The downgrade is great news for Canadian tourism – and may also be hopeful for a restart of the travel industry.
Many global marathons were forced to cancel their 2020 editions thanks to the pandemic, but recent trends point towards a boom in global marathon travel.
As well, the company launched a vaccine equity campaign for low-income countries who are in low or no supply of the life-saving doses.
18 countries, especially in the Caribbean, are now mandating COVID-19 insurance, as are a growing list of cruise lines.
While the decision is largely symbolic, it does allow operators to plan for a full 2022 season – and for cruise lines to commit to Canadian ports.
Previously, the federal government stated the ban would last until 28FEB 2022, but the government still advises Canadians to avoid all travel on cruise ships outside the country until further notice.
More people working remotely and an increased interest in sustainability are driving a ‘slow travel’ trend.