Destination Marketing Fee (DMF)

July 26th, 2012 | Posted by jdelroy-admin

Guests have been asking us what the DMF is all about.  Well, here is why it is being implemented and what it means for visitors who stay in Ottawa and other major cities in Ontario.

Funding for tourism and therefore promotion of Ottawa as a destination has been drastically reduced by the provincial government.  The new DMF is supported by the provincial governent to generate funds for local tourism promotion agencies such as Ottawa Tourism to allow them to market themselves to potential visitors, tour operators and convention planners .  This amount is remitted by the participating hotel to be used by Ottawa Tourism to promote Ottawa as a destination.  It is not used for hotel marketing.  This mechanism is very common in Canada as well as internationally.  Hotel room taxes or fees have become an accepted method for funding destination marketing programs.

The alternative to the DMF would have been  a provincially mandated Hotel Tax which would in all likelihood be higher  and would not necessarily be entirely directed to promoting local tourism.

The DMF is only applied to the room portion of your bill, not incidental charges such as parking, long distance calls, room service, etc.  The 3% DMF will be subject to HST.  An example would be:


Room Charge:       $100.00

DMF                               3.00

HST                              13.39

Total                        $116.39


The following list shows the current taxes and charges that are in place in other Canadian cities:

- Montreal – 18% …. (QST+HST=14.5% = 3.5 lodging tax)

- Charlottetown – 18% …. (5% GST + 10% PST + 3% Tourism accommodation levy)

- Winnipeg – 17% …. (5% HST +7% PST + 5% Accommodation Tax)

- Ottawa -16.4% …. (13% HST + 3% DMF + HST on DMF)



Rideau Canal Festival

July 25th, 2012 | Posted by jdelroy-admin

Come and enjoy the Rideau Canal Festival on the weekend of August 4th to 6th here in Ottawa.

Did you know that the Rideau Canal was designated a Unesco World Heritage site in 2007 and was recently named to Google’s World Wonders site?

Events are being held at the Bytown Museum/Ottawa Locks, and Dows Lake Pavilion.

We have passes for the Festival which are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Did you know that you can go almost entirely inland by boat from Ottawa to the Gulf coast? You sure can – Take the Rideau Canal to Kingston, then the Erie Canal to New York City via the Hudson River and then the Intracoastal Waterway to the Gulf of Mexico.

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