Times Colonist

Canadian tourism sector ‘on brink of crisis’

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OTTAWA — The Canadian tourism sector is on the “brink of a crisis” and Ottawa must step in to prevent its decline by tackling issues plaguing domestic and foreign travel and fixing diplomatic policies abroad, says the president of the Tourism Industry Associatio­n of Canada.

The organizati­on released a report yesterday suggesting the $70-billion industry is threatened by a lack of open, efficient travel policies with countries such as China, hefty taxes on the aviation industry and confusing policies for travellers between Canada and the United States.

“Canada’s tourism industry is on the brink of a crisis, and we need urgent actions from government­s at all levels to address long-standing structural burdens on our industry,” said Randy Williams, the industry associatio­n’s president.

Meanwhile, a new IpsosReid poll for Canwest News Service and Global News suggests four in 10 Canadians are scaling back their summer travel plans due to fears over the economy.

The poll, conducted from May 26-29, noted 34 per cent of Canadians had no travel plans this summer and 14 per cent still hadn’t made up their minds.

The Ipsos-Reid poll’s findings, a result of an online survey of 1,030 Canadian adults, are considered accurate 19 times out of 20 with a margin of error of three percentage points.

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