Premier Danielle Smith began releasing mandate letters to several cabinet ministers on November 9, including one to Todd Loewen, Minister of Forestry, Parks and Tourism. All of the letters asked the ministers to keep the inflation and affordability crisis top of mind, focus on job creation and strengthening the economy, and to address the health-care system challenges.
In the mandate letter to Minister Loewen, the Premier identified several member concerns as priorities for the Minister:
- Assess the advantages of having the full four per cent of the tourism levy invested in tourism related growth initiatives with Travel Alberta.
- As the lead, work with the Minister of Trade, Immigration and Multiculturalism to establish an expedited tourism and hospitality immigration stream.
The AHLA is thrilled to see these priorities listed as among those for Minister Loewen to focus on.