This year, the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) reaches its centennial anniversary, and our members will celebrate 100 years of working together. When founded, the purpose of our Association was to:

  • Influence the government on questions of prohibition,
  • Counter the criticisms of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union,
  • Improve the public image of hotels in the community,
  • Reduce rivalry in the hotel industry,
  • Lobby municipal governments on local taxation matters,
  • Establish common policies regarding staffing, training, work hours, security, and cheque cashing, and
  • Organize a common front to address the Bartenders’ Union.

One hundred years later, hotels continue to work together on many of these same issues through the AHLA.  We are proud and excited to celebrate this history as we embark on our centennial year in 2019.

Centennial Committee Members

Past Centennial Events 

  • Centennial Speakeasy at the AHLA’s 99th Annual Convention and Trade Show (April 13, 2019)

    What an event! Best Western Hotels and Resorts took us back in time to where it all began – the Prohibition era – where members could reunite with former colleagues as we celebrated the history of the AHLA and the people of our industry.

    See photos of the event here.

Upcoming Centennial Events 

  • Centennial Event in Edmonton – Tuesday, December 3 

    Details to come.

Be a Part of Our Centennial Publication!

We are developing a commemorative publication to document our industry’s history and our Centennial celebrations. We would like to feature the families and properties that have been instrumental in the growth and evolution of the hotel industry in Alberta. The publication will be presented to all AHLA members, Centennial partners, government and industry stakeholders, and the Provincial Archives of Alberta at the conclusion of our centennial year.

You can be a part of this legacy piece! Your property (or group of properties) could be featured in a one-page narrative of your property’s roots and growth in Alberta. Professionally written, the article will be approximately 250 to 500 words, and could include interviews with one or two representatives from your team and up to five photos of your property.

Please contact Teri Sunde-Clay at tclay@ahla.ca by Tuesday, September 10 to find out more about the project and the cost to be included, and to book your space in the publication.

Be a Part of Our Centennial Publication!

We are developing a commemorative publication to document our industry’s history and our Centennial celebrations. We would like to feature the families and properties that have been instrumental in the growth and evolution of the hotel industry in Alberta. The publication will be presented to all AHLA members, Centennial partners, government and industry stakeholders, and the Provincial Archives of Alberta at the conclusion of our centennial year.

You can be a part of this legacy piece! Your property (or group of properties) could be featured in a one-page narrative of your property’s roots and growth in Alberta. Professionally written, the article will be approximately 250 to 500 words, and could include interviews with one or two representatives from your team and up to five photos of your property.

Please contact Teri Sunde-Clay at tclay@ahla.ca by Tuesday, September 10 to find out more about the project and the cost to be included, and to book your space in the publication.

Interested in AHLA Centennial Partnership Opportunities? Contact Michael Presniak at mpresniak@ahla.ca or 780.423.9239

Thank you Centennial partners!