The Greater Toronto Hotel Association

The Greater Toronto Hotel Association

May 03, 2007 14:30 ET

GTHA Launches $100,000 Endowment Program

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 3, 2007) -

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Ontario Finance Minister Greg Sorbara was on hand as the Greater Toronto Hotel Association (GTHA) formally launched a new endowment program, which will contribute $100,000 to hotel-related programs at post-secondary institutions. With matching contributions from the province, the endowments will grow to $200,000.

"We recognize that quality training is a key foundation in giving our people the tools they need to provide exceptional service - which is vital to our success as an industry," said GTHA President Terry Mundell. "We are delighted to contribute to programs that will help ensure a bright future for these students and for the entire tourism sector."

As part of the GTHA's Annual General Meeting, Minister Sorbara joined in a ceremonial cheque presentation with representatives from the four post-secondary institutions receiving the endowments: Ryerson University, Humber College, George Brown College and Centennial College. Each will receive $25,000 annually, to be matched through the province's "Ontario Trust for Student Support" program, to invest in worthy students enrolled in hotel-related courses. Criteria for eligibility include academic merit and financial need.

Other business at the AGM included members of the GTHA welcoming Rehka Khote, General Manager of the Sheraton Centre Toronto, as the Association's new Chair.

The voice of the hotel industry in the Greater Toronto Area, the GTHA represents more than 170 hotels, with approximately 34,000 guest rooms and more than 32,000 full time jobs.

Contact Information

  • Greater Toronto Hotel Association
    Terry Mundell
    (416) 351-1276
    (416) 351-7749 (FAX)