Border Closure Extension “Gut Punch” to Tourism Industry

* Media Statement Border Closure Extension

Ottawa, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – June 18, 2021) – The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is today calling the extension of the Canada U.S. border closure a “gut punch” to the millions of Canadians working in the tourism industry. This delay is a blow to the entire tourism economy and sends the message that Canada is closed for safe, vaccinated travel. With the summer season now almost completely at jeopardy, morale in the tourism industry is at an all-time low. Adding insult to injury is the fact that Canadians can still fly to Las Vegas, Florida or anywhere in the U.S. without any quarantine on the U.S. side.

While there is hope that this closure will be modified during the coming days and weeks, TIAC is very concerned that businesses are now slowly being cut off from support while still being unable to operate due to border restrictions and travel prohibitions. As the Prime Minister said, Canada has had “tremendous success” in terms of Canadians being vaccinated. Now is the time to make science-based decisions on the border that build on that success.

Media Interviews: Beth Potter, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada is available for interviews by contacting:
Madison Simmons
Director of Government Affairs, TIAC /613-864-3079

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About the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC)

Founded in 1930 to encourage the development of tourism in Canada, TIAC serves today as the national private-sector advocate for this $105 billion sector. Based in Ottawa, TIAC takes action on behalf of Canadian tourism businesses and promotes positive measures that help the industry grow and prosper.

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