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2015 Hotel Industry Tourism Outlook with a focus on the GTA
Thank you to all those members who joined us on Tuesday, September 16th for the GTHA Speaker Series on the 2015 Hotel Industry Tourism Outlook with presenters from PKF Consulting. A special thank you to presenters Brian Stanford, David Larone and Nicole Nguyen, and our sponsors including Smart Serve Ontario, Stagevision and The Westin Prince Toronto Hotel. The presentation is now available here.
Best International Skyline: Toronto Ranks 4th Place
Toronto Ranks 4th Place in Best International Skyline Chosen by Readers of USA TODAY and 10Best. All 20 nominations were made by a panel of practicing architects, and readers were given four weeks to vote.  

The full list of winners in the 'Best International Skyline' contest category for 10Best Readers' Choice can be seen here.
Canada's Tourism Ministers Commit to Growth from US Markets

September 9, 2014- The Canadian Council of Tourism Ministers – co-chaired by the Honourable Maxime Bernier- Minister of State Small Business and Tourism & Agriculture received a presentation from the Tourism Industry Association of Canada regarding the vision of the Connecting America initiative and the vital importance of a coordinated and collective effort to reinvest heavily into the United States.

The federal, provincial and territorial tourism ministers agreed that the US remains an important market and during the meeting reiterated their commitment to growing the tourism sector in Canada.

Press release - Federal-provincial-territorial tourism ministers meet to promote tourism in Canada

TIAC Press release - Canada's Tourism Ministers Commit to Growth from US Markets

Starwood Launches SPG Pro Loyalty Program
Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) Inc. (NYSE: HOT), is breaking new ground in customer loyalty and personalization with the debut of SPG Pro, an all-new, comprehensive loyalty program for meeting and travel professionals. Set to debut in October 2014, this new program will offer meeting and travel professionals SPG elite status, upgrades and Starpoints for B2B business booked at any of Starwood’s nearly 1,200 properties around the world. Plus going forward, any SPG member who books a group stay, event or corporate business meeting, regardless of if they are a travel professional or not, will earn Starpoints and status for the business they influence. Read more here.
GTAA Aviation Acitivity Report for June 2014 is now available
The June 2014 Aviation Activity Report is now available for your viewing. View report here.
Newest Hampton Inn & Suites Opens in Markham
Hampton Hotels, Hilton Worldwide's global brand of more than 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Hampton by Hilton hotels, has announced the official opening of its newest property, the 99-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Toronto Markham, located at 52 Bodrington Court in Markham. Read more here.
June 2014 Tourism Snapshot
Please be advised that the Canadian Tourism Commission has just released the June 2014 Tourism Snapshot, our Market Research product, prepared for the tourism industry. View the June 2014 Tourism Snapshot here.
Nick Vesely to manage Cambridge Suites Toronto
Nick Vesely, who has an extensive background managing landmark luxury hotels including Sutton Place Toronto, has taken on a new role as general manager of Cambridge Suites Hotel Toronto as of August 5th, Read more here.
WSIB announces 2015 premium rates will not increase
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced today that in 2015, for the second consecutive year, premium rates will be maintained at current levels for the majority of employers. Only one rate group, Local Government Services, will see an increase in premium rates as a result of expanded coverage under the presumptive legislation for firefighters. Read more here.