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Alberta Government Applies Tourism Levy to Short-Term Rentals

Starting later in 2020, all Alberta accommodation providers, including short-term rentals, will be required to pay the four per cent Tourism Levy, as stated on pages 175-6 in the 2020 provincial budget. The AHLA applauds the government on this positive first step to fair rules for short-term rentals, and will continue to work with the [...]

By |2020-02-28T15:21:30-07:00February 28, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Alberta Government Applies Tourism Levy to Short-Term Rentals

AHLA Challenges Short-Term Rental Recommendations by YEG Administration

The City of Edmonton’s Urban Planning Committee convened on February 25 to further discuss the regulation of short-term rentals (STRs). In August 2019, after hearing from Airbnb hosts; neighbours; and representatives of the hotel industry, including Tracy Douglas-Blowers, the AHLA’s Director of Membership & Industry Relations, council’s Urban Planning Committee recommended that short-term rentals be required [...]

By |2020-02-28T09:39:03-07:00February 26, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AHLA Challenges Short-Term Rental Recommendations by YEG Administration

Managing Financials Is WHOSE Job?

by David Lund, the Hotel Financial Coach Managing finances in your hotel is the accountant’s job, right? Not so fast. When your managers, team leaders, and supervisors understand their departments' financials, they are motivated to find ways to control costs and increase profits. But the financial part of business is intimidating for many leaders. At [...]

By |2020-02-06T14:38:19-07:00February 6, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Managing Financials Is WHOSE Job?

Help Protect Your Staff and Guests from Coronavirus

As concerns about the novel coronavirus spread, we want to ensure you have the information you need to protect your staff and guests, and answer questions they may have. *Information provided by the Government of Alberta. What is a Coronavirus? Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from [...]

By |2020-02-26T12:35:50-07:00February 4, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Help Protect Your Staff and Guests from Coronavirus

AHLA Provides Input on Provincial Tourism Strategy

The Government of Alberta is developing a 10-Year Tourism Strategy in partnership with Travel Alberta to diversify and grow Alberta’s tourism industry and its product offerings, expand visitor destinations, and boost year-round visits across the province. The strategy's goal is to grow tourism spending in Alberta to $20 billion by 2030. AHLA President & CEO [...]

By |2020-02-03T14:38:44-07:00February 3, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AHLA Provides Input on Provincial Tourism Strategy

AHLA Elections Approaching

Fresh perspectives and innovative approaches are integral to the health and success of the AHLA, and all members have a voice in who represents them. Elections for the 2020 AHLA Board of Directors will take place in March 2020. Nominations will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020. The board's responsibilities include: Engaging in strategic thinking [...]

By |2020-01-23T14:57:28-07:00January 23, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AHLA Elections Approaching

Guest Post: Creating a Simple Approach to Accountability

by Jill Young, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) Implementer Jill is the keynote speaker at Aspire, the AHLA’s one-day professional development event for housekeeping, front office, human resources, and administration supervisors and managers.  As a boss, you are measured by one main thing: the accountability of your people. But accountability often causes bosses to fret and [...]

By |2020-01-21T13:57:33-07:00January 21, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Guest Post: Creating a Simple Approach to Accountability

A Look Back at 2019

The AHLA’s Centennial year was one for the history books! In between advocating for changes to labour legislation and short-term rental regulations, preparing to deliver safety programming for hotels, and providing members with HR support and cost savings, we were still able to have a little (or a lot!) of fun with our Centennial celebrations. [...]

By |2020-01-15T22:08:40-07:00January 9, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Look Back at 2019

Welcome Safety Subscribers!

On January 1, 2020, the Alberta Hospitality Safety Association (AHSA) amalgamated with the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). The AHLA is now the official safety association for all hotels, motels, and convention centres in Alberta. AHLA.ca is your one-stop shop for health & safety information and training resources. Every hotel and convention centre in [...]

By |2020-01-06T16:15:32-07:00January 6, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Welcome Safety Subscribers!

AHLA Provides Input on Tourism Levy for Short-Term Rentals

The Government of Alberta recently invited the AHLA to provide input on the application of the Tourism Levy to short-term rentals (STRs) secured through online platforms. The following recommendations were submitted on behalf of our members: Remove the restriction of the Tourism Levy applying only to operators with more than three rooms. Require online platforms [...]

By |2020-01-03T10:24:16-07:00January 3, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AHLA Provides Input on Tourism Levy for Short-Term Rentals