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July 14, 2020
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MUIR Queen's Marque now Autograph Collection
HALIFAX – Marriott International, Inc. has announced a deal to bring its Autograph Collection brand to Halifax, Nova Scotia with a 110-room hotel to be called MUIR, Autograph Collection. CLN speaks with developer Scott Armour McCrea, GM Desmond Acheson and Marriott's Paul Loehr.
 
Aimbridge Canadian hotel management update 
TORONTO — Aimbridge Hospitality has been growing dramatically over the last few years. When Aimbridge and Interstate merged last year, they became the largest global third party management company. CLN talks to Andrew Jordan, Will Loughran and Ian McAuley about their COVID response and expansion plans.
 
Manga benefits from the "Atlantic Bubble" 
TORONTO — Manga Hotels is the largest private owner of hotels in Atlantic Canada, with 11 of its 18 properties located in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and New Brunswick. Needless to say, they were heartened by the July 4 announcement of the Atlantic Bubble, which permits travel among the four Atlantic provinces.
 
GTHA AGM features keynote Lisa MacLeod
TORONTO — The Greater Toronto Hotel Association held the first virtual annual general meeting in its history on June 30, with Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, providing the keynote address and Richard Anderson, executive director of SmartServe Ontario as invited speaker. 
 
STR Canada results week of July 4, 2020
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — STR data for June 28 through July 4, 2020 shows Canadian hotel performance up slightly from previous weeks with the same significant level of year-over-year declines. 
 
OTEC's Joe Baker: Training Camp & Skills Drills
OTEC's Joe Baker compares hotel owners and managers to sports coaches. "Our athletes have been in an off-season world for the last 3 months.  Before we can get them on the field performing at their peak during games, they will need to go through training camp and skills drills." Future Skills Centre and OTEC announce Rapid Response Program for Tourism Workers.
 
How hotels can successfully reopen restaurants
Restaurant reopenings are all around us, but many businesses are not in the clear yet. With lowered capacities, limited cash flow, and consumer fears, some restaurants are still struggling to stay afloat and profitable. David Hopkins of The Fifteen Group, shares his expertise on how restaurants can strengthen their business in the post-COVID world. 
 
Pest control essential during the reopening
As the the hospitality industry now focuses on reopening, pest management must be included as hotel managers and owners develop their return-to-business plans.
 
REOPENINGS, SALES & RENOS July 14, 2020
Coast Hotels now on Vancouver Island. Element Toronto opened in June. Fairmonts reopen across the country. Great Wolf Lodge replaces huge shingle roof. Naramata opens its restaurant. Financing for Delta Quebec City. Ricky's All Day Grill comes to Hinton Best Western. Vibrant Hospitality takes over HIEX in Regina. W Toronto opening delayed. Whistler's Crystal Lodge has major rebranding.
 
PEOPLE update as of July 14, 2020
Hilton's Ian Carter departs. Palm Holdings welcomes Kay Koot, Puneet Mahajan, Rachelle Roberts and Jen Li.
 
THE WINNERS' CIRCLE July 14, 2020
International win for Quality Inn & Suites Val d'Or. KML's top 30 under 30 has many hotel winners. The Gupta Family Foundation.
 
COMING EVENTS update July 14, 2020
To go virtual or not? WCLC poses the question. BLLA holds first digital conference. AAHOA online for the first time. 
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