OTTAWA — Promoting travel to Canada and dealing with labour shortages are two problems that were brought before the government yesterday in a meeting between the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) and the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus.

This comes as domestic travel has grown from 60 per cent in 2002 to 80 per cent today, according to HAC, which is encouraging the government to support a “Connecting America” campaign to drive the U.S. customer back to Canada. “We need to get Canada to five per cent annual international growth, which means continuing to work in emerging markets and reconnecting with our friends south of the border,” said Tony Pollard, president of the Hotel Association of Canada.

Meanwhile, the government was asked to expedite the Temporary Foreign Worker program to address labour shortages.

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