Wanted: Outstanding Businesses and People
June 14, 2013 – Are you one of Canada's tourism aces? Is your company one of the hidden gems in Canada's travel and tourism industry? TIAC is looking for the most outstanding businesses, places, events and people for the 2013 Canadian Tourism Awards. « more »
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Goes To Bat For Tourism
June, 2013 – The Hotel Association of Canada is welcoming the Canadian Chamber of Commerce decision to give a weighty shot in the arm to the association’s efforts to convince members of Parliament that this country’s efforts to attract more tourists need a hefty infusion of cash. « more »
The HAC Responds to Parks Canada Freezing Lockage Fees on Canals
May 15, 2013 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada congratulates the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, on his announcement yesterday to freeze the recreational lockage fees along Canada’s historic canals. « more »
How Far Have We Come?
Economic issues are consistently making headlines around the world, and some may say environmental concerns seem to have taken a back seat in recent years; at least in terms of media and government attention. However, six years of environmental data from the Hotel Association of Canada’s (HAC) Annual Travel Intentions Surveys show that travellers regularly expect properties to be environmentally sensitive, despite where the issue falls in national importance. « more »
Les questions économiques font constamment les gros titres à travers le monde, et certains peuvent dire que les préoccupations environnementales semblent avoir pris un siège arrière ces dernières années; au moins en termes d’attention des médias et du gouvernement. Cependant, six années de données environnementales de l’ enquête annuelle sur les intentions de voyage de l'association des hôtels du Canada (AHC) montrent que les voyageurs s'attendent régulièrement que les propriétés soient sensible à l’environnement, peu importe où la question relève en importance nationale. « suite »
Current & timely research information on the state of the Canadian and Global tourism industry courtesy of the Canadian Tourism Commission
International tourist arrivals grew by 4% in 2012 to reach 1.035 billion, according to the January UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Emerging economies (+4.1%) regained the lead over advanced economies (+3.6%), with Asia and the Pacific showing the strongest results. Growth is expected to continue in 2013 only slightly below the 2012 level (+3% to +4%) and in line with UNWTO long term forecast to 2030 and which is expected to average +3.8% per year between 2010 and 2020. « more »
On April 29, 2013 the Government of Canada announced changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The HAC has responded.
May 10, 2013 – Ottawa – Dear Minister Kenney and Minister Finley, This is further to the changes announced April 29, 2013 to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program has become a life saver for the hotel industry which has allowed hotels to stabilize their business and retain domestic employees. Furthermore we encourage the Government of Canada to address any abuses in the Program while allowing it to remain as flexible as possible to allow employers to meet their labour needs. « more »
The PWGSC is seeking assistance from the HAC
Public Works and Government Services Canada is seeking assistance from the HAC in determining which would be the most common services that are offered with Business Class rooms. These services should be at no extra cost and would be additional to the services offered for the Standard Guest Rooms. The intent is to list these services in the Directory for establishments that provide Business Class Rooms so that employees can make better informed decisions in deciding if a Business Class room is needed and more cost effective based on what services are offered versus a Standard room. Read the HAC’s response.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All: The Future Growth & Competitiveness of Canadian Air Travel
Airports play a vital role in Canada’s transportation network. They enable ease of access for all sectors and industries in our country. Large international airports in Canadian cities link Canada to international destinations and markets, while regional airports feed these large airports. In Canada’s North, airports are the most important infrastructure used to connect the enormous and sparsely populated territory. « more »
The HAC responds to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program issue
April 16, 2013 – Dear Minister Kenney and Minister Finley, The Hotel Association of Canada is the national organization representing all of the lodging industry across Canada. As you know the Temporary Foreign Worker Program plays a critical role in all our operations across Canada in both urban and rural areas. « more »
From the Desk of the President
In 2013, the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) celebrates its Centennial Anniversary, and as I reflect on all the activities we have undertaken as an Association, I believe one of the significant contributions in recent years is the Annual HAC Travel Intentions Survey. This survey provides us with guidance, insight and knowledge of the travellers we serve. « more »
En 2013, l'association des hôtels du Canada (AHC) célèbre son centenaire, et pendant que je réfléchis à toutes les activités que nous avons enterprises comme association, je crois que l'une des contributions significatives de ces dernières années est l'enquête annuelle de l’AHC sur les intentions de voyage. Cette étude nous fournit des conseils, la perspicacité et la connaissance des voyageurs que nous servons. « suite »
2013 Federal Budget Analysis from the Hotel Association of Canada
The new federal budget was tabled in Parliament today. It can be characterized as “Staying the Course” towards a balanced budget in 2015 by eliminating the $26 billion deficit to coincide with the next federal election on October 19, 2015. « more »
The HAC Partners with emerit Training Solutions to Offer Online Sensitivity Training Nationwide
An aging population is leading to an increase in seniors travelling and looking to stay at properties that are able to meet or exceed their needs and expectations. According to the 2012-13 ITB Travel Trend report 10% of all world travelers are looking for “barrier free” or “accessible” travel options. The report also found that 48% of this group would be apt to travel more if their accessibility concerns were addressed, and 60% of that group would even pay more for that service and accessibility. This burgeoning market presents hoteliers with a great opportunity to align their operations with this growing demographic. « more »
The Green Standard
February 26, 2013 – The rising number of green hotel certifications can confuse the process of evaluating properties for their sustainability practices. In taking on that task for Carlson Rezidor Americas two years ago, Brenda Schultz, director of responsible business, vetted various programs for the company's North American hotels, which include the Radisson and Park Plaza brands. « more »
Business and leisure travel is picking up - The latest results from the 2013 Travel Intentions Survey
February 19, 2013 – Ottawa – The latest results from the 2013 HAC Canadian Travel Intentions Survey show that business and leisure travel is projected to be up two per cent in 2013. Eighty-two percent of business travellers said they would be doing more or the same amount of business travel in Canada in 2013 as they did in 2012 with the highest percentage coming from Ontario. Eighty-four percent of leisure travellers said they will be travelling more or the same for vacation this year. « more »
Les voyage d'affaires et de loisirs sont en hausse (s’améliorent) – Les derniers résultats de l'enquête 2013 sur les intentions de voyage
Le 19 Février 2013 – Ottawa – Les derniers résultats de l'enquête canadienne de l’AHC sur les intentions de voyage 2013 montrent que les voyages d'affaires et de loisirs sont en hausse de deux pour cent en 2013. Quatre-vingt deux pour cent des voyageurs d'affaires ont indiqué qu'ils feraient plus ou la même quantité de voyages d'affaires au Canada en 2013, comme ils ont fait en 2012 avec le pourcentage le plus élevé en provenance de l’Ontario. Quatre-vingt quatre pour cent des voyageurs de loisirs ont dit qu'ils voyageront davantage ou de même pour des vacances cette année. « suite »
From Statistics Canada - Travel between Canada and other countries, December 2012
Travel from Canada to the United States rose 1.8% in December to 4.7 million trips. This included nearly 2.0 million overnight trips in December, the highest figure since record-keeping began in 1972. Overnight travel by car (+3.7%) and by plane (+1.8%) to the United States increased. Canadian residents also made 2.7 million same-day car trips to the United States, a 0.6% increase from November. Travel to overseas countries from Canada remained unchanged from November at 808,000 trips.
In the opposite direction, travel to Canada from the United States rose 1.7% to 1.7 million trips. Overnight travel from the United States rose 1.7% to 985,000 trips, mainly because of a 5.3% increase in overnight plane trips. Automobile travel from the United States declined in December as US residents took 0.2% fewer overnight car trips and 3.3% fewer same-day car trips. Travel from overseas countries to Canada increased 0.8% from November to 393,000 trips. In December, 9 of the top 12 overseas markets recorded increases in travel to Canada. The largest percentage increases were in travel from India (+12.5%) and China (+9.4%).
More Cross-Border Shopping for Less Expensive Airline Tickets - Latest Results From 2013 Canadian Travel Intentions Survey
February 13, 2013 – Ottawa – Half of Canadian travellers have gone or plan to go to the U.S. to buy cheaper airline tickets, says data released today from the Hotel Association of Canada’s (HAC) 2013 Canadian Travel Intentions Survey. « more »
Plus d’achats transfrontaliers pour les billets d'avion moins chers
Derniers résultats de l'enquête canadienne sur les intentions de voyage 2013
Le 13 Février 2013 – Ottawa – La moitié des voyageurs canadiens sont allés ou prévoient d'aller aux États-Unis pour acheter des billets d'avion à meilleur marché, affirme les données de l’enquête canadienne sur les intentions de voyage 2013 publiées aujourd'hui par l'association des hôtels du Canada (AHC). « suite »
The Hotel Association of Canada celebrates 100 years of shaping the Canadian lodging industry
February 7, 2013 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary in 2013. In honour of the occasion, hoteliers from across Canada were invited to a special centennial dinner celebration marking the long history of Canadian Lodging Industry and the HAC’s role in it followed by its national conference on February 4 & 5 at the Toronto Hilton Hotel. « more »
From the Desk of the President
January 28, 2013 – Ottawa – Some months ago when we started planning the HAC's 100th Anniversary, we decided that the best way to celebrate the anniversary was to tell the history of our industry and the HAC's role in it. « more »
The HAC Announces 2012 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Recipients
January 24, 2013 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) has announced the 2012 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence winners. « more »
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