Hotel consortia Hotusa (www.hotusa.com) lent its de facto imprimatur to four Canadian hotels earlier this year, enrolling them in its ever-expanding ranks of associated properties.
Three of the hotels Hotusa inked deals with—the Chateau
Laurier, Chateau Belleveue and The Manoir Lafayette—are owned by the Girard
family, located in
"They approached us," says Maria Chatrand, an official for the Girard-owned hotels. "We are paying them a commission, and they're not involved in any way on a day-to-day basis. They're like a travel agent for us." Chatrand says that the Girard properties are hoping that the deal with Barcelona-headquartered Hotusa will lead to more European bookings.
Still, while the news offers only limited utility for
Note: Don't confuse the Chateau Laurier in
In Other Canada News:
Good news from
According to release from the company, "Expanding the CASH-IN Club to include Canadian rentals ensures that travel agents' customers will continue to receive the same high-value, hassle-free car rental experience in Canada they are used to receiving in the U.S."
Expect to continue to see campaigns advertising Atlantic Canada, as the Canadian government has renewed funding for the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership (ACTP) for an additional three-year period.
The ACTP is a partnership of tourism associations and government departments from around the country dedicated to promoting tourism.
The ACTP says that is seeks to accomplish this goal through
marketing Atlantic Canada to both
The ACTP was founded about 12 years ago and so far has spent about $80 million in Canadian dollars.
Atlantic Canada encompasses New Foundland and
In 2005, more than 743,000 Americans visited those four