Tax Deadline Day: Hotels Call on Federal Government to Ensure Airbnb Pays Fair Share

Who:              Susie Grynol, President, Hotel Association of Canada


Why:               April 30th is tax deadline day, and it is essential that the federal government take action to address tax avoidance in the digital economy.


What:             Despite the rapid growth in the short-term rental industry, the federal government has not taken steps to collect the taxes they should. In 2016, guests of Canada’s legitimate hotel properties contributed an estimated $2.2 billion in consumer taxes & fees based on room revenues alone. If the same rates were to be applied to Airbnb’s revenues, the sector has the potential to contribute almost $100 million to the Canadian economy. Digital accommodation platforms, like Airbnb, do not currently collect or remit GST/HST, pay no corporate income taxes on their Canadian activity and make it too easy for those renting rooms on their platforms to do the same.


When:            Monday, April 30th, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Where:           Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill


TORONTO, ON (April 23, 2018)– Realstar Hospitality announced the winners of its prestigious Awards of Recognition during the Wyndham Hotel Group Global Conference in Las Vegas earlier this month. The awards are presented each year to formally recognize the outstanding achievements of the top performing Days Inn hotels and hotel teams from across Canada.

“Leading a business to success can be a tough challenge which is why it’s a pleasure to celebrate our owners, general managers and their dedicated staff who work hard to represent the very best that Days Inn has to offer,” said Irwin Prince, president and COO, Realstar Hospitality. “This year’s recipients collectively demonstrate a high level of quality, service and commitment to hospitality excellence.”

2017 Awards of Recognition Recipients:

  • Guest Choice Award: Days Inn - Thunder Bay North, ON
  • Housekeeping Team of the Year: Days Inn - Estevan, SK
  • Days Inner Circle Team of the Year: Days Inn - Orillia, ON
  • Property of the Year 85 Rooms and Under: Days Inn & Suites - Lindsay, ON
  • Property of the Year 86 Rooms and Over: Days Inn - Sherwood Park, AB
  • New Property of the Year: Days Inn & Suites - Airdrie, AB
  • General Manager of the Year: Jennifer Bouchard, Days Inn & Conference Centre - Cranbrook, BC

Calgary, AB - April 17, 2018: West Campus Development Trust (the Trust), Canadian hotelier Group Germain Hotels, and Calgary-based Homes by Avi, celebrate the latest addition to Calgary’s Northwest University District (U/D) development plans, announcing the construction of an Alt Hotel, a brand recognized for its contemporary design, eco-responsible features and affordable luxury.

Anticipated to open in the fall of 2020, the new Alt Hotel will be 15-storeys, 156 rooms, and include a retail and residential component as well as an underground parkade. The hotel will incorporate the brand’s signature colourful and creative design, featuring a welcoming lobby, café and restaurant. The building, by LEMAYMICHAUD Architecture Design, will provide a dynamic and seamless street-level experience as the hotel and residences are situated above a retail podium with a diverse selection of shops and services.  

“We’re excited to announce the addition of Alt Hotel as the University District starts to take shape,” says James Robertson, West Campus Development Trust President and CEO. “Group Germain Hotels and Homes by Avi are ideal partners to bring the hotel to the dynamic urban community of University District, sharing the Trust’s dedication to design and experience that puts people first.”

Similar to the Trust’s approach that embraces unconventional thinking, the Alt Hotel brand is recognized as a creative market leader in the Canadian hotelier industry, with its unmatched features and services, and embracing key values such as sustainability and supporting the local community.  The hotel will be an ideal home-away-from-home base for the patrons of the neighbouring sports training facilities, university, research centres, care facilities and hospitals. 

“We are thrilled to build a new hotel at University District because we’re investing in an up-and-coming community that is future-focused,” adds Jean-Yves Germain, co-president of Group Germain Hotels. “Partnering with The Trust and Homes by Avi means that we are working with like-minded, creative people, to develop a new and inspiring hotel in Calgary that is contemporary and intelligent in design – the third Group Germain Hotel property in Alberta, and 19th hotel in Canada.”

The hotel is the second partnership project for Homes by Avi and Group Germain Hotels, to introduce the new and exciting mixed-use development to U/D. The residential component will be developed by the award-winning multi-family division, Avi Urban. Incorporated into the development will be Avi Urban’s 29th residential project, named August, with approximately 120 sophisticated urban apartment condominiums spread over five stories. Surrounded by accessible retailers in and around U/D, August will offer a premier level of amenities for homebuyers eager to call this emerging community home.

“Our commitment to innovation, environmental responsibility and quality design matches the Trust’s values, which is fundamental in our decision to develop, and we believe that University District is NW Calgary’s most distinctive community,” adds Charron Ungar, President of Avi Urban. “To partner with the reputable Group Germain Hotels, the first boutique hotelier in Canada, will lead to another successful development, creating a destination to charm and inspire Calgarians and visitors.”


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