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April 2, 2020 SPECIAL COVID-19 REPORT
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Repurposing hospitality spaces during COVID-19
CANADA — The Vancouver Convention Centre will be used as a hospital; Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan governments are working toward use of hotels as hospitals; and the Canadian Navy is seeking a Halifax hotel to house troops.
 
Introducing Canadian Hotel Advisor Collective
OTTAWA — The Canadian Hotel Advisor Collective has been formed to filter, funnel and direct timely, useful information as a response to the impact of COVID-19 on our industry. 
 
Preparing for a post-coronavirus future
Greg Klassen of Twenty31 Consulting says we are in Phase One of a three-phase process. We don't know when Phase One: Peak COVID-19 will end. We will soon have to rethink what our tourism industry will look like in Phase Two: Immediate Recovery and Phase Three: Longer-Term Recovery.
 
BLOG: Tourism 2.0 — A reason for hope
In spite of the hardships around us all, Joe Baker of Centennial College has never before seen the kinds of unity he is seeing now. Industry and government messages are crystal clear – the tourism industry is vital to the Canadian economy. Vital to the 1.87 million people who rely on it for gainful employment. 
 
Good news stories amid the pandemic
Hotels light up with hearts. Easton's Group starts Project Kindness. Accent Inns, Amexon and The Fairmont Royal York offer rooms to emergency and health care personnel. 
 
STR results for Canada week ending Mar. 26
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — The latest STR statistics for Canada paint a picture that becomes more dire as the weeks wear on. Occupancy last week in Canadian hotels was just 21.4 per cent.
 
SAMM Holdings plans Regal Plaza Complex
TORONTO — SAMM Holdings is planning a $130 million mixed use development, including a 204-key Staybridge Suites hotel, plus retail and condo offices, that will open in 2022 on vacant land adjacent to the Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East at Dixon and Martin Grove, right next to the on-ramp for the 401.. 
  
NEWS FROM EVERY PROVINCE
TORONTO — Canadian Lodging News looks at what governments are doing to help with the COVID-19 pandemic, and how hotels are coping in every province.
  
HAC Guelph student chapter visits top hotels
Embodying the University of Guelph’s core value to ‘improve life’, the Hotel Association of Canada Guelph Student Chapter (HAC) continually offers students opportunities to experience the lodging industry and increase their knowledge of current events beyond the classroom. 
  
Restaurants Canada: 800,000 jobs lost in March
TORONTO — Restaurants Canada estimates that 800,000 foodservice jobs have already been lost due to COVID-19 and they might not return if current conditions continue. Numbers broken down by province. 

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COMING EVENTS update April 2, 2020
It could be a very busy fall as spring conference dates are rescheduled due to COVID-19. 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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