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HAC President Tony Pollard to Retire

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) announced the retirement of President Anthony P. Pollard effective August 31, 2016. Read more here.

Record Tourism Arrivals and Spending Bolster Toronto Regional Economy
Most international visitors ever, most hotel nights sold as Toronto’s global appeal expands

TORONTO (February 8, 2016) Tourism in Toronto increased for the sixth consecutive year in 2015 as the destination welcomed a record 14.03 million overnight visitors, Tourism Toronto announced today. A further 26 million people travelled to Toronto for day trips, totaling 40.4 million visitors for the year in Canada’s most-visited destination. Visitors to Toronto spent $7.2 billion during their trips, the highest amount of economic activity the sector has ever generated. Click here for press release.
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Ontario Adds 19,800 Jobs in January
Ontario's economy continued its positive momentum with the second straight month of job creation, adding 19,800 jobs in January. This brings the total increase in employment since the recessionary low in June 2009 to 608,300. Read more here.
November 2015 Tourism Snapshot
Please be advised that Destination Canada has just released the November 2015 Tourism Snapshot, view it here.
Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence: HAC Conference 2016
The Hotel Association of Canada's Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Program was developed in 2004 with the purpose of recognizing those of its members (individuals, companies, properties) that have demonstrated significant accomplishments, exemplary leadership and tireless commitment to Canada's lodging industry. For more details, to register and for GTHA promo code, click here.
Westin Harbour Castle Up For Sale
The Westin Harbour Castle is on the market and the iconic hotel, located on the downtown Toronto waterfront, could be the most expensive hotel ever sold in the Canadian market. Read more here.
Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators for November 2015

The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with November 2015 data, view it here.

Hilton Worldwide Changes the Game with a Revolutionary New Midscale Brand
Hilton Worldwide unveiled Tru by Hilton, a brand that is simplified, spirited and grounded in value, filling a massive void in the midscale category in the U.S. and Canada. Built from a belief that being cost conscious and having a great stay don’t have to be mutually exclusive, Tru by Hilton offers an experience unlike anything in its space, consistently delivered in a surprisingly affordable way. Read more here.
Province Completes Design of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
Ontario has announced new decisions on the proposed design of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) -- another step in delivering on its commitment to strengthen retirement income security for the two-thirds of Ontario workers without a secure workplace pension plan. Read more here.