We’re delighted to confirm today the names of the destination marketing organizations (DMOs) that will receive funding from the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). This financial support will help DMOs to communicate with travellers about the wide and diverse tourism offer throughout our province. It will help to showcase the extensive health and safety precautions being taken by businesses and operators as we move with caution reopen our economy and rebuild trust with domestic and international travellers.
TIAO would like to thank Minister Joly and FedDev Ontario for their commitment to supporting the tourism industry whilst we navigate these unprecedented times.
After a week’s delay, the expanded Canada Emergency Business Account loan program is now available; however, only if you bank with one of Canada’s six largest banks. The CEBA expansion will be available from more lenders over the coming weeks. To apply for a CEBA contact your primary financial institution.
We support our members in building relationships that will help their businesses thrive. Developing relationships with groups that are often under-represented in business is not only the right thing to do, it’s critical to our national competitiveness and well-being.
At TIAO our job is to ensure that as many tourism businesses as possible remain economically viable throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and all the subsequent stages of re-opening. In order to communicate what policy and financial tools are required, we must understand what the need is from industry, how it varies by sector and region, and where the thresholds are for businesses that are fighting off bankruptcy. Data is the key to our advocacy efforts, and allows us to push for nuanced policy tools from government, and greater capture of the most vulnerable segments of the Ontario tourism industry. Thank you to everyone who continues to take the time to provide us with the data we need to best represent the tourism industry to government.
Top 5 things to consider while reopening dine-in restaurants
Re-opening restaurants for dine-in services in Canada will require careful planning by operators, given capacity limitations, new health and safety measures, and disrupted supply chains.We recommend that restaurants consider the following 5 actions as they plan for re-opening dine-in services:
Determine which restaurants and when to re-open dine-in services, once permitted, given anticipated capacity limitations, availability of outdoor dining space, lower expected demand, additional costs, and strategic & operational considerations.
WORLD TRAVEL AND TOURISM COUNCIL RELEASES NEW GLOBAL PROTOCOLS
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) released new global protocols as part of their 'Safe Travels' program. The WTTC alongside members, governments, health experts and other industry associations are working together to achieve effective recovery protocols by developing meaningful action plans that optimise sector-wide recovery efforts. The new protocols include:
Help Canadians feel safe in your store – Take the POST Promise
Retailers of all sizes, business owners and managers across the country are being asked to take part in a collective solution - the POST Promise - to help Canadians confidently and safely take the first steps back into public spaces and the workplace.
Participating organizations can use the nationally recognized logo and are provided with the communication and implementation tools to educate employees on the five key steps to workplace safety, created to be consistent with what has been recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The TD Niagara Jazz Festival Presents: LIVEstream.LOVE.JAZZ.Series #30 featuring Tom Van Seters
Join us on Saturday evening, June 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm for another edition of our LIVEstream.LOVE.JAZZ.Series with our special guest artist, live from Edmonton, Tom Van Seters.
About Tom Van Seters:
Jazz pianist and composer Tom Van Seters completed his Master of Music degree at McGill University in Montreal and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto. An active member of the Canadian music scene for over twenty-five years, he has performed in a wide variety of high profile settings and collaborated with some of Canada’s most renowned musicians. Dr. Van Seters has released three critically acclaimed CDs as a leader, all of which feature his original compositions. He has performed with numerous large and small ensembles in Edmonton, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra. His scholarly research is centered around parallels between piano and drumming performance practices in jazz.