ACTA Requests Aid For Travel Agency Sector In New Letter Campaign

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Wendy Paradis

ACTA has launched a new letter writing campaign that further addresses its requests of government for specific aid for the travel agency sector.  

“The government has told us that it is their priority to get financial aid into the hands of as many Canadians as possible,” said Wendy Paradis, President, ACTA.  “However, in addition to what is already in place, ACTA has made it clear to the government that urgent sector specific aid is required to support travel agents and agencies through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

She added: “We have explained that travel agents and agencies are a critical component of both the tourism and airline industries, who are also asking for sector specific aid.”

Paradis said ACTA believes the travel industry will lag behind other industries in recovering – in part due to travel advisories still being in place, closed borders, airline routes not operating and suspended cruise ship operations. 

ACTA is asking the government for help beyond mid-June when it is expected that most other businesses will be reopened. The association said it wants to ensure that travel agents and agencies are included in sector-specific aid of the broader Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industries that includes airlines, destinations, hotels, attractions, and restaurants.

ACTA is asking the government for travel agency relief including: GST/HST relief, not deferment; payroll tax relief;  extension of the 75% wage subsidy; specific loan facilities; and the extension of the CERB program from 16 to 39 weeks. 

Download a copy of the letter here.

ACTA is encouraging agents to also join its Twitter campaign and that industry members continue retweeting ACTA’s social media posts. 

"Twitter is the preferred form of social media within the government and the Parliamentary Press Gallery, and hence ACTA’s focused attention on targeting messaging through this communication tool," said the association in a news release.

Click here to find ACTA on Twitter.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.


Comments

Leslie Polidoro - April 24, 2020 @ 20:04
Who follows Twitter????? Get this on all forms of social media!

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