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Ritz-Carlton Toronto on the brink of change
TORONTO — It's been more than seven years since the Ritz-Carlton Toronto burst onto the city's hotel scene, the first of the new five-star properties in the city. With new team members including Fogo chef Murray McDonald and global hotelier Nicolas Messian, the property is on the cusp of change.
 
SHHA is too loud to be ignored
SASKATOON —"The work SHHA has been doing is getting noticed: we are attracting non-traditional members, we are being invited to the table, and we are becoming too loud to be ignored," says SHHA chair Gary Hoffert.
Swing like Tarzan in Dalhousie, N.B.
TORONTO — Days Inn by Wyndham locations are encouraging tourists to get active with Stay & Play packages. These ParticipACTION initiatives promote physically active outdoors activities with numerous physical and mental health benefits.
Three Tru by Hilton hotels for Canada
MCLEAN, Va. — Global head Alexandra Jaritz is bullish about the development of the first three Tru by Hilton hotels outside of the U.S. CLN interviewed her regarding the Canadian properties coming to Edmonton-Windermere, Markham and Kingston.
Champlain Waterfront Hotel goes local
ORILLIA, Ont. — Soft, boutique brands like to talk about how they're aimed at travellers who value the local experience. Here's how a small-town Ontario hotel makes that concept come to life.
 
BEFORE AND AFTER: Delta Trois Rivières
TROIS RIVIERES, Que — Patricia McClintock of PMA Design explains the dramatic changes made to the Delta Trois Rivières to make it a showpiece property.
 
BCHA's stellar Summit has packed agenda
WHISTLER, B.C. — The third annual BC Hospitality Summit at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler was attended by over 200 hoteliers, liquor store and pub owners and operators, and vendors.
 
BW Leisure Summit: Canada truly rocks it!
TORONTO — Asked to describe future Canadian leisure travel in one word, TripAdvisor's Brian Payea said "mobile"; HAC's Susie Grynol said "opportunity"; and Best Western's Dorothy Dowling said "rewarding." They all agreed that Canada is rocking it this summer!

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FDF adds Famoso to hotel restaurant options
VANCOUVER — FDF Restaurant Brandz, which will have 26 Ricky's All Day Grills open on hotel properties by year end, has purchased the Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria chain, and is adding it to its hotel restaurant portfolio.

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Alexa: Bring new convenience to my hotel
Thanks to the new partnership between Amazon Alexa powered by Volara and ALICE, when the guest gives an “Alexa” voice command, the request syncs with the ALICE task management platform for hotel staff.

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THE WINNERS' CIRCLE as of June 5, 2018
Choice Hotels Canada's Book to Build Campaign. Chelsea Hotel pledges $1 million to SickKids. GTHA honours the city's finest hotel employees. George Brown hosts Jeune Chaine des Rotisseurs.
PEOPLE Update May 15-June 5, 2018
Laura Armitage is now chair, Regina Hotel Association. Yola Marshall and Beata Cieplik have new jobs at IHG. Chris Zappala joins Morbern. New faces at The Westin Bayshore.

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OPENINGS, SALES AND RENOS June 5, 2018
New build Wingate by Wyndham comes to Kamloops — the seventh in Canada. Fairmont Hot Springs announces $5 million in renos. Toronto's first Kimpton to open July 1.

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Coming Events June 5, 2018
A listing of hotel conferences and events across Canada, the U.S. and around the world. Next up: GTHA AGM; ORHMA's AGM and Provincial Golf Tournament; and Coast Hotels' Shuhachi Naito Golf Classic.
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