As the national voice of tourism, we bring our readers the latest news, data and trends impacting Canadian businesses. Advocating for tourism, in Ottawa and throughout Canada, the TIAC team keeps a busy outreach agenda, from which each edition of TIAC Talk brings you the latest updates. Enjoy the issue!

- Charlotte Bell, TIAC President and CEO
Coronavirus: Impact on Tourism
As the global community is responding to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), TIAC has been actively engaged with Government representatives and Health authorities, and monitoring information from national and international sources to provide members and industry at large with the latest updates on measures impacting our sector.
November 2019 Visitation
The international arrival numbers for November were released by Statistics Canada on January 23rd, 2020. Based on this information, TIAC is confident that we are on track for another record year for arrivals.

Annual TIAC Member Survey Winner!
TIAC’s annual member survey was shared a few weeks ago allowing members to provide us with feedback, thoughts and opinions so that we can better serve our valued members. As a thank you for participating in the survey, members were given the option to enter into a draw for a chance to win two GoldLeaf Service tickets with Rocky Mountaineer valued at up to $4,898.

The winner of the two-day train journey for two aboard award-winning Rocky Mountaineer is TIAC Member Dominic Dugre, President of the Canadian Federation of Outfitter Associations. Congratulations Dominc and thank you for taking the time to complete our survey – enjoy your Rocky Mountaineer experience!
Win a Two-day Train Journey for Two from Rocky Mountaineer
New Members who join TIAC between January 1 to March 31, 2020 will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a two-day train journey for two aboard award-winning Rocky Mountaineer.

Membership must be paid in full by March 31, 2020 to qualify.

Conservative Tourism Caucus
On January 29, 2020, TIAC President and CEO, Charlotte Bell, was invited to give a presentation to the Conservative Tourism Caucus. Led by tourism critic and long-time tourism champion Blake Richards (Banff-Airdrie), the caucus brings together elected Conservative members to discuss issues facing the industry.

EI Commissioner Employer Forum
On January 27, 2020 TIAC President and CEO, Charlotte Bell and Vince Accardi, TIAC Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations and Business Development represented tourism at the annual EI Commissioner Employer Forum held in Gatineau.

Advocacy Days 2020
On February 3rd and 4th, 2020, Parliamentarians and tourism stakeholders from across Canada joined the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) on Parliament Hill for a successful two-day event. Our “Hill Days” highlighted the economic contributions of the tourism industry under the theme “Discovering the Visitor Economy”.

TIAC presents at the Finance Parliamentary Committee
Capping off a very successful week on the Hill, TIAC President and CEO Charlotte Bell appeared before the Finance Parliamentary Committee on February 5th, 2020. Advocating for the industry’s budget priorities is just one way in which we work on behalf of our Members to ensure #TourismMatters is top-of-mind with all Parliamentarians.
Sustainability & Tourism
This year TIAC, along with
sustainability experts, Synergy-Corporate Sustainability Management, will bring you a series of articles and actionable insights on tourism & sustainability issues and trends impacting our industry.

The second one in this series: Tackling Single-Use Plastics in Tourism

Travel & Tourism Fast Facts
Travel and tourism is a dynamic, sustainable and vastly diverse industry, comprised of innovative businesses in every region of the country. It employs millions of Canadians, half of whom are under 35.

Rendez-vous Canada 2020: Sponsorship and Branding Opportunities
There is only one travel and tourism event in Canada that provides the opportunity to connect your brand to the biggest international audience.

Rendez-vous Canada is the premier international travel and tourism marketplace in Canada, taking place from May 5th to 8th, 2020, in Quebec City, Quebec.

Tourism Town Halls

The 2020 Tourism Town Hall series is an event partnership between the TIAC, Destination Canada, and local industry partners. Tourism Town Halls provide an opportunity to engage small and medium-sized business owner-operators across Canada to better understand efforts being made on national tourism issues.

Next Tourism Town Hall is in
Dieppe, New Brunswick – Thursday, February 20 

Industry Events

Quebec City, QC
May 5 - 8, 2020

Victoria, BC
September 10 - 14, 2020

TIAC T ourism Congress
Ottawa, ON
November 17 - 18, 2020

Canadian Tourism Awards
Ottawa, ON
November 18, 2020
Nominations Open March 2nd
“TIAC brings in first-rate professional development and networking sessions such as the China Readiness Training Session, GoMedia, and the Tourism Town Halls, which benefit operators nation-wide. These programs offer members an excellent education in new growth areas and developing markets.”
Steve Bellamy, CEO, Confederation Centre of the Arts
“Tourism businesses should join TIAC to be part of the industry voice and to help build better tourism infrastructure for Canada in order to increase international visitation and eventually grow our business.”
Elaine Xu, Director of Travel Development, Dufry North America Division