COVID-19 Updates > Tourism Advocacy Update – April 30, 2020
posted on April 30, 2020
Your Support is Fueling our Work for all Tourism Stakeholders
During these difficult and challenging times, we want to recognize members of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. Because of your ongoing support, the TIAC team can continue to focus on garnering greater assistance and relief measures for the entire Canadian tourism sector during this crisis.
You are powering our Tourism advocacy efforts through this global crisis.
We wish you well and thank you!
Dear Tourism Stakeholders,
The TIAC Team continues to monitor and provide daily updates 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 Tourism Sector:
April 30, 2020
TIAC’s Advocacy Work
- TIAC’s State of Tourism in Canada during COVID-19 Dashboard report prepared by TIAC partners Twenty31 has been featured by Skift’s Rafat Ali as an example of good data and visualization of what tourism growth might look like post COVID-19.
- Statistics Canada released results for the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions: Impact of COVID-19 on businesses
- TIAC's VP of Stakeholder Relations and Business Development participated on a Canadian Chamber of Commerce call to discuss support for the tourism sector.
- Our bi-monthly TIAC Talk publication will resume distribution next week.
- For those new to TIAC communications – this newsletter contains useful information and updates on the tourism sector at large, and not specific to COVID-19 updates.
- For a preview, you can check out past TIAC Talk articles here.
In case you missed it …
- Our partners at Destination Canada are publishing research on the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic on their website.
- Employers can apply for the CEWS through the My Business Account or through the CRA’s online application portal, and their representatives can apply through Represent a Client.
- Today’s federal update by Prime Minister Trudeau focused on the Canadian military – primarily on the unfortunate accident of a Royal Canadian Navy helicopter crashing off the coast of Greece yesterday
- Yesterday, MPs met in a formal sitting of the House of Commons to pass a $9 billion aid package specially aimed at post-secondary and graduate students. Senate will sit Friday in order to pass the legislation.
- Minister of Economic Development, the Hon. Melanie Joly, appeared before the Industry Committee yesterday evening discussing the different measures the regional Economic Development Agencies of Canada have rolled out.
- Opposition members pushed the Minister on tourism-specific funding; however, the Minister did not have any new details to share at the time.
TIAC Members: Making a difference
Thank you to the many TIAC Members who are helping during this difficult time. From those offering support like temporary housing for essential service providers, to others who brought home stranded Canadians from around the world. You are making a difference.
Today, we want to recognize The Burrard Hotel in Vancouver
, British Columbia, and their efforts to support their local St. Paul’s Hospital. Early last month, the organization that operates St. Paul's approached The Burrard to form a partnership to provide safe, clean spaces for hospital staff to relax, shower, and recharge between shifts, or before heading home to their families. The hotel was quick to take on the call for assistance, and the resulting “Relax Rooms” allow frontline workers who come over to the Burrard to have access to a room for some privacy to take a nap, have a shower, watch TV or chat with friends in between shifts or before they return to their homes. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/article-as-travellers-stay-home-vancouvers-burrard-hotel-gives-hospital/
Do you have a story to share about how tourism businesses are supporting communities during these challenging times? We want to hear from you whether you’re a TIAC member or not. We need to celebrate our industry and recognize your generosity during these trying times. Please share your stories with us at firstname.lastname@example.org