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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.


It’s time.

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


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