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Feb. 25, 2020
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Hyatt adds Jeff Waters to its Canadian team
TORONTO — Five years ago, Hyatt started building its Canadian development team by hiring Scott Richer. Last year, they added Chrissy Dizon. Now Jeff Waters is joining as regional VP of operations and and sales for Canada and Northeast Region. Hyatt House and Hyatt Place dominate Canadian pipeline.
 
Hotel Equities seeks ownership partners
ATLANTA, CALGARY — Hotel Equities' Canadian team is 14 strong; they are looking for a Canadian senior vice-president to be based in a new Toronto-area office; they're now into financing and development; and are seeking the right Canadian ownership partners.
 
COVID-19: Greg Klassen on the Canadian picture
VANCOUVER — Greg Klassen worked as senior VP marketing strategy and communications at CTC (the predecessor to Destination Canada) during the SARS crisis. Here are his thoughts on what Canada can learn from our experiences in 2003.
 
Hilton's Tempo ideal for the Modern Achiever
MCLEAN, Va. — Tempo by Hilton is the company's first elevated, yet approachable, lifestyle brand. CLN talked to global head of New Brand Development Phil Cordell about this brand and its suitability for Canada.
 
New owners/makeover for Naramata Heritage Inn
NARAMATA, B.C. – Four B.C. hospitality players have come together to buy and renovate the Naramata Heritage Inn. They include a renowned chef, a marketing expert, a design and landscaping expert, and the former CEO of A&W.
 
Le Germain Montreal's game-changing reno
MONTREAL — Before and after photos. Germain Hotels is proud to announce the official reopening of Le Germain Hotel Montreal, following a bold transformation that demanded a full year of renovations and an investment of over $30 million. 
  
NEWS BRIEFS update Feb. 25, 2020
Accor year-end results. Record year for Canadian tourism. JourneySafe for Super 8. Fairmont Pacific Rim celebrates 10 years. How hotels can compete against OTAs. Wyndham in growth mode in spite of headwinds.  Best Western Kelowna and Wicked Wine Tours.
 
OPENINGS, SALES AND RENOS Feb, 25, 2020
Inn at Laurel Point renewal complete. Knights Inn comes to Prince George and North Bay. Nita Lake opens champagne nail bar. Radisson Sudbury sold by Colliers. Temple approved to go private. TownePlace Suites Edmonton opens. Sparrow Hotels' Winnipeg Art Gallery eatery.
PEOPLE update as of Feb.25, 2020
Janak Bhawnani now VP Operations at Easton's Group. David Robinson is now interim president and CEO at Destination Canada. RLHC has an interim president and CEO, John Russell, as well. Matthew Mackenzie takes the helm at Westin Nova Scotian.

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THE WINNERS' CIRCLE Feb.25, 2020
Forbes Five Star Hotels in Canada. Hilton and New Castle among Best Canadian companies to work for. Residence Inn Calgary wins prestigious Quebec design award.

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COMING EVENTS update Feb. 25, 2020
Read about upcoming conferences and trade shows across Canada and North America. Date and location announced for MHA & MRFA Trade Show. Get key details on BCHA Hospitality Summit and new AHLA conferences, Aspire and Ascend. 
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