December 4, 2017

Walter Cividini, Managing Director of FIMAS S.R.L. Manufacturing of Vigevano, ITALY is proud to announce that East Coast Laundry Systems has been appointed their Exclusive Canadian Importer for the complete FIMAS line of Finishing Equipment. Accepting this award is Peter Blunden, President of East Coast Laundry Systems, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who is also proud to announce that Jemal Gunaydin, President of Dry Clean Machine Doctor Inc., of Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, B.C. has been appointed the Western Distributor of FIMAS equipment throughout the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.  Pictured here (from left to right) are Peter Blunden - East Coast Laundry Systems, Walter Cividini – FIMAS, and Jemal Gunaydin – D.C. Machine Doctor at the FIMAS Factory in Italy to learn more about the product lines and to finalize their Distribution agreements. FIMAS is known industry wide for a complete line of shirt finishing and laundry tensioning equipment. East Coast can be reached at 1-800-565-1281 for all of your finishing requirements.




Take advantage of our special pricing by registering yourself and a friend at our best rate.

Prices expire on DEC 25, so book early! Options include:

  • General Managers Special: Available to any hotel GM who brings a member of the team. $499 first, $299 second & third
  • Buddy Pass: Not a GM? No worries, you still get a great deal! $449 if you bring more than 2 people
  • Gen Y: We support the advancement of young people in the industry, anyone under 30 can attend for $250
  • Single Ticket: $499 which is $200 off the regular price of $699

Back by popular demand, Tony Chapman moderates a lively panel of innovators discussing the future of the consumer.

Revolutions in social media, mobile technology, virtual reality and advanced data analytics have made consumers increasingly savvy and demanding more than ever before.

What can the Canadian hotel industry learn from our trend-setters and their future outlook on consumer activity?



Preparing for the Canada-China

Year of Tourism in 2018

China is one of Canada’s fastest-growing tourism markets and is our third-largest market in terms of arrivals. Through the New Tourism Vision, the Government is taking action to improve Canadian tourism marketing, access, and product—including a commitment to double the number of tourists from China by 2021. This will have a profound impact on hotels and will provide increased business opportunities in both primary and secondary markets. As we celebrate the Canada-China Year of Tourism in 2018, it will be more important than ever for hotels to ensure they are well-prepared to welcome the expected increase in Chinese visitors. This session will provide participants with a "best practice guidelines" to ensure that hotels are China-ready.




Marketing Expert,

Author & Pioneer of Valuegraphics

David’s research has led to a discovery that will change the way you work, and the way you think about the world. Data from a staggering 40,000 surveys proves that demographics are dead, and that shared values, or ‘Valuegraphics’, are a far more powerful way to motivate target markets. Valuegraphics disprove outdated ideas about age, income, and gender, and will multiply the effectiveness of every marketing dollar as much as 700%. David helps organizations replace guesswork with research and science, transforming disruptive change into welcome opportunity.


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December 1, 2017

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TORONTO, (November 29, 2017) – Known as a bateau bath, these timeless beauties have not lost their popularity or appeal. Today, the freestanding bath experts at Victoria + Albert have unveiled a modern reinvention of this classic bateau bathtub, named Trivento.

Featuring a fine rim and a deep, double ended bathing well, Trivento is equally at home in city apartments or family bathrooms. Combining the clean lines of a modern aesthetic with the graceful curves of a classic silhouette, the Trivento was designed to provide support for a luxurious bathing experience.

Measuring a comfortable 22-7/8" high by 27-7/8" wide and 65" long, the Trivento works with Victoria + Albert’s Kit 40 Intelli-waste bath drain. It is crafted from the brand's signature ENGLISHCAST® composition - a naturally white material rich in Volcanic Limestone™ that is beautifully warm to the touch and hand finished by craftsmen to create a glossy finish that is highly durable and easy to clean.

Traditionally, ENGLISHCAST® has been available in a natural gloss white finish. However, all Victoria + Albert Baths are now available in seven distinctive external finishes, including Gloss White, Gloss black, Matte White, Matte Black, Anthracite, Stone Grey and Light Grey. 

Trivento tub: $3,850 white / $5,850 coloured finish

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Fogo Island, NL., Thursday, November 30, 2017—Zita Cobb, Innkeeper of Fogo Island Inn is pleased to announce the arrival of Jonathan Gushue as Executive Chef of Fogo Island Inn. He returns not only to his hotel roots, but also to his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Most recently, Chef Gushue was co-owner and Executive Chef of The Berlin Restaurant in Kitchener, ON. He will be joining the Inn’s team as of February 1, 2018.

Jonathan Gushue says, “I am very much looking forward to joining one of Canada’s premier properties. To create with such a talented group of people in such a unique setting is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Gushue started his career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and, over the next decade, worked in various kitchens in Japan and the UK. Upon returning to Canada, his training lead him to positions in St. John’s, Vancouver, and Toronto. In 2005, he accepted his first Executive Chef position at Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa. Over the next several years he established himself as one of the leading Chefs in Canada, earning such awards as Forbes Top 100 Restaurants in the World and Canadian Chef of the Year 2010, as well as Ontario Chef of the Year 2011.

Chef Gushue arrives at Fogo Island Inn just months after it was named among six of the best in North America by the Diners Club 50 Best Discovery Series, and was noted by that same organization as “the one to watch to move into the world’s top 100.” He is excited to be joining the Inn’s kitchen team, alongside Chef Tim Charles, in what will be Fogo Island Inn’s sixth year of operation.  The Inn’s culinary presence continues to evolve from its solid foundation and earliest honour of being among the top three of ‘Canada’s Best New Restaurants’ in Air Canada enRoute’s listing of 2013.

Innkeeper Zita Cobb said “from the first days of service, our focus has been on our traditional foodways and connecting people to nature and culture through food. We are delighted to be deepening our commitment to Newfoundland culinary development and innovation with Newfoundland-born Chef Gushue. His approach to food celebrates tradition with imagination.”

Dining at Fogo Island Inn is an invitation to dig a little deeper to more fully know the remote island in the North Atlantic. The food at the Inn shines a light on the people, culture, and traditions of Fogo Island. It is a food that is intensely local, complimented by culinary traditions and techniques “from away” that complement without flattening or changing the essence of the island’s time-honoured cuisine. The ingredients come from the ocean and the land – wild-caught fish, seafood, and game, as well as locally-foraged berries, plants, and mushrooms. With Gushue’s arrival in February 2018, Fogo Island Inn will continue to keep company with the people who came before – with a respectful nod to their ways, the botany of the place, the wild plants and the not-so-wild local growers and fishers.

Further information on culinary events and itineraries at Fogo Island Inn can be found here:


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