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House Passes Brand USA Reauthorization
American Hotel and Lodging Association: July 22, 2014, the House of Representatives passed the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act (H.R. 4450) on an overwhelming vote of 347-57. Brand USA has yielded tremendous dividends for the US nation and economy –millions of new visitors coming to  hotels, restaurants, and shops, billions of dollars in added sales and revenue, and the creation of tens of thousands of jobs across the U.S. It is now up to the Senate to pass their Brand USA bill. For more information click here.
Policy Guidelines on the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces Now Available
The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure is pleased to announce the release of new policy guidelines on the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces. These guidelines explain the intent behind each of the requirements in plain language. They are now available here.
PM announces changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service. Click here for a list of all changes.
Building Ontario Up Today For A Brighter, Stronger Tomorrow
2014 Ontario Budget Moves Forward With Plan to Create Jobs and Grow the Economy, Build Modern Transit and Infrastructure, and Help Ontarians with Their Retirement, While Balancing the Budget by 2017–18

July 14, 2014 | Ministry of Finance

Ontario is moving forward with its plan to build opportunity and security for today and tomorrow. The 2014 Ontario Budget, tabled today by Minister of Finance Charles Sousa, takes immediate action to create jobs by investing in a highly skilled workforce, building modern infrastructure and transportation networks, and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate. Read News Release here.
Profiling Hotelier Patrick Regina
Patrick Regina has a special attachment to the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa in Markham, Ont. “I spent my wedding night in one of its lovely suites some 20-plus years ago, and, while I was managing a smaller property back then, I remember saying to my wife as we were checking out that, one day, I would like to return to this incredible property as GM.” Fast-forward to today, and Regina is at the helm of the 502-suite Markham landmark. Read article here.
Monte Carlo Inns: From Humble Beginnings
Starting from a single property, Monte Carlo Inns builds a strong brand and looks to further expansion.

It was 30 years ago that Dominic Meffe opened the first Monte Carlo Inn at Dundas Street and Highway 427 in Toronto, a 34 room hotel that proved to be the springboard for what would eventually become one of Canada’s most remarkable success stories in the hotel industry — one achieved through simple hard work and determination. Read more here.
60th Annual GTHA/TT Golf Tournament - Pictures now available!
Thank you to all our members who attended our 60th Annual Golf Event. Over 220 members, sponsors and industry friends joined us for a day of fun on June 26th at Lionhead Golf Course! Pictures from the event are now available on the GTHA Facebook page!

A special thank you to our Platinum Sponsor: Smart Serve Ontario, Silver Sponsor: Wasteco, Golf Cart Sponsor Big Picture Conferences, Cocktail Reception Sponsor: Rogers Communications,  Corporate Gift Sponsor: Fallsview Casino & Resort, Beverage Cart Sponsor: Labatt Breweries of Canada & Molson Coors, Breakfast Sponsor: Greater Toronto Airport Authority, Closest to the Pin Sponsor: Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Putting Green/ Driving Range Sponsor: Unisource Canada, Water Sponsor: Vaughan Mills Mall and Printing Sponsor: PATH The Printing House