TIAPEI participation in Tourism Week on Parliament Hill
As Tourism month comes to a close, Tourism week was celebrated nationally from May 27-June 2, 2018 from coast to coast. This week is organized nationally by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. It is a significant initiative that brings awareness to the economic opportunity available in Canada and Prince Edward Island through travel and tourism.
Tourism week aligns tourism organizations, businesses and other partners from across the country with a common vision: a globally competitive tourism industry, which is supported by government policies and noted for its contribution to the Canadian economy. Tourism creates 1.8 million jobs and is responsible for more youth employment than any other sector.
The Tourism Industry Association of PEIs’ Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Mouflier, along with industry counterparts from across the country, attended ‘Lobbying on Parliament Hill’ which consisted of over 40 meetings with several federal members of parliament to advocate and implement the importance of the tourism industry here on P.E.I. and Canada as a whole. “Tourism week each year is a crucial time for tourism leaders from across our nation to advocate and address challenges impacting our sector.” The focus was on four different topics: Labor, Access (Visa processing/barriers to entry), cost competitiveness and marketing funding to support tourism.
Discussions on the importance of ongoing collaboration and synergy between Tourism, Agriculture and Fishing, the importance of temporary foreign workers to meet the sectoral labor demand, incentives required for more focus on increasing visitation to Canada from foreign travelers and the reintroduction of a foreign traveler GST rebate program.
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada is the only national organization representing the full cross-section of Canada’s $91.6 billion tourism industry. TIAC’s members include air and passenger rail services, airport authorities, local and provincial destination authorities, hotels, attractions and tour operators.