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Addressing the Hospitality Insurance Crisis

By |2020-12-02T10:39:32-07:00November 6, 2020|Uncategorized|

Property insurance for hotels is in a crisis state, as many are unable to secure insurance at this time. The AHLA is working closely with Western Financial Group Insurance Solutions to sustain our program for members, and to find alternatives for those hotels that have been turned down. Dave Kaiser, President & CEO, shares [...]

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Alberta Hotels Call on Government to Extend Tourism Levy Abatement

By |2020-12-15T10:31:24-07:00November 6, 2020|Uncategorized|

Update: On December 4, 2020, the Honourable Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy, and Innovation, announced that hotels will be allowed to keep Tourism Levy amounts collected to March 31, 2021. We encourage Alberta hotels to contact your MLAs to thank them for their support.   ***Original Article:*** The abatement of the provincial Tourism Levy [...]

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Energy Saving Tips from ENMAX Energy

By |2020-12-11T16:28:58-07:00November 3, 2020|Uncategorized|

By Enmax Energy The AHLA’s Power Program by ENMAX Energy is one way to get the most out of your energy. Here are a few other easy ways for you to manage your energy use this winter. Let the sunlight in If you have south facing windows, take advantage of Alberta’s ample sunlight. Open the [...]

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Managing Your Gas Bill When the Mercury Drops

By |2020-11-03T15:51:15-07:00November 2, 2020|Uncategorized|

By Gas Alberta Energy Gas bills can be hefty in the cold winter months. Use these tips to help you manage your natural gas usage: Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your property, and close them at night to [...]

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Using Hotels to Address Homelessness

By |2020-11-02T12:36:45-07:00October 29, 2020|Uncategorized|

Edmonton and Calgary are considering the use of distressed hotels to address the issue of homelessness. The hotel industry has been decimated by the impacts of COVID-19 and the severe downturn in Alberta’s oil and gas industry. Edmonton and Calgary’s hotel sectors have been hit particularly hard, resulting in an oversupply of guest rooms. This [...]

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AHLA Introduces Changes to Keep Membership Affordable

By |2020-10-29T21:33:18-06:00October 22, 2020|Uncategorized|

No one could have anticipated how the events of 2020 would affect the hotel industry. To support our members, the AHLA's Board of Directors has approved a new model to make membership affordable. This new model will: Support member retention, Increase industry penetration, and Drive participation in AHLA programs. The model includes a reduction in [...]

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Government Plans to Increase Financial Assistance for Businesses

By |2020-10-22T10:19:13-06:00October 14, 2020|Uncategorized|

The federal government is planning to provide more financial assistance to businesses. This includes: Extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for hardest hit businesses, including hotels, until June 2021. They will also raise the current subsidy rate to 65% of eligible wages until December 19, 2020. Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to help [...]

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Travel Alberta — the (re)Bound of Alberta’s Visitor Economy

By |2020-10-14T15:20:02-06:00October 5, 2020|Uncategorized|

Tourism was one of the first and most significantly impacted sectors of the COVID-19 pandemic. At Ascend 2020, Travel Alberta provided an update on the Alberta re(Bound) Strategy to rebuild the tourism industry, including key research and insights into traveler sentiments. Also, President & CEO Dave Kaiser talked about the AHLA’s [...]

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Advocacy, Resources & Sustainability: A Road Map for the Future

By |2020-10-05T09:48:15-06:00October 1, 2020|Uncategorized|

By Chris Barr, AHLA Board Chair Alberta hotels are one of the hardest-hit industries of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoteliers have had to drastically adapt our businesses and make a lot of hard decisions just to survive. When the pandemic hit, the AHLA quickly refocused to provide members with the immediate support and resources they needed [...]

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Don’t Pay More Property Tax Than You Have To

By |2020-10-01T17:04:42-06:00October 1, 2020|Uncategorized|

In various communities across Alberta, pre-roll consultation periods for 2021 property tax assessments are about to begin. Pre-roll offers authorized representatives (sometimes referred to as “property tax agents”) the opportunity to see an estimate of a property's tax assessment before it is officially released in January. This assessment is then used to determine the property [...]

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