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  • 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…

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    Hampton Inn By Hilton Opens in Ontario

      The 12-storey Hampton Inn by Hilton Hamilton has opened in Hamilton, Ont. The hotel is developed and owned by Vrancor Hospitality Corporation, and features 154 modern and thoughtfully-designed guestrooms. “We’re absolutely thrilled to open the doors of Hampton Inn by Hilton Hamilton,” said Fawad Khan, general manager. “We look forward to sharing the Hamptonality culture with all of our incredible guests.” Hampton Inn by Hilton Hamilton is located in the heart of the downtown core, close to major businesses,…

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    Two New IHG Hotels Open in Ontario

      IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of two new Ontario hotels, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Toronto Airport South and Holiday Inn Express Strathroy. As airport passenger traffic is projected to grow at 3.1 per cent per year, the demand for airport-adjacent hotels and accommodations is expected to be higher than ever. The new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Toronto Airport South is located just five minutes from Pearson Airport offering easy airport access to incoming…

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  • Main Street Hospitality Adds Hotels

      Main Street Hospitality has assumed the management of two new hotels: Chebeague Island Inn on Chebeague Island, Maine, and Port Cunnington Lodge in Dwight, Ontario. The addition of the two destination properties marks a significant milestone for Main Street, whose portfolio now includes nine hotels across New England and Canada. Built on three generations of hospitality leadership, Main Street Hospitality is a family-owned, female-led company focused on preserving properties with rich histories and strong ties to their local communities.…

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  • IHG Opens Canada’s First Avid Hotel

      IHG Hotels & Resorts has opened its first Canadian Avid Hotels property in Vaughan, Ontario. Operating under the ownership of PI Cap, the Avid Hotel Toronto is the first to open of four planned properties across Canada for IHG’s newest Essentials brand. “With more than 180 hotels currently open across the nation, and more than 40 in the pipeline, Canada remains one of IHG’s fastest-growing markets. We are honoured to work with PI Cap to introduce the ‘just right’ experience of our Avid hotels brand…

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    Studio 6 All-Suite Hotel Coming to Ontario

      A new purpose-built Studio 6 all-suite hotel will be built in Hornepayne, Ontario. The hotel marks the first of what will become a portfolio of new construction Studio 6 locations built in northern Ontario. “The Studio 6 all-suite prototype has eye-catching curb appeal and features thoughtful, functional and efficient layouts with an interior design that is as guest-welcoming as it is comfortable,” said Irwin Prince, president and COO, Realstar Hospitality, Canadian master franchisor of Studio 6 and Motel 6 in Canada.  “We look…

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  • Ontario unveils $100M for tourism sector

      Ontario is investing $100 million in the province’s tourism sector to help it recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The money will be distributed through the new Tourism Recovery Program, which will help for-profit tourism businesses in the attraction, accommodation, and leisure travel sectors. Eligible tourism businesses include inns and lodges, boat tours, ski centres, live performance venues, cinemas, drive-in theatres, and amusement and water parks. “The last 18-months of the pandemic have been the most challenging Ontario’s tourism industry has…

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  • Ottawa Convention Centre Receives Cash Injection

    Ottawa’s Shaw Centre will receive up to $2 million this year to support its continued operation and maintenance. The funding injection is part of $8 million in newly announced tourism support from the Ontario government. “This funding will enable the Shaw Centre to continue to adapt and respond to the new realities facing tourism businesses — ensuring that, when it is safe to do so, they are prepared for a renewed travel interest in Canada’s capital,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister…

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  • Venues Host What Could be Most Important Event of 21st Century

    Hard-hit by COVID-19, convention centres are once again seeing lines of people eagerly waiting to gain entry. But unlike in ‘normal’ times, they’re not there to attend a ‘typical’ event. Rather, thousands are flocking to these facilities to take a jab in the arm to protect themselves from the potentially deadly virus. The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is among several events venues across the country that have pivoted for the public good. Canada’s largest convention and meeting facility opened…

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    Ontario Greenlights Increasing Capacity Limits for Indoor Events

    Ontario has eased restrictions on the indoor capacity for meeting and event facilities. Facilities can now have up to 50 guests in each indoor meeting room or event space, so as long as they abide by a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH). “As the province gradually and safely reopens, our government is continuing to promote a safe approach to reopening businesses to boost Ontario’s economic and social recovery,” says Lisa MacLeod, Minister…

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