Tourism Industry on Ropes

Published: Wednesday, 06/04/2008 12:00 am EDT

Canada's $70-billion tourism industry is "on the brink of a crisis" and urgent changes are needed, Tourism Industry Association of Canada president Randy Williams told the Financial Post this week. Mr. Williams blamed the government's inability to get Approved Destination Status from China, expensive taxes for flyers, and confusing policies for travel between Canada and the U.S. Canada ranked 122 out of 130 countries in a survey of ticket prices and taxes. At the same time, visits by Americans have dropped by 41 per cent since 2000.

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