The owners of the Delta Hotel, who considered their municipal tax bill too high in a time of a pandemic, confirmed on Thursday the withdrawal of their appeal in Superior Court against the City of Quebec.
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Obviously anxious to maintain “good relations with all stakeholders in the City of Quebec”, they decided to bury the hatchet to focus their energies on reviving their industry, we understand from reading a communicated.
Affiliated with the Marriott chain, the Delta Hotel in Quebec “is one of the pillar partners in order to work with the City, the Quebec Tourism Office, Quebec Destination Affaires, the Hotel Association of the Quebec region, the Center des Congrès de Québec and other industry partners in order to plan the revival of tourism and business activities ”, we read.
“This is the focus that the owners now want to put forward,” they add. Affected by the health crisis that plagued their income, the owners of the Delta turned to the Legault government instead. They are calling for a specific support program for hotels with more than 300 rooms.
Mayor Régis Labeaume himself announced, a week ago, the abandonment of the request to review the property value of the establishment, after having discussed with the main shareholder on the phone.
In the previous weeks, the mayor of Quebec had severely criticized the owners of the Delta in the public square, even going so far as to say that they “hated” them for their actions which gave a “bad reputation” to the hotel sector.
Other hotels continue their crusade
The Delta’s appeal had snowballed. Several other hotel establishments, such as Le Concorde, have also applied to the Superior Court in the hope of revising downwards, or even canceling their tax bills in 2020 due to the impacts of the health crisis. The other files are still active at the Quebec courthouse.