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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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Home-sharing Regulation Needed

By | January 10, 2017|Uncategorized|

The AHLA has made recommendations to the Government of Alberta that seek to create a level playing field and ensure the safety and comfort of guests, hosts, and neighbours.  View The AHLA's Home-Sharing Position and Recommendations     Home-sharing platforms, such as Airbnb, appeal to a certain segment of travellers and to homeowners wanting [...]

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Funding Helps You Hire Summer Students!

By | January 10, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Canada Summer Jobs program is offering employers financial assistance for student summer wages in 2017. The program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees. Students hired must be between the ages of 15 and 30. Submit your application online, by mail, or in person [...]

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Guard Against Hotel ATM Theft

By | December 23, 2016|Uncategorized|

Christmas can be a quiet time for hotels, but it can also be a time for increased crime. In particular, the AHLA has heard of ATMs being stolen from the lobbies of a number of Alberta hotels. Our insurance program partners at Western Financial Group highly encourage that you: Securely bolt your ATM in place; [...]

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New City Charters Could Mean New Hotel Taxes

By | December 1, 2016|Uncategorized|

New City Charters Alberta's NDP government is working with Calgary and Edmonton to develop city charters to guide city governance. These charters could include new powers of taxation for the cities. The AHLA is working with the local hotel associations to ensure that hoteliers in Calgary and Edmonton are heard before the provincial government makes any [...]

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Share Your Christmas Photos!

By | December 1, 2016|Uncategorized|

We know your staff goes all out to dress up your hotel for the Christmas season! It's December, and we want to see and share your trees, wreaths, and twinkling lights! Tag us on Twitter @Alberta_Hotels or on Facebook in your hotel's Christmas photos, and we'll retweet and share them to spread the holiday cheer. Not on social [...]

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You Can Never Be Too Safe

By | October 31, 2016|Uncategorized|

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) officers are visiting Alberta’s hotels and restaurants as part of a Vulnerable Worker Focused Inspection Program. Employers and supervisors have a legal obligation to take all reasonable measures to protect the health and safety of their workers. When inspecting workplaces, OHS officers can issue tickets to both employers and workers [...]

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