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Coronavirus – Current situation

 

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February 27, 2020 at 1:30 PM EST

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February 26, 2020 at 1:30 PM EST

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February 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST

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February 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST

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February 18, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

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February 13, 2020 at 4:00 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • World experts and funders set priorities for COVID-19 research – World Health Organization WHO
  • Update on China coronavirus-revised diagnostic testing methods have led to a significant spike in the level of infections recorded, while the mortality rate holds steady – Dragon Trail
  • Notes from TIAC’s industry briefing: Coronavirus -Impact on Tourism held on Feb 05, 2020

 


  

February 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring: 

  • World Health Organization  WHO announces new name for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus: COVID-19
  • Chinese and Asian tourists must not be stigmatized because of the coronavirus, says WTTC
  • As of February 8, 2020, 7 cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed in Canada – Health Canada 
  • Update on China coronavirus – Dragon Trail

 


  

 February 07, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • World Health Organization WHO is convening a global research and innovation forum to mobilize international action in response to the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
  • As of February 6, 2020, 5 cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed in Canada Health Canada
  • Update on China coronavirus – Dragon Trail

 


  

February 06, 2020 at 4:00 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • Moving beyond monitoring, an action plan to mitigate the loss of the Chinese outbound market - by Greg Klassen from Twenty31
  • On February 05, TIAC hosted a call for members where representatives from Global Affairs Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Destination Canada and Greg Klassen from Twenty 31, presented the latest updates on tourism related measures and gathered feedback, questions and concerns from the industry. As the situation continues to evolve, TIAC will schedule further stakeholder calls in the coming weeks to provide updates to the industry and gather feedback.  
  • Situation summary as of February 05  USA Centre for Disease Control
  • Update on China & Coronavirus from Dragon Trail

 


  

February 04, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • Managing the impact on Canadian destinations - Greg Klassen from Twenty31
  • Coordination between public and private sectors is key to tackling the coronavirus - WTTC
  • CITAP encourages industry to nurture relationships during the current crisis
  • Interim US guidance for risk assessment and public health management - USA Centre for Disease Control

 


 

February 03, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

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January 30th, 2020 at 3:30 PM EST

The World Health Organization declares coronavirus an international health emergency
https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/30-01-2020-statement-on-the-second-meeting-of-the-international-health-regulations-(2005)-emergency-committee-regarding-the-outbreak-of-novel-coronavirus-(2019-ncov)

*Please note that at the time of our previous message the WHO had not declared coronavirus an international health emergency.
 

 
January 30, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST
 
The global community is responding to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), where patients first presented with symptoms in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The response includes Canadian officials, who have arranged an interdepartmental response including officials from Health Canada, Global Affairs Canada, and many others.
 
TIAC is actively monitoring the coronavirus situation as we understand the industry’s growing concern. While it’s still too early to speculate on potential long-term impacts, we are committed to working together and keeping you updated.
 
Regarding inbound visitation, some immediate impacts are present. Foremost, China has closed all Visa Application Centers (VACs) until at least January 31, 2020, and all VACs in the Hubei Province indefinitely. The Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism has also called on tour operators to stop all group travel both within China and outbound travel. Further, many air carriers, including Air Canada, are suspending flights to and from mainland China. This is likely to result in a decline in travel from China in the coming weeks and months, and it is expected that group travel will see significant cancellations in the short-term.
 
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is currently conducting passenger screening at Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal airports. To date, there has been no identified need for passenger screening at any other airport in Canada. PHAC maintains that currently (January 30, 2020) Canada is still at low risk for the spread of the virus.
 
TIAC is monitoring this situation closely and has reached out to the Canadian government departments involved to establish a working relationship. We aim to establish a dialogue that prioritizes the safety of all Canadians, guests to Canada, tourism and hospitality industry operators and workers in our sector. We also aim to co-develop an action plan to support our sector, which is highly dependent on the easy facilitation of international travel. 
 
We are anticipating more information from partners at the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada and have been in contact with their senior leadership team, which is coordinating the interdepartmental response. With their guidance and advice, we are developing a package of materials that can be shared with staff and guests of your hotels, attractions and services. We have also included below a number of links with additional information that may be useful to you. 
 
 
TIAC will continue to advise our membership as information progresses. Please monitor our website for additional information as we will provide updates as more information is available.