute. The Institute, an organization engaged in scientific, artistic, and cultural programs of research and education, both on and off the island, is headed up by long time resident and naturalist Zoe Lucas. By working closely with Parks Canada and the Institute, they can offer tours that are both educational and exciting, but also respectful of the wildlife and ecosystems that are unique and sensitive.  

About The Armour Group
The Armour Group Limited is a multi-dimensional investment firm. Our practise encompasses a variety of businesses within Atlantic Canada, but primarily, we are defined by our leading position as an integrated real estate development and construction firm. Our multi-generational practice is dedicated to the principles of excellence and is built on the mandate of creating a "sense of place" in our work. The company is unique in its integration of the concept design, development, construction, and internal management of all real estate assets.

SOURCE Muir hotel

For further information: Stephanie Carver, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager, The Armour Group/Muir, scarver@armourgroup.com

November 22, 2022
Dual Branded Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott® Opens in Montreal Midtown, Quebec

Montreal/CNW/—Marriott International, Inc. announced today the opening of a new 274-room dual-branded Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Montreal Midtown, Quebec. Located at 6787 & 6785 Decarie Blvd, the Courtyard and Residence Inn Montreal Midtown hotels are owned by TAV Educational, and operated by iHotels by InnVest Hotels of Toronto, Canada.

We are very excited about this long-awaited moment," said TAV president and founder Abraham Boyarsky, a Concordia University mathematics professor and Lubavitch community member.

Located in the borough of Cote-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grace, the Courtyard and Residence Inn Montreal Midtown offer Kosher-friendly accommodation featuring a full Kosher kitchen, daily Kosher breakfast as well as options for guestroom types including suites with fully equipped kitchens for those that like to cook their own meals. In addition, Shabbos locks are also available, these hotels are your best choice, while in Montreal Midtown!

The hotels also include multiple and uniquely designed gathering areas in the main lobby, a Bistro featuring fresh seasonal menus, evening Bar as well as a Grab and Go option – for the morning rush. Over 2500 square feet of naturally lit meeting space, indoor pool, elaborate fitness center, indoor parking and electric car charging stations are also available.

"Situated in Montreal Midtown with numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options, the property offers guests convenient access to Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, highways and the Metro subway line providing access to the downtown core within minutes. The perfect location for business or leisure – we are pleased to be a part of opening and operation of these two beautifully designed hotels." said Satinder Dhillon, Senior Vice President, iHotels.

The Courtyard Montreal Midtown guest room offers hybrid zones for working, sleeping, relaxing and getting ready. The new room design is intuitive and thoughtful, offering flexible yet comfortable spaces that enable technology. Upon arrival, guests can store bags on the "Luggage Drop" and plug personal devices into the "Tech Drop" ledge for seamless technology integration.

The Courtyard also offers the Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and bright area outside of their rooms. Along with media pods, complimentary Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings. The lobby also features the newly designed Bistro, the epicenter of the lobby, which fosters social connections and collaboration with more flexible and informal seating options. As an ideal casual dining destination, the new Bistro offers guests a wide variety of fresh classic  menu items with a contemporary twist. In the evening, the Bistro Bar also features an array of cocktails, beer and wine for guests to enjoy at the end of the day. The entire menu was carefully designed to offer a variety of flavorful, fresh items to satisfy every palate from morning to night.

The Residence Inn Montreal Midtown offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Designed for stays of five nights or more, each suite also has a fully equipped kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave oven and residential-sized appliances. Guests looking for a revitalizing sleep experience will enjoy the hotel's plush mattresses and crisp linens, while guests focused on being productive will value their suite's large, well-lit work desk, ergonomic chair and complimentary high-speed Internet access.

The Residence Inn's complimentary breakfast has a variety of great options, including specially made featured items. Guests can start their day off right with healthy food choices and, with a convenient to-go offering, can make sure they do not miss the most important meal of the day.

Extending the feeling of comfortable living on the road, the hotel offers guests inviting and functional public spaces to relax or collaborate. Road warriors and families alike enjoy the hotel's complimentary breakfast, grocery delivery service, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour onsite food and beverage market, dry cleaning services, and onsite guest laundry room. The hotel is pet-friendly and maintains a business library where guests can fax, copy and print materials, and provides guests with a fitness center.

ABOUT COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
Courtyard is the hotel brand of choice for ambitious and enterprising guests who see business travel as a driver of personal fulfillment and professional growth. Courtyard provides opportunities for guests to pursue both their personal and professional passions on the road. With more than 1,100 locations in over 50 countries and territories, Courtyard is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott's travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com. For more information or reservations, visit courtyard.marriott.com, become a fan on Facebook or follow @CourtyardHotels on Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT
Residence Inn by Marriott is the global leader in the extended-stay lodging segment, with more than 700 properties located in more than 10 countries and territories. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living, working, and sleeping zones. Fully functional kitchens; grocery delivery service; 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfasts help guests maximize their time and thrive while they travel. Each Residence Inn offers free Wi-Fi in both public and guests spaces to ensure continuous connectivity while on the road. As a member of the Marriott International portfolio, Residence Inn is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott's travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com. For more information or reservations, visit residenceinn.marriott.com. For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, "like" Residence Inn on Facebook and follow @ResidenceInn on Twitter and Instagram

ABOUT TAV Educational Programs Inc.
TAV Educational Programs Inc. is a holding company established in 1997 in Montreal, QC that owns three hotels - Courtyard Montreal Midtown, Residence Inn Montreal Midtown and Ramada Plaza all located in Montreal, Qc. The president of TAV Educational Programs Inc. is Dr. Abraham Boyarsky, a long-time mathematics professor at Concordia University that is an award winner author and novelist and is the founder and Director-General of TAV College.

ABOUT iHOTELS
iHotels, by InnVest Hotels (InnVest), is Canada's largest hotel owner and operator. We are a full-service hospitality organization that provides management services to third-party hotel owners. Our unrelenting focus is on driving topline results and maximizing your bottom line; our strength is in our strategic approach to managing all aspects of your business building on the cornerstones of our team. For more information visit innvesthotels.com

SOURCE InnVest Hotels

November 22, 2022
Economic Recovery of Canada’s Travel Sector Depends on Public-Private Partnership and Key Policy Changes, says Tourism Industry Association of Canada

Ottawa (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)—New research released today from Destination Canada may indicate the full recovery of Canada’s travel economy by as early as 2024, led by the continued strength of the domestic market and the quickly rebounding US market.

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) says its own ambitious goals of a full recovery will take considerable work to achieve. Speaking today at the organization’s annual Tourism Congress, a two-day event taking place this year at The Westin Ottawa, TIAC’s Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs Marc Seguin emphasized to an audience of over 400 delegates that the sector was still a very long way from a full recovery.

In its recent submission to the Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, Randy Boissonnault, TIAC set sector goals to be achieved by 2030; which include total tourism spending in Canada at $134 billion, a total tourism labour workforce of 2.5 million workers, and 30 million total annual international overnight visitors, among other key goals.

“We know that there are four key areas where a host of policy actions are needed,” he said, during his Leadership Report that kicked off the Congress’ first day. “TIAC and the member-businesses and organizations we represent are confident our proposed goals are achievable by 2030 if adequate financial resources are earmarked in support of the new (federal tourism growth) strategy… but to get us there, a number of other things need to happen.”

Specifically, Seguin emphasized that the government of Canada should focus redevelopment of the strategy to include policy changes in four key areas:

     i) Attracting and retaining a sustainable tourism workforce,
     ii) Improving access for visitors to and within Canada,
     iii) Developing and promoting tourism assets, and
     iv) Building a regenerative and inclusive tourism industry.

These “pillars of action” undergird the Association’s submission to the government to guide its redeveloped strategy; and in drafting it, Seguin said TIAC consulted extensively with its members, other industry leaders and organizations across Canada. “Our submission is a well-thought-out plan for how best to help us get to our sector goals by 2030,” he added.

Among other bold ideas proposed to recover the sector, Seguin recommended the creation of a Tourism Policy Council of Ministers, led by the Minister of Tourism himself. “The strategy’s success rests in all tourism partners rowing in the same direction and never losing sight of our destination,” said Seguin. “But all of the 24 federal departments and agencies now playing a role in tourism must place (these) tourism goals as a top priority. We all need to embrace and reimagine Canada’s tourism industry.”

Congress continues tomorrow (Nov. 23, 2022) with educational sessions from industry leaders, as well as a “fireside chat” between Seguin and Minister Boissonnault.

Those unable to attend can access recordings here for a fee as of Dec. 1, 2022.

ABOUT TIAC
Founded in 1930 to encourage the development of tourism in Canada, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is the national voice and champion of the industry. TIAC serves today as the national private-sector advocate for the pre-pandemic $105 billion travel sector. Based in Ottawa, TIAC takes action on behalf of Canadian tourism businesses and promotes positive measures that help the industry grow and prosper. TIAC is responsible for representing tourism interests at the national level, and its advocacy work involves promoting and supporting policies, programs and activities that will benefit the sector’s growth and development. TIAC’s membership reflects partnerships among all sectors of the industry, and provincial, territorial and regional tourism associations, enabling the association to address the full range of issues facing Canadian tourism.

For more information about TIAC, visit: tiac-aitc.ca. To learn more about TIAC’s Tourism Congress, click here.

Media Contact:
Mary Wimmer
Director, Communications & Media Relations
Tourism Industry Association of Canada
t: 613-238-7887 ext. 8765
e: mwimmer@tiac-aitc.ca

November 22, 2022
Latest Outlook Indicates Full Recovery for Canada's Tourism Industry as Early as 2024 - One Year Earlier than Previously Forecast

Domestic tourism continues to lead the recovery with spending set to reach 2019 levels by 2023

Vancouver, BC—Today, Destination Canada published its Fall Tourism Outlook which forecasts that despite ongoing challenges, the recovery trajectory for Canada's tourism sector is strengthening, bolstered by the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and resilience in travel demand. Leisure travel is now expected to recover to 2019 levels by 2024, considered a remarkable feat, one year earlier than previously forecasted in Spring 2022. Download the Fall Tourism Outlook here.

Domestic tourism will continue to lead the sector's recovery with strong spending providing a foundation for brisk recovery to 2019 levels. Domestic travel market spending is expected to reach 92% of 2019 levels by the end of 2022 and fully recover in 2023.

The recovery of the US market, which is Canada's biggest opportunity, is poised to accelerate in 2023, with spending reaching 91% of 2019 levels as lifted border restrictions and a strong US dollar encourage recovery. In 2024, spending by US travellers in Canada is expected to reach 112% of 2019 levels.

Visits from the US are projected to reach 82% of 2019 levels in 2023 and fully recover in 2024.

International overnight arrivals reached 61% of 2019 levels over the summer months of 2022. Tourist expenditures and international arrivals are set to return to a long-term growth trend by 2026.

"This accelerated forecast is the recovery signal we have all been working to achieve. Restarting our industry has been hard on everyone and we still have a long way to go. Over the summer months of 2022, overnight international arrivals reached only 61% of 2019 levels. But the future looks very promising, if we are able to fully capitalize on it," says Marsha Walden, President and Chief Executive Officer, Destination Canada. "Globally, pent-up demand for travel remains very strong, but we know travellers have many, many choices for places to go. We must ensure Canada becomes a more competitive destination, while also rethinking our approach to tourism to maximize the socio-cultural, economic and environmental benefits the industry can bring to all of Canada."  

This latest forecast also includes an extended model looking at the decade ahead as far as 2030. If Canada's tourism sector continues on the current forecasted trajectory, it has the potential to bring in more than $142 billion dollars in 2030 - a 35% growth in just over a decade. This bullish 2030 forecast requires the competitive fundamentals to be in place.   

"Every single person that works in the tourism industry is helping accelerate the sector's recovery in a true Team Canada effort," says The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance. "The opportunity ahead for this sector, the businesses and people that work in it is immeasurable. Our Federal Tourism Growth Strategy will help set the course for the future of tourism in Canada, creating a clear path forward to drive growth, investment and stability in this valuable sector."

Key Takeaways

  • Full recovery of tourism spending in Canada is expected in 2024. However, in inflation-adjusted terms, real Canadian tourism spending will not fully recover to 2019 levels until 2026.
  • Our forecast has shifted since the spring, and we can now optimistically predict that – with the right conditions in place – Canada is likely to hit closer to the upside of a $129B to $147B range in 2030.
  • Domestic travel market spending is recovering briskly and is expected to reach 92% of 2019 levels in 2022 and fully recover (in nominal terms) in 2023.
  • The US market is poised to accelerate in 2023, with spending reaching 91% of 2019 levels as lifted border restrictions and a strong US dollar encourage recovery. Visits from the US will reach 82% of 2019 levels in 2023 and fully recover in 2024.
  • Overseas markets are expected to recover more slowly with the effects of economic recession (Europe), travel restrictions (China), and weak travel sentiment (Asia) prolonged into 2023. Overseas travel to Canada will recover modestly to 64% of 2019 volumes in 2023 and will approach recovery in 2025 with 95% of 2019 volumes. Full recovery of overseas visits to Canada will occur in 2026.
  • Asian markets, including China, Japan, and South Korea will remain sluggish through 2023 due to an entrenched reluctance to travel long-haul. However, in the long-term China will outpace other international markets, with visitation reaching 134% of 2019 levels in 2030. 
  • While downside risks to the forecast are notable, Canada is well-positioned to continue its recovery due to a resilient domestic market, competitive regional position, and pent-up demand for both leisure and business travel.

Canada's Tourism Sector by the Numbers

  • One in 10 Canadian jobs is tied to tourism (9.8%).
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises make up 99 per cent of businesses in Canada's tourism sector, significantly contributing to Canadian livelihoods.
  • In 2019, Tourism directly contributed to more jobs (696,000 direct jobs) across Canada than jobs directly generated by agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas industries combined (620,140 direct jobs).
  • Tourism also added $45.2 billion to Canada's GDP in 2019, a contribution that was on par with the GDP from agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting combined.

About Destination Canada:
At Destination Canada, we believe that tourism enhances the wealth and wellbeing of Canadians and enriches the lives of visitors. Our mission is to influence supply and build demand for the benefit of locals, communities and visitors through leading research, alignment with public and private sectors, and marketing Canada nationally and abroad. 

Knowing that diversity is our greatest asset, we promote Canada as a premier four-season leisure and business tourism destination around the country and world in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, our Business Events team leverage in-depth global market analysis to target international clusters aligned with Canada's priority economic sectors.

Destination Canada is a Crown corporation wholly owned by the Government of Canada.

For more information visit www.destinationcanada.com

SOURCE Destination Canada

November 21, 2022
IHG and Iberostar sign a strategic alliance for resort and all-inclusive hotels in the Caribbean, Americas, Southern Europe and North Africa

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG or the Company) and Iberostar Hotels & Resorts (Iberostar) announce today a long‑term commercial agreement for resort and all-inclusive hotels. Iberostar is a family-run business based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, with more than 65 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, an excellent reputation for operating resorts in outstanding locations, and a strong commitment to quality and sustainability. Through this strategic alliance, Iberostar will retain 100% ownership, preserving its autonomy and values. Up to 70 hotels (24.3k rooms) will be added to IHG’s system under the Iberostar Beachfront Resorts brand, which will become the 18th brand for IHG. This will boost IHG’s global system size by up to 3%. The first properties set to join the IHG system this December will give IHG guests increased choice in sought-after locations including Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Brazil and the Canary Islands (Spain). Further properties in Spain and other popular resort destinations in Southern Europe and North Africa are anticipated to join IHG’s system over the course of 2023 and 2024.

IHG guests will be able to look forward to memorable stays in award-winning hotels*, ranging from family friendly premium offerings to adult only luxury, in leading resort destinations, including: Iberostar Grand Paraiso (Riviera Maya, Mexico); Iberostar Selection Hacienda Dominicus (Bayahibe, Dominican Republic); Iberostar Grand Rose Hall (Montego Bay, Jamaica); and Iberostar Selection Anthelia (Tenerife, Spain). These add to IHG’s existing 260 resort properties that span brands including Six Senses, Regent, InterContinental, Kimpton, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Club Vacations. IHG has fewer than 20 resort properties in the countries where the Iberostar Beachfront Resorts properties are located. The agreement therefore significantly increases and broadens IHG’s resort footprint.

The portfolio of Iberostar properties will gain access to IHG’s enterprise platform, including its distribution channels and the IHG One Rewards loyalty programme with more than 100 million members. IHG in turn will increase awareness of its current brands with a new set of travellers, and meet a clear desire from guests and loyalty members for more resort destinations and the option of all-inclusive stays.

In what is a large and high growth market segment, demand for resort and all-inclusive stays has been buoyed by increasing traveller desire for high quality experiences and stress-free holidays, particularly post-Covid, and the ability to access such stays as part of loyalty programme membership. The breadth of resort choices for travellers has also increased in recent years, with luxury and upper upscale destinations creating more wellbeing and sustainability-led experiences that tailor to changing guest expectations.

Iberostar and IHG share many company values, including a passion for sustainability and responsible tourism, with Iberostar’s pioneering Wave of Change movement outlining clear aims to move towards a circular economy, promote the responsible consumption of seafood and improve coastal health. As part of the agreement, IHG will work with Iberostar to create opportunities for joint sustainability initiatives that align with IHG’s 2030 Journey to Tomorrow responsible business plan.

The Iberostar Beachfront Resorts brand will be included in a new Exclusive Partners category in IHG’s brand portfolio, which will sit alongside its Suites, Essentials, Premium and Luxury & Lifestyle categories.

Keith Barr, Chief Executive Officer, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “As we continue to expand the footprint of our world‑famous brands, we are always looking at exciting, sustainable growth opportunities in areas that can further enhance our offer for guests and owners. Guests have told us of their wish for increased choice of resort and all-inclusive destinations within our brand portfolio. We are delighted to address that by working with such a well-respected, experienced and like-minded partner as Iberostar, and to see more amazing hotels join our system that continues IHG’s growth in so many of the world’s most attractive markets and destinations. Iberostar has successfully developed a leading presence in beachfront and all-inclusive properties in the Caribbean, Americas, Southern Europe and North Africa over many decades, and we are excited about the opportunities to further grow the brand’s footprint together. This agreement increases IHG’s system by up to 3%, which helps to deliver on our ambitions for system growth. We continue to explore further opportunities for growth with exclusive partners, demonstrating the strengths and attractiveness of IHG’s enterprise platform.”

Sabina Fluxá, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Iberostar Group, commented: “With this agreement, we set the path to continue the outstanding growth that began 40 years ago with the creation of the Iberostar brand and which has positioned us among the top resort brands in the world. The alliance with IHG combines our strengths, represents a decisive step forward in the distribution of Iberostar’s beachfront resorts, and reinforces our position as a benchmark in responsible tourism. By working together we will grow our portfolio and we are really looking forward to hosting IHG loyalty members in our collection of premium and luxury beachfront resorts and all-inclusive properties.”

Miguel Fluxá, Chairman, Iberostar Group, added: “This strategic alliance will enable Iberostar Beachfront Resorts to benefit from IHG’s industry-leading technology, deep skills and global scale. Retaining 100% ownership of Iberostar allows us to continue to generate differentiation in the hospitality industry with a long-term vision for our employees, clients, tour operators, distribution partners and local communities that have been loyal to us during all these years. We will continue to stay true to who we are, preserving our philosophies and values of quality and sustainability.”

Further details on the agreement and financial overview:

  • The agreement gives IHG a licence to the Iberostar Beachfront Resorts brand. The agreement has an initial term of 30 years and the option to renew for additional terms of 20 years upon mutual agreement.
  • The agreement is expected to add up to 24.3k rooms across 70 properties to IHG’s system over the next two years. Of these, 27 properties (8.2k rooms) still require additional approvals from third parties in order to join IHG. The total of up to 70 properties would be equivalent to growth of 2.8% on IHG’s global estate of 880.3k rooms at the start of 2022. The first rooms are expected to come into IHG’s system in December this year, with these representing approximately half of the total rooms subject to the overall agreement.
  • The 70 properties are all beachfront resorts. They exclude Iberostar’s other operations, such as its smaller portfolio of urban hotels, and also exclude Iberostar’s interests in Cuba. The approximate geographic split of revenues from the selected portfolio of 70 hotels in 2019 was: Mexico 22%; Dominican Republic 13%; Jamaica 8%; Brazil 5%; Spain 40%; other EMEAA region locations 12%.
  • A pipeline of six further Iberostar Beachfront Resorts properties, representing ~3k rooms, is also expected to be added to IHG’s pipeline. This pipeline will increase as IHG and Iberostar work together to grow the brand’s footprint through the long-term commercial agreement.
  • The total gross revenue of the existing portfolio of 70 hotels was approximately $1.3bn in 2019, equivalent to growth of over 4% on IHG’s $27.9bn of total gross revenue. Under the agreement, IHG will receive marketing, distribution, technology and other fees in a manner similar to its existing asset light model.
  • IHG’s fee structure will ramp-up over a period through to 2025 as the hotels increasingly integrate onto IHG’s platform. By 2027, representing year five of the agreement, annual revenue recognised within IHG’s fee business is expected to be in excess of $40m, with a broadly similar amount additionally recognised within System Fund revenues.
  • Reflecting integration investment, the net impact on IHG’s operating profit from reportable segments is expected to be modestly negative in 2022 and 2023. It is then expected to turn positive in 2024, before ramping up significantly from 2025 with the final step up in the fee structure and the expected shift in distribution channel mix.

About IHG®
IHG Hotels & Resorts [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global hospitality company, with a purpose to provide True Hospitality for Good.

With a family of 17 hotel brands and IHG One Rewards, one of the world's largest hotel loyalty programmes, IHG has over 6,000 open hotels in more than 100 countries, and more than 1,800 in the development pipeline.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated and registered in England and Wales. Approximately 325,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices globally.

Visit us online for more about our hotels and reservations and IHG One Rewards. To download the new IHG One Rewards app, visit the Apple App or Google Play stores.

For our latest news, visit our Newsroom and follow us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter.

About Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
Iberostar Group is a 100% family-owned Spanish multinational company that boasts over 65 years’ experience in the tourism industry and business origins dating back to 1877. Its main line of business is Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, which includes the portfolio of up to 70 hotels in 15 countries under this agreement, with a global team of more than 25,000 people of 95 nationalities. The Group has become an international benchmark by promoting a responsible tourism business model focused on caring for people and the environment. The Wave of Change movement, a pioneering and innovative initiative from Iberostar, reflects the company’s specific commitment to the environment and oceans, and its efforts to promote these concerns to society as a whole. With sustainability as the driving force and lever behind the business, the company places the circular economy at the centre of its strategy and is working on its own 2030 agenda to be waste-free by 2025, carbon-neutral by 2030, 100% responsible in its seafood supply chain by 2025, and to improve the health of the ecosystems that surround its hotels, among other goals. Iberostar was the first hotel chain to remove single-plastic use amenities in all their hotels worldwide back in 2020. The company is a leader in quality and drives differentiation in the customer experience through constant product innovation and commitment to digitalization.

Iberostar Group is advisor to UNWTO, WTTC and World Economic Bank, and has been recognized at international level supporting and participating as speaker at Harvard University, Stanford University, COP 25-26-27, OECD and FITUR amongst others. The company has received several international awards including Eco Trophea Germany (2022) and WTM Latin America Responsible Tourism Award (2022), and has been recognized by several international media amongst the Best International Resorts in Europe and The Americas.

November 17, 2022
Hyatt Centric Congress Avenue Austin Opening Set For February 1, 2023

Hyatt Centric Congress Avenue Austin announced today that the highly anticipated 31-story hotel in the heart of downtown Austin is set to open, along with restaurant Luminaire and bar Las Bis, on February 1, 2023. The hotel is now accepting reservations at hyattcentriccongressavenueaustin.com.

Hyatt Centric Congress Avenue Austin will be located at 721 Congress Avenue, steps from the Texas Capitol and in the middle of the vibrant downtown arts and culture district. Guests staying in one of the 246 guestrooms, including 5 suites, will find the hotel as the perfect launchpad for exploring Austin. Next door to the hotel are two of the city's most historic buildings, the Paramount (1915) and State (1935) theatres, and the hotel's designers, Nelsen Partners (architecture) and UCO Studio (interiors), deftly weave the spirit of these iconic Austin-area venues and the city into many areas throughout the property.

The hotel's interior spaces evoke a modern, bohemian-chic gallery inspired by Austin's unique style with nods to the city's energetic music and arts scenes, and showcase an extensive art collection created by artists from the Austin area and beyond. Among some of the hotel's artistic touches are the use of guitar-amp nightstands, vintage concert posters from the theatres in guestrooms, and the "Recording Lounge," which is one of the meeting rooms offering a creative, intimate space for social gatherings or executive meetings.

The third floor of the hotel is dedicated to 2,560 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, featuring hardwood floors, state-of-the-art technology and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the city below. An additional 1,400 square feet of event space is also available on the 31st floor, which is the hotel's penthouse named the "Artist Residence." Inspired by an artist's loft, in addition to space for private functions, it boasts full living and dining areas with an outdoor deck showcasing stunning panoramic views and a cozy indoor fireplace.

The hotel will also be an attraction for city residents, in addition to travelers, with the hotel's dining and bar concepts, perfect for dinner or drinks before a show or a sole destination. Luminaire will be San Antonio chef and six-time James Beard Foundation finalist Steve McHugh's first Austin restaurant, occupying the full ground floor of the hotel. Guests checking in, or in search of an amazing new bar in downtown, will head up to the 8th floor to the hotel's lobby alongside Las Bis. The bar's outside terrace will offer full views of the Austin skyline while patrons try the playfully plated conservas, craft cocktails and biodynamic wines.

Chef McHugh's team will oversee food and beverage for banquets at the hotel as well as in-room dining. Hyatt Centric Congress Avenue Austin's stand-out features also include a 24/7 fitness center with gorgeous views, Pelotons, a tribute to professional boxer Matt Martinez of Matt's El Rancho including a punching bag and his portrait. There will also be Drybar hair dryers, Nespresso coffee makers, BeeKind bath amenities and JBL Bluetooth speakers in the guestrooms.

For more information or to book a reservation, please visit hyattcentriccongressavenueaustin.com. And check out the website for details on opening promotions available. For any sales-related inquiries, please email AUSCT-RFP@hyatt.com.

November 17, 2022
PCMA Announces 2023 Class of 20 in their Twenties

Class of 2023 to be Celebrated at Convening Leaders 2023

Chicago, IL—PCMA has selected 20 emerging leaders from the next generation of global business event professionals for its annual “20 in Their Twenties” program. The class of 2023 represents business event strategists, suppliers, and destinations from the North America and EMEA regions.


Supported by the PCMA Foundation and Experience Columbus, the class of 2023, will be honored at Convening Leaders 2023 January 8-11 in Columbus, Ohio.

“These 20 leaders represent the future of the global business event industry; they are making a significant impact for their organizations and helping to advance the profession overall,” said Meredith Rollins, PCMA chief community officer and executive director of the PCMA Foundation. “We are fortunate to have a committed task force comprised of members, including class alumni, to review, discuss and ultimately select this next generation of industry leaders.”

The PCMA “20 in Their Twenties” class of 2023 includes:

Nikki Bibbero
Founder, Event Manager
Bibbero Meetings and Events

Laura Caprioli
Acting Business Events Manager
VisitBritain/VisitEngland

Sarah Chen
Convention Marketing Manager
Visit Anaheim

Malcolm Farrell-Mitchell
Senior Business Development Manager – UK & Europe
Business Events Perth

Kate Fries
Meeting Manager and Business Development Manager
Bostrom

Nikki Gonzales
Chief of Staff
Soundings

Sibley Guilianelli, CSEP, CIS
Registration Manager, Customer Experience & Insights
Creative Group, Inc.

Tomell Harbison
Meeting & Event Coordinator
Talley Management Group

Eimear Hone
Senior Association Account Manager
ICC Belfast

Anna Lommatzsch, CMP, DES
Event Manager
Informa Markets, Global Licensing Group

Siena Manoogian, MBA
Annual Meetings Coordinator
American Urological Association

Mary Kate McBurney, MBA
Conference Manager
Meeting Expectations

Ashley Montoya
Chief Staff Executive & Membership Manager
Civica Associations Conferences & Exhibitions

Kadejah Omokaro, MBA, DES
Manager of Conferences and Events
National Head Start Association

Mara Rodas
Sales Coordinator, Global Sales & Service
Destination Toronto

Cole Sales
Marketing Manager
eShipping

Taylor Savage
Regional Director
Experience Columbus

Jenna Sopko
Manager, Business Meetings and Events
National Association of REALTORS

Heather VanderVoet
Event Coordinator
Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s

Diana Zarate, MA
Client Relationship Manager
Shocklogic

The class of 2023 receives a variety of benefits, including a scholarship to participate in Convening Leaders 2023, complimentary registration for EduCon 2023 in Montreal, one-year complimentary PCMA membership and a feature story in PCMA’s Convene magazine.

For media queries from the Americas, APAC, EMEA, and requests for interviews with Sherrif Karamat, please contact: Meghan Risch, PCMA Chief of Staff, Vice President, Corporate Communications

About PCMA
PCMA, PCMA Foundation and CEMA educate, inspire, and listen, creating meaningful experiences where passion, purpose and commerce come together. We are the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists, providing senior-level education, networking, and market intelligence for the global business events industry. Our mission is to drive social and economic progress through business events. Headquartered in Chicago, IL PCMA has 17 North American Chapters, regional communities in APAC, EMEA and LATAM, and members in 59 countries. The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), a PCMA subsidiary, advances strategic event marketing and marketing communications for senior-level event marketers and industry professionals. Visit us at pcma.org.

About PCMA Foundation
The role of the Foundation of PCMA is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant-giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the business events industry. Annually the Foundation funds over $900K in impact, and since 1985 has funded over 2,500 scholarships, 100 research studies and education programs, and $2.7M in charitable giving.

November 17, 2022
Laurent Gardinier, New President of Relais & Châteaux elected on November 14, 2022, in Venice, at the 52nd Annual Congress of the Association

It's official: Laurent Gardinier has been named successor to current president Philippe Gombert. He will take over the role on January 1, 2023 following a six-week handover.

The new President: reaffirming our commitments

Paris/CNW/—Laurent Gardinier, a co-owner, along with his brothers, of Relais & Châteaux Domaine Les Crayères in Champagne, and of Parisian restaurant Le Taillevent, currently represents the association as National Delegate for France and has served as a member of the board of directors for 17 years. As President, as well as honoring the commitments of his predecessor, he will be dedicated to serving our member properties and enhancing the solidarity of the Relais & Châteaux association and the fundamental values it embodies. Assisted by an experienced, complementary management team that shares his ambitions, he will ensure the democratic vitality of the Association while giving teams clear, balanced and ambitious development and performance objectives.

"I am focused on three main areas: reducing our environmental footprint with economically realistic solutions; preserving biodiversity, working in particular with our chefs; and enhancing respect for each of our employees and increased social responsibility; all while maintaining the financial health of our association," said Laurent Gardinier.

The outgoing President: tireless dedication
Philippe Gombert, who was elected as President in November 2013 and has served two successive terms. He will remain active within the association, as Honorary President, a member of the Commission Network, and as co-owner, with his wife Stéphanie, of the Château de la Treyne in the Dordogne – a member of Relais & Châteaux since 1992. During his governance, on November 18, 2014, he presented an ambitious vision for the association to UNESCO, pledging to 'make a better world through food and hospitality' and to 'elevate the fine art of living'. This vision, drawn up with Olivier Roellinger, Vice-President of Relais & Châteaux, and in collaboration with our chefs, defines the arts of hospitality and cooking with respect for the future of the land and its people, taking into account the uniqueness of its 580 independent properties spread across 65 countries.

"I am very optimistic for the future of Relais & Châteaux. Between the Executive Committee, the Management Committee and their teams, the association is in good hands. Our civilization, our world, is at a fundamental turning point, but Relais & Châteaux has the right people and the right tools to adapt, evolve and advance with it," said Philippe Gombert.

The 2023 Executive Committee: skills, continuity and renewal
Laurent Gardinier has formed an Executive Committee to ensure the governance of the Association. It has eight members, including four new ones, and is comprised of five men and three women:

First Vice-President: George Goeggel of Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, California – member of the committee since 2009
Vice-President, Chefs: Mauro Colagreco, Restaurant Mirazur, Menton, France – new committee member.
Vice-President, Africa: Shan Varty, Londolozi, South Africa – new committee member.
Vice-President, Asia-Oceania: Kana Otowa, Restaurant Otowa, Tochigi, Japan – new committee member.
Vice-President, Europe: Vito Cinque, Il San Pietro, Positano, Italy – member of the committee since 2017.
General Secretary: Susanne Gräfin von Moltke, Gut Steinbach Hotel Chalets SPA, Germany – member of the committee since 2020.
Treasurer: Matías de Cristóbal, Awasi, Iguaçu, Argentina, Patagonia, Chile – member of the committee since 2017.
Member: Justin Zammit Tabona, The Xara Palace, Malta – new committee member.

In addition, the existing management team in Paris will further support Laurent Gardinier. The team consists of:

  • Anthony Torkington, General Manager
  • Benoît Juillet, General Delegate
  • Lars Seifert, Chief Communications & Sustainability Officer
  • Arnaud Wielgus, Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer

ABOUT RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX
Relais & Châteaux, established in 1954, is an association of 580 unique hotels and restaurants throughout the world, owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs – most often families – who are passionate about their craft and deeply committed to forging warm, lasting relationships with their guests. Established on five continents, from the Napa Valley vineyards to Provence to the beaches of the Indian Ocean, Relais & Châteaux invites people across the globe to savour delicious journeys, to discover the inimitable art de vivre engrained in each local culture and to share an incomparable, unforgettable experience. Relais & Châteaux members protect and promote the wealth and diversity of the world's culinary and hospitality traditions, to ensure they continue to thrive. They are equally dedicated to preserving local heritage and the environment, as articulated in the association's Vision presented to UNESCO in November 2014.

www.relaischateaux.com @relaischateaux #relaischateaux #deliciousjourneys

SOURCE Relais & Chateaux

November 16, 2022
Luxury Hospitality Brand AKA Announces Opening in Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida

AKA's Sophisticated Hotel Residence in West Palm Beach Will Open December 1 for Weekly and Monthly Stays.

West Palm Beach, Fla.—AKA, a global leader in luxury hospitality, announces the December 1 opening of its second South Florida location, AKA West Palm, located at 695 South Olive Avenue. In the heart of West Palm Beach's central business district, the five-story property features 215 brand-new hotel residences comprised of studios, one- and two-bedroom accommodations, and Penthouse suites that combine the ambiance of a private residence with the indulgent services of a luxury hotel. En-suite amenities include sleek kitchens, washers and dryers, and private terraces while public spaces offer an indoor/outdoor lounge and bar, a resort-style pool and deck, a state-of-the-art Technogym, an executive conference room and smaller conference nooks, and a dedicated pet spa.

AKA West Palm is conveniently located adjacent to the events and cultural arts hub, Rosemary Square, and is within walking distance of historic Clematis Street, home to gourmet dining, luxury retail, and lively nightlife. The area now services several premier office towers where financial, legal, and consulting corporate headquarters have relocated from the Northeast, associated with the elevated quality of life The Palm Beaches offer. Blocks from the Intracoastal Waterway, AKA West Palm offers views of the water and nearby beach access in Palm Beach proper, just five minutes west.

AKA West Palm is designed to serve the needs of a variety of discerning guests, including business professionals, leisure travelers, and local residents. With many businesses in its vicinity, AKA West Palm expects to service a steady flow of corporate travelers throughout the year. A mile from the Brightline train station, AKA West Palm offers a seamless commute from Fort Lauderdale and Miami, allowing South Floridians to visit guests at the property or check in for a getaway. AKA also offers the ideal long-stay accommodations for West Palm residents to host visiting friends and family, 'staycation' in the area, or consider during home renovations and real estate transitions.

Experiential Amenities Catering to Resident Needs

AKA West Palm offers a sophisticated terrace lounge and bar designed to feel like an extension of AKA's residential living rooms. The glass-enclosed lounge is intimate and sophisticated, featuring high ceilings that enhance the waterfront views. Natural light flows into the space to accent the elegant Carrara marble and contrasts with charcoal wood detail.

Beyond the terrace lounge and bar is a chic pool area framed with lush landscaping. Guests are welcome to sunbathe on lounge chairs, cool off with a swim, or relax in the shade provided by overhead trellises. Visitors can also use the space for evening gatherings, equipped with elongated fireplaces for cooler nights.

An innovative Technogym fitness center offers residents the Excite Live line of classes, an immersive experience that includes personalized training, Technogym coaches, mobile connectivity, and more.

To cater to business travelers, AKA West Palm also features a private, and convenient conference space available to book for executive meetings, with seating for up to 10 people.

AKA West Palm is a pet-friendly hotel residence and is home to the brand's first-ever pet spa, which will offer pampering services provided by local professionals.

Coming in 2023, the property will offer residents, visitors, and locals F+B options in partnership with beloved West Palm restaurants The Blind Monk and Egg Bar.

Transformative Design and Art

Inspired by nature, AKA West Palm's design focuses on eliminating excess. Textural components such as dark wood grain and brushed aluminum create definition throughout the public spaces, which were designed by Claudio Salazar of RooTSDNA and Svjetlana Davidovic of SD3SIGN. AKA's VP of Design, Nicholas Cardone was responsible for the room furnishings, which are set against a backdrop of stone, metal, and wood that together create clean lines and minimal contrast.

The exterior of the building features artwork by Pere Gifre called "Current," an ocean-inspired, large-scale piece that guides guests toward the property's lobby. This striking piece uses more than 200 colors to create a realistic ocean, capturing authentic hues, textures, and reflections. Gifre's sculptural work is based on the interaction and study of water and its beauty, purity, and force, with "Current" adding to his extensive portfolio of designs inspired by nature.

In the parking garage, guests are welcomed by the "stay happy, stay aka" custom graffiti-style mural by Corey Paige Designs. To complement the "Current" piece, the waterfront views, and the property's calming aura, the mural is designed with blue and green spray paint, consisting of smiley faces, hearts, and peace signs to brighten guests' moods as they arrive. Based in New York City, Corey's expressive style aligns with the AKA brand, exploring themes of joy, passion, and positivity. Her recent work includes a digital New-York themed mural in the JetBlue terminal of John F. Kennedy International Airport, exposing her art to thousands of travelers daily.

For more information about AKA West Palm, please visit the website at https://www.stayaka.com/aka-west-palm

CONTACT:  akasofla@quinn.pr

SOURCE AKA

November 16, 2022
GTHA Announces Sara Anghel as President & Chief Executive Officer

Toronto, ON—The Greater Toronto Hotel Association is proud to announce the appointment of Sara Anghel as the new President & CEO.

“After a thorough search process Mrs. Anghel was a natural choice for the position” said Chairman of the Board Mr. Tim Reardon. “In addition to her prior experience with associations and government, the search committee appreciated her collaborative management style and drive to bring the association to the next level.”

In her most recent position Sara Anghel served as president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada since 2008.

Mrs. Anghel has served on a number of national and international industry boards including as Chair of the Ontario Region Recreational Boating Advisory Council (RBAC), Co-Chair of Transport Canada’s National Recreational Boating Advisory Council (NRBAC) and President of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) {First Woman in its 55 year history}.

Mrs. Anghel has over 25 years of experience in the realm of government relations. She has served in a number of political positions with the Ontario government including communications, policy and chief of staff to the Minister of Northern Development & Mines and Environment, Energy, Natural Resources and Health.

In 2019, Sara was recognized as Woman of the Year by the Marine Retailers of America and in 2015 received the Boating Ontario President’s Award for outstanding contribution to the boating industry.

In her spare time, Sara enjoys boating with her family and gardening.

Mrs. Angel will commence the position of President & CEO at the GTHA on November 28th.

About the Greater Toronto Hotel Association (GTHA)
Founded in 1925, the Greater Toronto Hotel Association has been serving the hotel industry of the Greater Toronto Area for over ninety years. A major stakeholder in the tourism industry, the GTHA is the voice of the Greater Toronto Area's hotel industry, representing 170 hotels, with approximately 36,000 guest rooms and 32,000 employees. The GTHA is dedicated to serving the interests of its members on issues of public policy and advocates to raise the profile and prosperity of our members as a vital component of the hospitality industry.

For more information contact: 
Emily Dickson
edickson@gtha.com
(519) 319-1352

November 15, 2022
WorldHotels™ Launches in Canada with Nine Properties Across Luxury, Elite and Crafted Collections

Well-respected Canadian hotel company Prestige Hotels & Resorts brings nine British Columbia properties to WorldHotels Portfolio

Phoenix/CNW/—WorldHotels announced today the launch of the WorldHotels brand in Canada with the introduction of nine hotels across the Luxury, Elite and Crafted Collections. The properties are all owned by Prestige Hotels & Resorts, which was started by the Huber family nearly 30 years ago and features some of the finest upscale properties across British Columbia. With this expansion, travelers in Canada can now experience the WorldHotels brand, which delivers memorable experiences and offers impeccable service in some of the world's finest locations.

"This expansion into Canada is monumental for the WorldHotels brand and we're thrilled to be joining with Prestige Hotels & Resorts, such a well-respected Canadian hotel company," said Ron Pohl, President of WorldHotels. "Each of these nine properties captures the spirit of its location and brings something special and unique to our collection. We see tremendous opportunity for growth throughout Canada and these hotels set the stage perfectly for the expansion of our brand across the country."

The nine hotels are some of British Columbia's finest, with all offering superior service and the extra amenities that set these properties above the rest, such as complimentary bikes or e-bikes, sporting equipment, beach toys and board games to help guests enjoy the beauty surrounding each property. These exceptional hotels will cater to the unique needs and preferences of today's sophisticated traveler:

  • Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sooke, Luxury Collection: This full-service, oceanfront resort in the seaside community of Sooke offers two onsite dining experiences and a seasonal cafe, along with an extensive local and international award-winning wine list, room service, an athletic club with ocean views, wellness spa, indoor pool and hot tub, licensed firetables with ocean views, and indoor and outdoor convention, banquet and meeting facilities, with full catering services. Guests looking for something extraordinary will love The Pacific Penthouse. Located on the top floor of the resort, this exquisite penthouse offers more than 1,920 square feet of indoor living space and an additional 1,700 square feet of private outdoor space, with two master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.
  • Prestige Harbourfront Resort Salmon Arm, Luxury Collection: Located on the banks of a nature estuary with unobstructed views of Shuswap Lake and Bastion Mountains, the Prestige Harbourfront Resort Salmon Arm offers an upscale, yet comfortable experience. Located just blocks from downtown's shopping and dining offerings, the resort features 120 guest rooms, many with lake views and private balconies. The resort has two outstanding dining options, meeting and convention space, and resort amenities such as an indoor and outdoor pool, outdoor hot tub, onsite spa and salon, arcade and athletic club.
  • Prestige Treasure Cove Resort Prince George, Elite Collection: With a local flair and first-class service, the Prestige Treasure Cove Resort Prince George offers guests a unique experience with all the desired amenities, including several onsite restaurants, casino, billiards room, swimming pool, waterslide and hot tub. Business travelers will appreciate the business center, fitness area, and meeting spaces. Centrally located just minutes from pristine forests and lakes, and outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, and golf, this resort offers visitors a memorable experience in one of the world's finest locations.
  • Prestige Lakeside Resort Nelson, Elite Collection: With its scenic waterfront location, the Prestige Lakeside Resort Nelson offers guests the opportunity to relax in the resort's greenspace and enjoy the view of the Kootenay lake and Selkirk mountains. Onsite dining options include a restaurant and lounge as well as a café, and the resort offers outstanding amenities including an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, meeting and event space and a full menu of services at the relaxing Mountain Waters Spa, along with a marina and water activities near the hotel.
  • Prestige Beach House Kelowna, Crafted Collection: Situated directly across from Kelowna's famous Hot Sands Beach and just two blocks from the main downtown hub, the Prestige Beach House Kelowna is an ideal hotel for both leisure and business needs. With a swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, restaurant and several meeting spaces, the property captures the spirit of the Kelowna.
  • Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort, Crafted Collection: Sitting just minutes from the world-famous hot springs pools in the beautiful village of Radium Hot Springs, the Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort offers the most breathtaking mountain views, making it an ideal choice for any getaway, extended vacation or business trip. Perfect for those interested in exploring the area golf courses, wildlife and outdoor activities, the hotel's amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, fitness room, restaurant, lounge, and meeting and banquet facilities.
  • Prestige Cranbrook Rocky Mountain Resort, Crafted Collection: With two vintage rail cars converted into designer luxury suites, this Crafted hotel appeals to guests who crave creativity and ingenuity. The Prestige Cranbrook Rocky Mountain Resort features two exceptional restaurants, as well as an onsite salon, spa, indoor swimming pool, hot tub and athletic center, and meeting and event space to accommodate up to 500 people.
  • Prestige Kamloops Hotel, Crafted Collection: This fully renovated hotel is considered one of the best hotels in Kamloops and provides easy access to all the attractions and amenities that this lively city has to offer. Amenities include a swimming pool, waterslide, hot tub, fitness center, meeting space and a brand-new restaurant. Whether guests enjoy shopping, skiing at Sun Peaks Resort, or outdoor pursuits like golf, hiking, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, the Prestige Kamloops Hotel provides seamless, expert service.
  • Prestige Mountain Resort Rossland, Crafted Collection: Nestled between the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges of beautiful British Columbia, Rossland is the perfect destination for the outdoor enthusiast, and the Prestige Mountain Resort Rossland offers everything guests need to enjoy this unique location. Guests can relax in the hot tub, be entertained in the arcade and dine in the onsite restaurant and lounge, including a patio with lovely valley views, and have easy access to the areas golfing, skiing, hiking, mountain biking and fishing destinations. The resort also offers meeting spaces and secure bike and ski storage lockers.

"It is an honor to join the WorldHotels portfolio," comments Joe Huber, CEO, Prestige Hotels & Resorts. "WorldHotels has represented the gold standard in global hospitality for decades, making this an ideal partnership for us and our hotels. We have a long history of providing luxury travel experiences in British Columbia and we believe the power of WorldHotels will elevate our offerings to our valued guests."

With a collection of properties in more than 200 iconic destinations worldwide, WorldHotels offers travelers the opportunity for exciting discoveries in the most unexpected places to rediscover any destination they seek. Guests staying at these British Columbia hotels can enjoy the benefits of leading loyalty program, WorldHotels RewardsSM, where members receive exclusive access and privileges at any of our upscale, independent hotels worldwide. Learn more about WorldHotels Rewards.

About WorldHotels Collection
WorldHotels™ Collection is a privately held hotel soft brand within the BWH Hotel Group® global network. Founded by independent hoteliers dedicated to the art of hospitality, and celebrating its 50th year anniversary in 2021, WorldHotels offers one of the finest portfolios of independent hotels and resorts around the globe, expertly curated to inspire unique, life enriching experiences that connect people and places. WorldHotels is comprised of four unique collections, each with its own personality and style to appeal to the needs of today's traveler. The collections include: WorldHotels Luxury, WorldHotels Elite, WorldHotels Distinctive and WorldHotels Crafted. For more information visit WorldHotels.com. 

Media Contact: 
Katie Ray
Director, Public Relations
602.957.5526
Katie.Ray@bwhhotelgroup.com

November 14, 2022
Cedar Spoon Indigenous Catering Brings Tradition to the Table

First-of-its-kind, catering company offers a modern take on historic meals.

Kitchener, Ont.—With the resurgence in demand for culinary adventures, Cedar Spoon Indigenous Catering offers a fresh take on experiential dining through a curated collection of Indigenous bites. This niche catering company is set to provide clients with the unique opportunity to learn about the traditional pantry used by First Nations through an exclusive menu curated by Chef Destiny Moser, Owner of FoodZen, and Bingemans Catering.

“I was blessed to grow up in a family where we broke bread together. There is something that is so beautiful when you gather for a meal. It deepens our relationships and strengthens our bond. To me, food is holistic. It's medicine," explains Chef Destiny. "Cedar Spoon isn't just an opportunity to bring mindfulness to these traditions. It's also an opportunity for me to show people how food can connect and heal.”

The Cedar Spoon menu will showcase recipes rooted in our history, such as smoked meats and Three Sisters Soup while introducing clients to more a contemporary take on notable ingredients like salmon, hominy corn, pheasant, and more. The menu will provide a unique introduction to a relatively untapped area of the culinary world while imparting a new awareness and appreciation for what Mother Earth provides.

“After the positive response we received from the inaugural Neebing Indigenous Art Fair this past summer, it was clear there’s a real opportunity and desire to bring other Indigenous experiences to the region,” comments Mark Bingeman, President of Bingemans. “The goal is to showcase tradition in a way that speaks to the modern palette, all while paying homage and respect to our past. That’s why we joined forces with Chef Destiny. Cedar Spoon is the result of her passion, knowledge, and expertise. We’re merely here to ensure this menu can touch as many tables as possible.”

For a look at the menu, or more information on how to book Cedar Spoon Indigenous Catering for your next gathering, visit cedarspoon.ca.

About Cedar Spoon Indigenous Catering:
Established in 2022, Cedar Spoon is an Indigenous Catering Company aimed at bringing awareness to authentic indigenous cuisine, while honouring Canada’s roots from a food perspective. While Cedar Spoon is the collaborative brainchild of seasoned Chef Destiny Moser and Bingemans Catering, it operates as its own entity and strives to connect clients with a traditional, and regional pantry of ingredients through experiential dining. To learn more about us and our menus, visit cedarspoon.ca and be sure to follow us on Instagram at @cedarspoon.ca

For more information, please contact:  
Stephen Murdoch
Vice President, Public Relations
289-241-3997
Enterprise Canada
595 Bay Street, Suite 1202
Toronto, ON M5G 2C2

November 10, 2022
Tourisme Montréal ranks No. 1 in North America for responsible tourism management, according to the GDS index

Montreal/CNW Telbec/—Tourisme Montréal has been recognized by the Global Destination Sustainability Index 2022, a world reference in sustainable tourism. The impact of the organization's Sustainable Destination strategy is tangible; Montréal has been ranked first in North America for its performance in rendering tourism more sustainable. Among large cities, Montréal ranks third, ahead of Paris, Berlin and Sydney.  

"This ranking confirms the relevance of the actions taken as part of our Sustainable Destination strategy. We are accelerating an exemplary shift for the industry, and we firmly believe that by 2030, we will ensure the organization of environmentally friendly corporate and sporting events, in addition to encouraging sustainable business practices," said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. 

Tourisme Montréal was evaluated on nearly 70 criteria aligned with the United Nations 2030 Agenda, segmented into four main areas: environmental, social, supplier engagement and destination management. 

It is not only Tourisme Montréal's score that is impressive, but also its progress. With a score of 74%, Tourisme Montréal showed an improvement of nearly 25% over 2019. This progress is due to the implementation of the Sustainable Destination plan, a truly holistic intervention framework that responds to issues identified by key industry players. In particular, the organization has created a Best Practice Guide for eco-responsible events, in addition to conducting an evaluation of the social impact of professional events.

This evaluation also pinpoints areas open to improvement, such as supplier commitment with a score of 61%. Tourisme Montréal is working on ways to improve for 2023; for example, the provision of sustainable development training by activity sector. 

The cities featured in the list are said to be courageous, bold and pioneering. Tourisme Montréal strongly recognizes the urgent need to work together to make the city a destination where visitors, citizens, and nature can thrive.  

ABOUT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDG)  
In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs are a blueprint and a call to action for all countries - poor, rich and middle-income - to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that expand economic growth and address a range of social needs, including education, health, social protection and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/ 

About Tourisme Montréal 
Tourisme Montréal is a 100-year-old private, non-profit organization that works to position Montréal as an international-calibre leisure and business travel destination. Uniting nearly 1,000 businesses and organizations working directly or indirectly in tourism, Tourisme Montréal plays a leading role in the management and development of Montréal's tourism business, and makes recommendations on issues surrounding the city's economic, urban and cultural development. For more information, go to www.mtl.org

SOURCE Tourisme Montréal

November 10, 2022
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, In Partnership with The Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association (BLLHA), Launches David M. Bayne Legacy Fund with a 10-Year Commitment to Supporting the Next Generation of Industry Talent

This long-term initiative aims to award 42 bursaries in recognition of Bayne's 42-year career with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Toronto/CNW/—In honour of the late David M. Bayne, a beloved long-time hotelier at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise who passed away on March 10, 2022, a group of industry partners have come together to launch the David M. Bayne Legacy Fund, making a 10-year commitment to support aspiring post-secondary students in their pursuit of hospitality, culinary, or tourism education. Bursaries of $5,000 each will be granted to a minimum of four students per year on an annual basis over a 10-year period, with the ultimate goal of awarding 42 students in total––a symbolic tribute to Bayne's 42-year career with Canadian Pacific Hotels and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. The program will also include a hospitality mentorship program in Banff National Park, encouraging local industry leaders to follow in Bayne's footsteps by providing guidance to the next generation of industry talent.

The David M. Bayne Legacy Fund has been initiated by Bayne's former employer, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (Accor), the Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association, and the Banff Canmore Community Foundation. Early financial commitments have been received from the owners of the Fairmont Western Mountain Region Properties, Sunshine Village and the Scurfield family, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Summer Gondola, Brewster Stables, and others. Together, these partners have secured an initial amount of $92,000, with a goal to fundraise $250,000 by the end of 2023 via corporate and individual pledges. They will also hold a charitable golf tournament at the Fairmont Banff Springs on May 25, 2023. 

"I had the privilege of working alongside David for many years. Whether he was meeting kings, politicians, celebrities or one of the many guests of the hotels, David was always an exceptional role model for both his peers and his colleagues. He had a remarkable ability to identify talent, and nurture potential within his team; this Fund will continue his legacy of mentorship among the tourism industry's next generation of rising stars," says Heather McCrory, CEO North & Central America, Accor.

"During his tenure with both Canadian Pacific Hotels and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, David travelled internationally promoting the Canadian Rockies and tourism in Canada with humour and humanity," says Wanda Bogdane, Executive Director, Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association. "We are honoured to support this important initiative and hope that it will make a difference in the lives of many young people through building a connection to a place that David cherished." 

These bursaries will aim to attract young people to the tourism and hospitality industry through their choice of education, while also offering support to those facing barriers on their hospitality and tourism career path. The Fund's partners, in consultation with Bayne's widow, Lori, will strive to award four bursaries in 2023 to support Fall 2023 post-secondary educational enrolment. Recipient targets will include all Canadians with an interest in pursuing careers in hospitality, with a special consideration for new Canadians, Albertans and local youth in the Banff and Lake Louise region.

Bayne, whose first job in the Canadian Rockies was as a houseman at the Banff Springs Hotel in 1966, worked his way through the ranks to General Manager at the world-class Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, where he continued to inspire young professionals until his retirement in 2008. Bayne was recognized as a trusted collaborator by Parks Canada for the respect he showed towards the guardianship of Canada's national parks and upon his retirement, served on the Travel Alberta Board of Directors from 2009 until 2013, contributing to its direction for global tourism development. In his eyes, Bayne's major career achievement was the wide array of relationships he built with his team of employees and the guidance that he was able to offer them; as he liked to put it, "value each job that you have and dream big."

To learn more about the David M. Bayne Legacy Fund and to make a donation, individuals are encouraged to visit the Fund's online giving portal via the Banff Canmore Community Foundation here

About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
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.  

About the Banff & Lake Hospitality Association
The Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association (BLLHA) is a respected, consensus-building organization that promotes and advocates for the well-being of the accommodation, food & beverage, and tourism sectors in Banff National Park. BLLHA was founded in 1974 to fill the unique niche of working toward the common political and economic interests of the destination.

About the Banff Canmore Community Foundation
Together with our partners, Banff Canmore Community Foundation leads, inspires and support change for a sustainable community where everyone belongs. We help people contribute and take creative action to make our community a better place to live, work and play.

SOURCE Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

November 10, 2022
Banff Centre Announces First Annual Purposeful Travel Summit Featuring Rick Steves

Banff Centre is proud to present the first annual Purposeful Travel Summit on February 14th and 15th, 2023. The Purposeful Travel Summit will launch a new era in travel that integrates sustainability, education and a passion to promote travel that contributes to a better world.

Travel is essential to our growth and well-being, as well as to the livelihood of communities worldwide. Purposeful Travel encourages visitors and host destinations to be intentional in the experiences they seek and provide. It encourages engagement and awareness in everything we do. This summit will specifically explore the key values of People, Planet, Place and Pace.

TV host and travel writer, Rick Steves, will deliver a digital keynote address during the summit based on his extensive experience. The perspective that he will share is based on his belief that “the aim of travel should be to create better global citizens, and a global citizen does their best work at home.”

Megan Epler Wood, sustainable tourism researcher, educator and author will also share her knowledge and insight into current and future travel trends in a keynote presentation at the summit. Megan has led her firm EplerWood International since 2003 to design net-positive regional tourism development projects working in over 35 countries.

The value proposition in travel has shifted from quantity to quality, and this summit will explore that concept by examining how tourism has an opportunity to: 

  • Be more sustainable by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and negative impacts on host communities. 
  • Be more impactful by delivering rejuvenation through wellness travel and connecting to place via slow travel.
  • Provide education and encourage storytelling around how we create extraordinary experiences that make the world a better place.

Joe Pavelka, Professor of Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership at Mount Royal University will host the summit. “Purposeful Travel as a concept is inclusive, so this summit is designed to appeal to tourism industry professionals, academics, and students. It is also open to essential tourism collaborators such as local governments, non-governmental organizations and of course community members who are residents in and around tourism regions.”

Banff Centre has a long history of inspiring people to challenge ideas and create change through education and collaboration. Situated in the majestic Rocky Mountains of Banff National Park, we provide a world-class setting for this summit to demonstrate what Purposeful Travel is and can be in the future. For more information and to register for the Purposeful Travel Summit please visit www.banffcentre.ca/purposeful-travel-summit

November 09, 2022
Marriott International Introduces Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy, Responding to Growing Consumer Demand As Travelers Increasingly Blend Work and Leisure

New offering expected to spur development opportunities globally

Marriott International, Inc., today announced its expansion into apartment-style accommodations with the launch of Apartments by Marriott BonvoyTM. The company is seizing upon growing consumer interest among families and friends seeking more space for stays, propelled by the blending of work and leisure travel, and the desire among younger travelers for wider accommodations options.

Marriott is building upon its 26 years of experience with Marriott Executive Apartments, its serviced-apartment brand in Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. With the introduction of Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy, the company expects it will enhance portfolio growth globally and bring the serviced-apartment concept to Marriott guests in the U.S. and Canada.

“Travelers planning vacations and long business trips today are seeking more choice in accommodations, and the introduction of Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy responds to those trends while offering developers a premium product backed by our trusted name and distribution platform,” said Stephanie Linnartz, President, Marriott International. “With Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy, guests will be able to shop a wider array of accommodation options within the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, growing their loyalty to the portfolio and its range of brand offerings.”

Marriott plans to introduce Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy in the upper-upscale and luxury segments, distinguished from Marriott’s existing extended-stay brands, with distinctly designed products that reflect the local neighborhood for independent travelers seeking more space and residential amenities. Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy will feature a separate living room and bedroom, full kitchen, and in-unit washer and dryer, but will be differentiated from Marriott’s existing extended-stay brands by not providing certain traditional hotel services such as food and beverage, meeting spaces, and retail. Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy is anticipated to offer developers the flexibility to build new properties or convert existing properties, with a design approach similar to the company’s successful Autograph Collection and Tribute Portfolio lodging brands, which offer consumers independent, uniquely distinguished hotel experiences. Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy will be backed by Marriott’s powerful reservations engine and Marriott Bonvoy, the company’s award-winning travel program with 173 million members.

Among travel consumers and Marriott Bonvoy members, there is a growing desire for premium accommodations that provide home-like amenities as travelers combine work and leisure trips to reconnect with family and friends. According to Phocuswright research, three of the top five reasons for selecting an apartment-style rental are more room or space, access to a full kitchen and laundry, and home-like feel.1

Prospective developers can learn more about Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy and all the company’s brands on Marriott’s development website. Offer and sale by prospectus only.

[1] Through the Roof: U.S. Short Term Rentals 2021, Phocuswright, January 2022

Note on Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of United States federal securities laws, including statements related to planned new product offerings; demand trends for certain types of lodging products; growth plans and expectations for the new product offering; expectations regarding growth in customer loyalty; and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous evolving risks and uncertainties that we may not be able to accurately predict or assess, including the risk factors that we identify in our U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply in this press release. We make these forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release and undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc., (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of nearly 8,200 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 138 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.Marriott.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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November 09, 2022
GBTA’s First Sustainability Summit Harnesses Collective Efforts for Driving Action to Net Zero Business Travel

High-level event brings together almost 300 global experts, travel industry, and policy leaders to outline solutions to decarbonize business travel aligned with Paris Climate Goals 

Brussels—An acknowledgment of urgency, value of collaboration, and the need for concrete action were the pervasive drivers of GBTA’s first Global Sustainability Summit yesterday which focused on decarbonizing business travel in alignment with the Paris Climate Goals – and the 27th United Nations Climate Summit (COP27) happening concurrently this week in Egypt. 

Hosted by the Global Business Travel Association, the world’s largest association dedicated to the business travel sector, and its charitable arm, the GBTA Foundation, the one-day, high-level event at the Square – Brussels Meeting Center attracted nearly 300 global delegates including sustainability, travel industry, and policy leaders and experts to outline concrete solutions and map a climate action plan for sustainable global business travel. 

“The level of engagement at this inaugural event shows that our industry and others recognize that a collective approach to sustainability is critical – and taking action is of the utmost importance,” said Delphine Millot, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, GBTA and Managing Director, GBTA Foundation. “For GBTA, building a greener future means championing industry efforts, developing and scaling solutions and tools, and ultimately eliminating the carbon footprint of business travel so people and businesses can continue to connect.” 

Highlights from the GBTA Sustainability Summit  
The Summit provided a forum for essential connections, meaningful exchanges, and frank discussions for attendees. In his opening conversation, Walter Goetz, Head of Cabinet for Transport Commissioner, European Commission, outlined the role of business travel as a force for good and the importance of scaling the solutions to decarbonize transport instead of depressing demand. 

Expectations from COP27 and what role business can play in leading the transformation was the premise of the opening panel. Caroline Strachan, Managing Partner, Festive Road, moderated the discussion of a cross-section of leaders: Paul Abbott, CEO, American Express Global Business Travel, and chair of the GBTA Foundation; MEP Jan-Christoph Oetjen, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee; Brune Poirson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Accor, and Former French Secretary of State for the Environment; and Denise Auclair, Corporate Travel Campaign Manager, Transport and Environment. 

Breakout sessions led delegates through discussions of key topics in climate action such as how to navigate standards in green hospitality, bridging the gap in electromobility, encouraging a shift to rail, driving data accuracy and best practices in cutting emissions, and harnessing the role of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in getting to net zero for business travel by 2050. 

The event culminated in a two-part think tank session where attendees turned ambition into action to design a climate action plan for the sector.  

GBTA recently became the first business travel organization to join the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Travel and Tourism. To deliver on the commitment to drive action in the business travel sector to halve emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050, GBTA has committed to releasing a Climate Action Plan outlining pathways for the industry. During the think tank session, members of the GBTA Sustainability Leadership Council guided participants in outlining an industry plan aligned with the five pathways of the Declaration: “Measure, Decarbonise, Regenerate, Collaborate, Finance.” 

The event’s closing keynote speaker, Dr. Gabrielle Walker, Founder and Director of Valence Solutions and non-profit organization, Rethinking Removals, addressed “The Climate for Change” and what a low carbon future looks like for business travel. She emphasized the importance of reshaping finance and investing in innovative technologies to reduce emissions.  Her call to action to the industry was to gradually replace traditional offsets by carbon removals to achieve net zero goals for business travel. 

“Our goal is to empower global travel buyers and suppliers to place climate action at the forefront of their travel programs and operations to accelerate the industry’s green transition,” said Mark Cuschieri, GBTA Sustainability Leadership Council Chair, and GBTA Board of Directors Vice President. “The only way we’ll get to a greener future and achieve the Race to Net Zero is by getting there together as an industry. This Summit was an impactful next step, but there’s a lot of work ahead – and GBTA will be sharing more as the journey continues.”  

GBTA’s Next Steps in Sustainability for 2023 
Cuschieri concluded the Summit by outlining what GBTA will be prioritizing over the coming year to foster action and progress:  

  • Advocating with policymakers for investments in Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and green technologies, development of the rail and charging infrastructure, better multimodality, and interoperability, as well as a single global standard to calculate emissions for business travel 
     
  • Harmonizing attributes to benchmark sustainability efforts by suppliers  
     
  • Extending partnerships with like-minded organizations and NGOs to multiply the impact of the collective work 
     
  • Establishing a climate action plan and pathway for the industry, with a roadmap and concrete steps on how to decarbonize business travel – building on the momentum and outcomes of the Summit’s think tank session  

About the GBTA Sustainability Program  
GBTA launched its Sustainability Program in 2021 to support climate action initiatives working in tandem with its members, the industry, and other essential stakeholders. Since then, GBTA has released a comprehensive, landmark study, “The State of Sustainability in the Global Business Travel Sector,” and hosted an inaugural Sustainability Pavilion at the 2022 GBTA Convention, as well as launched a revamped Sustainability Toolkit.  

The association has also attracted expert advisors from across the industry as part of the Program’s Founding PartnersSustainability Leadership Council, and Corporate Advisory Board. In addition to becoming a Glasgow Declaration signatory, GBTA has entered into a strategic partnership with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.  

Learn more about the GBTA Sustainability Program or email sustainability@gbta.org.  

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 members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy, and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn more, visit gbta.org.  

About the GBTA Foundation  
The mission of the GBTA Foundation, the US 501c3 charitable arm of GBTA, is to help the global business travel industry create a positive impact and a better future for people and the planet. The GBTA Foundation focuses on the strategy and execution of GBTA’s global sustainability programs, supporting initiatives related to climate action; diversity, equity and inclusion; and other talent-related topics via education, research and advocacy.  

November 08, 2022
Hotel Renovation Projects in Canada Show Substantial YOY Increase at Q3 Close

According to the recent Hotel Construction Pipeline Report for Canada by Lodging Econometrics (LE), LE analysts report that in the third quarter of 2022 the total construction pipeline in Canada stands at 263 projects/34,825 rooms, up 2% by projects and rooms year-over-year (YOY).

At the Q3 close, projects presently under construction in Canada stand at 54 projects/6,984 rooms. Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months are at 105 projects/14,270 rooms, a 24% increase by projects and a 37% increase in rooms YOY. Projects in the early planning stage show a slight 2% increase with 104 projects/13,571 rooms recorded.

The Bank of Canada recently announced another interest rate increase to bring its policy interest rate to 3.75 percent. Even with this additional increase, building activity remains above pre-pandemic levels as developers continue to move projects forward. In the third quarter, Canada had 20 new project announcements with 1,463 rooms.

Hotel renovations in Canada are up substantially YOY, with project counts three times larger than they were at this time last year. At the end of Q3 2022, renovation totals stand at 48 projects/5,808 rooms and conversion totals stand at 56 projects/6,505 rooms. Combined, renovations and conversions reached a cyclical high by projects and closed the quarter at 104 projects/12,313 rooms.

Ontario is the most active province for pipeline projects in Canada at Q3 2022, with 148 projects/20,396 rooms. Next is British Columbia, at a record high by rooms, with 47 projects/7,239 rooms, and then Quebec with 20 projects/2,633 rooms. Together these three provinces account for 82% of the projects in Canada’s Pipeline.

The top cities in Canada’s hotel construction pipeline, at the Q3 close, are Toronto with 62 projects/9,147 rooms, claiming 26% of all the rooms in the country’s total construction pipeline. Following distantly are Vancouver with record project and room counts of, 19 projects/2,694 rooms, and Montreal with 15 projects/2,140 rooms. These three cities alone account for 37% of the projects and 40% of the rooms in Canada’s total pipeline.

Marriott International leads the top hotel companies in Canada’s construction pipeline with a record high project count of 73 projects, accounting for 9,977 rooms, followed by Hilton Worldwide with 64 projects/7,824 rooms, and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 43 projects/4,426 rooms. These three companies make up 68% of the projects and 64% of rooms in the total construction pipeline.

The top brands in the pipeline are Hilton’s upper midscale Hampton by Hilton brands with 25 projects/2,872 rooms, IHG’s Holiday Inn Express with 21 projects/2,257 rooms, and Marriott’s Fairfield Inn with record high projects counts of 18 projects/1,678 rooms. Other noteworthy brands in the Canadian hotel construction pipeline are Home2 Suites by Hilton with 17 projects/1,821 rooms, TownePlace Suites by Marriott with 17 projects/1,811 rooms, and Hyatt Place with 10 projects/1,612 rooms.

In the first three quarters of 2022, Canada had 19 new hotel openings, accounting for 2,015 rooms. LE’s forecast for new hotel openings predicts another 12 hotels/1,778 rooms will open in the last quarter of 2022, bringing the year-end total to 31 new hotel openings with 3,793 rooms, for a 1.1% room supply increase. 2023 is forecast to see another 1.1% increase in room supply with 37 new hotels/4,036 rooms expected to open, and in 2024 LE analysts anticipate that 42 new hotels, accounting for 4,042 rooms, will open and come online.

About Lodging Econometrics (LE)
For nearly 25 years, Lodging Econometrics (LE) has been the industry-leading provider of global hotel intelligence and decision-maker contact information. LE custom-builds business development database programs for hotel franchise companies looking to accelerate their brand growth, hotel ownership and management companies seeking to expand their real estate portfolios, and lodging industry vendors interested in increasing their sales. To learn more about our business development programs, contact us: +1 603.431.8740 or info@lodgingeconometrics.com.

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November 07, 2022
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation Hosts Tourism-Focused Events in Canada

The Ministry continued its 'Bringing The Bahamas to You' Global Sales and Marketing Missions in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal

Nassau, Bahamas/CNW/—This week, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA) continued its successful series of Global Sales and Marketing Missions in Canada to reengage tourism partners and boost visitor arrivals from the area.

A quintessentially Bahamian kickoff at Calgary's Fairmont Palliser Hotel brought a sampling of Bahamian culture and cuisine to Western Canada on 31 Oct. Following the success of that event, the Honourable I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation led a delegation of senior tourism officials to participate in a trio of November events. These included meetings with key stakeholders from across the tourism industry in a media event on 1 Nov. at the Park Hyatt Toronto and a trade event on 2 Nov. at Universal EventSpace in Vaughan. The last event was held in Montreal, Quebec on 3 Nov. at the Four Seasons Hotel.

DPM Cooper, along with BMOTIA executives, destination representatives and hotel partners, hosted more than 500 guests in total at the evening events, with key industry leaders, sales and trade representatives, stakeholders and media in attendance. Guests were transported to The Bahamas via a full island-inspired meal, as well as Bahamian-themed cocktails, music and entertainment. An electrifying Junkanoo performance ended the night with a bang.

A live Q+A panel highlighted The Bahamas' steadily growing tourism numbers, plans for future growth and innovation, the beauty and appeal of its 16 islands and the many reasons why The Bahamas is a sought-after destination.

"There is infinite potential in Canada – we consider the country an extremely important market," said DPM Cooper.

"With new direct flights from Toronto and Montreal to Grand Bahama Island coming this December, and frequent flights from Toronto and Montreal to Nassau, visiting our beautiful islands is easier than ever. We are so pleased to also add in a weekly direct nonstop flight from Calgary to Nassau, as well as a weekly direct flight from Toronto to Exuma. Weekly service from Montreal to San Salvador will also be offered this winter (charter with Club Med). Canadians should keep island-hopping in The Bahamas top of mind for their next vacation."

Meanwhile, Deputy Director General, Dr. R. Kenneth Romer, enthusiastically touted the new direct service to Grand Bahama as another clear indication of the island's rebound and that Grand Bahama is open for business.

Romer said: "I am elated to see up-close and personal all the possibilities available for Grand Bahama from Canada and look forward to how tourism at large will benefit from the invaluable connections and opportunities advanced from these global missions. I invite all of you to come to Grand Bahama and experience our diverse product offerings. Indeed, Grand Bahama is on a direct trajectory to being GRAND again."

The series of Global Sales and Marketing Missions kicked off in September, beginning in the U.S. The BMOTIA will also be heading to Atlanta, Georgia, Houston, Texas, and Los Angeles, California in the future.

Once the Missions to the major travel hubs across the U.S. and Canada have been wrapped up, the BMOTIA delegation will visit Latin America and Europe to bring a taste of The Bahamas directly to key international markets across the globe to inspire travel to the destination.

ABOUT THE BAHAMAS 
The Bahamas has over 700 islands and cays, as well as 16 unique island destinations. Located only 50 miles off the coast of Florida, it offers a quick and easy way for travellers to escape their everyday. The island nation also boasts world-class fishing, diving, boating and thousands of miles of the Earth's most spectacular beaches for families, couples and adventurers to explore. See why It's Better in The Bahamas at www.bahamas.com or on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram.

November 03, 2022
Indigenous Tourism Ontario announces support for tourism recovery in Ontario

Indigenous Tourism Ontario delivers $3 million for 34 Ontario-based Indigenous tourism businesses and organizations, with support from the Government of Canada's Tourism Relief Fund

Today, Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) announced support for 34 Indigenous tourism businesses and organizations in Ontario to recover from the pandemic, attract visitors and prepare for future growth.

ITO received a $3.5-million non-repayable contribution from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). As part of this investment, ITO delivered $2 million to 23 Indigenous tourism businesses and organizations in the region. 

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor) also provided ITO a $1-million non-repayable contribution, which is supporting 11 tourism-related projects in communities in Northern Ontario. 

Understanding the important role that Indigenous Tourism plays in the region, ITO also played a pathfinding role connecting an additional 11 Indigenous tourism operators through its partnerships with Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs) across Ontario valuing at $970, 584.

Projects were chosen based on a fair and inclusive assessment process in which the recipients were selected through an external review panel. They were tasked with evaluating project applications by assessing their eligibility criteria and project alignment. The panel included members from across Ontario and one from British Columbia with expertise in tourism, Indigenous tourism, and economic development. The following organizations participated in the external review panel:

  • Industry Partners
  • Tourism Industry Association of Ontario
  • Indigenous Tourism Association of British Columbia
  • Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs)
  • Two Rivers Community Development Centre
  • Tecumseh Community Development Corporation
  • Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund

Note: All Ontario AFIs were engaged in the overall process.

Recipients include Métis and First Nation tourism operators, attractions, and accommodations. In addition, five First Nation community tourism initiatives were supported. 

Common projects include:

  • Develop tourism programming for Indigenous businesses and communities.
  • Enhance and improve current infrastructure with advancements such as winterization and expanding in shoulder tourism seasons.
  • Increase physical capacity, workforce expansions and workforce development.
  • Digital enhancements in the areas of website development, content development and marketing initiatives.

To review additional details on the 34 projects, visit our Tourism Relief Fund Website.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada's $3.5-million investment through the Tourism Relief Fund is helping Indigenous Tourism Ontario provide Indigenous tourism businesses and organizations with important and timely support. This funding is supporting Indigenous tourism operators attract more visitors, create jobs, grow their businesses and strengthen local communities. We are grateful for the work and dedication of the Indigenous businesses and organizations."

- The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario

"The economy of Northern Ontario is stronger because of the value of the incredible Indigenous tourism in our region. Indigenous tourism operators and organizations are job creators, drive economic development, and attract visitors from all corners of the world. Our federal investment of $1 million to Indigenous Tourism Ontario through the Tourism Relief Fund will help ensure their success as the tourism sector rebounds."

- The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor

"ITO received a high demand in applications under this fund, proving that there is a vast need for tourism support across Ontario. No one knows the Ontario Indigenous tourism industry better than ITO. We are well positioned to provide ongoing support to operators and remain a consistent resource for them with pandemic recovery initiatives. The support we provide helps businesses to extend their reach, improve their business practices and provides industry specific training that is necessary for their growth and recovery but is essentially unattainable without the proper financial resources."

- Kevin Eshkawkogan, President & Chief Executive Officer, ITO

Associated Links

About Indigenous Tourism Ontario
Indigenous Tourism Ontario is the province's first and only dedicated Indigenous tourism organization that focuses on uniting communities, Indigenous organizations, and industry leaders to support the growth of Indigenous tourism in Ontario.

By focusing on Cultural Authenticity, Workforce Development, Product Development, and Marketing & Branding of Indigenous owned and controlled tourism businesses, ITO establishes a platform for Indigenous cultural expression and preservation through tourism.

Our mandate is to improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous people through tourism. We do this by assisting Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs with programs that build capacity to produce high quality products and services. Our success is guided by the positive impact on the people, the environment, and the economy. For our welcomed visitors and tourists, we will ensure that our products and services provide a meaningful and memorable Indigenous experience.

Learn more about Indigenous Tourism Ontario here.

About FedDev Ontario
For 13 years, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation, growth and job creation in Canada's most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving productivity, growing revenues, creating jobs, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our pivotal projects, our Southern Ontario Spotlight, and FedDev Ontario's Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About FedNor
Now a standalone regional development agency (RDA), the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor) is building on its decades-long legacy by working to strengthen the resilience of communities across the region, and by promoting job creation and an inclusive, innovative and sustainable economy with pathways of economic opportunity for all. Through its various offerings, FedNor works with stakeholders including businesses, community development partners, the province and municipalities to foster growth in key sectors of Northern Ontario's economy. Learn more about FedNor and its investments in businesses, communities and organizations across Northern Ontario and follow it on Twitter.

SOURCE Indigenous Tourism Ontario

November 03, 2022
Fairmont & ALL – Accor Live Limitless Launch ‘Beyond LIMITS': A New Collection of Boundary-Pushing Experiences Across North & Central America

Unexpected, Limited-time Experiences Take Travelers On Exclusive Journeys Aimed At Activating The Senses, And Inspiring Awe & Wonder

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announces the official debut of ‘Beyond LIMITS’, an exciting new collection of first-of-their-kind, awe-inspiring experiences available exclusively at iconic Fairmont properties, and other ALL – Accor Live Limitless hotels, across North & Central America. ‘Beyond LIMITS’ is designed to defy convention, shatter the boundaries of expectation, and elevate the luxury experience beyond what was previously thought possible. Each highly exclusive, immersive experience is as unexpected as it is unforgettable, carefully crafted to lead travelers on a journey of discovery, to find something new within the destination, the hotel and themselves.   


‘Beyond LIMITS’ kicks off the first week of November 2022, with signature limited-time experiences slated through March 2023 – including:

  • Symphony in a Cenote | In the lush Mexico jungle, Fairmont Mayakoba reimagines one of Riviera Maya’s famed limestone caves as a spectacular candlelit concert hall | November 2022 & January 2023
  • Pauoa Bay Underwater Ballet | Guests at Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dive into a magical underwater world and witness a daring, mesmerizing live ballet performance beneath the sea | February 2023
  • The Vertical Stage Fairmont Century Plaza transforms its famed Los Angeles façade into the world’s first 19-story vertical dance floor for a troupe of gravity defying performance artists | Early 2023
  • Fire & Ice | In a tiny log cabin, at the edge of frozen Lake Louise, surrounded for miles by nothing but Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and a wintry snowscape, a master chef delivers an exclusive, intimate fireside culinary experience for only 10 lucky guests, inspired by the Japanese cooking style of Robatayaki | January & February 2023
  • Haute O2 | High in the Canadian Rockies, where the air is pure and the views extend as far as the eye can see, Fairmont Banff Springs is popping up a cliffside oxygen bar at 7,000 feet, accessible exclusively to just 8 guests per day, to refresh the mind, body and soul | January 2023
  • Enchanted Forest | Perched atop Fairmont Waterfront’s garden terrace with majestic views of downtown Vancouver and the city’s stunning harbor, awaits a world of fantasy, a magnificent forest overflowing with lush sprawling trees, a dreamy musical performance, and a hint of magic | Early 2023
  • Après Scottsdale | In the heart of the Sonoran Desert, sits an unexpected luxury winter chateau, nestled amidst the ultimate holiday playground at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess; entry is only granted to a select few adults, who choose to celebrate the holidays with more grown-up pursuits, from culinary delights to the finest sparkling champagne | November & December 2023
  • Tea Noir | Fairmont Olympic Hotel’s playfully dark twist on high tea promises a journey through tea-infused sensorial delights, from savory to sweet, with a dash of spice, worthy of slipping into something a little glam | November 2022 through March 2023

“When everyone and everything in the travel space claims to be ‘luxurious’, the term loses its genuine value as a point of exclusivity and differentiation. So we posed the question – ‘how can we breathe life back into the luxury experience, what it truly means to go above and beyond expectations, in the limitless ways our Fairmont guests and ALL members deserve?’,” said Jeff Doane, Chief Commercial Officer, Accor North & Central America“With ‘Beyond LIMITS’, we are able to redefine luxury, by challenging the norms of what is expected. We pushed ourselves and our teams to go beyond everything that had been done before, and the result is a collection of experiences that are highly inventive and exclusive, that must actually be seen to be believed. That is ‘Beyond LIMITS’.”

To learn more or to book a ‘Beyond LIMITS’ experience, visit www.ALLbeyondLIMITS.com. Even more adventures await – including a spa day in the Puerto Rican jungle with Fairmont El San Juan Hotel; a night at the International Emmy Awards with Sofitel New York; skiing with an Olympian at Fairmont Chateau Whistler; and a private cave dinner in Barbados with Fairmont Royal Pavilion – with new opportunities to thrill and inspire added regularly.

Members of ALL – Accor Live Limitless will also be able to book select ‘Beyond LIMITS’ experiences with ALL Reward points. With the travel industry’s most diverse network of brands and an ever-growing portfolio, ALL invites members to experience more of what they love through benefits and rewards in travel, dining and everyday life. Among the most valuable in the industry, ALL Reward points are highly flexible, allowing members to earn points, even when they are not staying at an Accor hotel, and then redeem their points for unforgettable moments around the globe. To join Accor’s award-winning loyalty program, click here.

To help guests travel ‘Beyond LIMITS’, Accor is also offering up to 25 percent savings for bookings made by March 29, 2023, for stays through April 30, 2023 (may vary by property), at participating Fairmont, Sofitel, Swissôtel, MGallery, Pullman, Novotel and ibis hotels across North & Central America. As always, ALL members save more, with a special member rate that delivers an additional 5 percent off.

ABOUT ACCOR
Accor is a world leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,300 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The group has one of the industry’s most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing more than 40 luxury, premium, midscale and economy hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor’s unmatched position in lifestyle hospitality – one of the fastest growing categories in the industry – is led by Ennismore, a joint venture, which Accor holds a majority shareholding. Ennismore is a creative hospitality company with a global collective of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Accor boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and more than 230,000 team members worldwide. Members benefit from the company’s comprehensive loyalty program – ALL - Accor Live Limitless – a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its Planet 21 – Acting Here, Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the Group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States. For more information visit group.accor.com, or follow Accor on Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram.

Source: Accor