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August 11, 2020
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Choice adds three hotels to Ascend Collection
TORONTO – Choice Hotels Canada has added three new properties to its Ascend Collection — Calabogie Peaks near Ottawa, the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg and Hotel Penticton in Penticton, B.C. Ascend now has 22 hotels, adding seven in 2019 and five so far this year.
 
DESIGN: Harmony Event Centre unveiled 
OSHAWA, Ont. — Harmony Event Centre anchors two Marriott hotels, a Courtyard and a TownePlace Suites. Royal Design was hired by owner Sunray Hotels to design the space so that it could host weddings, conferences, galas, trade shows and meetings. The property also has some innovative lighting features.
 
Colliers Hotel INNvestment report Q2 2020   
TORONTO — Colliers documented the industry's collapse and recovery in its Q2 2020 Hotel INNvestment Canada Report. CLN talked to Robin McLuskie about recovery, provincial, international trends and the surprising nature of Q2 transactions.
 
JRoss Hospitality Recruiters talk mental health
In this time of uncertainty, it’s important to talk about mental health. Initiating an open dialogue within the workplace about this often stigmatized topic can lead to more efficient remedial care and ultimately, prevent the problems from arising. 
 
Choice Hotels Canada 'nudges' its employees
TORONTO — When Choice Hotels Canada wanted reach and engage with front-line workers to communicate its Commitment to Clean program, they used an app developed by Toronto-based Nudge Rewards. 
 
STR Canada results week of August 1, 2020
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — STR data for 26 July through 1 August 2020 shows a continued steady rise in Canada’s hotel performance but the same significant level of year-over-year declines. On the positive side, nation-wide occupancy is now at 38.4 per cent, compared to a low of 12.0 per cent for the week of April 11, 2020. 
 
Joe Baker: Keeping Canada well as we reopen
OTEC's Joe Baker  says that as we re-open our businesses, let’s not underestimate the impact our workers have on our guests and clients. And let’s not underestimate the toll this pandemic and the return to work has had on the mental health and emotional wellbeing of our workforce. 
 
Saskatchewan announces $35M for Tourism
REGINA — On Monday, August 10, the Government of Saskatchewan announced $35 million in support for Saskatchewan’s hard-hit tourism sector.The lion's share will go to hotels, said SHHA president and CEO Jim Bence. 
 
Canada's hotel pipeline expands year over year
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — According to analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE), Canada’s hotel construction pipeline continued to expand at the close of Q2 2020 with 296 projects/ or 39,645 rooms. The construction pipeline is up 8 per cent by projects and 11 per cent by rooms, year-over-year.
 
REOPENINGS, SALES & RENOS August 11, 2020
Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney sold. TownePlace Suites Hamilton nears completion. Silver Star Vernon for sale.  Kananaskis Nordic spa teams up with Crosswaters Resort. Hotel Z and other BC openings.  Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront reopens with a new look. Fairmont Waterfront opened August 7. Apartment style hotel is opening in Griffintown.
 
PEOPLE update as of August 11, 2020
A tribute to Realstar's Ron Grant. Former Fairmont CEO Bill Fatt passes away. Xavier Icardo joins Activar. Ravi Rawlani now GM at Easton's Group. Phil Hugh joins Radisson. Arjun Channa moves to USVI. Tourism HR Canada Welcomes Four New Board Members.
 
THE WINNERS' CIRCLE August 11, 2020
Aodhan Sheahan cycles for cancer. Holiday Inn St. Jacobs recognized by TripAdvisor. Magnolia Hotel No. 1 in Canada. Top 10 Resort Hotels In Canada.
 
COMING EVENTS update August 11, 2020
SHHA and GoMedia cancelled. Check out which events will be virtual and which plan to be live.
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CONFERENCES
— Live, Virtual or Hybrid


SAHIC's virtual format goes far beyond Zoom
SAHIC's virtual conference will be a complete online event designed to facilitate encounters and exchanges between colleagues.

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AHLA's Ascend focuses on the economy
The Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AHLA) Ascend online conference will give hotel industry leaders and investors the data and information they require to inform their business strategy, forecasts, and budgets.

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WCLC considers hybrid format
Big Picture Conferences are still planning to go ahead with a small version of WCLC in Calgary if permitted to and also offer a digital version.
 
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COMING EVENTS Update Aug. 11/20
A look at which events are still taking place and which ones are postponed or cancelled.

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