Air Canada Vacations & Royal Irish Tours Join CATO; Assn Continues Effort To Rebuild Travel

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Brett Walker, CATO Chair and General Manager Canada at Collette.

The Canadian Association of Tour Operators (CATO) has added Air Canada Vacations and Royal Irish Tours (RIT) to its membership. 

“The more members, the greater the influence and the better the chances we’ll see a recovery sooner rather than later. Successful lobbying by CATO and others has achieved its first milestone – essential aid. Now we must double-down and work even harder on recovery efforts,” says Brett Walker, CATO Chair and General Manager Canada at Collette, in a media release.

CATO says it recognizes the “dire need of a plan for recovery” for Canada’s travel sector.

In JUN, CATO, in conjunction with European and American counterparts -- the European Tourism Commission (ETOA) and the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) -- created TOURCARE, a document outlining protocols for tour operators aimed at persuading government officials to re-open Canada's borders and eliminate the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

“Government must lead Canadians forward, on a clear path toward the restoration of not just public health, but public health and the economy. This means working toward a perfect solution but accepting current realties. Government must put forth criteria to serve as baselines of acceptance and supporting recovery that exceeds these baselines. This is critical for any recovery,” Walker says.

The association says it continues to work with industry stakeholders in an effort to advance its goal of enabling Canadians to travel safely, without restrictions, and rebuilding the travel industry.

CATO has suspended membership fees for current members through the end of 2021, and reduced the joining fee to $250 for new members.

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.

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