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Toronto, Ontario – On May 10, 2019, Attractions Ontario hosted its 36thAnnual General Meeting in Vaughan at Dave & Buster’s. The event provided an opportunity to recognize industry leaders during a presentation of Tourism Awards.

David Adames received theTourism Champion of the Year Award,presented to an individual who has provided significant organizational assistance, commitment, enthusiasm and specific expertise to the nominating business.

David Adames was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Niagara Parks. David’s background includes time spent as the President and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, and as the Executive Director of Tourism Hamilton. He currently serves on several tourism boards, including Niagara Falls Tourism, the Tourism Partnership of Niagara, and as the Chair of the Winter Festival of Lights Board. He previously served on the Board of Attractions Ontario.

Ian McMillan received theCol. Don Dailley Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the development and promotion of the tourism industry in Ontario.

Ian McMillan is the International Marketing Specialist of Destination Northern Ontario. He has been the Executive Director of Tourism Sault Ste. Marie since 2001, working with industry partners to develop tourism products, and promote the city as a tourist destination. Ian has served as President of Attractions Ontario, Chaired Cruise Ontario as part of the Great Lakes Cruises Coalition, and currently serves on the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario Board, as well as on the Sector Committee of Destination Ontario.

Ian McMillan, Destination Northern Ontario, received theCol. Don Dailley Lifetime Achievement Award

  
In addition, 2019 marked the first year Attractions Ontario honoured the winners of the Ontario’s Choice Awards at their Annual General Meeting. The public was called upon in 2019 to vote on their favourite Ontario attractions across eight different categories. The winners honoured were:

Top Family Entertainment Centre

Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto

Top Touring Experience

Eco Adventure Tour at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, Collingwood

Top Outdoor Attraction

Treetop Trekking,various locations across ON

Top Small Museum/Art Gallery/Historic Site

Lang Pioneer Village, Keene

Top Performing Arts

Greg Frewin Theatre, Niagara Falls

Top Museum/Art Gallery/Historic Site

Casa Loma, Toronto

Top Indoor Attraction

Science North, Sudbury

Top Festival & Event

Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls

“Congratulations to the nominees and winners. The awards are well deserved,” says Troy Young, CEO of Attractions Ontario.

 
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TORONTO, June 3, 2019 (Newswire.com) - Aireus Inc introduces a new Apple TV app that is a restaurant and hotel industry game-changer. With Aireus POS, hotels and resorts are able to provide an easy-to-use, specially designed room service app for their guests. Its sophisticated technology and customizable multifunction tools provide cost-effective results for hotels offering room service. Aireus will be an exhibitor at the 2019 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC) in Minneapolis, occurring June 17-20. 

“We help restaurants, hotels, resorts and casinos do more than was ever thought possible with custom POS features that are built specifically for them,” said Paul Perri, President and COO of Aireus Inc. “No other company offers custom development and project management services like Aireus, as 'we bring great ideas to life, faster.'”

For a relatively low cost, Aireus is able to provide a flexible and intuitive system for managing communications between guests and restaurant staff. Through the simple use of Apple TV, which is more affordable and versatile than typical on-demand subscription options, guests can log into their own personal accounts. Through the revolutionary Aireus POS app, guests are able to easily browse the room service menu and customize their dish. With customized features, the app presents opportunities to upsell to the customer. The order is sent directly to the kitchen, and a check is opened for the guest. Order notifications are sent to the room so the customer can see every step of the process and estimate when the food will arrive. Once the bill is paid, guests can have their receipt texted to their phone number. 

Aireus Inc's advanced iOS core POS system competes with traditional POS systems, which typically require complicated maintenance to keep running. Its powerful open cloud solution operates on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud and the advanced Apple iOS platform. An open API has been developed by the company, which can be interfaced with any hotel or resort's website. Customized by the development team, the Aireus room service POS solutions help hotels, resorts and casinos provide great service to customers. 

Hotel restaurant management is made easier with the Aireus app. Many add-on modules are available including prompted modifiers, auto grat support, delivery charge support, menu item countdown support, time and day menu support and more. It provides full reporting and is able to print to iPad KDS so that managers can acquire and analyze reports virtually anywhere. 

Visit https://aireus.com to view the full-service POS design and development company's portfolio and to learn about the team's process of customizing fully featured POS systems for its clients.

 
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May 14, 2019

Today, hotel owner, operator and developer, Hotel Equities (HE), announced the recent opening of its Canadian office located in Edmonton, Alberta. The new location encompasses all disciplines to support their growth in country. Andre Giannandrea has been named as regional director of operations, Tapan Malik as regional director of sales, Bryce Herder as regional revenue manager and Oscar Rodriguez as regional director of accounting.

Twenty percent of the firm’s portfolio of hotels is located in Canada. As a result, Bryan DeCort, EVP for HE, sees opening in Canada as a very natural step: “We are proud of our Canadian portfolio and associates.  Putting down permanent roots in the country will help us better serve our stakeholders, and also help us drive further growth." Bryan continues, "Given our current footprint in Canada, Edmonton is the perfect initial base for our team to best provide their operational expertise."

Earlier this month Hotel Equities added a six-pack portfolio of hotels, bringing their total to twenty-three hotels in Canada. We have grown significantly since entering the Canadian market in early 2018,” said Joe Reardon, chief development officer for Hotel Equities. “In addition to investing in a new office location, we made significant investments into scaling all departments, such as human resources and learning & development. With the infrastructure to support our continued growth, we are also interested in JV acquisition opportunities and investments in-country.”

“We intend to be long-term players in Canada,” said Brad Rahinsky, president and CEO of HE. “Our brand partners pointed out a void of high caliber managerial expertise in Canada and inspired us to bring our services in-market. The opportunity for us to provide value to the hotel sector in Canada is enormous and I’m encouraged by the team of industry veterans leading our Edmonton office. With their expertise and the backing of our Canadian support team in Atlanta, they will make a profound and immediate impact for stakeholders.”

 
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MONTREAL, QC, CANADA – May 9, 2019 – dormakaba, the provider of secure Saflok™ and Ilco™ electronic door locks, announced Mid America Lodging Group selected dormakaba to deploy locks in more than 3,000 rooms across 21-properties in its portfolio. Mid America Lodging Group operates Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Choice and other brands and is recognized as a leader in hotel management, acquisition, and development. dormakaba is a total solution provider for the hospitality industry and one of the top three companies in the global market for access and security solutions.

Mid America Lodging Group will rely on dormakaba’s secure Saflok Quantum RFID mobile-ready electronic door locks. The Quantum RFID lock offers an attractive two-piece modular design for a sleek look and superior lock performance. Mid America will network its locks with dormakaba’s Ambiance Access Management Software. Ambiance is an ideal solution to manage dormakaba’s family of advanced locking systems. The system puts operators in full control of property entry and egress areas by specifying time sensitive access permissions.

“21 properties is just the beginning.”

“We standardized Mid America's properties on dormakaba because their locks are reliable and dormakaba’s support is excellent,” said Libby George, director of operations for Mid America Lodging Group. “A trustworthy supplier relationship is very important to us. We have used dormakaba’s locks in the past and they are secure and easy to maintain. Twenty-one properties is just a beginning. We will implement dormakaba locks at approximately 30 more hotels in the future.  This includes many properties with magstripe locks that we will retrofit with dormakaba RFID BLE-ready units.”

Mid America Lodging Group currently operates 42 properties with 20 in development. Founder, Malik Abdulnoor is a two-time recipient of IHG’s Developer of the Year award. “We build and operate our properties and are known for our commitment to our communities, teams and business partners,” George said. “It is essential in our business to make guests feel important. The last thing we want is for our door locks to fail. We trust dormakaba and its professional team.”

“dormakaba and Mid America Lodging Group have a longstanding, successful relationship built on trust,” said Stephen Pollack, dormakaba vice president of marketing. “As Mid America grew it partnered with dormakaba and now its new properties will standardize on our networked BLE-ready locks. We value our relationship with Mid America and will continue to deliver the secure solutions and top-notch service they have come to expect.”

dormakaba is a total solution provider for the hospitality industry. Its extensive product portfolio gives architects, developers and property managers creative and operational freedom with versatile technology design solutions. Its systems address the functional needs of any hotel type by controlling and monitoring access at every entry point. dormakaba's guest-centric solutions merge security with convenience to create a safer more welcoming environment that enhances the overall guest experience.

 
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Atlanta, GA – (May 6, 2019) – Today, Atlanta-based Hotel Equities (HE), announced they have been selected as the strategic partner for Kelowna BC-based Braemar Group, to operate six hotels located in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The hotel portfolio consists of four premier Choice branded hotels and one Best Western Plus currently open and operating, as well as a TownePlace Suites by Marriott hotel expected to open in Q3 2019.

The hotel portfolio has a combined total guestroom count of 596 and growing, with future development projects in the pipeline. To accommodate Braemar Group’s plans for further portfolio expansion, they partnered with best in class owner, operator and developer; Hotel Equities. Hotel Equities recently opened a Canadian office encompassing all disciplines including operations, sales and marketing, revenue management and accounting to support their growth in market.

"We continue to expand our Canadian hotel portfolio with owners with whom we are aligned, who seek a strong managing and development partner,” said Joe Reardon, chief development officer for HE. “We recently celebrated the opening of our Canadian office and, with a regional team in country, we have the ability to immediately grow revenue and optimize our owner’s top-line and profitability. We look forward to adding value for our new partners at Braemar Group and we welcome the new team of associates to the Hotel Equities’ family.”

Since deciding to shift focus to development and portfolio growth, Braemar Group selected Hotel Equities as the management partner for their hotel assets. The new partnership is expected to facilitate Braemar Group’s portfolio expansion.

“Hotel Equities’ presence in market was immediately felt through their ability to capture business,” said Rod Hazard, president of Braemar Group. “Their performance results and the impact their culture brings to the communities they serve are both characteristics we were seeking in a partner. The partnership also affords us the ability to offer our associates added benefits and resources, such as continued education through their learning and development programs. We look forward to working with their team of professionals to take our portfolio to the next level.”

 

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