Published on : Thursday, September 2, 2021
Canada’s tourism and hotel associations have said that they were caught by surprise and disappointed by the U.S. government’s decision to intensify its travel advisory for Canada.
The U.S. State Department has urged Americans on Monday to “reconsider” traveling to Canada as they set the travel advisory to Level 3, after just a three-week period where Canada was at Level 2 with the land border open to U.S citizens and permanent residents.
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada said that the decision will hurt the country’s affected tourism sector even further, especially before the Labour Day weekend, when Americans travel across the land border.
The Hotel Association of Canada said that it’s disappointed that the U.S. is discouraging travel to Canada, and added that hotels and the events sector will continue to feel the effect of COVID-19’s economic impact for many months to come.
“Our current data shows hotels are still operating more than 40 per cent below industry norms on average, and this will only make things worse,” said Susie Grynol, President &the CEO of HAC.
Grynoladded, “Limited international tourism, combined with the reality that no major conventions or festivals are taking place and limited business travel, means that Canadian hotels will face another eight months like the last sixteen.”
However, Flight Center spokeswoman Allison Wallace said that with the U.S. only issuing a travel advisory without any increased restrictions means that there won’t be a large impact on travel.