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Hospitality Association Formed

Effective October 7, 2015, Banff Lake Louise Hotel Motel Association became the Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association after the association membership voted unanimously in favour of creating a more cohesive voice that represents both accommodation and food and beverage sector businesses.

The Banff Lake Louise Hotel Motel Association was formed in 1972, long before Banff was incorporated as a town with a municipal government; as savvy hoteliers recognized the need of an association to ensure the issues of this vital business sector were heard.

The amalgamation of accommodation and food and beverage sector interests has been a point of conversation for several years. The two sectors represent the largest concentration of businesses and employees that work within Banff National Park. The change will see the addition of two food and beverage sector ‘voting members’ on the association’s board of directors. Earlier this year a task force was struck to determine whether a hospitality association should be formed – a process that was largely informed by survey feedback in which 92% of respondents indicated that they would be prepared to join a new association on the basis that it would be good for business and the community.

Says Yannis Karlos: “The reality is the hotel association was already working on behalf of the Food & Beverage sector given the strong concentration of F&B outlets within hotels. This just formalizes things a bit more and gives the sector a real voice at the board table and the added confidence that there will be more research, advocacy and educational efforts undertaken that assist local F&B businesses.”

Says BLLHA President, Edward Roe, “I am pleased that these two sectors have come together to form a joint association. With the ongoing policy changes both provincially and federally it is vital to have one voice representing the hospitality industry for Banff and Lake Louise. The two sectors share many of the same issues, as well as the same vision to create great memorable guest experiences in Banff National Park. By working together and with the professional team at BLLHA these issues can be alleviated allowing Banff & Lake Louise to not only continue to be recognized as a world class destination for visitors, but to also be recognized as a cohesive business community – and a great place to do business!

The Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association currently represents 96 member businesses. The Food & Beverage sector interests include: restaurants, quick-serve restaurants, coffee shops, delis, bars, pubs and nightclubs.

The association will be transitioning to a new website platform over the next 2-weeks. In the meantime, www.bllhma.com and all existing staff email addresses remain the same. The new web domain will be www.bllha.ca

For more information, contact:

Brenda Stanton, Manager, Communications, Research & Engagement

P 403 679 3340 E brenda@bllhma.com



Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association