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July 2014 Tourism Snapshot
Please be advised that the Canadian Tourism Commission has just released the July 2014 Tourism Snapshot, click here.
Making Government More Transparent
Wynne Becomes First Ontario Premier to Make Ministers’ Mandate Letters Public

For the first time ever, the mandate letters provided to Ministers that will guide Ontario's new government over the next four years have been made public.

Of specific interest are the two mandate letters to Ontario’s cabinet ministers for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. The letters are included at the bottom of the press release, and also here. Read press release here.

Read the mandate letters to Ontario’s cabinet ministers.
Current Performance Indicators for Ontario's Tourism Industry
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with July 2014 data. Click here.
The Gladstone Hotel Celebrates 125 years
One of the landmarks of Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhoods, the Gladstone Hotel turns 125 this year. Built in 1889 by local architect G. M. Miller, the iconic Romanesque Revival building is the city’s oldest continually operational hotel, and to honour this milestone, it’s putting on an exhibit called THEN | NOW | NEXT. Read more here.
Province Invests Additional Funds In 2015 Games
TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Will Drive Tourism, Boost Economy

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are in a prime position to boost the economy, build communities and showcase Ontario internationally, following the province's additional investment of up to $74 million for Games operations. Read more here.
Ontario to Pump Millions into Music Industry
The fledgling Ontario Music Fund will hand out $15 million to 108 different music artists and organizations this year, Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Michael Coteau says.

Coteau announced Friday that part of the funding will be used for a mentorship program for emerging and established artists. Read article here.
Ontario's Deficit $1.3 Billion Lower Than Forecast in 2013 Budget
Government Managing Spending Growth While Investing in Ontario’s Future

Ontario's final deficit number for 2013-14 was $10.5 billion -- $1.3 billion lower than projected in the 2013 Budget, and $0.8 billion lower than the interim projection in the 2014 Budget. As announced in today's release of the Public Accounts of Ontario 2013-14, this marks the fifth year in a row that Ontario has beaten its deficit target -- making the province one of the only governments in Canada to achieve this level of success. As a result, Ontario's accumulated deficit is $25 billion lower than it otherwise would have been. Read more here.
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is Named Finalist for Business of the Year Award at 2014 CTA
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts has been named one of the top three finalists for the Air Canada Business of the Year Award at the 2014 Canadian Tourism Awards (CTA), presented annually by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). Read more here.
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

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.
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.
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.