December 15, 2020
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The CLN 2020 Pivot: Meet our new owners
TORONTO — After an immensely flattering and supportive response to our retirement announcement, and an overwhelming interest in continuing Canadian Lodging News, we are delighted to announce that Big Picture Conferences and Joe Baker will become the new owners of Canadian Lodging News effective January 1, 2021 with Joe taking on the role as Editor.
Choice to reach 100 Quality Inns early next year
TORONTO — Quality, the original Choice Hotels brand, celebrates 65 years in Canada this year. Even though it's one of the senior hotel brands, it has evolved with the times and is as vibrant as ever. Choice Hotels Canada currently has 97 Quality properties, and will reach the 100 mark early next year.
Downtown metrics the worst in CBRE report
TORONTO — CBRE'S Brian Stanford told CLN that the company had missed the mark with their 2020 forecasts of top line outlooks. “[People] thought we were being pessimistic when we made our forecasts early in the pandemic,” he said, but it turns out the opposite was true.
The Ritz-Carlton Toronto's extensive redesign
The Ritz-Carlton Toronto has recently completed an extensive redesign, reimagining luxury in its Club Level guest rooms and suites. The prestigious hotel has also updated the entrance and lounge to Spa My Blend by Clarins.
More authenticity will be part of COVID legacy
PHOENIX — As a Canadian who now lives in the U.S., Dorothy Dowling of Best Western, has noticed differences between how Americans and Canadians have approached the pandemic. She believes that COVID has led to more authentic messaging.
TownePlace Suites opens on Hamilton Mountain
HAMILTON — The new 125-key TownePlace Suites by Marriott Hamilton officially opened its doors Nov. 17. The hotel is perfect for travellers looking for comfort and a friendly location where they can settle in, meet, maintain routine and easily connect to Hamilton and the surrounding area.
Tracey Kalimeris: Culture drives Accor success
Culture is what drives Accor's success as a company.  More than ever, culture is the glue that keeps us together. Throughout these difficult times we have shown that we treat our colleagues as family by looking after them in any way we can. 
Expedia: how technology will shape future travel
SEATTLE, Wash. — Expedia Group shared its continued commitment to focus on technological innovation as a key driver in recovery and beyond at this year's annual partner conference, explore'20, held virtually December 8-9. 
STR Canada results week ending Dec. 5, 2020
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — STR data for November 29 through December 5, 2020 showed Canada’s hotel industry with slightly lower occupancy compared to the previous week.
NEWS BRIEFS update as of Dec. 15, 2020
Zonetail launches assistance for restaurants. Cornell says Montreal hotels are most sustainable. Hilton and Marriott CEOs say investors should act now. Tourism losing workers daily.
An opportunity in Bruce Peninsula. Crowne Plaza Toronto to reopen soon. Four Seasons Whistler opens Braidwood Tavern. Victorian Hotel gets financing from CFO. Mataj Architects projects opening and in the pipeline for 2021. Creeco assumes full ownership of Quality Inn & Suites Val d'Or.
PEOPLE update as of December 15, 2020
TIAC's Charlotte Bell passes away. Eric Hamel moves to Hotel Vogue. Kristin Moller heads new Toronto JPR office. More new appointments at BUM Furniture. BC's new cabinet ministers. Kevin Maven now at Sterling Karamar Property Management. Tracy L. Prigmore appointed to Castell Project board.
THE WINNERS' CIRCLE December 15, 2020
Courtyard by Marriott Burlington wins numerous awards. City of Yellowknife and Indigenous B.C. regions on the rise. Reetu Gupta among 100 Powerful Women.
COMING EVENTS December 15, 2020
What's ahead for 2021. CLN's listing of conferences.
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Socially distanced outdoor dining... in winter  

MINETT, Ont. — JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka has created a concept called the Muskoka Ice Caves that will soon allow guests to dine in outdoor domes on their huge patio. But the winter magic doesn't stop there.  They also have Muskoka chairs surrounding firepits, along with furry blankets to keep guests toasty, and something called the Cowboy Cauldron that the chefs can use to create smoked delicacies including bison on a skewer with roasted red pepper.

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