» Energy Bulletin for July 2017
July 2017 Pricing for Natural Gas & Electricity
1 year price at 13.9 cents/m3 beginning July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018*.
3 year price at 12.7 cents/m3 beginning July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020*.
*Please note that new regulations require members located in the Union Gas North East zone to have their transportation charge combined with their commodity rate on their bill.
1 year 7x24 target price at 2.5 cents/kWh beginning July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018
3 year 7x24 target price at 2.7 cents/kWh beginning July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020
The target price plus the HOEP will make-up the consumer’s on-bill final price. ECNG Energy has no control over the Global Adjustment cost.
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How To Join ORHMA’S Group Buying Program
Contact ORHMA’S exclusive contact Rosemary Laurenti at 1-877-832-3264 extension 3284 or by email@example.com by Wednesday April 26th, 2017.
» Check In Canada – The Hotel Industry’s Solution To Booking Travel Online
Endorsed by the Hotel Association of Canada, Check In Canada is a consortium of provincial accommodation associations, from British Columbia to Ontario, who are working together to connect guests directly to the hotels and lodging that serve them, reducing the high cost of intermediaries. Check In Canada is owned by these member based organizations, not a private, for profit entity. Its purpose is to enhance the guest experience and drive economic prosperity for Canada’s tourism & hospitality industry.
What are the Benefits of Participating in Check In Canada?
reducing your distribution costs
- A refreshed listing linked on OntarioTravel.net website that connects directly to your reservation system,
- showing consumers your rates & availability, with no additional inventory management required by you;
- · Listing on www.CheckInCanada.com
- · Consumers are referred to your website to book their accommodation, increasing direct bookings and
- Consumers can shop and compare accommodations and view consumer feedback through TripAdvisor
- · Most importantly, you own the relationship with your guest, increasing guest satisfaction and your own
· Through Check In Canada, OntarioTravel.net guests are connected directly to your online booking system, improving the guest experience, reducing your acquisition costs, and allowing you to build a direct one-on-one relationship with your guest.
For more information and pricing click here.
To enroll in the program click here.
» Learn About Your Check In Canada Listing
In 2015, with the support of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) provided your property with a complimentary listing on CheckInCanada.com for the Pan Am & ParaPan Am Games, where it was available to 250,000 visitors at no charge to you.
Please join in our informative webinar and Q&A session, to be held Thursday, April 27 at 1:00pm.
To register for the session click here.
Your listing is still live, and we at ORHMA are excited to announce that there is now a link from OntarioTravel.net, Ontario's official tourism website, which is visited by over 4 million consumers each year, to the check in Canada database.
"ORHMA is pleased to support our members’ drive to increase direct bookings through our partnership with Check In Canada. As your provincial hotel association, we believe helping consumers book direct through OntarioTravel.net will be a tremendous benefit, reducing hotels’ acquisition costs and increasing guest satisfaction.”
-Tony Elenis, CEO, Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association
Your Check In Canada listing entitles you to :
- Display rates & availability in Check In Canada consumer searches on OntarioTravel.net, which links directly to your online reservation system with no additional inventory management required.
- Commission-free direct bookings. No matter how many consumers click on your listing, Check In Canada only charges when a consumer clicks on the “Book Now” button, and you will only be charged to a maximum of 200 clicks per year.
- Detailed quarterly analytics about where your potential customers are travelling from, their age and gender, all critical elements to help guide your marketing investments.
Because of ORHMA’s partnership with Check In Canada, we are able to provide this listing for just $195 a year plus $1 per click, to a maximum of 200 clicks per year.
To update your property’s information, create an account on my.checkincanada.com.
For questions and inquiries please call ORHMA at 844.361.0268 or 905.361.0268
or email mailto:ONupdates@checkincanada.com
To join our informative webinar and Q&A session, Thursday, April 27 at 1:00pm click here.
Why Check In Canada?
Endorsed by the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), Check In Canada™ is a consortium of provincial accommodation associations from British Columbia to Ontario who are working together to connect guests directly to the hotels and lodging that serve them, reducing the high cost of intermediaries.
The tourism industry has been transformed by the evolution of digital technology. Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) have changed the way guests research their travel and book their accommodation. While OTAs seemed like an ideal partner in the beginning, they now dominate the travel landscape, creating unintended consequences:
- Lower guest satisfaction. J.D Powers reports that customers who booked via an OTA were 45 points less satisfied than those who booked directly with the hotel.
- Lost tax revenue. Governments do not capture corporate and excise taxes on the OTA mark up.
- Reduced profitability of the accommodation industry:
- OTAs buy hotel rooms at a wholesale rate and resell them to consumers at a retail price.
- OTAs require hotels to agree to rate parity, which requires hotels to maintain the same rates for the
same product regardless of what commission the OTA makes.
- OTAs can reduce prices below minimum contracted margins by reducing their commission. This puts
tremendous pressure on hotels to match the OTAs’ prices.
- Because their transaction is with the OTA, guests are not the customer of the hotel where they actually stay.
OTAs purchase rooms from hotels at a discount, and resell those rooms to consumers at a higher rate.
Through Check In Canada™, accommodation providers are able to grow their direct bookings, increasing guest satisfaction and enhancing their profitability.
» Provincial Government Tells City of Toronto To Go Consult With Your Stakeholders Regarding Hotel Tax
As per our previous ORHMA Insider updates: The City of Toronto does not have the authority to implement such a tax under the current City of Toronto Act (COTA). The City of Toronto will be requesting from the Province of Ontario, through a legislative amendment to COTA the authority to implement a hotel/ lodging tax among other revenue tools, however last week Minister of Finance told Mayor John Tory go back to your stakeholders “looks to the city to engage with constituents and shareholders including potentially impacted business, to come to an agreement on this proposed revenue source.” ORHMA remains advocating on your behalf along with the GTHA as the approval shifted from Toronto City Hall to Queens Park and back to Toronto City Hall. We will continue our efforts with GTHA to oppose the hotel tax and other taxes under consideration.
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» ORHMA Advocating To Protect Licensees – LCBO Province-Wide Strike Vote Set
OPSEU’s LCBO workers scheduled a province-wide strike vote for April 24 or 25. The union’s contract expired on March 31 and it has since requested the Ministry of Labour appoint a conciliator. OPSEU president Smokey Thomas said his “members are fighting to save the LCBO” from the “creeping privatization” that allowed beer sales in grocery stores. OPSEU also announced it has filed with the Ministry of Labour to represent contract faculty at Ontario’s colleges. Thomas called it one of the largest organizing drives in Canadian history with thousands of cards signed. Thomas said unionizing contract workers is important because “we've reached the point where 70 per cent of those teaching are underpaid contract faculty with no job security.”
Regardless of what you read in the papers, ORHMA is working directly with LCBO corporate to ensure plans are in place for Ontario licensees in the event of a strike. We will keep you updated as this issue moves forward.This round of bargaining LCBO is using this website: https://lcbonegotiations.com/ to provide information about negotiations and other bargaining related news.
» Hotelier Magazine’s 2017 Housekeeping Forum
We are excited to invite you to the Forum on April 25, 2017 at One King West Hotel. This year, expect to learn more with an intensified and engaging program plus we are introducing 2 new awards to recognize Excellence in Housekeeping.
We expect the event to sell out , click here to register and nominate your stellar team.
Please ensure your nominee is present at the event.
» ORHMA Responds To Bell & Rogers Sports Programming Changes
As you know Bell and Rogers have both sent notices to restaurants and bars that they will have to pay for sports programming packages separately from other channels they may be paying for. The sports packaging is based on a
valid liquor licence and seat capacity. We have heard from Bell that a bar with 100 seats would pay approximately $120.00 per month for the sport programming plus additional costs for other channels but we know for many of our ORHMA members these costs will be in the thousands.
We are outraged with these policy changes that both Bell and Rogers have imposed on our members and only giving until April 21, 2017 to notify Bell and Rogers if they are keeping their sports programming.
Bell and Rogers have a firm deadline of May 1, 2017 – if owners and operators of restaurants and bars have not notified of keeping their sports channel they risk disruption and reconnection fees. This new policy from Bell and Rogers is for all of Canada not just Ontario.
It would be rather professional of Bell and Rogers to extend this deadline and phase their changes in so businesses can plan their budgets accordingly - nobody had a heads up to plan their budgets or seek alternate options for what they provide to their guests for viewing. This is truly an unfortunate additional cost to businesses with a liquor licence.
The attached letter was sent to the Canadian Commissioner of Competition and copied to the Federal Minister responsible for this area regarding Bell and Rogers changing their sports programming packages. We have also contacted CRTC- Bell and Rogers seeking answers and requesting a delay for implementation. We have also spoken to Bell directly and requested a delay and further discussion on cost increases.
» You’re Invited to the Largest Food Innovation Trade Show in North America
Discover the latest and greatest food innovations & trends at SIAL Canada! ORHMA is an important partner of SIAL Canada and is pleased to offer a very special rate of $40 for the 3 days of the show! ($80 regular price). To take advantage of this special offer, simply use promo code SIALORHMA17 when you register. For more information on this event, click here.