Canada’s biggest tourism hotspots are now under new travel restrictions
Canada’s largest cities, such as Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, have already started to impose new travel bans, including for major attractions like Toronto’s CN Tower and Calgary’s Art Gallery of Canada.
The country’s tourism industry is in a deep recession, but the new measures are intended to help keep the economy afloat.
The measures include limits on flights, hotel stays, and motorized transportation.
For example, passengers can’t take a flight into Toronto from Edmonton and must board a plane that departs at Pearson International Airport, or another Canadian airport.
There’s also a ban on people entering the city from Ottawa, the capital of the federal government, or Calgary.
But these are just the beginning.
Travel restrictions are now also in place for many of the world’s top destinations, including Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, the Bahamas, Panama, Australia, and the U.K. In some cases, these restrictions may be temporary or only affect a small group of visitors.
But the changes will likely become permanent.
“In the short term, these will be temporary restrictions that can be lifted as the economy improves,” said Robert Turturro, a travel-industry consultant.
The travel restrictions will help ease some of the pressure on the economy by allowing Canadians to get around Canada’s busiest airports.
For instance, a Canadian could use a flight to Toronto from Vancouver, but if a passenger was unable to get on a flight because they were at a different airport, he or she could take a different flight from Vancouver to Calgary.
“The airlines are able to get a lot of their customers through to other destinations, and they’re able to charge less to fly from Toronto to Calgary,” Turture said.
“If the economy is in an upturn, and Canada is feeling good, there’s a lot that can happen.”
The travel ban may not last for long.
“They can easily lift it a couple of weeks from now,” said Peter Rees, the executive director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a research group.
But he cautions that while it may be a temporary solution, it will likely have an effect on the industry in the long run.
“We’re looking at a much longer-term effect,” Rees said.
For Canadians to enjoy the attractions they love, they need to be able to fly.
That means limiting the number of flights they can take into the country, as well as limits on the number and types of passengers who can fly in.
But Rees cautions the measures won’t stop the people who are already travelling, or the people from other countries who are considering leaving the country.
“You can’t go back to a world where you had the ability to just take a cruise or go to Disneyland, or Disneyland, to take a tour, and not have to worry about travel restrictions,” he said.
But a ban can help make the economy more resilient.
“I think these are good steps,” said Tim MacIntyre, CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, a group that represents Calgary business owners.
“It’s going to have a positive impact on our economy.”
But for now, it’s an economic boon.
“When you see the number going up, you don’t want to go back,” he added.