Early bird draw winner
Congratulations to Shaun Jackson of Jackson's Lodge and Outposts, who won the early bird prize draw for our 2013 convention. Shaun has won a $75 gift card to have dinner at the allied member restaurant of his choice.
MLOA convention takes place Dec. 8 to 10
The MLOA’s annual convention will take place Dec. 8, 9 and 10, at the Canad Inns Polo Park Hotel in Winnipeg. All lodge and outfitter members and their staff, allied members, guests and invited officials are welcome to the daytime meetings and trade show on Dec. 9 and 10, which will include the sessions mentioned above. All family and friends are also welcome at our annual fundraising banquet, which will take place the evening of Dec. 9. The banquet will once again feature a live auction, as well as silent auction, raffles and prizes. Tickets are $50 each, with unassigned rush seating. Tables of 10 are also available for reservation for $450 per table.
Our meeting program will feature a panel discussion on aviation issues affecting the lodge industry; another panel will feature border-crossing issues like export permits, firearms regulations, and tips from experts to ensure smooth travel for your guests. Manitoba Conservation has agreed to host a session to get your ideas on the upcoming allocation review for big game licenses, and a “town hall” style open forum will be held where members can bring up any topic they like for discussion with the MLOA board and their fellow members. New this year, lodge and outfitter members can purchase a single registration for their business and bring as many staff or family members as they like to the daytime meetings and trade show. Staff and family will be asked to cover their lunch and banquet tickets only.
Call our office at 204-772-1912 to register or for more information.
Free Recycle Everywhere bins for MLOA members
MLOA members, especially those with drive-to access, may be interested in the following offer Recycle Everywhere has extended to our members: Recycle Everywhere would like to help lodges and outfitters choose the best bins for their business, free of charge. Recycle Everywhere supplies the containers, and the partners bring the recycling to the nearest depot, or add it to their existing recycling service. Recycle Everywhere would like to extend their reach by offering all MLOA members beverage collection containers free of charge. Please contact Melissa Dorota at 204-942-2284 x 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lodge/outfitter field added to Master Angler listings
Anglers who catch a Master Angler fish in Manitoba can now register which lodge they were at or which outfitter they were fishing with, when they register their catch. The field has been added to the online submission form for Master Anglers, located at https://anglers.travelmanitoba.com/
The field does not appear on the paper submission forms, which are being phased out after the 2013 season. So we encourage all members and their guests to register Master Anglers online in order to include the lodge/outfitter field.
Travel Manitoba has made the change following a suggestion made by an MLOA member at the hunt-fish marketing summit in April. This new field will allow anglers to report which lodge they were at, or which outfitter they were fishing with, when they register their Master Angler fish. Currently, only the date, fish size, and body of water appear next to the angler’s name in the listings, but when the suggestion was made at the meeting to add the lodge/outfitter field, those in attendance agreed it would help promote their product and make the listings a more useful marketing tool.
The online submission forms also allow operators to register "fishing industry accounts" which make it easier to register Master Angler catches in large batches. Please contact Travel Manitoba for more information on the new process and the new lodge/outfitter field.
The provincial government has listened to the MLOA's concerns about how the new 8% PST rate will be applied to this year's guests. When the government revealed its 2013-14 budget in April, it announced that PST would be going from 7% to 8% as of July 1, 2013. The original plan as outlined by the finance department was to have all service providers in the province (including lodges and outfitters) charge 8% PST on any service that occurred after July 1, regardless of when the service was booked. This meant trips that your guests had pre-booked and already paid deposits on prior to this budget announcement would have to be charged 8% if the trips occurred after July 1.
Government agrees to exempt pre-booked 2013 trips from PST increase
The MLOA felt this was unfair to your guests and wrote to the finance minister to request that any trips that had been booked with a deposit prior to the rate increase announcement on budget day should only be charged 7% PST, regardless of when the trip would occur. To their credit, the ministry listened and has informed the MLOA that all trips occurring prior to June. 30, 2014, will only be charged 7% PST if they were booked with a deposit prior to budget day. Although the MLOA, like most of the business community, would prefer to see no PST increase at all, we would like to thank the government for seeing reason in our argument and agreeing to exempt this year's pre-booked guests from the increase, as this allows our members to save time and save face in not having to go back to their guests to ask for the additional 1 percentage point. For more information on how to implement the PST increase, please contact the MLOA office.
New fishing license rates
The cost of each Manitoba fishing license has increased by $5 plus GST (so $5.25 total) effective for the new 2013 licenses. All of the revenue generated by this increased amount will be directed into the Fisheries Enhancement Fund, where it is being used to support upgrades at the Whiteshell Fish Hatchery. If you would like more information about this, please contact the MLOA office. Below are the new rates, effective for the new 2013 licenses:
Manitoba resident - $25.08 (including GST)
Manitoba resident conservation - $19.19 (incl. GST)
Canadian resident - $47.65 (incl. GST)
Canadian resident conservation - $28.02 (incl. GST)
Foreign resident - $62.37 (incl. GST)
Foreign resident conservation - $37.84 (incl. GST)
Since our Hunter and Angler Preservation Fund began in 2011, thanks to member participation, the MLOA has allocated more than $10,000 to the fund which is now being used to help fund four projects, promoting sustainable hunting and fishing in our province.
HAPF winning projects announced
The MLOA board recently awarded funding, based on applications that were submitted over the winter, to four projects. We are proud to announce that the winning projects are:
Restoration of the spring bear hunt ageing and reproduction study;
We are thrilled to be able to support these projects and will continue to do so with your help.
Assistance with Duck Mountain logging road closures to protect moose populations;
A partnership to promote the Turn in Poachers hotline; and
A donation to the youth angling charity Generation Next Angler.
This season, the MLOA will once again be administering HAPF, a voluntary program used to help fund the association’s operations as well as support causes that promote and preserve opportunities to hunt and fish in Manitoba.
Although participation is voluntary, we encourage all members to become involved in this very important program. MLOA members who participate in the HAPF program are eligible for special incentives, as a token of our appreciation for your support.
Guests are also encouraged to participate in the program. Those who donate are entered into a draw to win a hunting or fishing trip. The next draw will take place in December 2014.