Promoting Kingston Tourism
Travel and tourism are critical to the Kingston and the Islands economy and youth employment. I was pleased to speak at a recent event in Kingston hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC). There was a great discussion about the state of tourism, particularly focusing on immigration and visa issues, international trade, Canada’s tourism marketing funding, the aviation cost structure, and other public policy barriers to industry growth.
Tourism is a very competitive industry. We compete with countries around the world. Unfortunately, Canada’s ranking as an international tourism destination has suffered. At the same time, funding for promoting tourism has decreased — the 2013 Conservative budget cut the CTC’s funding by 20% — particularly affecting the promotion of Canada as a tourist destination for Americans. I would like to see a restoration of that funding, perhaps moving over some of the money the Conservative government has spent advertising itself.
Thanks to TIAC and the CTC for the great opportunity to discuss important issues for Kingston and the Islands!