End of cruise ship ban, Transport Minister announced – Prince Rupert Northern View
Cruise ships will be welcomed back to Prince Rupert and Canadian waters on November 1, ending the ban on tourist ships during the global pandemic, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said on July 15.
The announcement in a press release comes with the warning that cruise ship operators must be able to comply with public health requirements, but ends the one-year ban on ships cruise ships and arctic pleasure craft until February 28, 2022 announced by the Government of Canada. February 4.
Michael Gurney, President of the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce, said The view from the north July 17, that cruise tourism is a vital and profitable business for many members and businesses in the Prince Rupert and District Chambers.
“We applaud Transport Canada’s announcement that ports will be open to cruise ships sooner than expected… As a community, we look forward to welcoming cruise passengers back to one of the wealthiest destinations on the planet. culturally, ecologically diverse and hospitable North Pacific. “said Gurney.
The cruise ship industry contributes more than $ 4 billion a year to the Canadian economy and directly and indirectly generates about 30,000 jobs, making it an important part of Canada’s domestic tourism sector, Alghabra said.
The Merchant Marine Chamber backed the Minister’s announcement by saying it was a clear and positive message.
“Recognizing the months of planning it will take to resume cruising in time for the 2022 season, the Minister’s message today is a clear and positive signal for the industry to prepare,” said Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Chamber of Merchant Marine. “We are also very pleased that the Government of Canada is working with its US counterparts to ensure a harmonized approach and experience for cruise passengers.
Ensuring that adequate resources are available for a smooth restart will be crucial for the successful recovery of the cruise industry in Canada, the Chamber of Shipping said.
Alghabra said it is known that the maritime and tourism sectors have been hit hard by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“As we reopen safely, we are already preparing for the next cruise season which will help grow our economy,” said the minister.
“Transport Canada will continue to work with the Public Health Agency of Canada, other levels of government, the United States government, transportation industry stakeholders, Indigenous peoples and Arctic communities. to help ensure that Canadians and Canada’s transportation system remain safe and secure, ”press release read.
“In the meantime, we call on government officials to continue to pressure their US counterparts to maintain legislation that encourages Canadian port visits,” Gurney said.
KJ Millar | Journalist
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