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  • Hawksworth Welcomes Richard Jaffray

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      Hawksworth Restaurant Group announced that nationally recognized restaurateur and business leader Richard Jaffray has secured a financial interest in the acclaimed restaurant group. Hawksworth Restaurant Group was established in 2011 through a partnership between chef David Hawksworth and Singapore-based Georgia Properties Partnership (GPP). After a successful 11 years, GPP has sold its stake in the business. Under the new ownership structure, chef Hawksworth’s lead role with Hawksworth Restaurant Group will remain unchanged. “I am eternally grateful to Chairman Tony…

  • New Destinations and TIAC Partnership

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      Destinations International and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) announce a partnership to elevate awareness of the role and impact of destination organizations in Canada. “Destinations International has 48 destination members in Canada and is continuing to grow throughout the country,” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. “This partnership will significantly bolster Destinations International’s advocacy programs in Canada and will ensure that the collective voice of destination organizations is represented in Ottawa and the regions.”…

  • The Drake Hotel Appoints New GM

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      George Sovatzis has been appointed as general manager at The Drake Hotel at their flagship location in Toronto. Sovatzis brings 24 years of experience to his new role, where he will continue to guide and direct The Drake family and its long-standing commitment to art and culture alongside community engagement and world-class hospitality. Early on in his career, Sovatzis honed his craft within operations while holding various leadership roles in front office and housekeeping, and eventually moved into sales…

  • Edmonton Expo Centre Builds Solar Roof

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      The Edmonton Expo Centre will soon be home to the largest rooftop solar array in the country. Phase 1 of the $5 million project will see 5,754 solar panels installed across 193,735.5 square feet above Halls D through H. The rooftop solar panel array will generate at least 2.8 gigawatts of energy annually, equal to about 375 homes. Based on the design energy models the array is anticipated to yield operational savings around $290,000 to $460,000 per year. “Our…

  • Choice Hotels Launches Direct Pay

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      Choice Hotels International launched a new process for business travelers to book rooms at its more than 5,000 domestic properties through its new Choice Direct Pay program. With this new offering, corporate customers can make reservations for their employees and guests at multiple Choice hotels with their company being billed directly through a single, centralized invoice. In addition to simplifying the billing process system-wide, the Choice Direct Pay program enables business travelers to: Make a single payment for all…

  • Longlist Out For Best New Restaurants

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      Air Canada has revealed its longlist of 30 nominees for Canada’s Best New Restaurants. Since 2002, Air Canada enRoute has celebrated through this program the country’s best new restaurants, chefs, teams and emerging talent. Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2022 highlights the top restaurants that have opened across the country between late spring 2021 and May 31, 2022 and deliver exceptional experiences through the quality of their food, level of service and commitment to culinary creativity. The 2022 Canada’s Best New Restaurants longlist…

  • Three Canadian Airports Join SITA

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      Toronto, Montreal and Calgary, one of North America’s largest airport groups, have joined with SITA  to modernize the passenger experience with SITA’s flagship common-use check-in and gate system. “Our combined vision is to offer the best passenger experience in Canada and highest-quality services to our airlines and industry partners,” said Megan Gupton, chief technology officer and senior director, IT for The Calgary Airport Authority. “As air traffic rebounds, we see several benefits to our guests in furthering technological solutions like facial recognition boarding—getting us closer to our…

  • Canada Adds More Passport Locations

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      The federal government is adding new passport service locations across Canada to improve passport service delivery and decrease wait times for Canadians. Since pandemic restrictions were eased, the huge demand for travel has caused long wait times at Service Canada locations across the country. Since April, more than 1 million applications have been submitted. Social Development Minister Karina Gould announced that people can now apply for and pick up passports at Service Canada centres in Red Deer, Alta., Sault…

  • BCAMA Marketer of Year Award Winner

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      The BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association (BCAMA) has named Destination Vancouver winner of the coveted “Marketer of the Year” award for 2022. The award is the BCAMA’s most prestigious honour. Now in its 50th year, the Marketer of the Year is presented annually for the most outstanding integrated marketing strategy in the province. “The BCAMA is pleased to pay tribute to Destination Vancouver with the 2022 Marketer of the Year Award. This annual honour is bestowed upon…

  • New Appointments at Four Seasons Toronto

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      The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto has appointed Kristi Grotsch as director of food and beverage and Angelica Sanz Rincón as director of rooms. With more than 12 years of hotel operations and management specializing in food and beverage, Grotsch was the director of food and beverage and director of quality improvement providing strategic oversight to various operational departments at several luxury hotels before joining Four Seasons. She has also worked in Dubai, responsible for 15 hotels in 10 countries…

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