ACTA wants Canada to act to save Alaska tourist season.
Updated: Mar 18
The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies is asking Canadian authorities to reconsider their very strict ban on cruise ships.
ACTA is supporting the advocacy efforts of the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia (TIABC) and the Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA) by strongly urging the federal government to protect the future of Canada’s West Coast Alaska cruise program.
Wendy Paradis, president of ACTA, said that: “We are very concerned that this temporary change to the U.S. Passenger Vessel Services Act could become permanent.”
She pointed out that: “At the very minimum, in 2021, the Canadian government should allow an operational or “technical” stop in Victoria to satisfy the Jones Act and thus allow Seattle-based Alaska cruises to run this season, with the required stop in Canada. It keeps port operations continuing and will allow for a more expeditious start when the cruise ban order is lifted.”
Paradis warned that: “If cruise ships are no longer required to call at Canadian ports, this may have a long term and devastating impact on the B.C. economy and the Canadian travel industry.”