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 February 21st, 2017  (PDF version download) 
SPOTLIGHT

» Airbnb’s Influence on the Traditional Accommodation Survey
Ryerson University

Airbnb, the online short-term rental accommodation platform has become a popular area of controversy and is constantly being discussed in the media. This survey will aim to better understand the current views regarding Airbnb’s influence on the traditional accommodation industry. It will be asking traditional accommodation managers questions regarding their opinions on Airbnb and its potential impact on the hospitality industry. To complete the survey, click here.

GOVERNMENT NEWS

» Call to Action: Hotel Taxes for Municipalities 

ORHMA opposes any new hotel tax and has warned that it will cause job losses, reduction of foreign direct investment in the hotel industry and other economic harm. A room tax will kill the Destination Marketing Program, damage hotel bookings and impact much of the restaurant customer traffic stemming from leisure and business including city events such as sport tournaments and conventions. We ask that you consider contacting your MPP by telephone or sending a letter to express your concerns. A list of MPPs are available with contact details here. To read the letter that ORHMA has submitted to the Premier regarding the proposed hotel tax, click here.

» Complimentary AODA Info Session for Hotels & Restaurants

Please join us for this information session to help you understand: Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Employment Standard . You will be given an overview of the Accessible Employment Standard of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and you will learn about your requirements to make your employment practices more accessible; including how to hire, retain and provide career development opportunities.  This will enable you to understand the impact to your business, standards, compliance and the benefits to employers who hire and accommodate people with disabilities. We want to ensure that hospitality operators understand the AODA law and we are here to help.  We encourage you to share this invitation broadly within your hospitality industry networks. The information sessions will take place in the following cities for your convenience. Please register according to your location here.  

» Provincial Government Releases Long-Term Report on the Economy
Ministry of Finance

By developing a highly skilled workforce, making health care more accessible and efficient, building modern infrastructure and supporting business innovation and growth, the report shows that Ontario is in a position to grow and experience greater prosperity for years to come. To read the full article, click here.

» Ontario First Province to Introduce Large Building Energy & Water Reporting
Ministry of Energy

On July 1, 2016, the Energy Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016 came into force, which included amendments to the Green Energy Act, 2009 that enable implementation of Ontario’s Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) initiative through regulation. On February 6, 2017, Ontario Regulation 20/17, Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use, was filed, which outlines what building owners and utilities must do to comply with the initiative. Ontario is leading the way in Canada as the first province to introduce a large building energy and water reporting and benchmarking initiative for privately owned buildings on a province-wide scale. 

The EWRB initiative supports Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and Ontario’s commitment to put Conservation First as set out in the 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan. The Ministry of Energy is developing education and training materials to provide support to building owners and managers, so that compliance with the regulation is simple and straightforward. The Ministry will also be engaging its building sector allies and partners to support EWRB implementation. More information will be available later this year on the Ministry’s Large Building EWRB webpage. Questions regarding this initiative can be submitted to the Ministry using the following email address: EWRBsupport@ontario.ca.

» Governments join together to create Investment-Attraction Agency for Toronto
Canadian Startup News

The federal government, provincial government, and GTA municipalities will invest a combined $19.5 million to establish Toronto Global, a global investment-attraction agency for Toronto and the GTA. The government of Canada will invest $6 million through FedDev Ontario's Investing in Regional Diversification Initiative, Ontario will invest $7.5 million, and the municipalities of Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Halton, York, and Durham will invest $6 million. Toronto Global will promote the Toronto region around the world to attract global investment to the region by working with businesses and investors interested in Toronto. To read more, click here.

» Making life more affordable and cities more livable: NDP Leader Unveiled Policy Platform
Ontario NDP

Recently, the Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath announced that she has a plan to put Toronto on the right track-by investing in key areas like affordable housing, affordable childcare, and restoring the TTC's operating cost subsidies. Horwath is concerned about Toronto's well-being as a global city, and suggested that she has a plan to help alleviate some of the issues that the city has been facing for decades. She noted that her plan will "put over $330 million back in Toronto's transit system, which is more than the estimated revenue from the proposed road tolls, and nearly double the new gas tax funding being offered by the Wynne Liberals." As the Ontario NDP gears up for the 2018 election, Andrea Horwath unveiled a policy platform targeted towards Toronto voters. To read the complete article, click here.

SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT

» The Time for Massago is Now!

Massago is the on-demand mobile app that brings a vetted Registered Massage Therapist to your home, office or hotel — within the same day, and often within the same hour. Massago was built on the idea that busy people can't always take the time to go to the spa or clinic to get a registered massage. Rather than having to book days in advance for an appointment, you can get treatment from Massago when you need it most — on short notice. When your massage is over, you can relax where you are instead of battling traffic or transit to make your way home. Visit the Massago website today for more information.

IN THE KNOW - HOSPITALITY NEWS, TRENDS + UPDATES

»Toronto's patios are essential to the city's soul
Toronto Star

Sociologists consider these outdoor spaces "the third place" where people build community. The city’s licensing staff recommended hiking the fee that allows patios serving alcohol to operate on public property. In some cases by as much as 1,000 per cent. To read the full article, click here.

» Save the Date! ORHMA Annual Golf Tournament

That time of year is approaching once again when ORHMA brings the hospitality industry together. Mark your calendars! The 2017 ORHMA Annual Provincial Golf Tournament will take place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre. Stay tuned for further details and registration information. 

» The rise of ‘Meaningful purchasing’
Stephen Ayers – STAY Ahead Hospitality

I believe that the new customers, led chiefly by the millennials, have opened up huge opportunities for the independent hotelier to get back onto a more level playing field with the large brands. There are so many new ways and opportunities to stand out, not necessarily involving major investments, to be unique and underline the different identities of our independent properties. The large brands cannot move as fast as the independent operators and policy will not allow franchisees to create a completely new and ‘meaningful’ identity for properties. To read the full article, click here.

» Building Roots wants to work with you and your team!

We’re a social venture business that believes all people need places to grow, cook, buy and share healthy food. Building Roots create excellent food experiences, working across all sectors. Our partners and clients include Whole Foods, Ozery Bakery, Lanterra Developments, Ryerson University, Tyco, and The International Centre. To read the full article, click here.  

» The Road Ahead: Human Resources Trends and Issues to Watch in 2017 

Hicks Morley

In the human resources world, a new year means new challenges. Here are three human resources issues your organization should be thinking about as it prepares for the road ahead. To read more, click here.

INDUSTRY STATISTICS

» Ontario Tourism Current Performance Indicators November 2016

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with November 2016 data. The Current Performance Tool is available here.  This user friendly, interactive tool is updated monthly with the latest tourism statistics including:
    - Border Crossings
    - Accommodation Statistics
    - Travel Price Index
    - Economic Indicators
    - Consumer Response Indicators

» INDUSTRY EVENTS  

  • Complimentary AODA & Employment Standard Information Sessions: ORHMA will be travelling to several regions to assist operators with compliance details between February 8th - March 14th, 2017. To view region and location by date, click here. 
  • Restaurants Canada Show – February 26- February 28, 2017 – Complimentary passes for ORHMA members using code 17ORHMA. Click here to register.
  • OTEC: Service Excellence – February 28, 2017 9:00am – 5:00 pm – OTEC Learning Centre, 21 Four Seasons Place Suite 300 – For more details, click here.
  • OTEC: Service Excellence Designated Trainer Program – February 28 – March 2, 2017  9:00 am – 4:30 pm – OTEC Learning Centre, 21 Four Seasons Place Suite 300 – For more details, click here.
  • OTEC: Training & Facilitation Excellence –March 1 - March 2, 2017  9:00 am – 4:30 pm – OTEC Learning Centre, 21 Four Seasons Place Suite 300 – For more details, click here. 
  • The Art of Marketing Conference – April 3, 2017 – ORHMA Members save $100 per pass with code ORHMA20. To register, click here.  
  • OTEC: LX Leadership Foundations 3-day boot camp – April 11 – April 13, 2017  9:00 am – 4:30 pm – OTEC Learning Centre, 21 Four Seasons Place Suite 300 – For more details, click here.  
  • ORHMA Simcoe Region Hospitality Gala - Thursday April 27, 2017 -  Quality Inn Midland. For more details, click here.

»  COMPLIMENTARY INDUSTRY SUBSCRIPTIONS