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March 24, 2020
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Canada's hotel industry faces collapse
OTTAWA — Within 48 hours of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, Canada's hotel industry faced massive cancellations. With occupancies now below 10 per cent, the way forward is anything but clear.
 
Business continuity a critical issue for hotels
OTTAWA — The start of summer should put money in the pockets of hotels. This year, government has stepped up as public health measures keep travellers away.
 
Communications Tips for a Pandemic
David Eisenstadt and Carol Merry of IPREX offer tips for hotels dealing with or preparing for the spread of coronavirus.
 
Redesign spices up a heritage hotel
VANCOUVER — A city's oldest buildings are its greatest assets. But sometimes, a makeover can give them the personality that helps reinvent a sense of place, as in the case of Vancouver's Hotel Belmont.
 
Cambria Hotels lays groundwork for Canada
TORONTO -- Rapid growth in the U.S. is setting the stage for Cambria Hotels, the upscale lifestyle brand of Choice Hotels Group, to expand into Canada.
 
Westin Nova Scotian renos not just cosmetic
HALIFAX — Many of the $20 million in renovations underway at the historic Westin Nova Scotian aren't simply cosmetic. Some of the most important changes serve a dual purpose, like the green wall between the bar and the front desks. 
  
Orlando offers Marriott the best of all worlds
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando has the best of both worlds. On the on hand, it’s at Walt Disney World; on the other, it’s a Marriott property with 333,000 square feet of meeting space that's set to expand in 2021 with the addition of a new tower. 
  
Radisson: CEO, conference, Canadian winners
LAS VEGAS — Radisson Hotel Group has been active lately, appointing a new CEO for the Americas, as well as hosting its annual conference and recognizing outstanding team members — including many from Canada. 

OPENINGS, SALES AND RENOS March 24, 2020
Newmarket Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites, Travelodge by Wyndham Regina; Thriftlodge by Wyndham Moncton.
PEOPLE update as of March 24, 2020
Alana Baker moves up at Hotel Association of Canada. Madone Pelan takes the reins at Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Pooja Rajmohan leads sales at the Alqonquin Hotel. Jim Stewart and Shalin Parikh move up in human resources at the Chelsea Hotel.

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COMING EVENTS update March 24, 2020
Read about upcoming conferences and trade shows across Canada and North America, including new dates for the Canadian Hotel Investment Conference and others as a result of COVID-19. 
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