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December 06, 2023
Evermore Orlando Resort releases first-look exclusive images and announces official opening date – Monday, Jan. 1, 2024

Orlando, Fla.—After much anticipation, Evermore Orlando Resort confirms the official opening of the 1,100-acre luxury vacation destination will be January 1, 2024. This marks a momentous occasion in travel and hospitality as Orlando’s first-of-its-kind beach paradise aims to forever change the way families and groups vacation together by combining the comforts of home with the amenities of a premium resort.

The debut of Evermore marks the introduction of a groundbreaking resort category with purposefully crafted luxury vacation rentals that redefines the guest experience. The first-in-class approach melds the best features of renting an entire home with the upscale amenities and services traditionally associated with luxury resorts. By combining the comforts of home with the indulgence of a premium resort, Evermore revolutionizes the experience of staying in a vacation rental by creating the perfect environment to truly enjoy being together with family and friends.

Evermore is contiguous to Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Springs® and proximate to Universal Orlando Resort® and Orlando International Airport. Offering a diverse range of accommodations, including flats, villas, and houses ranging up to 11 bedrooms in size, the property is anchored by Conrad Orlando, showcasing 433 contemporary-styled guest rooms and suites, and two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses. Evermore will open with 2,013 bedrooms throughout 69 houses ranging in size from five to eleven bedrooms, 206 four-bedroom flats, and 41 two and four-bedroom villas.

“After five years of meticulous planning and building, we are thrilled to open Evermore Orlando Resort,” says Christopher Kelsey, President, Dart Interests.  “We’re proud to have created Orlando’s first beach paradise designed intentionally for groups, friends and families to effortlessly vacation together.”

This innovative development redefines the guest experience, presenting a first-in-class approach that melds privately owned and managed homes with the upscale amenities and services traditionally associated with luxury resorts. By combining the comforts of home with the indulgence of a premium resort, Evermore is poised to revolutionize the way guests engage with the destination.

First Look Images:
In anticipation of the resort’s opening, Evermore is pleased to share a sneak peek into its unparalleled offerings with the release of the first official images offering an authentic glimpse into the resort, highlighting its grandeur in stunning detail. Notably, the collection showcases the visually captivating Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses and the expansive 20-acre tropical beach complex centered around the breathtaking 8-acre crystalline Evermore Bay designed by Crystal Lagoons®. These images exemplify the resort's dedication to luxury and excellence, promising a resort experience that transcends expectations.

High-resolution images of Evermore Orlando Resort can be found at this link.

Evermore Orlando Resort is currently accepting reservations for January 1, 2024. Conrad Orlando will open early January with reservations currently available for January 9, 2024 and beyond. Visit for more information.

About Evermore Orlando Resort
Evermore Orlando Resort, developed by Dart Interests is a luxury vacation rental destination bordering Walt Disney World®. Newly built from the ground up, the 1,100-acre resort complex is a comprehensive redevelopment of the former Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort located at One North Jacaranda. Conceptualized on the premise that one size does not fit all, the resort is a unique combination of diverse and sophisticatedly designed vacation rental and luxury hotel accommodations, paired with best-in-class amenities and intuitive service. Evermore will open with 2,013 bedrooms throughout 69 houses ranging in size from five to eleven bedrooms, 206 four-bedroom flats, and 41 two and four-bedroom villas. The resort will also debut the brand new Conrad Orlando, featuring 433 contemporary-styled guest room accommodations, including 51 impeccably designed suites, 10 spacious family suites and the Conrad Spa with an outdoor water garden.  The resort’s best in class amenities include a 20-acre tropical beach complex surrounding Evermore Bay, 8-acres of crystalline water by Crystal Lagoons®, 15 restaurants, bars and takeaway food markets, two 18-hole Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses, Peloton studio, in-home fitness, daily fitness classes, and over 150,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space including a two-story Boathouse that will serve weddings and private events. Guests will also have access to Siemens VersiCharge Ultra DC fast Electric Vehicle charging stations located throughout the resort. For more information about Evermore Orlando Resort and to make reservations visit, and follow the resort on Facebook and Instagram.  

Katie Weeks
Senior Account Executive
920.203.0473 (cell)
407.977.5004 (office)

November 30, 2023
Marriott International Becomes First Hospitality Company to Introduce Neuroinclusive Practices at Its Largest Customer Events

Leveraging work from Google Xi’s The Neu Project, Marriott strives to create a more inclusive experience for meeting attendees

Bethesda, MD—Marriott International, Inc., a hotel industry leader for more than 95 years, today announced its commitment to incorporate neuroinclusive practices at Marriott-hosted customer events of 250 people or more globally. This commitment is a result of joining forces with The Neu Projectan initiative from Google’s Experience Institute (Xi) that aims to share resources designed to better accommodate and create a more inclusive experience during meetings and events for neurodivergent attendees. These practices are initially being previewed at Marriott’s Corporate Partnership Customer Conference, THE EXCHANGE, currently taking place November 28 through December 1, 2023 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, CA.

Approximately 15-20 percent of the world’s population has neuro differences, including ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, dyslexia, epilepsy, and Tourette Syndrome.* In 2022, the Google Experience Institute launched The Neu Project in order to demystify and educate event professionals on the design of more neuroinclusive experiences through a helpful guide and checklist.

Starting today, the following neuroinclusive practices will be incorporated at Marriott-hosted customer meetings and events of 250 people or more:

  • Quiet Room: A dedicated room will be available during Marriott customer events for recovery from sensory overwhelm, restoration and regulation. Designed to foster the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of attendees, the room will serve as a calming retreat where guests can break from the event to manage fatigue, overload and/or sensory needs.
  • Tools and Resources: At registration, event attendees will have the opportunity to request various tools to better accommodate their needs, including sensory & fidget toys, noise canceling ear plugs, sleep masks, sunglasses, printed agendas and venue maps, and details about loud music, flashing lights or surprise moments taking place during the event.
  • Closed Captioning for Main Stage Presentations: Real-time subtitles and captions will be available on-screen during main stage event and conference presentations.

“Grounded in our commitments to innovation and inclusion, Marriott is dedicated to making meetings and events more accessible for everyone,” said Drew Pinto, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue & Technology Officer, Marriott International. “The Neu Project is a driving force in this space, and we look forward to working jointly with them, along with the neurodivergent community, to deepen our understanding of neurodivergent needs in order to truly welcome all.”

Over the past two years, Marriott has collaborated closely with The Neu Project to learn directly from the neurodivergent community. The company has already begun implementing various neuroinclusive practices at its recent customer events, including a quiet room and tools and resources at both THE EXCHANGE: Association Masters in Phoenix, AZ and THE EXCHANGE: Europe in Madrid, Spain. Last month, Marriott and The Neu Project also implemented a quiet room for attendees at IMEX America, an annual industry event in Las Vegas, NV where members of the global business events community come together.

Looking ahead to 2024, Marriott will further its neuroinclusion efforts by conducting active listening sessions with the community through conversations with The Neu Project and people who are neurodivergent, which will help shape future content.

“The Neu Project was born out of a desire to rethink event experiences post-pandemic, and has since grown into a major initiative that is driving change at events across industries,“ said Megan Henshall, Global Events Strategy at Google. “Marriott understands that creating environments where differing perspectives and experiences can come together boosts creativity, and we have witnessed their passion for increasing inclusivity at meetings and events. We’re excited to continue working with them as we strive to create more inclusive experiences with and for the neurodivergent community.”

Marriott’s implementation of neuroinclusive practices for meetings at select hotels builds on its fundamental core values of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. Through third-party partners like Disability:IN, the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide, Marriott offers a variety of resources to improve accessibility at meetings, events and conferences.

For more information on Marriott International’s meetings and events offerings and capabilities, visit

* National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of nearly 8,700 properties across more than 30 leading brands in 139 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on X and Instagram.

Media Contact
Kimberly Mannino
Senior Manager, Public Relations, U.S. & Canada
Marriott International

November 28, 2023
Atlific Hotels Announces the Newly Renovated Residence Inn by Marriott London Downtown

Toronto, ON—Atlific Hotels is pleased to announce that the Residence Inn by Marriott London Downtown has completed extensive renovations to its 116 guestrooms and public spaces. The transformation introduces a fresh and modern look to the spacious, all-suites hotel in the heart of London, Ontario.

“The renovation of the Residence Inn by Marriott London Downtown further enhances the hotel’s dynamic and lively atmosphere that our guests have come to love,” said Nadia McCormack, General Manager, Residence Inn by Marriott London. “We’re looking forward to welcoming new and returning guests alike to this wonderfully transformed space suited for both short trips and extended stays.” 

The Atlific-managed hotel has undergone renovations in several stages over the past two years, with the final transformation of its public spaces unveiled most recently. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a revamped lobby area, followed by a redesigned dining room and patio, perfect for complimentary breakfast each morning. All of the hotel’s sizeable suites were refreshed with brand-new furniture, on top of the existing fully equipped kitchens, providing guests with the comforts of home during their travels. Those looking to maintain their wellness routine will be happy to learn that the fitness centre was not only upgraded with all-new equipment, but has also increased in size from 535 to 710 square feet. A hydration station has also been added to the facility, replete with a touch-free water dispenser and clean towels. Finally, corporate guests will enjoy an updated meeting space, available to accommodate up to 50 people and equipped with everything needed to conduct business comfortably. 

Conveniently located in the city’s core, the Residence Inn by Marriott London Downtown is within walking distance of restaurants and attractions, such as Budweiser Gardens, RBC Place, Western Fair District and 100 Kellogg Lane – Canada’s largest entertainment complex. The hotel’s generously sized guestrooms are offered in studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, each featuring separate living and sleeping areas, fully equipped kitchens, stainless steel appliances, flat screen televisions, premium cable service and free high-speed internet.

Atlific Hotels is one of the leading hotel management companies in Canada operating more than 30 hotels with offices in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Atlific Hotels has over 60 years of experience managing well-known Canadian hotels, resorts, and extended-stay properties.

The company has built a reputation for offering comprehensive accounting reporting,

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

Hannah Rastrick or Mindy Cummings
Aerial Communications Group
647.401.8792 / 647.280.9978 /

November 27, 2023
Niagara Parks Announces Transformational Private Sector Investment to Restore and Reimagine Historic Toronto Power Generating Station
  • Three-stage procurement process has concluded with Pearle Hospitality named as the successful proponent.
  • Redevelopment plans will restore and preserve the iconic heritage building and transform it into a globally significant visitor experience.
  • A Letter of Intent has been signed and next steps include a due diligence phase.

Niagara Falls, ON—Niagara Parks is proud to announce the conclusion of the three-stage public procurement process to restore and to redevelop the Toronto Power Generating Station, with Pearle Hospitality named as the successful proponent.

The extensively researched and thoughtful proposal submitted by Pearle outlines a transformational private sector investment of over $200 million that will restore the National Historic Site while creating an unparalleled visitor experience befitting of its location overlooking the iconic Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Pearle Hospitality brings a depth of experience in the reimagining of notable heritage properties across the province into dynamic, location-defining experiences, such as the Elora Mill Hotel and Spa, the Cambridge Mill, and the Ancaster Mill, demonstrating a meticulous approach to restoration, sense of place and design.

A Letter of Intent has been signed between Niagara Parks and Pearle Hospitality, commencing a 120-day due diligence phase. The due diligence phase will include consultations, the development of heritage studies (Heritage Impact Assessment, Cultural Heritage Evaluation Report and Strategic Conservation Plan), environmental and archaeology assessments (where required) and contract negotiations.

The revitalization of Toronto Power is an opportunity, through private sector investment, to preserve a significant piece of Ontario and Canada’s history and provide it with a new purpose as an all-new visitor experience and demand generator for the Niagara region, Ontario and Canada. While the project offers immediate financial benefits, including providing an additional revenue stream for Niagara Parks, the broader economic impacts of this type of investment and redevelopment are immense.

The redevelopment plans prioritize public access with several indoor and outdoor public viewing areas including a museum, public art gallery, a range of culinary options, Niagara Falls’ first and only five-star boutique accommodation, event and programming space and much more. For more details on the redevelopment plans, please visit

Niagara Parks will negotiate a lease agreement with the proponent, similar to other existing agreements Niagara Parks currently holds with its partner tenants such as Niagara City Cruises and Niagara Adventure Excursions. Additionally, the redevelopment will be guided by the Niagara Parks Act (1885), Niagara Parks’ 10-year Strategic Plan (2018-28) and the Queen Victoria Park Master Plan (2018).

“Toronto Power is a globally recognized landmark of Canadian architecture and industry that has stood as a central feature of the Niagara Falls landscape for over a century. Overseeing its preservation and transformation from a dormant heritage building of national significance into a brand-new, one-of-a-kind visitor experience for the benefit of local residents and tourists alike, is the embodiment of what Niagara Parks stands for as an organization. This transformational investment will elevate the entire destination of Niagara Falls, solidifying its status as a global tourism icon for generations to come.” said April Jeffs, Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission.

“Our firm was founded with a vision to create landmark, state-of-the-art developments. As we work to redevelop the Toronto Power site, we’re looking forward to applying the best practices we’ve learned through our history of building, redeveloping and operating distinctive and world-class destination properties across Ontario. Niagara Falls is already an iconic destination. Our vision for this project will let visitors enjoy the Falls experience in exactly the type of breathtaking hospitality venue that one of Canada’s foremost natural wonders deserves.” said Brian McMullan, Director of Business Development and Spokesperson for Pearle Hospitality.

For more information, please visit

About Niagara Parks
Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure.

For more information, please visit or contact:

Katy Wassenaar, Manager, Public Affairs
(905) 356-2241 ext. 2241

November 27, 2023
Sandman Hotel Group Opens In Glasgow

Sandman Hotel Group (United Kingdom & Ireland), the leading Canadian hospitality company, is excited to announce the opening of its first hotel in Glasgow, Scotland - following a glittering Grand Opening held in the property to mark the occasion.

The new, multimillion-pound property has officially completed and opened its doors in Glasgow's iconic Pegasus House building - boasting 179 rooms set across ten floors, spanning nine premium room-styles.

Sandman Signature Glasgow Hotel is the fourth property to join the Sandman Signature portfolio in the UK, as the company continues with its ambitious growth plans.

The UK & Ireland arm of the business already boasts 4* properties in Newcastle, where the business is headquartered, Aberdeen and London Gatwick, as well as Portmarnock Resort & Jameson Golf Links, just a short drive from Dublin Airport.

Sandman Signature Glasgow Hotel is ideally situated for both business and leisure travellers seeking a 4* hotel experience, and is located on the west side of the city centre in the iconic Pegasus House building just 15 minutes walk from Glasgow Central.

Mitch Gaglardi, Director of Sandman Hotel Group United Kingdom & Ireland, said "This particular hotel is especially close to my heart, as I spent a number of years living in Glasgow creating great memories with my wife and kids. From its incredible architecture to its vibrant cultural scene, Glasgow is hands down one of my favourite cities in Europe."

He added, "Our first hotel in the city will offer guests a stylish and memorable experience, and in a prime location – just a stone's throw from the leafy west end, Glasgow central and a short drive from the airport. We're excited to add a further 179 bedrooms and suites to the city for people to come and enjoy its world-famous hospitality."

Last year Glasgow was named the world's friendliest city and more recently, it was voted one of the world's top 100 cities. Sandman Signature Glasgow Hotel will provide guests with a fresh and modern experience. The hotel's interior design combines clean finishes with industrial-style elements to create a chic urban oasis with a relaxing minimalist feel.

Guests can enjoy a choice of nine room-styles, including spectacular Pent House suites, set across ten floors - as well as premium amenities, including high-speed Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, a fitness centre, and much more. The hotel will also feature a premium steakhouse and bar; CHOP Grill & Bar.

Sandman Hotel Group
Sandman Hotel Group is a leading Canadian, family-owned company that operates hotels across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company's goal is to provide guests with a unique and memorable experience, with a range of properties that cater to both business and leisure travellers.

November 23, 2023
Buca Osteria & Bar Named to La Liste’s Top 1000 Restaurants in the World 2023 List

Toronto, ON—BUCA Osteria & Bar, the esteemed Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of Toronto's chic Yorkville district, has secured a coveted spot on La Liste's Top 1000 Restaurants 2024 list. La Liste, renowned for its comprehensive global restaurant rankings, recognized Buca Osteria & Bar for its commitment to culinary excellence and innovative Italian cuisine.

Buca Osteria & Bar has become a perennial favourite among Toronto's discerning diners, offering an outstanding modern Italian dining experience that seamlessly blends tradition with creativity. Buca was founded on an appreciation for Italy’s diverse regional cuisine and the highest standards of quality, culture, and design. The restaurant's inventive approach to Italian cuisine, coupled with its dedication to sourcing the finest seasonal ingredients from specialty purveyors and farmers, has set it apart as a culinary destination of choice.

La Liste's annual ranking is a prestigious accolade in the culinary world, celebrating restaurants that exemplify exceptional quality, creativity, and a commitment to delivering memorable dining experiences. Buca Osteria & Bar's inclusion in the Top 1000 Restaurants 2024 list is a testament to its enduring appeal and the unwavering standard of excellence maintained by its culinary team.

"We are thrilled and honored to be recognized by La Liste as one of the top restaurants in the world for 2024," said Gus Giatzidis, Managing Partner, King Street Food. "This prestigious acknowledgment is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our talented team, who continually strive to create a culinary experience that resonates with our guests."

BUCA Osteria & Bar's inviting atmosphere, coupled with its commitment to authenticity and innovation, has solidified its place as a culinary gem in Toronto's vibrant dining scene. The restaurant's menu showcases a harmonious blend of traditional Italian flavours and contemporary techniques, creating a dining experience that is both timeless and cutting-edge.

As Buca Osteria & Bar celebrates this remarkable achievement, it remains committed to pushing the boundaries of Italian cuisine and delivering unparalleled dining experiences to its patrons. The restaurant invites both loyal patrons and newcomers alike to experience the magic of its culinary creations and join in the celebration of being named to La Liste's Top 1000 Restaurants 2024 list.

King Street Food 
King Street Food Company is a leading hospitality company dedicated to delivering remarkable culinary experiences across the dining landscape. With a rich history rooted in a passion for food and a commitment to excellence, King Street Food Company has established itself as a prominent player in the restaurant industry. Our portfolio boasts a collection of eight distinct and highly acclaimed restaurants, each with its own unique charm, concept, and culinary expertise. 

Buca Yorkville 

Buca Osteria & Bar is more than an Italian restaurant. In the spirit of the widely celebrated first location of Buca on King Street, the outpost in the heart of Yorkville is a place to be inspired by the innovation of the restaurant’s creative, artisanal fare, rooted in Italian tradition. Buca Osteria & Bar offers a broad selection of fresh and impeccably prepared seafood, in addition to their much-loved pizzas, pastas, and cured fish. Executive Chef Jorge Fiestas creates an authentic Italian seafood cuisine. Buca has consistently been celebrated for using the freshest, carefully selected ingredients. Featuring sophisticated décor and an open-concept kitchen, the restaurant’s warmth and attention to detail stand out, both in environment and ingredients.

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November 22, 2023
The Macallan Unveils “The Library by the Macallan” at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler

Vancouver, BC/CNW/—The Macallan is collaborating with Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler to unveil The Library by The Macallan, an unparalleled experience within the alpine property's library space. From December 15th, 2023 to March 31st, 2024, The Macallan will offer bespoke, fireside cocktails and elevated bar snacks in an atmosphere steeped in warmth and timeless elegance.

The Library by The Macallan is inspired by the refined charm of a classic library and the understated sophistication of a whisky salon, setting the tone for a unique, mountain-side experience where connoisseurs and novices alike will savour the exquisite craftsmanship for which The Macallan is renowned.

"We are thrilled to partner with Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler to showcase the outstanding quality and distinctive character of The Macallan," says Justyna Maksymiw, Brand Manager, The Macallan Canada. "For three months, a bespoke selection of cocktails featuring The Macallan can be enjoyed in the ambiance of the library, an ideal setting for après-ski conversation and savouring the world's leading single malt Scotch whisky."

The carefully curated menu will feature cocktails and zero-proof options, informed by the candied ginger, dark fruit, and winter spice character inherent to The Macallan. These flavours are harmoniously paired with elements from Whistler's flora, including pine needle tincture and local honey, resulting in a symphony of flavours – from bold and sophisticated, to refreshing and sweet; smooth and delicate, rich and fiery, and everything in between.

Highlights include the Old Fashioned De La Frontera, capturing the essence of The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old, and Cloud Atlas, a delightful tribute to the same expression. Between Pages and Spicy Letters pay homage to the Double Cask 12 Years Old, while El Dorado has been masterfully crafted with The Macallan M, offering an ideal balance between sweet and spicy for the discerning palate. Steamed Bookmark and Notes on Ice are delightful spiritless beverages, served hot and cold respectively.

For discerning guests seeking additional offerings from The Macallan, The Library by The Macallan will offer an extensive collection of more than 12 different expressions – the largest available in Whistler.

Complementing the exceptional cocktail menu is an assortment of bar snacks, expertly paired to enhance the delicate notes in each drink, creating a truly immersive experience for every guest.

The Library by The Macallan will be open daily from 4:00pm to 10:00pm from December 15th, 2023 to March 31st, 2024. This is an exclusive experience, so reservations are highly recommended and can be arranged via

For further information, please contact:
Sadie Tory, Strategic Objectives

About The Macallan
Founded in 1824, The Macallan is renowned worldwide for its extraordinary single malt whiskies. Their outstanding quality and distinctive character reveal the uncompromised excellence pursued by The Macallan since it was established by Alexander Reid, on a plateau above the River Spey in north-east Scotland.

In 2018, The Macallan opened a new chapter in its history with the launch of its award-winning Speyside distillery. Designed by internationally acclaimed architects to promote sustainability, the building takes inspiration from the surrounding ancient Scottish hills. It stands nearby Easter Elchies House, the Highland Manor built in 1700 which is The Macallan's spiritual home and remains the heartbeat of The Macallan's beautiful 485-acre Estate. Crafted without compromise. Please savour The Macallan responsibly.

About Edrington 
Edrington owns some of the leading Scotch whisky and rum brands in the world. The Macallan is their central focus, supported by Highland Park and The Glenrothes in the fast-growing Single Malt category and Naked in the Blended Malt category.

Edrington is headquartered in Scotland and employs around 3,000 people in its companies and joint venture operations worldwide, with over 70% employed overseas. The company owns its route to market in 13 countries and operates the remainder through joint venture and third-party agreements.

About Beam Suntory 
As the world's third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company's brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher's, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

SOURCE Edrington

November 22, 2023
Oak Bay Beach Hotel Named 2023 Business of the Year by the Canadian Tourism Awards

Victoria, Canada—The Oak Bay Beach Hotel has been honored with the prestigious title of Business of the Year at this year’s Canadian Tourism Awards, presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) in Ottawa.

The Canadian Tourism Awards, a highly anticipated event in the industry, recognizes outstanding contributions and excellence in the Canadian tourism industry. From outstanding teams and organizations to individual luminaries who surpass all expectations, exemplifying a commitment to provide nothing short of exceptional tourism experiences from coast to coast to coast.

“This recognition is a tribute to the dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment of what I can only describe as a kick butt team of tourism professionals at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel,” says Madone Pelan, general manager of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. “I am filled with pride to be part of an industry that embodies resilience, innovation, and perseverance. The stories of grit and determination shared over these past few years have not only enriched us but have also inspired a collective commitment to higher standards.”

Additionally, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s Sales Manager, Bella Yan, was recognized as a Future Leader, presented by Air Canada, at the Canadian Tourism Congress.

This latest recognition adds to Oak Bay Beach Hotel's growing list of accolades, further solidifying its position as a leader in the hospitality industry. Recent awards include #7 Best Hotel in Western Canada by Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards for 2023, the Hotel has also been presented with the 2022 4VI Employer of the Year Award, and the #1 Best Hotel for the 2022 Times Colonist Reader’s Choice Awards, showcasing the hotel's consistent pursuit of excellence.

About The Oak Bay Beach Hotel
The luxurious Oak Bay Beach Hotel is nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean near Victoria, BC, overlooking the Salish Sea and offering breathtaking ocean views of snow-capped Mount Baker in the distance. Just minutes away from the quaint boutique shops, cafes and galleries of Oak Bay Village, the 100-room boutique hotel is known for world-class services such as the award-winning Boathouse Spa, heated seaside mineral pools, fine dining and more. Our well-appointed guestrooms and suites offer complimentary self-parking, Nespresso Coffee in the room upon arrival and include large spa-inspired bathrooms. Have confidence in our care, knowing every detail has been thought through so we can continue to provide our guests with a safe and special vantage point from which to experience the best of the Pacific Northwest.

About The Tourism Industry Association of Canada
Founded in 1930 to encourage the development of tourism in Canada, TIAC serves today as the national private-sector advocate for this once $105 billion 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.

Media Contact
Anneke Avila
Marketing & PR Manager
1-250-940-0314 | 1-800-668-7758

November 16, 2023
Las Vegas Launches New Business Ad Campaign That Uninvites Mediocrity and the Expected

The Meetings Capital of the World Invites Planners and Decision Makers to Spark the Extraordinary

Las Vegas—Today Las Vegas launches its new business ad campaign that champions the destination’s unrivaled creative energy, optimism and ambition. Positioning Vegas as the ideal place for businesses to spark something extraordinary, the campaign reminds decision makers to not overlook the meetings and events hub when planning corporate offsites and gatherings.  

Titled “Not Invited,” the campaign draws a metaphorical line in the sand for businesses. While everyone is invited to Las Vegas, the characteristics that hold back innovation and visionary thinking are not.

Featuring playful “un-invitations” and calls to plan something sensational, the campaign includes two ads, digital banners, and a radio spot. The two 30-second ads, titled “Not Invited” and “Offsite,” were shot at locations across the Las Vegas Strip, highlighting the diversity and excitement of the destination.

“This campaign captures how the unique energy of Las Vegas acts as the catalyst that drives innovation, change and engagement,” said Lisa Messina, Chief Sales Officer for the LVCVA. “We regularly hear from leaders, planners and attendees that the opportunities to connect and inspire through the shared experiences that only Vegas can provide continues to drive their business forward and ultimately affects the bottom line.”

Las Vegas is a global meetings capital hosting some of the world’s biggest trade shows and large-scale meetings for industry leaders—welcoming nearly 5 million meeting attendees in 2022 alone. The destination continues to offer the business audience a selection of accommodations, entertainment and meetings space that is vast, varied and constantly evolving.

Recent developments include the addition of the West Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the opening of CAESARS FORUM and the current $100 million renovation of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The destination’s meetings and events landscape will further expand this December with the opening of Fontainebleau Las Vegas, adding 550,000 square feet of convention space to the north end of the Strip.

For more information on meetings and events in Las Vegas, visit

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide and with operating the 4.6 million square-foot Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). With more than 150,000 hotel rooms and more than 15 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space in Las Vegas alone, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting leisure and business visitors to the area. The LVCVA also owns the Vegas Loop at Las Vegas Convention Center, designed and operated by The Boring Company, and also owns the Las Vegas Monorail, an elevated 3.9-mile system with seven stops throughout the resort corridor. For more information, go to or

November 16, 2023
IHG Hotels & Resorts Expands Crowne Plaza Brand in Canada with New Saint John Property

New Hotel Offers a Premium Experience for Blended Travellers

Atlanta—IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, recently celebrated the opening of a new Crowne Plaza hotel in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, following a conversion and extensive renovation. Located minutes from Saint John Airport, and within walking distance to downtown Saint John, Crowne Plaza Saint John Harbour View offers guests coastal allure and unrivaled views of the port city.

Crowne Plaza Saint John Harbour View provides guests a range of spaces and amenities whether travelling for business or leisure – from the 135 premium guest rooms that provide a comforting, yet productive environment, to the 5,500 sq. ft of meeting spaces and business centre. The pet-friendly property also includes a heated indoor pool and hot tub, a fully equipped fitness centre and an arcade. An on-site restaurant, Harbourvue Horizon, celebrating local and international flavours, is open for all-day dining and is suitable for both intimate dinners and casual get-togethers. Guests will also be conveniently located near attractions such as The New Brunswick Museum, Rockwood Park, Tin Can Beach, Reversing Falls, Harbour Passage, Fort Le Tour, Fort Howe and more.

Jonathan Lund, Regional Vice President of Operations, Company Managed Premium Hotels, and Head of Canada, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: "This opening marks the beginning of a new era for the Crowne Plaza brand in Canada. Introducing another hotel to this growing market is an exciting milestone, and we are so proud to expand Crowne Plaza and welcome a sixth Canadian property to the family. We're excited to work with Devansh Group of Hotels to bring another premier IHG property to the East Coast."

IHG collaborated with owner and manager Devansh Group of Hotels for the conversion and renovation to the Crowne Plaza Saint John Harbour View. Headquartered in Ontario, Devansh Group of Hotels’ scope extends from real estate management to the acquisition and development of hospitality enterprises across various provinces in Canada.

Dev Patel, Founder & CEO at Devansh Group of Hotels, said: “We are thrilled to work with IHG Hotels & Resorts and welcome guests through the doors of Crowne Plaza Saint John Harbour View. The extensive IHG One Rewards loyalty programme and global market presence are just some of the reasons we decided to bring this property to life. Crowne Plaza is a premium, world-renowned hotel brand, and we’re confident we will deliver exceptional experiences for guests traveling to Saint John.”

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is one of the world’s largest premium hotel brands, with more than 520 open or in pipeline properties in major urban centres, gateway cities and resort destination. This hotel joins two other Crowne Plaza locations on the East Coast: Crowne Plaza Fredericton-Lord Beaverbrook and Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown. The brand’s accelerated growth plan includes the renovation of 70 percent of its existing Americas estate by 2025 and the addition of more than 120 new global hotels.

For further information or to book, visit or use the IHG One Rewards mobile app.

About IHG®
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With a family of 19 hotel brands and IHG One Rewards, one of the world's largest hotel loyalty programmes, IHG has over 6,200 open hotels in over 100 countries, and nearly 2,000 in the development pipeline.

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November 15, 2023
Birchall & Associates Expands its Strategic Offering: Birchall Incentive Travel

Oakville—Birchall & Associates, a recognized leader in the Incentive Travel Industry, is proud to announce the launch of its newest venture, Birchall Incentive Travel. This dynamic extension of Birchall & Associates is set to redefine the landscape of incentive travel experiences, combining the firm’s well-established reputation for excellence in planning and execution with a fresh focus on personalized and unforgettable journeys that align with brand objectives.

Birchall Incentive Travel emerges from a foundation of success in the public relations industry, seamlessly integrating the expertise of its team to curate exceptional incentive programs. The new venture is spearheaded by Tyler Birchall, an emerging Incentive Travel expert celebrated for her meticulous attention to detail and innovative approach to travel planning.

Key Features of Birchall Incentive Travel:

  1. Personalized Experiences: Birchall Incentive Travel crafts tailor-made experiences that align with the unique goals and preferences of each client to align with their overall brand objectives. From destination selection to on-site logistics, every detail is carefully curated for an unparalleled journey.
  2. Strategic Collaboration: Leveraging Birchall & Associates' extensive network, Birchall Incentive Travel collaborates with top-tier hotels, airlines, and vendors to secure exclusive deals and deliver exceptional value to clients.
  3. Expert Guidance: As the Incentive Travel Director, Tyler Birchall brings a wealth of experience in incentive trip planning, ensuring clients receive expert and hands-on guidance and innovative solutions that exceed expectations.
  4. Seamless Execution: With a strong emphasis on logistics management, Birchall Incentive Travel guarantees seamless execution of incentive travel programs, allowing clients to focus on building meaningful connections and experiences.

Birchall Incentive Travel is not just a service; it's a commitment to transforming incentives into unforgettable memories. As part of Birchall & Associates, this extension continues the firm's tradition of excellence and dedication to client satisfaction.


Tyler Birchall - Incentive Travel Director, Birchall Incentive Travel: "We are thrilled to introduce Birchall Incentive Travel as an exciting chapter in our journey. With a passion for crafting unique experiences and a commitment to excellence, we look forward to setting new standards in the world of incentive travel."

Jim Birchall – President, Birchall & Associates: "Birchall Incentive Travel represents the evolution of our commitment to providing unparalleled service to our clients. We are confident that this extension will redefine the landscape of incentive travel, offering a fresh perspective and personalized touch."

About Birchall & Associates:
Birchall & Associates is a leading player in the public relations industry, renowned for its commitment to excellence and innovative communication strategies. With a team of seasoned professionals, the firm specializes in crafting compelling narratives, building brand presence, and fostering meaningful connections. Services include media relations, crisis communication, brand positioning, content creation, event management, and social media strategy. Birchall & Associates takes a holistic approach to PR, offering tailored strategies for startups and established brands. The firm becomes an extension of clients' teams, working collaboratively to achieve measurable success.

About Birchall Incentive Travel:
Birchall Incentive Travel is the dynamic extension of Birchall & Associates, specializing in crafting personalized and unforgettable incentive travel experiences. Led by industry expert Tyler Birchall, Birchall Incentive Travel sets new standards in the field, ensuring every journey is a unique and memorable adventure.

Connect with Birchall Incentive Travel:
Tyler Birchall- tyler@birchallpr,com, 647-383-8907

November 15, 2023
Historic Fairmont Royal York Receives Zero Carbon Building Certification

Led by KingSett Capital, the transformative project provides a roadmap for completing innovative, complex and financially viable hotel deep carbon retrofits

Toronto/CNW/—KingSett Capital and Fairmont Royal York announced today that the landmark hotel in Toronto, ON has received the Canada Green Building Council's (CAGBC's) Zero Carbon Building – Performance Standard certification. This $65 million project was completed after close to five years of detailed planning and execution.  It will reduce over 7,000 tonnes of carbon annually or 80% of the hotel's annual carbon emissions, the equivalent of taking 1,558 cars off the road.

Jon Love, Founder and CEO of KingSett Capital, said, "Fairmont Royal York's decarbonization demonstrates the potential to complete a large and complex project in a way that is environmentally impactful, socially responsible and economically viable. It is a compelling example of what can be accomplished through collaboration, innovation and creativity. For KingSett, this investment highlights how decarbonization can strengthen a key asset in our portfolio as part of our sustainability and value enhancement strategy." 

"This complex project would not have been possible without our strong partnership with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB), PCL Construction, and Enwave Energy Corporation," added Mr. Love.

Edwin Frizzell, Regional Vice President, Central Canada and General Manager, Fairmont Royal York, said, "Fairmont Royal York achieving zero carbon certification is another transformative step in repositioning this unique icon in Toronto's downtown core. Decarbonizing a 94-year-old heritage building and retrofitting the hotel's energy systems to be highly energy efficient was a complex challenge. We've proven that it can be done."

"Our valued clients and partners with similar corporate sustainability objectives will benefit from access to hotel rooms and meeting and event spaces aligned with our focus on creating genuine experiences and implementing long-term sustainability actions that deliver results," added Mr. Frizzell.

This decarbonization project represents the largest heritage hotel retrofit of its kind within the Fairmont global brand portfolio and offers a definitive roadmap for creating sustainable energy sources for similar properties.

With its unparalleled location in Toronto's financial district and close proximity to Union Station, the hotel's decarbonization initiatives make it the ideal partner for both leisure travellers and major businesses to align their sustainability goals when booking conferences, events, and guest room accommodations. As a destination committed to the local community, Fairmont Royal York employs over 1,200 colleagues and hosts 1.5 million guests annually, while championing the global brand's sustainability efforts for diversity, equity and inclusion.

In addition to achieving the CAGBC Zero Carbon Building – Performance Standard certification, the hotel has a broad range of other sustainability initiatives. These include eliminating single-use plastics for guests, reducing food waste with AI technology and donation partners, and supporting the local ecosystem with 500,000 honeybees from the hotel's rooftop garden and apiary. These initiatives complement recent renovations to Fairmont Royal York's lobby, guestrooms, Fairmont Gold offering, award-winning dining venues and event spaces and enhance this destination's global consumer appeal as a world-class luxury hotel in Canada's financial centre.

Fairmont Royal York achieving the annual CAGBC Zero Carbon Building – Performance Standard certification demonstrates how partnership between the private and public sectors can meaningfully accelerate action towards meeting Canada's carbon reduction commitments. The project was supported by the CIB's Building Retrofits Initiative, which provided $46.5 million in debt financing.

The Zero Carbon project advances KingSett's sustainability strategy and leadership in the Canadian real estate market while adding strength and resilience to one of KingSett's key assets. It adds to KingSett's broader decarbonization strategy of decarbonizing over 5.4 million square feet of Canadian real estate, reducing 35% of carbon emissions over 2019 baseline by 2027 in its core fund. 

Additional Detail

  • The Fairmont Royal York decarbonization project will remove over 165,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from execution in 2023 to 2050. 
  • The reduction of carbon emissions will generate over 35% of utility savings in the first year.
  • All spending and project impacts were independently verified through the CAGBC's Investor Ready Energy Efficiency (IREE) certification program.  
  • All carbon emission reductions will be independently monitored and verified annually by a third party as required by CIB and CAGBC.
  • The building's path to the CAGBC's Zero Carbon Building – Performance Standard certification was achieved by: 
  • Detailed study and analysis of building energy load, seeking to effect meaningful efficiencies,
  • Converting heating and domestic hot water from steam to electric heat pumps that utilize heat recovery from Enwave's district energy network,
  • Converting cooling from electrical/chillers to Enwave's Deep Lake Water Cooling system, and
  • Significantly improving energy efficiency with a centralized building automation system and smart technologies. 
  • The project has employed over 70,000 hours of labour, creating valuable job opportunities for skilled workers and showing how environmental responsibility and economic benefits can work hand in hand.

Media: Photo and Interview Opportunity Details
KingSett and Fairmont Royal York will be joined by representatives from CAGBC and several levels of government to recognize the receipt of the CAGBC's Zero Carbon Building – Performance Standard certification. This will include prepared remarks and a photo opportunity. The event will begin sharply at 10:00am ET at Fairmont Royal York. Interview opportunities will follow the event.  

About KingSett Capital
Founded in 2002, KingSett Capital is a leading Canadian private equity real estate firm that co-invests with institutional and ultra-high net worth clients to deliver sustainable, premium risk-weighted returns. KingSett manages $18 billion in assets across its Growth, Income, Urban, Mortgage, Residential Development and Affordable Housing strategies.

In recognition of its commitment to sustainability, KingSett was ranked #1 globally in the 2023 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Survey for Development in its Residential Non-Listed peer-group and 2nd in the North America Diversified Office/Residential Non-listed for Standing Investments. As a leader in the industry, KingSett remains dedicated to moving the real estate sector forward and seeking new investment opportunities in a wide range of real estate properties, developments, joint ventures, and mortgage lending.

About Fairmont Royal York
Timeless and iconic for 94 years, Fairmont Royal York celebrates a new era as Toronto's landmark hotel. The stunning modern Art-Deco renovations to the grand lobby and new dining venues create an impressive welcome for guests. With contemporary railway-inspired design, CLOCKWORK Champagne & Cocktails hosts a bubbly cocktail offering with tasteful metropolitan fare. REIGN features three elevated dining experiences, as REIGN Restaurant showcases the bounty of Canada's rich landscape, and REIGN Bar toasts to Toronto's Jazz-Age revival with a prestigious wine list and live entertainment, while REIGN Bakery creates a charming morning ritual with artisanal-roasted coffee and freshly baked goods. Renowned as the city's cocktail den, the legendary Library Bar serves the Birdbath Martini crafted as a masterpiece. A refined oasis, Fairmont Gold is a boutique getaway featuring elegantly appointed suites, premium services, and an exclusive 18th floor lounge. Fairmont Royal York is the city's destination for glamorous wedding celebrations and inspiring events – embracing a legacy that is famous for generations.

SOURCE KingSett Capital

For further information:
KingSett Capital, Albert Gunnison, Edelman Smithfield,, (647) 245-7669; Fairmont Royal York, Jennifer Séguin, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Fairmont Royal York,, (416) 458-0412

November 13, 2023
Ottawa to host the National Tour Association Travel Exchange 2025

Ottawa—Ottawa Tourism welcomes the National Tour Association’s (NTA) decision to host their 2025 Travel Exchange in Ottawa. Travel Exchange is NTA’s annual convention, during which global travel professionals meet under one roof to share ideas and form partnerships. A premier yearly industry event, Travel Exchange features today’s most sought-after experiences from every U.S. state, Canadian province and 30+ countries worldwide as well as an unmatched educational program which is aimed to skill-up the industry to meet consumer demand.

This event will be an opportunity to showcase Ottawa’s tourism industry to hundreds of travel professionals from North America and across the world. Ottawa Tourism is eager to showcase Canada’s capital city’s unique blend of sightseeing, culture, outdoor beauty, altogether in a relaxed urban atmosphere that make Ottawa a perfect destination for tour operators, student tour operators, travel agents and travel professionals who wish to plan memorable travel experiences for their clients.

“We look forward to be hosting the NTA’s 2025 conference and believe it will be instrumental in bolstering a new era of growth for our visitor economy. This will be a perfect opportunity for our hotels, restaurants and attractions operators to draw in more visitors for years to come through relationships with travel trade professionals,” says Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “Not only is this great for visibility, but having industry leaders from all corners of the world will also bring great minds together in our community to innovate and generate sustainable growth for our industry.”

“Many of us fell in love with Ottawa when the NTA Board of Directors met there in 2018,” says Catherine Prather, NTA President. “The city is alive with attractions, wonderful food and a rich culture and heritage, and the warmth of the people will make our attendees feel welcomed. We can’t wait to gather the NTA community for Travel Exchange ’25 in Ottawa.”

About Ottawa Tourism
Through its values of inclusivity, trust, collaboration, and innovation, Ottawa Tourism pursues its vision to be one of Canada’s most visited, sustainable, vibrant, and appealing urban destinations, as well as the tourism authority for key economic development and city-building decisions in Ottawa. Before the pandemic, the industry welcomed an estimated 11 million visitors annually and generated $3 billion in economic output.

For more information, please contact:
Jérôme Miousse
Director, Public Affairs
613-237-5150, ext. 1146

November 08, 2023
Exhibition Place GM Laura Purdy to Chair New North American Chapter of UFI - The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry

Toronto—Exhibition Place’s Laura Purdy has been appointed as the inaugural Chair of the newly established North American chapter of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) together with vice chairs Kim Carcone from the Toy Association (U.S.A) and Pepe Navarro from Tarsus/Informa (Mexico). This announcement was made during the 90th UFI Global Congress in Las Vegas, the largest annual gathering in the exhibition industry. 

UFI will work with MAD Event Management, a trade show management company led by President Martha Donato and CEO Marty Glynn, to manage the activities for the new North America chapter. 

"I am proud to serve on the newly established UFI North America Chapter and to be representing Canada alongside my esteemed peers from the USA and Mexico. Together, we will harness the collective expertise and resources of the industry in our regions to help shape the future of the exhibition industry, fostering innovation, collaboration, and growth. I am honoured to embark on this endeavor and contribute to the success of the exhibition industry on a global scale," said Purdy.

“As a long standing UFI member, Exhibition Place and Laura Purdy have been involved in many UFI activities over the years, especially with a focus around sustainability. We are thrilled to welcome her to our global volunteer leadership as Chair of the North America chapter and look forward to working together closely”, says Kai Hattendorf, UFI CEO.

As Chapter Chair, Purdy will represent the region on both the UFI Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the term from 2023 to 2026.

CONTACT: Alexandra Serrano, Exhibition Place, Manager, Marketing and Communications,

About Laura Purdy
Laura Purdy is an accomplished leader in Canada’s exhibition and event management industry. With over 35 years of experience, she has been a part of the leadership team at Exhibition Place throughout some of its most high-profile events including the Pan American Games, the Papal World Youth Days and the G20 Summit. Today, Laura brings her wealth of expertise to her role as Exhibition Place’s General Manager where she provides strategic leadership to venue event operations in all aspects of Event Management, Sales, Production, Security and Transportation.  

Laura is strong believer in giving back and making a positive impact on the exhibitions, meetings, and conventions industry. She sits on the board of various industry Associations including the Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM), Convention Centres of Canada and Meetings Mean Business Canada. She is also a passionate advocate for sustainability, DEI, and women’s empowerment, having co-founded the Women in Exhibitions North America Chapter. 

About Exhibition Place
Established in 1879 and located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto, the award-winning Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest entertainment venue, hosting 1,260 events and attracting over 5.5 million visitors a year. The 192-acre site is an integral component of Toronto and Ontario's economy, particularly with respect to conventions, sports, festivals, recreation, culture, and tourism. Exhibition Place boasts the award-winning, LEED Platinum Enercare Centre; Canada's largest exhibition and convention centre, and the Beanfield Centre LEED Silver conference venue. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, entitled GREENSmart; which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading-edge green technologies and practices across the site. 

About UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
UFI is the global trade association of the world’s tradeshow organisers and exhibition centre operators, as well as the major national and international exhibition associations, and selected partners of the exhibition industry. UFI’s main goal is to represent, promote and support the business interests of its members and the exhibition industry. UFI directly represents more than 50,000 exhibition industry employees globally, and also works closely with its 60 national and regional association members. More than 820 member organisations in 85+ countries around the world are presently signed up as members. Over 900 international trade fairs proudly bear the UFIapproved label, a quality guarantee for visitors and exhibitors alike.

UFI members continue to provide the international business community with a unique marketing media aimed at developing outstanding face-to-face business opportunities.

November 08, 2023
Tourism Calgary CEO Cindy Ady to Retire after 10-Year Tenure

Calgary, AB/CNW/—Tourism Calgary today announced the retirement of Chief Executive Officer Cindy Ady, a dedicated leader and community builder who, over the past 10 years, successfully elevated Calgary's profile as a year-round global tourism destination. Ady's retirement marks the end of an astonishing era of growth and change for tourism in Calgary and signals the beginning of Tourism Calgary's next remarkable phase and a comprehensive search process for a new CEO.

The organization has undergone significant positive changes under Ady's leadership, expanding its focus from just marketing to long-term industry development - growing its contribution to the local economy from $1.6 billion in spend in our market to nearly $3.1 billion in 2023. As part of her tenure, Ady also helped to grow the organization's membership by nearly 60 per cent, to more than 1,000 local business partners working collaboratively with the organization to ensure the industry's success.

Ady's significant achievements include effectively navigating a once in a century flood and a global pandemic; creating a new long-term funding agreement with the Calgary Hotel Association early in her tenure, which has proven to be a strong model for the industry; integrating the attraction of meetings and conventions back under Tourism Calgary's mandate; and, working with The City of Calgary to create a Special Events fund to attract a variety of signature events to our destination.  

"From the moment she stepped into the role as CEO 10 years ago, Cindy's leadership was defined by relentless energy, innovation and creativity, and our organization, the City of Calgary and millions of visitors have benefited from her vision and dedication," said Mark Wilson, Chair of the Board of Directors at Tourism Calgary. "We are grateful for her leadership and wish her the best in the next phase of her life."  

Tourism Calgary and its next CEO will embark on a new 10-year strategy for the destination with an incredible array of new projects to leverage, such as the BMO Convention Centre expansion, the new Event Centre and Calgary's Culture + Entertainment district, the redevelopment of Arts Commons and Glenbow Museum, and the development of Calgary's winter festival, Chinook Blast – all of which will continue to enrich the lives of Calgarians and attract visitors for decades to come.

"I am proud of the work we've done, the goals we've achieved and the strategic vision we've set for the years ahead, which we believe will be Calgary's brightest ever," said Ady. "I'm grateful to our Tourism Calgary team and our partners at the three levels of government, all of whom have pulled together to help create the city Calgary has become. I am thrilled to watch a new Calgary emerge in the future under new leadership." 

The Board of Directors at Tourism Calgary is committed to ensuring a seamless transition and has initiated a search for a new CEO. The search process will be comprehensive and national, with a focus on finding a leader who can build on Tourism Calgary's strong foundation and drive the organization forward for the benefit of visitors, Calgarians, the Province of Alberta and all Canadians.

Ady's last day as CEO will be December 31, 2023, and she will stay on as interim CEO until the new CEO is in place.

"We are dedicated to finding a new CEO who possesses the vision, experience, and leadership needed to execute on Tourism Calgary's 10-year strategy," Wilson said. "We have begun a comprehensive search to identify the right leader for this exciting time in the organization's – and the city's – evolution."

Tourism Calgary has engaged an executive search firm to assist in the selection process. Headquartered in Calgary, Pekarsky & Co. has a proven track record for landing the right leader for the right role, and will work closely with the Board to identify and evaluate potential candidates.

During this transition period, Ady will continue working closely with the Board of Directors and Tourism Calgary's executive team to ensure a seamless handover to the new leadership. Following her retirement, she will continue to be an ambassador for the tourism industry. 

"Cindy has set a very high bar for our next leader to clear, but, thankfully, she has also built a springboard for Tourism Calgary to achieve even greater heights," Wilson said.

About Tourism Calgary:
Tourism Calgary is the official destination management organization for Calgary's tourism industry. For more than 60 years, the organization's primary purpose has been to promote Calgary and area as the destination of choice. With a vision of making Calgary the ultimate host city, Tourism Calgary markets the city locally, nationally, and internationally and advocates for its ongoing development as a destination. The organization hosts and attracts visitors, conventions and events, and activates the city by fostering the growth of shareable, memorable experiences. Pre-pandemic, Calgary's tourism industry contributed approximately $2.1 billion in visitor spending by over 8 million visitors annually. The city is currently on track for $3.1 billion in visitor spend in 2023 with an estimated 8.2 million visitors by year end.

For more information about Tourism Calgary:
Twitter: @TourismCalgary
Facebook: Tourism Calgary
LinkedIn: @TourismCalgary 

SOURCE Tourism Calgary

November 08, 2023
Essentient Association Management named as the new management firm for the Canadian Association of Exposition Management

Mississauga, ON—The Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Essentient Association Management as CAEM’s new management firm effective January 1, 2024.

Essentient will be replacing CAEM’s current Executive Director, Jennifer Allaby of JLA Management, who has been in the role since January 1, 2021. “We are grateful for everything Jennifer has done for CAEM not only in the last 3 years as our Executive Director, but also for the 20 years prior to that as a member, volunteer, Director, and Past President. Her passion for CAEM is well-known and she has played an important role during the search for our new management firm, and she will be working with Essentient to make the transition as smooth as possible. “said CAEM President, Jill Kivett, who further noted “The CAEM Board has full confidence in the experience and leadership the Essentient team will bring to our association. They share our commitment to increasing member value and ensuring the long-term growth and success of CAEM.”

Essentient Association Management, a highly regarded Canadian Association Management Company (AMC), was established by Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE, in 2005. Essentient's core focus lies in delivering governance, marketing, communications, and operational expertise to not-for-profit organizations, enabling them to attain their goals and cultivate influential communities.

With an impressive track record spanning 18 years, Essentient has solidified its standing as a reputational leader in the AMC space, serving an extensive clientele ranging from the national to regional levels. The Essentient team is committed to a collaborative approach, offering comprehensive management solutions to their valued clients.

Constance Wrigley-Thomas enthusiastically expresses, "Our longstanding awareness of CAEM has filled us with genuine excitement as we embark on a partnership to further contribute to its engaging success story."

CAEM is the only national association solely dedicated to promoting, supporting, and defending the interests of the trade and consumer show industry in Canada. CAEM’s members include organizations that produce, plan, and manage shows; suppliers of services and products to the trade and consumer show sector; and the venues where shows are hosted.

November 07, 2023
The Parkside Hotel & Spa Wins International Sustainable Tourism Award at the 2023 Skål World Conference in Spain

Victoria, BC/CNW/—The Parkside Hotel & Spa is honoured to receive the 2023 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award in the Urban Accommodation category.

Skål International is a leading global organization driving social responsibility and environmental conservation within tourism. The Sustainable Tourism Award in Urban Accommodation recognizes city hotels that have included sustainable initiatives in their operations. Winners are chosen through a rigorous vetting process based on globally recognized sustainable tourism standards and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

"Thank you to Skål Canada President Mark Schaay for accepting this award on our behalf," shares General Manager Trina White. "We're so grateful to Skål for being recognized on the global stage for our sustainability and responsible tourism practices. We look forward to continuing our environmental efforts while respectfully sharing and celebrating the vibrancy of Victoria and the beauty and wonder of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada with our guests."

Since opening in 2009, The Parkside Hotel & Spa has been an industry leader in practicing and encouraging sustainable tourism. In 2022, the hotel reached various sustainable milestones, becoming Biosphere Certified and joining Beyond Green as their first urban hotel in the world. Beyond Green is a curated portfolio of planet Earth's most sustainable hotels, resorts and lodges, providing a range of guest experiences in unique locations around the world. Most recently, the hotel has partnered with Veritree to aid in kelp reforestation efforts along Vancouver Island's coastline.

For additional information and hotel photos, please visit The Parkside Media Centre.

The Parkside Hotel & Spa is dedicated to promoting a sustainable urban way of life, actively seeking and implementing eco-friendly measures to improve the guest experience while striving to minimize the environmental footprint of the property.

As a carbon-neutral, 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. 

The Parkside Hotel & Spa is a member of the Beyond Green collection. Learn more by visiting

Guided by a passion for embracing travel as a force for good, Beyond Green is a global portfolio of planet Earth's most sustainable hotels. To create a more purposeful way to explore the world where good guests meet good hosts, Beyond Green has curated a unique portfolio of hotels,  resorts, and lodges based on their commitment 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. To be considered for membership in Beyond Green, a property is vetted according to more than 50  sustainability indicators that align with global sustainable tourism standards and the United  Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Owned and operated by Preferred Travel Group – the family-owned company that manages and operates other hospitality brands including Preferred  Hotels & Resorts, Historic Hotels of America, and Historic Hotels Worldwide – Beyond Green ushers in a new way to experience genuine hospitality by the people for the planet. For more information,  visit  

SOURCE The Parkside Hotel & Spa Ltd.

October 26, 2023
Come for the Home, Stay for the Heart with Four Seasons Private Retreats Luxury Villa and Residence Rentals

A growing collection of bespoke luxury villas and residences in the world's most inspiring destinations combine the genuine care of Four Seasons with the comfort and privacy of a home away from home

Toronto/CNW/—Four Seasons is expanding its Private Retreats collection of luxury villa and residence rentals with highly anticipated openings in Cabo San Lucas at Cabo Del Sol, Caye Chapel in Belize, Tropicalia in the Dominican Republic, New Cairo Capital at Madinaty, and Cartagena, Colombia. Offering tailored stays in world-class homes expertly crafted by renowned architects and designers, Four Seasons Private Retreats offer the very best of living, hosting, and vacationing for every lifestyle.

"Four Seasons Private Retreats represent one of the many ways we have diversified our offerings to meet the needs of today's luxury traveller," says Alejandro Reynal, President and CEO, Four Seasons. "With a dynamic portfolio of villas and residences around the globe, guests have the space, privacy, and flexibility to settle in and enjoy their stay in a setting that feels like home. Whether a family reunion on the shores of Seychelles or a group getaway in Whistler for an alpine adventure, and everything in between, the greatest benefit of all is having Four Seasons care at your doorstep."

Reynal continues, "As we look to the future, we know that the desirability of Four Seasons Private Retreats will only continue to grow. We are excited by our diverse pipeline of new projects, and we expect to increase our offerings from 800 homes in 30 sought-after destinations to more than 1,000 over the next three years."

Where Extraordinary Care Meets the Comforts of Home

Four Seasons Private Retreats offer ultimate privacy with access to world-class hotel amenities and facilities and personalized around-the-clock service. From pre-arrival to departure, guests are guaranteed a seamless journey across all touchpoints, from the customized booking process to access to the Four Seasons mobile app and chat service, Kids For All Seasons programming designed for families with children, and a carefully curated stay itinerary by a dedicated concierge team. Wherever the destination, thoughtfully designed spaces boast quality facilities designed for comfort, entertainment, and peace of mind, ranging from private pools with spectacular views and modern fully equipped kitchens to expansive living rooms and dining areas.

Four Seasons Private Retreats cater to individual needs in any season - whether it's to rest and recharge, explore food and beverage and wellness offerings, or simply chase the sun.

Nature Havens

  • Retreat to the world's first exclusive-use two-hectare (five-acre) UNESCO hideaway at Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah surrounded by jungle greenery, crystal waters, and white-sand beaches in a seven-bedroom private island only bookable in its entirety for up to 22 guests. Catch a glimpse of the vibrant coral reefs and resident dolphins during a cruise on board a 19-metre (62foot) private luxury yacht, indulge in a customized treatment in the Ocean of Consciousness spa, or enjoy beachfront barbecues and signature creations by expert chefs in-villa or in one of the island's dining locations - all serviced by a dedicated staff team of 25 led by a personal Island Chief. Sunbathe in the private pool of the Three-Bedroom Beach Villa, relax in the panoramic balcony of the Mezzanine Suites in The Beach House, or enjoy a snorkelling adventure stepping into the lagoon beneath the Two-Bedroom Water Villa.
  • Experience Bora Bora's stunning sunsets at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia, and admire views of Mount Otemanu from the infinity-edge pool of the Three-Bedroom Premier Beachfront Villa Estate, or dine in style on the secluded white-sand beachfront with live entertainment from Polynesian fire dancers. Take a private underwater adventure with a local guide across Coral Gardens and swim with colourful reef fish or interact with stingrays in the shallow waters. Those who are more adventurous can explore the Pacific Ocean where blacktip reef sharks and lemon sharks roam.
  • Savour year-round sunshine in a Red Sea hideaway at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where guests can enjoy a day of family fun on the Resort's private beach or the private pool deck of the two-level Four-Bedroom Villa, a stand-alone luxury rental residence featuring a spa pool and babysitter's bedroom with ensuite bath. While children are kept entertained with the Kids For All Seasons program, couples can explore the Red Sea for a snorkelling or diving adventure to discover local marine life, historic shipwrecks, and more.

Mountain Escapes

  • Admire mountain views from the large outdoor terrace of Windows, a Six-Bedroom Private Residence, after a day on the trails at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail. A world-renowned ski destination, the Four Seasons Ski Haus is home base for mountain adventures, ski lessons, trail advice, equipment rentals, and an elevated lounge. Guests can also indulge in a healing signature spa treatment, the High-Altitude Adjustment Massage, consisting of a full-body treatment combining essential oils with targeted pressure techniques.
  • Experience the charms of Whistler all year round at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler. Warm up around the fireplace and soak in the panoramic views at the Three-Bedroom and Den Resort Residence. Take to the slopes of North America's largest ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb, with more than 200 marked runs spanning over two side-by-side mountains connected by PEAK 2 PEAK – a Guinness Book of World Records holder for the longest lift. Dine under the stars on the terrace and taste signature dishes showcasing the best seafood and produce from British Colombia prepared by an In-Residence Chef, or discover new flavours at the newly-renovated SIDECUT Steakhouse or Braidwood Tavern.

Wellness Journeys

  • A peaceful sanctuary awaits at Four Seasons Resort Peninsula Papagayao, Costa Rica with sound healing meditation, grounding yoga session, and Cacao Ceremony guided by an in-house Wellness Ambassador in the privacy of the outdoor deck. During a snorkelling adventure, guests can plant their own coral structure, directly contributing to the revitalization of Peninsula Papagayo. Guests can then retreat to the bi-level  Casa Las Olas Six-Bedroom Residence, featuring a fully equipped children's room with bunk beds and reading nooks, a state-of-the-art media room, gym, and spacious outdoor entertaining area for poolside barbecues.
  • Master the Japanese art of relaxation with a self-meditation journey at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto and a complimentary Zazen self-meditation kit, designed by a Zen monk from Kennin-ji Temple in Gion. Immerse in the local culture during a Japanese Tea Ceremony at Shakusui-Tei and learn about the rules, etiquette, and subtle intricacies of this thousand-year-old tradition. Admire picturesque views during a stay in the first-floor of the One-Bedroom Hotel Residence Garden View providing direct access to Shakusui-en, the hotel's 800-year-old Japanese pond garden, once a domain of a noble samurai as described in a 12th century epic poem, The Tale of the Heike. 
  • Experience the serenity of northern Thailand at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai through Soulful Awakening featuring comprehensive Live a Life of Balance rituals including a curated three-course wellness dinner from the Balanced Cuisine menu, a bath ritual using eco-friendly and vegan products, restorative yoga, and a 60-minute Sleep Well massage therapy session. For an outdoor adventure, embark on a nature trail designed for all ages and abilities by famed landscape architect Bill Bensley. After a day of exploration, sit back and relax in the Three-Bedroom Grand Residence Pool Villa while a personal residential assistant attends to every detail, from arranging a traditional Thai cooking class at Rim Thai Kitchen to serving dinner al fresco in the pool.

Culinary Adventures

  • Settle into the ambience at the iconic Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside, Florida. Enjoy beachside living, poolside cabanas, and celebrated culinary destinations including Michelin star awarded The Surf Club Restaurant by Chef Thomas Keller, Lido Restaurant at The Surf Club, and the Champagne Bar. Explore Miami by sea on a private yacht tour with Champagne in hand followed by a private beach sunset picnic. Soak in sunset views from the private rooftop pool and terrace at the 3 storey Marybelle Penthouse Suite, the largest suite featuring expansive living spaces designed by Joseph Dirand.
  • Enjoy a specialty sea-to-table dining experience prepared by an in-house chef after a day of sailing and spearfishing at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico. Take part in a private tequila tasting with expert mixologists or learn free diving and octopus fishing techniques from certified diving instructors before enjoying an expertly prepared signature dish paired with Mexican spirits, all carefully tailored to guest preferences. Guests can relax in the newly renovated standalone Five-Bedroom Arena Beach House located on Manzanillas Beach, and enjoy uninterrupted sunsets from the infinity pool.
  • Immerse in a wine country lifestyle at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley where a Four Seasons chef can prepare a tailored menu in the open-concept kitchen for a private dinner gathering at the Three-Bedroom Vineyard Residential Villa. Culinary enthusiasts can also dine at Auro, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Calistoga, California featuring seasonally-driven Northern California cuisine designed for world-class wine pairings. Conveniently steps away from the villa, wine aficionados can explore Elusa Winery for a tasting at the 1.9-hectare (4.7-acre) organic vineyard, which boasts views of the Palisades mountains and oak-covered hills, or explore the finer nuances of Calistoga's AVA and the style of acclaimed winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, including a tasting at Theorem Vineyards and Rivers-Marie.

Iconic Getaways

  • Experience the French Riviera in style in one of three luxury villas tucked away for ultimate privacy: the four-bedroom Villa Rose Pierre at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, and two new additions, Villa Beauchamp and Villa Clair Soleil. Four Seasons legendary service guarantees total relaxation, from spending days lounging by the private infinity pool to sunbathing in the gardens, engaging in active sports, or enjoying sunset aperitifs on the terrace. Guests can admire views of the Cap-Ferrat peninsula and Mediterranean Sea during a gourmet picnic, created by Michelin-starred Chef Yoric Tièche and Pastry Chef Pierre-Jean Quinonero, on the heights of Villefranche-sur-Mer in the Hotel's vegetable garden.
  • Explore London's historic yet lively East End from a landmark address at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. Indulge in Michelin-starred cuisine on-property at La Dame de Pic London or savour a tailored menu by an expert chef in the private kitchen of the three-bedroom Crown Residence, featuring views of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and River Thames. For world-class cultural and gourmet experiences, the Trinity Square Private Club features a Château Latour tasting room with carefully selected vintages direct from the cellars of the estate. A dedicated lift straight to the residence provides utmost privacy.

Coming Soon

A highly anticipated opening, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Cabo San Lucas at Cabo Del Sol, is an luxury villa experience set within a vibrant riviera-style village in Mexico, featuring Two to Five-Bedroom Oceanview Villas and Residences.

Other Four Seasons Private Retreats luxury villa and residence rentals set to debut in exciting new destinations include:

  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel, Belize
  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia
  • Four Seasons Hotel and Residences New Cairo Capital at Madinaty
  • Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Cartagena

About Four Seasons
Four Seasons opened its first hotel in 1961, and since that time has been dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continual innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. Currently operating 126 hotels and resorts, and 53 residential properties in major city centres and resort destinations in 47 countries, and with more than 50 projects under planning or development, Four Seasons consistently ranks among the world's best hotels and most prestigious brands in reader polls, traveller reviews and industry awards. For more information and reservations, visit


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October 26, 2023
Revitalize Your Stay: Westin Hotels & Resorts Washington, DC Hotel Sets New Standard for Wellness Travel

The Westin Washington, DC Downtown is poised to become a hospitality wellness leader with focus on holistic well-being experiences and the largest hotel fitness studio in DC

Washington, DC—Westin Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of over 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today unveils its latest offering in Washington, DC – Westin Washington, DC Downtown. After a nearly $80 million investment by ownership group, Sunstone Hotel Investors, the 807-room hotel will offer a sophisticated and contemporary blend of well-being experiences, designed for guests to feel inspired, to rejuvenate, and to maintain their wellness routines while on the road.

“From the moment they arrive at Westin Washington, DC Downtown, guests will have endless opportunities to recharge and recover,” said Jennifer Connell, Global Brand Leader, Westin Hotels & Resorts and Vice President, Distinctive Premium Brands, Marriott International. “The hotel’s modern residential design brings the natural world indoors, to create an all-encompassing health and wellness experience that redefines the traditional hotel stay. What better way to further energize business and leisure guests as they travel through the city, than a visit to the largest hotel fitness studio in Washington, DC.”

Designed by leading architecture and design firms Parts and Labor Design, and Leo A Daly, Westin Washington, DC Downtown seamlessly balances the serenity of nature with the energy of the city. The hotel’s architecture and design elements drew inspiration from Potomac stone, which is native to the Washington, DC area. The contrasting use of materials is highlighted by stone in raw and finished states. Once inside, guests will be immersed in a space inspired by biophilic design, layered with the elements of nature, through the integration of sunlight, greenery, and water. The warm and inviting environment provides a place to unwind, with artwork that captures the influence of Washington, DC’s surrounding waterways in the form of ripples, flow, reflection, texture, and movement.

With community at the core, the hotel features the Westin WELL. Knowing that travelers are often dehydrated when they arrive at their destination, the Westin WELL will allow visitors to prioritize their well-being from the moment they arrive. The nourishing dispensary offers sparkling and alkaline options to hydrate and soothe guests.

“Westin Washington, DC Downtown is an urban oasis with something to offer everyone,” said Kori Johnson, General Manager of Westin Washington, DC Downtown. “We have created a space where a focus on well-being comes together in all aspects of the hotel. From our guest rooms and WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio to our lively bar and compelling cuisine, we look forward to bringing Westin’s wellness spirit to life through our brand’s six pillars of well-being.”

Sleep Well
Rest and refresh in one of the 807 guest rooms featuring the brand’s iconic Heavenly® Bed and a soft, calming color palette.

Eat Well
Curated culinary options like Root and Vine, the open-kitchen concept with locally sourced menus, beverages including botanical-inspired cocktails and a biodynamic wine program, and a convenient grab-and-go “Wellness Market” will satisfy a healthy palette.

Move Well
Empower the body and mind in the 10,000 square foot WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio with an Olympic weight room, a yoga room, Peloton bikes, and studio space for stretching and yoga. With the local RunWESTIN® program, featuring running routes and jogging maps, guests can remain active throughout their stay. Guests can also keep in shape at any time of day, and in private, in one of the hotel’s Peloton Suites. Each room is equipped with a Peloton bike that can be used with the Peloton App.

Feel Well
Sleek bathrooms balanced with bold textures and natural colors, Heavenly® Bath rain showers, and the brand’s signature White Tea aloe bath amenities, and plush bathrobes, are prime for rejuvenation.

Work Well
Modern meeting spaces and workstations are thoughtfully designed to feature customizable breakout rooms with convenient layouts, to encourage productivity and collaboration. Select meeting rooms face the vast, nature-inspired foyer space to create an open airy feel and further inspire guests.

Play Well
Explore the nation’s capital and the area’s cultural and entertainment sites, only a short walk or metro ride from the hotel.

Westin Washington, DC Downtown participates in Marriott Bonvoy – the award-winning travel program from Marriott International – allowing members to earn and redeem points for their stay at the hotel, and at other hotels and resorts across Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio of brands. With the Marriott Bonvoy App, members enjoy a level of personalization and a contactless experience that allows them to travel with peace of mind.

To explore more, please visit

About Westin® Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts, hospitality’s global leader in well-being for more than a decade, empowers guests to transcend the rigors of travel while on the road through the brand’s Six Pillars of well-being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well, and Play Well. At more than 235 hotels and resorts in over 40 countries and territories, guests can benefit from distinct wellness experiences including the brand’s iconic and award-winning Heavenly® Bed, signature WestinWORKOUT® offerings such as its Fitness Studios with TRX fitness equipment, and its versatile Gear Lending program featuring the latest in recovery and strength training from Hyperice and Bala, delicious and nutritious menu offerings on their Eat Well menu, and more. For more information, please visit and stay connected on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook. Westin is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit

About Marriott Bonvoy®
Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s award-winning travel program and marketplace, gives members access to transformative, eye-opening experiences around the corner and across the globe. Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of over 30 extraordinary brands offers renowned hospitality in the most memorable destinations in the world. Members can earn points for stays at hotels and resorts, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, as well as through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments™, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques®. With the Marriott Bonvoy app, members enjoy a level of personalization and contactless experience that allows them to travel with peace of mind. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit To download the Marriott app, go here. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on FacebookTwitterInstagram and TikTok.

Media Contacts
Heather Zeller
Director, Premium Brand Public Relations
Marriott International

Mark Indre
Director, Public Relations, Westin Washington, DC Downtown
Marriott International

October 26, 2023
Atlific Hotels Proudly Appoints New Vice President of Operations

Toronto, ON—Atlific Hotels is pleased to announce the appointment of Olivier Rochefort as Vice President of Operations. Olivier joins the Atlific family with a wealth of hotel and leadership experience, both in Canada and abroad.

As the former Vice President of Operations, Canada for Crescent Hotels and Resorts, Olivier oversaw hotel operations at the corporate level, while managing brand and owner relations for the company’s Canadian portfolio. 

“Olivier's operational acumen, thoughtful leadership style, and track record of success are a natural fit for Atlific's executive leadership team and we look forward to helping him foster continued achievements in his new role,” said Philippe Gadbois, Senior Vice President, Atlific Hotels.

Olivier’s dedication to building strong relationships and fostering guest satisfaction has earned him an outstanding reputation in the hospitality industry, where he continues to inspire his teams to provide the best possible service to hotel guests.

Originally from Montréal, Olivier attended the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université de Toulouse - Jean Jaurès in France, resulting in a Bachelor of Business Administration and Hotel & Tourism Management. Olivier resides in Toronto with his wife and son, where he enjoys watching the Montréal Canadiens, coaching his son at hockey and baseball, and walking his cocker spaniel, Caramel, on the trails of the Oak Ridges Moraine. 

Atlific Hotels is one of the leading hotel management companies in Canada operating more than 30 hotels with offices in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Atlific Hotels has over 60 years of experience managing well-known Canadian hotels, resorts, and extended-stay properties.

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

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Aerial Communications Group
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October 24, 2023
Atlific Managed TownePlace Suites by Marriott Sudbury Completes Renovations, Unveils Transformed Space

Toronto, ON—Atlific Hotels is thrilled to announce that TownePlace Suites by Marriott Sudbury has completed extensive renovations, offering improved functionality and updated design. Under the creative direction of Edwards Designs Inc., the hotel’s 105 suites and all public spaces, including the lobby, restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, pool area and fitness facility, invite guests to enjoy a completely new and modern aesthetic. In addition to interior upgrades, the all-suites hotel underwent an exterior revamp, providing visitors with an even warmer welcome to the Sudbury property.

“TownePlace Suites by Marriott Sudbury dedicates itself to making guests feel at home with exemplary service and amenities, and these renovations take our offering to the next level,” said Lori Poirier, General Manager, TownePlace Suites by Marriott Sudbury. “We are delighted that the new look and feel of the property will help take us into the future and continue to serve business and leisure travellers alike for years to come.”

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with brand-new hotel signage, paint and patio furniture, along with parking lot and landscaping updates. Inside, new flooring, ceiling tiles, paint, wall vinyl and artwork redefine the first floor, including a TowneMap and mural found in the lobby. All of the hotel’s suites are now replete with new wall vinyl, paint, carpeting, blackout curtains, closet organizers, lighting, sofa beds and chairs with ottomans, on top of the existing fully equipped kitchens. To ensure a good night’s sleep, all beds were freshly updated with new mattresses, linens, pillows, terry and bed skirts, while each bathroom received new mirrors with LED lighting. All suites were also upgraded with new 43 or 50-inch flat screen televisions, providing guests with the comforts of home during their short trip or extended stay. 

The hotel’s public spaces underwent significant transformations, including the dining and bar area, which received new carpeting, tables, chairs, bar stools, lighting, 55-inch flat screen televisions and a decorative wall mural, perfect for complimentary breakfast each morning. Corporate guests will be pleased to find the meeting rooms refreshed with all-new carpeting, wall vinyl, tables and chairs, as well as upgraded AV packages and fully functional moveable walls in the Murray Room. Boasting a two-storey waterslide and hot tub, the indoor pool area was updated with a new entrance door, paint and seating, while the swimming pool itself was refinished for guests’ enjoyment. For those looking to maintain their wellness routine while on site, the hotel’s 24-hour fitness facility was upgraded with brand-new equipment featuring individual view screens, along with a new large screen television, wall vinyl, paint and flooring.

The pet-friendly TownePlace Suites by Marriott Sudbury is centrally located, serving as a cornerstone of the Sudbury community. Not only is it the closest hotel to the municipal airport, but it is also conveniently located at the heart of the main shopping district in the city and within easy walking distance of restaurants and entertainment. With 330 lakes, the City of Greater Sudbury can also provide a quiet escape for nature-lovers seeking outdoor adventure.

Atlific Hotels is one of the leading hotel management companies in Canada operating over 30 hotels with offices in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Atlific Hotels has over 60 years of experience managing well-known Canadian hotels, resorts, and extended-stay properties.

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

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Aerial Communications Group
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October 23, 2023
Seven iconic Toronto museums now under one easy pass

New Toronto Museum Pass offers significant savings at seven cultural institutions

Toronto—Destination Toronto today launched its first all-in-one Toronto Museum Pass with admission to seven iconic museums including Aga Khan Museum, Bata Shoe Museum, Gardiner Museum, Little Canada, Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum and Textile Museum of Canada. 

The Toronto Museum Pass is available as one- or three-day options, allowing visitors to pick the pass that best suits their travel plans. Prices range from $45 to $85 and can offer up to 70 percent in savings, with additional discounts for seniors and children under twelve. 

“With seven museums on a single pass, it’s the easiest way to discover local and global stories from the present day back to the ancient and prehistoric,” said Andrew Weir, EVP at Destination Toronto. “Toronto’s cultural attractions are at the heart of the Toronto experience for many visitors and residents, and the Toronto Museum Pass makes it easier to go deeper and explore more.”  

The Toronto Museum Pass is delivered directly to users’ phones once purchased, and must be used within 90 days of purchase. The pass is activated with first use at a participating business, expiring 24-hours and 72-hours after first redemption, depending on the pass purchased. The pass is flexible, allowing visitors to spend as much, or as little, time at each attraction as they please. 

To learn more about the Toronto Museum Pass, please visit

About Destination Toronto
Toronto’s visitor economy is a vital economic engine for the city, generating more than $10 billion in economic activity and supporting 70,000 jobs in 2019. Destination Toronto’s mandate is to reflect the breadth and diversity of Toronto’s people, places and culture to inspire residents and visitors to meet, visit and explore our city. Operating in partnership with the City of Toronto, the Greater Toronto Hotel Association and the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Destination Toronto markets and promotes the city to locals and visitors, attracts and supports major meetings and events, and supports local businesses to maximize the opportunities of visitor spending. For more information, please visit

Media contact:
Rebecca Koole
Destination Toronto – Communications Coordinator 
(905) 325-5121

October 18, 2023
Germain Hotels Celebrates the Grand Opening of Their 19th Property and Announces Construction of Their 20th Hotel

Alt Hotel Calgary University District Celebrates Grand Opening; Alt Hotel Ottawa Airport will take off in 2025

Calgary, Alberta (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)—Canadian hotelier Germain Hotels is pleased to announce the official opening of its 19th property in Canada: Alt Hotel Calgary University District.

This is the group’s third establishment in Calgary, following the opening of Le Germain Hotel Calgary in 2010 and Alt Hotel Calgary East Village in 2018, marking the hotelier group’s first property inauguration in Canada since 2019.

The hotel is ideally situated in the heart of University District, a thoughtfully designed, mindfully made urban community in Calgary’s northwest. University District is an award-winning community. It is the first community in Alberta that has been certified LEED-ND Platinum, the highest distinction, for its sustainability efforts.

Alt Hotel Calgary University District also provides convenient access to nearby facilities in the surrounding area including The University of Calgary, the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Olympic Oval, McMahon Stadium, Foothills Medical Centre and CF Market Mall.

The hotel offers 155 guest rooms and more than 4,000 square feet of meeting and event space across four meeting rooms, two boardrooms and one creative lounge. Hotel guests can enjoy a complimentary 24-hour gym, on-site underground parking and pet-friendly guest rooms.

“We take immense pride in introducing our second Alt Hotel in Calgary, located in the dynamic community of University District,” says Marie Pier Germain, Vice-President, Marketing and Sales Germain Hotels. “This hotel opening is a special one for us, as it’s our first one since the end of the pandemic.” She continues, “We look forward to providing our guests with an extraordinary stay while they explore the city and surrounding area, whether they are travelling for business or leisure.”

Alt Hotels take pride in merging style and sustainability. Setting a new standard in responsible hospitality, the Calgary University District property is Germain Hotels’ first Silver LEED certified hotel (application pending). The property employs innovative techniques to reduce waste and promote resource conservation.

Also part of the hotel’s sustainable efforts, the property has a strong focus on celebrating all things local, with 100 per cent Canadian-made beds, locally sourced bath products in each room and a rich tapestry of local art featured in its lobby.

Continues Germain, “For us, creating an emotional connection with our teams and guests, as well as with communities across the country is a priority. It is with great pleasure that we have donated 25 nights (a $6,000 value) to the Children’s Hospital Foundation so they can give back to needy families throughout the year.”

Guests can also enjoy the many amenities University District has to offer, including its vibrant Retail Main Street, outdoor parks, pathways, restaurants and retailers. There are endless opportunities to shop, eat, explore and socialize just steps away from the hotel doors. Alt Hotel Calgary University District is an ideal destination for business and leisure travellers who want to be immersed in the local culture, as well as those planning to visit friends and family in the area, including the University of Calgary. The hotel also offers easy access to the Trans-Canada Highway, leading west towards Banff and the Canadian Rockies.

Alt Hotel Calgary University District invites guests to experience a new era of hospitality that seamlessly blends style, sustainability, and local immersion. For bookings and further information, visit Alt Hotel Calgary University District is located at 482 Mclaurin Street NW, Calgary Alberta.

Germain Hotels’ 20th property, Alt Hotel Ottawa Airport, ready for takeoff in 2025.

Further, Germain Hotels has announced the Alt Hotel Ottawa Airport will start construction in a few weeks. First announced in 2019, the project was halted due to the pandemic. The new scaled-down version of the hotel will consist of 178 guest rooms, meeting rooms, and gym as well as a full-service restaurant. A pedway will connect the hotel directly to the airport terminal. The hotel will be Germain Hotels’ third establishment in Ottawa and the third airport property for the chain, having terminal hotels at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Estimated at $55-million, the hotel is expected to open in 2025. Says Hugo Germain, Vice-president Operations Germain Hotels, “We have been working with the Ottawa Airport on this project for the past five years. We are very happy to start construction on this hotel that will employ more than 40 people. We believe in Ottawa and are invested in the region, as this is our third establishment in the city.”

“We are proud to be working with Germain Hotels to bring a terminal-connected hotel to the Ottawa Airport,” stated Mark Laroche, President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority. "The unwavering dedication and resilience displayed by the Germain team in overcoming numerous hurdles stand as a testament to their commitment to Ottawa-Gatineau. The Alt Hotel Ottawa Airport represents a pivotal cornerstone within YOW's growth strategy and underscores our steadfast commitment to fostering economic prosperity within our community."

About Alt Hotels by Le Germain
At Alt Hotels, we march to a different beat by giving guests the best of what they want without any extra fluff. Located in Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Brossard, Quebec City, Halifax and St. John’s, all our properties are carefully crafted to combine eco-friendly comfort within sleek urban spaces—all designed with guests in mind. Alt Hotels. Stay unconventional.

About Germain Hotels
Germain Hotels is a family-run business founded in Quebec in 1988. The owner and operator of a network of 19 properties across the country under the Le Germain, Alt and Escad banners, the company remains the only genuinely Canadian hotel group to date. A model of boldness and innovation, Germain Hotels is renowned for its philosophy of hospitality and its exceptional sense of aesthetics. The company’s national presence and its commitment to building a network of local collaborators make it an expert in the Canadian lifestyle. Germain Hotels.

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October 17, 2023
Ottawa Tourism achieves Rainbow Registered accreditation, further embracing inclusion and diversity

Ottawa Tourism has been accredited by Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), marking a significant milestone in the organisation's ongoing commitment to promoting inclusivity and diversity in business and leisure tourism. This accreditation reflects Ottawa Tourism's dedication to creating a welcoming and safe destination for all delegates and travellers.

The Rainbow Registered accreditation, a nationally recognised symbol of 2SLGBTQI+ inclusion in Canada’s travel industry, underscores Ottawa Tourism's determination to celebrate and support 2SLGBTQI+ visitors and the community. As a part of this commitment a first wave of hotels, venues, shops, and attractions across the city have also joined the Rainbow Registered Guide, with many more to come.  These additions enhance Ottawa’s reputation as a 2SLGBTQI+ friendly destination for delegates and travellers.

“Ottawa Tourism is proud to be recognised by CGLCC for our commitment to inclusivity,” says Lesley Pincombe, Vice President, Meetings and Major Events at Ottawa Tourism. “Business and leisure travel should be accessible and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of their background, gender identity, or sexual orientation. This accreditation reinforces our dedication to making Ottawa a destination where everyone feels welcome and valued."

The CGLCC accreditation process evaluates an organisation’s commitment to 2SLGBTQI+ inclusion, examining various factors such as policies, marketing, and community involvement. Ottawa Tourism's successful accreditation highlights the organisation's efforts to ensure that 2SLGBTQI+ delegates and travellers can experience the city with confidence, knowing they will be treated with respect and dignity.

In addition to achieving its own CGLCC accreditation, Ottawa Tourism is excited to celebrate the growing participation of local businesses and service providers in the Rainbow Registered Guide. This guide, a resource for 2SLGBTQI+ travellers, features 2SLGBTQI+ friendly businesses and experiences in Ottawa.

The Rainbow Registered Guide allows travellers to explore Ottawa's diverse and vibrant 2SLGBTQI+ community, creating a richer and more inclusive experience for all. Ottawa Tourism is delighted to see this guide continue to expand, reflecting the city's commitment to embracing diversity and promoting 2SLGBTQI+ inclusivity.

For more information about Ottawa Tourism's commitment to 2SLGBTQI+ inclusivity and to explore the Rainbow Registered Guide, please visit

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Creative Director & Founder
Soaring Worldwide
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October 11, 2023
GDS-Index: Tourisme Montréal maintains its leading position in North America

Montreal/CNW/—Tourisme Montréal maintains the top position in North America in the Global Destination Sustainability Index 2023, a world benchmark in sustainable tourism. More than 40 new destinations were added to this global contest this year, including 19 in North America. Montréal is the only city on this continent to be in the top 40.

"I am deeply happy with this recognition which demonstrates our determination to make our destination an international model in sustainable tourism. We are inspired to go further in our pursuit of sustainable practices. The coming years will undoubtedly see the birth of ambitious initiatives," says the president and CEO of Tourisme Montréal, Yves Lalumière.

The destination was evaluated on nearly 70 criteria inspired by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, segmented into four main components, namely environmental and social management, supplier engagement and destination management. Tourisme Montréal's efforts particularly stood out in the destination management category with an honourable score of 86%. The creation of a sustainable development committee, the development of toolkits for conference organizers as well as training for members and employees were among the city's highlights.

Beyond Tourisme Montréal's ranking, its progress since 2019 is also very impressive. This year, the organization achieved a score of more than 75%, which is an improvement of almost 25% compared to 2019.

Tourisme Montréal is fully aware of the urgent need for a major transition for the planet. Consequently, it positions itself as a leader in sustainable tourism and invites the industry to engage in the same approach.

In 2015, several countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs are a blueprint and 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 develop economic growth and address a range of social needs, including education, health, social protection, and employment opportunities, while tackling against climate change and environmental protection. 

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. To this end, the organization is piloting innovative hospitality strategies with a two-fold objective: ensuring that visitors enjoy a memorable experience and maximizing tourism economic spin-offs in a sustainable way with long-term impacts for the city. 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

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