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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.

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.
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
Advanced 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.
CTC launches two fall campaigns in Brazil
Listen up, Brazil: Ontario is calling. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has launched two new campaigns in this huge emerging South American tourism market to build awareness and drive immediate sales. Read more here.
Ontario Investments in Transit Fostering Growth
Public Transit Expansions Fueling Development in Vaughan’s New Downtown

Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Vaughan to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new office tower at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.

The government is helping to build up downtown Vaughan with smart investments in public transit. These investments are creating a new hub for development which is attracting major employers such as KPMG, the lead tenant in the new tower. Downtown Vaughan will be an urban and walkable community with extensive green space and quick access to transit that will boost productivity and ease people's daily commutes. Read news release here.
Canada's Public Health Response to Ebola
In Canada, all levels of government are involved in preparing for and responding to any infectious disease emergencies. Learn about how the Government of Canada is prepared to protect Canadians from Ebola, click here.

The current outbreak of Ebola is in Central and West Africa. There have not been any cases of Ebola in Canada.
July 2014: the math looks good for Canada travel
A 14% rise in visitor numbers from CTC’s overseas markets fuelled another excellent month for growth, according to new CTC Tourism Snapshot. Read more here.
GTAA Aviation Acitivity Report for July 2014 is now available
The July 2014 Aviation Activity Report is now available for your information and reference. View report here.
Video: INVADE- Ontario Travel Pan Am/Parapan Am Games 2015 TV Commercial
Ontario will host the largest sport tourism event in our history – and the best way to witness the power of sport is to be there. Share the highs of winning a gold for your country, the thrill of a close race and the camaraderie of 7,500+ athletes from 41 countries and territories. Celebrate the competition at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. See video here.
Marriott International Ranked Most Innovative Hotel Company by Forbes
Marriott International, Inc. was named to the Forbes “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list, the highest-ranking hotel company and number 18 overall.

Chosen by investors, the list of 100 firms represents companies that are most likely to generate big, new growth ideas; Marriott was recognized for its Innovation Lab, mobile check-in and -out, and its new Greatroom Lobby featured in its Marriott Hotels brand. Read article here.
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche: Road Closures
New this year, portions of Spadina Avenue, Queen Street West, Bathurst Street, Fort York Boulevard, and Bremner Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic providing safe and easy access to many projects for pedestrians. This is to ensure the safety of large audiences and to improve free-flowing access to the art. For more details, click here.
Novotel North America Appoints Michael Singer Area General Manager, Toronto Properties
Novotel North America has announced the promotion of Michael Singer to Area General Manager of all Toronto Novotel hotels. Currently General Manager of Novotel North York and a 25-year veteran of Accor, the world's leading hotel operator, Singer will oversee all Novotel operations in the Toronto area. Read article here.
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.