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Toronto Neighbourhood Spotlight: Greektown

May 4, 2018

GreektownToronto is a delightfully diverse city and its many neighbourhoods reveal cultural influences from around the world.  Let’s take a close look at one of those exciting neighbourhoods – Greektown.

Introduction

Greektown, also known as the Danforth, is a neighborhood in Toronto located on Danforth Avenue between Dewhurst Blvd and Chester Avenue. This was one of the main settlements of Greek immigrants in Toronto after World War I. Several scenes in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding were filmed here.

 

If you love Greek cuisine, you’ll want to head down to this part of town. It has one of the highest concentrations of dining establishments per kilometre of any other neighborhood on the planet, showcasing mostly delicious traditional Mediterranean dishes. If you visit during the Taste of the Danforth festival in mid-August you can enjoy yummy samples of cuisines from all of the restaurants along this street – not just Greek food but also Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese and much more.

Must Visit Spots in Greektown

  • Start with a great coffee at Broadview Espresso, where you can lean back on the comfy Muskoka chair on the outdoor patio and enjoy a high quality latte.
  • The Carrot Commons on Jackman Street is a busy avenue filled with cafes, bookstores and a funky organic food market.

Greektown

  • Shopping for cute clothes? Social Butterfly is a chic little shop with a great selection of jewellery, denim, boots, footwear and more.
  • Get your fill of big tasty Greek gyros at Messini Authentic Gyros.
  • If you want to enjoy Greek cuisine in a more sophisticated, sit-down setting you can treat yourself to a meal at Mezes. It’s a busy spot with a welcoming vibe and a heated patio. They serve up the dishes that you would find in any traditional greek home, with fresh, quality ingredients.
  • If you are a music geek, you will fall in love with the huge collection of new and old vinyl at Mike’s Music.
  • In the mood for some live music? The Danforth Music Hall is a fantastic venue that showcases a range of great talent. Check to see which shows are on during your visit!

History

greektownGreek immigrants came to this area after WWI and by the 1970s and 80s, it was the largest GreekTown in North America. There was also a large influx of Greek immigrants during the 1960s, as they were fleeing the political and economic unrest which resulted in the Greek military junta seized power in 1967-74.  This neighborhood became home to one of the highest concentrations of Greek immigrants living outside of Greece.

How to Get There

Greektown is located on the TTC Bloor-Danforth Subway line and can be accessed from Pape, Chester or Donlands stations. If you are visiting in a car, you can reach Danforth avenue by taking the Bayview/Bloor exit off the Don Valley Parkway and following the signs for Danforth Avenue/Bloor Street.

What’s your favourite Greektown spot? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Business Travel, Corporate Housing, Relocation

Setting Sights for Canada Relocation

April 19, 2018

Canada RelocationAccording to an article from Canadian HR Reporter, Canada relocation has surpassed the UK and Australia to take second place among global destinations preferred for employees moving abroad for work.

The USA, our massive neighbour to the south, is firmly in the number one place. However, the poll released by the Canadian Employee Relocation Council, found Canada to be #2. The survey, known as the 2017 CERC Global Mobility Survey, received responses from 10,091 workers in 20 different countries.

Despite the long winters and icy temperatures, many workers from around the globe want to move to the land of maple syrup and poutine in order to work, live and raise their families in this peaceful, safe, democratic and welcoming environment.

Canada Relocation – A Safe and Pleasant Place to Live

It is thought that the increase in interest in Canada as a place to live comes as other more typical Canada Relocationemployee destinations experience unrest. When workers around the world turn on the television and see what is happening in the USA, it causes a lot of concern.

Also, Canada offers a lot of positive benefits – including health care and a safe environment. These attributes are luring workers to Canada from all over the world and are significant factors in Canada’s rise within the list of most desirable places to live.

Entering Canada Becoming Easier

Also, countries such as the USA, the UK and Australia are making more difficult for people to enter and work. Canada is currently opening up and going in the opposite direction, which makes it more appealing for Canada relocation.

According to an article from CBC News, relaxed rules for obtaining Canadian citizenship took effect late last year. The Minister of Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, announced that these changes will make joining the “Canadian family” more flexible.

Canada RelocationSome of the changes implemented include a reduction of the required duration for physical presence in Canada from 3 out of 5 years to 4 out of 6 years. Also, a portion of the time that has already been spent in Canada before achieving permanent resident status will now be allowed to count toward time for residency requirements.

(The changes were in response to a sharp drop in applicants after a significant fee increase three years ago. When the processing fee jumped from $100 to $530 in 2015, the number of applicants dropped nearly 50%.)

Canada has also been designing systems that are designed to lure skilled workers from around the world, such as the Express Entry System and the new Global Skills Strategy. These new changes are part of a larger overhaul of the Canadian Citizenship Act. Canada aims to be more open to migration and to serve as a beacon for top global talent.

Are you relocating to Canada?

If are moving to Canada, we can help. Contact DelSuites today to learn about why our furnished apartments are the ideal place to stay during a relocation.

About me, Business Travel, Corporate Housing, Relocation, toronto toursim

Delsuites Exhibits Toronto GBTA Conference

April 6, 2018

GBTA ConferenceSpring may be taking its time to arrive in Toronto and the weather hasn’t warmed up from the winter chill yet. However, the spring event season is about to kick off and one of the most significant conferences in the business travel industry will soon begin – GBTA Conference

The GBTA Conference will be held in Toronto in mid-April, showcasing companies from all across North America and the world. It will draw over 700 attendees and is one of the most anticipated events of the year in the North American business travel niche.

DelSuites is excited to announce that we will be attending and exhibiting at this year’s event! If you will also be attending this groundbreaking conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, come find our booth and say hello! – Booth #219

What is the GBTA Conference?

The GBTA Conference is hosted by the Global Business Travel Association, which is the world’s premier organization for business travel and corporate meetings. It is known for showcasing the cutting edge of global business travel and the GBTA Conference is the largest business travel event in Canada.

We are looking forward to this event, as it is a chance to learn from some of the brightest innovators in the business. There are many thought-provoking talks to look forward to, such as an executive talk with John Lee, the Managing Director of TMX Group on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. Also, there will be a fascinating Panel Discussion on the Momentum of Technology & Innovation in Business Travel.

Other topics covered at the event include Diversity in the Workplace, Women in Business Travel, Cross Border Security and the Impact of Business Travel on the Canadian Economy and Jobs.

The Team at DelSuites Look Forward to Attending

We are counting down the days until this conference begins. There’s always so much to learn from the other exhibitors and sponsors we meet at this event. Plus, the keynote speakers for this year look very intriguing and we look forward to learning from them.

One of the main goals that DelSuites has in attending this conference is to educate attendees on the value of corporate housing, compared to hotel stays. A furnished apartment is convenient, cost effective and flexible option, offering the comforts of home for business travelers and temporary residents. These high quality, centrally located apartments are the ideal option for employees who are relocating or business travelers on a temporary visit to the city.

During our time at this event, we will also expand relationships with customers, meet business travel decision makers in person, generate leads and use this excellent opportunity for some important networking. Also, we hope to take away some interesting insights from the many other talented and innovative leaders in the business travel industry whom we will meet during the conference.

Heading to the GBTA Conference? Come and see us! We will be exhibiting at booth #219. We look forward to meeting you!  

Business Travel, Corporate Housing, Relocation

Making it Easy – HR to Relocate Employees

March 29, 2018

Relocate EmployeesOne of the main roles of an HR professional is to take care of the company’s employee, ensuring that they have everything they need to achieve success in their new role. When you send out key players into a new location, one of the best ways to support them and relocate employees is to set them up with a great place to stay.

Where Do Employees Stay When They Relocate?

Let’s say that you are relocating an employee to Toronto on a short term assignment or project. You can either doom them to a stay in a cramped hotel room where they will have to get work done on a tiny table in the corner and eat dinner in bed, or you can set them up with a full apartment so they can live comfortably. This is especially important when these employees are relocating for work with family and partners, as they will require more space and amenities.

When you offer high quality, comfortable and convenient accommodation for your employees, this will have a positive effect on your bottom line in the way of improved employee satisfaction and better retention. Plus, when employees have a comfortable place to live they will arrive at work happy, healthy, well-rested and ready to perform their best.

Advantages foRelocate Employeesr HR to Relocate Employees into DelSuites Furnished Apartments

When you are relocating employees into furnished apartments in Toronto, they will be more comfortable than in a hotel room. Here are some of the features that a DelSuites apartments offers:

  • 24 hour customer service, secured parking and housekeeping.
  • A fully equipped kitchen with state of the art appliances, allowing for convenient self-catering.
  • A spacious living area with a separate dining and sleeping area.
  • Convenient locations close to the most important neighborhoods and transit in Toronto, so that employees don’t have to spend a lot of time commuting.
  • High speed internet and free local and long distance phone calls.
  • Underground, assigned parking with 24 hour building security.
  • En-Suite Laundry facilities.
  • Many of our properties are pet friendly, so that employees can bring their beloved animal companions when they relocate.
  • A friendly team of experienced staff who will welcome all guests in a professional, helpful way.

These apartmenRelocate Employeests allow for employees to have a residential experience, while still remaining close to the office. Also, they will be able to have a social life, as this style of accommodation enables them to invite family or friends over to visit.  Plus, long term corporate apartment rentals are much more cost effective than daily hotel rates. When factoring the benefits of amenities, there are significant savings.

These apartments are the ideal way to bridge the gap between onboarding and a permanent relocation. With comfortable surroundings such as these, employees can ease into their new environment when arriving for a position.
To find out more about our corporate furnished apartments for human resources to relocate employees, feel free to contact us at inquiry@delsuites.com.

Fitness and Health, Lifestyle talk, Medical Stays

How to Make Medical Stay Travel Comfortable

March 14, 2018

Medical Stay TravelMany people travel for medical care and they do so for many reasons – whether it’s due to costs, a long wait list, to see a specialist doctor or a need for a treatment that isn’t available in their area. No matter what the reason, here are some tips that will make medical stay travel more comfortable.

Speak to Other Patients and Medical Staff – Medical Stay Travel

One of the most helpful ways to prepare for medical stay travel is to speak with past patients and medical staff. What was their experience like? What do they recommend to make the trip go more smoothly?  Talking to someone who has first-hand knowledge is incredibly valuable. Your doctor or hospital contact may have a list of past patients who have granted authorization to be contacted by prospective patients.

Keep Your Documents Organized

You’ll need to bring medical records with you, such as X-rays, prescriptions, immunization records and other information. Make sure that you make copies and leave one set of copies in a safe Medical Stay Travelplace at home. Also, ensure that you have the correct travel visa for your trip.

Find an Accommodation Near Your Treatment Centre

When you are traveling for medical stays, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time commuting across the city back and forth to the hospital. Look for a furnished apartment Toronto that is close to your treatment centre so that you can get to your appointments quickly and easily.

Serviced apartments offer spacious bedroom and living spaces that will allow enough room to recover in comfort. Also, you’ll have plenty of room to bring friends or family members along to assist you.

Ask If They Offer Medical Rates

Your accommodation provider may offer a discounted rate if you let them know that you are going to be staying there for the purpose of medical stay travel. This can really help to keep the expenses of your trip down, so it’s certainly worth asking about!

Look for Self Catered Accommodation

Medical Stay TravelThere’s something very comforting and convenient about having your own fully equipped kitchen in your accommodation. If you have to stick to a particular diet for medical reasons, it will be  easier when you can choose your own ingredients and cook your own meals. Also, sometimes after spending a day on appointments with doctors, you might not feel like going out for dinner and may prefer to eat in.

Home Health Care and Medical Services

There are services which will support you with home health care and medical supplies while you are traveling for medical treatment. DelSuites partners with AgTa and Essentially You to provide a number of health services in their furnished apartments, including wheelchairs, canes, crutches, personal care, meal preparation, rehabilitation and much more. They also provide babysitting services if you need someone to watch your children if you need.

If you are in need of healthcare services or supplies during your stay, contact them to find out more about the options.