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New Airbnb Regulations in Toronto

By | 2017-12-13T14:41:18+00:00 December 13, 2017|Uncategorized|

On December 7, the Toronto City Council passed legislation to regulate the short-term accommodation rental industry, allowing rentals only in one’s principal residence. Secondary suites will not be allowed. This means that the commercial side of Airbnb’s hosts – those running multiple suites and homes – will no longer be allowed to operate under the [...]

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Guest Blog Post: David Lund – Using EFTE’s

By | 2017-12-05T09:39:05+00:00 December 5, 2017|Uncategorized|

If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Improve It. Management thinker Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying that "you can't manage what you can't measure." Drucker means that you can't know whether or not you are successful unless success is defined and tracked. In the hotel business, payroll is the number one cost. Having an efficient and reliable way to measure payroll is critical [...]

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A Win for Hotels in Airbnb Regulations

By | 2017-11-27T16:03:08+00:00 November 27, 2017|Uncategorized|

The City of Vancouver has passed legislation to regulate short-term rentals, allowing rentals only in one’s principal residence. This is great news for the hotel industry as this will eliminate the commercial side of Airbnb’s business (and other similar platforms) in Vancouver, which competes directly with hotels. This legislation is critical because it sets a precedent [...]

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Accessibility Self-Assessment Guide

By | 2017-11-15T10:24:24+00:00 November 8, 2017|Uncategorized|

The AHLA has partnered with the Voice of Albertans with Disabilities (VAD) to create a self-assessment guide, developed for hotels to ensure their properties are accessible. Developed through the Creating Accessible Hotels in Alberta Project, the guide is a way to support the accommodation industry in response to those with disabilities who travel within Alberta. The [...]

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Ferment-on-Premises & Alterations of Liquor Products

By | 2017-11-06T12:31:10+00:00 November 6, 2017|Uncategorized|

An ongoing review of liquor-related policies is being conducted by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) to ensure the needs of a constantly evolving liquor industry are being met, while also ensuring public safety and benefit to Albertans. The AGLC is exploring the industry’s preferences regarding whether or not to allow the alteration of [...]

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AHLA Releases Report on Hospitality Industry Wages

By | 2017-10-18T12:35:06+00:00 October 18, 2017|Uncategorized|

An amazing 303 members responded to the AHLA’s 2017 Wage Survey.  This represents 47% of guest rooms and 57% of industry employees.  Are you wondering... How much you should be paying your Housekeeping Supervisor? Whether you are paying your Director of Sales enough to keep them? What the going rate is for Night Auditors in [...]

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Cities Set Sights on Destination Marketing Fees

By | 2017-10-16T15:06:48+00:00 October 16, 2017|Uncategorized|

In the summer of 2017, the Government of Alberta and the cities of Edmonton and Calgary announced draft city charter legislation to support the cities' ability to provide services and attract investment.  The official announcement regarding the draft city charter stated: "No new taxes are included. The three governments will also work to develop a [...]

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CBRE Quarterly Webinar

By | 2017-10-17T16:34:56+00:00 October 12, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) has partnered with CBRE to offer the industry personalized webinars on key industry performance and outlook statistics. The first CBRE Quarterly Webinar will take place on October 19th, 2017 at 2pm EST. In this session, CBRE will present their 2018 Hotel Industry Outlook including overnight travel outlooks as well [...]

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Hosts with Multiple Entire-Home Units Key Driver Of Airbnb Growth: Study

By | 2017-10-16T16:36:46+00:00 September 27, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), in partnership with the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) has released a new study that demonstrates that commercial operators are growing exponentially, far outpacing actual home sharing activity. Alarmingly, only 17% of Airbnb’s total revenue in Canada is generated by true home sharing where the owner is present [...]

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