Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association

Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association

October 05, 2005 11:10 ET

Ontario's Hospitality Industry Welcomes Back the NHL Season

Ontario's Hospitality Industry Welcomes Back the National Hockey League Season Attention: City Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, News Editor, Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 5, 2005) - Wednesday night October 5th sees regular-season National Hockey League play resume after an absence of almost a year, with the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the Ottawa Senators at the Air Canada Centre.

"Ontario's hospitality industry welcomes the return of the National Hockey League to action after almost a year's absence" said Terry Mundell, President and CEO of the ORHMA. "Our restaurants, sports bars, pubs, taverns and hotels reportedly have noticed the effects of the absence of professional hockey in declining sales and patrons."

Ontario's hospitality industry has experienced many setbacks over the past four years - notwithstanding the NHL lock-out - including 9/11 and steadily declining American visitors, SARS, West Nile virus, Mad Cow disease, anti-smoking laws, a high loonie discouraging foreign tourists, plus soaring energy costs that affect not only the industry's bottom line but consumers' discretionary spending. With declining revenues and escalating operating costs, the average profit margin for industry operators has slipped to under 5%, with pubs, taverns and nightclubs sinking to 3.6%.

"This is a good-news story and one that adds to an incremental improvement in sales and tourism we've seen in the hospitality sector so far this year" said Mundell. "A reason for going out again can translate into greater patron turnout, higher food and beverage sales, the hiring of additional staff, more government revenue and an improved viability for our industry. We look forward to a renewed fan commitment and to hosting fans once again in increasing numbers in our many welcoming venues throughout the province."

"Food, beverages and an opportunity to mix and mingle with friends and other hockey fans is back on the menu at a hospitality establishment near you" concluded Mundell.

The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association is Canada's largest provincial not-for- profit association that represents the interests of Ontario's foodservice and accommodation industry.

Contact Information

  • Sonia Richards, Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association
    Primary Phone: 905-361-0268 ext. 322
    Secondary Phone: 800-668-8906 ext. 322