Working for You: Top 5 Things to Know About Your National Association This Month

Airbnb: A Better Agreement is an Option

Re Vancouver’s Weak Agreement With Airbnb Is The Best We Can Do (April 2), HAC prominently featured the hotel industry’s position regarding the need for strong enforcement and platform accountability when regulating short-term rentals in the Saturday edition of the Globe and Mail letters to the editor.

While it is true that Vancouver’s information-sharing agreement with Airbnb has not improved the situation much, it certainly is not the best that we can do.

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FairRules: Heating up in Ottawa
Fairbnb Canada, a coalition of hotel and tenants’ associations, among other concerned citizens, held a press conference at City Hall on April 9 to call on the City of Ottawa to regulate short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and their commercial hosts, arguing they are negatively impacting Ottawa’s long-term housing market.Fairbnb’s message stood parallel to HAC’s: it is not against short-term rentals altogether, but rather their commercialization. According to a report, more than 1,000 homes have been converted into “ghost hotels” and close to 80 per cent of Airbnb’s estimated revenue in Ottawa is “generated by commercial operators, not ordinary hosts.”Read the full report >
Green Key Global Case Study: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge 
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a four-season luxury resort and Canada’s #1 Golf Resort Course, hugging the shoreline of Lac Beauvert in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Alberta.

Located within an area set aside to protect natural, ecological and cultural values, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge already had high obligations for environmental responsibility, including conserving energy, reducing waste and limiting light pollution as priorities. The Lodge was also committed to the Accor Group’s rigorous Planet 21 program that laid out a sustainability roadmap for all AccorHotels, including 16 mandatory actions and 60 voluntary actions.
Learn how Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge achieved a 5 Green Key Eco-Rating >

HAC On the Road: Celebrations in Alberta

This week, HAC’s Alana Baker was in Banff, Alberta to speak to members of the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) at their annual convention, an event which marked AHLA’s 100th Anniversary. The Centennial celebration commemorated everything Alberta’s hospitality industry has achieved over the past 100 years, bringing together past generations of leaders with new ones.

Of particular interest, Alana was a part of a Destination Employment panel session to encourage participation from the delegates. On Tuesday, Alana kicked off the Sunshine Breakfast to highlight top advocacy issues and how HAC is working to address the sharing economy and labour shortages in collaboration with its provincial and city associations. Alana also spoke to the upcoming federal election campaign and the new membership model, which now welcomes members of provincial associations, highlighting property-level benefits. This was an opportunity to highlight the significant advocacy work the Association is doing at the federal level to tackle the most important issues facing hoteliers from coast-to-coast-to-coast

It’s Time to Get Involved: Destination Employment

Destination Employment is currently available in 5 key regions across Canada: Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Atlantic Canada. This 3-year pilot project will play a key role in addressing the labour shortages facing hotels across Canada.

It’s time to get involved. If your hotel is in one of these regions, please reach out to HAC to be directed to your local delivery partner.

Together we can help new Canadians develop critical skills and fill current job vacancies.
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See what this project can achieve in your hotel >

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