TORONTO, March 22, 2018 /CNW/ - On April 23, Toronto will host more than 60 of the most visionary, knowledgeable and innovative professionals in hospitality and tourism at the annual Terroir Symposium. Now in its 12th year, Terroir is North America's marquee gathering for sommeliers, chefs, hoteliers and producers, which has made Ontario a world-class destination for culinary travelers. Guests will engage with renowned speakers, network with industry leaders and influencers, and explore trends in food, beverage and travel.

This year's conference theme, Terroirnomics: The Powerful Economics of Local, aims to provoke discussions around the value of supporting local businesses and producers, while showcasing the talent of chefs, growers, artisans and entrepreneurs.

"When we shrink our supply chains, source locally and support our regional growers and producers, the positive impact on the economy is extraordinary," said Rebecca Mackenzie, President of the Culinary Tourism Alliance, the organization behind this year's event. "We have always been huge supporters of Terroir and are thrilled to be managing the event because it aligns so closely with our mission and core values."

The Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA) is managing Terroir for the first time after years as a partner and supporter of the event. With deep connections in the industry and a vested interest in the success of local businesses, the organization will bring together key stakeholders, experts, business leaders and media to discuss the profound economic impact food tourism can have on a given region. The public event will be held at the stunning Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

"We are ecstatic to host this inspired event for the third year in a row," said Renée Bellefeuille, Executive Chef, AGO. "Terroir's reputation has grown and now more than ever helps us attract some of the most curious, ambitious and knowledgeable hospitality professionals in the world to our beautiful city. Chefs see food as an art form, so the AGO is a natural backdrop for this incredible gathering."

Speaker Highlights

Elena Arzak (ARZAK, San Sebastian, Spain)
Revered and decorated chef and restaurateur

Farmer Lee (The Chef's Garden, Cleveland, Ohio)
James Beard winner, farmer and champion of sustainable agriculture

Jason Clampet (SKIFT, New York, New York)  
Co-Founder of SKIFT Table, a top trend-spotting resource for restauranteurs 

Dennis Prescott (Eat Delicious, Moncton, New Brunswick)
Best-selling cookbook author, food photographer and social influencer

Dr. Sylvian Charlebois (Professor, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia)
Researcher, author and champion of terroir

Event Highlights

Keynote addresses from technology, culinary, beverage, hospitality and tourism experts.

Interactive panel discussions featuring a diverse and gender-balanced group of presenters.

World Food Court lunch, showcasing global cuisines curated by Suresh Doss, editor of Foodism.

Guests can opt to attend master classes which will each highlight a segment of Ontario's bourgeoning beverage industry. Experts in wine, spirits and beer will lead intimate discussions around these key drivers of local hospitality and tourism. The Great Ontario Craft Brew will showcase an exclusive beer brewed collaboratively by Great Lakes Brewery and Beau's Brewery. Wine lovers can spend the morning and afternoon portions of the event immersed in wine theory. The Wine Marketing Association of Ontario will host two of the master classes: Women in Wine and Cabernet Franc.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit


Stockholm - March 20, 2018 - ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, the leading provider of innovative security technologies for the hospitality industry, announces the launch of its VingCard E100 lock, an electronic escutcheon set specifically designed to work together with lock cases that are built according to the German DIN standard (Deutsches Institut für Normung) and Scandinavian Industry Standard (SIS). Compatible with RFID keycards, the escutcheon set was engineered with back-of-house operations in mind, and is ideal for offices and other standard hotel staff areas.

Officially launched in February and made available throughout the EMEA region, the VingCard E100 extends the ability to offer enhanced security access throughout the entirety of a building or facility. Varying configurations of doors found within office and hotel staff areas often limit the ability to implement newer door lock solutions. The E100 serves to sidestep such issues, thanks to its narrow and minimalistic design. By offering both DIN and SIS compatibility, the E100 can be implemented on doors that feature narrow lock cases in aluminum frames. It can also be installed on sliding doors, if required.

"We have long recognized the responsibility that building operators are tasked with when it comes to ensuring the complete safety of occupants throughout all areas under their control," said Jon Engebretsen, product manager of electronic locks at ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. "The VingCard E100 is specifically designed to uphold this commitment by extending the many advantages of RFID security technology into places that were previously out of reach."

As with other ASSA ABLOY Hospitality RFID-based door locks, the E100 is fully compatible with Visionline and can be used in mixed installations together with the traditional VingCard mortise locks. Premium versions of the E100 can also be implemented on fire and escape route doors.

For more information about ASSA ABLOY Hospitality and its comprehensive line of hotel security solutions, please visit


Toronto, Canada – March 19, 2018John Paul, the premier digitally-enabled customer loyalty and concierge service, is fast expanding in North America. The company, which supports high-end concierge services as part of customer loyalty programs for corporate clients across the banking, luxury, technology, automotive and hospitality sectors, today announced the appointment of Michael Roque as General Manager, Toronto. Mr. Roque will be responsible for overseeing the company’s business throughout Canada. Mr. Roque brings extensive experience in travel and hospitality, operations, and business development to his new role at John Paul. He previously served as Director of Sales for Continental Airlines and as Sales Manager, Canada, for American Airlines.

“As we continue to grow our footprint across the Americas by offering a unique 'Human + Digital' approach, we are thrilled to have Michael leading our operational expansion in Canada,” said Amber Treshnell, Chief Executive Officer, Americas, for John Paul. “Michael has decades of experience in improving operational efficiencies and driving growth for hospitality and travel companies, which will be invaluable to John Paul as we expand our market penetration and extend the reach of our 360-degree loyalty solutions to help more Canadian companies and brands attract and retain their customers and employees through 'brand hospitality' which simply said is the concept of helping a brand turn a purchase or interaction into an experience, and that experience into an addiction.”

“I’m looking forward to leading the Toronto office as John Paul expands its business in Canada and throughout the Americas,” said Mr. Roque. “By offering luxury concierge services, supported by cutting edge technology and concierge who are simply the best in the industry, companies in sectors ranging from finance to tech to hospitality can foster closer relationships with their customers and employees. I’m excited to help Canadian businesses differentiate themselves and better engage with their audiences.”

The Toronto office opened in 2017 within the Fairmont & Raffles former Headquarters. Both companies are now part of the Accor Hotel Group. 


TORONTO, March 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Days Inns - Canada today announced its partnership with ParticipACTION, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to help Canadians sit less and move more. Originally established in 1971, ParticipACTION works with its partners to make physical activity a vital part of everyday life.

“At Days Inns - Canada, we’re committed to making it easier for guests to incorporate healthy living practices while on the road,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “With life’s busy schedules, it can be challenging to incorporate physical activity in our daily routine. Together with our hotels, we will provide our guests with helpful ways to be more active wherever you are.” 

The partnership will see Days Inn locations across the country communicate the value of physical activity through onsite collateral, events and contesting. Days Inns - Canada will also support the distribution of The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada. As an official hotel partner, Days Inn locations will have this summer’s 2018 Report Card and other practical tools available to hotel guests.

“ParticipACTION is excited to welcome Days Inns in Canada as official hotel partners of our organization. Promoting the value of physical activity while providing hotel guests with opportunities to be active will go a long way towards making Canada a more active place” says Elio Antunes, President and CEO of ParticipACTION


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