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 Fall Social in Calgary – Tuesday, October 8

    Mark your calendars for an evening of celebrating and reconnecting with past and present colleagues at the historic Wainwright Hotel in Calgary’s Heritage Park. More details to come!

  • Centennial Event in Edmonton – Tuesday, December 3 

    Details to come.

Interested in AHLA Centennial Partnership Opportunities? Contact Michael Presniak at or 780.423.9239

Thank you Centennial partners!