The AHLA’s Centennial year was one for the history books! In between advocating for changes to labour legislation and short-term rental regulations, preparing to deliver safety programming for hotels, and providing members with HR support and cost savings, we were still able to have a little (or a lot!) of fun with our Centennial celebrations. [...]
On January 1, 2020, the Alberta Hospitality Safety Association (AHSA) amalgamated with the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). The AHLA is now the official safety association for all hotels, motels, and convention centres in Alberta. AHLA.ca is your one-stop shop for health & safety information and training resources. Every hotel and convention centre in [...]
The Government of Alberta recently invited the AHLA to provide input on the application of the Tourism Levy to short-term rentals (STRs) secured through online platforms. The following recommendations were submitted on behalf of our members: Remove the restriction of the Tourism Levy applying only to operators with more than three rooms. Require online platforms [...]
EDMH and CHA are collecting personal stories to show their respective City Councils the need for more action on regulation of short-term rentals Edmonton Destination Marketing Hotels (EDMH), the Calgary Hotel Association (CHA), and the AHLA are continuing to work together on getting fair rules in Alberta's capital city. EDMH and the CHA are taking [...]
The AHLA has made several recommendations to the Honourable Grant Hunter, the Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction, to help increase efficiency regarding current labour policy in Alberta. The recommendations include the following: Employment Standards: Freezing minimum wage until Alberta's economy recovers, and changing the way future minimum wage increases are calculated. Restoring the minimum [...]
Following a lengthy legal process, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) has ruled in favour of the City of Toronto’s Short-Term Rental regulations. This is a significant and precedent-setting win for the hotel industry. Read the full statement here.
Last week’s news story of a local hotel being evacuated because of a fire served as a reminder that every hotel should have an emergency response plan in place. If you don’t have one, or haven’t reviewed yours recently, visit our Health & Safety web pages for more information!
In this week’s provincial budget announcement, Premier Kenney stated that the government intends to bring forward legislation in spring 2020 to apply the Alberta tourism levy to temporary accommodation providers. “The AHLA has become increasingly concerned about the lack of fair rules for short-term rentals [STRs],” said Dave Kaiser, AHLA President & CEO. “We are [...]
Content provided by CorMac Projects Inc. Paint peeling? Carpet fraying? Tubs chipped? Nothing can reinvigorate a hotel like a renovation, but poor planning or inexperienced contractors can mean skyrocketing costs and unsatisfactory results. When you’re considering refurbishment, construction, or renovations, what should you look for in a general contractor? 1. Have a detailed scope of [...]
Earlier this year, we told you that the members of the Alberta Hospitality Safety Association (AHSA) had approved a motion to amalgamate AHSA’s operations into the AHLA as of January 1, 2020. This amalgamation will benefit by: Taking a more integrated approach to hotel safety and human resources; Better utilizing the knowledge & skills [...]