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Deerhurst GM on ORHMA and COVID

HUNTSVILLE, Ont. — Jesse Hamilton, general manager of Deerhust Resort in Huntsville is confident his property will sell out on winter weekends, though that means 75 per cent occupancy due to COVID-19 safety measures.…

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New chair and 3 regional chapters for ORHMA

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) has appointed Jesse Hamilton, general manager of Deerhurst Resort located in the town of Huntsville, as its new chairman of the board. The…

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Hotels need cash infusions and forgivable loans

TORONTO — Tony Elenis, president and CEO of the ORHMA has a laundry list of asks in order for our hospitality industry to survive, including rent relief, tax relief and forgivable loans. Here is what he’d like to see.

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DineSafe targets guest safety and confidence

TORONTO — To understand how to best navigate this unprecedented time and support restaurant and foodservice operators, the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA) has been working closely with industry…

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Repurposing hospitality spaces during COVID‑19

CANADA — The Vancouver Convention Centre will be used as a hospital; Quebec and Ontario governments are working toward use of hotels as hospitals; and the Canadian Navy is seeking a Halifax hotel to house troops.

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Saskatchewan and Ontario fight human trafficking

SASKATOON, TORONTO — While Jim Bence of the SHHA has made headlines with his efforts to advance hoteliers’ knowledge of human trafficking, Tony Elenis of ORHMA and other stakeholders met with Ontario Premier Doug Ford…

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Tony Elenis: A new era of The Roaring Twenties

The 1920s got their name from the exuberant, freewheeling popular culture that defined the decade. A century later, we still find ourselves in a time of dramatic social and political change and tremendous advances in…


New OHI launches with a tribute to the old

TORONTO — It’s now called the Ontario Hospitality Institute, but its mandate is similar to the former Ontario Hostelry Institute — to support the hospitality industry’s most critical need, a strong workforce.