No More Hidden Fees on Advertised Travel Costs

Published July 9, 2017 at 8:11 pm


You can now plan a vacation without the unpleasant shock of extra taxes and fees.

As of January 1, 2017, travel agents and wholesalers across Ontario are required to show the total cost of a trip – including extra taxes and feed – in any ads that include price of travel.

This is called all-in pricing, which eliminates not only hidden fees, but confusion and unpleasant surprises for travelers.

In 2016, up to 79 per cent of travel bookings were made online, and with that, it’s necessary for travelers to be able to make informed decisions when shopping for vacations online.

Further, the government is now seeking feedback on possible additional changes to requirements for Ontario travel agents and wholesalers.

This may help protect consumers from unfair or hidden fees and reduce a burden on businesses.

According to the province, more than 1,740 people and organizations have participated in the Travel Industry Act review to date, and Ontarians have until July 24, 2017, to participate in consultations.

To give your feedback on travel standards, click here.

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