By: Neyba Costa
Concierge, Fairmont Royal York, Toronto
Les Clefs d’Or Canada’s 12th National Congress Banff was an opportunity of a lifetime. The congress brought together over 100 Les Clefs d’Or Concierges from coast to coast. The Majestic Fairmont Banff Springs hosted all of these professionals and the sponsors who made this congress possible.
Les Clefs d’Or Alberta Region went above and beyond to give us the best experience. Every detail was covered from the moment we arrived at the airport and were greeted by our lovely concierge Jill Marven from the Fairmont Palliser Hotel who escorted us to the Banff Airporter. Upon arrival at the Fairmont Banff Springs, we were welcomed in our rooms with detailed welcome bags that contained information on the congress, gifts, treats, maple syrup, macaroons, fudge and a gift from Park Distillery.
The week was filled with many unforgettable memories; the welcoming reception, educational sessions, Banff Gondola, outdoor activities, bowling at High Rollers, the Annual General Meeting and our Gala Night.
We had the pleasure of connecting with many wonderful motivational speakers on Day 2 of our Educational breakout sessions.
Elisabeth Fayt, an international inspirational speaker, bestselling author of the book “Paving it forward”, and Owner/Founder of the Canadian Spa RnR Wellness, located in two of Calgary’s premier downtown hotels; Fairmont Palliser and Le Germain Hotel Calgary.Continue Reading
A year in the planning! One year ago we discussed who could host the National Board meeting for 2018. I reached out to my regional board to see if they would support the idea of me hosting it at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald and Don Mooney and Cindy Stewart gave me the go ahead!
And so it began! Negotiating with Continue Reading
Terry Fox Run – Calgary Alberta
This year we are celebrating the 38th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope. This event reminds us, as Terry Fox once said, “The importance of realizing that anything is possible, if you try. Dreams are made if people try.”Terry Fox battled cancer at the age of 18 years old. His dream was to raise $1 000 000 for cancer research and as he fought for his life at the age of 22, he earned many awards and was able to raise more than $10 000 000 in a special telethon. As per the official site $700,000,000 has been raised in Terry’s name for cancer research.
Fort Calgary was the start and end of the “Marathon of Hope”. People could be seen coming from everywhere. Everyone enjoyed the cheerful atmosphere being entertained by stretching, activities, music and complimentary coffee from our friends at Tim Hortons.Continue Reading
Les Clefs d’Or Canada has a long standing tradition of service excellence. Our members are some of the best concierge in the hospitality industry. In the concierge business, the way you do your job is important, but also who you know can make a big difference.
In the Niagara region, a long time friend and one of the biggest supporters of Les Clefs d’Or, Crispin Bottomley, is one of those people than can and has made a big difference in how we do our job. In Niagara, tourism is vital to our growth and success, not only in Les Clefs d’Or, but as a major contributor to our economic well being. Continue Reading
Mathieu Lalancette œuvre dans l’hôtellerie depuis 2002. D’abord bagagiste, il est devenu concierge en 2007 dans un hôtel de Montréal avant d’exercer le métier sur des bateaux de croisière pendant quelques années. De retour sur la terre ferme depuis 2013, ce membre des Clefs d’Or travaille au Manoir Hovey, à North Hatley dans les Cantons-de-l’Est, depuis plus d’un an. Continue Reading
Every year, the Les Clefs d’Or concierges of the Niagara Region select a restaurant to become the Golden Plate Award winner.
The judging for this friendly contest is based on four criteria:
Atmosphere, service, quality of food, and how the restaurants work with us as concierges.
The 2018 recipient of the Niagara Region Golden Plate Award is…
Treadwell Cuisine! Continue Reading
Les Clefs d’Or – UICH, the international association of hotel concierges, has launched its new website at the 2018 Seoul, South Korea, International Congress. The most exciting new feature is certainly the “Your Key To The City” section, where concierges from around the world share some of the highlights and hidden gems about their respective cities. Continue Reading
This story is one of determination, self-accomplishment, passion for the concierge profession, but above all, a story of friendship. That kind of friendship that transcends and that does not know distance. Friendship that makes us grow and learn. Friendship that teaches us who we are and what we can accomplish. I am going to tell you the story of my participation as the Canadian candidate for Les Clefs d’Or Award – André Damonte 2018, held during the 65th UICH Les Clefs d’Or International Congress in Seoul, South Korea, in April 2018.