If you get a new bathing suit and snorkel set for Christmas, booking your winter vacation just got a whole lot easier. Starting in the new year, booking vacations leaving from Ontario will no longer include any nasty surprises at checkout.
A new legislation (which will come into effect January 1, 2017) states that travel companies must include all taxes and fees in their advertised price. This all-in pricing, which includes prices advertised in print, TV, radio and online, is aimed at reducing confusion for travelers and promoting fair competition practices among vacation companies.
In case you were wondering, airlines already must adhere to all-in pricing.
Minister of government and consumer services Marie-France Lalonde says that the new all-in pricing practice will make travel easier for Ontarians. “People across Ontario can now research and buy their vacations and business travel with confidence and without surprises — the price advertised will now be the price paid. All-in pricing is one of many changes we are making to protect consumers and help people in their everyday lives.”
At this point, it’s unclear as to whether other provinces will adopt the same pricing rules and what the punishment is for companies that don’t follow the new legislation.
For those outside of Ontario or Ontarians traveling before January 1, 2017, the federal competition bureau has a number of tips when it comes to booking trips. They encourage travelers to be wary of package deals with outside providers that have their own set of terms and conditions, read the fine print on all travel packages and educate yourself on what is and is not refundable.
Beginning February 2017, the provincial government in Ontario will begin consulting with the public on how to further improve traveler safety, so start making your notes!