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TORONTO, ON (May 10, 2022) – Days Inns Canada is delighted to announce that the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) has chosen Carolyn Genest, owner of six Days Inn by Wyndham locations, as the gold recipient of the Franchisee of the Year Award for 2022.

“It is an honour to be selected as the gold recipient of the CFA’s 2022 Franchisee of the Year Award,” said Carolyn Genest of d3h hotels, manager of multiple Days Inn locations across Alberta and Saskatchewan. “This remarkable achievement is a tribute to the efforts of all our staff and friends at Days Inns Canada, the d3h leadership team and the numerous staff at Head Office and in the hotels, who serve our communities with integrity and heart. We work hard to ensure all our team members are dedicated to guest satisfaction and show an ongoing commitment to hospitality excellence.” 

“This award is very well-deserved,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO of Days Inns Canada. “We are proud to congratulate Carolyn and thank the CFA for acknowledging one of our exceptional Days Inn franchisees.”  

Introduced in 2019, the Franchisee of the Year Award recognizes top-performing franchisees for their unique accomplishments and excellence in business performance, community service, and brand involvement.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the successes of our franchisees with these awards for the third year in a row,” said 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.”

Since 1999, Genest and her staff have worked extremely hard to represent the very best of the Days Inn brand by providing guests with top-quality products and excellent customer service. The Days Inn portfolio of hotels under d3h ownership includes:

·        Days Inn by Wyndham Calgary Airport

·        Days Inn by Wyndham Calgary North Balzac

·        Days Inn by Wyndham Medicine Hat

·        Days Inn by Wyndham Red Deer

·        Days Inn by Wyndham Regina Airport West

·        Days Inn by Wyndham Regina

The Days Inn by Wyndham brand consists of over 110 independently owned & operated hotels in Canada. For more information or hotel reservations, visit www.daysinn.ca.

 
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WebRezPro, a leading cloud property management system (PMS) for independent hotels, inns, vacation rentals and hostels, is pleased to announce direct integration with Pricepoint revenue management system to help lodging operators drive more bookings, revenue and profit.

Pricepoint’s AI-driven revenue management system provides hotels with automated, real-time dynamic pricing that can increase hotel revenues by 20 - 30%. Working 24/7, Pricepoint uses advanced data science and machine learning techniques to forecast demand and determine optimal rates for increasing hotel revenue and occupancy.

“I used to manage 10,000 room nights per year a decade ago. Such tools were not accessible to independent hoteliers. If I could go back in time, implementing smart dynamic pricing would be my first order of business. It’s incredible how much money hotels leave on the table,” said Mateusz Sznir, Pricepoint CEO. “We will work hard to help WebRezPro customers take full advantage of modern pricing technology.”

The direct two-way integration between Pricepoint and WebRezPro PMS improves forecasting accuracy and pricing optimization and automates immediate pricing updates to ensure hotels are always selling at the best price across all channels to maximize revenue.

Through the integration, WebRezPro automatically pushes rate and availability information to Pricepoint, which uses this data (along with market data and competitor rates) to help forecast occupancy and calculate optimum rates. Pricepoint sends accepted pricing updates to WebRezPro, which are pushed to all connected booking (OTA) channels. The combined, automated solution frees hoteliers from having to manually duplicate data across the two systems, saving hours of time and facilitating more efficient and effective pricing strategies.

“We're very pleased to offer our mutual clients advanced automated pricing tools through our integration with Pricepoint,” said Frank Verhagen, President at World Web Technologies, Inc., the company behind WebRezPro. “This partnership enables us to help independent hoteliers drive more bookings and revenue through dynamic, data-driven pricing while reducing manual effort, so they have more time to focus on their guests.”

 
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Vancouver, B.C. – May 11th, 2022 – Coast Hotels Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of APA Hotel Canada, Inc. and one of North America’s fastest-growing and one of Canada’s largest hotel brands, is pleased to announce the permanent relocation of Jin Sasaki, President, from Japan to its corporate headquarter in Vancouver, B.C.

Mr. Sasaki was appointed President of Coast Hotels Limited in September 2018 and has been guiding the strategic direction of the company from APA Hotels’ headquarters in Japan while frequently travelling to Canada. He is known as an experienced strategic leader with a proven track record in international business development, mergers, and acquisitions.

“It’s an honour and a privilege for me to join the talented leadership team in Vancouver and leverage new opportunities that will advance distribution for Coast Hotels in major gateway cities throughout North America,” said Jin Sasaki. “With the unwavering commitment of APA Hotels to the growth of this portfolio of one-of-a-kind properties and an unmatched dedication to guests, we are well-positioned for the long-term success of the company.”

Coast Hotels has been advancing its exponential growth strategy as the hospitality industry is recovering from the global pandemic. In the last five months, the company added four hotels to its portfolio including the acquisition and rebranding of the Regency Suites Hotel Calgary to the Coast Calgary Downtown Hotel & Suites by APA. On May 25th, the company will add The Oceanside, a Coast Hotel, in Sechelt B.C. to its growing list of franchised properties.

 

 
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The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) was pleased today to honour four distinguished recipients with an Award of Excellence at its 2022 HAC Conference.

Each year, HAC recognizes members who have achieved significant accomplishments and demonstrated the finest in professionalism, quality, and excellence in the hotel industry.

“Recipients of HAC’s Awards of Excellence share a commitment to enhancing guest experiences, each leaving a significant impact on the hotel industry through their efforts.

Together, we proudly celebrate their remarkable achievements,” said Susie Grynol, President & CEO of HAC. Most remarkably, these winners represent true resilience for their perseverance and resolve throughout the most devastating period in industry history.

The recipients of the 2021 Awards of Excellence are:

GREEN KEY ENVIRONMENT AWARD

Hyatt Place Ottawa West Sponsored by: Ecolab The Hyatt Place Ottawa West, a 5 Green Key rated property, is one of only a few Green Key Global members to have opened with a five key rating, the highest rating awarded. Built to minimize its environmental impact, and operated in the spirit of corporate social responsibility, the one-year-old new build Hyatt Place Ottawa West employs cutting-edge technologies, policies, and programs in pursuit of sustainable hotel operations.

ASPIRING HOTELIER AWARD

Rachelle Boutin, Hôtel Le Germain Montréal Sponsored by: STR Rachelle displays passion for her work and compassion for her coworkers and community making it clear that she will go far in the industry while having a positive impact on those around her. Upon joining Groupe Germain in 2018, Rachelle continued her quick progression taking on roles of increasing responsibility, most recently that of Director of Accommodation with Hôtel Le Germain Montréal. Rachelle is a next-level leader making her a deserving winner of the 2021 Aspiring Hotelier Award of Excellence.

HUMAN RESOURCES AWARD

Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites Sponsored by: JRoss Hospitality Recruiters 2 The Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites is dedicated to cultivating future industry leaders and believes that a commitment to great human resources practices produces great talent and a perpetuating passion for this industry. An everyday commitment to HR practices is evident in the property’s numerous service recognition awards and benefits, as well a desire to celebrate employees’ special occasions and career milestones. Awards and accolades from their community, guests and industry peers only serve to solidify their reputation for developing talent along with a passion for service excellence.

HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Karen Brooks-Earley, Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites Karen Brooks-Earley has an unerring commitment to her community. Karen spearheads the hotel’s Blue Energy Committee, a Hilton-wide initiative responsible for planning community service activities. Under her guidance, the hotel has actively contributed to local charities such as the Rossbrook House for children and youth, the local foodbank, Meals to Go supplying breakfast kits for low-income families, pet food donations to the local humane society, Coats for Kids, and more. Karen is a shining example of positivity and motivation and a true source of inspiration to her colleagues and community.

 
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The 2022 Federal Budget, tabled today at 4pm, comes as Canada and the world are facing unprecedented and unpredictable circumstances.

TOPLINE HIGHLIGHTS

Here are the highlights for hotels:

Strong signals point towards borders staying open in the future

Significant investments to reduce the immigration processing backlog for temporary and longer-term workers

A new Federal Tourism Growth Strategy

Noteworthy investments into affordable housing, including rental and new homes

HAC ANALYSIS

The title for the Budget is “A Plan to Grow our Economy and Make Life More Affordable.” The government is placing its emphasis on policies that promote economic growth and affordability. While some new spending measures were announced, the government is committed to reducing the debt-to-GDP ratio, tamping down inflation, and implementing pro-growth policies in targeted sectors. Notably, tourism is acknowledged to be a key growth sector.

The government has removed all funding associated with border closures and quarantine program spending, which is a strong signal that they intend to keep the border open. There was also specific reference to the government’s intent to minimize the impacts of disruptions and unpredictable market conditions in our sector. This is the shift we were looking for from this document and is directly in line with our advocacy work.

Building on Monday’s announcement on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, in which accommodations were listed as a priority sector, this Budget places further supports behind expedited processing. This investment is important and will help deal with backlogs as the industry winds up for summer. Commitments were also made to ensure that Canada’s immigration system values the skills most needed by industries like tourism. These were among our key asks leading into the Budget.

A new Federal Tourism Growth Strategy will be launched to rebuild the sector. It will be led by the Minister of Tourism and HAC will be a key input stakeholder. We will have the opportunity to shape this strategy and define what future investments will be needed to support our path to recovery. Certainly, labour will be a central pillar.

Having received a significant funding boost in last year’s Budget, Destination Canada will be well-positioned to execute strong marketing campaigns as the industry starts to recover.

The Budget makes investments into affordable housing – including rental housing, which is in short supply for hotel workers.

The pandemic support measures are being wound down. This is not surprising given the industry’s overall recovery track.

Overall, this Budget responds to our key asks of open borders, targeted labour policies, and a commitment to make tourism a priority sector for the growth of our economy.

BUDGET DETAILS RELEVANT FOR HOTELIERS

Staying Open for Business

Budget 2022 winds down all COVID border testing and quarantine program spending, signalling the government’s strong intent to keep the borders open.

The document also recognizes the role of government in minimizing the impacts of disruptions and unpredictable market conditions on the tourism sector.

Growing the Tourism Sector

The Budget commits to continue supporting and working with the tourism sector.
Announcement of a new post-pandemic Federal Tourism Growth Strategy which will plot a course for growth investment and stability.

$20 million over two years in support of a new Indigenous Tourism Fund to help the Indigenous tourism industry recover from the pandemic and position itself for long-term, sustainable growth.

$4.8 million over two years to the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada to support its operations to help rebuild and recover from the pandemic.

$55 million over five years to Parks Canada for the Trans Canada Trail.

Addressing the Labour Shortage

Short term: Improving the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

$30 million for a Trusted Employer Program to reduce red tape for repeat employers to be announced later this year.

$65 million over three years to increase capacity to process employer applications within established service standards.

We also note that the Minister of Labour, Carla Qualtrough, announced on Monday that effective April 30th that employers in the accommodation sector will be allowed to hire up to 30% of their workforce through the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program, including in areas where the unemployment rate is above 6%. In addition, Labour Market Impact Assessment will be valid for 18 rather than 9 months. The government will no longer limit low-wage positions that can be filled through TFW in seasonal industries.

Long Term: Addressing Immigration Barriers

A re-commitment to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to improve Canada’s ability to select applicants that match its changing and diverse labour force needs from candidates seeking to become permanent residents through the Express Entry System.

$385.7 million over five years, and $86.5 million ongoing, for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to facilitate the timely and efficient entry of a growing number of visitors, workers, and students.

Housing & Affordability

A federal review of the housing crisis and the impact on Canadian renters and homeowners.

$10 billion to speed up housing construction and other measures to cool the housing market.

Digital Services Tax

Budget 2022 re-asserts the government’s commitment to work with international partners to develop a multilateral tax framework for Digital Service providers.

The government will implement its own Digital Services Tax if a multilateral agreement is not reached by 2024.

 

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