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Green Key Global, EcoStay Certified and Greenview Announce Partnership To Advance Green Tourism

May 24, 2016 – Oakville – Green Key Global, EcoStay Certified and Greenview, three leaders in hospitality sector environmental stewardship, today announced a triple partnership that will encourage hoteliers across Canada and beyond to join forces in meaningful sustainability. The partnership will enable property owners and managers to fund important conservation projects, measure their progress, and be a part of a shared environmental legacy of nature and beauty. « more »


2016 Federal Budget

March 22, 2016 – Ottawa – Following months of rhetoric about doing things differently, sunny ways and being all things to all people, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the new federal budget today. Last fall’s Liberal’s election campaign is a guide to the direction of the new government including targeting the middle class and addressing Indigenous funding. The major change since the Liberals came to power in November is the growth in the federal deficit. The federal deficit is now three times larger than predicted during the campaign to $29.4 billion. The Debt to GDP ratio is being maintained at 30.9 percent. There is no plan to balance the budget. « more »


Budget fédéral de 2016

Le 22 mars 2016 – Ottawa – Après des mois de rhétorique sur les façons de faire différentes, les voies ensoleillées et le fait de plaire à tout le monde, le ministre des Finances, Bill Morneau, a déposé le nouveau budget fédéral aujourd’hui. La campagne électorale libérale de l’automne dernier donne une indication de l’orientation du nouveau gouvernement, dont les mesures ciblant la classe moyenne et le financement des questions autochtones. Le principal changement qui s’est produit depuis que les Libéraux sont arrivés au pouvoir en novembre dernier est la croissance du déficit fédéral. Celui ci est maintenant trois fois plus élevé que prévu lors de la campagne, s’établissant à 29,4 milliards de dollars. Le ratio de la dette au produit intérieur brut (PIB) est maintenu à 30,9 %. Il n’y a aucun plan de rétablissement de l’équilibre budgétaire. « suite »


Government of Canada Recognizes Seasonal Nature of the Lodging Industry

March 21, 2016 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada applauds The Honourable MaryAnne Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour for recognizing the seasonal nature of the lodging industry and authorizing tourism businesses temporary foreign workers for up to a six month period. « more »


Le gouvernement reconnaît la nature saisonnière de l’industrie de l’hébergement

Le 21 mars 2016 – Ottawa – L’Association des hôtels du Canada (AHC) applaudit l’honorable MaryAnn Mihychuk, ministre de l’Emploi, du Développement de la main-d’oeuvre et du travail d’avoir reconnu la nature saisonnière de l’industrie de l’hébergement et d’autoriser les travailleurs étrangers temporaires des entreprises touristiques pour une période maximale de six mois. « suite »


Attendance Surges at 2016 Hotel Association of Canada Conference

March 1, 2016 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada’s (HAC) Annual Conference, held February 29-March 1 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel, garnered enthusiastic reviews from the many delegates in attendance. « more »


Hotel Association of Canada’s Environmental Program Green Key Eco-Rating Program Achieves GSTC-Recognition

February 25, 2016 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada is pleased to announce that its environmental certification program for hotels, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, has just attained “Recognition Status” from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). This achievement demonstrates adherence to international standards and opens another exciting chapter in the Green Key Program’s 20-year history of educating, supporting and certifying hotels on their path to sustainability. The Hotel Association of Canada delivers the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, and its sister program Green Key Meetings, under the Green Key Global label. « more »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


Best Western Business Travel Summit Hits All the High Notes


From the Montreal Economic Institute: Canada’s High Airfares and Passenger Leakage

Because 75% of Canada’s population lives only 90 minutes from the U.S. border, many regional Canadian airports are in direct competition with their northern American counterparts. This geographical proximity means that airfare prices have become one of the biggest competitive advantages of airports in the quest to attract more passengers. « more »


Canadian Tourism Insights 2014

In late January, HLT launched a survey to probe insights into a range of factors and issues affecting Canadian tourism businesses. They've since taken the results and combined them with some key findings from the annual report on tourism that was prepared for TIAC, the CTC and Visa Canada in late 2013. « more »


Business and Leisure Travel Stable Nationally, Business Travel Down in Ontario

February 26, 2014 – Ottawa – Latest results from the 2014 HAC Canadian Travel Intentions Survey show that business and leisure travel is projected to remain the same as last year. Eighty-one per cent of business travellers will be travelling more or the same for business in 2014. The exception is Ontario, where business travel is projected to be down 4 percent over last year’s numbers. The highest increase for business travel in 2014 is in the Prairies and BC at 27 per cent, 3 per cent more than the national average. « more »


Les voyages d'affaires et de loisirs stables à l’échelle nationale, voyage d'affaires en baisse en Ontario

Le 26 février 2014 – Ottawa – Les derniers résultats de l'enquête canadienne de l’AHC sur les intentions de voyage 2014 montrent que les voyages d'affaires et de loisirs devraient rester les mêmes que l'an dernier. Quatre-vingt-un pour cent de voyageurs d'affaires voyageront davantage ou le même montant en 2014. L'exception est l’Ontario, où on prévoit que le voyage d'affaires sera en baisse de 4 pour cent comparé aux nombres de l'an dernier. L'augmentation la plus élevée pour le voyage d'affaires en 2014 est dans les Prairies et la Colombie Britannique à 27 pour cent, 3 pour cent de plus que la moyenne nationale. « suite »


Philippe Gadbois Assumes Role as New Chair of the Hotel Association of Canada

February 12, 2014 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce the election of Philippe Gadbois as the new Chair of the HAC Board of Directors. Mr. Gadbois’ new role is effective as of the Association’s Annual General Meeting held in Toronto on Tuesday February 11, 2014. « more »


Philippe Gadbois assume le rôle en tant que nouveau président du conseil d’administration de l'association des hôtels du Canada

Le 12 février 2014 – Ottawa – L'association des hôtels du Canada (AHC) est heureuse d'annoncer l'élection de Philippe Gadbois comme nouveau président du conseil d'administration de l’AHC. Le nouveau rôle de M. Gadbois est en vigueur depuis l'assemblée générale annuelle de l'association qui s’est tenue à Toronto le mardi 11 février 2014. « suite »


Gateway to Growth | Canadian Tourism Industry Annual Report (Winter 2013)

This year’s version of the Annual Report on the Tourism Industry will feature a new focus on tourism’s role in Canada’s overall economy. TIAC has worked in partnership with the CTC, Visa Canada and HLT Consulting to create this at-a-glance collection of industry statistics. As in previous years, this document can act as a reference piece for industry, key decision makers, business media and politicians. « more »


National Roundtable on Travel & Tourism (NRTT)

On November 14 the National Roundtable on Travel and Tourism (NRTT), comprising the HAC, TIAC, the National Airlines Council, the Airports Council of Canada and the International Air Transport Association met with the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Toronto MPs. Please find attached the presentation given, including the proposal of increased marketing funding for the United States market. « more »


The HAC Announces the 2013 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Recipients

November 21, 2013 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce the 2013 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence winners. « more »


From The Globe & Mail: Tourism boom misses Canada

November 14, 2013 – Canada boasts world-class destinations such as the Rockies and Niagara Falls, but it’s missing out on a global tourism boom, costing the economy billions of dollars a year. The number of international visitors to Canada has plunged 20 per cent since 2000 even as global travel soars, according to a sobering report being released Thursday by Deloitte Canada. « more »


From the Financial Post: Sunquest Vacations to start selling packaged vacations from U.S. airports

November 13, 2013 – If you can’t beat them, join them — that’s what travel tour operator Sunquest Vacations plans to do this winter as Canadians continue to flock to U.S. airports in search of cheaper flights and holiday packages. « more »


Update on funding for Destination Marketing Programs (DMPs)

November 7, 2013 – Ottawa – Further to the communication on June 19, 2013, the HAC is pleased to provide you with an update on funding for Destination Marketing Programs (DMPs). « more »


Fournir une mise à jour surle financement des programmes de marketing de destination (PMD)

Le 7 novembre 2013 – Ottawa – Suite à la communication le 19 juin 2013, l’AHC est heureuse de vous fournir une mise à jour sur le financement des programmes de marketing de destination (PMD). « suite »


The HAC responds to Public Works and Government Services regarding business class room categories and the government decision to remove the business category from the bid process

October 23, 2013 – Ottawa – This is further to my letter to you dated May 8, 2013 (attached) regarding business class room categories and now the government decision to remove the business category from the bid process. Hotels must have the ability to have control over how they identify their own room type descriptions and differentiation. The trend in the hotel business is multiple room types and levels driven by demand for open concept suites similar to homes. « more »

May 8, 2013 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada is pleased to respond on behalf of the lodging industry in Canada. Each hotel brand, and individual hotels within those brands, defines their room product and required inventory of that room product in each location based on a variety of factors. « more »


UNWTO Release: Visa facilitation: Stimulating economic growth and development through tourism

The United Nations World Tourism Organization has released the Study “Visa Facilitation: Stimulating Economic Growth and Development Through Tourism”. It focusses on the economic opportunities derived from Visa facilitation. It supports the Hotel Association of Canada Government Relations/Advocacy Campaign in conjunction with our partners to enhance access to Canada. It underscores our HAC Grassroots argument for enhanced Visas including eVisas, reciprocity arrangements and broadening waiver status. « more »


President and CEO to step down on Dec. 31 after 10-year term at the pinnacle of Canadian tourism

After leading the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) for a full two terms of service, the CTC's President and CEO Michele McKenzie announced today to her team that she will be leaving her post effective December 31, 2013. « more »


Time to grow international air traffic to and through Canada

Improvements to the visa regime will improve Canada’s image abroad, increase trade links and provide a much-needed boost to the prospects of Canada’s aviation sector with little financial investment required by the Government of Canada. It’s a no-brainer. « more »


From the Desk of the President

July 2013 – Ottawa – The Canadian tourism industry is at a crossroads. We are not attracting enough people to travel to Canada and are creating barriers to their arrival. In 2012, the Canadian tourism industry was worth $84.8 billion. Tourism’s contribution to the GDP is worth more than agriculture, fisheries and forestry combined. « more »


Is Canada Open for Business?

July 9, 2013 – Ottawa – The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) now have an example where Canadian officials are telling people, in writing, not to travel to Canada. TIAC has received a copy of a written response sent by Immigration Section at the Canadian Embassy in Bogota, Colombia telling those requesting Canadian visitor visas to take their business elsewhere. « more »


From Statistics Canada - National Tourism Indicators, First Quarter 2013

Tourism spending in Canada rose 0.1% in the first quarter, as higher spending by international visitors in Canada offset lower spending by Canadians at home. After average quarterly gains of 0.9% from the third quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2011, growth in tourism demand slowed down. Since the beginning of 2012, tourism demand has increased on average 0.3% per quarter. « more »


CBRE Hotels Canada – 2013 National Hotel Outlook

Canadian hotel investment remained strong in 2012 amidst macroeconomic uncertainty. « more »


Federal Tourism Strategy 2012 Annual Report

June 2013 – This first annual report reviews activities from the time the strategy was launched in October 2011 to the end of December 2012. Organized under the four priorities, the report sets out the progress the various departments and agencies have made toward fulfilling their commitments. Each section also outlines other federal activities that were carried out to support tourism throughout the period. The annual report then looks ahead to work that will maintain the momentum achieved in the strategy’s first 15 months to address the evolving needs of industry and seize opportunities as they arise. « 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 »


Qu’avons-nous réalisé?

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 »


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 »


Call for Entries 2012 HAC Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence

August 8, 2012 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is now accepting entries for the 2012 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence. In its ninth year the Hall of Fame Awards program continues the Association’s tradition of acknowledging the strong standards and values of those involved in and with the lodging industry. « more »


G20 Recognizes the Economic Benefit of the Travel & Tourism

June 28, 2012 – Ottawa – Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) applauds G20 leaders for recognizing the vital role tourism plays in economies throughout the world. « more »


Why Is No One Travelling to Canada?

June 25, 2012 – I set out to write an article saying that all of the money the United States was pouring into marketing itself as a destination was going to have a residual effect for Canada that could be beneficial. Tony Pollard set me straight. « more »


Deloitte’s Navigate: Summer 2012 – New directions in tourism, hospitality and leisure

Gain insight into the industry trends with Deloitte’s summer edition of Navigate. As a follow-up to last year’s winter edition, Navigate: Summer 2012 delves into new topics including culinary tourism, food and beverage trends and the success of Newfoundland and Labrador’s tourism marketing campaign. « more »


Harper Government announces improvements to the Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program

May 4, 2012 – Summerside, PEI – The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue,today announced administrative improvements to the Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program (FCTIP) as part of the Harper Government’s commitment to Canada’s Federal Tourism Strategy. These changes will further secure Canada’s place as a destination of choice for group travel. « more »


Plus d’achats transfrontaliers pour les billets d'avion moins chers
Derniers résultats de l'enquête canadienne sur les intentions de voyage 2012

Le 4 mai 2012 – Summerside, (Î.-P.-É.) – L’honorable Gail Shea, ministre du Revenu national, a annoncé aujourd’hui des améliorations d’ordre administratif au Programme d’incitation pour congrès étrangers et voyages organisés (PICEVO), dans le cadre de l’engagement du gouvernement Harper à l’égard de la Stratégie fédérale en matière de tourisme du Canada. « suite »


Hoteliers Applaud New Foreign Worker Rules

April 26, 2012 – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) congratulates Human Resources Minister Diane Finley on her announcement to speed up the Temporary Foreign Worker Program which addresses Canada’s persistent labour shortages. « more »


emerit Hospitality Training Takes Flight

IATA Training and Development Institute Chooses emerit to Supply Hospitality Training Worldwide. « more »


Why low-cost airlines don't want to come to Canada

April 4, 2012 – How taxes and fees are pushing up prices, scaring off foreign airlines, and making Canada a miserable place to fly. « more »


Economic update from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

April 4, 2012 – The Canadian lodging sector is closely tied to the economy; this job report will definitely have a very positive impact for both business and leisure travel. « more »


Federal Budget 2012 – “Plan to Reshape Canada”

March 30, 2012 – Ottawa – Jim Flaherty’s Budget is a return to fiscal conservatism and a free market economy. In the first Conservative majority Parliament, the government expects Canadians to take more responsibility for retirement; expects environmentalists to get out of the way of the resource sector and is greatly shrinking the manner in which government does business. « more »


Lodging Industry Calls on Government to Address Labour Shortages

March 28, 2012 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) and the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) met with the Alberta Conservative Caucus and the All Party Federal Tourism Caucus today in two separate sessions. In total, more than 60 Ministers, MPs and Senators heard from the lodging industry on current labour shortages. « more »


Hank Stackhouse Assumes Role as New Chair for Hotel Association of Canada

March 12, 2012 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce the election of Hank Stackhouse as the new Chair of the HAC Board of Directors. Mr. Stackhouse’s new role is effective as of the Association’s Annual General Meeting held in Toronto on Monday March 5, 2012. « more »


Business Travel is Picking Up - Leisure Travel is Static

March 6, 2012 – Ottawa – Latest results from the 2012 HAC Canadian Travel Intentions Survey show that business travel is projected to be up four percent in 2012, while leisure travel is expected to be static. Eighty percent of business travellers said they would be doing more or the same amount of business travel in Canada in 2012 as they did in 2011 with the highest percentage coming from Ontario and Quebec. Eighty-two per cent of leisure travellers said they will be travelling more or the same for vacation this year. « more »


Le voyage d'affaires reprend - le voyage de loisirs est statique

Le 6 mars 2012 – Ottawa – Les derniers résultats de l'enquête canadienne de l’AHC sur les intentions de voyage 2012 montrent que le voyage d'affaires est en hausse de quatre pour cent en 2012, alors qu'on s'attend à ce que le voyage de loisirs soit statique. Quatre-vingt pour cent des voyageurs d'affaires ont dit qu'ils feraient plus ou la même quantité de voyages d'affaires au Canada en 2012 comme ils ont fait en 2011 avec le pourcentage le plus élevé en provenance de l’Ontario et du Québec. Quatre-vingt-deux pour cent de voyageurs de loisirs ont dit qu'ils voyageront davantage ou de même pour des vacances cette année.
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More Cross-Border Shopping for Less Expensive Airline Tickets
Latest Results From 2012 Canadian Travel Intentions Survey

February 29, 2012 – Ottawa – When Canadians start making their travel plans this year, the first place more than a third of them will be going to is the U.S. to buy cheaper airline tickets says data released today from the Hotel Association of Canada’s (HAC) 2012 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 2012

Le 29 février 2012 – Ottawa – Lorsque les Canadiens commencent à faire leurs plans de voyage cette année, le premier endroit où plus d’un tiers d’entre eux se rendront est les États-Unis pour acheter des billets d'avion à meilleur marché affirme les données de l’enquête canadienne sur les intentions de voyage 2012 publiées aujourd'hui par l'association des hôtels du Canada (AHC). « suite »


The HAC Applauds BC Decision to Eliminate Aviation Fuel Tax

February 23, 2012 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada today congratulates the British Columbia Government for its decision to eliminate the provincial jet fuel tax on international flights. « more »


The HAC Commends PM’s Commitment to Expanding Tourism from China

February 9, 2012 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada congratulates Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his success in China over the past several days specifically recognizing the positive steps made with regards to tourism in Canada. « more »


HAC Presents: Hospitality for Chinese Guest Webinar

DATE: February, 8, 2012 TIME: 11:00am EST – The Canadian tourism industry continues to target the growing Chinese market following Canada officially receiving Approved Destination Status (ADS) from China in 2010. Our Chinese guests have high hopes and expectations of Canada. We must, therefore, adopt the correct form of tact and diplomacy, and show ourselves to be most welcoming in our hospitality. In terms of succeeding in our relationships with the Chinese tourists, cultural sensitivity with regard to their needs and expectations plays a key role. Aside from having brochures, websites, menus and leaflets translated into Chinese, we must also take into consideration the customs in China, in organizing holiday or leisure activities, as well as in accommodating preferences in meals and in-room décor and amenities.

To find out more, join HAC President, Tony Pollard, on February 8 when he'll be sharing his 2011 USA Today award winning report on "Hospitality for Chinese Guests" with HAC members.


Women Only Hotel Rooms

January 15, 2012 – CBC News The National – Some hotels are now designating entire floors for female guests only, but not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. « more »


HAC Announces 2011 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Recipients

January 11, 2012 – Ottawa, ON – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) has announced the 2011 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence winners. « more »


L’AHC annonce les bénéficiaires de prix d'excellence “Hall of Fame” 2011

Le 11 janvier 2012 – Ottawa, ON – L'association des hôtels du Canada (AHC) a annoncé les gagnants pour les prix d’excellence “Hall of Fame” 2011. « suite »


Top Hotel Trend for 2012

Online travel agencies (OTAs) continue to have the biggest impact on the hotel industry. This will continue unabated through 2012; but it is a two edged sword. « more »


House Of Commons Finance Committee Embraces Recommendations From HAC In Its Pre-Budget Report

December 16, 2011 – Ottawa, ON – The House of Commons Finance Committee has released its pre-budget report titled “Staying Focused on Canadian Jobs and Growth”. The report provides Canadians with a framework on how the federal government plans to achieve a sustained economic recovery in Canada, create quality, sustainable jobs, ensure relatively low rates of taxation and achieve a balanced budget.
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Le Comité Des Finances De La Chambre Des Communes Embrasse Des Recommandations De l’AHC Dans Son Rapport Prébudgétaire

Le 16 décembre 2011 – Ottawa, ON – Le Comité des finances de la Chambre des communes a publié son rapport prébudgétaire intitulé «maintenir le cap sur l’emploi et la croissance au Canada». Le rapport fournit aux Canadiens un cadre sur la façon dont le gouvernement fédéral prévoit de réaliser une reprise économique soutenue au Canada, de créer de la qualité, des emplois durables, garantir un taux relativement faible de la fiscalité et d’atteindre un budget équilibré. « suite »


CRTC Decision Enhances TV Service Competition In Commercial And Institutional Properties

A December 14, 2011 policy decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has significantly increased competition and choice amongst TV distributors for the operators and managers of commercial and institutional properties and their occupants. « more »


A Pulse On The Tourism Industry – Courtesy Of Deloitte & TIAC

Volatility and uncertainty will be accompanying our winter travel season. After decent arrivals and receipts in the first part of 2011, global economic instability will surely impact the pace of travel to and within Canada as we prepare for 2012. « more »


Dr. David Suzuki & Chip Conley Keynote Speakers at HAC 2012 Conference

December 1, 2011 – Ottawa, ON – HAC announced today that award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster Dr. David Suzuki and Chip Conley CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and well known author will be keynote speakers at HAC's 2012 Annual Conference on March 6, 2012. « more »


HAC President addresses TIANS Tourism Summit regarding on line travel agencies

November 30, 2011 – Ottawa, ON – President Tony Pollard joined TIAC, the CTHRC and the CTC on a panel discussion “The National Connection” regarding on line travel agencies. « more »


HAC Hall of Fame Awards Submission Deadline Extended to December 12, 2011

November 10, 2011 – Ottawa, ON – The November 28 submission deadline for the Hotel Association of Canada’s (HAC) 2011 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence has been extended to December 12, 2011. « more »


The HAC recognized by ISHAE 2011 Awards of Excellence

November 8, 2011 – Boston, MA – The HAC has been awarded the International Society of Hotel Association Executives’ (ISHAE) 2011 Education/Workforce Development Award of Excellence for Canadian Hospitality for Chinese Guests. The Education/Workforce Development Award is given to a program or project that introduces new employees, demonstrates an effective training mechanism, or otherwise enhances knowledge of the industry. The HAC’s Canadian Hospitality for Chinese Guests is a result of the need to update those in the Hospitality industry with changes in the Chinese inbound market. It is also a response to the anticipated high demand resulting from Canada’s Approved Destination Status (ADS) with the People’s Republic of China. The full document can be found here.

The ISHAE Awards of Excellence will be given out next month at the 25th annual ISHAE Winter Conference at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in La Jolla, California. « more »


HAC Meets With Chair Of The All Party Non-Partisan Tourism Caucus

November 3, 2011 – Ottawa – HAC President, Tony Pollard, met Wednesday with Blake Richards, Conservative MP from the Alberta Riding of Wild Rose and Chair of the all Party Non-Partisan Tourism Caucus. Topics on the table included the HAC’s support of the new Federal Tourism Strategy and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Mr. Pollard and Mr. Richards had a lengthy discussion on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and how it is critical to hotel operations across Canada and especially in Alberta; the program is not consistent nationally and requires immediate government attention especially the Labour Market Opinion or LMO component. There is no reason why hiring an individual under the Program in Nova Scotia takes a few weeks while in Alberta it can take up to several months. Mr. Richards indicated that he would like the HAC to meet with the full Alberta Conservative Caucus in the near future.


Aviation Day Canada

October 25, 2011 – Ottawa – HAC President Tony Pollard joins TIAC, CAC, NACC and IATA for Panel Discussion on Sharpening Canada’s Competitive Edge in Travel & Tourism. « more »


Green Globe and Green Key Global Launch Joint Marketing of Apple App

October 24, 2011 – Los Angeles – Green Globe Certification and Green Key Global jointly announce the inclusion of Green Key certified hotels & resorts in the Green Globe App for Apple mobile devices.
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HAC Invited to Appear before the House of Commons Finance Committee

October 18, 2011 – Travel and Tourism drive economic growth and diversity in every province and territory in Canada. Tourism contributed $29.5 billion to Canada’s GDP in 2010. In 2010 Tourism accounted for 1.6 million or 9.2 percent of all jobs in Canada only exceeded by manufacturing and retail. « more »


Why Tourism Budgets Should be Increased

In today’s climate of government cuts, tourism spending is one of the easier targets. Legislators at all levels are looking at ways to slash costs in order to deal with deficits. The federal government of Canada is no different as it seeks up to 10 percent cuts in programs across the country. « more »


Federal Government Announces Canada's Inaugural Federal Tourism Strategy

October 6, 2011 – Ottawa – Today the federal Government and the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, announced Canada’s inaugural Federal Tourism Strategy. « more »


Le Gouvernement Fédéral Annonce La Stratégie Fédérale Inaugurale En Matière De Tourisme Du Canada

Le 6 octobre 2011 – Ottawa – Aujourd'hui, le gouvernement fédéral et l’honorable Maxime Bernier, ministre d'État à la Petite Entreprise et au Tourisme, ont annoncé la Stratégie fédérale inaugurale en matière de tourisme du Canada. « suite »


The Drop Zone: Are Hotels Their Own Worst Enemy?

September 2011 – When it comes to pricing, hotels might be their own worst enemy. Many hotels are quickly discovering they’ve passed too much control and inventory to online travel agencies. « more »


Chip and PIN: Reinforcing Proper Procedures

With the holiday season just around the corner, we want to take this opportunity to remind Chase Paymentech merchants the importance of proper chip card acceptance at the point of sale. « more »


Cartes à Puce et à NIP: L’Importance des Procédures Correctes

Avec l’arrivée prochaine de la période des Fêtes, nous souhaitons profiter de cette occasion pour rappeler aux commerçants de Chase Paymentech l’importance de l’acceptation correcte des cartes à puce au point de vente. « suite »


2011 Economic Impact of Canada's Lodging Sector Report

According to the findings of the annual HAC Hotel Economic Impact Report, throughout all of Canada there are approximately 8,486 hotels, motels, inns and resorts. This translates into about 456,689 guest rooms. « more »


Royal Roads University Introduces a Master of Arts in Tourism Management

Join one of the scheduled teleconferences to hear about Royal Roads University’s Master of Arts in Tourism Management. It’s the first one in Canada, and can take your career as far as you want to go. « more »


HAC President, Tony Pollard, meets with Small Business & Tourism Minister Maxime Bernier

September 7, 2011 – The Hotel Association of Canada was invited by Small Business and Tourism Minister Maxime Bernier to participate in a briefing whereby the Minister indicated he is fully committed to reducing government red tape. The What Was Heard Report will be tabled in December in order that recommendations can be included in the 2012 February Federal Budget. Tony Pollard, HAC President, stated; "this is a welcome initiative clearing a path for the private sector".


Harper Government takes another step towards eliminating job-killing red tape

September 6, 2011 – Toronto, ON – Today, Minister of State Maxime Bernier (Small Business and Tourism), and chair of the Red Tape Reduction Commission, announced the Commission has taken another step toward cutting job-killing red tape with the release of the Commission's What Was Heard Report. « more »


Stop Treating Airline Sector as a Cash Cow

August 29, 2011 – A number of interesting and relevant articles were included in The Hill Times' Transportation policy briefing last week. However, little attention was paid to the air sector and the important contributing and enabling role it plays in the Canadian economy. « more »


From the Desk of the President

August 25, 2011 – The election of the 41st Parliament of Canada with a solid Conservative Government translates into political stability in Ottawa for the first time since 2005. As members of the Canadian lodging industry now is the ideal time for each and every one of you to reach out to your MP at the riding level and drive home the need for strong sustained funding for the Canadian Tourism Commission, a better visa process with improved access to Canada. « more »


Characteristics of International Overnight Travellers

August 24, 2011 – Business travel between Canada and the United States fell in both directions during the first quarter. In contrast, business travel between Canada and overseas countries rose in both directions. « more »


The Hotel Association of Canada and TIAC meet with The Honourable Maxime Bernier, P.C., M.P.

August 22, 2011 – Thank you for the opportunity of meeting with you in Toronto on August 19. At the outset we are delighted that you are “The Advocate for the Tourism Industry” as you so eloquently described your appointment at our meeting. « more »


The Prince George Hotel’s Immigrant-Friendly Hiring Practices

August 19, 2011 – The Prince George Hotel’s immigrant-friendly hiring practices have prompted the need for English language instruction which is integrated into new employee training and development. The Prince George Hotel is a medium-sized, high-end hotel located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Prince George Hotel aims to provide excellent customer service to its guests. In order to achieve that objective, it requires a well-trained staff with excellent communication and customer service skills.

A key element of the hotel’s business strategy entails finding, hiring, and developing staff with the right skills and attitudes to deliver the service standards that it promises to its guests. However, finding the right employees has been challenging for the hotel, especially when labour shortages began to confront the Atlantic tourism industry. Shortages of housekeepers and room attendants were particularly acute as suitable candidates had other more attractive employment prospects. « more »


Ontario – Are You Ready for January 1, 2012?

August 3, 2011 – Toronto, ON – The first accessibility standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is now law that requires compliance for January 1, 2012. The Government of Ontario has been working closely with the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) to develop tools and resources to ensure that the hospitality sector is prepared. The information on the attached document will be helpful in preparing your staff and business for the roadmap to accessibility. The links on the document provide access to Hospitality Policy Templates, and Best Practice reviews. Included is an overview of the Integrated Accessibility Regulation which is the second AODA standard to become law. This standard pertains to Transportation, Employment and Information Communications. A timeline for this standard is included by accessing the featured link in the document. The Build standard is the third and final AODA standard and it is still in development. « more »


Delta Hotels and Resorts First National Hotel Chain to Commit its Portfolio to Green Key Meetings

July 26, 2011 – Ottawa, ON – Delta Hotels and Resorts today became the first national hotel chain to commit its Canadian portfolio of properties to the new Green Key Meetings program developed by the Hotel Association of Canada and MPI Foundation Canada. In addition to being Green Key Certified, all 46 Delta Hotels and Resorts have now been given the Green Key Meetings Certification, which provides meeting planners an unbiased guarantee of Delta’s commitment to environmental stewardship. « more »


Federal Red Tape Reduction Commission of the Government of Canada

April 4, 2011 – Ottawa, ON – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) representing the $17.5 billion lodging industry in Canada employing more than 320,000 people and contributing $6 billion in tax revenues to the Canadian economy including $2.8 billion at the federal level is pleased to present this submission to the Federal Red Tape Reduction Commission. « more »


Federal Budget 2011- From the Desk of the President

March 22, 2011 – Ottawa, ON – Today Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presented the Federal Budget for the next fiscal year beginning April 1, in a politically charged environment that could see an election call by the end of the week. « more »


HAC Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon Celebrates Industry Commitment

March 10, 2011 – Ottawa, ON – On Monday, March 7th the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) celebrated its seventh annual afternoon of industry achievements at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, with its Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Program. « more »


Canadians Drive to the U. S. For Less Expensive Airline Tickets Video
Latest Results From 2011 Canadian Travel Intentions Survey

February 16, 2011 – Ottawa – More and more Canadians are travelling by car to the United States to purchase less expensive airline tickets says data released today from the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) 2011 Canadian Travel Intentions survey. « more »


Tourism Spending in Canada has Fully Recovered

January 11, 2011 – Postmedia News – Tourism spending in Canada has fully recovered from the yearlong downturn that began in the third quarter of 2008, according to the latest figures released Monday by Statistics Canada. Spending, adjusted for price changes as well as for seasonal variations, stood 2.6% higher in the third quarter of 2010 than before the decline began more than two years ago. Overall, there was an increase in spending on tourism in Canada for the fifth consecutive quarter, rising 1.5% over the previous three months. The tourism spending data include money spent by Canadians travelling within the country, and by international visitors. Domestically, Canadians spent 1.6% more than they did in the second quarter. Spending by international visitors increased 1.3% in the third quarter, following a 0.4% decline in the second quarter.


Come On Down, The Price Is Right!

November / December, 2010 – Ignite Magazine – Groups fed up with expensive tickets cross border for economic airfares. « more »


Hoteliers Roll Out The Welcome Mat For Positive Growth In 2011

December 6, 2010 – Canadian Travel Press – “Cautiously optimistic” is how Anthony Pollard, president of the Hotel Association of Canada, describes his outlook for business in 2011. « more »


TIANS Recognizes Tourism Excellence

December 1, 2010 – Halifax, NS – HAC Chair, Mr. Nicholas Carson, wins the Alastair & Frances Campbell Tourism Achievement Award. « more »


National Travel And Tourism Coalition Calls On Government To Enhance Competitiveness

October 28, 2010 – Ottawa, ON – New whitepaper calls for fair taxation regime, level playing field with international competition. « more »


Overview and Updates of Payment Card Network Mandated Chip Liability Shift

October 15, 2010 – As a courtesy to our Merchants, Chase Paymentech™ is providing the following notice regarding recent industry updates. « more »


Nicholas Carson Assumes Role as New Chair for Hotel Association of Canada

March 31, 2010 – Ottawa, ON – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) announces that Nicholas Carson has assumed the role of Chair of the HAC Board of Directors. Mr. Carson’s new role is effective immediately. « more »


New normals cautious optimism : the buzzwords for 2010 and the Annual Business Travel Summit | Travel Week | March 25, 2010 | Volume 38 Issue 12 | Kathryn Folliott


Best Western Summit considers ‘new normal’ | Canadian Travel Press | March 29, 2010 | Bob Mowat


Canada’s Lodging Sector 2009

March 9, 2010 – Ottawa, ON – This study was completed by PKF Consulting Inc. on behalf of the Hotel Association of Canada. The 2008 results are based on Operating Revenue from PKF’s Trends in the hotel industry and PKF’s hotel industry supply database. Value-added, direct & indirect government Revenues, salaries & Wages and Employment have been based on the ratio’s reflected in HAC’s Economic Impact Model completed by the Conference Board of Canada in 2001. « more »


Travel Intentions Survey Reveals ‘Green‘ Trends

February 25, 2010 – Ottawa, ON – For the past six years, the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) has conducted a comprehensive survey of Canadian travel trends and intentions for the upcoming year. Unveiled during HAC’s Annual Conference and Trade Show in February, the results of this year’s survey revealed several important insights of great value with respect to a hotel’s sustainable initiatives. « more »  « Français »


HAC Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon Celebrates Industry Commitment

February 8, 2010 – Ottawa, ON – On Thursday, February 4th, the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) celebrated its sixth year of industry achievements at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, with its annual Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Program. « more »  « Français »


2010 Canadian Travel Intentions Survey

February 8, 2010 – Ottawa, ON – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) today released data from its 2010 Canadian Travel Intentions survey indicating that expected business travel is up three per cent from last year but leisure travel is down four per cent. « more »  « Français »


Tourism Performance for Canada (2009)

January 20, 2010 – A summary of year-end tourism statistics including inbound numbers and revenue. « more »


HAC Applauds Prime Minister in Achieving ADS with China

December 3, 2009 – Ottawa, ON – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) congratulates Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his success in achieving Approved Destination Status for Canada from China. The announcement, made today following Harper’s meeting with Premier of China Wen Jiabao, means that it will now be easier for Chinese nationals to visit Canada. « more »  « Français »


Military Families Honoured by Canadian Hotels

June 2, 2009 – Ottawa, ON – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce that more than 600 hotels nationwide are now participating in the Military Family Appreciation Program. Developed in 2008 in conjunction with the Department of National Defence, the Military Family Appreciation Program is a show of support by the Canadian lodging industry to Canada's Regular and Reserve Forces Members and their families. « more »


Canadian Lodging Industry Embraces Environmental Initiatives

April 20, 2009 – Ottawa, ON – In celebration of Earth Day the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) congratulates all the Canadian lodging properties that have undertaken efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. These properties are emerging as true industry leaders at a time when the environment remains one of the top concerns on the minds of Canadians. « more »


HAC Joins the Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria

April 2, 2009 – Ottawa, ON – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce that it has been confirmed as a network member of the United Nations backed Partnership for the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC Partnership). « more »


Techno-Savvy Canadians are still Travelling in Canada in 2009

February 11, 2009 – Toronto, ON – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) today released data from its 2009 Canadian Travel Intentions survey indicating that despite the current economic crisis in Canada, 74 per cent of Canadians intend to travel in Canada either for business or leisure in 2009. « more »

Les Canadiens techno-intuitifs voyagent toujours au Canada en 2009

Le 11 Février 2009 – Toronto, ON – L'association des hôtels du Canada (AHC) a aujourd'hui publié des données de son enquête canadienne de 2009 intentions de voyage indiquant que même en dépit de la crise économique courante au Canada, 74 pour cent des Canadiens ont l'intention de voyager au Canada pour affaires ou loisirs en 2009. « suite »


Green Key Eco-Rating Program Partners with Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT)

January 20, 2009 – Ottawa, ON – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce a partnership with Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT) magazine that will promote the HAC’s Green Key Eco-Rating program to the meetings and events industry. « more »


CITQ Conducts Quebec GK Inspections

January 13, 2009 – Longueuil – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) and the Corporation de l'industrie touristique du Québec (CITQ) today announced that they have signed an agreement regarding the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, aimed at promoting environmentally friendly practices in the tourist accommodation industry. Under this agreement the HAC gives the CITQ the mandate to visit and certify all establishments in Quebec participating in the Green Key program. « more »

Communique Cle Verte Janvier 2009

Le 13 Janvier 2009 – Longueuil – L’Association des hôtels du Canada (AHC) et la Corporation de l’industrie touristique du Québec (CITQ) ont annoncé aujourd’hui la signature d’une entente de service relative à la certification Clé verte, programme visant à encourager les bonnes pratiques écologiques dans le secteur de l’hébergement touristique. En vertu de cette entente, l’AHC confie à la CITQ le mandat de visiter et certifier tous les établissements du Québec participant au programme de certification Clé verte. « suite »


HAC Green Key Milestone Release

December 23, 2008 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program reached a milestone today as the signing of a group of properties brought program participation to just over the 1,000 member mark. « more »

HAC Clé Verte Communique Etape Importante

Le 23 Décembre 2008 – Ottawa – Le Programme Eco-Evaluation Clé Verte de l'Association des hôtels du Canada a atteint une étape importante aujourd'hui en tant que signature d'un groupe de propriétés a apporté la participation du programme juste au-dessus de la marque de 1,000 membres. « suite »


Green Key & RéserVert, Partners in Quebec

November 26, 2008 – Ottawa/Montreal – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) and the Quebec Hotel Association (QHA) join their voices to encourage hoteliers to reduce their ecological footprint by using one of the two offered in Quebec, Green Key or Réservert. « more »

RéserVert et Clés Vertes, Partenaires au Québec

Le 26 Novembre 2008 – Montréal/Ottawa – L’Association des hôteliers du Québec (AHQ) et l’Association des hôtels du Canada (AHC) unissent leurs voix afin d’amener une majorité d’hôteliers à réduire leur empreinte écologique à l’aide de l’un des deux programmes offerts au Québec, RéserVert et Clé Verte. « suite »


HAC Green Key Eco-Rating Program Recognized by AAA

November 17, 2008 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce that Green Key rated hotels can now include their Key ratings in AAA/CAA travel guides. « more »

Programme Eco-Evaluation Clé Verte de l’AHC Identifié par l’AAA

Le 17 Novembre 2008 – Ottawa – L’association des hôtels du Canada (AHC) est heureuse d'annoncer que les hôtels évalués par Clé Verte peuvent maintenant inclure leurs évaluations principales dans les guides de voyage de l’AAA/CAA. « suite »


Nominations are now open for the 2008 HAC Hall of Fame Awards and the Stephen Phillips Passion for Hospitality Bursary

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Hotels Join the Election Campaign

September 15, 2008 – Ottawa – In the midst of the national election campaign, Canada’s hotels are staging a campaign of their own – to tell the politicians that Canada needs new policies to support the travel sector at a time of declining demand. « more »  « Français »


Stop Sticking it to Us

September 15, 2008 – Ottawa – The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and a coalition of like-minded associations including the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) launched “www.StopStickingItToUs.ca”, a national campaign against Big Credit Card companies and the banks that issue their cards that have been imposing skyrocketing hidden credit card fees on all Canadians. The campaign targets the more than $4.5 billion dollars worth of hidden credit card fees paid by Canadians each year. « more »  « Français »


Federal Government Announces Release of 2009 Accommodation Request for Standing Offer

July 24, 2008 – Ottawa – Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has released the 2009 Accommodation Request for Standing Offer (RFSO) for the Government of Canada employees on July 21, 2008. Properties must submit their offers no later than September 17, 2008 at 2:00 pm in order to have their offer considered for the 2009 Accommodation Directory. There is only one bidding period for the 2009 Directory and fax submission are no longer accepted, therefore please ensure you complete and submit your offer prior to the bid closing date. « more »


Military Family Appreciation Program Embraced by Canadian Hotels

July 2, 2008 – Ottawa – The HAC Military Family Appreciation Program has been launched by the Hotel Association of Canada. In conjunction with the Department of National Defence, the program is designed to support Canada’s Regular and Reserve Forces members and their families by allowing hotels to show their support by offering a reduced room rate to members of the military and their immediate families. « more »


Canadian Lodging Industry Takes Environment To Heart

April 20, 2007 – Ottawa – In celebration of Earth Day the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) congratulates all those Canadian lodging properties that have undertaken efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. These properties are emerging as true industry leaders at a time when the environment is one of the top concerns on the minds of Canadians.” « more »


Federal Budget Great News for Hotels & Tourism

March 19, 2007 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada has congratulated Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Stephen Harper’s New Conservative Government for their recognition of the importance of hotels in the new federal budget. “We applaud Minister Flaherty for maintaining the convention and tour component of the GST/HST Visitor Rebate Program,” stated Tony Pollard, President of the HAC adding “The Minister has always told us that he greatly values the economic development contribution of hotels across Canada. He listened to us. He has met this commitment. « more »


HAC Calls for End to Crippling Airport Tax

February 12, 2007 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) today added its voice to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority's "Coalition for a Fair Deal" by formally calling on the Federal Government to immediately and substantially reduce the airport rent it charges to the Greater Toronto Airport Authority.  « more »

2007 Canadian Travel Intentions Survey

February 20, 2007 - Toronto -- The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) today released new market research data demonstrating that in 2007 11% more Canadians intend to travel in Canada than 2006, continuing a steady increase over the past few years (57% of Canadians said they would travel in Canada in 2005, 67% in 2006 and 78% in 2007.) « more »

 
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