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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto Appoints Industry Veteran Robert Housez as General Manager

The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, announced today the appointment of Robert Housez as General Manager.

Mr. Housez is a graduate of McGill University and has also completed the Advanced Management Program for the Hospitality Industry at the University of Guelph. With more than 30 years experience in the industry, he has also held senior management positions with several hotel and resort brands such as Hilton Hotels, Delta Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels as well as the InterContinental Hotels Group. Read more here.

The Ontario By Bike Network Continues to Roll - Launching Redesigned Website
Cycle Tourism in Ontario continues to gain momentum and, having recently launched a responsive design website with an improved user experience, the Ontario By Bike Network wants to bring hotels in the Greater Toronto Area along for the ride. Ontario By Bike is province's definitive source for cycle tourism information, featuring mountain biking, road cycling and trail information in Toronto and 32 other jurisdictions throughout Ontario. Read more here.
Vrancor Welcomes 2 Award-Winning Hotels: Novotel Toronto-North York and Novotel Toronto-Mississauga
Vrancor Group, owner and operator of 15 branded and independent hotels throughout Ontario, is proud to announce the acquisition of the 260-room Novotel Toronto-North York and 325-room Novotel Toronto-Mississauga Centre hotels. Read more here.
Destination Canada strengthens leadership team with three new appointments.
Destination Canada has made three key appointments to bolster its senior leadership team. With competition in the international tourism marketplace getting fiercer by the month amid growing numbers of global travellers, these three appointments will bring real benefits to the organization and Canada’s tourism industry as a whole. Read more here.
Road Closures - Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
This Saturday, October 3rd from sunset to sunrise is the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival in the downtown core. Click here for Street Closure Notifications from the City of Toronto.

For more information on the festival, click here.
Ontario Continuing to Increase Minimum Wage
As announced earlier this year, Ontario is raising the general minimum wage from $11 to $11.25 per hour, effective October 1, 2015.Read more here
Mike Brower Named Chief Operating Officer for G6 Hospitality
G6 Hospitality today announced Mike Brower has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, effectively immediately.  He will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Amorosia. Read more here.
Ontario Deficit $2.2 Billion Lower Than Projected
The Public Accounts of Ontario for 2014-15 show Ontario's deficit is $2.2 billion lower than projected in the 2014 Budget and $0.6 billion lower than the interim projection in the 2015 Budget. Ontario's deficit for 2014-15 is $10.3 billion. Read more here.
July 2015 Tourism Snapshot
Please be advised that Destination Canada has just released the July 2015 Tourism Snapshot. Read more here.
Current Performance Indicators July 2015

The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with July 2015 data. The Current Performance Tool is available here.

Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP)

The GTHA has endorsed the following letter by The Ontario Chamber of Commerce regarding the new provincial retirement pension plan and its impact on jobs and the economy.  The letter can be read here.

Air Canada Encourages Travelers to form a Toronto Connection
Air Canada customers travelling between the U.S. and Europe or Asia via the airline's Toronto Pearson global hub will have an opportunity to pause their journey in the city for up to one week with no stopover fee. This special offer, developed with the support of Tourism Toronto, is designed to encourage U.S. originating international customers to take advantage of their connection to experience Canada's largest and most vibrant city. Read more here.
TOnight – a new app!

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) unveils a new tool that puts cultural access into the pockets of the people of Toronto. Read more here.
Top 65 Chains 2015
Canadian Lodging News' Top 65 Chains reports ranks the country's top hotel managers, developer/owners and hotel brands, nationally and broken down by region. Download the complete report here.

Three big events shaped the Canadian hotel industry this year. The first was the takeover of Delta by Marriott, the second was acquisition of license rights for Travelodge by Superior Lodging Corporation and Waramaug Hospitality Canada and the third was the sale of all of its hotel properties by Fortis Properties Corporation. Read more here.
Show your UP Express Long Layover ticket at the CN Tower and save 15% off a General Admission ticket

Take advantage of the UP Express Long Layover fare to visit the CN Tower and be back in time to catch your flight – or return to your hotel, convention or business meeting near the Toronto Pearson Airport.

Offer valid until  November 30th, 2015. For more information, click here.

Take advantage of the UP Express Long Layover fare to visit the CN Tower and be back in time to catch your flight – or return to your hotel, convention or business meeting near the Toronto Pearson Airport. Click here for more information.
Free to attend: Secure your place at Energy into Action

Spend The Day with the Energy Experts

If energy efficiency isn’t a priority for your business, you could be missing out on significant bottom-line benefits. This is your chance to hear from over 50 leading experts and suppliers, attend sector-specific sessions and find out about incentives to get your savings underway. For more information or to Register, Click Here.

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time: 8:00am-2:30pm
Location: The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8

Federal government posts surprise $1.9B surplus
Stephen Harper took heart from the announcement that Ottawa ran an unexpected $1.9-billion budget surplus last year, a bit of long-awaited good news on the economic front for the Conservative leader in the election campaign. Read more here.
The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall Appoints Deane Cameron as Presiden & CEO
The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall Board of Governors today announced the appointment of Deane Cameron as its new President & Chief Executive Officer, effective September 15, 2015. Read more here.