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Tourism Vancouver Island celebrates award winners at sold-out Annual Conference

Each year Tourism Vancouver Island has the pleasure of recognizing stakeholders who have demonstrated innovation and excellence in the tourism industry over the past year. The annual Tourism Vancouver Island Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony showcased the best of Vancouver Island tourism representatives and businesses. The awards were presented at the Port Hardy Civic Centre on September 26, 2018 to a sold out venue. READ MORE

Tourism Vancouver Island announces Board of Directors for 2018-2019

Tourism Vancouver Island’s 55th Annual Conference and AGM held September 25-27 in the north island community of Port Hardy, themed ‘Culture & Connections’, held great success with valuable networking and professional development sessions, notable keynote speakers, and great fun and entertainment. The business meeting concluded the event on September 27 with the announcement of the incoming Board of Directors for the 2018 – 2019 term.READ MORE

Remarkable Experiences workshop in Greater Victoria area sold out!

Destination British Columbia’s new Remarkable Experiences program provides hands-on, collaborative workshops, personalized one-on-one coaching, access to traveler research & case studies, and provides invaluable networking opportunities with like-mined business operators. This program is available to small and medium sized tourism businesses with a maximum group size of 30.  The fall program takes place October 10 & 11, and November 6 & 7. if you missed this opportunity, please contact lana@tourismvi.ca for information on future workshops.

Destination Greater Victoria brand launch

Tourism Victoria announced a new tourism brand for the Greater Victoria area to better reflect the changing, globally recognized travel destination, as well as a company trading name change to Destination Greater Victoria to better represent the customer experience in Greater Victoria, its regional members and marketing initiatives.READ MORE

‘Cannabiz’ to be explored at Economic Summit, Oct 24-25

Want to know where cannabis medical and recreational product development is headed? How cannabis products will be distributed? What the retail environment will look like? What the local business and regional economic implications will be? READ MORE

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BC Premier John Horgan to deliver opening keynote at VIEA summit on October 24

Premier Horgan assumed office just over a year ago leading an NDP/Green coalition bringing a different approach and a new agenda for BC. What have been the major wins and battles for BC & the Island this year? Where are we headed? Premier Horgan will address delegates gathered at the Summit this fall.

Learn more about the past year under the direction of our new government by attending the 12th annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit, October 24/25 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo.

Roadmap to a Modern Framework for Regulating Airbnb

The British Columbia Hotel Association, in partnership with the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), has released best practice guidelines for regulating short-term rentals.

Governments at all levels are grappling with the implications of the growing short-term rental industry and platforms like Airbnb. READ MORE

Train your staff in workplace safety to minimize risks and injuries

Statistics show that more than half of workplace accidents involve young and new workers during their first six months on the job. To help your employees better understand, prevent, and deal with risks and hazards you may encounter in the tourism and hospitality industry, go2HR’s Foundations of Workplace Safety, a new online certification designed specifically for new and young workers, can help your staff prevent injuries and minimize risks in the workplace. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2MisipN

2017 Global Tourism Watch is now available

In an effort to make sure you’re getting information as soon as it’s available, the 2017 Global Tourism Watch reports are now available.

Our Global Tourism Watch provides consumer-based intelligence on 10 markets around the world, and in Canada. These reports monitor awareness; travel intentions; perceptions of Canada; experiences sought by travellers and motivators and barriers for travel to Canada.

You can find all reports on the Global Tourism Watch page

New consumer website for trip planning

Destination BC has introduced the next evolution of HelloBC.com: an immersive, content-rich and thoroughly captivating consumer website that brings the province’s unique personality and diverse experiences to life. Boasting a clean and concise aesthetic, the new HelloBC.com integrates videos, maps, high-quality images and user-generated content into an immersive travel planning experience. The site is centered around storytelling, seamlessly guiding travellers through the entire trip planning process – from ideation to booking to in-destination support – through intuitive navigation, personalization capabilities and actionable links.

Check it out.

Province announces program to combat wildfires

The new Community Resiliency Investment Program will provide up to $50 million over the next three years to local governments and First Nations to help reduce wildfire risks around their communities.READ MORE

Canadian Tourism Awards Finalists Announced

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada is proud to announce this year’s Canadian Tourism Awards Finalists! The Canadian Tourism Awards, presented by the Toronto Star, are the standard of excellence for the nation’s travel industry, showcasing our country’s best tourism products, services and experiences. They honour the people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer travellers superior tourism experiences in Canada. Click here to see a list of the finalists. Winners will be announced at the annual awards on November 28 at the Hilton Lac Leamy, in Gatineau, QC.

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada releases 2017/2018 year end report

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada has released its 2017/18 year-end report, showing the continued growth of the Indigenous tourism industry in Canada through the implementation of year two of its five-year strategic plan: The Path Forward. Highlights from the year include a series of eight new partnership agreements with international, national, provincial, and territorial partners, and a sold out International Aboriginal Tourism Conference in Alberta, where more than 500 delegates were in attendance. Read more

BC Air Access program improves travelling experience

The BC government is giving grants to 23 regional airports through the BC Air Access Program (BCAAP) to make safety and capacity upgrades, and create a better experience for people travelling by air. Projects can range from minor upgrades, like Bob Quinn Lake Airport’s runway vegetation management, to major advancements, like Qualicum Beach Airport’s terminal expansion. All BC aviation facilities can apply for funding each winter, to be awarded the following fiscal year. Read more.

Untapped Labour Markets: people with developmental disabilities

With BC’s current labour shortages, particularly among the youth, the tourism and hospitality industry is looking at new and untapped markets to help meet its employment needs. One skilled and viable – yet often overlooked – labour group consists of those with developmental disabilities. By tapping into this under-utilized labour pool, employers could see a significant return on investment (ROI) in terms of employee retention, decreased turnover, lowering recruitment and training costs, and other bottom-line benefits. Read more.

Marine Mammal Regulation Changes

The Federal Government has recently strengthened protections for marine mammals with updated regulations for whale watching and approaching marine mammals. Watching whales, swimming with seals and other activities revolving around marine mammals in their natural surroundings gives Canadians and visitors alike, particularly in coast communities like Nanaimo, an opportunity to better appreciate and understand these beautiful creatures, however in certain cases, getting too close to wildlife in their natural habitat can present significant risks to the animals and their ecosystem.READ MORE

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