CALL TO ACTION:
HOTEL TAXES & OTHER HOSPITALITY TAXES FOR MUNICIPALITIES
Get Engaged and Raise Concerns
The information that follows sets a detrimental industry precedence and obliteration of the Destination Marketing Programs (DMP) for municipalities. Even if your city does not have a DMP, there is a potential concern that an extra tax levied on hotel guest rooms will reduce your business. The City of Toronto is not the only municipality affected. If the Premier grants Toronto the authority, other municipalities will ask for the same.
The City of Toronto Council supported a motion to request the authority from the provincial government to implement a mandatory hotel tax on all City of Toronto hotels. Furthermore, there was a motion requesting to implement toll fees on the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway. There is also a consideration of adding new fees to beverage alcohol purchases and to businesses' parking spots.
Municipalities across Ontario have now been asking the Provincial Government for additional powers to impose new taxes and the government is evaluating this.
YOUR IMMEDIATE VOICE ON THIS ISSUE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
ORHMA opposes any new hotel tax and has warned 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. You can find a list of MPPs with contact details here.
To read the letter that ORHMA has submitted to the Premier regarding hotel tax, click here.
For more information on this matter please contact: Tony Elenis, CEO ORHMA firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Leslie Smejkal, VP GR email@example.com