TORONTO — The G20 leaders, who attended the G20 Summit in Mexico last month, are being applauded for including travel in its Leaders Declaration.

“We recognize the role of travel and tourism as a vehicle for job creation, economic growth and development, and, while recognizing the sovereign right of States to control the entry of foreign nationals, we will work towards developing travel facilitation initiatives in support of job creation, quality work, poverty reduction and global growth,” reads The Leaders Declaration under Employment and Social Protection.

The inclusion is welcome news in the hotel industry. “This comes at a pivotal time in Canada with the Canadian Tourism Commission facing critical cuts in their budget,” said Tony Pollard, president of the Hotel Association of Canada. “The Canadian tourism industry supports 1.6-million jobs and has an economic impact of $74 billion. Policies that support travel in Canada support even further economic growth.”

The G20 announcement builds on the 2011 announcement about a national travel-and-tourism strategy for Canada.

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