Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association

Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association

June 24, 2010 10:55 ET

G20 Shines Spotlight On Toronto

G20 Winners and Losers: Compensation Process Needs To Work For G20 To Be A Real Success

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, News Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - June 24, 2010) - The G20 Summit is nearly upon us and shares much of the notoriety of the G7 Summit from years ago. Like the G7 Summit before it, the G20 Summit will centre on the Metro Convention Centre but this time there is no famous beaver working the Summit by day and resting at the Royal York Hotel at night.

"The economic setback, the increase in property taxes with a decrease in services, new security measures that have resulted in fewer US tourists have all hurt restaurants. Now our government is literally building fences to keep customers away from restaurants," stated Tony Elenis, President and CEO for the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA). The ORHMA welcomes the G8 and G20 Summits and the tremendous opportunity they are to help showcase Ontario to the world. President Elenis related to those in attendance, "our members welcome visitors to Ontario every day of the year. The G20 Summit will raise our profile and act as an invitation to the world to come visit Ontario!"

The ORHMA recognizes that the G20 Summit is a complex world event that goes beyond silly rhetoric on fake lakes (G7 had one too) to the immediate and lasting impact this event will have on our community. As soon as Toronto was confirmed as the location of the G20 Summit the ORHMA was in contact with both the Prime Minister`s office as well as Minister Clement`s office to put our members` concerns front and centre. Prime Minister Harper and Minister Clement have expressed to us their desire for a successful summit series with compensation for those restaurants hurt by these events.

While the ORHMA is concerned about the compensation process with its complex requirements and short application timeline, we are eager to work with our members to ensure that they have access to the federal financial assistance that they need when they need it. The ORHMA has notified its members of a program we have put into place for those seeking assistance with the compensation process. "Fairness for restaurants seeking financial assistance is key to any successful compensation process. We will be monitoring this process to ensure it works for our members who need it."

The ORHMA dates back to the early 1920s with a proud history of serving the hospitality sector of Ontario for several decades. As the industry voice for the discerning Ontario restaurant, hotel or motel, the ORHMA represents 4,000 members and 11,000 establishments.
/For further information: Peter Adams (available for interview)
Director of Communications, Corporate and Public Affairs
Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association
T905-361-0268 or 1-800-668-8906

Contact Information

  • Peter Adams, Director of Communications, Corporate and Public Affairs, Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association
    Primary Phone: 905-361-0268 ext. 325
    Toll-Free: 800-668-8906
    E-mail: padams@orhma.com