Are we really terrible people?
Well, maybe not as bad as Americans. Or Colombians. But not nearly as nice or considerate – or honest – as the Danes.
A study by hotels.com found that 88 per cent of Danish travelers say they’ve never taken an item from a hotel room, a number I find astonishing. They found that 85 per cent of folks from Holland said the same thing, followed by 84 per cent of Norwegians and 81 per cent of people from Brazil and those from Quebec. English-speaking Canada? Shame, shame: 70 per cent.
The survey didn’t include toiletries from the bathroom, since, in the words of the hotels.com press release, “everyone takes those.”
Worst on the list, if you can believe the numbers, were folks from Spain (64 per cent said they never take things), India (62), Mexico (60) and Colombia (only 43 per cent).
The company also asked people what their must-have hotel amenity is. To no one’s surprise, the answer was free Wi-Fi. Also scoring points were high-end coffee makers, free bottled water and happy hours.
DELTA CHELSEA CHANGING NAMES
Owners of what has been for years the Delta Chelsea on Gerrard announced Monday night that the hotel will be renamed the Eaton Chelsea Toronto starting July 1.
The hotel is owned by Great Eagle Holdings Limited, which counts Langham Hospitality as one of its subsidiaries. Part of the Langham group are Asian hotels with the name Eaton, with properties in Shanghai, Hong Kong and New Delhi. As luck would have it, what is now the Delta Chelsea is just two blocks from Toronto's Eaton Centre (where there's no Eaton's anymore, not to confuse things too much). The bustling hotel is an official sponsor of Canada's best known shopping centre, as well.
Major renovations are set to begin in a couple weeks, with millions to be spent improving the exterior, particularly the balconies, as well as on sprucing up the lobby and restaurants and bars. And continuing renovations on the rooms and on the function spaces.
I thought they might try to use the Langham name on the old Delta Chelsea but it's far too big a property to be branded a luxury hotel (it's 1,590 rooms make it Canada's largest hotel). The Eaton name should work well in its stead.
There already are Langham's in London, Sydney, Boston, Auckland, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Pasadena, California, and other cities, and there are new ones coming to New York, Chicago and other cities.
Officials said the Eaton Chelsea will be a "first-class hotel" with a focus on "great service and great rates" and that all workers will be kept on. So folks shouldn't notice too big a difference other than the updates/renovations and a new name.
“We are very excited about the addition of Eaton Chelsea, Toronto to the Langham family,” said Josef Ebner, Regional Vice President and Managing Director of Eaton Chelsea, Toronto. “In repositioning to an Eaton brand that will include some significant renovations, we are excited to now share a design philosophy of smart, modern and uncomplicated interiors and an enthusiastic “can do” service culture which will set us apart from the competition in downtown Toronto.”CALGARY TOURISM AD SPARKS REAX
I might have been wrong on this one. I mentioned on Twitter the other day that I liked a Maclean’s story that criticized a new ad for tourism in Calgary. I thought the author of the piece made a good point in saying cities need to stay true to themselves and not be too generic when they create their ad campaigns.
I still think that but on looking at the video a second time I must say I kinda like it. A little more in the way of cowboys and mountain views wouldn’t hurt, but there are some sleek and sexy bits to the video that probably gives us freezing in the dark Easterners a better view of what’s becoming a very cool city.
TURBULENT TIMES AHEAD?
In the future, white-knuckle fliers may be able to blame those brutally bumpy flights over the Atlantic on greenhouse gases. In a story in the Los Angeles Times, it was stated that turbulence will be stronger and occur more often if carbon dioxide emissions double by 2050 and the atmosphere heats up, according to a study in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Not good news for nervous fliers.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) says China’s total business travel spending should increase by 15.1 per cent in 2013 to $226 billion. The projected expansion of 16.9 per cent in 2014 is more than twice the rate of the U.S.
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