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Advocating to Get the Border Open

By |2021-06-23T12:02:46-06:00June 23, 2021|Uncategorized|

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) are putting pressure on the federal government for a detailed plan for re-opening the Canada – U.S. border. Some of their efforts have included: Letter to the Prime Minister Letter to Minister Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance Press release Canada-U.S. [...]

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Current COVID-19 Restrictions for Alberta Hotels (Updated June 11 at 5 p.m.)

By |2021-06-11T17:33:54-06:00June 11, 2021|Featured|

Scroll to: Open for Summer Plan Current CMOH Order General Restrictions Hotels & Guest Rooms Food & Beverage Events, Meeting Rooms, Banquet Halls, Trade Shows & Conference Centres Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, Fitness Centres, Spas, and Personal & Wellness Services Spas, and Personal & [...]

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Government Announces Open for Summer Plan (Updated June 7)

By |2021-06-09T12:55:12-06:00June 9, 2021|Uncategorized|

Premier Jason Kenney has announced the government's Open for Summer Plan, which aims to lift all COVID restrictions by the end of June. Progression through the stages of this plan will be directly dependent on vaccination rates and hospitalization numbers, and the AHLA encourages all hotels to support their staff in getting vaccinated as [...]

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Second-Dose Vaccination Appointments Now Available (Updated June 21)

By |2021-06-21T15:21:44-06:00June 9, 2021|Uncategorized|

Alberta's second-dose vaccination schedule has been moved up. When can I book the second dose of my COVID-19 vaccine? Anyone aged 12 and up is now eligible for their first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Which vaccine should I get? If you received an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for your first [...]

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OHS Inspecting Hotels & Convention Centres in 2021

By |2021-06-09T14:38:55-06:00June 8, 2021|Uncategorized|

Did you know... ...an Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Officer can do a workplace inspection of your property at any time? ...OHS is focusing on hotels and convention centres for their Proactive Inspection Program in 2021? Why does OHS inspect workplaces? Each year, OHS proactively inspects workplaces to monitor compliance with legislation. They work [...]

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Avoid Paying Too Much Property Tax

By |2021-06-17T12:24:57-06:00June 8, 2021|Uncategorized|

By Brock Ryan, Senior Director, Altus Group Your upcoming 2022 property tax assessment may seem far away, but the assessment cycle has already begun. Because of the extreme economic challenges of the pandemic, next year’s hotel assessments will likely be the most contentious in Alberta’s history. How can I avoid paying more than my [...]

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Preferred Vendor Content: Save Time & Money on Chargebacks

By |2021-06-08T11:10:18-06:00June 8, 2021|Uncategorized|

Chargebacks — when a customer disputes a transaction on their credit card — can cost your business a lot of time and money. If you have the proper systems in place, you can greatly reduce the impact of chargebacks on your business. Why Do Chargebacks Happen? There are several reasons a customer might initiate a [...]

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Preferred Vendor Content: Remaining Competitive in a Post-Pandemic World

By |2021-06-03T12:16:29-06:00June 3, 2021|Uncategorized|

As Alberta aims to re-open for summer, hotels are looking to re-open and ramp up their operations. To remain competitive, it is more important than ever to pay attention to user experience (UX). Before March 2020, many hotel operators were seeking increased market share by elevating guests’ UX on a basis of consumer wants. Whether it was enhanced in-room dining experiences, intuitive fitness [...]

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New Funding Programs for Employee Salaries & Training

By |2021-06-02T20:51:21-06:00June 2, 2021|Uncategorized|

Several sources of government funding are currently available — or will be soon — to employers to support hiring and training. Alberta Jobs Now Program (New): Up to $370 million to help businesses and non-profit organizations support jobs for unemployed and underemployed Albertans. Covers 25% of an employee’s salary for a 52-week period, up to a [...]

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AHLA Reflects on the Open for Summer Plan

By |2021-06-03T11:21:49-06:00June 1, 2021|Uncategorized|

Camrose MLA Jackie Lovely dropped by the AHLA office to talk with President & CEO Dave Kaiser, along with Martin Long, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism, about the government's Open for Summer plan. The AHLA is grateful for government supports for hotels, including the extension of the Tourism Levy to June 30, and [...]

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