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Public consultations for Ontario’s Travel Industry Act start Feb. 22

TORONTO — The Ontario Government has scheduled public consultation sessions across the province as part of its overhaul of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 and Ontario Regulation 26/05, both of which regulate 2,400 Ontario retail travel agencies and wholesalers.

The government says it will be holding sessions throughout Ontario to obtain feedback from stakeholders. “TICO encourages all stakeholders to participate in the Ontario Government’s comprehensive review and attend a public consultation session,” said Richard Smart, TICO President and CEO. “This is a great opportunity to contribute and provide feedback towards modernizing the consumer protection legislation, strengthen consumer protection and reduce burden on business.”

The public consultations will take place in the following cities: Toronto on Feb. 22, with two sessions (9 a.m. – 12 noon and 1 – 4 p.m.) at the Ontario Investment & Trade Centre at 250 Yonge St.; London on Feb. 23 (1 – 4 p.m.) at the London Convention Centre; Thunder Bay on Feb. 28 (1 – 4 p.m.) at the Valhalla Inn; Ottawa on March 2 (1 – 4 p.m.) at the Ottawa Conference & Event Centre; Sudbury on March 6 (1 – 4 p.m.) at the Parkside Centre; and Markham on March 9 (1 – 4 p.m.) at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites.

Space is limited. Attendees are asked to RSVP at least seven days before the session of their choice and attendees will be registered on a first come, first served basis. See www.ontario.ca/form/register-attend-consultation-session-travel-industry-act-review.

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