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March 10, 2020
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Why Bayview Hotel Group went independent
COURTENAY, B.C. — Bayview Hotel Group is owned by the Smith family, who acquired the brand new property in Courtenay, on Vancouver Island, in 2009. The Courtenay property spent 10 years as a Holiday Inn Express, but at the end of the license, the family decided to go independent. Here's why.
 
Kids' dining: beyond chicken fingers & fries
Consumer eating habits and preferences have, and continue to, adapt as time goes on. And for hotel restaurants, it can be very insightful to track and analyze these behaviours. But one consumer demographic that is not as often considered is children.
 
HAC's awards, timely issues and presenters
TORONTO — Award winners strode the Red Carpet, and individuals and panels presented on timely issues such as coronavirus, millennials, short-term rentals, human trafficking, technology, labour shortages, sustainability, engaging staff, travel intentions and the end of the upcycle.
 
Photos from Canadian VIP Leadership dinner
TORONTO — Over 60 of the Hotel Industry’s top leaders from across Canada attend 2020 VIP Leadership Dinner held in advance of the HAC at Ruth’s Chris Toronto Airport. Top level executives from all segments of leadership including brands, management groups, associations and key transaction support companies all were well represented.    
 
What Toronto's new W Hotel will look like
Marriott is passionate about W Hotels and is keen to bring the brand to life here in Toronto. Here's what to expect when the new hotel opens its doors this coming summer.
 
Executive Hotels & Resorts' Harald Kurtzke
An emphasis on training and a strong mandate from the CEO to strengthen the brand are among the qualities that set Executive Hotels apart from the crowd, says Harald Kurtzke, who has been with the company for more than 15 years. 
  
THE WINNERS' CIRCLE March 10, 2020
Days Inn Awards of Recognition unveiled. Ross Wise is Canada's newest Master of Wine. AHLA Winners. HNL Awards. KML's Top 30 under 30. 
  
CHF launches Red Door Scholarship Program
TORONTO — The Canadian Hospitality Foundation (CHF) held its first Red Door Gala at Hotel X on Feb. 29. While the CHF has been around since 1962, this is the first year Restaurants Canada has taken over the event. 
  
OPENINGS, SALES AND RENOS March 10, 2020
Hilton's All-Suites brands. Hotel Equities announces Four Points by Sheraton Campbell River. Streetcar and Dream buy the Gladstone Hotel. Travelodge Timmins relaunches.
Choice adds Parlour Inn to Ascend Collection
STRATFORD, Ont. – The Parlour Inn, owned by Ontario’s Vintage Hotels, has joined the Ascend Hotel Collection by Choice Hotels Canada.
PEOPLE update as of March 10, 2020
Anatoly Kondratenko joins Accor. Duncan Chiu now on Marriott development team. Greg Fleming now GM at Alt Hotel St. John's. New appointments for IHG Canada. Restaurant Canada chair Guy Laframboise. Krista Bax named go2HR CEO. Donnalu Sabo joins HAC. Trevor St. Louis now at Accor.

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Resorts of Ontario stresses 20/20 vision
ORILLIA, Ont. — Resorts of Ontario has confirmed its Annual Conference & Trade Show at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa on March 30 to March 31.  This year’s focus is on everything relative to the year 2020, plus taking a journey back to the roaring '20s at the President’s Dinner & Reception.

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COMING EVENTS update March 10, 2020
Read about upcoming conferences and trade shows across Canada and North America. Date and location announced for MHA & MRFA Trade Show. Resorts of Ontario to meet March 30-31. 
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