David Green, managing director for G Adventures in Canada says the federal government’s announcement that it was easing testing and other travel restrictions is good news for this country’s travel industry.
Green said that: “The Canadian travel industry can breathe a collective sigh of relief today as it gets set to join other key tourism markets in loosening the border restrictions and requirements that have made international travel more difficult in the wake of Omicron.”
He continued: “While many people have continued to travel since the non-essential advisory was reinstated two months ago, there is a large segment of potential travellers who have been waiting for holidays to be made easier to take before committing to their long-awaited adventures.”
G Adventures managing director also observed that: “My advice to agents now is to buckle up – the best is yet to come. There is a ton of pent up demand still waiting to be realized, which we are already seeing reflected in strong February sales results now lockdowns have been lifted. We only need to look across the pond to our colleagues in the United Kingdom – who in January celebrated their best month since the pandemic hit – to see what a huge difference the removal of PCR testing and travel advisories does for consumer sentiment.
And Green concluded: “There’s now a huge opportunity to play catch-up. The combination of pent-up demand, easing of restrictions and testing requirements – coupled with winter fatigue – looks set to be the perfect storm we’ve all been waiting for.”