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Jul 6, 2021

Letter from PTTIA (includes TIABC), Supporting Cruise & Motor Coach Industry


Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport

We are calling on the Government of Canada to take immediate action to signal the safe restart of
Canada’s multi-billion-dollar cruise ship industry.

With thousands of jobs at risk in British Columbia, and with struggling cruise dependant businesses such as motor coach operators, we are asking Ottawa to send a clear signal that Canada is open for safe
cruise service in 2022 by announcing a scalable restart of the cruise industry and rescinding the order on the suspension of cruise in Canada by the end of the year. Specifically, we are requesting:

  1. The existing no-sail order be fully rescinded by December 31st, 2021, to allow for business
    continuity planning, staff training and preparation in advance of the 2022 start of the cruise season.
  2. These measures be communicated quickly and clearly before the current expiration of the border
    closure on July 21, 2021 so that business dependant on this sector can begin to plan.

Providing a clear and immediate roadmap for the safe resumption of Canadian cruise in 2022 is essential to the many businesses like motor coach operators and tourism jobs that the cruise industry supports. It is critical that the existing no-sail order be fully rescinded by December 31st, 2021, to allow for business continuity planning. The cruise industry and cruise dependent businesses, plus their guests, are currently making plans for 2022.

The health and safety of the public, passengers, and crew remain the top priority, and complex decisions for what needs to happen to safely restart cruise service must be made immediately. We know we have missed the 2021 cruise season, but by rescinding the no-sail order quickly and clearly before the current expiration of the border closure on July 21, 2021, a rebound for 2022 is possible.

The Government of Canada announcement on the relaxation of the quarantine requirement for fully
vaccinated Canadians returning home is a small first step toward a full reopening of the border in the
months ahead. However, it is important that the reopening plan includes all modes of transportation
including motor coach and cruise. Further uncertainty around the cruise industry and the businesses
who depend on it will be created by not including all modes of transportation in the reopening plans.

The cruise industry generates $4.3 billion in total output and supports 30,000 jobs across Canada,
including motor coach, tour operators, attractions, food and beverage suppliers, hotels, retailers, taxis,
visitor destinations, port workers, and maintenance contractors.

This request is made on behalf of the following organizations which are collectively asking Transport
Canada to immediately and clearly indicate that they will rescind the ban on cruise ships in Canadian
waters before the end of 2021.

Walt Judas
Tourism Industry Association of BC

Danielle Timmons
VP, Aquila
Chair of TIAC National Cruise Committee

Beth Potter
President and CEO
Tourism Industry Association of Canada

Vince Accardi
Motor Coach Canada

Hon. Melanie Joly, Minister of Official Languages and Economic Development
Hon. Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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TIABC webinar series returns on November 24th! 

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are important elements in sustainable labor recovery. But what do these really mean in the workplace context? While businesses are aware of the importance of these elements, many are often unsure where to start.

go2HR is committed to building strong and safe workplaces. We have engaged ParriagGroup, a leading EDI firm, to build a webinar that deepens our understanding of EDI and how to start reshaping the workplace.

Date: November 24th | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (PT)

Tap link in bio to register. 👆
REMINDER: Registration is open for TIABC 2022 Annual general meeting and industry forum! 🎉 

Registration is open for TIABC's AGM, to be held Friday, November 18th at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster. 

Schedule of Activities:
11:00 AM - Reports of the Society and election of directors
12:00 PM - Complimentary lunch for AGM attendees
12:30-2:00 PM - Presentation and workshop on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with guest speaker, Joanna Jagger, founder & president, WORTH (Women of Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality) Association

Register through the link in bio.👆 

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at TIABC! 🍂 

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In Recognition of National Truth & Reconciliation Day, TIABC is dedicating this edition of our weekly newsletter to honour the children who never returned home and the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. TIABC understands that public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

We open with an updated re-post from TIABC Director Brenda Baptiste and her poignant editorial from last year's inaugural National Truth & Reconciliation Day. Also included is a "Member Spotlight" on St. Eugene Golf, Resort and Casino which features content relating to the Indigenous peoples and communities in our province.

Tap the link in our bio to read the full newsletter. 👆

#NDTR2022 #OrangeShirtDay #TRCCanda #WeWearOrange #TruthAndReconciliation #NationalDayForTruthAndReconciliation #DestinationIndigenous #IndigenousBC
In Ottawa this week, TIABC CEO Walt Judas met with @tourismhrcanada CEO Philip Mondor to discuss workforce challenges at THRC’s annual Labour Market Forum.
TIABC Call for Nominations 📢

The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) Governance Committee is seeking qualified individuals for the 2022-2024 term that are dedicated to the success of the Association and will support its principles as a member of the Board of Directors. Acceptance of nominations is based on a specific set of skills and experience.

Eligible candidates must demonstrate specific experience in the following areas:

1. Tourism Industry Knowledge

2. Technical & Business Expertise

3. Governance Competencies

4. Education and Training

The Board of Directors is made up of a maximum of 13 directors, consisting of 11 directors elected by the active members. TIABC is seeking a total of six (6) candidates for the 2022-2024 term:

The deadline for application submissions is Friday, September 30th at 5:00 pm

To receive the TIABC Board Nomination Form, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Deborah Kulchiski (Manager, Special Projects, TIABC) at or p. 604.530.9979

Tap the link in our bio to learn more. ☝️