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June 25, 2019
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Fairmont Royal York celebrates 90th with renos
TORONTO — The Fairmont Royal York Hotel celebrated its 90th anniversary on June 11 with a party and tours of the hotel's stunning $100 million plus reno, which took more than four years to complete.
 
Blake Richards talks labour shortages at ORHMA
ALLISTON, Ont. — Blake Richards, MP Banff Airdrie, travelled from Alberta to address the ORHMA's 20th AGM. Richards had lots to say about the industry's biggest headache — skilled labour shortages. His riding, in particular, has problems as its unemployment numbers are lumped into a large area that includes oilfields communities.
 
Greg Doman outlines Accor's future plans
CALGARY — Accor continued to ramp up its presence in Canada with a huge booth at CHIC, and the introduction of some new and exciting brands. CLN sat down with Greg Doman to talk about the Accor expansion.
 
Agema Hospitality is in the pain relief business
BARRIE, Ont. — If a banquet manager calls Paulo Cardoso of Agema Hospitality, saying three servers called in sick, Cardoso says, "Give me 15 minutes," and can often find people with the requisite skills. "We are shift disturbers," says Michael Agema, founder.
 
Raptors stats are in, pointing directly to profit
TORONTO — While statistics show that the Toronto Raptors’ NBA Finals run provided profits for bars across the country, experts say the moment is also an invaluable marketing opportunity for Toronto that could provide a substantial long-term economic boost to the region.
 
Canada's unemployment rates killing hospitality
Unemployment rates in Canada are at an all-time low, meaning that talent pools are ever-dwindling. While this benefits the employee who is now in high demand, employers have been struggling to find the right talent to fill roles, and have had to fight harder to keep that talent. For Canada’s restaurant industry, employing over 1.2 million Canadians, the record-low unemployment rate has been crippling.
 
Georgian Hospitality students back after fire
BARRIE, Ont. — When the Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation department at Georgian College was closed following a fire, the college worked quickly and innovatively to reschedule and/or move more than 100 classes in less than 24 hours.
 
RLH Corp introduces virtual central res agent
RLHC successfully deployed an industry-first Artificial Intelligence Virtual Agent for Central Reservations to support all 1,400 system hotels. The first-of-its-kind in the hospitality space, the AI virtual agent offers a more seamless experience for travelers and an opportunity to generate greater revenue for hotel owners. 
 
BLLA's Stay Boutique Live — Investment Edition
Showcased at the 2019 Stay Boutique Investment Conference, there are abundant reasons to believe in the fast-evolving community of boutique ideas, products, and services. Held  June 5 at the Times Center in New York City, the seventh annual edition of the one-day event, produced by the Boutique and Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA), was as fearless and disruptive as the boutique space itself. 
 
OPENINGS, SALES AND RENOS June 25, 2019
New $70 million casino in Delta, B.C. Centre de Congrès opens in Mont Sainte Anne, Que. Fairmont Hot Springs renovates thermal pools. Marriott opens Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Windsor. Home2 Suites deal signed for Ajax, Ont.
 
PEOPLE update June 25, 2019
David Humphrey joins Boston Consulting Group. Jose Luis Riomayor changes jobs at Sunray Group. CHI's Mark Pearce mourned. Paul Shewchuk is new executive chef at Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. Jodi Garman joins JLL.
  
NEWS BRIEFS update as of June 25, 2019
Business travel boosts productivity. Canadian hotels lag in web accessibility. Fake hotel in Manchester, England. Hotel G's cannabis delivery service. Radisson loyalty program changes. Vancouver Marriott partners with aquarium. 

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THE WINNERS' CIRCLE update June 25, 2019
Josef Ebner wins Baxter Lifetime Achievement award. SHHA honours longtime members and gives out scholarships. Hotels participate in Food Rescue. The Josie Hotel nominated for best new ski resort.
COMING EVENTS update June 25, 2019
Read about upcoming conferences and trade shows across Canada and North America. 
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