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TORONTO – (June 5, 2019) The 2018 Greater Toronto Hotel Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) highlighted last year’s operations with a focus on what’s ahead for the association in 2019/2020.
Chair Bonnie Strome, General Manager of the Park Hyatt Toronto having just completed her 2-year term thanked the membership and board of directors for their support over the past year. Chair Strome’s remarks highlighted the association’s government relations activities in 2018, specifically around the Workplace Safety and Insurance Bureau premium rates reduction, the Municipal Accommodation Tax and short-term rentals in the Greater Toronto Area.
Incoming- Chair Edwin Frizzell, Regional Vice-President of Accor Hotels Central Canada &
General Manager of the Fairmont Royal York provided remarks highlighting what’s ahead for the industry and association. Mr. Frizzell noted that he looks forward to working with members of the board and GTHA membership to represent a unified voice on behalf of the hotel community. Mr. Frizzell also noted how important it is for our industry to continue to give back to the community and cities that we serve.
Chair of the Nominating Committee David Kelley, General Manager of the Soho Hotel & Residences thanked the 2018/19 Board of Directors for their dedication and commitment to the hotel industry across the Greater Toronto Area. Mr. Kelley recognized Bonnie Strome who concluded her role as Chair of the Board after a 2-year term. Mrs. Strome remains on the GTHA Executive Committee and Board as Past Chair. On behalf of the membership and staff Mr. Kelley and President & CEO Terry Mundell thanked Mrs. Strome for her support and guidance over the past 2 years during a recognition presentation.
Mr. Kelley also presented the slate of candidates for the 2019/20 GTHA Board of Directors. For a full list of Board members click here.
President & CEO Terry Mundell emphasized the association’s continued efforts around labour challenges and how important it is that the industry continue to focus on innovative ways to address this challenge.
A special thank you to our event partner Smart Serve Ontario and our sponsors the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre and Freeman Audio Visual.
About the Greater Toronto Hotel Association (GTHA)
Founded in 1925, the Greater Toronto Hotel Association has been serving the hotel industry of the Greater Toronto Area for over ninety years. A major stakeholder in the tourism industry, the GTHA is the voice of the Greater Toronto Area's hotel industry, representing 170 hotels, with approximately 36,000 guest rooms and 32,000 employees. The GTHA is dedicated to serving the interests of its members on issues of public policy and advocates to raise the profile and prosperity of our members as a vital component of the hospitality industry.
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