Provincial Hospitality association approves membership fee increase

Karen Wells
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Sustainability plan in place to make up for funding shortfall

PROVINCIAL — After some debate, 35 members of Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL) approved a motion to allow for a 10 per cent increase in membership fees.

Treasurer Dion Finlay outlined the vision and mission for HNL as it relates to the tourism industry at the HNL annual general meeting which took place at the start of the three-day Annual Conference and Trade Show that began today in Gander.

In 2013 HNL took a hit with a reduction in marketing investment from the Provincial Government.

“That really did have a big impact on all of us at HNL,” said HNL chief executive officer Carol-Ann Gilliard. “It was not expected to be at the level it was so it really did knock us back a little bit, however, the board of directors at Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador stuck together. They don’t just wait for things to happen to regroup and figure out what the plan is. They are on top of things.”

The cost of doing business is also on the rise. Last year saw HNL have to downsize in terms of staffing numbers from 12 to eight.

“We made the operation more efficient while maintaining the focus on our core roles and values,” said Mr. Finlay.

Organizations: Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador, Hospitality association

Geographic location: Gander

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