Update: On December 4, 2020, the Honourable Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy, and Innovation, announced that hotels will be allowed to keep Tourism Levy amounts collected to March 31, 2021. We encourage Alberta hotels to contact your MLAs to thank them for their support.


***Original Article:***

The abatement of the provincial Tourism Levy has been a lifeline for many Alberta hotels, allowing them to retain an extra 4% of room revenue to the end of 2020.

As 2020 draws to a close and hoteliers prepare to resume paying the levy, the AHLA is calling on Premier Jason Kenney’s government to extend the Tourism Levy abatement to March 31, 2022. This will help preserve cash flow in Alberta hotels at a time when occupancy and revenue are at record lows.

“As the hotel & lodging sector continues to struggle through economic instability, the AHLA is fighting for what will help our members now, and into the future,” said AHLA Board Chair Chris Barr. “Extension of the Tourism Levy abatement will help preserve cash flow and support liquidity for hotels in the days to come.”

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Douglas-Blowers at or 780.423.9227 (toll-free 1.888.436.6112, ext. 227).


Read AHLA’s letter to The Honourable Travis Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Finance