COVID 19 Tourism Industry Updates

Please visit these links for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and its impact on the Tourism Industry.

Central Counties Tourism

We here at Central Counties will be pivoting our direction to meet our stakeholders’ needs as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds. Resources produced by our team to support you during this trying time will be posted here.

Providing support to our stakeholders both from a B2B and B2C standpoint is the reason CCT exists.  Central Counties Tourism COVID-19 Current and Future Actions document outlines our current actions and the future actions will be taking as we move into recovery mode.

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)

TIAO is the voice of tourism advocacy in Ontario. They are conducting province wide surveys of tourism businesses to measure the impact of COVID-19. Please review TIAO’s research results published here.

Visit TIAO’s COVID-19 Advocacy Page

Please read TIAO’s “Immediate Impact Management Strategy” (PDF download)

Government of Ontario

A Framework for Reopening our Province lays out the government’s approach to the next chapter in the ongoing fight to defeat COVID-19. It outlines the principles the government will use to reopening businesses, services and public spaces in gradual stages.

COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open

Ontario Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

At the onset of the pandemic Minister Lisa Macleod held tele-townhalls with tourism industry stakeholders from across the province. Please find links to the recordings of these townhalls below:

York Region COVID-19 Business Resources

York Region has organized some of the most pertinent resources by key need areas identified by the local business community. York Region’s Economic Strategy team is committed to supporting the York Region business community during this crisis.

York Region COVID-19 Business Resources

Durham Tourism Economic Task Force

Durham Region is offering resources and information for for businesses in Durham Region regarding government programs, services and supports available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit the Invest Durham Website

Destination Ontario

Destination Ontario provides information and resources to help tourism stakeholders be better informed for their business operations and activities. Meeting the demands and unique requirements of the tourism market requires being informed on the latest trends, reports and ideas.

Register your business with Destination Ontario

Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO)

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide: Along with local public health requirements, use this guide for planning for your venues and events.   FEO has released a white paper regarding the Force Majeure clause in your insurance based on COVID-19.

Read about Force Majeure clause

Destination Canada

Destination Canada markets Canada internationally.  Their mission is to unite and empower Canada’s tourism leaders through compelling research, strategy and storytelling to drive the visitor economy. During the COVID-19 crisis, DC is providing ongoing support for tourism businesses via informative webinars, research, updates and industry guidance.

Visit Destination Canada

Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC)

Are you a member of TIAC? Discover resources for Canadians and businesses in the tourism sector impacted by COVID-19. During this time, it is integral that the tourism industry comes together to support one another. TIAC is committed to representing Canadian tourism businesses in the face of uncertainty and continues to advocate on behalf of the industry.

Become a Member of TIAC

World Travel & Tourism Council

Get a worldwide perspective.  WTTC provides advice for travellers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Visit the WTTC Website

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

In an update on the sector’s response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) offers a first assessment pointing to a decrease in international arrivals and receipts in 2020. UNWTO is responsible for ensuring tourism is an essential part of Government recovery plans.

Visit the UNWTO Website


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