PROVINCIAL NEWS update Jan. 29, 2019

ALBERTA: AHLA Centennial celebrations underway

The
AHLA's centennial celebrations are officially underway, with a launch party
held the first week of January. The centennial celebration is meant to
commemorate everything Alberta's hospitality industry has achieved over the
past 100 years, bringing together past generations of leaders with new ones.

The next Centennial event will be the
AHLA convention from April 14-16. New to convention this year, and the
next major Centennial event, is the alumni reception held right before
convention at the Fairmont Banff Springs on April 13. The alumni reception will
celebrate AHLA history and members’ history that helped pave the way to where the
association is today.



AHLA is offering members the opportunity to capture their property's
history in a three- to five-minute professionally produced video in Ultra High
Definition.

 The AHLA will share the video as part of its centennial celebrations,
and it will be an asset the hotel can use for social media, marketing and staff
training. 

Some hotels have already
started filming their videos. Contact Teri Sunde-Clay to learn more.

B.C.: Vancouver
conventions almost double for 2019

In Vancouver, convention business has increased by
92 per cent, with six low-season conventions contributing towards the overall increase
in business travel, according to American Express Global Business Traveller’s
new Hotel Monitor 2019.

Tourism is booming in Canada. Recently announced
initiatives to increase Chinese travel to Canada in 2018 and beyond means
Vancouver and Toronto will be the country’s most visited destinations by
Chinese tourists. This will have an impact on rates. 

American Express GBT’s Hotel Monitor 2019 is
the first of a regular Monitor series: future editions will
analyze air and ground transport.

   

N.L.: HNL’s
Reskill Project trains non-tourism workers

PORT AUX BASQUES, N.L. — On December
4th, 2018, Tourism HR Canada and Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL)
led a one-day consultation event in Port aux Basques, N.L. This meeting was part
of HNL's three-year Reskill project, which seeks to reskill non-tourism sector
workers for jobs in the industry. It is an innovative approach to employing
individuals in rural communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, building the
capacity of existing tourism operators, and creating solutions for tourism
labour market shortages.

The Reskill
project will reach, engage, empower, and support unemployed individuals facing
barriers to employment. Individuals pursuing work in the tourism industry will
have access to professional training opportunities, self-directed learning, and
on-the-job development with tourism operators in a safe, flexible, and
supportive space. Project coordinators will encourage them as they explore
their livelihood potential in rural communities in the province.

ONTARIO: Toronto
Sets New Record for Citywides in 2018

TORONTO — Tourism Toronto
and its meetings, conferences and events unit Business Events Toronto,
announced recently that 26 citywide conventions were held in 2018 – a new
record for the number of citywide conventions held in a single year. The total
tops the previous record of 18 citywide conferences set in 2017. 

“The record number
of citywide conferences speaks to Toronto's place as the hub for innovation,
technology, finance and business within Canada,” said Johanne Bélanger, president
and CEO of Tourism Toronto. “Our team at Business Events Toronto taps into
Toronto's strength in these key economic sectors and uses the vibrancy of
Canada's Downtown to attract these major events to the region.”


P.E.I.: TIAPEI concerns re
minimum wage increase

CHARLOTTETOWN,
P.E.I. — The
Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island (TIAPEI) is expressing
concerns regarding the recent announcement of an increase to the minimum wage,
scheduled to take effect April 1, 2019. The announced increase will be double
that of the current rate of inflation when it takes effect and will mark an
almost 53 per cent increase in minimum wage over the past 10 years with a cost of
living increase of 16 per cent for the same time period.

QUEBEC:  Fighting illegal online rentals

MONTREAL — In order
to alleviate what city officials are calling a housing crisis, Montreal is
enlisting citizens and municipal workers in the fight against illegal online
apartment rentals. And it is calling on the provincial Revenue Department to
aggressively investigate suspected offenders, according to CTV News.

Cities
across Canada have cracked down on residents using online home-sharing
platforms such as Airbnb. Montreal’s latest strategy is to direct its employees
to remove from public property small lock boxes that contain keys allowing
short-term renters to enter apartments on their own.

Earlier this month, Mayor Valérie Plante asked residents to use a city hotline
to report any lock boxes they see attached to public property, such as parking
meters and bicycle racks.

“Our
teams are at work,” Plante tweeted about the lock boxes. “If you
see them in your neighbourhood, don’t hesitate to report them.”

A city
spokesperson said the city has so far removed about a dozen lock boxes downtown
and a few in the Plateau-Mont-Royal, but added that many others have been
removed by their owners since officials publicly condemned the practice.