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Sponsored post: What Should You Look for in a General Contractor?

Content provided by CorMac Projects Inc. Paint peeling? Carpet fraying? Tubs chipped? Nothing can reinvigorate a hotel like a renovation, but poor planning or inexperienced contractors can mean skyrocketing costs and unsatisfactory results. When you’re considering refurbishment, construction, or renovations, what should you look for in a general contractor? 1. Have a detailed scope of [...]

By |2019-10-08T14:48:15-06:00October 8, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sponsored post: What Should You Look for in a General Contractor?

Notice of Special Meeting for AHLA Members

Earlier this year, we told you that the members of the Alberta Hospitality Safety Association (AHSA) had approved a motion to amalgamate AHSA’s operations into the AHLA as of January 1, 2020.  This amalgamation will benefit  by: Taking a more integrated approach to hotel safety and human resources; Better utilizing the knowledge & skills [...]

By |2019-10-04T15:33:23-06:00October 4, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Notice of Special Meeting for AHLA Members

UPDATE: New Short-Term Rental Regulations Coming to Calgary

UPDATE to article: On Monday, September 30, Calgary City Council voted to create a new tiered licensing scheme for short-term rentals. Read journalist Licia Corbella's take on the new bylaw. Original post: Later this month, the City of Calgary is expected to pass a bylaw requiring short-term rentals to secure business licences. The City’s [...]

By |2019-10-07T14:15:07-06:00September 19, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on UPDATE: New Short-Term Rental Regulations Coming to Calgary

Are You Liable for Cannabis Consumption on Your Property?

Almost a year has passed since Canada became the second country in the world to legalize the non-medical use of cannabis. While overall usage rates have only slightly increased since legalization, cannabis use is moving further into mainstream culture. For hotel operators — especially those operating a licensed bar — legalization presents a new and [...]

By |2019-09-17T10:37:07-06:00September 16, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Are You Liable for Cannabis Consumption on Your Property?

Regulation of Short-Term Rentals in Edmonton

On August 20, the City of Edmonton’s Urban Planning Committee considered the issue of short-term rentals. According to city administration’s report, short-term rentals in Edmonton have grown steadily, as evidenced by the increase in listings from 44 in 2014 to 2,420 as of May 2019. Data from the 2019 listings includes the following: 2,146 rental [...]

By |2019-09-19T14:35:50-06:00September 3, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Regulation of Short-Term Rentals in Edmonton

Don’t Let Human Trafficking Happen on Your Property… Know the Signs!

What Is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is using force, fraud, or coercion to lure victims and force them into labour or sexual exploitation. If human trafficking is taking place at your property, other criminal activities such as drug dealing and credit card fraud may also be taking place. These activities often go hand in [...]

By |2019-07-30T09:48:51-06:00July 30, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Don’t Let Human Trafficking Happen on Your Property… Know the Signs!

Do You Know How to Keep Guests Safe from Carbon Monoxide?

Recently, a Winnipeg hotel experienced a carbon monoxide leak that sent 46 guests and staff to hospital. Fortunately, there were no fatalities, but the outcome could have been much worse. The leak, which has since been attributed to inadequate ventilation, has led hoteliers across Canada to take a second look at procedures and equipment to [...]

By |2019-07-24T14:24:57-06:00July 24, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Do You Know How to Keep Guests Safe from Carbon Monoxide?

AHLA Provides Feedback on Proposed Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Last week, the AHLA had the opportunity to provide feedback about proposed changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to Uttara Chauhan (Director, Policy and Program Design, Employment and Social Development Canada) and Jordan Thompson (Acting Director, Temporary Resident Policy and Programs, Department of Citizenship and Immigration). The proposed changes would allow employees to [...]

By |2019-07-23T09:52:49-06:00July 23, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AHLA Provides Feedback on Proposed Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

10 Ways to Keep Your Hotel Pool Safe

Imagine this: It’s a beautiful summer day, and guests are enjoying a cool dip in your hotel’s pool. Like children will do, a six-year-old boy breaks into a run, and the next thing you hear is a sickening crack after he trips on a dip in the pool deck and his head hits the cement. [...]

By |2019-07-15T15:20:43-06:00July 15, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 10 Ways to Keep Your Hotel Pool Safe

Seven Tips to Meet Your MLA

There are 47 new MLAs in the Legislature. As such, it is important that we work to educate them on the issues that are important to the tourism industry. We need to connect with all MLAs to build and foster relationships. By informing your elected representative about the role and importance of the tourism/hospitality industry [...]

By |2019-06-13T14:08:39-06:00June 13, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Seven Tips to Meet Your MLA