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Canada’s travel rules decimate business travel, stifle Vancouver’s tourism industry

  • Mandatory pre-departure PCR testing for fully vaccinated international travelers keeps international visitors at home and anything but eliminating business travel
  • Small business operators in the Vancouver tourism and hospitality join the Canadian Roundtable on Travel and Tourism to call on the federal government to end the pre-departure PCR test for fully vaccinated visitors and to streamline their entry requirements with others country

VANCOUVER, BC, November 10, 2021 / CNW / – Together with the Canadian Roundtable on Travel and Tourism (“The Roundtable”), leaders representing the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the British Columbia Hotel Association, Vancouver travel agencies and Destination Vancouver are calling on the federal government to remove unnecessary and unscientific barriers to international travel, such as the pre-departure PCR test for fully vaccinated travelers, threatening the survival of Vancouver businesses and freeze business travel.

Tourism and business travel have been an economic anchor for the Greater Vancouver region, which has built the reputation of being one of the from Canada premier destinations for leisure, meeting and event travelers. As the largest Canadian city on the west coast, Vancouver is also from Canada Gateway to the Pacific and the Far East – an essential catalyst for from Canada economic diversification and connection to the world. that of Vancouver prime location has become a hub for business travelers to Asia and United States.

However, since the start of the pandemic, economic operators Vancouver who have come to rely on international visitors are facing another winter season of continuing economic decline. Mandatory PCR testing before the federal government leaves to enter the country encourages international travelers to do business elsewhere. Canadian companies are at a disadvantage compared to their American and European counterparts.

In 2019, Vancouver hosted over 11 million overnight visitors, contributing $ 14 billion in total revenues to the Metro Vancouver economy and supporting over 104,000 full-time jobs.1 In comparison, turnover fell by 70% in 2020.

from Canada the rules go against recommendations made by the federal government’s expert advisory group on COVID-19 Screening and Testing (“the Expert Panel”), which found that travelers fully vaccinated should not require testing before departure.

More worrying is the fact that from Canada travel rules are out of step with the international community and our southern American neighbors. Country including France, Portugal, Germany and the UK recognized that requiring pre-departure and upon arrival testing for vaccinated travelers is redundant and exempted fully vaccinated travelers from pre-departure testing requirements. Any competitive advantage Vancouver could have ensured as 2020 approaches the risks of being lost as other countries adopt common sense solutions to facilitate international trade.


1 that of Vancouver Highlights on the tourism industry – Destination Vancouver,

Many international companies find it too restrictive to send their teams Vancouver. As a result, companies that of Vancouver the travel and tourism industry is bracing – once again – for booking cancellations as international visitors seek to cancel or delay long-awaited trips. This makes it difficult to find resources, understand recruitment needs and forecast demand.

The pandemic, immunization status and available science have changed; The same is true of the response and measures to ensure the safety of Canadians while allowing the reopening of the travel and tourism industry.


“Business trips from the United States, Asia, and the whole world has practically stopped, which is hurting our cities, especially that of Vancouver downtown. Today, we join the Canadian Roundtable on Travel and Tourism in calling on the federal government to get rid of the text of the PCR before departure. Getting rid of unnecessary and outdated travel rules will help Vancouver get back to business. “

Bridgitte anderson
President and CEO, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce

that of Vancouver The hospitality industry is heavily dependent on international business travel. Despite the wide availability of vaccines and stable case and hospitalization rates for COVID-19 across the country, many of our members face another winter season of staff cuts and low incomes as foreign visitors decide to stay at home. As long as fully vaccinated foreign visitors continue to face unnecessary restrictions, this will continue to be the case and businesses will continue to suffer. We need the federal government to make sensible changes to the rules so that that of British Columbia hotels – and the families and communities they support – can get back to work. “

Mike Macleod
Director, British Columbia Hotel Association

“Before the health pandemic, Vancouver welcomed more than 11 million leisure and business travelers from around the world. The PCR test is a major obstacle for international visitors hoping to travel to Vancouver and other parts of our province. The combination of test availability and the high cost of a PCR test further complicates the journey for all visitors to our destination. We know that rebuilding our industry will take time, and we need the government’s partnership to reduce barriers to travel so that our city’s tourism businesses can recover. “

Karen Soyka
Vice-President of Strategy and Business Development, Destination Vancouver

“The PCR test signals international business travelers that Canada is not open for business. It also takes longer to retrieve PCR test results, which presents logistical challenges for short business trips and trips with a busy schedule. If we continue down this path, we will be at a serious disadvantage compared to our peers in the United States and Europe. “

Claire Newell
President, Travel Best Bets

About the Canadian Tourism Roundtable

The Canadian Tourism Roundtable is a pan-Canadian coalition of tourism and travel industry leaders – including representatives from airports, airlines, hotels and chambers of commerce from across the country – committed to working together to relaunch the sector smoothly and safely. Travel and tourism are a $ 102 billion sector, employing millions of Canadians across the country and accounting for 2.1% of the country’s gross domestic product. He advocates for a safe and prosperous tourism and travel industry across Canada.

SOURCE Canadian Roundtable on Travel and Tourism

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