National Advocacy

A Message from Tony Pollard - President, Hotel Association of Canada

In 2013, the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) celebrates its Centennial Anniversary, and as I reflect on all the activities we have undertaken as an Association, I believe one of the significant contributions in recent years is the Annual HAC Travel Intentions Survey. This survey provides us with guidance, insight and knowledge of the travellers we service. Read More

Federal Budget

In mid March the Minister of Finance, James M. Flaherty presented the 2013-2014 budget in the House of Commons. The budget continues to focus on economic growth in this challenging global economy. Most applicable to tourism is the:

  • Temporary hiring credit for small business has been expanded and extended for one year. This credit will provide up to $1,000 to offset increased Employment Insurance (EI) premium costs for a small business that had total EI premiums of less than $15,000 in 2012.
  • Announcement of an investment in conjunction with the federal infrastructure projects that will maintain VIA Rail services for remote communities.

To review additional 2013-2014 federal budget highlights prepared by Deloitte, please click here.

Open Skies

In November TIANS wrote to TIAC and HAC on the issue of Open Skies. To view the letter, click here. To view HAC's response click here.

Canada's Tourism Industry Welcomes New Airfare Advertising Rules

Canada's new all-inclusive airfare advertising regulations will promote fair competition among airfare advertisers and help consumers make informed purchasing decisions, according to the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). Read More

Canadian Tourism Commission Funding

Funding Cuts to CTC not good news for Tourism. To view TIANS article on the issue Read More.

National Panel on Tourism Issues

On Tuesday, November 27th, TIANS hosted a National Panel with representatives from our National associations including: Steve Allen - Chairman, Canadian Tourism Commission, David Goldstein - President and CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Anthony Pollard - President, Hotel Association of Canada and Wendy Swedlove - President, Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council and moderated by Nicholas Carson. The panel presentation was preamble with a presentation by Gary Oster, Senior VP of Business Development for the U.S. Travel Association and provided us with insights into how the US travel industry has effectively worked to put Tourism as a priority on the government agenda.