Sustainability & Wellness Initiative: Team Westin Ride to OLYMPIC GOLD
In living the Westin Essence and the “For a Better You” mantra, associates at the Westin Prince Toronto literally “powered” our Men’s Ice Hockey Team to Olympic Gold during the Sochi Winter Olympics. Read entire article and see pictures here.
IHG Named To Fortune's 2014 "World's Most Admired Companies" List
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG®), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has been named to FORTUNE Magazine's 2014 "World's Most Admired Companies" list. Read entire article here.
Ontario Finalizing Games Private Security
Ontario is one step closer to completing the competitive procurement of security services for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. A contract is now almost in place for private security services and as a result, the estimated total costs for securing the games will increase to approximately $239 million from the last estimate of $206 million. However, games security planning is ongoing and must respond to the evolving scope and scale of the games as well as to any specific threats that may be identified in the future. Read entire story here.
Latest Results From the 2014 HAC Travel Intentions Survey
Latest results from the 2014 HAC Canadian Travel Intentions Survey show that business and leisure travel is projected to remain the same as last year. Eighty-one per cent of business travellers will be travelling more or the same for business in 2014. The exception is Ontario, where business travel is projected to be down four per cent over last year's numbers. The highest increase for business travel in 2014 is in the Prairies and BC at 27 per cent, 3 per cent more than the national average. See press release here
International Visitors Lead Toronto to New Tourism Records
Toronto’s tourism sector reached new records in 2013 by welcoming the highest number of overseas visitors and selling the most hotel room nights ever, Tourism Toronto announced today. Additionally, for the third year in a row Toronto saw an increase in overnight visitors from the U.S. Read news release here
GTHA Luncheon with Mr. Tim Leiweke- Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
Register today for the upcoming April 2nd luncheon with Mr. Tim Leiweke- President & CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Registration is limited and this is a GTHA Member only event. Register here!
Public information Meeting for Scarborough Residents on Use of Jets at Billy Bishop Toronto Airport
The City of Toronto is hosting a public information meeting for Scarborough residents on the request by Porter Airlines to permit jet-powered aircraft at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA). The focus of the meeting will be to provide an update on the status of the review of this request, and to hear from members of the public. See news release here
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute, Auditorium, 145 Guildwood Pkwy. (venue is wheelchair accessible).
Philippe Gadbois Elected Chair of the Hotel Association of Canada
The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) announced the election of Philippe Gadbois as the new Chair of the HAC Board of Directors. Mr. Gadbois’ new role is effective as of the Association’s Annual General Meeting held in Toronto on Tuesday February 11, 2014. Read article here
Toronto’s Drake Hotel celebrates its 10th anniversary
Housed in a building that’s more than 120 years old, the Drake has seen a lot of change during its lifetime. Today the neighbourhood reflects that vision, blending art, food, drink and music with the local residential community. Read article here.
This week, the Drake celebrates its 10th birthday, paying homage to its local, cultural roots with a series of events. See thedrake.ca
for a full list of activities.
Economic Action Plan 2014 to Be Tabled on February 11, 2014
Marks Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s 10th Federal Budget
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced today that he will table Economic Action Plan 2014 in the House of Commons on February 11, 2014. Budget 2014 documents can be found here
November 2013: the numbers that counted for travel to Canada
International arrivals total surged past 800,000, driven by strong performances in the US, Mexico and Germany, according to new CTC Tourism Snapshot. Read article here
GTAA Aviation Acitivity Report for December 2013 is now available
The December 2013 Aviation Activity Report is now available for your information and reference. Click here
Ontario Gains 6,000 Jobs in January
Province’s Economic Plan Continues to Help Create Jobs
Following a gain of 95,700 net jobs in 2013, Ontario continued to add jobs, with full-time employment increasing by 23,100 positions and overall employment going up by 6,000 net jobs in January. The government continues to focus on creating the right climate to attract investment, create jobs and grow the economy. Read news release here
Best hotels in Canada 2014: The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons & Trump International Hotels in Toronto
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, and the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Toronto are among the best hotels in Canada 2014.
These Canadian properties boast upscale amenities, luxury accommodations and top-notch service to make for an unforgettable vacation. See all 10 best hotels in Canada here.
Current Performance Indicators November 2013
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with November 2013 data. Available here
City Council approves 2014 Operating Budget and 2014-2023 Capital Budget and Plan
Toronto City Council has approved a balanced 2014 Tax Supported Operating Budget of $9.6 billion and 10-Year Capital Budget and Plan of $18.6 billion that makes significant investments in key strategic priorities for the City's future. The Budget continues to strengthen the City's fiscal health and for the second year in a row, the Budget was balanced without the use of the prior year's surplus. Read article here
November 2013 Tourism Snapshot
Ontario Increasing Minimum Wage
New Legislation Would Tie Minimum Wage to Consumer Price Index
Ontario is increasing the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014. This new rate reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last minimum wage increase in 2010 and is part of the provincial government's commitment to fairness. Read News Release here