* The 380-room Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is offering a winter package for groups booking the property between December 1997 and March 31, 1998. A group booking ten or more rooms gets superior guest rooms for $135 a night (all figures in U.S. dollars), with upgrades available at "minimum cost"; complimentary meeting space; a $46 per-person meal package that includes Continental breakfast, lunch, and two coffee breaks daily; and complimentary VIP meeting setup. The offer is subject to availability and is not applicable to previously booked groups. The hotel has 21 function rooms that accommodate 10 to 450 persons for meetings. For more information about the package, call (416) 928-7328.
* In December, Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts will open its fourth hotel in North America. The Pan Pacific Lodge, in Whistler, BC, is the company's first resort lodge. It will be located in the heart of Whistler Village, at the base of two world-class ski mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb. Within a few paces of the lodge are two gondola ski lifts. Each of the lodge's 121 suites will have views of the mountains or the village, plus a fireplace and fully equipped kitchen. The lodge will also have a restaurant, health club, outdoor heated pool, and a spa.
* The 282-room Novotel Ottawa has completed a $2.5 million renovation, including the addition of the 16-seat gourmet Cafe Bar, the first hotel lobby coffee bar in the capital city. Also new is a business services program that includes 24-hour access to the hotel's exercise facility.
* The Royal York, the flagship of the Canadian Pacific Hotels, has been awarded the 1997 CAA/AAA Four Diamond Award for the 11th consecutive year. The hotel, located in downtown Toronto, recently completed a $100 million renovation and restoration of the lobby, guest rooms, and all public space, and added a health club.
Hotel development is moving at an unprecedented rate in Calgary. Seven new properties are either open or on their way to opening, and many other properties are undergoing renovation. When the hotels are completed, the city will have 9,519 hotel rooms (up from 8,700), with 3,755 of them in the downtown core.
Here is a rundown of a few of the area's hotel developments:
* Marriott Hotel Corporation took over the management of downtown's Radisson Plaza Hotel. This will be Marriott's first hotel in Western Canada. The company plans $7.5 million in renovations to the 383-room hotel, which is connected to the Calgary Convention Centre.
* A 326-room Sheraton Hotel, the first major development in the downtown core since 1981, is scheduled to open in September 1998. The 15-story, all-suite property will include a large recreation center and a swimming pool.
* The Palliser Hotel, Calgary's oldest, will be adding a swimming pool and a larger fitness center. The hotel also has a limited number of guest rooms that are equipped with a computer and Internet access via a high-speed cable system.
* A local developer is transforming a red-brick historical building near Calgary's Eau Claire market into 29 luxury suites that will cater to business travelers.
In addition, a program to expand Calgary's international airport over the next 20 years has been announced. Air Canada's terminal will be expanded, as will customs and immigration facilities, parking, and taxiways. To cover costs of the program, passengers will pay a $5 surcharge on all tickets at point of purchase.