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Grow Your Community

Tourism Vancouver Island works at international, national, provincial, regional and especially local levels. Our Registered Stakeholders can be found in every city, town, village and hamlet in our region, and that includes Vancouver Island itself, the Gulf Islands and a section of the mainland coast between Moses and Bute inlets. 

Our ranks include chambers of commerce, business improvement associations, community arts councils, service groups, visitor centres and destination marketing organizations in addition to a full range of local tourism businesses. Stakeholders have a shared belief in tourism as an essential component in thriving, healthy, financially sound communities rooted in the region’s unspoiled natural beauty. 

Tourism Vancouver Island’s Industry and Community Services department is dedicated to assisting stakeholders grow their tourism sectors – and with it their communities – in a variety of proven ways. 

  • Strategic planning that aligns community visions with two Destination British Columbia programs: Community Tourism Foundations, which helps develop comprehensive, multi-year tourism plans; and Community Tourism Opportunities, a cost-sharing program focused on project-related tourism initiatives.  
  • Learning and training opportunities through webinars and Tourism Vancouver Island’s Annual Conference and AGM. These sessions are designed to improve business and marketing skills, expand knowledge and improve the ability of stakeholders to provide exceptional visitor experiences. Sample topics include online reputation management, Explorer Quotient branding, sustainable tourism and workforce recruitment and retention. 
  • Advisory services from our team of staff members who are available by phone, email and via appointment in our Nanaimo head office year-round. 
  • Travel trend awareness through news briefs, event announcements and other items of industry interest published quarterly in our stakeholder newsletter. 
  • Cooperative marketing opportunities at special stakeholder rates in our annual print and online visitor guides as well as such targeted initiatives as the Island Moments e-newsletter and our brochure distribution program. Learn more » 
  • Your first step? Please join Tourism Vancouver Island as a Registered Stakeholder. The no-obligation process is free, fast and easy.
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