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July 13 | Issue


Impacts of COVID-19 on the Tourism Workforce

As demand for tourism services and products increases and international travellers return, rebuilding a robust workforce is a key priority for the sector. A new report from the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation and Tourism HR Canada provides an overview of research on the impact of the pandemic on the tourism and hospitality workforce. It identifies policy recommendations to help mitigate the negative impacts of tourism labour force shortages as the sector recovers.

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President's Message

We are in the full swing of summer and the recovery of our industry continues apace with the recent announcement from the Government of Canada extending its pause on random mandatory COVID-19 testing at all airports until the middle of this month. While we were heartened at this latest development, we continue to press for the lifting of all remaining […]

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Do Carbon Offsets Really Help?

Pandemic restrictions are almost gone, summer has returned to the northern hemisphere, and tourism businesses are bracing for, yet looking forward to, the beginning of the long recovery. But there’s a catch. As we look to get back to “normal”, the Canadian government has released its 2030 Emission Reduction Plan plan to reduce Canada’s emissions by 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. With fossil fuels still playing a significant role in the tourism sector, how can we recover, while also meeting these new targets to tackle climate change? One option is to voluntarily buy carbon offsets, which sets the stage for […]

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The Pearson Centre: Recovering Tourism

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s (TIAC’s) President & CEO Beth Potter appeared recently in a special discussion on the future of the industry from The Pearson Centre. The think tank’s "Recovering Tourism" webinar also featured Member of Parliament Patrick Weiler, who is the Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus; Philip Mondor, President, Tourism HR Canada; and Former Tourism Minister Eleanor McMahon, President & CEO, TransCanada Trail.

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TIAC has become the newest Affiliate Member of the UNWTO (the United Nations World Tourism Organization). The UNTWO is the United Nations’ agency responsible for promoting world tourism and has a mission to achieve responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism. The decision was made official recently at the 116th Session of the UNWTO Executive Council, held in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). With its admission acceptance, TIAC is bringing Canada’s private sector tourism industry to the world stage.

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Staff Announcement

TIAC is thrilled to announce the promotion of Julie Gauvreau to Manager of Member Services effective immediately. Gauvreau joined the organization in June 2021 as Executive Assistant, where she went above and beyond her duties to ensure the smooth operation of the office of President & CEO, as well as other administrative duties as required. In her new role, she will be focused on establishing the Associate Member program and member recruitment. She will also continue to support member retention by working closely with the Events and Communications teams.

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We’re Hiring!

The best people work at TIAC (and so should you!). It’s simple - our employees are our greatest asset. Travel is an ever-changing industry with exciting opportunities - and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada represents the best of the best. Come join our dynamic team representing the interests of tourism businesses across Canada. We’re an inclusive and rewarding environment offering engaging work, generous benefits, and a collaborative culture. Check out our latest job opportunities!

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Save the Date: Tourism Congress 2022

Join your colleagues in the industry, government officials, expert insiders, and your friends at TIAC at our annual Tourism Congress 2022! The annual event is set to take place once again Nov. 22-23, 2022, at the Westin Ottawa. Each year, Tourism Congress hosts more than 400 delegates from across the industry, including key decision-makers from both the private and public sectors. Registration is opening soon, stay tuned and save the date!

2022 Canadian Tourism Awards 

Nominations are still open for the 2022 Canadian Tourism Awards (CTAs). The CTAs are presented annually by TIAC to recognize success, leadership, and innovation in Canadian tourism and have become the standard of excellence for businesses and organizations in the industry. The awards ceremony will take place this year on Nov. 23 during TIAC’s annual Tourism Congress at the Westin Ottawa. Check out the nine categories and nominate someone you know today!

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TIAC’s is a not-for-profit organization working to ensure your survival and successful full recovery. Support TIAC by becoming a member and ensuring we can continue this critical work.

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TIAC is delighted to welcome our newest members who joined in July 2022:

Thank you to the members who renewed throughout the month and continue their support of our advocacy efforts. Our success depends on you! To learn more about what TIAC does and the benefits of your membership, contact Jennifer Taylor, VP Business Development & Member Relations at jtaylor@tiac-aitc.ca.

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