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Nov. 13, 2018
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Radisson Admiral is about to turn Blu
BERMUDA — With his ongoing ties to Toronto, Radisson's Ken Greene is excited that Canada will finally be getting its first Radisson Blu hotel. Already a beautiful hotel with a great waterfront location, the Radisson Admiral's transformation should be complete by next June. Related story: Jin Jiang acquires Radisson Hospitality Inc.
 
CHICOS: Rebuilding and holding rate
BERMUDA — After 12 sessions and an abundance of information about hurricanes, airlift, all-inclusives and RevPAR, CHICOS organizer Parris Jordan of HVS had one overriding takeaway: This time around, hotels held onto their rates.
Travelodge Canada takes its show on the road
CALGARY — Travelodge Canada held road shows, dubbed "Camp Travelodge," in Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Saskatoon recently. The smaller, more intimate gatherings provided a unique opportunity for hoteliers to network and suppliers to show off their products.
 
Nottawasaga Inn celebrates 50 years
ALLISTON, Ont. — Lou Biffis started the Nottawasaga Inn on a property that was used for sod farming, in Tecumseh, a dry county. Before he could build a successful motel, he had to change that. In 1967, 81.5 per cent of the population voted in favour of liquor licenses, and construction could proceed.
BEFORE & AFTER: Holiday Inn Express Toronto
TORONTO – InnVest Hotels has recently completed a $6.8 million renovation to the 195-room Holiday Inn Express – Toronto Downtown, putting the finishing touch — elevator improvements — in place in late October.
 
Why hoteliers need a better mobile plan
TORONTO — Mobile phones dominate our lives. Regardless of age, we have become addicted to the mobile screen. Despite the mobile phone dependence in our personal lives, as an industry we are failing to get eyeballs or engagement with hotel mobile content. 
 
 
THE WINNERS' CIRCLE Nov. 13, 2018
Le Royal Champêtre B&B Gîte wins B&B of the Year 2018.  Alto Awards. Calgary Airport Marriott wins for cocktails. Omni King Edward honoured. Related Story: Choice Hotels APEX winners and photos
 
 
NEWS BRIEFS update as of Nov. 13, 2018
Blumination at Blue Mountain Resort. 2018 Canadian Tourism Sector Compensation Survey. AccorHotels renews commitment to diversity. Days Inns partners with Canadian Hockey League.
 
 
OPENINGS, SALES & RENOS Nov. 13, 2018
Cutting the ribbon at Holiday Inn and Suites YYC. Hilton's hostel-inspired Motto brand could work in Canada. BCP opening. Choice expands in Latin America and Spain. Quality marks 1,600th U.S. hotel. The Annex launches in Toronto.

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PEOPLE Update as of  Nov. 13, 2018
Juan Duran, Rob Alldred, Eric Normand, Cyril Russell and Michael Durante — new roles at Choice Canada. Choice International welcomes Jeannie Lin and Terri Ryan. Gordon Johnson joins Atlific. John Slaughter now SVP CBRE Hotels. Ken Hall named GM Chateau Frontenac. Scott Hart to manage Drake Devonshire Inn. Dr. Sonya Graci now director, IHTR at Ryerson University.

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COMING EVENTS update Nov. 13, 2018
The Western Canadian Lodging Conference has a new venue this year. 
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