Important News For Ontario Travel Agents 14.07.17

with Richard Smart, President & CEO, TICO

You are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the Travel Industry Act
by emailing the Ontario government:
Deadline: July 24, 2017
To view the Phase 2 Report: click here
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Jill Wykes - July 19, 2017 @ 16:07
Guys, TICO and the Ontario government are not one and the same. The government makes the rules, TICO enforces them. This is everyone's chance to weigh in with the government. But you have to hurry, only a few more days to do so. Otherwise, you will have missed a rare opportunity. Everyone whines about the rules, but hardly anybody from the industry shows up when there's a meeting or consulting session or a chance to participate. There's a lot wrong with the status quo, the ACt was written in the 70s. If you are not happy, SPEAK UP!

Marty Traveller - July 14, 2017 @ 14:07
TICO does not care about the travel agents at all...they just want the Registrants money... it is expensive to comply... and although we stand on our nose and walk on our toes...something is always wrong and it puts huge burdens on smaller agencies... the financial burdens for review engagements that are totally useless and expensive for the smaller agencies and are getting totally out of hand - the accountants are just taking advantage of the agencies with their high costs of review engagements!!! ...and the agencies are not covered for compensation, but only the consumers are... and the agencies, are paying the ticket it all...!!! Just too expensive for the smaller agencies

DARREN SWIDLER - July 14, 2017 @ 11:07
For more than 5 years now, registrants have been calling on TICO and the Ministry to look for ways to protect consumers at less cost to registrants. I'm delighted to see that TICO has finally had a change of heart after so many years of failing to listen to registrants. Registrants should not only make it clear to the Ministry that changes should be implemented but also make sure that we don't get into a situation again where it's costing (according to TICO's own estimate) $13,000 per year for small business owners to comply with 1 piece of provincial legislation which hasn't been updated in 20 years.

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