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The effective voice of the Canadian Hotel & Lodging Industry

The Hotel Association of Canada is the effective voice of the Canadian Hotel & Lodging industry. For over 100 years, it has worked to enhance the prosperity of the Industry through strong member engagement, effective advocacy, and the provision of value added programs and services. The Hotel Association represents more than 8,100 hotels, motels and resorts that encompass the $17.5 billion Canadian hotel industry which employs 288,000 people across Canada.

Le porte-parole efficace de l'hôtel canadien et de l'industrie d’hébergement

L'association des hôtels du Canada est le porte-parole efficace de l'hôtel canadien et de l'industrie d’hébergement. Depuis plus de 100 ans, elle a travaillé à accroître la prospérité de l'industrie grâce à l’engagement fort des membres, la promotion efficace, et la prestation de programmes et de services à valeur ajoutée. L'association des hôtels représente plus de 8 100 hôtels, motels et centres de villégiature qui englobent l'industrie hôtelière canadienne de $17,5 milliards qui emploie 288 000 personnes à travers le Canada.

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The Hotel Association of Canada, representing the lodging industry and its 288,000 employees, supports the Government position regarding refugees and welcomes them to Canada.

HAC President Tony Pollard to Retire

February 10, 2016 – Ottawa – Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) today announced the retirement of President Anthony P. Pollard effective August 31, 2016. « more »

Tony Pollard, président de l’AHC, prend sa retraite

Le 10 février 2016 – Ottawa – L’Association des hôtels du Canada (AHC) a annoncé aujourd’hui le départ à la retraite de son président, Anthony P. Pollard, en date du 31 août 2016. « suite »

Canada’s eTA Transition Ends March 14, 2016

The Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) will become mandatory on March 15, 2016. The eTA will be required for most visa-exempt foreign nationals who want to fly to or transit through Canada. « more »

The Facts on the Zika Virus

With the World Health Organization announcing this week that the Zika virus is a public health emergency, the Hotel Association of Canada is sharing the most updated facts and resources with you to inform both your employees and your guests. « more »

Low Loonie Drives 7% Increase In American Visitors

November 25, 2015 – U.S. travel to Canada is up 7 percent as the low loonie makes travel to our country more attractive, according to the Canadian Hotel Association. For more on this, BNN is joined by Tony Pollard, President, Canadian Hotel Association. « watch »

Rogue Online Booking Websites

The HAC continues to aggressively fight against the number of rogue online websites which are deceiving consumers. In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has acted to alert consumers about this pressing issue and offering advice on how to avoid scams. The FTC blogs are listed below:

The New York Institute Of Technology, The Benjamin Hotel New York and Green Key Global Take Sustainability Out Of The Classroom And Into The Hotel Room

July 15, 2015 – Ottawa – Green Key Global partnered with the Benjamin Hotel New York City, the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC) to launch the first experiential sustainable hospitality program with NYIT Hospitality Studies students. « more »

HAC Applauds Federal Government’s Investment in Tourism

On May 22, 2015, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the federal government’s plan to invest $30 million over three years in Canada’s tourism sector in order to attract more American visitors to destinations across Canada. « more »

Green Key Global Honoured as Baxter Travel Media Hands Out Responsible Travel & Tourism Forum 2015 Leadership Awards

May 12, 2015 – Toronto – Celebrating the innovative work and responsible efforts of the Canadian travel industry, Baxter Travel Media presented the Responsible Travel & Tourism Forum (RTTF) Leadership Awards at a luncheon ceremony. « more »

2015 Federal Budget

April 21, 2015 – Ottawa – Minister of Finance Joe Oliver today tabled the 2015 Federal Budget, including promoting Canadian tourism, facilitating legitimate travel to Canada, renewing infrastructure across the country, enhancing labour market information and encouraging trade promotion. « more »

Budget fédéral 2015

Le 21 avril 2015 – Ottawa – Les Conservateurs ont retardé jusqu'à aujourd'hui le dépôt du budget en plaidant l’incertitude reliée à la chute des prix du pétrole. « suite »

Canadian Business Market Remains Steady with Signs of Growth in 2015 According to Travel Executives
Mobile, Wearables, and Drones Predicted to Have a Major Impact on the Consumer Travel Experience

A frigid winter, dipping commodities pricing and improved teleconferencing software have not slowed optimism for the travel or business sectors in Canada, according to senior travel executives at the annual Business Travel Summit in Toronto. « more »

Attendance Surges at 2015 Hotel Association of Canada Conference

February 4, 2015 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada’s (HAC) Annual Conference, held February 2-3 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel, garnered enthusiastic reviews from the many delegates in attendance. « more »

The Hotel Association of Canada Announces the 2015 Board of Directors

February 4, 2015 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce the re-election of Philippe Gadbois, Senior Vice President, Operations at Atlific Hotels, as Chairman of the HAC Board of Directors. Mr. Gadbois’ continuing role is effective as of the Association’s Annual General Meeting held in Toronto on Monday February 2, 2015. « more »

Winnipeggers embrace Airbnb as World Cup rounds the corner

January 5, 2015 – Winnipeg – Airbnb might be popular, but the HAC President Tony Pollard questions whether it really offers good value for consumers. « more »

Tourism in Canada Seizing Economic Growth

International tourism is accelerating at a fast pace globally and brings significant economic benefits to the countries that are able to attract international visitors. But Canada’s performance in attracting these visitors is lagging behind virtually all of its competitors. « more »

The HAC Announces the 2014 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Recipients

November 10, 2014 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce the 2014 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence winners. « more »

Update on the Ebola Virus

October 20, 2014 – Ottawa – In response to the continued news on Ebola, the HAC wants to ensure that you are up to date on the latest information and resources. « more »

PKF/HAC Economic 2014 Economic Impact Analysis

HAC President Tony Pollard speaks with BNN’s Andrew McCreath on The Health of Canada’s Hotel Industry

August 2014 – Ottawa « watch video »

Hotel Association of Canada 2014 Federal Pre-Budget Submission

Executive Summary - The Hotel Association of Canada represents the 8,500 hotels, motels and resorts in Canada which had revenues of $17.6 billion in 2013, employed more than 290,000 people and generated tax revenues of $7.4 billion with $3.3 billion going to the federal government. « more »

Temporary Foreign Worker Program Overhaul Will Lead to Greater Lodging Industry Labour Shortages

June 20, 2014 – Ottawa – Today Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced an overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The revised program is now built on three pillars; limiting access, increased labour market information and stronger enforcement and penalties. Regrettably these changes will effectively lead to an increase in the already existing structural labour gap that is plaguing the Canadian Lodging Industry. « more »

La révision du Programme des travailleurs étrangers temporaires mènera à de plus grandes pénuries de la main-d'oeuvre à l'industrie de l’hébergement

Le 20 juin 2014 – Ottawa – Aujourd'hui le ministre de l’Emploi, Jason Kenney et le ministre de l’Immigration Chris Alexander ont annoncé une révision du Programme des travailleurs étrangers temporaires. Le programme révisé est maintenant compilé de trois piliers; la limitation de l’accès, l’information accrue du marché du travail et l'application plus vigoureuse de la loi et les sanctions plus sévères. Malheureusement ces changements mèneront effectivement à une augmentation de l'écart de l’emploi structurel déjà existant qui sévit dans l'industrie canadienne de l’hébergement. « suite »

CAN+ program to facilitate trade and travel with Mexico

May 12, 2014 – Montréal – Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today that the government is taking real action to make it faster and easier for Mexican visitors to come to Canada. « more »

Le programme CAN+ facilite les échanges commerciaux avec le Mexique et les déplacements légitimes

Le 12 mai 2014 – Montréal – Le ministre de la Citoyenneté et de l’Immigration du Canada, Chris Alexander, a annoncé aujourd’hui que le gouvernement prend des mesures concrètes pour que les visiteurs mexicains puissent venir au Canada plus rapidement et plus facilement. « suite »

The Canadian Lodging Industry Defends the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

April 24, 2014 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is defending the Temporary Foreign Worker Program stating that immediate action is needed to improve rather than eliminate the program. « more »

Lodging Industry Calls on Government to Address Lack of Funding for International Marketing of Canada and Labour Shortages

April 2, 2014 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) met with the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus today to discuss two key issues facing the Canadian lodging industry; international marketing of Canada and current labour shortages. Close to 20 Ministers, MPs and Senators from all political parties were presented with the lodging industry’s challenge. « more »

L’industrie de l’hébergement fait appel au gouvernement pour adresser le manque de financement pour la commercialisation internationale du Canada et des pénuries de la main-d'oeuvre

Le 2 avril 2014 – Ottawa – L'association des hôtels du Canada (AHC) a rencontré le caucus parlementaire du tourisme aujourd'hui pour discuter de deux questions clés liées à l'industrie de l’hébergement du Canada; la commercialisation internationale du Canada et des pénuries de la main-d'oeuvre actuelles. Pres de 20 ministres, députés et sénateurs de tous les partis politiques ont été présentés avec le défi de l'industrie de l’hébergement. « suite »

The Use of Medicinal Marijuana and E-Cigarettes in Canadian Hotels

The following guidelines are meant to assist hoteliers in making decisions regarding the use of medical marijuana and e-cigarettes in hotels. The HAC requested legal opinion of the rights and obligations of hotels to restrict the use of medicinal marijuana, and e-cigarettes on hotel premises by its guests, staff and other attendees. « more »

L'utilisation de la marijuana médicale et des E-Cigarettes dans les hôtels Canadiens

Les directives suivantes visent à aider les hôteliers à prendre des décisions concernant l'utilisation de la marijuana médicale et des e-cigarettes dans les hôtels. L’AHC a demandé l'avis juridique des droits et obligations des hôtels pour limiter l'utilisation de la marijuana médicale, et les e-cigarettes sur les lieux des hôtels par ses invités, le personnel et les autres participants. « suite »

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