Registry of Lobbyists

Registration - In-house Organization

Tourism Industry Association of Canada / L’Association de l’industrie touristique du Canada / Beth Potter, President and CEO

Registration Information

In-house Organization name: Tourism Industry Association of Canada / L’Association de l’industrie touristique du Canada
Responsible Officer Name: Beth Potter, President and CEO 
Responsible Officer Change History
Initial registration start date: 2006-09-22
Registration status: Active
Registration Number: 948593-13771

Associated Communications

Total Number of Communication Reports: 930

Monthly communication reports in the last 6 months: 100

Version 1 of 40 (2006-09-22 to 2007-03-09)

Version 1 of 40 (2006-09-22 to 2007-03-09) was submitted prior to the Lobbying Act coming into force on July 2, 2008. Due to different information requirements at that time, the registration is presented in the following format.

A. Organization Information

Organization: Tourism Industry Association of Canada / L’Association de l’industrie touristique du Canada
803 - 130 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON  K1P 5G4
Telephone number: 613-238-8765
Fax number: 613-238-3878  
Responsible officer name and position during the period of this registration: Randall Williams, President and CEO  
Description of the organization's activities: The Tourism Industry Association of Canada is the voice of Canadian tourism. Founded in 1930 to encourage the development of tourism in Canada, TIAC serves today as the national private-sector advocate for this $62.7 billion industry, representing the interests of the tourism business community nation-wide. It endeavors to influence government thinking and action on behalf of Canadian tourism businesses, promoting positive measures that help the industry grow and prosper. TIAC's membership reflects partnerships among all sectors of the industry, and provincial, territorial and regional tourism associations, enabling the association to address the full range of issues facing Canadian tourism. Its activities focus on legislative and regulatory barriers to the growth of Canadian tourism.
Organization's membership or classes of membership: TIAC has over four hundred member organizations organized into the following six categories:Tourism businesses which sells goods and/or services directly to visitors/travellers (accommodation, attraction, event/festival, transportation, travel trade, restaurant/food service, convention centre, concert hall, sports arena/stadium, duty-free shop or airport),;Destination (destination marketing organization, provincial marketing organization, convention and visitor bureau, provincial/territorial tourism industry association or tourism destination region);Sectoral organization/association - typically a supplier that sells goods and/or services to tourism businesses;Media; Educational category (institution with a tourism related program offered); andFederal, Provincial or Municipal government department or agency or an interprovincial economic development agency
Was the organization funded in whole or in part by any domestic or foreign government institution in the last completed financial year? No

B. Lobbyists Employed by the Organization

Name: Christopher Jones
Position title: Vice-President Public Affairs
Public offices held: Yes
Name: Lydia McCourt
Position title: Manager Special Projects
Public offices held: Yes
Name: Randall Williams
Position title: President and CEO
Public offices held: No

C. Lobbying Activity Information

Federal departments or organizations which have been or will be communicated with during the course of the undertaking: Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), Environment Canada, Finance Canada (FIN), Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAITC), Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), Industry Canada, Members of the House of Commons, Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Privy Council Office (PCO), Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada (PSEPC), Transport Canada (TC)
Communication techniques that have been used or are expected to be used in the course of the undertaking:
Grass-roots communication, Informal communications, Meetings, Presentations, Telephone calls, Written communications, whether in hard copy or electronic format
Subject Matter: Areas of Concern: Employment and Training, Environment, Industry, Infrastructure, International Relations, International Trade, Small Business, Taxation and Finance, Tourism, Transportation
Subject Matter: Retrospective: Met with politicians and public servants from various departments and agencies on a range of files pertaining to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, Funding for the Canadian Tourism Commission, Airport Rents and Air Transport Industry Security Fees and Costs, and the National Tourism Strategy.
Subject Matter: Prospective: The above referenced files will remain active for the foreseeable future. TIAC will organize a Tourism Day on Parliament Hill on Nov 21st, 2006. This will entail meeting with MPs, Ministers and senior public servants. Other files likely to involve TIAC in advocacy work are the Vancouver Olympic Games 2010 and the extension of Approved Destination Status to Canada by the Chinese Government. This will involve meeting with officials from the Canadian Tourism Commission and Foreign Affairs and International Trade and possibly other relevant federal entities such as Industry Canada, Finance and Enviroment Canada.

Details Regarding the Identified Subject Matter

Categories Description
Policy or Program Increasing the funding available to the Canadian Tourism Commission for marketing Canada as a travel destination
Legislative Proposal Working with DFAIT to mitigate the impact of the U.S Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative which is slated to be implemented in two stages (Air and Sea arrivals Jan 8/07 and Land borders Jan 1/08)