New Coalition Calls On Feds To Reopen Domestic Tourism

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Leaders in the Canadian tourism and travel industry have joined together in forming the Canadian Tourism Roundtable, a coalition committed to restoring the country's domestic tourism sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Made up of representatives from airports, airlines, hotels, chambers of commerce and ACTA, the coalition is urging action be taken to prevent long-lasting economic and job impacts.

The group is "calling on all levels of government to work together to streamline and clarify rules around travel in order to ensure safe, accessible and timely travel for Canadians this summer."

Roundtable members requested a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss "appropriate, more targeted and urgent measures" to get the sector back to work and to encourage domestic travel so the season is not entirely lost.

“The Roundtable is looking forward to working with governments across the country to take meaningful steps to ease travel and quarantine restrictions so that they are more targeted and less universal,” said Charlotte Bell, Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). 

"Failing to do so risks permanently losing millions of jobs across the country that depend upon a robust tourism sector. Other jurisdictions, like the European Union and Australia, have already unveiled action plans to save the summer travel season." 

For many Canadian businesses in the sector, re-opening the summer travel season is "critical" for their survival, the Roundtable said in a news release. 

According to the Canadian Tourism Roundtable, travel and tourism is a $102 billion sector, supporting 1.8 million workers across the country and accounting for 2.1% of the country’s GDP.

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.


Brian Hall - May 29, 2020 @ 17:11
wouldn't it be nice if this roundtable said we would like to reduce the cost of travel and stays as part of the plan presented to the PM if that were to come about

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