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TORONTO, ON (October 12, 2021) – Josef Tesar Sr. of Motel 6 - Moosomin has been announced as a silver recipient of the CFA Franchisee of the Year Award. Josef Tesar Sr. is recognized for his accomplishments and excellence in business performance, community service and brand involvement.

“It is an honour to be acknowledged as the silver recipient of the CFA Franchisee of the Year Award” says Josef Tesar Sr., Owner, Motel 6 - Moosomin. This outstanding achievement is a tribute to the efforts of our entire team. We work hard to ensure each guest enjoys a clean and comfortable stay,” added Tesar. Located at 405 Ogilvie Street, Motel 6 - Moosomin offers 76 spacious guest rooms with free Wi-Fi, LED TVs, an expanded cable channel line-up, mini-fridges and microwaves. Guests can enjoy complimentary morning coffee, an on-site fitness centre as well as extended stay rooms.

“We are thrilled to be a part of celebrating the successes of our franchisees with these awards for the second year in a row,” says Sherry McNeil, CFA President & Chief Executive Officer. At the core of franchising, is the strength we have as everyday Canadians working together in partnership, Growing Together™ and most importantly, sharing success. We commend our Franchisee of the Year winners for their outstanding achievements in the franchise community.”

To learn more about Motel 6, visit motel6.com.

For more information about CFA’s Franchisee of the Year and a full list of winners, visit https://cfa.ca/franchisee-of-the-year-2021/.

 
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Accor and Groups360 announced the international launch of GroupSync, Groups360’s cloud-based technology solution for meetings and events, to provide instant online booking for groups, a simplified RFP process, and housing solutions across Accor’s global portfolio. 

“Accor takes pride in our commitment to strategic innovation, as well as our leadership at the forefront of technological adoption,” said Markus Keller, Senior Vice President, Sales and Distribution, Accor. “We are delighted to partner with Groups360 on launching technology that will instigate a significant paradigm shift in the meetings and events industry toward more seamless bookings and unforgettable experiences for meeting professionals and their guests.” 

GroupSync will become the new engine that powers the current digital RFP process on Accor’s private-label website, meetings.accor.com, before end of 2021. Accor’s launch of GroupSync Engage, which will be live in beginning of 2022, represents the brand’s commitment to offer customers instant booking of meeting space directly from the hotel’s website, with plans to also integrate instant booking of group rooms in the following months.

GroupSync Engage will empower Accor to better serve its global markets by allowing planners to book not only meeting space but also group room blocks, F&B and audio-visual services in the same online transaction,” said Kemp Gallineau, CEO Groups360. “Since Accor is a global brand with a significant number of properties outside the U.S., their launch of this instant group booking technology will speed its adoption across the globe.”

Accor will offer the instant online booking solution for group rooms on GroupSync to the majority of their more than 5,200 properties worldwide. Accor properties are also showcased in the GroupSync Marketplace for streamlined digital RFPs and instant group bookings.

Accor goes further by giving its properties the opportunity to choose GroupSync Optimize for room-block management solutions and housing packages. GroupSync Optimize will also power voucher and gift certificate packages for Accor brands in select markets. Early adopters who have used GroupSync Optimize for housing and voucher sales have seen a 25 percent increase in revenue with little to no extra effort.

 
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Tourism HR Canada is pleased to announce the launch of a federally funded student work placement program offering paid work-integrated learning opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector. Called Propel, the program offers Canadian tourism employers a wage subsidy of up to 75 per cent of a qualifying student’s wages, to a maximum of $7,500. 

Tourism employment in August had about 285,000 fewer workers than it did in the same month in 2019 according to Stats Canada's Labour Force Survey. There are more than 130,000 unfilled accommodations and food services jobs across the country. Propel offers progressive employers looking to nurture talent and develop skills a chance to rebuild their workforce lost during the pandemic.

“The number one challenge we’re seeing as we come out of the pandemic is a significantly decreased workforce,” stated Philip Mondor, president and CEO of Tourism HR Canada. “Propel is part of a long-term strategy to build back the tourism workforce. The program creates a direct link between students who have missed out on opportunities to get a foothold in the labour market and employers who, despite their best efforts, were not able to retain staff.”

Early Adopters See Program As A Key Strategy to Combating the Labour Shortage

Director of the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University, Frederic Dimanche, worries the next crisis is the labour gap that is being experienced in hospitality and tourism.

“The reputation of our sector has suffered and school enrolments are down. Proactive strategies such as Propel, with efficient and innovative partnerships between the public sector, schools and industry, are essential to succeed,” said Dimanche.

Early adopters of Propel include popular tourism businesses and schools including Accor, George Brown College, Ryerson University and Vancouver Community College.

“It’s been a devastating 18 months for hospitality, but the teamwork and spirit of entrepreneurship that has seen us through is truly inspiring. We are delighted to be part of an initiative that is helping our industry to win and build back stronger and better than before,” said Accor CEO North & Central America, Heather McCrory. “I started my career over 30 years ago in the laundry room at Accor’s Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and advanced through the business to now lead over 22,000 employees in more than 100 hotels across North and Central America. This program will help to find those passionate individuals who want to be part of an exciting future.”

About the Program

Funded by the Government of Canada through the Student Work Placement Program, Propel offers registered Canadian businesses, startups and not-for-profits related to the tourism and hospitality sector a wage subsidy of up to 75% of a qualifying student’s wages, to a maximum of $7,500. Students enrolled at a recognized post-secondary institution can apply for a paid position to fulfil the co-op or internship component of their program. The position being covered must be a work-integrated learning opportunity for a post-secondary student but can be accessed by businesses that cover all facets of the visitor economy: accommodations, food and beverage services, culinary, recreation, entertainment, culture, events, transportation, travel services, and more.

Benefits of the program ensure that students gain paid hands-on learning and mentoring in their field of study. Employers acquire much-needed early talent to help with the recovery of the industry, as well as assistance with wages after an 18-month stretch of little or no income. Post-secondary institutions complement their programming by connecting students and the workplace.

For more information on the Propel program please visit PropelCareers.ca.

 
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Nashville, TN, October 5, 2021 – Groups360, the leading online marketplace for meetings and event booking, today announces the promotion of Ryan Morris from vice president of regional sales to vice president of sales in the Americas region. Morris, in the interim, will report directly to Kemp Gallineau, president and chief executive officer.

Morris joined Groups360 in 2014 and in his new role, will now oversee new and organic sales in North, South, and Central America—fostering stronger relationships within Groups360’s growing and expanding audience in the Americas.

“Ryan’s many years of sales experience in the hospitality industry continues to be a huge asset to the Groups360 team,” Gallineau said. “His determination to recognize and provide solutions to the problems our clients are facing is matched by his drive to expand Groups360’s growth. We’re excited for Ryan and his new role and I look forward to working with him in our next phase of Groups360’s global expansion.”

Before Groups360, Morris held leadership and sales positions at Gaylord Hotels in Orlando, Fla., and Dallas, TX., where he led sales teams, drove hotel bookings, and increased property revenue.

“We set out to make group travel simple; that’s been the mission all along,” said Morris. “We are changing the landscape of transactions between meeting planners and hotels. It’s exciting to be a part of a company that started with only a small group, to now being global. Looking forward, we have an amazing opportunity in front of us to change an industry that’s been lacking technology.”

 
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Rosewood Hotel Georgia, the luxury landmark hotel in downtown Vancouver, is pleased to announce that it has been honored by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards in the “Top 15 Hotels in Canada” category. Now in its 34th year, the prestigious distinctions are distributed per the insights of Condé Nast Traveler readers worldwide in recognition of the world’s best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, airports and cruise lines.

“We are extremely proud to be named one of the country’s top hotels as it reflects our entire team’s efforts and dedication to creating an unparalleled guest experience.” said Managing Director Safwan Abu Risheh. “It is immensely gratifying to know that our efforts have been noticed by our loyal guests and we are thrilled to welcome them back, along with a host of first-time guests in the coming years.”

Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Rosewood Hotel Georgia is the city’s most stylish and elegant retreat. In keeping an ultimate guest experience as the top priority, the hotel has always ensured privacy and exclusivity for its visitors, offering open spaces like it’s rooftop dining venue, Reflections: A Garden Terrace, for both locals and out of towners to enjoy the cityscape, and a multitude of enriching experiences on- and off-property. Upon reopening for American travelers this summer, Rosewood Hotel Georgia appointed Mridul Bhatt as Executive Chef to revamp the hotel’s culinary programming and unveiled a set of local experiences and proposed itineraries meant to connect travelers to the destination and ultimately, with each other. New programs include a helicopter ride over Vancouver’s snowcapped mountains, a stroll through the historic city’s past and an adventure camp for families to play and learn in nature’s backyard. The legendary hotel has also refreshed its iconic Rosewood and Lord Stanley Suites, ensuring an unmatched luxury experience for its guests. 

 

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