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May 26, 2020
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Major changes announced at MasterBUILT
CALGARY, Alta. — MasterBUILT Hotels, a leading Canadian hotel development and management company, and the master territorial developer for Microtel by Wyndham, yesterday announced the appointment of a new leadership team as they set their sights on a bright future. David Donaldson has been named as president.
 
Don Cleary on Marriott's pandemic response
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Marriott has firm protocols in place to open hotels and solid operating procedures around cleanliness and social distancing. Marriott Canada president Don Cleary remains optimistic. "As soon as the time is right, there will be keen interest by Canadians to travel around Canada."  
 
Choice Canada has 85 per cent of hotels open
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Choice Hotels Canada currently has around 85 per cent of hotels open out of over 330 properties, reports Brian Leon, president. "We have a number of hotels serving as lodging for front line health care workers and others impacted by the crisis. In a few cases, hotels are being used as hospital overflow."
 
BW's Kong: Liquidity/Communication/Optimism
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Developing a plan with clear priorities and objectives was the first thing BWHR did, David Kong told CLN. "Obviously, ensuring liquidity is at the top of the list. Communication is vitally important during a crisis and providing a realistic but optimistic perspective is also important."
 
Meet Rob Palleschi, CEO of G6 Hospitality
CARROLLTON, Tex. — Rob Palleschi of G6 Hospitality credits Canadian initiatives for changing Motel 6 and Studio 6 hotels from conversion brands to ones that are now half conversion and half new builds.
 
CBRE quantifies COVID-19 challenges
TORONTO — Brian Stanford of CBRE shared the latest statistics showing Canada's position on the world stage, giving revised outlook numbers for 2020-2023, and looking at how the Canadian recovery might unfold. 
 
Deneen Allen founds Firecircle Online Tourism
VANCOUVER — Deneen Allen is best known in the hospitality industry as the founder and CEO of Pure North Canada, Last summer, she recognized a need among new and existing entrepreneurs in remote and rural locations to access ongoing tourism and hospitality development expertise and resources.
 
CHIL Design: Social Distancing Together 
VANCOUVER — Paul Morissette of CHIL Design talks about how hotels will be designed differently post COVID. The industry has and will face a massive disruption with not only a decline in tourism but also business travel as our new remote workforce learns the value of virtual meetings.
 
HAC launches AHLA's Safe Stay in Canada
OTTAWA, Ont. — HAC has launched Safe Stay here in Canada, partnering with the American Hotel & Lodging Association to provide a North American best practice approach. The enhanced safety protocols elevate existing standards to prepare hotels for the new COVID-19 reality.
 
STR Canada results week ending May 16, 2020
HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—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 10 May through 16 May 2020, according to data from STR.
 
COMING EVENTS update May 26, 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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