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September 8, 2020
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Designed in Canada Days Inn G3 Prototype
TORONTO – Days Inn Canada has released G3 prototype. “We are introducing this now for construction in spring and summer of 2021,” said Irwin Prince, president and COO of Realstar Hospitality. “As hotels begin to reopen, we will have the best hotel in the market when the public starts to travel." 
 
CBRE can help hotels save on property tax 
TORONTO — Although most hotel revenues and operating expenses have decreased in the current environment, property taxes will likely continue to increase. Hotel owners should be considering how best to address this growing threat to their profitability or viability.
 
° How one hotel saved $250,000 on property tax 
HALIFAX — After several years of operating losses, CBRE assisted a hotel client by filing an appeal on their property tax assessment. CBRE helped facilitate a substantial reduction on behalf of the client, resulting in more than $250,000 in property tax savings.
 
Clifton Blake: Is hotel financing available?
The question Salim Gulamani gets asked the most from borrowers, lenders and even non-hotel people is simply, “Is Hotel Financing Available Right Now?”. The simple answer is, "Maybe."
 
Northland Properties opens hotels in NS and SK
VANCOUVER — Northland Properties, parent company of Sandman and Sutton Place, started the month by announcing the openings of the Sandman Signature Saskatoon South and the long-awaited Sutton Place in Halifax, which opens today.  
 
STR Canada results week ending Aug. 29, 2020
STR data for August 23-29, 2020 showed lower performance from prior weeks for Canada’s hotel industry. Two provinces reached a 50 per cent occupancy level: Prince Edward Island (55.8 per cent) and British Columbia (53.5 per cent). 
 
Ontario resort was saved by the summer
BUCKHORN, Ont. — The spring months were difficult for Beachwood Resort as weddings meetings and quilters cancelled due to COVID-19. But they were able to open up and salvage the summer, with a few changes in their guest profile and operating procedures.
 
REOPENINGS, SALES & RENOS Sept. 8, 2020
Trump Hotel Vancouver closes. Sunray takes over Owens Hospitality, Saskatchewan. St. Regis Hotel opened Sept. 1. Fall back into Ontario travel at The Drake. Naramata Inn now serving lunch. Tea in the window returns.
 
PEOPLE update as of September 8, 2020
Marsha Walden leads Destination Canada. Brian DeCort now Hotel Equities COO. Fox Harb’r hires Pearleen Moffard. Jason Johnson joins True Key Resorts. Kevin Davis promoted at JLL. Torlys expands Western Sales Team.
 
THE WINNERS' CIRCLE September 8, 2020
Kristy Adams wins NISOD Award. Motel 6 USA Today’s Best Budget Brand. Sharing IHG’s social initiatives across the country.
 
COMING EVENTS update September 8, 2020
Information about WITH Virtual Summit, changes to Manitoba Associations' plans. Check out which events will be virtual and which plan to be live.
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