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New Innovative Program Could Take Accessible Tourism to the Next Level
A brand new accessibility program is set to hit the hotel and hospitality scene in Toronto this fall which could revolutionize the local tourism industry in Ontario. The program is called Close the GAP, where the GAP stands for Guest Accessibility Package It is a product designed to provide hotel guests with disabilities with as much information as possible about their accommodations and surrounding attractions, in a way that has never been done before. Read more here.

InnVest REIT and KingSett Capital Acquire Interest in Fairmont Royal York
Mississauga, Ont.-based InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust and Toronto-based KingSett Capital have acquired 80-per-cent interest in the Fairmont Royal York hotel. Current owner, Ivanhoé Cambridge, based in Montreal, will retain 20-per-cent interest in the property.

More specifically, KingSett will control 60-per-cent interest in the property, while InnVest will control 20-per-cent interest and become the hotel asset manager, overseeing operations alongside Toronto-based Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. Read more here.
Concord Hospitality to Surpass 100
Concord Hospitality today announced that the company is developing its most ambitious pipeline in its 30-year history. The company has 12 hotels under construction from south Florida to New York City and is providing third-party management services for another five that also are in active construction. All 17 hotels will be managed by Concord upon opening. With the opening of these hotels, the company will surpass the century mark, 100 hotels under management, and open 12 hotels in as many months. Read more here.
August 2014 Tourism Snapshot
Please be advised that the Canadian Tourism Commission has just released the August 2014 Tourism Snapshot, click here.
Wahlburgers Toronto restaurant: a sneak preview
The sleek-surfaced restaurant, the Wahlberg brothers’ first Canadian location, is set to open on Nov. 15 in the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel. Read more here.
Current Performance Indicators August 2014
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with August 2014 data. The current performance tool is available here.
Aviation Activity Report: August 2014
The August Airport Activity Report is now available here.
Improving Road Safety: Ministry of Transportation
Province Introducing New Legislation to Make Ontario’s Roads Safe
 
Ontario is introducing legislation that, if passed, would help keep the province's roads among the safest in North America by reducing collisions, injuries and fatalities. See news release here.
Ebola Industry Update
In an effort to keep abreast of the latest resources, we are sharing with you information on Ebola, its symptoms, and the measures you can take to be better prepared.  Resources are available here, with guidance on how to identify an infected individual and what to do if you believe you may have been exposed. We also encourage you to access the materials provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which has been the authoritative voice on this issue.

•    CDC on Ebola
•    CDC Ebola Q&A
•    CDC Ebola Prevention
•    The White House on its response

The World Health Organization (WHO) has also released information on general public safety, preparedness and other information, available here.

Toronto Ranks in Top 10 Best Cities to Visit
The results are in. Lonely Planet’s experts have decided on the best cities to visit this year. Some are criminally underrated, others are popping the champagne for special events, but these cities are all unmissable in 2015. Read more here.
Keeping Ontarians Safe from Carbon Monoxide
CO Alarms Now Mandatory in All Homes

Ontario is taking another step to keep families and homes in Ontario safe by making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes. Read news release here.
David Goldstein Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Tourism Commission

The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) (Agriculture), today announced the appointment of David Goldstein as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), effective December 1, 2014.

Mr. Goldstein is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), which is the only national trade association representing large and small travel and tourism enterprises. In this capacity, Mr. Goldstein was one of the key architects of the Federal Tourism Strategy with Industry Canada. Read more here.

Best Western announces new urban boutique hotel concept
Best Western International is launching two major new hotel development offerings – a stylish new hotel concept and a soft brand – both designed to meet growing demand for new hotel offerings in urban and primary markets. The announcement, made during the brand's 2014 North American Convention, comes as Best Western continues to see historic growth in the brand's North American and global development pipeline. Read more here.
2014 Election: Voting information for Greater Toronto Area
Advance voting polls are now open, and Vote 2014 takes place on Monday, October 27 across the Greater Toronto Area Municipalities. Click on your city for more voting information:

New GM Appointed At Toronto’s Omni King Edward
Christophe Le Chatton has been appointed GM of Toronto’s Omni King Edward Hotel, which is in the midst of a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Le Chatton has been at the helm of luxury properties across the world, including his most recent role as GM of Cambridge, Ont.-based Langdon Hall Country House and Spa, a Relais & Châteaux property. Read more here.