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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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Changes To Labour Laws & Hospitality

By | 2017-05-25T12:33:44+00:00 May 25, 2017|Uncategorized|

The NDP government has announced their proposed changes to the Employment Standards and Labour Relations Codes. If passed in the legislature, most of these changes will take effect January 1, 2018. Employment Standards Code Changes Hours of Work In a hotel setting, it may not be feasible for an employee such as a front desk [...]

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Responsible Gambling Awareness Week: Use Your GameSense!

By | 2017-05-09T09:56:28+00:00 May 9, 2017|Uncategorized|

May 15-20, 2017 Campaign reminds Albertans to use their GameSense! Provided by Alberta Gaming & Liquor Association For many Albertans who enjoy gaming activities such as lotto tickets, vlts, casino games and bingo, it’s fun to dream of the endless possibilities a large windfall would bring. However, it’s important that we remind Albertans that gambling [...]

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Olds College Receives SMART+ Accreditation

By | 2017-05-10T08:42:52+00:00 May 4, 2017|Uncategorized|

Olds College's Hospitality and Tourism Management Program is one of the first five post-secondary programs across Canada to achieve SMART+ Premium Accreditation. The AHLA congratulates Olds College on this impressive national recognition, as well as to the other newly accredited programs across Canada. Tourism education and the graduates that these programs produce are the foundation of [...]

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