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CDC Warns Americans About Travel to Canada

In a recent interview with Peter Shurman on 640 Toronto's Morning Show, Chris Bloore, President & CEO of TIAO, spoke about why it’s safe for Americans to come to Ontario and the importance of Ontarians vacationing locally to support our industry.

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Ontario Launches Vaccine Certificate Program

TIAO's President and CEO, Christopher Bloore, joined CP24's panel discussion regarding the challenges facing Ontario businesses as proof of vaccination protocols are rolled out.

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Step 3 Reopening Plan

In a recent interview with CTV news, Chris Bloore, President & CEO of TIAO spoke about the urgent efforts to keep tourism dollars in Ontario as the province enters Step 3 of the Reopening Plan.

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TIAO Media Coverage (December)


TIAO received 53 points of coverage in regular news media.


Key Messages:

Canadians flying to the U.S. will need to test 24 hours before arrival

“I think it’s not surprising that that is what the United States is going towards right now because at the moment we just don’t know enough about the variant,” said Chris Bloore, president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario.

“We have obviously had a pretty catastrophic 21 months in the industry and are finally looking forward to a potentially new year and a new start.”

Staycation Tax Credit

Once the engine of the provincial economy, government restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 have devastated businesses in the tourism sector. According to the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, more than 60% of tourism businesses were recovering from revenue losses of more than 90% in June 2021.

Meanwhile, 70% of businesses have incurred debt of at least $ 50,000 to stay afloat, according to the tourism association.

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News Articles


December 2021 Highlights


Toronto Star Ontario will refund you up to $200 to travel the province. Will it be enough to help rebuild a battered tourism industry?






The Peterborough Examiner As Omicron cases rise, people cancel their winter trips — and the travel industry suffers again







The Province Canadians flying to the U.S. will need to test 24 hours before arrival






Foodservice and Hospitality Ontario Government Extends IDEL for Workers





Orillia Matters Lakehead University awarded funding for tourism training program









Television Interviews

CP24 Businesses are expressing a mix of optimism and concern as they prepare to implement Ontario's new proof-of-vaccination system

CP24 Aug 9 Border Reopening to vaccinated US travellers

CBC News Travelling this weekend? Be kind to tourism operators, association says

Global News COVID-19: Long and slow recovery expected for Ontario’s tourism industry

CTV News Efforts to keep tourism dollars in Ontario

CTV News Arts & Culture Sites unable to open in step 2

CP24 Tourism officials are calling on ottawa to commit to reopening date of the canada/us border (full interview)

Global News Ontario Government Pitches 2021 as Year of the Ontario Staycation

Breakfast Television Toronto  Supporting Ontario tourism amid COVID-19 pandemic






Radio Interviews

640 Toronto Americans told to reconsider travel to Canada - local tourism industry says it'll hurt business

580 CFRA What does easing the restrictions mean for tourism in the coming months

AM 800 CKLW Canada / US Border Reopening

640 News Toronto 

Global News The Morning Show Not ready to leave the province for travel due to COVID-19? Time to explore neighbouring communities and support local

CBC Radio Ontario Today with Rita Celli    








Festivals and Events Ontario  Episode 57 - Hon. Lisa MacLeod, Ontario Minister and Beth Potter, President and CEO of TIAO  

Travel Mammel Fact Up Podcast | Episode #28 | Beth Potter 

Travel Mammel Rapid Fire with Beth Potter