NACC applauds Feds’ new aviation initiatives
Ottawa - The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) welcomes new measures announced in the federal budget regarding passenger facilitation and tourism marketing.
Coupled with the launch of the Air Industry Standing Ministerial Advisory Committee which held its inaugural meeting today, these steps underline the importance of Canada’s aviation sector.
“Canada’s aviation cost-structure, where government taxes and high third-party fees are downloaded on end-users, including travellers, is the single largest competitive challenge for the sector. Minister Raitt’s Advisory Committee is a great forum for identifying concrete steps to ensure that Canada’s aviation does what it does best – create jobs and stimulate trade, travel and tourism,” said Marc-André O’Rourke, Executive Director of the NACC.
The 2015 federal budget expands the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) program to travellers from Brazil, Mexico, Bulgaria and Romania. “Canada’s major airlines recognize that making it faster and easier to visit Canada is fundamental to expanding business, trade and travel. Expanding the eTA is a very positive step”, added O’Rourke.
Canada’s major airlines also welcome the 2015 federal budget’s support for the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s “Connecting America” tourism marketing proposal. This project-based funding will match industry investment with respect to the U.S. leisure market with a campaign run by the Canadian Tourism Commission.