Key players in the Canadian travel industry are reporting increased demand for bookings to sun destinations, despite the ongoing challenges of a global pandemic that has yet to end inside or outside the country.
The onset of the pandemic prompted governments—including Canada’s—to urge people to stay home to halt the spread of the coronavirus and its variants.
It’s a stance Ottawa still holds, even though the government recently relaxed restrictions for incoming travelers who are vaccinated.
“We continue to advise against non-essential travel outside of Canada,” Global Affairs Canada said Friday, noting that this applies to all countries around the globe.
“Additional travel restrictions can be imposed suddenly. Airlines can suspend or reduce flights without notice. Travel plans may be severely disrupted, making it difficult to return home.”
Yet Air Canada, among other travel industry players, says the upcoming fall and winter looks promising for travel to sun destinations.
“When looking to the sun market, we are very optimistic about our recovery,” airline spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick told CBC News, adding that “we are currently observing demand growth that is above 2019 levels.”