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The Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable is active in the media, as are our members. Read more about our mission, our members and supporters, and the work we’re doing to promote the reboot of this critical Canadian sector. 

July 29

Carnival Returns to Toronto This Summer as one of Toronto’s “Signature Events” Of The Summer

Canada has always celebrated its diversity as a nation, and with world-renowned events such as Carnival, crowds from international destinations are finally returning to participate. The Roundtable supports the return of significant in-person events such as Toronto’s Carnival, and urges the federal government to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions as Canada attempts to return to normal.
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June 10

Canada’s Travel and Tourism Industry Welcomes Announced Changes to Travel Testing Requirements Made by Canada and U.S. Governments; Calls on the Canadian Government to Lift Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions

The Roundtable welcomes the step taken by the Canadian government to temporarily suspend mandatory arrivals testing for vaccinated travellers to assist with current congestion at airports, but continues to call on the Canadian Government to permanently remove all arrival testing and other remaining COVID-19 restrictions.
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March 10

Tourism, business groups call on Canada to lift COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated travellers

Representatives from several organizations held a press conference in Toronto Thursday morning, saying that removing the restriction is necessary to allow the tourism and business sectors to fully recover. The groups want to see the federal government remove the pre-departure testing requirement for fully vaccinated travellers no later than April 1, which is when the regulations are set to be updated.
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March 2

B.C.’s tourism industry wants rapid antigen testing for travellers eliminated

Businesses that rely on international travellers want Canada to follow many European countries and remove all border testing for fully vaccinated travellers, before tourists decide to spend their holiday dollars elsewhere. Industry representatives are urging the federal government to remove the rapid antigen requirement for international visitors by April 1, and believe allowing Americans to cross the land border into Canada without testing would be a great start.
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February 28

Industry groups demand Ottawa lift COVID-19 travel testing requirements

At a news conference at the Calgary airport hosted by the Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable, WestJet communications vice-president Richard Bartrem said the carrier’s flight volume remains at half of its 2019 level of roughly 700 trips per day. The federal government announced earlier this month that as of Feb. 28 double-vaccinated air and land travellers no longer need to present a negative molecular test result, such as a PCR test, before departure for Canada. Wendy Paradis, president of the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies, said in an interview rapid tests remain an “unnecessary barrier” to family and business travel.
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February 10

Tourism industry wants Canada to ease COVID travel restrictions as other countries open

The Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable again calls on the federal government to remove unnecessary and non-science-based obstacles to international travel. Speaking alongside the Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable, Dr. Dominik Mertz, division director of infectious diseases at McMaster University, says less than one per cent of COVID-19 cases across Canada have been associated with international travel.
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February 10

Canada tourism official, Ontario doctors encourage dropping of arrival testing

Beth Potter, president of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Dr. Dominik Mertz, division director of infectious diseases at McMaster University, and Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious diseases physician, spoke Thursday about the pre-arrival testing for travellers to Canada. Chagla said he was calling for the dropping of the PCR test "at bare minimum," with Potter encouraging changes in order to help give travellers ahead of March Break and the summer have clarity on possible "hoops" they have to jump through to travel.
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January 17

Tourism Leaders Urge End To Extensive PCR On-Arrival Testing

The Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable is calling on the federal government to redeploy PCR tests used for on-arrival testing to community use, and return to randomized on-arrival testing for surveillance purposes. The group points out that the positivity rate of fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada on a relative basis is extremely low when contrasted against the significantly higher positive rate in the community.
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January 17

Airlines seek end to mandatory COVID-19 testing of vaccinated passengers on arrival

In a letter to Ottawa and the Ontario government, Air Canada, WestJet and Toronto's Pearson International Airport called for a shift of testing capacity from airports to the community. To further the ask, the Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable also urged the federal government  to redeploy its testing capacity and return to random testing for international passengers.
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November 9

Statement from Roundtable

The Canadian Travel & Tourism Roundtable notes with interest the government’s decision to begin engaging with Canada’s airlines regarding financial assistance and support for the broader aviation sector. (more…)
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October 5

Rapid testing devices ‘good’, but just one part of COVID defense strategy

Air Canada has ordered 25,000 rapid COVID-19 testing kits developed by Abbott Laboratories. Dr. Jim Chung, chief medical officer at Air Canada, discusses the preliminary results from Air Canada's study in partnership with McMaster HealthLabs and Toronto Airport, which looks at the effectiveness of airport COVID-19 testing upon traveler arrival.
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September 26

Go Ahead and Catch the Travel Bug

Life has its hazards, even getting up in the morning. But plane travel is one of the safest forms of transportation. We must not become so paranoid that we become afraid of our own shadow.
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August 13

Time for a cautious return to air travel

Air travel was hit hard and fast by the pandemic as international and domestic travel ground to a halt. Today, we need all levels of government to get behind developing a detailed plan for opening up the travel sector, and strong funding support for the industry.
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