AC, TIAC Praise Measures In Federal Budget

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Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau

Air Canada says it welcomes funding in the Federal Budget that will improve airport security screening processes at Canadian airports. The airline says the increased funding will benefit travellers by reducing wait times and should enhance the overall travel experience.

In a statement, Air Canada says it is committed to working with the federal government on further actions to improve all aspects of passenger facilitation to position Canada to capture a larger share of international passenger flows.

“Such measures would strengthen Air Canada hubs, supporting additional destination, routing and frequency choices for our customers. Beyond this, Air Canada encourages the government to undertake further efforts to ensure Canada's air transport infrastructure is cost competitive with other jurisdictions in terms of taxes, fees and other levies placed on travellers and carriers,” the airline said.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) applauded the budget’s pledge to continue to help bolster marketing efforts for the Canadian tourism industry. 

"The Tourism Industry Association of Canada is pleased that tourism marketing continues to be a priority in this year's federal budget.  Making permanent the $37.5 million per year in temporary funding previously provided to Destination Canada, starting in 2018-19, provides certainty and will allow Destination Canada to continue its strong collaboration with industry partners to maximize the impacts of its marketing campaigns to draw in more tourists from abroad and increase economic activity for the sector,” read a TIAC statement.

 “We are also pleased to see investments of $8.6 million over four years to support the development of Canada's unique and authentic Indigenous tourism industry as well as the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada's five-year Indigenous Tourism Strategy" stated TIAC President and CEO Charlotte Bell.

 "Tourism is the fastest growing industry in the world. Federal funding to advance Canada's reputation in niche markets with growing popularity will help keep Canada competitive", Bell added.

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