March 27, 2012
After weeks of confusion and concern about possible registration requirements under the Travel Industry Act (TIA), Ontario’s business event planners now have clarity on the issue, and may well breathe a sigh of relief.
On March 12, representatives from the Business Events Industry Coalition of Canada (BEICC) met with the Travel Industry Council of Ontario’s (TICO) Registrar to discuss compliance for event planners deemed to be “travel agents.”
These concerns stemmed from an Ontario Court of Appeal decision on the David Gray case, which seemed to indicate that all planners doing business in the province were required to undertake an education program and registration steps, which could prove financially onerous.
After the March 12 meeting, it’s clear that only a small group of independent planners may need to do that. Event planners are not required to register with TICO, provided that certain guidelines are adhered to.
Click here to see the guidelines and official release from the BEICC.