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COVID-19  |  Impact on Tourism

Resources for Canadians and businesses in the tourism sector impacted by COVID-19  

During this time, it is integral that the tourism industry comes together to support one another. TIAC is committed to representing Canadian tourism businesses in the face of uncertainty and continues to advocate on behalf of the industry.

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What TIAC is Doing for Members

TIAC has been constantly engaged with the Government of Canada to push for immediate industry-specific support. This includes a joint-letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau with partner associations Restaurants Canada and the Hotel Association of Canada.

We encourage all members of the tourism sector to take action by sending a letter to their local MP at our quick and easy tool here (it’s free, quick, and easy to send): https://www.pushpolitics.net/hospitality-covid/ 

 

Latest COVID-19 News

 

Situation Summary 

 

April 3, 2020 at 3:30 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • WTTC – More than six million jobs at risk in the EU and one million in the UK if Governments don’t provide exceptional flexibility
  • Situation Summary– Health Canada 
  • #healthyathome campaign starts- WHO
  • World Health Organization-Situation summary- WHO  
  • Situation Summary USA Centre for Disease Control

 


 

April 02, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • Official backgrounder on Canada emergency wage subsidy
  • Ontario joins forces with the private sector to fight COVID-19
  • Prime Minister provides update on federal response to COVID-19
  • WHO – media briefing on April 1, 2020

 

April 01 2020 at 2:00 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring: 

  • Government issues media advisory-Minister of Finance, the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry to hold a press conference in Toronto
  • Prime Minister provides update on federal response to COVID-19- Parliament may be recalled to pass ‘biggest economic measures in our lifetimes’
  • IATA – Airlines facing rapid cash burn
  • China Tourism Academy- Chinese Post Virus Sentiment Report- Dragon Trail
  • UNWTO lance un appel à l'action pour l'atténuation et la relance du tourisme COVID-19
  • New OCDE COVID-19 country tracker

 


 

March 31, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

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March 30 2020 at 4:00 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring: 

  • Prime Minister announces more details on Federal wage subsidy
  • Quebec orders most types of Tourism accommodations closed until further notice
  • The Public Health Agency website removes June 30th date, regarding inbound travel restrictions
  • TIAC, HAC & RAC provide update on March 27, 2020 wage subsidy announcement
  • Parks Canada helps tourism businesses in national parks and historic sites deal with the impacts of COVID-19 by deferring commercial lease payments without interest until September 2020
  • Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) goes virtual – April 14, 2020
  • Minister Joly and TIAC CEO to participate in second COVID-19 webinar by Destination Canada
  • OECD statement for the G20 Summit Videoconference COVID-19
  • Situation Summary– Health Canada 
  • WHO has published guidelines to help countries balance the demands of responding directly to COVID-19, while maintaining essential health services
  • World Health Organization-Situation summary- WHO

 

March 27, 2020 at 6:00 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • Prime Minister provides update on Federal response to COVID-19 - Government will now cover up to 75% of wages for qualifying businesses, up from the previously announced 10%
  • International tourism arrivals could fall by 20-30 % in 2020 UNWTO
  • Bank of Canada lowers overnight rate target to ¼ percent
  • Ontario enabling financial relief for businesses
  • The OECD released a policy note on the responses of countries to the impact of COVID-19 on tourism ( Leanne will add report link)
  • WTTC implores G20 leaders to save the Travel & Tourism sector and recognizes the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s leadership
  • Situation Summary– Health Canada 
  •  WHO  joins the UN during launch of Global Humanitarian Response Plan
  • World Health Organization-Situation summary – WHO  
  • Situation Summary USA Centre for Disease Control 

 


 

March 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST

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March 25, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • Ontario launches business information line 1-888-444-3659
  • Prime Minister provides update on Federal response to COVID-19
  • The Coronavirus Hub from Tourism HR Canada, includes information on benefits & programs available for businesses
  • UNTWO calling on innovators and entrepreneurs to accelerate tourism recovery
  • How Museums in China are reopening – Dragon Trail
  • Situation Summary– Health Canada 
  • World Health Organization-Situation summary- WHO

 


 

March 24, 2020 at 2 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • Ontario closing at-risk workplaces and encourages business-owners to continue their operations through work-from-home policies and innovative business models
  • Quebec steps up emergency measures to protect the population
  • IATA updated impact assessment
  • Situation Summary– Health Canada 
  • WHO, FIFA launch joint campaign to equip football community to tackle COVID-19
  • World Health Organization-Situation summary- WHO

 

March 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST

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March 20, 2020 at 3 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

 

  • TIAC calls on Government for immediate action and support for travel & tourism
  • Government launches new website “ Resources for Canadian Businesses: COVID-10
  • TIAC’s CEO presents on today’s Destination Canada’s Visitor Economy Webinar
  • Procedures for employees who have been affected COVID-19-Breakdown document compiled by Carleton Professor
  • UNWTO convenes global tourism crisis committee
  • IATA Presentation on airlines liquidity crisis
  • Remarks of Alexandre de Juniac at the IATA Media Briefing on COVID-19
  • Coronavirus & Marketing: Lessons from Hotels in China – Dragon Trail
  • Situation Summary & New Virtual Assistant Service– Health Canada 
  • World Health Organization-Situation summary- WHO
  • Situation Summary USA Centre for Disease Control

 


 

March 19, 2020 at 4:00 PM EST

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March 18, 2020 at 6 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • PM Justin Trudeau announces economic response plan- support for Canadians and businesses
  • Coronavirus recovery: Chinese traveler survey - Dragon Trail
  • BDC announces additional measures to provide relief for entrepreneurs
  • Situation Summary March 18– Health Canada 
  • TIAC on The Globe & Mail article, Business call on Ottawa for urgent help as economic crunch deepens
  • World Health Organization- Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 18 March 2020 - WHO
  • Parks Canada temporarily suspends all visitor services across the country until further notice

 


 

March 17, 2020 at 4 PM EST

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March 16, 2020 at 4 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • Quebec declares heath emergency, orders the closing of several businesses and public spaces in the cultural and tourist sectors;
  • Rendez-Vous Canada 2020 cancelled
  • UNWTO COVID-19 Putting people first
  • Situation Summary March 15– Health Canada 
  • World Health Organization Situation Summary - WHO
  • China updates – Dragon Trail
  • CDC recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States– USA Centre for Disease Control
  • PM Justin Trudeau provides update on federal response to COVID-19

  


  

March 13, 2020 at 4 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • Quebec bans all indoor events of more 250 people in attempt to stop spread of COVID-19
  • Media articles on measures and impact from COVID-19 in the following provinces and territories; BC, Alberta, Yukon
  • Government advises Canadians to avoid all non-essential international travel – CBC Press Conference
  • WTTC says ban on majority of European visitors to the US will not stop coronavirus
  • UNWTO and WHO agree to further cooperation on COVID-19 Response
  • Coronavirus disease COVID-19, outbreak update– Health Canada 
  • WHO, UN Foundation and partners launch first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund - WHO
  • Update on China COVID-19 – Dragon Trail
  • Situation Summary – USA Centre for Disease Control
  • Government of Canada announces intention to defer the start of cruise ship season in Canada as COVID-19 response measure

 


 

March 12, 2020 at 2:30 PM EST

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March 11, 2020 at 4 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • Prime Minister outlines Canada’s COVID-19 response
  • WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic on latest media briefing - WHO
  • Situation summary + prevention & risks on COVID-19– Health Canada 
  • Situation summary as of March 9 – USA Centre for Disease Control
  • WTTC reveals responsible travel tips to counter the coronavirus outbreak
  • Precautions to take when traveling by air – IATA

 March 10, 2020 at 3 PM EST

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 March 9, 2020 at 2:30 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • WHO statement on cases of COVID-19 surpassing 100 000– WHO
  • Coronavirus: The world economy at risk- OECD
  • UNWTO calls on Governments to include tourism as a priority in recovery plans and actions- UNWTO
  • As of March 8, 2020, 62 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada – Health Canada 
  • Post Coronavirus Consumer Sentiment Report by Fliggy– Dragon Trail
  • Situation summary as of March 8 – USA Centre for Disease Control

 

March 5, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

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March 4, 2020 at 2:30 PM EST

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March 3, 2020 at 1:30 PM EST

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March 2, 2020 at 3:30 PM EST

Latest updates from official sources we are monitoring:

  • WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 2 March 2020 – WHO
  • Business Responses to the COVID-19 Outbreak – Mercer Report
  • IATA Requests Global Suspension of Slot Rules Due to Coronavirus – IATA
  • As of March 1, 2020, 24 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada – Health Canada 
  • Situation Report as of March 2 – World Health Organization WHO
  • Situation summary as of February 29 – USA Centre for Disease Control

 


 

February 28, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

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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.