The U.S. Travel Association has applauded the announcement that Canada will begin admitting vaccinated visitors for nonessential travel beginning April 9. In a statement, Tori Emerson Barnes, executive vice president of public affairs and policy, said, “Canada is getting this right and we applaud the release of a timeline that will allow vaccinated Americans to visit and cross the land border after many long months.” She said travel is a core component of the economy and job creation, and the move will spur a rebound of both in Canada. While U.S. Travel has said vaccines should not be a requirement for travel, Barnes said the organization strongly encourages all Americans to get a vaccine, “and we commend Canada for starting this process to restore border travel.” U.S. Travel, said Barnes, urges the Biden administration to reciprocate by determining a date and  a plan to welcome Canadian visitors at US land borders. Land travel, said Barnes, accounted for more than half of all overnight visits to the US by Canadians pre-pandemic, so taking this step — given the strong rates of vaccination in Canada — will help the US begin safely rebuilding with its No. 1 source market of international visitors.