ACTA is launching a new letter writing campaign that addresses once again, its “ask” of government for specific aid for the travel agency sector.
Wendy Paradis, president of ACTA, said: “The government has told us that it is their priority to get financial aid into the hands of as many Canadians as possible.”
“However,” Paradis continued, “in addition to what is already in place, ACTA has made it clear to the government that urgent sector specific aid is required to support travel agents and agencies through the COVID-19 pandemic.”
And ACTA’s president added: “We have explained that travel agents and agencies are a critical component of both the tourism and airline industries, who are also asking for sector specific aid.”
Paradis also said that ACTA knows that the travel industry will lag behind other industries in recovering – in part due to travel advisories still being in place, closed borders, airline routes not operating, cruise ships suspended operations, etc.
Because of those factors, ACTA is asking the government for help beyond mid-June when it is expected that most other businesses will be reopened.
The association wants to ensure that travel agents and agencies are included in our own sector specific aid of the broader travel, tourism and hospitality industries—including airlines, destinations, hotels, attractions, and restaurants.
ACTA is asking the government for travel agency relief including: GST/HST relief, not deferment; payroll tax relief; extension of the 75% wage subsidy; specific loan facilities; and the extension of the CERB program from 16 to 39 weeks.
Along with its new letter writing campaign, ACTA is also asking industry members to continue retweeting ACTA’s social media posts. Twitter is the preferred form of social media within the government and the Parliamentary Press Gallery, and hence ACTA’s focused attention on targeting messaging through this communication tool.
Said Paradis: “We urge industry members to join Twitter and retweet our tweets.”
You can find ACTA on Twitter @ACTACanada
Go to www.acta.ca for more.