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Feb. 12, 2019
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Calling all Guelph HAFA/HFTM Alumni
GUELPH, Ont. — University of Guelph is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its School of Hotel and Food Administration, which later became Hotel, Food and Tourism Management. They are planning a weekend of festivities and a reunion of grads June 21-23, 2019.
 
Chamberlain: hotels in suburbs & small towns
BURLINGTON, Ont. — Within the past two years, Chamberlain Architect Services Limited has been involved in the planning and development of many hotels in suburbia and small-town Ontario. Towns and villages that were previously thought too small to sustain branded hotels are excited about the tourism and business benefits that these hotels will help create and maintain.
2019 Trends: The power of personalization
To reach and engage customers in 2019, companies need to deeply understand what today’s consumers value most to appeal to their personal needs. This is especially true in travel, says Expedia's Benoit Jolin.
Marriott hotels part of downtown LA renaissance
LOS ANGELES — There's a night and day difference in Downtown Los Angeles a decade ago and today, said Javier Cano, vice-president and market general manager at The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles and The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.
 
 
Saskatoon's largest hotel rebrands as Delta
SASKATOON — Marriott International has announced the rebranding and opening of the Delta Hotels Saskatoon Downtown. Formerly a Radisson, the 291-room property is the largest in Saskatoon, and showcases a prairie landscape with views of downtown and the South Saskatchewan River.
 
 
Cohan: Which Caribbean islands are thriving?
MIAMI — Andrew Cohan, managing director for Horwath HTL primarily serving the Sunbelt States and the Caribbean Basin, named Grand Cayman, Dominica, Jamaica and Dominican Republic as countries that are doing well. 
 
 
PEOPLE Update as of Feb. 12, 2019
Hospitality industry mourns J. Charles Grieco. Erin Penner joins Superior Lodging Corp. Chef Murray McDonald moves to Spirit Ridge. Doug Lisi and Jill Burke have new roles at CHI. Cameron Woof and Patrick Schofield promoted at CWB Franchise Finance. Amit Patel's Colorado property. 
 
 
OPENINGS SALES AND RENOS Feb. 12, 2019
Ascend sets record for openings. Alt Hotel Calgary restaurants. C Hotels in Mont-Tremblant. Comfort grows in the U.S. Four Seasons has nine openings in 2019. Global pipeline for hotels. Group Germain: 20th hotel and Ottawa Airport opening. Hyatt Place Calgary now open. Montreal developer plans mixed use development on Ottawa's Rideau Street. New management for Westin Prince Hotel. Paragon Gaming sells its interest in Parq Vancouver. PHI: another Calgary hotel.

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NEWS BRIEFS update Feb. 12, 2019
Canadian Hotel occupancy highest since 1999. go2HR's Inclusive Customer Service course. Vancouver Convention Centre Concierges. Host city named for Atlantic Canada Showcase. RLH Corp.'s new currency. Restaurants Canada and TIANB now Association Partners.

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THE WINNERS' CIRCLE Update Feb. 12, 2019
Hazelton Hotel hosts Fashion Week. Days Inn Estevan a Travellers' Choice Winner. CHI Chair Stewart Bainham receives Lifetime Achievement Award at ALIS. Grail Springs named best spa in World Spa Awards. Booking.com's most welcoming places in Canada. AHLA unveils list of 100+ hotels winning housekeeping awards. The Rosseau celebrates 10 years.
 
 
COMING EVENTS update Feb. 12, 2019
Read about upcoming conferences and trade shows across Canada and North America. 
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