After a two-year pause, the British Columbia Hotel Association VIP Leadership Dinner was back in full swing November 25th following the close of the Western Canadian Lodging Conference. The annual dinner, organized and by Jason Cheskes of Above the Line Solutions, has become an industry favourite event in Western Canada since it’s inception several years go and mirroring a similar long term event Jason has been hosting annually in the Toronto area. This year, GLOWBAL restaurant was to hold the event to accommodate the increased number of attendees.

Attended by leaders of such companies as Marriott, Sandman, Choice, Wyndham, Coast, IHG, Superior Lodging, Realstar, Atlific, Mairet, Canalta, Crescent, Hotel Equities as well as a large number of top industry and BCHA leaders including Ingrid Jarett, President and CEO of the BC Hotel Association.

Sponsored this year by Eden Textiles, Foodbuy, Serta Simmons, RHB Enterprises, Ecolab, NAI Commercial, and LG Electronics, the event saw over 50 industry leaders enjoy a night of socializing with colleagues and great food. GLOWBAL group’s owner, Emad Yacoub stopped by to greet guests while preparing to open his first eastern Canada location of Black and Blue in Toronto this spring.

Mike Macleod, Director of Member and Business Development at the BC Hotel Association (BCHA), shared with Mercury publications that “we greatly appreciate Jason putting together this fantastic experience where we can gather with top leaders in the industry and despite the tremendous stresses on the industry over the past years, enjoy an evening solely focused on reuniting with old friends and making new ones with such a distinguished group of colleagues.”





OTTAWA, Nov. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is announcing today the recipient of its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022, Bill Knowlton. A seasoned professional and accomplished leader with more than five decades in the industry, Bill’s storied career has taken him from tour directing for Tauck Tours in the 1970’s to becoming a partner at Jonview Canada, where he was instrumental in growing the company to become one of the country’s leading inbound receptive tour operators.

“This award, recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution of energy, service and talent towards the growth of the Canadian tourism industry,” says Beth Potter, President & CEO of TIAC. “I can think of no one who has better exemplified the values of dedication, integrity and leadership - as well as passion for our beloved industry - over the years, than my colleague and friend, Bill.”

Bill served as Jonview’s EVP from 2017 to 2022, after leading sales, marketing and product development for almost three decades as VP Marketing and Sales. He pioneered the expansion of the company’s product base, introducing a new product approach to cater to the emerging market for independent travellers. Bill firmly believed that creating trusting relationships with clients and suppliers alike was critical to long term success. As such, he regularly travelled within Canada as well as attending international trade shows and spent weeks each year visiting clients in person in their offices.

“I am privileged to be in the company of the extremely significant individuals who have previously been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award,” says Bill. “Our Canadian tourism industry is vast, touching every part of the country, and supported by hundreds of thousands of dedicated individuals who are welcoming, sincere, exciting, and creative. These individuals embody the spirit of Canada - I am just one of them and it has been a thrill to be part of this vibrant industry driven by so many passionate Canadians.”

His other career highlights include a decade at TPT Canada (Transpacific Tours), as Director of Marketing and Sales where he was well known for his instinct in developing innovative product and finding the right distribution channels to drive sales.

Bill has also been a major contributor to tourism boards such as Destination Canada and Destination Ontario, and an active member of various committees and volunteer organizations that have led towards the improvement of the industry as a whole; including serving on TIAC’s Board of Directors from 2003 to 2009, in addition to multiple terms in the late 1980’s into the 1990’s, as well.

TIAC will be honouring Bill with the Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala ceremony on Nov. 23 during its Tourism Congress 2022, as well as unveiling the winners of its greatly anticipated Canadian Tourism Awards. Registration to Tourism Congress is now open to accredited media; to inquire, please send an email to Mary Wimmer, Director of Communications & Media Relations, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


A newly launched hotel collection that’s bringing history to life by compiling the most storied country estates, castles and other unique residences-turned-accommodation scattered across the United Kingdom and Ireland is set to reach new speeds with the backing of Formula One icon, Romain Grosjean.

Storied Collection, a growing community of hotels that is seeking to combine modern-day amenities with period charm has now received financial investment from Romain, who recognised the need to connect travellers with historic and ancestral properties that have a unique and interesting tale to tell.

Romain is a Swiss-French professional racing driver who previously spent nine full-time seasons in Formula One for a variety of teams, picking up 10 podiums, all with Lotus. His new found passion for business pursuits has now seen him invest in the hotel collection, which he describes as “history with innovation”.

The collection estimates that north of 80 million people can trace their heritage to one of their properties. The current combined age of its hotels sits at an impressive 11,291 years — with notable properties including Thornbury Castle, once owned by Henry VIII.

Commenting on his recent investment, Romain said: “When I first spoke with Storied Collection, I was blown away by the concept. I have always been deeply fascinated by historic buildings and there was no shortage of them in my home country of Switzerland. When I saw how many amazing properties from the UK & Ireland were already in the collection, I knew instantly that this was something I wanted to get involved in.”

The concept was forged by hospitality veterans Justin Hauge and Michael Goldin — two highly reputable names in the industry with a wealth of experience between them. The collection is also supported by seasoned hospitality executives from Ritz Carlton, Hilton, Airbnb, and Design Hotels — rounding off a well-storied advisory team.

Storied Collection Co-Founder Justin Hauge, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have the backing of Romain and his excitement for what we are doing at Storied really reminded us what a unique concept we have. Not only does he have an esteemed racing career, he shares our appreciation for historical travel and the impact this can have on travellers. Since launching Storied Collection, we have been blown away by how well it has been received and we are looking forward to expanding our collection and bringing history to life — having Romain on board is a real privilege.”

Romain added: “I think it's important that in modern society we continue to celebrate the amazing history that surrounds us, most of which resides in castles, estates and other historic buildings. The concept that you can retrace the footsteps of your ancestral lineage, whilst also staying at some fantastically run hotels, is something that excites me greatly.”

To mark his involvement with Storied Collection, Romain is giving away a 2-night getaway for two people to Thornbury Castle. Those who wish to enter need to ‘follow’ Storied Collection’s Instagram and tag a friend they’d want to take with them by Thursday, 10th November.

For further information on Storied Collection and to book, please visit:


Ottawa, Ontario, Nov. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nov. 1, 2022, Ottawa ON – The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is announcing the finalists of its annual Canadian Tourism Awards – the standard of excellence for businesses and organizations in tourism that recognizes success, leadership, and innovation in the industry.

“We are thrilled to be announcing the finalists of these Awards, which mean more to us this year than ever as the industry first hit and hardest hit by the pandemic,” says Beth Potter, President and CEO of TIAC.

“Each of these finalists have proven to have gone above and beyond in offering travellers superior experiences in Canada and have done so under incredibly trying circumstances; amid a global recession, rampant inflation, supply chain issues, and so on,” she says. “These esteemed finalists embody the true spirit of our Awards – the values of courage, hard work, and dedication.”

Now in its 22nd year, the Canadian Tourism Awards features nine categories of distinction; in addition to the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. It was open to all businesses operating in any of the full suite of sectors that comprise the tourism industry, accommodations, transportation, recreation, travel services, and food and beverage.

The final winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Nov. 23 that takes place this month during TIAC’s annual Tourism Congress, which will be held at The Westin Ottawa (Nov. 22-23, 2022). 

A full list of categories and finalists now follows.

Floor13 Business Event Award:

Amii AI Week – Edmonton, AB 

YASTA (Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association) TMAC 2022 Conference and AGM – Yarmouth, NS 

Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada2022 Convention – Toronto, ON

Air Canada Business of the Year Award:

The Calgary Stampede – Calgary, AB 

Great Wolf Lodge – Niagara Falls, ON

Harbour Air Group – Vancouver, BC 

ITAC Indigenous Tourism Award:

Heritage Path Tour – Elsipogtog First Nation, NB

Corporation Nibiischii – Mistissini, QC 

Wanuskewin Heritage Park – Saskatoon, SK 

VIA Rail Canada Innovator of the Year Award:

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship – Toronto, ON 

AREA 506 Waterfront Container Village – Saint John, NB

Malahat SkyWalk – Malahat, BC 

Small or Medium-Sized Business of the Year Award:

ERCTU Travel Group – Penticton, BC

Euston Park – Moncton, NB 

Be Rad Adventure Co. – Saint John, NB 

Air Transat Sustainable Tourism Award:

FOUR Nature Resort – Chelmsford, NB 

Au Diable Vert – Sutton, QC 

Eagle Wing Tours – Victoria, BC

Tourism HR Canada Employee of the Year Award:

Kaleigh Potts, Adventure Canada – Mississauga, ON

Spurgeon Robbins, Summerside Visitor Information Centre – Summerside, PEI 

Susan Tomihiro, Fresh Tracks Canada – Vancouver, BC 

Tourism HR Canada Employer of the Year Award:

Kingsbrae Garden – Saint Andrews, NB

Great Wolf Lodge – Niagara Falls, ON 

Tourism Kingston – Kingston, ON

TMAC Travel Media Award:

Matthew and Karla Bailey, Must Do Canada – Okotoks, AB

Leah Adams-Chute, Dune Creative – Sechelt, BC 

Heather Greenwood Davis, Freelance Journalist – Markham, ON 

The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced separately in advance of Tourism Congress and the Canadian Tourism Awards gala reception.

For more information about the Canadian Tourism Awards, visit here; and for the Tourism Congress, visit here.


Vancouver, BC (October 28, 2022) – The first edition of the MICHELIN Guide Vancouver has been revealed, honouring Botanist Bar with the ‘Exceptional Cocktail Award’, along with recognizing Fairmont Pacific Rim, Botanist and The Lobby Lounge & RawBarat the Star Reveal Gala held in Vancouver on Thursday, October 27. 
Botanist Bar is home to the country’s most unusual Cocktail Lab - a bartender’s studio that inspires creativity as well as space to prepare and experiment with ingredients to develop house-made tinctures, shrubs, syrup and whatever else they can concoct. Its custom-creation features industrial kitchen equipment to integrate a culinary-forward approach to cocktail design and production. The edgy venue inspires creative freedom and precision, granting the attention required to forge an elevated drinking experience. 
The Botanist cocktail program, led by Creative Beverage Director, Grant Sceney and Botanist Bar Head Bartender, Jeff Savage, follows the principles of botany, which was developed to reflect and celebrate the biodiversity of the Northwest, with ingredients and flavour profiles that uniquely tell a story. Along with a list of handcrafted cocktails that change with the season, the bar team has developed a spirit-free program that is as artfully designed as it is balanced and sophisticated. 

"It’s incredible to receive an award of excellence, but the reality is, it means nothing without the team behind you, working to achieve the same goal." Says Grant Sceney, Creative Beverage Director, Fairmont Pacific Rim
“It’s an immense honour to receive such a special award for doing what we love to do every day." Says Jeff Savage, Head Bartender, Botanist. “Making not only cocktails, but experiences for our guests is something very near and dear to our hearts. I want to extend a massive thank you to our entire team, and I want to particularly thank our guests who continue to sit at our bar and grant us the ability to do what we love to do”  

The MICHELIN Guide is a benchmark in gastronomy, which has recognized Botanist’s ongoing commitment to excellence of the craft, pristine service and an unparalleled guest experience.

Alongside the star recognition for Botanist Bar, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Botanist and The Lobby Lounge & RawBar are all MICHELIN recommended destinations. The MICHELIN Guide hotel selection features accommodations all over the world that stand out for their style, service, and personality, with the handpicked selection covering the globe, with options for every taste and budget. 

“To receive such distinctions from an institution as highly lauded as MICHELIN is a true honour,” says Jens Moesker, Regional Vice President and General Manager, Fairmont Pacific Rim “It goes without saying, the recognition is a result of the team's collective ambition to provide our valued guests with an extraordinary cocktail experience.” 

Launched in 2021, MICHELIN Guide’s hotel selection is curated with the same high standards as its restaurants. The list includes hotels, which inspire discovery or adventure – the MICHELIN Guide’s hotel experts since 2018 – as well as its community of travelers.

For more information, visit


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