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Improvements to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Benefit Hotels

By |2022-04-29T15:08:40-06:00April 5, 2022|Uncategorized|

After months of advocacy by the Hotel Association of Canada and the Coalition of the Hardest Hit Businesses, we are delighted to see the Government of Canada has made changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program that prioritize our industry. It will now be easier to access foreign workers for low-wage positions for [...]

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Welcome 2022–2023 Board Members!

By |2022-03-23T12:45:43-06:00March 23, 2022|Uncategorized|

The AHLA's Board of Directors would like to announce the results of the 2022–2023 board elections. This year we welcome five directors, including two new board members: Re-elected for two-year terms: Brooke Christianson, Canalta Hotels Chad Gulevich, Mount Robson Inn (Jasper) & Mountaineer Lodge (Lake Louise) Garrett Turta, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald (Edmonton) Newly elected [...]

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Advocating for Fair Rules for Short-Term Rentals in Hinton

By |2022-03-16T12:05:19-06:00March 9, 2022|Uncategorized|

The Town of Hinton has proposed a bylaw to create municipal regulations around short-term rental properties. The AHLA has always been a strong advocate for fair rules and regulations for short-term rentals. We applaud municipalities like Hinton that are working to level the playing field for all accommodation providers.Lack of regulations around rentals and the [...]

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AHLA Feedback on Government of Canada Budget 2022

By |2022-03-08T13:31:20-07:00March 8, 2022|Uncategorized|

The AHLA is pleased to have the opportunity to provide a pre-budget submission to the federal government. We have outlined the challenges that hotels continue to face post-pandemic and focused our submission around three main issues: Transition the Tourism & Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP) to a bridge program Create a dedicated labour strategy for [...]

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How Alberta’s Budget 2022 Will Impact Hotels

By |2022-02-28T17:00:16-07:00February 28, 2022|Uncategorized|

Alberta Budget 2022: Moving Forward Overview Alberta’s Minister of Finance, Honourable Travis Toews, tabled his fourth budget on February 24. Budget 2022: Moving Forward introduced a surplus of $500 million for the first time since 2014, with two small surpluses projected in the coming two years. Budget 2022 highlighted three key priorities for government: [...]

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Employment Insurance Reform That Works for Alberta Hotels

By |2022-02-28T14:34:25-07:00February 24, 2022|Uncategorized|

In January we had the opportunity to participate in the Employment Insurance (EI) Reform Alberta Roundtable with federal Minister of Tourism, Randy Boissonnault. Along with other industry association and employer representatives, we discussed the Government of Canada's plan to modernize EI. The AHLA was pleased to advocate on behalf of our members to ensure [...]

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Board Nominations Open: Help Lead Alberta’s Hotel Industry

By |2022-02-14T14:36:57-07:00February 14, 2022|Uncategorized|

Are you passionate about Alberta’s hotel industry?  Do you believe that hotels are stronger when they work together? Consider running for the AHLA Board of Directors! The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the association’s strategic direction to serve our members. Our purpose is to help our members prosper by bringing together hotels. [...]

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AHLA Provides Feedback for Alberta Budget 2022

By |2022-01-28T14:28:16-07:00January 28, 2022|Uncategorized|

The Government of Alberta invited industry associations, chambers of commerce, and other groups to submit letters outlining their budget priorities for 2022. The AHLA was pleased to have this opportunity to advocate for the interests of the accommodation sector on behalf of our members. The theme of our budget submission is focused on addressing [...]

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A Look Back at 2021

By |2022-01-25T11:53:21-07:00January 17, 2022|Uncategorized|

2021 was another difficult year for the tourism and hospitality industry in Alberta. We are grateful that our members trust us to be the voice for our industry and provide valuable programs and resources see hotels through these challenging times. Advocating for Hotels to Government The AHLA worked on behalf of members to advocate for [...]

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Tourism Levy Abatement Extended Until March 31, 2022

By |2022-01-04T13:21:20-07:00January 4, 2022|Uncategorized|

With the help of our members, the AHLA's advocacy efforts have resulted in a further extension of the Tourism Levy abatement. However, eligibility for the abatement will now require a 40% revenue reduction from 2019. Eligible hotels can retain an extra 4% of room revenue for amounts collected from October 1, 2021 to March [...]

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