The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) welcomes newly appointed Minister of Tourism, Official Languages & La Francophonie Mélanie Joly.
TIAC also wishes to thank outgoing Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Bardish Chagger, who remains Government House Leader, for championing and supporting tourism since her appointment in 2015.
“We congratulate Minister Joly on her appointment as Minister of Tourism, Official Languages & La Francophonie following [this week’s cabinet shuffle],” said TIAC president Charlotte Bell. “We look forward to working together with Minister Joly to continue to champion Canada’s vibrant tourism sector as we work towards meeting the goals of Canada’s New Tourism Vision (NTV).”
She added, “Canada is well poised to continue to grow and has experienced positive momentum over the past three years. As tourism is one of Canada’s key economic drivers and job creators, we are committed to work alongside Minister Joly in increasing Canada’s competitiveness in the global tourism market.
“Minister Joly’s experience in the Canadian Heritage portfolio, particularly her leadership with Canada 150 celebrations, provide welcome experience as she takes on her new role.”
The tourism sector currently contributing $97.4 billion to the economy, making up 2% of Canada’s GDP and creating 1.8 million jobs in every area of the country.