"Right now in Ontario, it is easier to travel to Rome than it is to drive to Rochester."👇
Some of the country's largest travel and tourism companies are not impressed with Canada's new travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Canadians.
In a statement shared on June 21, the Canadian Travel & Tourism Roundtable roasted the "absurdity" of the updated measures and called on the feds to provide a clearer plan to restart international travel in Canada.
Updates to Canadian Travel and Tourism Policy represent a small first step. Canada urgently needs a comprehensive p… https://t.co/KJRcOxNMi4— Canadian Travel & Tourism Roundtable (@Canadian Travel & Tourism Roundtable) 1624310912.0
"Right now in Ontario, it is easier to travel to Rome than it is to drive to Rochester," the notice read. "If you live in Quebec, it's easier to fly to Paris than drive to Vermont."
Although the roundtable said it "acknowledges" the feds' decision to lift some travel restrictions for eligible Canadian citizens and permanent residents from July 5, it described the move as a "small step."
It noted that the latest announcement does not help Canadian businesses that rely on international travellers, who "need a successful summer travel season to survive."
The group represents aviation giants such as Air Canada, Porter Airlines, Air Transat, WestJet and Sunwing, as well as the CEOs of so many Canadian airports.
Companies like Marriott Hotels, Tourism Toronto and Forbes Travel are also part of the roundtable.
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