MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The 88-year-old Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA) has formally welcomed the members of the Ontario Accommodation Association (OAA) into its fold in a merger that will take effect Aug. 1.
“This is exciting news for Ontario’s hospitality industry,” said Tony A. Elenis, president and CEO, ORHMA, while speaking at the annual meeting of ORHMA at the Four Points by Sheraton in Mississauga, Ont., earlier this week. “ORHMA is in a unique position to thrust on the opportunities and possibilities that lie ahead and develop more synergies. There is nothing more powerful when conducting government affairs in influencing public policy than working as a team — united — with one single voice.”
Established in 1949, the Peterborough, Ont-based OAA unanimously voted in favour of the change at its recent annual meeting. “OAA members joining ORHMA will create a stronger, united industry association, which will benefit all of us with more leverage power in negotiating member benefits and a stronger voice to lobby government to protect our livelihoods.”
Elenis added: “To the hospitality owners that are not part of OAA or ORHMA, this is a perfect occasion to come on board to support Ontario’s hospitality industry. It’s all about giving back to Ontario innkeepers, restaurant managers, owners and to their success.”