Sept. 24, 2019
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Sonder, a hotel alternative that plays by the rules
MONTREAL — It's a familiar story. Five years ago, Francis Davidson started to earn some extra money by renting out his student apartment to Montreal tourists during the summer. That morphed into a billion-dollar business called Sonder with 8,500 spaces in more than 20 countries. But unlike other short-term rental organizations, Sonder does pay tax.
Tourism Toronto lists new hotels for 2020
TORONTO — Tourism Toronto, the official destination marketing organization for the region encompassing Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton, has come up with its list of the Top 20 in 2020, and five of the most anticipated events are hotel and hotel restaurant openings. 

Expedia looks at eye tracking, facial recognition
TORONTO — Expedia brought their portable innovation lab to the Toronto office to demonstrate their eye tracking and facial recognition technology that uncovers how travellers engage with their website. Here's an exclusive look at how Expedia is making research led decisions to drive innovation on the Expedia Group platform.
Xavier Icardo on Why Housekeeping Matters
As a guest entering a hotel room, you expect availability, cleanliness, safety, comfort, amenities, and most importantly, a properly working bathroom. Most of these expectations are handled by the housekeeping department. On the heels of National Housekeeping Week, Xavier Icardo looks at why housekeeping is so important.
Canadian economist to kick off CHICOS 2019
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA — The Canadian content will be right up front. Avery Shenfeld of CIBC will help set the stage for the Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference and Operations Summit, which takes place Nov. 14-15 at Secrets, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Glampinghub a link to yurts, treehouses & more
Whether it's a weekend getaway with the family or a romantic trip with a partner, guests who book at are guaranteed a unique, authentic accommodation built with integrity and love. Glamping is growing with the site catering to 98,000 glampers with 35,000 accommodations. 
A hands on approach to EMV Chip & PIN
By October 2020, all Canadian merchants must be EMV Chip and PIN compliant as mandated by Visa Canada, but getting there can be complex and frustrating. National Payments offers a made-in-Canada, hands on approach to guiding hoteliers through the process and ensuring their technology works. 
NEWS BRIEFS update as of Sept. 24, 2019
Skål Hamilton rebrands. Airbnb news: Corporate, Calgary and Saskatchewan. Duetto and Sandman. Holiday Inn back to school promo. Lead Like Walt book released. Canadian Tourism Employment Snapshot. 
How mobile apps help travellers with disabilities
Persons with disabilities have driven innovative solutions to overcoming barriers throughout the course of history. Today the innovative spirit of those attempting to overcome barriers continues through the ongoing development of mobile apps.
PEOPLE update September 24, 2019
Scott Duff now at Wyndham Hotel Group. Scott Beck to head Tourism Toronto. Anthony Campaniaris moves to Warsaw. Whistler Pangea Pod gets a GM from Down Under. Paul Abbott named CEO of AmEx Global Business Travel.
Ascend Collection introduces Insignia Sarnia. Corso opens at Hilton Fallsview. Vrancor's Holiday Inn Express Sarnia. Opening of Staybridge Suites Red Deer. Residence Inn Montreal Downtown sold by Colliers. Sheraton Laval's $13 million reno. Accor launches greet.
THE WINNERS' CIRCLE update Sept. 24, 2019
Caesars Windsor gets four diamonds for 20 years. Easton's wins two Hilton Awards. Motel 6 Moosomin is Property of the Year. RHB plants a tree for every bed sold. Second year in a row for Le Royal Champêtre.

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COMING EVENTS update Sept. 24, 2019
Key details for BC Liquor Conference, HC², AHQ, CHICOS, WCLC and HAC. Read about upcoming conferences and trade shows across Canada and North America. 
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Colleen Isherwood, Editor
Steven Isherwood, Publisher
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