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Minister of Tourism and Culture Announces Financial Support for Olds College Flagship Program
The AHLA, Olds College, and the Government of Alberta have collaborated to create a new tourism and hospitality program that will transform hospitality education in Alberta. The AHLA's contribution of $500,000 is an investment in tourism and hospitality, increasing the amount of skilled, educated workers in the industry. We’re very excited about this learning initiative as it allows students to access educational resources from their mobile devices, meaning students can learn anytime from anywhere.
Today, February 3, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Honourable Ricardo Miranda, announced financial support for the program. The AHLA and the government each contributed $500,000 to develop training videos for students with a smart phone or tablet.
Hoteliers Unite as Cities & Towns Seek New Revenue Streams
When the Town of Fox Creek hiked business licence fees for hotels from $75 per year to 4% of their annual room revenue, the AHLA recognized this as a serious threat – not just to hotels in Fox Creek, but for all of our members.
Hoteliers are coming together to fight this bylaw and have already started building a war chest to defend against encroaching municipal fees.
AHLA members have already contributed over $10,000 to help cover the costs of fighting these business licence fees. A special thanks to the members of the Hotel Association of Greater Edmonton, who wrote a letter of support and passed a motion last week to contribute $1000 over and above the individual contributions of Edmonton hotels.
Your contribution will help defeat this bylaw and create a legal precedent that protects all hotels in Alberta.
The invoice for this legal fund contribution was sent with your property's 2016 membership dues. Any funds not required to fight this action will be refunded to members. Should you have any questions, please contact any member of the AHLA’s Board of Directors or Tracy Douglas-Blowers at 1.888.436.6112 x 227.
From Front Desk to CEO Suite, New Survey Shows Hotel Jobs Offer a Fast Track to Management
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) partnered with WageWatch, Inc. to conduct a national survey of hotel pay practices (the “Survey”) and determine the career path of employees who begin their professional path in hotels. This report highlights the success stories of the hotel industry’s employees, who have been provided with significant opportunities for upward mobility and promotions, with no limitation on how far they can go. The survey reveals that throughout the hotel industry, general managers, senior executives and even many CEOs began their careers in hourly, entry-level hotel jobs. This survey shows that they have the ability to create rewarding life-long careers, and they can do it quickly – with most employees becoming eligible for promotion after only one year of employment.
Membership Dues Won't Increase in 2016
As we all know, the upcoming year will be challenging. Keeping this in mind, there will be no increase to your membership dues for 2016. Membership renewals will be sent to all members this month. If you have any questions about your membership, please contact Heather Janiten, Membership Coordinator, at 780.423.9244.
We look forward to serving you in 2016!
Municipal Business Licence Fees: Hotels Unite to Fight!
The AHLA continues to work with Fox Creek hoteliers to fight the bylaw increasing their business licence fee by as much as 100,000%. This is a serious threat that could affect every hotel, motel, inn, and resort in Alberta.
A recap to one of our biggest issues in 2015: the Town of Fox Creek hiked business licence fees for hotels from $75 per year to 4% of their annual room revenue. Hotels are the only businesses in Fox Creek that have had these fees increased, effectively creating a single industry sales tax. Our lawyers have indicated that we have a strong case that the Town of Fox Creek does not have the authority to impose this fee. Fox Creek hotels have told the Town they will not charge, collect, or remit this fee.
These properties need the help of all AHLA members to fight this bylaw and the dangerous precedent it creates for hotels in Alberta. Other municipalities are watching what happens in Fox Creek and will make the same cash grab if they believe they have the power to do so. Be sure to monitor your local council in case they try to enact similar bylaws.
Your Board of Directors believes all hotels, motels, inns, and resorts in Alberta have an interest in fighting this bylaw, and encourages AHLA members to come together and support the legal effort to strike this bylaw.
Funds not needed to fight this bylaw will be refunded back to members. The invoice for this legal fund contribution is being sent with your property's 2016 membership dues. Should you have any questions about this file or the contribution we are asking for to fight this on behalf of all members, please contact any member of the AHLA’s Board of Directors or Tracy Douglas-Blowers at 1.888.436.6112 x 227.
The Effect of Falling Oil Prices on Albertan Hotels
AHLA President and CEO Dave Kaiser spoke to the Edmonton Journal regarding the challenges hotels face as oil prices fall, read the full article here.