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Dear Tourism Stakeholders,
The TIAC Team is pleased to provide you with this update on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, including the steps government is taking to address the situation. We are working hard to make sure the industry’s voice is heard by government, and that you have the information you need to keep your business going in these uncertain times.
Please find the latest updates on official announcements and a recap of TIAC’s advocacy work on behalf of Canada’s Visitor Economy:
TIAC’s Advocacy Update
- Following the government’s announcement last Friday on amendments to the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy program, TIAC has been in discussions with the Minister’s office, the Finance department as well as several members of parliament to highlight concerns related to the complexity of the new program and possible ways to address those challenges.
- TIAC continues to emphasize that while the extension of CEWS and the safe harbour clause are positive steps taking us to the end of the summer, the program as designed falls short of meeting the needs of our industry in the Fall. It also introduces very complex processes and conditions that will be difficult for everyone, including small businesses to navigate. Our discussions with government are ongoing.
- Yesterday TIAC joined Judith Andrew, Commissioner (Employers) at the Canada Employment Insurance Commission who hosted a call with the Business Liaison Group for a briefing by the Department of Finance on new CEWS rules where the complexity of the program was raised by all stakeholders.
- Earlier today, Statistics Canada released monthly international visitor statistics for May showing that visitation continues to be down by a staggering 98.5% compared to this time last year. Overall, international visitation is down 60.6% YTD in all inbound markets this year.
- TIAC continues to work with our partners such as the Canadian Tourism Roundtable to encourage the government to implement a smart, strategic reopening plan for international borders in order to help recover some arrival numbers when it is safe to do so.
- Today, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced that is looking to bring in new regulations requiring all short-term property rentals in the province — including Airbnb listings — register for a license.
- There will be no fees associated with registering, although a license will give municipalities the opportunity to know who is operating in their jurisdictions, and tax accordingly.
- Late last week, Alberta’s public health officer Dr. Hinshaw officially announced the reopening of indoor exhibits and trade shows in Alberta – a positive step forward in reopening the important meetings and conventions sector in a safe and sustainable way.
- TIAC and other partners continue to advocate for smart reopening policies such as this one throughout Canada.
In Case You Missed It …
- The latest edition of Twenty31’s industry dashboard is now available on the TIAC website
Thanks to you, we are closer to reaching our letter writing campaign goal to garner 1000 letters by the end of this week. If you haven’t already done so, please go to TourismCounts.ca and click “Send your Letter” to help us reach our goal! Your voice is extremely important in helping us advocate on your behalf.
Resources for Businesses
- Our partners at Destination Canada are creating free online educational videos for tourism businesses – “Marketing Tips and Tricks” to increase their digital marketing presence. The first video in the series is available now.
- TIAC member Tempest has created a free content platform called Rediscover Canada for destination professionals to share travel stories and ‘hidden gems’ in their communities. You can check out and contribute to the initiative here.
- The UNWTO has an online dashboard of international statistics on the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector.
- MPI has created a coronavirus resource page that pulls together meetings and events information and also links to several other resources helpful to the Business Events segment in our sector.
- The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has released a series of Global Safety Protocols for reopening with the ‘new normal’ in mind.
- Go2HR has compiled a comprehensive list of resources for all types of sector businesses related to COVID-19.
- For operators looking for information on how to prepare to safely reopen their operations, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a series of bilingual guidelines available to businesses regarding COVID-19.
- Google for SMEs has also launched a page dedicated to supporting businesses during COVID-19 including practical steps and free digital skills training.
- Our partners at Tourism HR Canada have opened their Emerit courses and created a resource hub for sector businesses.
Looking Ahead – COVID-19 Recovery
Several provinces have begun announcing plans for reopening economies. Timelines and actions vary, but can provide businesses and workers with information on what to expect in the upcoming weeks and months. TIAC is following up on measures announced by British Columbia to limit gatherings of more than 50 people and seeking a coordinated approach between provinces in the recovery phase. We have reached out to our provincial counterparts to work together in an effort to create an orderly recovery strategy that will address health concerns and support tourism businesses. TIAC will continue to add links to provincial recovery plans as they become available:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland & Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
- The Council of Atlantic Premiers – Travel Bubble release
- Maclean’s – Coronavirus in Canada: Reopening plans province-by-province
- Canada’s Tourism Roundtable guide on travelling in Canada
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