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April 28, 2020
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Support and financing from COVID to recovery
TORONTO — While the Canadian Hotel Investment Conference (CHIC) has been postponed until the fall, CHIC presented the first in a series of webinars, titled Government Support and Financing Your Hotel and Resort Assets from COVID-19 to Recovery. Panellists looked at the best and quickest ways to access capital for hotel operations, and how to continue in a COVID-19 world.  
 
A regional check on the impact of COVID-19
TORONTO — Colliers and CFO easily reached their capacity of 1,000 participants in their second industry webinar held April 16 at 1:30 p.m. HAC's CEO Susie Grynol, Mandy Farmer of Accent Inns, Ryan Pomeroy of Pomeroy Lodging, Bertrand LeBoeuf from Le Groupe Daca and Jeff Appleton of DP Murphy, rounded out the panel.
 
Statistics help AHLA respond to coronavirus
EDMONTON — During a week when oil prices plummeted into negative territory and Calgary cancelled this year's iconic stampede, CLN spoke with Dave Kaiser, president and CEO of the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association, about the situation in the province now that COVID-19 has devastated an economy that was already reeling from a number of years of low oil prices..
 
Coast to coast, associations work for members
Jeff Guignard of ABLE BC can't visit members as he usually does in spring and summer; he's come up with Virtual Happy Hours to help connect. Everyone is looking to Saskatchewan as the first province to loosen regulations. And on the east coast, Steve Denty of HNL ensures his members have a big voice in what the recovery will look like. 
 
How's business in hotels across Canada? 
An Ottawa hotelier predicts that many Ottawa hotels could remain closed. Quality Suites Laval houses mental health and palliative patients. How Edmonton hotels are hurting. Winnipeg hotels step up to the plate. Brandon property houses the homeless. Food bank in an Alberta hotel room. Saskatchewan hotels support truckers.
 
How Niagara's Heart of Hope Campaign began
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Niagara Falls was one of the first and most visible cities to promote Hearts of Hope during COVID-19. CLN spoke to Patrick Regina, area GM for Marriott Hotels about the campaign, which has now spread across the country. Canadian hotels also honoured the victims of Nova Scotia's mass shooting with lights and by dressing in red.
 
And the good news for Canadian hotels is...
MasterBUILT Keys of Hope celebrates essential workers. Sasquatch shows up at Harrison Springs Hotel. Serta Simmons' Relief Bed. Coast helps first responders. Executive's self-isolation specials. SilverChef announces community financing.
 
How travel agents could help save the industry
This isn’t the first time the travel industry has suffered. Traditional travel agents have been in emergency mode many times during the last two decades or so. Frances Kiradjian of BLLA looks at how this could help our industry recover.
 
PPE availability and supply chain cautions
In response to requests for supply of PPE, Jason Cheskes has spent dozens of hours examining the marketplace to provide hoteliers with up-to-date solutions for these needs. Cheskes suggests operators consider placing orders as soon as possible, as availability is limited and until supply stabilizes, shortages, delays and cost fluctuations are expected.
 
NEWS BRIEFS update April 28, 2019
One thousand BC hotel rooms for the homeless. Accor announces ALL Heartist Fund. Best Western's hotelier relief and guest support. New cleanliness partnership for Hilton. Marriott offers $1 billion in revolving credit.
 
STR results for Canada week ending Apr. 18
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — Showing further COVID-19 impact, the Canadian hotel industry recorded steep year-over-year declines in the three key performance metrics during the week of 12-18 April 2020, according to data from STR.
 
PEOPLE update April 28, 2019
Efrem Berman promoted at Radisson. Samantha Geer joins Beattie Tartan. Heather McCrory named to World Panel on Wellness. 
  
COMING EVENTS update April 28, 2020
Read about upcoming conferences and trade shows across Canada and North America, including new dates for conferences that have been postponed. 
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