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April 9, 2019
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RHG roadmap clear and they're accelerating
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Radisson Hotel Group is primed for success with its five year plan and the benefits that should come from its acquisition last year by Jin Jiang, the world's second largest hotel group.
 
Times are a-changin' at Resorts of Ontario
ORILLIA, Ont. — For the first time, the new president of ROO is not an resort owner/operator, but rather regional director at Clublink, a golf course management company. Granted, Jerry Feltis has lots of hotel management experience in his background too. He takes over from Dianne Hounsome, who has steered the association through the a tumultuous two years of labour legislation changes. 
 
 
Microtel's new Canadian hotel prototype
CALGARY — Microtel has developed its own Canadian prototype for the brand's hotels, Eric Watson, president and CEO, told CLN this week. There are significant differences in the exterior elevation and public spaces vs the U.S. prototype as the brand positioned in the midscale to upper midscale segment in Canada versus the upper economy to lower midscale in the U.S.
 
 
AHLA to celebrate Centennial at Banff Springs
EDMONTON — The Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association Conference and AGM will be held this year at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, from April 14-16 and will celebrate the association's Centennial year. The event will kick off on April 13 with a Speakeasy — or reunion of AHLA members past and present — hosted by Best Western. AHLA president and CEO Dave Kaiser says it will be the last conference of its kind for the association.
Disruption focus of Humber Conference
TORONTO — Humber College is hosting an event on May 6 titled Viewpoint. Technology & Hospitality Management: Distraction to Disruption. Speakers include keynote David Goldstein of Destination Canada, and Reetu Gupta of Easton's Group of Companies moderating a panel that includes Robert Chartrand of Atlific, Don Cleary from Marriott, Steve Gupta from Easton's and Bonnie Strom of Park Hyatt Toronto.
What to do about those labour shortages?
RAMARA, Ont. — Brody Purser of Deerhurst Resort, Peter Watson of Loube Hospitality Resources and Benjamin Guth of Mobilize pondered ways to deal with persistent labour shortages at the Resorts of Ontario Conference last week. Involvement with colleges is key — and go far beyond attending job fairs.
 
 
PEOPLE update as of April 9, 2019
Hospitality community loses Walter Oster. David Kong celebrates 15 years. Jolene Reid joins MasterBUILT. Steve Robinson promoted at Easton's. Ken Hughes special advisor, Ontario Beverage Alcohol Review. Margaret Bowler's new position at American Express GBT. 
 
 
NEWS BRIEFS update as of April 9, 2019
Givex partners with Best Western on Travel Card Program. Latest Hospitality Wi-Fi Trends. Canadian hotels celebrate Earth Day. Hotels.com's Canadian tourism statistics. Sparkling Hill uses Maestro PMS. Caribbean Hotels look at better 2019.

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OPENINGS SALES AND RENOS April 9, 2019
Another good year for Hilton all-suites brands. Sheraton Red Deer renamed Cambridge Red Deer. Nature inspires Casino of the Rockies reno. Festival Inn, Stratford sold by CBRE. Sunray purchases Hockley Valley Resort. Palm company acquires Princes Street Suites. Vancouver Airport Marriott transforms guest rooms.

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THE WINNERS' CIRCLE update April 9, 2019
Brian Leon of Choice honoured by CFA. AHLA announces Employers of Choice. Celebrating 35 years of HNL. Fairmont Pacific Rim Botanist Bar a finalist. Fairmont Vancouver Airport Skytrax Award No. 8. IHG best for LGBTQ equality. Seneca Gold recognition. Four Canadian universities attend Young Hoteliers Summit. Four Seasons Empowerment Fund.
 
 
COMING EVENTS update April 9, 2019
Read about upcoming conferences and trade shows across Canada and North America. 
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