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July 24, 2017

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Ottawa or bust

The capital's room shortage for Canada Day 2017

Canada Day 2017 will be huge — and Ottawa is desperate for new hotel-like rental options. So many visitors are expected for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations that a motion was debated before city council in December to allow 10 community and sports centres to become temporary shelters for visitors. Steve Ball, president of the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association, suggests that travellers call hotels directly to find out about availability, rather than rely on travel websites. (Expect two- or three-night minimums). Of course, Airbnb is an alternative, but hoteliers are adding pressure on the City of Ottawa to impose the same fees and taxes on Airbnb rentals that are imposed on hotel rooms.

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