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Canada’s tourism industry supports Canada-U.S. border policies

Ottawa  –The Tourism Industry Association of Canada supports the initiative announced February 4th by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama which aims to allow for freer mobility of travellers and goods between the two countries.

“Tourism is one of Canada’s key exports industries, and one with incredible upside,” said TIAC President and CEO David Goldstein. “A smarter, more open approach to moving travellers across our shared border would be a significant step towards bringing back millions of American travellers and fuelling Canada’s economic recovery.”

While a great deal of focus has historically been on the movement of goods across the border, the thickening of the border since 9/11 has had the strongest impact on Canada’s $70 billion dollar travel and tourism industry.

While the travel and tourism sector appreciated the necessity of addressing security concerns, the impact of these additional document requirements and congestion at the border has been the biggest contributor to Canada’s tourism declines.

Canada has significant opportunities to attract new visitors from around the world. But the fact remains that 83% of international tourists who come to Canada, visit our country and spend in our communities come from the United States. The creation of a more harmonized and coherent border-crossing system between the countries will create greater opportunities for leisure, business and meetings travel from the U.S., and will result in tens of thousands of new jobs and support thousands of small and medium-sized businesses across the country.

For more information, please contact:
Kevin Desjardins
Director, Communications
Tourism Industry Association of Canada
(c) 613-240-7225.

About The Tourism Industry Association of Canada
TIAC is the national organization representing the full cross-section of Canada’s $70 Billion tourism industry, including air and passenger rail, airport authorities, local and provincial destination authorities, hotels, attractions and tour operators

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