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December 1, 2020 (OTTAWA) - The Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses has released the following statement in response to the Fall Economic Statement:

“We are delighted to see that the Government has heard our concerns and is providing targeted support measures for the hardest hit sectors, as outlined in the Fall Economic Statement. Businesses in the tourism, travel, hospitality, arts, festivals and events sectors are unique and remain in crisis as we continue to face necessary public health restrictions.

Proposed measures announced include:

• The creation of the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) – a new program for the hardest hit businesses.

• Increasing the maximum wage subsidy rate to 75 per cent for the period beginning December 20, 2020 and to extend this rate until March 13, 2021.

• Providing a top-up of up to $500 million to Regional Development Agencies and the Community Futures Network of Canada. The government will earmark a minimum of 25 per cent of all the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund’s resources to support local tourism businesses, representing $500 million in program support through June 2021.

• $181.5 million in 2021-22 to the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts to expand their funding programs to support the planning and presentation of COVID-19-safe events and the arts — including both live and digital — and to provide work opportunities in these sectors.

• Working with industry to prevent the closure of unique and irreplaceable flagship
events and festivals across Canada, and to ensure the survival of key, globallyrecognized
assets in this sector.

• Extending the current subsidy rates of the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy for an additional three periods until March 13, 2021.

• Expanding the CEBA program to allow qualifying businesses to access an additional interest-free $20,000 loan, in situations where there is need. Half of this additional amount, up to $10,000, would be forgivable if the loan is repaid by
December 31, 2022. The deadline to apply for a CEBA loan has also been extended to March 31, 2021.

We look forward to working together with government and our champion, Minister Mélanie Joly, to ensure that the design of these programs continues to meet the needs of our sectors. This is a very good day for the industry.”

 
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November 30, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) - The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is applauding today’s measures announced in the Fall Economic Update, presented by the Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
“The hotel industry is one of the hardest hit by COVID-19,” said Susie Grynol, HAC President & CEO. “The government is taking action to keep our sector alive. Today’s plan will help hotels continue employing hundreds of thousands of Canadians when this crisis is over.”

Key measures include proposals to:

• Create the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) – a new program for the hardest hit businesses, including hotels. This stream would offer 100 per cent government-guaranteed financing for heavily impacted businesses, and provide low-interest loans of up to $1 million over extended terms, up to ten years.

• Increase the maximum wage subsidy rate to 75 per cent for the period beginning December 20, 2020 and to extend this rate until March 13, 2021.

• Apply the GST/HST to all platform-based short-term rental accommodation supplied in Canada.

• Extend the current subsidy rates of the Government’s fixed cost relief program, Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, for an additional three periods until March 13, 2021.


“The government committed to supporting the hardest hit sectors in the Speech from the Throne and today announced support that will help hotels continue fighting for survival,” added Grynol. “These measures will address deep gaps in the programming to date, such as a functional, guaranteed debt program, an increase in the wage subsidy support and the Government has also addressed a long-standing tax fairness issue by committing to apply GST/HST to online rental platforms like Airbnb.”


“We will be working closely with the Government to ensure that these programs are rolled out quickly and that all design elements meet what’s needed to bridge our sector to recovery. This includes making the new loan program accessible on a per property basis. I had the opportunity to thank Minister Joly earlier this evening for being a true champion for our industry,” concluded Grynol.

 
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Rossland, BC (November 20, 2020): The Josie Hotel is proud to announce that they have been awarded Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel for 2020 from the World Ski Awards. Additionally, USA Today has released its2020 10BestReaders’ Choice Travel Awards and The Josie Hotel has finished inside the top three Best Ski Hotels in North America for the second consecutive year.

Launched in 2013, the World Ski Awards aim to increase standards within the ski industry by awarding industry leaders. Votes are cast by professionals working within the industry as well as the general public. A record number of 2.1 million voters took part in ski tourism’s only global awards programme.

The USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards highlight the best operators in categories such as destinations, food and drink, hotels and things to do. Nominees for each category are chosen by an editorial panel of industry experts and voting is open to the public for a four week period.

 
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Calgary, AB – November 24, 2020 – WebRezPro cloud property management system (PMS) by World Web Technologies Inc. (WWT) is pleased to announce direct integration with leading global vacation rental distribution network BookingPal for effortless management of inventory, rates and reservations across distribution channels, saving lodging operators time and increasing property exposure.

Connecting vacation rental operators to over 40 of the most important distribution channels—including VRBO, Google Hotel Ads and Homes & Villas by Marriott—and more than 200 million monthly visitors, the BookingPal channel manager helps properties reach more guests through a single easy-to-use platform. Integration with WebRezPro automates the transfer of property and reservation data between the PMS and BookingPal, improving workflow and accuracy.

"We are thrilled about our new partnership with WebRezPro. This integration will offer connections for short-term rental managers to popular channels, including VRBO, Homes & Villas by Marriott, Google's new vacation rental program, and many more popular distribution websites. Boutique hotel operators, inns, and bed & breakfasts will now also have connectivity to channels like VRBO. Our connectivity solution is proven to drive significant revenue for our users, and we are eager to be able to partner with companies using WebRezPro," said Matt Gurley, Director of Sales & Customer Service at BookingPal.

The two-way integration imports rate and availability updates and pertinent property data from the PMS into BookingPal, and sends reservations coming through BookingPal channels directly to WebRezPro, eliminating the need for property managers to manually duplicate data between systems, and reducing double bookings. 

“Our partnership with BookingPal expands our distribution network and connects short-term rental operators to particularly relevant channels, including VRBO, the Marriott system and Google Hotel Ads, making it easier for property managers to manage online inventory across channels at a time when efficiency and visibility are key to recovery from the pandemic,” said Frank Verhagen, President at WWT.

 
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November 24, 2020

What:  The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association (CCCTA) and Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association(TOTA) have joined forces and created a dynamic two day event which focuses on how the tourism industry can work together on a future that is stronger, more resilient and regenerative than its past.  

Inspired by the theme: Moving Forward Better- Recovery, Resiliency and Regeneration, the two regional destination management organizations have built a fully virtual, online program around 50 provocative, world-renowned speakers and industry experts from around the globe.  

Registration is free for all attendees, and includes networking opportunities, live Q&A sessions, a virtual silent auction, discussions around the latest developments in tourism, climate action and community building, as well as the chance to explore industry and community resources while interacting with live representatives within virtual booths. All from your home or work office.    

When:   

Wednesday, November 25 - Summit officially opens 12:30 p.m. PST- 5:45 p.m. PST

Thursday, November 26 - 8:00 a.m. programming begins again and wraps at 5:30 p.m. PST 

Who:  With over 50 tourism experts attending, and bringing with them global, regional and local expertise, The Summit 2020 speakers include: 

Anna Pollock -  Based on an extensive career as a researcher, strategist and change catalyst serving the international tourism and hospitality sector, Anna is passionate about its capacity to generate well-being, wealth and welfare for people and places provided that it is managed properly i.e. with respect for the interdependence and connectedness of all life and in harmony with the laws of nature. A sought after tourism consultant, Anna is also the founder of Conscious Travel

 

Bill Reed - Bill is a principal in Integrative Design, Inc. and Regenesis – organizations working to lift green building and community planning into full integration and evolution with living systems. He is a founding Board of Director of the US Green Building Council and one of the co-founders of the LEED Green Building Rating System.

Geoffrey Lipman - Currently co-founder of SUNx Strong Universal Network, Geoffrey is the former Executive Director of International Air Transport Association (IATA); past President of World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC); and was the Assistant Secretary-General, UN World Tourism Organization. Geoffrey has played a key role globally in the development of tourism as a significant socio-economic sector.

Jeremy Sampson - Jeremy is the CEO of the Travel Foundation, a leading NGO in the travel and tourism sector. Under Jeremy's leadership the Travel Foundation is working with travel companies and destinations to better understand the impacts of tourism and maximise its benefits for local people and the environment. He has also been instrumental in spearheading the launch of the Future of Tourism Coalition. 

Rochelle Turner - Rochelle is the Head of Research & Insight at MaCher, a sustainable design firm, a B Corp. and a signatory and participant in the United Nations Global Compact. Rochelle has spent her whole career conducting consumer, economic, market and policy research within the tourism sector. 

Michael Shellenberger -Michael Shellenberger is a global thinker on energy, technology and the environment, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress.He is a long-time advocate of clean energy innovation and environmental progress as part of a paradigm shift in how we think about and deal with environmental problems. He writes for publications including Scientific American, The New York Times, & the Washington Post. His 2015 TEDx talk was on "How Humans Save Nature." He has appeared on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," in a feature-length documentary about pro-nuclear environmentalists, "Pandora's Promise," and has debated nuclear on CNN "Crossfire" & at UCLA (2016). His 2007 book with Ted Nordhaus, Break Through, was called "prescient" by Time and "the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring" by Wired.

Along with inspiring keynote sessions, panel discussions will tackle topics ranging from Regenerative Best Practices, Legal Implications of COVID-19 on Your BusinessNational & Provincial Recovery EffortsClimate Action and Stories of Resiliency.  

A full program and bios of speakers are available here  and up to date information on TOTA’s website.

 

 

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