This afternoon, the Government of Alberta released their plan to provide funding for Edmonton and Calgary. As a result of significant efforts by the AHLA and local associations in Edmonton and Calgary, the government decided not to give the cities authority over the administration of DMFs. After more than a year of lobbying and attending many meetings with officials from all levels of government, the hard work and united efforts of Alberta hotels have paid off. Thank you AHLA members for your support and hard work. Our collective voice was heard loud and clear.
“This is a huge win, not only for our association, but for Alberta’s hospitality industry as a whole. By choosing not to include DMFs in the fiscal framework for the city charters, the Government of Alberta has ensured those funds stay in tourism marketing, and Albertan hoteliers will not be faced with a new mandatory hotel tax.” – Dave Kaiser, AHLA President and CEO
“Today’s announcement is a great win for hotels in Alberta. For over two years the AHLA has worked closely with Edmonton Destination Marketing Hotels, The Calgary Hotel Association and the Hotel Association of Greater Edmonton to ensure that our opposition to what would have been a new hotel tax was heard and taken into account. This victory is a great example of how powerful we can be when hoteliers across the province speak with one voice.” – Leanne Shaw, AHLA Board Chair
This issue was critical for Alberta’s hospitality industry as it would have set a precedent for every municipality to follow. Had Edmonton and Calgary been granted the ability to collect and administer DMFs, a new mandatory hotel tax through out the province would have been a very real possibility – that’s precisely what AHLA members prevented by working together.