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IHG Opens First Dual-Branded Property in Canada
InterContinental Hotels Group has opened the 77-room Candlewood Suites and 137-room Holiday Inn Express property near the West Edmonton Mall, the company’s first dual-branded property in Canada. Read more here.
Allstream Centre Rebranding as Beanfield Centre
Toronto City Council has approved a multi-year sponsorship agreement between Exhibition Place and Beanfield Metroconnect for the title sponsorship of the conference venue, to be called Beanfield Centre (formerly Allstream Centre). Read more here.
Driving Success: Getting to Know the New Owner of the Four Seasons Toronto
Shahid Khan wasn’t looking to buy a hotel, let alone the Four Seasons Toronto — the vaunted flagship of the acclaimed global hotel chain. But when the sports and auto-parts magnate learned that Kingdom Holding Company was putting the 259-room property on the seller’s block, he immediately jumped at the opportunity. “I have a love for Toronto,” says the affable Pakistan-born owner of the Flex-N-Gate Group, a stable of auto-parts factories in North America, including 11 in Ontario, in addition to plants in Mexico, Argentina, China, Brazil and Spain. Khan also owns the Jacksonville Jaguars’ NFL football team and the England-based Fulham Football Club. Read more here.
Alberta Hotel Association argues for regulation of Airbnb and other vacation rentals
The Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association, which represents approximately 800 hoteliers and campground operators, is asking the provincial government to develop a regulatory framework to govern home-sharing websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, and Flipkey. President and CEO Dave Kaiser said these sites, which enable property owners to offer their entire home or an individual room to short-term renters, are a growing worry for hotel operators who believe unregulated home-sharing has the potential to eat into their business.

“Our concern is the degree to which they’re operating like hotels, but not on the same level playing field,” Kaiser said. “We have licensing and insurance and health and safety regulations that right now don’t exist for those types of operations, and those are all extra costs that are on the backs of our industry.” Read more here.
Toronto ranked one of the greenest cities in the world
Toronto has been ranked one of the greenest cities in the world thanks to the leafy canopy of trees that covers our city.

In Treepedia, a new project out of MIT in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, researchers used Google Street View panoramas to calculate the Green View Index. It compares the percentage of "canopy cover" in cities around the world. Read more here.
New hotel developments worth checking out
Once Toronto's most glamorous venue, the Crystal Ballroom at The Omni King Edward hotel will reopen in early 2017 after a $6.5 million renovation, in time for its centennial. See omnihotels.com

The Delta Toronto has launched The Roof at SOCO. The 4th-floor terrace offers great food and panoramic views including the CN Tower, Rogers Centre and Lake Ontario. See marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyzdl-delta-hotels-toronto.

Read more here.
Toronto Ranked 4th Most Reputable City in the World
City RepTrak 2016 rankings lists Toronto in the fourth spot of the world most reputable cities. Read more here.
Ontario Adds 9,100 Jobs in December

Employment in Ontario increased by 9,100 in December -- bolstered by gains in construction and professional, scientific and technical services. 

On an annual average basis, the total increase in Ontario's employment in 2016 was 76,400. The majority of these new jobs are full-time positions, in the private sector and in industries that pay above-average wages. Read more here.

Canada Ranked The #1 Destination To Visit In 2017 By The New York Times
The main reasons why it was chosen as the top destination included the fact that it was vast, beautiful and relatively affordable for travel (thanks to a weak dollar). Their description also mentioned the fact that the country is allowing for free admission to all of its National Parks this year in celebration of its sesquicentennial birthday. Read more here.
How to fix Toronto's short-term rental problems in 2017

From Rosedale "party houses" with bouncers at the door to drug-dealing "mobile units of criminal activity," Toronto Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam has heard countless complaints about Toronto's burgeoning short-term rental industry. Read more here.

Ontario court upholds condo rule banning short-term rentals

Condo owners who rented their suite for short-term stays violated the building’s rules, an Ontario court ruled earlier this month.

The Ottawa condo’s single-family restriction, covered in the board’s declaration, was breached when the unit was rented out through websites such as Airbnb, Expedia and hotels.com. Read more here.

Celebrate Ontario's 150th Anniversary in 2017

The kickoff to an exciting year has begun as Ontario celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation. 

The government is recognizing the historical significance of 2017 with Ontario150, a year-long commemoration that will honour Ontario's past, showcase the present and inspire future generations. Read more here.

Ontario Tourism Current Performance Indicators October
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with October 2016 data. Read more here.
Dolce Magazine highlights Dr. Steve Gupta, President & CEO, Easton’s Group of Hotels "changemaker"
We sat down with Dr. Steve Gupta for a quick cup of coffee in the lobby of one of his many hotels. A self-proclaimed entrepreneur with the businesses and buildings to back it up, we want to know how he took a truck stop on the corner of the 401 and turned it into a multidisciplinary real estate company, Easton’s Group of Hotels. Read more here.
Airbnb hits legal snag in Ontario following Ottawa condo court case
A local Ontario Superior Court judge found that Airbnb operators were essentially running a business out of their residential dwellings in contradiction of the framework of rules set up in most condominiums. The ruling may prevent condo owners in the province from listing their units on Airbnb or other short-term rental services. Read more here.
Ontario Adds 18,900 Jobs in November
Employment in Ontario increased by 18,900 in November -- including gains in finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing and information, culture and recreation. Read more here.
The Second Edition of the Newsletter Talking Tourism is Now Available!
This newsletter has been developed by Statistics Canada’s Tourism Statistics Program to highlight travel and tourism data developments, share news of program enhancements in the works and stay connected with data users. The November edition is now available in the GTHA's Tourism Stats page.
Turning the Corner: Annual Report Targets Sustained Tourism Growth in Canada

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and HLT Advisory (HLT) released the 2016 Annual Report on Canadian Tourism.

Focusing on the potential opportunity to target American travellers, this fifth annual collaboration reviews the parameters powering global industry growth in contrast to the perennial factors constraining Canadian performance. Read more here.


Marriott and Starwood Reveal the Future of Their Luxury Brands
Now that the merger has gone through, Tina Edmundson, Marriott’s global brand officer, gives Bloomberg a revealing first look at her vision. Read article here.
It's great news for Canadian tourism with double-digit growth in arrivals
Overnight arrivals to Canada expanded by 13% in September 2016 and by 11% over the first three quarters of 2016. For more statistics and details on Destination Canada’s key markets, check out the September Tourism Snapshot.
Chelsea Received the 2016 Accessible Tourism Award
The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto has been awarded the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario’s ‘Accessible Tourism Award’ at the annual Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at The Westin Ottawa. The Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence are presented to organizations, businesses and individuals that represent the quality of outstanding offerings that make Ontario a world-class destination. Read press release here.
Ontario Tourism Current Performance Indicators September 2016
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with September 2016 data, click here.
2014 Ontario Tourism Statistics now available
The Ministry’s website has been updated with 2014 tourism data:
 
Regional Tourism Profiles 2014 are available for Ontario and its’ 13 Travel Regions and each profile includes:
•    Visitor Statistics
•    Visitor Spending Statistics
•    Hotel Statistics
•    Tourism Related Establishments

The Regional Tourism Profiles are available here.
Green Key Global Fall Promotion
Offering an exclusive fall promotion for new program registrants!

Certification through Green Key Global's suite of programs will help you leverage your CSR activities to support your property's sustainable initiatives, improve your overall fiscal performance and community relations.  

Green Key Global is offering a discount for new Green Key members. See details here.
Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Unveils Redesigned Matisse Restaurant & Bar
The recently redesigned Matisse Restaurant & Bar has been unveiled at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, featuring globally inspired cuisine made with fresh local ingredients. Read more here.
Hilton Named One of the World’s 25 Best Places to Work
Hilton announced it has been named one of the World’s 25 Best Multinational Workplaces in 2016, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work®. Hilton was selected based on Team Members’ assessments of the company’s jobs, opportunities for training, and support for work/life balance, among other factors. Read more here.
Ontario Adds 25,400 Jobs in October
Employment in Ontario increased by 25,400 in October -- including gains in construction and wholesale and retail trade.

Ontario's unemployment rate decreased to 6.4 per cent in October, and has been lower than the national average for 18 months in a row. Read more here.
The Hazelton Hotel in Toronto makes list of top spas in Canada
These are the Most Luxe Spa Treatments in Canada

From skin-smoothing body wraps to customized facials, revel in this country’s finest spa treatments. Toronto's Hazelton Hotel makes the list, read here.
Current Performance Indicators for August 2016
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with August 2016 data, view it here.
Anthony Pollard Inducted into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame
Anthony Pollard to be recognizing for outstanding contribution to the tourism industry at the Air Canada Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame Luncheon on Tuesday, November 29, as part of the Tourism Congress. Read more here.
Lonely Planet names Canada #1
If you're looking for somewhere exciting to travel next year, look to Canada, Lonely Planet's number one destination for 2017. Each year, the leading travel media company ranks destinations based on the diversity and quality of travel experiences offered. Results are published in the annual Best in Travel series. The 2017 edition, featuring Canada, hits the shelves today. Read more here.
The Greater Toronto Hotel Association/ Humber Hotel Management Leadership Program
The Greater Toronto Hotel Association in partnership with Humber College is pleased to announce the completion of the inaugural Greater Toronto Hotel Association/Humber Hotel Management Leadership Program.

The purpose of this program is to prepare exceptional middle management employees to become career-ready candidates for senior leadership positions in the hotel industry.   

Congratulations to the graduates of the 2016 program. For the press release and a list of the graduating class, please click here.