OTTAWA — The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) applauds the federal government’s June 28 announcement eliminating visa requirements for Mexicans travelling to Canada, a position long advocated by the HAC.
“This measure to lift the visa requirement will greatly benefit Canadian hotels, particularly during the shoulder and off-season,” said Tony Pollard, HAC president, in a release.
Mexico is one of Canada’s top inbound travel markets. Despite the implementation of visa requirements in 2009, Mexican inbound travel to Canada continues to grow. In 2014, 173,000 Mexicans visited Canada, an increase of 14 per cent over 2013. In March 2016, 21,469 Mexicans visited Canada, representing an increase of 54 per cent from the same month the year before.
“These numbers are expected to grow incrementally with the changes to visas and the introduction of new direct and daily air service to Canada,” added Pollard.