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TORONTO (May 1, 2018) - - Didier Dolivet, general manager at The Westin Prince, Toronto today announced the appointment of Catherine McAuley as director of sales & marketing for the 395-room, award-winning hotel. 

A career hospitality executive, McAuley brings 25 years’ experience with Starwood Hotels and Resorts to the job.  Most recently, she was the director of sales, global business travel for the Starwood sales organization in Toronto, where she led a team of 10 sellers across Canada and the U.S.  Previously, she served as Starwood’s global account director, and global sales and account director, business travel. Earlier in her career, McAuley was the director of convention services for the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Toronto. 

McAuley has received numerous awards including: Starwood North America Divisional Sales Leader of the Year, North America New Business Development Leader of the Year, North America Sales Award of Excellence.  McAuley is an active member of numerous travel and meeting organizations including, Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Association (FICP), Meeting Planners International (MPI), Society of Incentive & Travel Executives, Canada (SITE) and Professional Convention Management Association, Canada (PCMA).

“Catherine is a market expert with extensive brand knowledge.  I have every confidence that she will have great success leading our dynamic sales, catering and event management team,” said Dolivet. “Her deep relationships within the business travel, meetings and events industry will be extremely advantageous.”

“After years working to match guests’ needs with the right hotel, it’s invigorating to be part of the team that makes the magic happen,” said McAuley.  “Every day we’re helping clients develop memorable meetings and design the special occasion they’ve dreamt of for years.  I’m looking forward to welcoming longtime clients to the Westin Prince and introducing them to this standout property and our talented team of event pros.”

Sitting on 15 acres of rolling parkland, with an adjacent golf course, The Westin Prince is the only Canadian hotel to achieve AAA Four-diamond status for 40 consecutive years.  The hotel is located just minutes from downtown Toronto and within five miles of more than two dozen major corporations including Kraft, Sunoco, IBM, McDonald’s and SAP.  The Toronto Zoo is a 15-minute drive. The Westin Prince Toronto caters to an international audience with authentic Japanese, Chinese and Persian restaurants, as well as a three-meal dining room serving locally-sourced regional favorites.  With 30,000 square feet of meeting space, the Westin Prince can accommodate groups as large as 700 in both indoor and outdoor venues.  The hotel features an outdoor heated pool, running trails, tennis courts and a fitness center with whirlpool.

For more information please visit www.westinprincetoronto.com

 
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(April 30th, 2018) Ottawa- Today on tax deadline day, the Hotel Association of Canada is calling on the federal government to take real action to address tax avoidance in the digital space. Despite the rapid growth of out of country digital platforms like Airbnb, the government has not taken steps to collect the taxes they should.

“As Canadians across the country file their returns on tax day, it is important that we look at who isn’t paying taxes,” said Susie Grynol, President of the Hotel Association of Canada. “Online rental platforms operating in Canada, like Airbnb, do not currently collect or remit GST/HST, pay no corporate income taxes on their Canadian activity, and make it far too easy for those renting rooms on their platforms to do the same.”

Online rental platforms have an unfair advantage over other accommodation businesses, like hotels, who pay their taxes and play by the rules. And the real loss is felt by Canadians who end up paying more in taxes to cover the cost of Canada’s social programs.

“It is not acceptable that the federal government has not taken any meaningful action to modernize Canada’s tax laws to deal with the digital economy,” continued Grynol. “Further, it is equally unacceptable that Airbnb has not taken a more responsible approach to ensure tax compliance for their commercial hosts.”

Over the last two years, the commercial side of Airbnb’s business – those renting multi-unit entire homes – grew by 108%. These entire home rentals generated 83% of Airbnb’s revenues. Clearly these hosts are running a business through Airbnb, yet the federal government doesn’t require, nor does Airbnb provide, any tax information slips so that revenues can be tracked and tax calculated.

In the United States, there is a federal requirement to complete a 1099-K form in order to support tax compliance. In the European Union, Value-added taxes are applied and collected at the platform level on the total fee for the booking. These measures should be adopted in Canada in order to close current loopholes.

In 2016, guests of Canada’s legitimate hotel properties contributed an estimated $2.2 billion in consumer taxes and fees based on room revenues alone. If the same rates were to be applied to Airbnb’s revenues, the sector has the potential to contribute almost $100 million to the Canadian economy.

Governments have a responsibility to keep up with the emergence of the digital economy. “Other jurisdictions around the world have modernized their tax laws and Canada should follow suit,” concluded Grynol. “It’s unacceptable that the federal government allows online platforms to avoid tax, while good corporate citizens continue to support jobs, drive economic growth and fund governments.”

 
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Tax Deadline Day: Hotels Call on Federal Government to Ensure Airbnb Pays Fair Share

Who:              Susie Grynol, President, Hotel Association of Canada

                                   

Why:               April 30th is tax deadline day, and it is essential that the federal government take action to address tax avoidance in the digital economy.

 

What:             Despite the rapid growth in the short-term rental industry, the federal government has not taken steps to collect the taxes they should. In 2016, guests of Canada’s legitimate hotel properties contributed an estimated $2.2 billion in consumer taxes & fees based on room revenues alone. If the same rates were to be applied to Airbnb’s revenues, the sector has the potential to contribute almost $100 million to the Canadian economy. Digital accommodation platforms, like Airbnb, do not currently collect or remit GST/HST, pay no corporate income taxes on their Canadian activity and make it too easy for those renting rooms on their platforms to do the same.

 

When:            Monday, April 30th, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Where:           Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill

 
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TORONTO, ON (April 24, 2018) – Realstar Hospitality announced the opening of a 67-room Motel 6 in Moncton, New Brunswick. Adding to the growing franchise system in Canada, the disciplined conversion expands the distribution network of Motel 6 and Studio 6, bringing the total to 32 locations countrywide.

“We’re excited to officially open our doors under the Motel 6 banner and be part of a well-recognized brand in Canada,” said Jude Anthonipillai, hotel owner & GM. “To better serve our guests, we completed a full modernization program featuring Motel 6’s award-winning contemporary room design and furnishings, inclusive of flat panel televisions, microfridges and free Wi-Fi access.”

With a convenient location right on the highway, Motel 6 - Moncton places travellers within easy reach of highly sought after attractions like Hopewell Rock, Magnetic Hill and the New Brunswick Casino. Located at 1905 Main Street West, the hotel is minutes to outdoor adventures, dining and entertainment. Guests will enjoy the convenience of an onsite bar, complimentary morning coffee in the lobby, free parking and pets are always welcome.

“The scale and diversity of our locations further demonstrates that Motel 6’s offer highly trusted accommodation options, Canada-wide,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality.

“Motel 6 - Moncton is a great addition to our growing portfolio of hotels, with an additional four locations already scheduled to open by the end of 2018.”

Reservations can be made by visiting www.motel6.com or by calling 1.800.4MOTEL6 (1.800.466.8356).

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