CALGARY — Calgary-based hotel and resort-management company Bellstar Hotels & Resorts has appointed two new executives to its team. Michel Joncas is the new VP of Operations and Ian M. Thorley was named VP of Sales & Marketing.

The appointments are part of Bellstar’s new expansion strategy, which — according to its CEO Dale Hodgson — is taking place at a time when independent hotels and resorts are needing much stronger hospitality management and innovative marketing skills to stay competitive with major hotel chains. Bellstar believes its expansion strategy will help ensure 2017 is another stellar year for the company.

“Our hospitality management solutions are built around strong owner returns,” says Hodgson. “The superb judgment and track record of our executive team means we’re able to excel at providing superior management solutions to upscale hotels and resorts across North America.”

Joncas boasts more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles, both regionally and at the property level, for upscale hotel chains including Marriott, Hilton, Delta Hotels and Intrawest Resorts. He also has a proven track record in reducing costs and increasing profitability without sacrificing standards of quality.

Thorley comes to Bellstar with more than 20 years of experience in hotel and resort revenue development at luxury and upscale hotel chains, including Four Seasons and Delta Hotels & Resorts, in addition to independent brands, such as Skyline Hotels & Resorts.

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