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.

We have a fascinating history! Watch how both the AHLA and Alberta’s hotel industry have evolved over the last hundred years. Thank you to the very talented staff at the Studio at Olds College for production of our Centennial videos.

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.

Our Centennial Celebration Was a Huge Success!

  • There were many laughs and memories shared as old friends came together at the close of our Centennial year on December 3 at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald! Thank you to all of the 100 AHLA members, alumni, and partners who joined us to celebrate 100 years of Alberta hotels coming together.

    Photos from the event can now be viewed on Flickr. If you couldn’t make it to the event, we encourage you to take a few minutes to find out more about the history of your association through the videos on our website.

View event photos

Thank you Centennial partners!