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  • Meetings and Events Drive TO Visitors in 2023

      Visitor spending reached a record $7 billion in 2023 but the number of visitors in Toronto remains below pre-pandemic levels, according to the year-end Toronto’s Visitor Economy: 2023 Market Performance Highlights report published today by Destination Toronto. While visitor spending surpassed pre-pandemic levels for the first time, the city is still at 93 per cent of pre-pandemic arrivals, welcoming 8.95 million visitors in 2023. Before the pandemic, Toronto welcomed 9.56 million visitors in 2019 with $6.7 billion in visitor spending and…

  • Great Blue Heron Opens New Events Venue

      Great Canadian Entertainment has announced the grand opening of a brand-new live entertainment and special events venue at Great Blue Heron Casino & Hotel in Port Perry, Ont. Located on the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) near Lake Scugog in Durham Region, the new entertainment and special events venue boasts a total capacity of nearly 800, making it an ideal space for a wide range of events, from live performances and concerts to corporate gatherings. The versatile…

  • Muir Hotel Appoints General Manager

      Muir Hotel, inspired by the enduring spirit, culture, and character of Nova Scotia, has appointed Allan Federer as general manager. Federer brings a wealth of global experience, having served in key leadership roles at luxury properties for more than 35 years. Most recently, Federer was general manager at the iconic 40-acre Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Maui, Hawaii. Prior to that, Federer was general manager for hotels operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in such locations as Moscow, Dubai, Ireland, Singapore, Istanbul, Montreal, and the United States.…

  • Lynx Air Adds Regina to Network

      Lynx Air has added Regina to its network starting June 20, 2024, marking Lynx’s first expansion into the Saskatchewan market. This makes the 23 North American destinations served by Lynx. Canada’s newest ultra-affordable airline will operate services between Regina International Airport (YQR) to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). There will be six weekly flights on each route in and out of Regina to Vancouver and Toronto. Flights will operate Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, offering…

  • Andrew Siegwart Named TIAO President

      The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) announced the appointment of Andrew Siegwart as its new president and CEO, effective January 21, 2024. Siegwart, a seasoned professional with a proven track record in leadership, advocacy, and community development in tourism and related sectors, will lead the organization into a new era of growth and innovation. “Andrew’s leadership, advocacy skills, and commitment to community development make him the ideal choice to lead our organization forward,” said Rebecca Mackenzie, chair of…

  • Rosewood Hotel Renovation Underway

      Extensive renovations at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver is underway with the property set to re-open in early April 2024. The refurbishment of the iconic gathering spot will encompass signature spaces throughout the hotel including the lobby and 1927 Lobby Lounge, its accommodations and the Reflections Terrace. The new design will seamlessly connect contemporary elements with classic luxury features, showcasing materials ranging from polished marble and rich dark wood to plush velvet textures that reflect both the…

  • Creative Group Wins Event Design Award

      Creative Group was named Bronze Award winner for Best Overall B-to-B Environment for its 2023 Raising Cane’s Timeless Horizon event. Event Marketer’s annual Experience Design & Technology Awards recognizes outstanding event design and innovative uses of event technology across a wide variety of consumer-targeted and business-to-business event formats. Raising Cane’s, an American fast-food restaurant company with more than 600 stores specializing in fried chicken finger meals, was looking to create an extra special event for their 2,000 plus store…

  • Grey Eagle Event Centre Upgrades Audio System

      The Grey Eagle Event Centre at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, located on the Tsuut’ina Nation, has announced a groundbreaking enhancement to its audio infrastructure with the installation of an L-Acoustics K2/ K3i sound system. Since its opening in 2014, the Grey Eagle Event Centre has been recognized as one of the leading mid-sized event venues in Calgary with a capacity for 3,000 general admission attendees and 2,511 in a theatre setting. The Grey Eagle Event Centre has hosted world-class entertainers…

  • Meeting Encore Welcomes Amy Lau

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      Meeting Encore has announced Amy Lau joining the team as regional director. Lau brings more than 15 years of extensive experience in the hospitality industry, which will make her a valuable addition to the Meeting Encore team. Many in the industry already know Lau from her recent role as account director at the Sheraton Wall Centre, where she handled US corporate and association markets with great success. Prior to that, she played pivotal roles in operations and sales at…

  • Loto-Québec Announces New Hotel

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      Loto-Québec announced the construction of a 200-room hotel on the grounds of the Casino de Montréal. The project will enhance the casino’s entertainment offer and cement its reputation as a prime tourist destination. The project centres on respecting the unique character of Parc Jean-Drapeau, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Thanks to its outstanding architectural signature, the hotel will blend in with its surroundings while preserving the natural beauty of the landscape. The corporation will also ensure that construction will uphold…

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