GTAA response to Tourism Competitiveness Study



    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)
welcomed the recommendations of the "Discovering Ontario" report on the future
of tourism, released today by Chairperson Greg Sorbara.
    The GTAA was pleased with the findings of the report, which outlines
reasonable and effective recommendations that will provide a boost to the
tourism industry and result in much needed stimulus for the economy. The GTAA
looks forward to working with the Province to implement these recommendations
and fully leverage Toronto Pearson International Airport as a significant
component of Ontario's tourism infrastructure.
    In particular, the GTAA supports the report's recommendation that Ontario
should advocate for improved access to international markets, reduce barriers
for entry into the province at its key gateway entry points and, overall, make
it easier for tourists to choose Ontario. In light of current economic
climate, we appreciate the support of the provincial government to encourage
their federal counterparts to focus on liberalized air service agreements with
other countries, which is vital to increasing passenger choice and stimulating
growth in air traffic at Toronto Pearson. Further, 'Approved Destination
Status' with China would be very beneficial to airlines offering links between
Toronto and Asia.
    Lorrie McKee, Director, Public Affairs and Communications for the GTAA,
who appeared at the Tourism Competitiveness hearings, was pleased to see a
focus on transportation infrastructure. "The value of improving access to
tourism destinations, especially the rail link between Toronto Pearson and
downtown Toronto cannot be overstated. Moving people efficiently is essential
to a strong tourism market."
    The GTAA continues to work closely with the Ontario Tourism, Tourism
Toronto, provincial and federal governments, airlines and other tourism
stakeholders to ensure that the air travel needs of the community are well
served.





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