The Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association is a respected, consensus-building organization that promotes the well-being of the accommodation, food & beverage, and tourism sectors in Banff National Park.


The Banff & Louise Hospitality Association (BLLHA) is a powerful advocate for the accommodation, food & beverage and tourism sectors. Since 1974, BLLHA has been helping the tourism industry work toward common political and economic interests that will benefit the communities of Banff and Lake Louise as a whole. 

Save the date:

The 8th annual  Banff Lake Louise Housekeeping Olympics are set to be held on June 1, 2023!


David M. Bayne Legacy Fund

In partnership with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, BLLHA has launched the David M. Bayne Legacy Fund with a 10-year commitment to supporting the next generation of industry talent. To support the fund, click HERE.

Bursaries of $5,000 each will be granted to a minimum of four students per year on an annual basis over a 10-year period, with the ultimate goal of awarding 42 students in total - a symbolic tribute to Bayne's 42-year career. The fund will support Canadian hospitality and tourism students facing barriers. The program will also include a hospitality mentorship program in Banff National Park, encouraging local industry leaders to follow in Bayne's footsteps by providing guidance to the next generation of industry talent.  

The David M. Bayne Legacy Fund has been initiated by Bayne's former employer, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (Accor), the BLLHA, and the Banff Canmore Community Foundation. Early financial commitments have been received from the owners of the Fairmont Western Mountain Region Properties, Sunshine Village and the Scurfield family, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Summer GondolaBrewster Stables, and others. Together, these partners have secured an initial amount of $92,000, with a goal to fundraise $250,000 by the end of 2023 via corporate and individual pledges.

  • To make your contribution of support, click here
  • To read the full news release and get more information on the fund, click here.
  • BLLHA Hospitality Bursaries 2022

    Applications being accepted now. Download an application form HERE.

    In support of the individuals pursuing career development opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry, BLLHA is pleased to offer bursaries of up to $500 for professional development in the industry in 2022. 

    Successful applicants will be an employee of a BLLHA member in good standing and will have completed their 3-month probationary period. The Bursary Committee will take the following into consideration when awarding bursaries:

  • Total cost of the program
  • Length of tenure with the member business
  • Total number of applications received for that application period

Deadline for the current round of applications is September 30, 2022. Future opportunities for bursaries may be available throughout the year. Email applications to

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Targeted Mental Health Awareness Project

About the campaign

While it’s no secret that the pandemic has affected the outlook of people far and wide, in a recent survey of our destination, BLLHA found that 93% of local employers are seeing mental distress in their teams.
To help the destination’s workforce, BLLHA will be leading a hyper-segmented awareness campaign so locals better understand what help is available. With support from Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, BLLHA will lead this work alongside countless local agency partners, the Town of Banff, ID9, and health care providers such as AHS, Primary Care Network, Banff Mineral Springs Hospital and more.
Three distinct segments of our workforce have been identified to focus efforts on:
  1. Staff aged 20-30 who are living away from family
  2. Those in management and leadership roles
  3. ESL foreign-born workers
    How can businesses get involved?
    • Support Packages will be available with materials such as posters, floor decals, etc. for back of house employee areas, and for organizations that any of the three segments frequent (local grocers, etc.) to use in their customer-facing areas. An order form will be shared with members the week of April 19, 2021.
    • Add a note about mental health in newsletters, on your intranet, in welcome letters, etc. using our messaging and include a link to our website so your teams have direct access to free targeted supports. 
    Learn more at


    Read our most recent newsletter  HERE

    Photo courtesy of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka



    Read our most recent HR newsletter HERE

    Photo courtesy of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka

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