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Federal COVID 19 wage subsidy to last through summer, Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a federal wage subsidy for employees in businesses hit hard by COVID-19 will last at least until the end of August.
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“Everyone has learned a lot from this crisis”: Travelweek’s COVID-19 Travel Agent Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed travel forever, but maybe that doesn’t need to be a bad thing. Agents shared their fears for the travel industry, but also the opportunities, and their thoughts about what lays ahead, in Travelweek’s COVID-19 Travel Agent Survey.
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ACTA releases supplier best practices for FTCs, vouchers

ACTA is calling on suppliers to follow its newly-released best practice guidelines for issuing future travel credits / vouchers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Find an alternative to quarantine measures, says IATA, or forget recovery

IATA is urging governments around the world to find an alternative to quarantine measures, saying that if travellers are told they need to quarantine even once borders reopen, air travel will stay just as stagnant and suffer the same losses as when borders were closed.
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Who will travel first, and where? Travelweek’s COVID-19 Travel Agent Survey

As crazy and chaotic as it was to shut down non-essential travel in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, opening the industry back up could be just as, well, interesting. But agents are ready, no matter how small those first baby steps might be.
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CEWS extension positive but more help needed, says ACTA’s Paradis

ACTA says it’s happy with the news that CEWS, the federal government’s wage subsidy program, will be extended past the original end date of June 6. However ACTA says the travel industry will need more assistance than many other sectors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Supplier relations, vouchers and more: Travelweek’s COVID-19 Travel Agent Survey

Poll results from Travelweek’s COVID-19 Travel Agent Survey show that while many front-line agents are working overtime to keep up with all the C&Cs - counselling and cancellations - they’re also under pressure as the go-between with clients and suppliers, thanks to an overwhelming number of policy changes and suspension of operations extensions.
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Tough times won’t defeat resilient industry: Travelweek’s COVID-19 Travel Agent Survey

More than half of Canadian travel agents estimate that their year-on-year sales will be down by more than 75% as a result of the coronavirus pandemic
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Inbound and outbound stats released by Conference Board of Canada

New survey findings, released today by The Conference Board of Canada, show how much the pandemic has disrupted Canadians’ travel plans this summer and into next year.
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TICO postpones AGM, extends election nominations

TICO has postponed its Annual General Meeting (AGM) due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, from June 30 to Sept. 17, 2020.
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