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STR Canada results week ending December 5, 2020

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — STR data for 29 November through 5 December 2020 showed Canada’s hotel industry with slightly lower occupancy compared to the previous week. The following statistics show the percentage change…

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Tracey Kalimeris: Culture drives Accor success

Culture is what drives Accor’s success as a company. More than ever, culture is the glue that keeps us together. CLN asked Tracey Kalimeris, VP, talent and culture about the role of culture during a pandemic.

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More authenticity will be part of COVID legacy

PHOENIX — As a Canadian who now lives in the U.S., Dorothy Dowling, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer for Best Western, has noticed differences between how Americans and Canadians have approached the…

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The Ritz‑Carlton Toronto’s extensive redesign

The Ritz-Carlton Toronto has recently completed an extensive redesign, reimagining luxury in its Club Level guest rooms and suites. The prestigious hotel has also updated the entrance and lounge to Spa My Blend by…

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Choice to reach 100 Quality Inns early next year

TORONTO — Quality, the original Choice Hotels brand, celebrates 65 years in Canada this year. Even though its one of the senior hotel brands, it has evolved with the times and is as vibrant as ever. Choice Hotels Canada…

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Downtown metrics the worst in CBRE report

TORONTO — Even though CBRE’s recent report is about major markets, Brian Stanford, senior managing director and practice lead with CBRE Hotels Valuation & Advisory Services group, spoke up front about how the…

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Feds offer more than rent relief

OTTAWA — Following the Hotel Association of Canada’s advocacy work, what originally started as simply a rent relief program, has now evolved to cover property owners and a number of their fixed costs as well. This will…

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Naramata Inn prospers despite COVID‑19

NARAMATA, B.C. — They purchased an inn and restaurant just a month before COVID struck in earnest. This was not a recipe for success, it would seem. But thanks to the efforts of the two couples who bought it, the inn…

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Top Hotel Renovation Trends of 2020

VANCOUVER — COVID-19 has inspired some interesting trends in hospitality, shifting the focus from pure leisure and comfort to cleanliness and sanitation. Of course, hotel guests still want to feel relaxed when they…