OTTAWA (June 11, 2020) – CTR_Open Letter_FINAL
As a society, we have faced a threat like no other, COVID-19. And we are still dealing with it. Under the leadership of our governments, we agreed to implement tough decisions to protect our health and safety. We shut down our schools, our businesses, and our borders. We all made sacrifices and continue to adapt to this new reality.
Now, it seems, we are getting through the worst of it.
As we re-open, we are learning to live with the virus, not hide from it or from each other.
And, just like we are re-opening the front doors of our homes and businesses, we need to re-open the doors of our provinces, territories – and our country.
The Canadian travel, tourism and hospitality sector employs 1.8 million people and contributes $102 billion to our economy. It relies on the summer season to survive. As Canadians, we wait all year to travel during the summer. We need the summer.
Like you, we believe personal safety is critical. However, many of the travel restrictions currently in place are simply too broad or unnecessary. Limitations on inter-provincial travel that restrict Canadians from freely exploring our country, should be removed. Canadians should be free to travel across Canada.
We also need a more targeted approach to international travel. The mandatory 14-day quarantine and complete closure of our country to all visitors from abroad is no longer necessary and is out of step with other countries across the globe.
Not all countries and regions are risky, and we shouldn’t treat them as such. For international visitors, it’s time to mirror the measured and safe approaches taken in other countries – like Germany, France, Italy and Australia, among many that have started to re-open borders to safe countries.
Heightened hygiene and bio-safety measures are being adopted across travel and tourism in Canada to allow for safe travel, with confidence.
It’s time to encourage Canadians and some visitors from abroad to explore our country this summer, to begin reuniting friends and families, to allow important business travel to occur, and to get our employees working safely again.
It’s time our governments allow Canadians to travel freely.
Join the movement with #timetotravel
The Friends and Supporters of the
Canadian Travel & Tourism Roundtable
John Allard, President & General Manager, Fleury Michon America
Bridgitte Anderson, President & CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
Shawn Ashton, President, Sportscorp Travel
Howard August, EVP, Canadian Operations, KAG Canada
Deirdre Baxter, Corporate Partner, Forbes Travel, Vancouver
Perrin Beatty, President & CEO, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Jacques Beauchamp, President & CEO, Petro-Nav Inc.
Kathy Bedell, Senior Vice President, Americas & Affiliate Program, BCD Travel
Charlotte Bell, President & CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC)
Kathryn Benn, President, K. Benn Travel
Marc Bibeau, President & CEO, OEC Group
James Bogusz, President & CEO, Regina International Airport
Paul Burns, President & CEO, Canadian Gaming Association (CGA)
Lydia Chen, President & CEO, InnVest Hotels
Don Cleary, President, Marriott Hotels of Canada
Zita Cobb, Inn Keeper, Fogo Island Inn
Ken Colangelo, President & Managing Director, Gate Gourmet Canada
Maxime Cretin, General Manager, Station Mont Ste-Anne
Yuvraj Datta, President, Skylink Travel Group
Greg D’Avignon, President & CEO, Business Council of BC
Alexandre De Juniac, Director General & CEO, IATA
Janet De Silva, President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade
Robert Deluce, Executive Chairman, Porter Airlines
Frank DeMarinis, President & CEO, Travel Brands
Nick Di Donato, President & CEO, Liberty Entertainment Group
Jerry Dias, National President, Unifor
Geoff Dickson, President & CEO, Victoria International Airport
Yves-Thomas Dorval, President & CEO, Conseil du Patronat du Québec
Patrick Doyle, Vice President & General Manager, American Express Global Business Travel Canada
Carolyne Doyon, President & CEO North America, Club Med
Gord Duke, President & CEO, Prince George International Airport
Jean-Marc Eustache, President & CEO, Transat
Shelley Ewing, President & Partner, TierOne Travel
Jim Facette, Executive Director, Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA)
Deborah Flint, President & CEO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Flemming Friisdahl, Owner & President, The Travel Agent Next Door
Beth Gardner, President & CEO, Custom Travel Solutions Inc.
Gary Gaudry, President, Maritime Travel
Zeina Gedeon, CEO,Travel Professionals International
Christiane Germain, Co-President, Germain Hôtels
Raymond Girard, Chief Client Officer, Bookmark / Spafax Group
Daniel-Robert Gooch, President & CEO, Canadian Airports Council (CAC)
Cheryl Green, Corporate Partner, Forbes Travel, Vancouver
Clark Grue, Chair, Meetings Mean Business Canada
Susan Grynol, President & CEO, Hotel Association of Canada
Reetu Gupta, President & CEO, The Gupta Group & The Easton’s Group
Yan Hamel, President & CEO, Croisières AML
Serge Harnois, CEO, Harnois Energies Inc
Alison Hickey, President, Kensington Tours
John Holmes, President, AAR Canada Holdings ULC
Stephen Hunter, CEO & President, Sunwing Travel Group
Grant Hurrle, Corporate Partner, Forbes Travel, Vancouver
Goldy Hyder, President & CEO, Business Council of Canada
Robert Iasenza, President, FSM Group
Sam S Jain, CEO, Fareportal Inc.
Chippy Jegathesan, CEO, Voyzant
Monica Johnstone, President, Uniglobe Travel Innovations
Stephane Jussiaume, Directeur Ventes & Opérations, GHL Transport
David Keith, President, SDK Tek Services Ltd.
Han Koren, President, ASAP Secured Inc.
Frederic Lalonde, Founder & CEO, Hopper
Yves Lalumiere, President & CEO, Tourisme Montreal
Roger Langille, President & CEO, Inland Technologies Canada Inc.
Mark Laroche, President & CEO, Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport Authority
Adam Legge, President, Business Council of Alberta
Wesley Lesosky, Component President, Air Canada Component of CUPE
Mark MacAlpine, President, AirTime Express Inc.
Lee Mainman, Partner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Bits In Glass
Patrice Malo, President & Chief Operating Officer, Station Mont Tremblant
Fredrik Manse, President, EF Education First
Monique Mardinian, CEO & Founder, Voyages Encore Travel Inc.
Stephen Maybury, President & CEO, Saskatoon International Airport
David McKenna, President, Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit
Lynette McMann, Vice President Operations,Westcan Bulk Transport
Mike McNaney, President & CEO, National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC)
Jamie Milton, Partner, Uniglobe Carefree Travel
Jules Molinari,Vice President, Canadian Fuelling Operations, Menzies Aviation Fueling
Danny Ng, CEO, Jade Travel Ltd.
Joel Ostrov, President – Canada East Region, Direct Travel
Steve Paccagnan, President & CEO, Panorama Mountain Resort
Sam Patel, Director, Airnets International
Russell Payson, Chairman of the Board, Sky Regional Airlines Inc
Alexandra Pelts, President, YYZ Travel Group
Paul Pinchbeck, President & CEO, Canadian Ski Council
Laurent Plourde, Président, Groupe Voyages Québec
Stéphane Poirier, President & CEO, Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport
Mark Pollack, President & CEO, Sage Parts
Rocky Racco, CEO, TTI Travel
Philippe Rainville, President & CEO, Aéroports de Montréal
Joseph Randell, President & CEO, Chorus Aviation Inc
Don Renshaw Jr., Owner/CEO, Renshaw Travel Ltd.
Craig Richmond, President & CEO,Vancouver Airport Authority
Charles Roberge, CEO, Swissport Canada
Brian Robertson, President – Canada West Region, Direct Travel
Cecilia Rossos, President & Owner, CWTVictor Travel and Victours International
Calin Rovinescu, President & CEO, Air Canada
Deepak Ruparell, Owner/President, Silver Hotel Group
Tom Ruth, President & CEO, Edmonton International Airport
Jean-Michel Ryan, CEO, Mont Sutton
Sam Samaddar, Airport Director, Kelowna International Airport
Steve Sammut, President & CEO, Rocky Mountaineer
Bob Sartor, President & CEO, Calgary Airport Authority
Marc Savoie, Owner, Sportvac Plus Inc.
Mike Seabrook, President & CEO, London International Airport
Arvin Shah, Chairman & CEO, Sky Bird Travel
Zulkifle Shaikhali, Owner, Uniglobe The Premiere Travel Group
Mark Shannon, President, Seaboard Liquid Carriers
John Shea, President & Chief Resorts Officer, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc
Daryl Silver, President, Continental Travel Group
Ed Sims, President & CEO, WestJet
Danny Sitnam, President & CEO, Helijet
Derrick Stanford, President & CEO, Saint John International Airport
RJ Steenstra, President & CEO, Fort McMurray International Airport
Jonathan Stent-Torriani, CEO, Newrest
Claude St-Pierre, General Manager, Tours Chanteclerc
Allan Sum, President, Mandarin Holidays
Ehud Telem, President & CEO, Peerless Travel
Joane Tetreault, President & CEO, Skylink Voyages
Andrew Torriani, President & CEO, Ritz-Carlton, Montreal
Peter Truong, Owner, Big Ben Travel
Rita Tsang, Founder and Chairman, Tour East Holidays
Jeffrey Verman, CEO, Plus Travel Group
Lena Watters, President, Airbase Services, Inc.
Catherine Wei, CEO, Compass Holidays
Jeff Willner, CEO, Travel Edge
Reg Wright, President & CEO, Gander International Airport
Ivy Yeung, CEO, Royal Scenic