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Will Proposed Tax Changes Affect Your Hotel?

By | 2017-08-14T10:57:18+00:00 August 14, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Federal Government is proposing tax changes that could affect small businesses, including independent and family-run hotels. The proposed rules could raise taxes, increase the administrative burden on SMEs and heighten the impact on family-run businesses. A consultation is currently underway, focusing on how "tax-planning strategies involving corporations are being used to gain unfair tax [...]

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Scam Warning

By | 2017-07-26T11:17:42+00:00 July 24, 2017|Uncategorized|

Scam Targets AHLA Members and Trade Show Exhibitors A scam being conducted by International Fairs Directory has targeted some of our trade show exhibitors and Associate Members, using the AHLA name and asking them to update their information related to the AHLA. The AHLA and our events are in no way affiliated with Inter-Fairs. If [...]

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New Patio Policy In Alberta

By | 2017-07-13T14:49:22+00:00 July 13, 2017|Uncategorized|

New Patio Policy In Alberta Provided by the Alberta Liquor & Gaming Commission. See the full Q&A Bulletin here.  What's changing? The AGLC is updating the Licensee handbook so that it is easier for businesses to build, expand, or renovate licensed patios, and to connect licensed rooms to other licensed or unlicensed room. How exactly [...]

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Measuring & Managing Labour Productivity – Part 1

By | 2017-07-04T13:07:17+00:00 July 4, 2017|Uncategorized|

Part 1 - Rooms Productivity Provided by Hotel Financial Coach David Lund “It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” — Nathan W. Morris In hospitality, the measurement and management of productivity is hit and miss and miss again. Time and time again hotels are [...]

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Why Doesn’t My Director Of Finance Step Up?

By | 2017-06-19T14:42:40+00:00 June 19, 2017|Uncategorized|

Hospitality Financial Leadership Provided by Hotel Financial Coach David Lund Why Doesn’t My Director of Finance Step Up? Your DOF is a great accountant. The director does a solid job running the accounting department and is very efficient. Your monthly financials are timely and overall the accuracy is high. The internal audit reports are very [...]

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How To Calculate A Destination Marketing Fee (DMF)

By | 2017-06-12T15:12:33+00:00 June 12, 2017|Uncategorized|

A Destination Marketing Fee (DMF) is voluntarily collected by hotels in some communities. It is used to enhance tourism marketing and community initiatives. These fees are not legislated by government. If your hotel collects DMFs, you must ensure you are calculating them correctly! DMFs form part of the cost of accommodation. Both the GST and [...]

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Cleaning Up After A Death

By | 2017-06-21T09:37:22+00:00 June 5, 2017|Uncategorized|

Provided by Trauma Scene Bio Services Inc. Sometimes the unexpected happens in hotels. Unfortunately, this means a hotel can be the scene of a tragedy or crime. When a guest dies or there is a violence incident in a hotel, how it's handled can affect your staff, your guests, and your business. As the landlord, [...]

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Energy Efficiency Rebate Program Launched For Business

By | 2017-05-30T15:36:07+00:00 May 30, 2017|Uncategorized|

The provincial government has launched their Business, Non-Profit, and Institutional Energy Savings Program. Eligible businesses that install high-efficiency heating or lighting products in their building can apply for a rebate. All businesses serviced by an Alberta electric or gas utility are eligible (except for large final emitters as specified under Alberta's Specified Gas Emitters Regulation). [...]

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Hotel Accessibility: Room For Improvement

By | 2017-05-30T15:18:05+00:00 May 29, 2017|Uncategorized|

National Access Awareness Week (NAAW) brings together voluntary organizations, business, labour, and governments to affect meaningful changes in the daily lives of persons with disabilities. The objectives of NAAW are to: Assess the accessibility of services and facilities; Set measurable goals; Make practical improvements; and Celebrate achievements. The Voice of Albertans with Disabilities (VAD) and [...]

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Tourism Matters: Tourism Week in Canada

By | 2017-05-26T09:41:30+00:00 May 26, 2017|Uncategorized|

May 28 - June 3 is Tourism Week in Canada Are you a champion for Tourism? Tourism Week in Canada is a grassroots initiative by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. It aims to showcase the economic opportunity to Canada through travel and tourism and the public policy challenges preventing the sector from capitalizing on those [...]

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