The Unique Challenges of the Independent Hotel Segment

As the second half of 2017 approaches, mergers, acquisitions and rebranding initiatives continue to dominate Canada’s branded-hotel sector. In the midst of strong brand proliferation, however, it’s...

Connecting the Dots: The 2017 Tech Report

Technology can be found in virtually every aspect of today’s hotel operations. From self-service kiosks and in-room sensors to kitchen appliances and door locks, chains and independents...

Hotels in the Age of Disruption

The tides are changing in the hotel landscape as operators face new competitive forces shaping the way business is conducted. In recent years, consolidation has altered the playing...

The Perfect Storm: Recapping a Record-breaking Year of Transaction Volume

What has made 2016 a record-breaking year? The numbers speak for themselves: $3.8-billion in transaction volume surging through the Canadian hotel marketplace as of third quarter, fuelled...

How Loyalty Programs Can Keep Hotel Guests Engaged

Canadians are a loyal bunch. In fact, according to Aimia’s 2015 Loyalty Lens report, 89 per cent of us belong to some form of loyalty program, compared...

How to Attract and Retain Talent in Today’s Challenging Job Market

A warm smile at check in. A cozily made bed. A laugh with the bartender in the hotel bar. For all its complexities, the hospitality business is...

Soft Brands Resonate With Choosy Travellers Looking for Unique Experiences

Last month, a group of ladies enjoyed afternoon tea inside the Palm Court at Chicago’s iconic Drake Hotel. Billowy white drapes flowed from the pillars and a...

How Management Companies Bring Value to Hotels

Over the past year, increased concerns about the fundamentals of the Canadian economy and the depressed energy sector have plagued hoteliers and investors alike, translating to cost-cutting...

Canadian Developers Take Notice of Dual-branded Hotels

It may be difficult to imagine the benefits of building and operating not just one, but two entirely separate concepts on a single plot of land, but...

Catering to Millennials in the Hotel Industry

For a long time, the collective consciousness has been preoccupied with the impact of the baby boomers, but a new force is coming into focus. While not...