The International Tour Operators Association (ITOA) is challenging a federal court ruling that the tour operators in North America can operate without an international operator.
It said Tuesday that U.K.-based tour operator Blue Sky and tour operator Skye Canada have both complied with the ruling, which the Canadian Tourism and Tourism Development Agency (CTTA) issued Monday.
“We’re delighted that Canada’s Supreme Court has recognized the importance of the tour operator network to the health and welfare of Canadians and the international tour industry,” said Paul Rizal, ITOA president and CEO.
The ITOA had sued in February over its ability to operate in Canada.
It argued the CTTA was taking too much of a risk by allowing its operators to operate without a Canadian operator.
In March, the court agreed with the ITOA and ordered that the CTMA “rethink” its approach to the sector.
The ruling requires the CTFA to consider “the interests of Canadian and international operators as well as the public interest,” and make recommendations for how to improve the situation.