MONTREAL, November 5, 2020 – W Montreal has teamed up with W Toronto, hitting the scene March 2021, to introduce W X W MEETINGS, a new way for companies to stay engaged and connected with confidence. The concept is simple: two cities, two hotels, one meeting.

W x W MEETINGS shows that no matter the current travel and meeting restrictions, businesses can still plug-in and get business done, but can also un-plug when it’s time to have fun.

The first of its kind, W x W MEETINGS give businesses the opportunity to reimagine cross-office communications allowing teams to connect simultaneously both in person and remotely. Designed with simplicity and safety in mind, a W Meeting Specialist will help planners organize, execute and host small in-person groups that are mirrored in each city. The hotel will ensure appropriate health and safety protocols and guidelines are met while bringing the spirit of in-person collaboration back to the business meeting experience.

With one single bilingual point of contact, one contract, one set of event orders, and one billing, W x W MEETINGS is a simplified multi-hotel meeting solution that makes the task attractively easy. Three packages are offered that cater to various budgets. The basic package starting at $85/pp includes a private workspace, lunch and two break snacks while the $105/pp and $130/pp formats also include breakfast options. Meeting room rental fees are included in the per person price and customizable add-ons are available based on needs. In true W Hotel fashion, a cocktail created by the Living Room Mixologist is also available at $15/person.

With the highly anticipated opening of the W Toronto slated for March 2021, teams will be able to connect with their colleagues at the W Montreal starting early next year. Furthermore, both W locations have partnered with JW Marriott Parq Vancouver to offer the experience to teams with offices on the West Coast.

“We’ve created a very unique concept to fulfill a need that COVID-19 brought upon the meeting and events community”, says Alexandre Tessier, Director of Sales and Marketing, W Montreal. “Business units are looking for alternative meeting options for small groups, while limiting travel and ensuring heightened safety measures are in place. We took the opportunity to showcase our expertise in hospitality to design a collaborative work environment that integrates digital tools. Our mission is to offer an experience that is both simple and comprehensive so that teams are not only connected, but also engaged.”

While virtual meetings from home have become the norm, the teams at W Montreal and W Toronto are confident this innovative alternative offers the “best of both worlds”, reconnecting multi-office teams and breathing new life into the virtual work experience.


Winnipeg, Canada - On October 17th, during the 81st Annual General Meeting held online, Bill Rheaume, representing Canada, was elected as President of the Skål International Executive Board for 2021.

Due to the pandemic, Skål International, the world’s largest Travel and Tourism Association, held its Annual General Meeting online for the first time ever. The AGM was well attended with over 281 delegates representing over 90 countries. Canada was present with delegates representing 17 Skål Clubs in Canada. The online AGM was live streamlined on YouTube and watched by 1,266 viewers at the time of the live stream.

Mr. Rheaume has been a member of Skål International since 1992, serving as President of Skål Canada as well as President of the International Council for two years prior to being elected as a Director at the Skål World Congress in Mombasa, Kenya in 2018.

"I am excited at the prospect of leading the world's largest travel and tourism association with a very capable Executive Board. Our focus will be on increasing Global Partnerships, modernizing our governance model and providing decisive leadership for the association's and tourism's post COVID-19 recovery, we are after all Travel and Tourism Organization dedicated to promoting TRAVEL and TOURISM," said Mr. Rheaume.

President Rheaume's theme for 2021 is: "Passion for Tourism and Professional Pride for Skål".

The Skål International Executive Board consists of one President, two Vice Presidents, and three Directors representing various member countries within Skål International.

Bill Rheaume, is Director, Management Servicesfor Integrated Hospitality Management (IHM), and has been a Travel and Tourism Industry professional for over 20 years, including senior management experience at destination hotels and resorts located in the Canadian Rockies.  Bill was President of the Skål Canadian Rockies Club in 2000 and 2001.

Originally, the 2020 World Congress was scheduled to be held in Opatija Kvarner, Croatia. However, it was canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The 2021 Skål International World Congress is scheduled to take place in Quebec City between October 12-17, 2021, hosted by the Skål Quebec City Club. 

Past President Skål International, Peter Morrison of New Zealand, honoured Canadian Skål members during the Annual General Assembly. Denis Smith, Skål Canada Executive Director and member of Skål Canada Winnipeg was awarded Skål’s highest recognition, the Order of Skål Merit for his contribution to the Skål global digital transformation project. Jean Francois Cote, Skål Canada’s International Councillor, member of Skål Canada Quebec City Club and Chairman of the Board, Quebec City Tourism was named Skålleague of the Year.

Skål International hosts the annual Sustainable Tourism Awards which were presented at the virtual AGA. Western University of London, Ontario was the recipient of the Sustainable Tourism Award for the Educational, Programmes and Media category.

Chris Alleyne, Associate Vice-President, Housing and Ancillary Services, and Acting Director of Hospitality Services, Western University remarked, “It is a great honour to have been selected a winner of the 2020 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award, in the ‘Educational, Programmes and Media’ category. Western University’s vision is to provide the ‘best learning experience at a leading Canadian research university’, and we are committed to ensuring sustainability education and promotion is an integral part of our students’ daily lives. We take great pride in being recognized on the world stage, and from among so many others in the Hospitality and Tourism Sector striving to embed sustainable practices into their operations.” 

Jean Pelletier, President of Skål Canada commented, “It was a great day for Canada. We are very proud that our Skål Clubs and members across the country are recognized around the world for their contributions to the travel and tourism industry and the advancement of Skål. We are excited that Bill Rheaume is our new worldwide President for 2021. Bill will provide the leadership and passion that we will all need in this time of tourism recovery. And, we look forward to hosting the world in Quebec City in October 2021 at the Skål International Congress and “Doing business among friends”.


Menomonee Falls, Wis. (November 5, 2020) – Bradley Corp. adds five new beautiful finishes to its popular WashBar® series to complement every designer’s vision for washroom design. These durable and environmentally friendly finishes further enhance Bradley’s growing line of WashBar models renowned for their sleek award-winning design and exclusive clean+rinse+dry handwashing functionality.

The finishes are produced with physical vapor deposition (PVD), an advanced process that creates a molecular bond to the fixture, creating a resilient coating that will not corrode or fade. Beginning in early 2021, the WashBar – a single piece, multifunction chrome-plated fixture – will be available with finish options including Brushed Black Stainless, Brushed Nickel, Brushed Stainless, Brushed Brass and Brushed Bronze, as well as Polished Chrome, which is the original finish for the WashBar series. Whether the washroom design calls for traditional or modern styling – or polished or matte effect – all six finishes improve design flexibility, adding the perfect finishing touch to any washroom.

In addition to the selection of striking new finishes, designers may choose among a growing suite of WashBar models. Each model incorporates LED lighting and icons to guide users through an intuitively touch-free handwashing experience, enhancing convenience, hygiene and the overall user experience:

WashBar – Bradley’s original WashBar model, this all-in-one completely touchless handwashing fixture houses smart soap, water and dryer in one unit. This unique handwashing functionality may be paired with cast-molded Verge® wash basins or prefabricated OmniDecksTM

Next Generation WashBar® – This ultra-modern L-shaped design offers WashBar technology with a new iconic profile. With only one connection point to the sink, this unique design provides more open space for easier cleaning while providing a striking design element.

WashBar® with Undermount BasinsThis flexible model pairs the WashBar with a selection of cast-formed undermount basins made of either Evero® natural quartz  or Terreon® solid surface. A perfect alternative for applications featuring a complex or unique restroom deck design, these basin materials allow designers to create their own customized restroom decks in varying lengths, L-shapes, cut outs or even different countertop materials.

WashBar® DuoWhen only soap and water are needed, the Duo offers the perfect solution when there is already a contract for paper towels or another hand drying preference.

Exclusive features for all WashBar models include an efficient one-gallon soap container that requires fewer refills. Water is dispensed at 0.5 GPM although it is also available with an ultra-high efficiency flow rate of 0.35 GPM when water conservation is a necessity. Using a bowl designed to work with the WashBar keeps water in the bowl to avoid splashing outside the basin onto the floor, walls or user, improving washroom cleanliness and safety.

For more information on the all-in-one WashBar and its new line of finishes, please visit


ST. PAUL, Minn. – Oct. 30, 2020 –Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services, received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. The product is the first registered by the EPA to kill the virus that causes COVID-19 in 15 seconds – the fastest product available. The Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer is one of the innovative solutions powering the new Ecolab Science Certifiedprogram, advancing the program’s mission to help deliver a higher level of cleanliness to the places people stay, eat and shop, like hotels, restaurants and grocery stores.

Ecolab’s advanced chemistries, including Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer, are key to helping restaurants and other businesses meetheightenedexpectationsforcleanliness and more stringent regulations to help reduce the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 and other viruses. Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer is a concentrated, no-rinse, 2-in-1 cleaner and sanitizer designed for use on any hard, non-porous food contact surface – from the front of the house to the kitchen.

Leveraging Ecolab’s extensive expertise and science-based public health and food safety knowledge, this versatile cleaner sanitizer has been tested and proven effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Ecolab offers the concentrated product for use in spray bottle or electrostatic spray applications. It is one of only three electrostatic spray products proven effective against SARS-CoV-2. 

“Restaurants, hotels and foodservice facilities are working harder than ever to ensure cleaner, safer environments that help protect people and build consumer confidence,” said Michael Johannsen, Ecolab executive vice president and general manager of Global Institutional, the Ecolab division that serves the hospitality industry. “In addition to simplifying hygiene procedures, Ecolab’s Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer provides unmatched sanitizing efficacy, killing the virus that causes COVID-19 faster than any other product on the market.”

Ecolab’s Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer, one of the innovative solutions powering the new Ecolab Science Certifiedprogram, simplifies restaurant hygiene procedures by combining an effective cleaner and sanitizer into one solution without the need to rinse between cleaning and sanitizing or before contact with food. When used in an electrostatic spray application at a disinfection concentration, it can disinfect large indoor spaces efficiently and effectively, from destination dining locations and hotel restaurants to food prep areas behind the customer counter.

Developed using insights from proprietary Ecolab consumer research and informed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)guidelines,Ecolab Science Certified is a comprehensive,science-basedprogram that combines hospitaldisinfectants, food-contactsanitizersandothercleaning products with a detailed training program and a periodic auditing process conducted by highly trained Ecolab field specialists. After meeting rigorous program criteria, customers can display the Ecolab ScienceCertifiedsealtoletconsumersknowabouttheircommitmenttoworld-classhygiene.

Ecolab has one of the broadest product portfolios for use against SARS-CoV-2. Including the Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer, Ecolab offers 12 products tested and proven effective against SARS-CoV-2 and registered by the EPA. And Ecolab offers more than 50 products that are listed on the U.S. EPA List N for use against SARS-CoV-2. In addition, Ecolab products are proven effective for use against SARS-CoV-2 in dozens of countries around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil, and throughout Europe.

For more information about Ecolab’s Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer or to order, contact your local Ecolab representative or visit To see how the Ecolab Science Certified program works, visit


TORONTO, ON (October 29, 2020) – Realstar Hospitality today announced the location of its newest Days Inn franchise. Located on the waterfront in the city of Sarnia, the newly renovated property is 100% smoke-free and features 94 spacious guest rooms & suites, each appointed with flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, plush bedding, mini-fridge and microwave.
“We are thrilled to open the doors of our hotel under the Days Inn brand,” said Rickey Randhawa, hotel owner. “Our modern guest rooms and facilities, along with friendly hospitality are certain to provide a relaxing and enjoyable stay for our hotel guests.”
Ideal for business and leisure travellers alike, hotel location is optimal with stunning views of the harbourfront. Sarnia’s only waterfront hotel, guests will enjoy the beautiful landscape surrounding the property. Prior to opening, the hotel refreshed its look in all public spaces and guest rooms. In order to enhance the guest experience, the project included extensive upgrades to bedding, flooring and brand new hotel artwork.
“This property is a great addition to the brand, helping to broaden our distribution of Days Inns across Ontario,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “Development across the country is important in expanding our Days Inn customer base. With another few hotels on the books and numerous other projects on the horizon, the brand continues to be well-positioned for robust growth.”
An easy walk to Sarnia Marina and access to Blue Water Bridge along with local restaurants, Days Inn by Wyndham Sarnia Harbourfront is conveniently located at 505 Harbour Street. Reservations can be made by visiting or by calling 1 800 DAYS INN (1-800-329-7466).


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