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Edmonton Destination Marketing Hotels and Calgary Hotel Association Launch “Too Much” Campaign

EDMH and CHA are collecting personal stories to show their respective City Councils the need for more action on regulation of short-term rentals Edmonton Destination Marketing Hotels (EDMH), the Calgary Hotel Association (CHA), and the AHLA are continuing to work together on getting fair rules in Alberta's capital city. EDMH and the CHA are taking [...]

By |2019-12-10T15:52:51-07:00November 29, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Edmonton Destination Marketing Hotels and Calgary Hotel Association Launch “Too Much” Campaign

AHLA Makes Recommendations to the Red Tape Reduction Committee

The AHLA has made several recommendations to the Honourable Grant Hunter, the Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction, to help increase efficiency regarding current labour policy in Alberta. The recommendations include the following: Employment Standards: Freezing minimum wage until Alberta's economy recovers, and changing the way future minimum wage increases are calculated. Restoring the minimum [...]

By |2019-11-28T10:48:07-07:00November 28, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AHLA Makes Recommendations to the Red Tape Reduction Committee

Government of Alberta Moves to Apply Tourism Levy on Short-Term Rentals

In this week’s provincial budget announcement, Premier Kenney stated that the government intends to bring forward legislation in spring 2020 to apply the Alberta tourism levy to temporary accommodation providers. “The AHLA has become increasingly concerned about the lack of fair rules for short-term rentals [STRs],” said Dave Kaiser, AHLA President & CEO. “We are [...]

By |2019-10-25T13:41:57-06:00October 25, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Government of Alberta Moves to Apply Tourism Levy on Short-Term Rentals

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

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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