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Protect Against ATM Theft

By | March 17, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Edmonton Police Service is cautioning hotels and other businesses that offer ATM services to customers to take steps to protect their machines, after several of the money machines were recently stolen. See raw video footage of ATM Theft from a south Edmonton hotel. The AHLA's insurance program partners at Western Financial Group highly encourage that [...]

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Meet Your Board Nominees

By | March 14, 2017|Uncategorized|

The board is responsible for governing the association by: Defining and communicating the AHLA’s vision, mission, and values; Focusing on the whole organization rather than individual issues of interest; Speaking with one voice; Directing the AHLA’s work by approving policy and monitoring impact; Managing its own self-governance; and Hiring and supervising the AHLA President & CEO. [...]

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Free Online Training Available!

By | March 9, 2017|Uncategorized|

Tourism HR Canada Offers Free Emerit Online Training to Students Celebrate Canada 150 with a Tourism and Hospitality Skills Upgrade. As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, Tourism HR Canada is offering its Emerit online training for free to students enrolled in tourism and hospitality programs1. Tourism students are the future leaders of the Canadian [...]

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Hotel Wi-Fi Myths Dispelled

By | March 8, 2017|Uncategorized|

You know that your guests expect fast and reliable Wi-Fi -- is your property up to the task? In the world of the connected guest, hotels need to deliver an unparalleled Wi-Fi experience; on par with – or better – than what they experience in their homes and offices. Is your property up to the [...]

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AHLA Board Elections: Have Your Say

By | March 6, 2017|Uncategorized|

Fresh perspectives and innovative approaches are integral to the health and success of any organization, and it is important that AHLA members have a voice in who represents them.  Elections for the 2017-18 AHLA Board of Directors will soon be upon us. March 20 - 24, 2017, you will vote for individuals who have been nominated to [...]

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Accommodating Guests With Service Dogs – It’s The Law

By | February 28, 2017|Uncategorized|

Service dogs are allowed anywhere their owners are. Denying an individual accompanied by a qualified service dog entry to your hotel or restaurant is considered an offence punishable by law. Service dogs are specially trained to assist individuals with disabilities with every day activities. This can include: Carrying or retrieving items; Assisting with balance or [...]

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123 Hotels Named Employers of Choice

By | February 16, 2017|Uncategorized|

The AHLA has announced this year’s list of Employer of Choice (EoC) designates. Employers who receive the designation have gone above and beyond minimum Human Resources requirements to create a safe and fair workplace, proving that their employees come first. Those who participated but did not achieve the designation have taken the first steps toward ensuring [...]

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Alberta Needs Home-sharing Regulation

By | February 9, 2017|Uncategorized|

Unintended Consequences The sharing economy is adding inventory to Alberta’s supply of guest accommodation without building a single new hotel.  Home-sharing platforms appeal to a certain segment of travellers and to homeowners wanting to augment their income.  However, unregulated rentals and the home-sharing platforms that promote them have created unintended consequences, such as: Loss of [...]

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Hire A Student This Summer

By | January 30, 2017|Uncategorized|

Provide students with meaningful work experience and prepare them for careers in the hospitality industry. Alberta employers can now apply for Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) funding to hire students for summer 2017. Eligible employers may receive a $7-per-hour wage subsidy to provide students with work experience from May to August. The program is available to: small [...]

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Small Business Deduction: What You Need To Know

By | January 12, 2017|Uncategorized|

What is it? Eligible businesses can claim the 17.5% small business deduction on their first $500,000 of income, with some limitations. You can use the resulting tax savings to help your business grow. The small business deduction will increase from 17.5% to 19% over the next three years. Are you eligible? The Canada Revenue Agency [...]

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