NDP offer lip service but no relief for B.C.’s ailing tourism industry

VICTORIA (December 16, 2020) – As British Columbia’s tourism businesses continue to struggle through the pandemic, Opposition Critic for Tourism, Arts and Culture Teresa Wat is asking John Horgan why he continues to offer them lip service instead of the real relief they were promised.

“John Horgan and the NDP keeping talking about relief for the tourism industry, but so far all we’ve seen are promises and no action,” said Wat. “The Premier promised additional financial support for the struggling industry but refuses to actually do anything to help the thousands of tourism operators desperate for relief.”

As tourism businesses closed their doors due to the pandemic, the NDP committed to less than one-fifth of the $680 million in relief funding that was asked for by tourism operators, and launched a task force to allocate additional funding. Upon the release of the tourism task force’s report and recommendations, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Melanie Mark said she would consider the recommendations, but offered no timeline for when additional funding or support may be implemented.

“Thousands of tourism and hospitality businesses across our province, many of which are family-run, are at risk of closing their doors for good because of the NDP’s lack of urgency,”, added Wat. “With the NDP planning on delaying the 2021 budget until early May, our tourism and hospitality sector may not see any additional support for another six months. The time for real action and real support from this government is long past due.”

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