Tuesday January 19, 2021
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B.C.’s travel industry rallies against possible travel ban

B.C.’s travel and tourism industry is speaking out against a potential travel ban on inter-provincial, non-essential travel, in the wake of reports that B.C. Premier John Horgan has been looking into the legality of limiting inter-provincial travel for B.C. residents. 
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Trudeau questioned about total travel ban, land vs. air restrictions

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada’s strict measures against international travel have been “extraordinarily effective” a protecting Canadians from COVID-19, and reiterated the federal government’s message not to travel, however he refused to rise to the bait of a total travel ban despite repeated questioning at today’s COVID-19 briefing.
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“Sentiment has shifted”: More challenges for start of 2021

The month of January normally brings list upon list of new travel styles and must-see destinations, as the industry looks forward to another profitable year.
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“Most governments have tunnel-vision on quarantine,” says IATA Director General

At IATA’s first COVID-19 briefing this year, Director General Alexandre de Juniac expressed his frustrations with the slow pace of the airline industry’s recovery and called for a more balanced approach based on testing.
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Testing, not proof of vaccination, should be the way forward: WTTC

Unvaccinated travellers must not be discriminated against as travel re-opens post-COVID-19, says WTTC President & CEO Gloria Guevara, adding comprehensive testing will allow free and safe movement for all.
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“Bear with me as I delve into these files”: Alghabra named Transport Minister

The federal government’s new Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says he comes to the post with an understanding that the ministry’s files - which include everything from the financial assistance package for Canada’s airlines, to the proposed acquisition of Transat by Air Canada - have direct impact on Canadians, “and the livelihoods of many Canadians.”
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Canada – U.S. border closure extended to Feb. 21

The closure of the Canada - U.S. border has been extended to Feb. 21.
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Feds make good on benefit changes for out-of-country travellers

OTTAWA — The federal government has ordered that anyone applying for COVID-19 benefits will need to report whether they have recently travelled outside of the country — though it isn’t clear how it will catch and penalize any cheaters. The government announced the new requirement Monday following an uproar over the possibility that some people […]
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GBTA welcomes new members to Canada Advisory Board

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has expanded its presence in Canada with a number of key appointments to its Canada Advisory Board.
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Will insurance companies cover the cost of PCR tests?

The travel industry is still reeling from the news that all travellers must now show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to boarding their flight to Canada, a new requirement announced by the federal government in the last days of December, with only a week’s notice.
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