Resumption of cruise ship calls in Canada front & centre

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The cruise sector was a hot topic in the B.C. Provincial legislature this week as the Tourism Minister was challenged regarding the Province’s response to the efforts of Alaskan law makers . The potential impacts of a US legislative effort to amend the US Passenger Vessel Services Services Act would provide a temporary exemption for internationally registered cruise ships to call on two consecutive US port and bypass stops in Canada. While the probability of this legislation passing is low, it signals a growing concern that Canada and BC are not actively developing a cohesive plan that will support any hope that the Minister of Transport will rescind the temporary order prohibiting cruise ships from entering Canadian waters.  The Chamber’s President reiterated the need for the Federal Government to lead and accelerate planning for the resumption of cruise traffic to Canada during two recent interviews on CBC radio.

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