The entire travel industry is suffering and in need of government help. Without it, many companies and individuals won’t be there when the recovery happens.
Yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel now with vaccines starting to be rolled out, rapid testing available, signs that by spring or summer 2021 things will be vastly improved from where we are now. But meanwhile, we need help to make it through.
There are several ways that each and every one of us can help!
How YOU can get involved!
ACTA has made scripts available for travel agents and independent contractors and agency owners to call and write to their MP and their MPP and explain the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel agencies. Explain how commission recalls have made the situation even worse.
When it comes to getting the government’s ear – numbers are important! If every single travel agent calls their MP and their MPP and writes letters the government will be more aware of the plight of the industry and aware that travel agents are an integral part of the travel industry – so that when they consider airline aid packages, they recognize that travel agents must be acknowledged too.
ACITA (the Association of Canadian Independent Travel Agents) has also been conducting a grassroots campaign and getting some attention.
Government programs available
There have been some wins so far – and ACTA deserves a lot of credit for lobbying hard with the federal government and provincial governments since March 2020 asking for extensions of the various subsidies and measures because the travel industry is one of the hardest hit industries.
The recent Fall Economic Statement included the following ‘wins’ for travel agents and travel agencies:
Don’t just sit back and expect others to do it for you!