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Bigger Minimalist Hotel Guestrooms Are Trending
Written by Iris Benaroia   
Friday, 07 March 2014 14:46

bathroomSaskatoon may evoke miles of monotonous farmland, but there’s nothing dull or primitive about the guestrooms at The James Hotel. The luxury boutique hotel — the first of its kind in Saskatoon — opened to rave reviews in 2012. “There’s been a change in the city generally, and more specifically in our industry,” says Peter Leier, the hotel’s owner. “We’re seeing a more affluent traveller in Saskatoon, whether it’s companies with employees visiting or people who are coming through for tourism; the desire is for a more premium product.”

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Historic Algonquin Resort Turns the Page
Written by Ian Harrison   
Friday, 07 March 2014 13:33

turningthepageWhen The Algonquin Resort opened its doors in 1889, it welcomed nearly 1,400 guests, “representing the best class of Americans and Canadians,” as described in David Sullivan’s The Algonquin. Most of those visitors proclaimed St. Andrews, N.B. “unsurpassed” as a location for the “ideal summer hotel.”

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Clean Enough: Canadian Hoteliers Won't Be Bullied by "Sensationalist" Journalism
Written by Laura Pratt   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 16:17

cleanenoughIn November 2012, CBC’s investigative journalism program Marketplace attempted to throw back the covers on the state of cleanliness in the Canadian hotel industry with a scorching exposé crammed with disturbing revelations about the contaminated reality lurking at some of the country’s most popular hotels. Bed throws, bathroom sinks, toilet bases and telephones were declared uniformly unsanitary. More than 70 per cent of remote controls tested scored a caution or fail on the adenosine triphosphate measuring device that determines microbial contamination on surfaces. Twenty-three of 51 tests of hotel comforters failed.

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Profiling Hotelier Craig Norris-Jones of the Pan Pacific Vancouver
Thursday, 06 March 2014 16:02

vk-CraigNorris-Jones-There’s a natural affinity between hotels and travel. So, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that many hoteliers have deep-rooted wanderlust. In fact, dig deeper into the life of an hotelier, and you’ll invariably find a nomadic soul. That clearly applies to Craig Norris-Jones. “While in high school, I was employed part time at the Empress Hotel in Victoria,” begins the hotelier. “Following high school, my focus was on saving enough money to travel; hotel work enabled me to save enough to do so,” he adds, pointing to travels through Southern Africa.

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