IN THE NEWS: Ontario Establishes Tourism Economic Recovery Task Force

Ontario Establishes Tourism Economic Recovery Task Force. It will be chaired by former MPP and Cabinet minister Tim Hudak, and give expert advice and recommendations on how to help the province’s $36-billion tourism industry recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Providing strategies and advice that will help position Ontario and its local communities as destinations of choice for travel, as well as identifying products and experiences that enhance destination development. It will also offer a forum for sector partners and leaders to share ideas, collaborate, and provide advice and information to the minister on approaches to support the economic recovery of Ontario’s tourism industry.

Through the 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, the government is committed to providing Ontario residents with support of up to 20 per cent for eligible Ontario tourism expenses to encourage them to safely rediscover Ontario in 2021, the year of the Ontario staycation. The province has set aside $150 million for this initiative and will be consulting with stakeholders about the details.

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