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Hotel Association of Canada strongly opposes passport requirement

The Hotel Association of Canada, representing all the lodging industry across Canada, has sent a very strongly worded letter opposing new Passport Requirements to Prime Minister Paul Martin…

The Hotel Association of Canada, representing all the lodging industry across Canada, has sent a very strongly worded letter opposing new Passport Requirements to Prime Minister Paul Martin, Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew, Frank McKenna, Canadian Ambassador to the United States, Industry Minister David Emerson and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Anne McLellan.



The Canadian travel, tourism and hospitality industry is still reeling in the face of unprecedented challenges. In 2003, a series of disasters – the war in Iraq, SARS, BSE, West Nile virus and the eastern power outage – followed closely on the heels of 9-11. Now record fuel prices are impacting both the supply and demand sides of tourism worldwide and the dollar has soared by 31 percent.



In 2004 inbound overnight travel from the United States to Canada was down 1.2 million visitors. Now Canada could face another tightening of the Border. Remember just over 20 percent of U.S. citizens hold passports.



The irony is when the European Union now allows and facilitates the movement of foreign nationals, North America is being closed up.



All said the industry is just starting to recover and now the threat of a proposed passport requirement.

Theodore Koumelis
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