CALGARY, AB – Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) and the Calgary Stampede are pleased to announce a joint partnership for the development of a new convention centre hotel that will complement the dramatic expansion of Calgary’s BMO Centre. The partnership, with full service private real estate development company Matthews Southwest Hospitality (MSWH), will create the first hotel at Stampede Park and will connect an expected 220+ rooms directly to Western Canada’s largest convention venue. It also marks the first major private investment in Calgary’s Culture + Entertainment District since the master plan was completed in 2018.

“Today marks a major step forward in the development of the C+E District, and we are thrilled to be announcing our development agreement with Matthews Southwest Hospitality and our partners at the Calgary Stampede,” said Kate Thompson, CMLC’s President and CEO. “With the expansive construction on the BMO Centre moving along, we have been focused on securing a development partner to support the evolving needs of conventions and events in this area. Matthews Southwest Hospitality brings deep experience in hotel development befitting of the world-class convention venue it will sit adjacent to. This development agreement is a very positive indication of things to come, and just one example of how investment in the district, and in projects like the BMO Centre expansion, is already generating economic benefit and spurring further development in the area.”

Mayor Jyoti Gondek added, “The revitalization of the Rivers District has been underway since 2007, with a $396 million infrastructure build-out resulting in attraction of $3 billion in private sector investment. Today’s announcement is further proof that the market has confidence in Calgary and is interested in actively partnering to build a successful and memorable Culture + Entertainment District.”

The hotel site, a 31,000 sq. ft. parcel on the southwest intersection of Stampede Trail and 12 Ave S.E., is in a prime location in The Culture + Entertainment District, at the north entrance to Stampede Park and just steps away from the expanded BMO Centre, the Saddledome, Cowboys Casino and dozens of restaurants and retailers. The BMO Centre Convention Hotel will also front the redeveloped Stampede Trail which, when completed in 2024, will serve as a vibrant retail and commercial corridor, a multi-modal connector and, for special events, a pedestrian-only space.

In partnership with the Calgary Stampede, CMLC issued an expression of interest for a hotel development in 2019, and MSWH was selected as the preferred hotel partner. Since that time, CMLC has completed feasibility studies, site analysis and land use amendments to ensure the hotel is developed in alignment with the needs of Western Canada’s largest convention venue.

Next steps on the approximately $80 million dollar development will involve a comprehensive design stage to plan its thoughtful integration into the District and physical connection to the BMO Centre. The hotel is being planned as a 4-4.5 diamond boutique lifestyle hotel offering with a minimum of 220 rooms, four food and beverage offerings, and expanded amenities including a fitness centre and 11,000 sq. ft. of meeting space to support the needs of convention goers and visitors alike. The prime site also allows for the hotel to be developed with direct interior connection into the BMO Centre.

“A best-in-class venue like our expanded BMO Centre will be well supported by a hotel of this caliber, with premium amenities and unique product offerings directly aligned with our renowned Stampede hospitality,” said Joel Cowley, Calgary Stampede’s CEO. “As we prepare to welcome the world to Western Canada’s largest convention venue in 2024, we look forward to working with CMLC and Matthews Southwest Hospitality to realize the vision for this important addition to Stampede Park.”

As experienced upscale hotel developers, Matthews Southwest Hospitality has a proven track record of developing successful convention center headquarter hotels within urban cities, including their successful delivery of the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel and the W Element Convention Center Hotel in Philadelphia, as well as the Bow Tower in Calgary. Matthews Southwest Hospitality has proven expertise and capacity in designing hotels with a lens toward sustainability, functionality, connectivity and activation that contributes to successful projects during both design and construction phases.

Matthews Southwest Hospitality has partnered with award-winning hospitality design architectural firm Nunzio Marc DeSantis Architects to design the hotel.

“The vision for this area grabbed our attention from the very beginning and we look forward to applying our experience and expertise in convention hotel developments to this exciting and evolving district in Calgary,” said Mike Garcia, President of Matthews Southwest Hospitality. “Along with our architectural partner Nunzio Marc DeSantis Architects, we are excited to create a unique hospitality experience and design a hotel that fits the dynamic district vision and complements this world-class, year-round gathering place.”

Moving forward the team will advance the project into the design, financing and permitting phases. As part of that process, a hotel brand flag will be selected. Construction on the hotel is anticipated to begin in 2024.


November 30, 2022 (Radium Hot Springs, B.C.) - True Key Hotels & Resorts Ltd., a leader in hotel and resort management in Western Canada, announced today the appointment of Basit Chaudhry to the position of controller. Chaudhry will become the company's principal accounting officer.

Basit has proven to be a well-respected leader throughout his career, having held many notable positions, including the director of finance and IT support at the Hyatt Regency Calgary, director of finance and business support at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and assistant director of finance at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge. His career has also included time as an entrepreneur developing and managing his own accounting firm over the past two years.

“We are very excited to welcome Basit to our team and looking forward to the business acumen and skills he will bring to our accounting department,” stated Michael Anderson, president of True Key Hotels & Resorts Ltd. “His wealth of experience will be a tremendous benefit as our accounting department evolves and our business needs change. He will lead our financial operations to the next level and we look forward to welcoming him to the team.”

The accounting department will continue to uphold the traditions of which True Key is so proud, while striving to further enhance service quality and brand value into the future, as genuine care and comfort of guests and owners is the highest priority. True Key Hotels & Resorts strive to operate a thriving and respected resort management business that delivers memorable vacation and vacation ownership experiences.

For more information about True Key Hotels & Resorts Ltd., or to book a stay at one of the properties, visit


November 29, 2022 (Victoria, BC): Inn at Laurel Point is celebrating the magic of the holidays with the return of its annual festive brunch at Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio. Guests and visitors can experience comfort and joy while getting in the festive spirit with holiday packages and a decadent festive brunch available every weekend starting in December.

Chef Ken Nakano and his team at Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio are preparing a seasonal menu designed to inspire conversation and connection. Featuring a set menu of decadent share plates, using Inn at Laurel Point’s own garden-grown ingredients, the Santa-approved brunch includes apple-cinnamon fritters with bourbon-blood orange anglaise, eggs benedict with chanterelle mushrooms served on brioche, and pork, apple & sage sausage, served with maple baked beans, grilled yams, and fried brussels sprouts.

“We are so excited to welcome guests and the local community back to experience the magic of Victoria and Inn at Laurel Point over the festive season,” says Eda Koot, general manager at Inn at Laurel Point. “Victoria truly comes alive over the holidays and our festive brunch at Aura is the perfect place to gather with loved ones.”

Inn at Laurel Point offers a selection of seasonal packages ideal for holiday getaways or gifting. The Butchart Gardens Festive Lights Hotel Package invites guests to experience the magic of Christmas at the world-famous Butchart Gardens and includes waterfront accommodation, complimentary parking, and a delicious festive surprise. Enjoy the city’s lights and festivities and make the most of the holidays with the Celebrate the Holidays Package. This package is available in a range of room types with waterfront views, and complimentary parking, and includes a charcuterie plate, and a bottle of wine. Inn at Laurel Point invites guests to experience the coziness of the holidays in a warm and welcoming space and indulge in a truly one-of-a-kind festive feast sure to be a culinary highlight of the season.

Another holiday treat to highlight is Aura’s own pastry chef, Kimberley Vy’s eggnog ganache filled double ginger cookies and Christmas stollen. These legendary cookies have been part of Inn at Laurel Point’s holiday traditions for over five years and are available for pre-order online and for pick-up through the Inn at Home program. Pick-ups will take place Wednesday, December 7, 14, and 21.


VICTORIA, BC, Nov. 29, 2022 /CNW/ - The Parkside Hotel & Spa is proud to announce it has been welcomed into membership of Beyond Green – a global portfolio of planet Earth's most sustainable hotels. Committed to building a better and brighter future for people and the planet, Beyond Green offers travellers a curated way to discover, plan, and enjoy adventures that align with their responsible travel values and aspirations.

As a member of Beyond Green, The Parkside Hotel & Spa is dedicated to deliver on the three pillars of sustainable tourism – environmentally friendly practices that go beyond the basics; protection of natural and cultural heritage; and contribution to the social and economic wellbeing of local communities – while also adhering to more than 50 sustainability indicators that align with global sustainable tourism criteria and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Centrally located in the heart of downtown Victoria, BC, The Parkside Hotel & Spa is a pioneer in promoting sustainable tourism, since opening in 2009. A Green Key Global leader, proudly Climate Positive and Biosphere Certified, all elements in the hotel have been carefully thought out with a sustainable mindset.

"We're thrilled to be joining forces for good as the first urban property in the world to become a member of Beyond Green," said The Parkside Hotel & Spa General Manager Trina White. "United with other members in the portfolio, we're committed to building a brighter future for our community and the planet."

All guests of The Parkside Hotel & Spa are now eligible to enroll in the I Prefer Hotel Rewards loyalty program, which extends points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status, exclusive member rates, and other instant benefits upon every stay at more than 650 participating properties worldwide.

Since its launch in 2021, Beyond Green has continued to thoughtfully expand its footprint in different destinations around the globe and is honored to welcome The Parkside Hotel & Spa as not only the brand's first urban property, but also its first member hotel in Canada. For more information on Beyond Green, its brand pillars, and the benefits it provides to hotels, travelers, and the travel community, please visit


November 23, 2022 (Whistler, BC): Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre has donated over $16,372.37 this year to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice as part of an ongoing charity partnership. This brings the total amount donated over the past 12 years to over $215,000.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is the only pediatric palliative care provider in British Columbia and Yukon for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The organization offers a variety of services at no cost to families, including grief, loss, and bereavement counselling, as well as end-of-life care. They also offer medical respite support, pain and symptom management, a provincial 24-hour Clinical Care Line, and art, music, and recreation therapy. The charity relies largely on donors and supporters to keep its programs running.

New this year, Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre is expanding its support to Canuck Place by inviting bereaved families, or families with a child currently in care, to stay in the Canuck Place Suite. Twice a year - in the spring and fall - Canuck Place will hold a draw to select a family to enjoy a complimentary stay.

Pan Pacific Whistler’s $215,000 plus donation is a result of 10 percent of net revenue for every stay in the Village Centre's Canuck Place Suite. Here, two bedrooms and bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, and separate living and dining areas welcome up to six guests for a resort-style adventure. Visitors are treated to breathtaking mountain views from the oversized private terrace and complimentary continental breakfast delivered daily to the suite.

“Canuck Place is an incredible organization, providing care to over 830 families on the program,” says Julie Lanteigne, general manager of Pan Pacific Whistler Hotels. “This year we were honoured to present the cheque in person at Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre to Camara Van Breeman, nurse practitioner for Canuck Place and Gaia – the PADS Accredited Facilities dog at Canuck Place. We are pleased to play a small role in the support that the hospice provides to kids and their loved ones and look forward to welcoming families to the Canuck Place Suite”.

“We are so grateful for our incredible partnership with Pan Pacific Whistler,” says Denise Praill, chief executive officer at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. “As a loyal supporter of Canuck Place, not only have they generously donated funds to support pediatric palliative care, but their offer to host Canuck Place families twice a year is so impactful. It truly offers our families a chance to spend time together and create lasting memories.”

Ideally situated in the heart of the village, Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre Hotel offers contemporary pet-friendly, all-suite accommodations to suit your every need, plus complimentary continental breakfast daily. At day’s end, the hotel’s heated outdoor saltwater pool, two hot tubs, and dry cedar sauna – all backgrounded by breathtaking mountain views – welcome guests to unwind and truly rejuvenate. For those looking to kick back and imbibe, the signature cocktails and relaxed vibe at the Raven Room will provide moments of serene reprieve and enjoyment.

For more information about donating to Canuck Place, visit To learn about the Canuck Place suite, and winter offers, or to book a stay at Pan Pacific Whistler’s Village Centre or Mountainside location visit or call 1.888.905.9995.


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