• Nigel Lucas joins Choice Hotels Nigel Lucas has joined Choice Hotels Canada as Ontario franchise development director replacing Paul Rice, who is retiring after eight years with the company.

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  • Marilyn Carlson Nelson lauded Marilyn Carlson Nelson has been selected as one of the 2014 Oslo Business for Peace Award honourees, recognition given to individual business leaders for fostering peace and stability through creating shared value between business and society.

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  • Eaton Chelsea pledges half a million to Sick Kids TORONTO—The Eaton Chelsea hotel presented an $86,000 cheque to SickKids Foundation at an event held in the hotel lobby April 3, and pledged to raise half a million dollars for the foundation in the next five years.

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  • Meet Mike Muir of Best Western ATLANTA, GA—When Mike Muir, Best Western International’s new vice president North American Development arrived at the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference in Atlanta last month, he was winding up a two-week whirlwind schedule.

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  • Reflect on your hotel’s scent When it comes to depicting a hotel experience in terms of the senses, what’s often left out of the picture is smell. Our sense of smell can at times be highly underrated for its powerful psychological effect on people’s moods.

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  • Maritime hospitality Assistant editor Kristen Smith recently travelled to Newfoundland and Labrador for a conference and was moved by the strong sense of place she felt there.

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  • Working clean: Hotel laundry operations New equipment and suggested best practices can help hoteliers operate their laundry services more efficiently and cost-effectively, while being gentle on the environment.

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  • Hotel movie moments driving sales “Can having a portion of a popular or iconic film set in your hotel work to increase your brand appeal in the long run?” Larry Mogelonsky considers.

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  • Samsung TV technology’s focus on guest connections Samsung’s latest hospitality marketing focuses on more than just televisions, specifically on solutions that help hotels better connect with their guests.

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  • Green Manufacturerer’s innovation award for Moka Cascades Tissue Group unbleached bathroom tissue placed first in the Green Manufacturer magazine’s 2013 Green Manufacturer’s Innovation Awards

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  • Marine-Grade Umbrellas that Enhance Hospitality Image Whether from a sidewalk café, patio deck, or poolside, an upscale umbrella can beckon customers out of the hot sun or cold rain to linger in an oasis.

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  • Simmons’ new Recharge Beautyrest The new Recharge Beautyrest features a proprietary EverNU replaceable mattress top and EnduroTECH foundation, protecting the mattress from the ground up to ensure exceptional mattress durability.

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  • TripAdvisor GreenLeaders coming to Canada

  • NEWTON, Mass.—International travel site TripAdvisor announced plans to extend its GreenLeaders program showcasing eco-friendly hotels to Canada and Europe on March 17.
  • Sweet Angel featured on Global TV

  • Former hotel chef Mike Shapiro founded Sweet Angel Chocolates four years ago in honour of his daughter, Michelle, who passed away suddenly in her early 20s. Shapiro was interviewed by Global's Susan Hay earlier this week.
  • Recent openings, sales and renos

  • Minto Suite Hotel Ottawa, Motel 6 Stony Plain, AB, a new eatery for Thompson Toronto, changes at Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan, Homewood Suites Halifax and Marriott's first Canadian Autograph are all featured in this month's Openings, Sales & Renos.
  • Ontario Hostelry Institute honours Top 30 Under 30

  • TORONTO—The Ontario Hostelry Institute has announced the winners of its Top 30 Under 30, in an annual recognition program that celebrates the hospitality and foodservice industry's top 30 young professionals in all sectors.
  • Dorothy Dowling inducted into Marketing Hall of Femme

  • PHOENIX, ARIZ—Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Best Western International, has been named to the 2014 Direct Marketing News Marketing Hall of Femme, joining an exclusive group of the marketing industry’s most powerful