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Port Hardy to host Tourism Vancouver Island’s 2018 Annual Conference & AGM

Port Hardy, located in the heart of Vancouver Island North, the upper third of North America’s largest island, is unspoiled and largely undiscovered. It offers a breathtaking palette of parks, forests, lakes, saltwater inlets and jigsaw-puzzle coastline. Black bears forage for berries, whales splash at sea and eagles glide overhead. From remarkable coastal shorelines to the vast watery depths of the Pacific, Port Hardy has all the ingredients for the perfect wilderness adventure. READ MORE

Leif Bogwald appointed as Secretary-Treasurer to the Board of Tourism Vancouver Island

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Leif Bogwald as Secretary-Treasurer for Tourism Vancouver Island until the next Annual General Meeting in September. Leif brings a dynamic accounting and finance skill set to the board holding his Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Leif owns and operates Vancouver Island Expeditions which offers READ MORE

Aboriginal Tourism BC announces name change to ‘Indigenous Tourism BC’

March 7, 2018 – Syilx Territory, Kelowna, British Columbia

At the BC Tourism Industry Conference, Brenda Baptiste, Chair of Aboriginal Tourism BC announced the organization’s name change to “Indigenous Tourism BC”. The decision was made after consultations with Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders across the province who suggested the use of the term “Indigenous” better reflects the communities’ connection with the land and recognizes the diversity of Indigenous peoples within British Columbia.READ MORE

New tourism funding and new ferry route will help draw more visitors

Photo: BC Ferries

From www.bclocalnews.com.  The return of ferry service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola will bring more tourists to the area.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association’s (CCCTA) application for funds through the Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) program, to support tourism recovery within the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region, has been approved. READ MORE

Destination Canada 2017: Our Best Year Ever

Canada welcomed a record breaking 20.8 million tourists in 2017, the highest ever in Canadian history.

The preliminary data, released today by Statistics Canada, shows that Canada has surpassed the previous record set in 2002, by almost one million.READ MORE

BC Ferries works with communities on future vision for Horseshoe Bay Terminal

The time has come to create a new vision for Horseshoe Bay terminal, from the services it provides to the look and functionality of its design. Your input will be the cornerstone of the redevelopment effort and will help to shape the future design and function of the terminal.READ MORE

2018 BC Tourism Industry Awards Winners

The BC Tourism Industry Awards recognize excellence in the province’s tourism industry. Recipients provide outstanding service, exemplify best business practices, innovative marketing and deliver tourism experiences that contribute to the success of BC’s tourism industry – which currently generates $14.6 billion in revenue for the province’s economy.

Congratulations to all the amazing nominees for this year’s BC Tourism Industry Awards!

Here are the winners and finalists in each category:READ MORE

Merridale wins six craft spirit awards and best in class

Merridale Cidery & Distillery is raising their cocktail glasses given their recent wins at the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition (CASC) on February 6th, 2018. The competition is reserved exclusively for micro-distilleries, and was judged by a panel of eight independent spirit experts in a completely blind tasting of artisan spirits from across the country. READ MORE

Tourism Nanaimo’s Discover Your 360° campaign wins two AVA Digital Awards

AVA Statuette – Platinum

AVA platinum statuette

Tourism Nanaimo’s Discover Your 360° campaign, created by Hot House Marketing, has won two AVA Digital Awards. The Discover Your 360° campaign took the highest honour of Platinum for the Digital Advertising Campaign and the second highest honour of Gold for Website Design and Production.

The Discover Your 360° campaign concept highlights Nanaimo’s ease of access, READ MORE

BC Government to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2021

British Columbia’s lowest-paid workers will earn a $15-an-hour minimum wage by June 2021, Premier John Horgan announced February 8, 2018, endorsing the recommendations of the Fair Wages Commission.

“Regular, predictable increases to our minimum wage are one important way we can make life more affordable for people,” said Premier Horgan.

“For too long, the lowest-paid workers in our province have been left to fall behind, with their wages frozen for a decade at a time. That’s not fair and it’s not right. Like all British Columbians, our lowest-paid workers deserve a fair shake and a fair wage.”READ MORE

Open for Business Awards presents Best Large Communities Award to City of Campbell River

The Open For Business Awards recognize and celebrate communities that best demonstrate they are promoting and adopting business friendly initiatives within their region. The Awards provide an important platform for local government to learn and share Best Practices, and showcase winning initiatives that have contributed to the success of local businesses.READ MORE

Aboriginal tourism gets $2.25M infusion from federal government

A $2.25-million shot in the arm from the federal government is designed to expand the growing Aboriginal tourism sector, said the federal tourism minister.

Bardish Chagger, who was in Victoria to take part in the Impact Sustainability Travel and Tourism Conference, said the money will help ensure Aboriginal tourism can grow and sustain itself. “This is about Indigenous people supporting Indigenous business,” said Chagger. The money is to be handed out over three years to Aboriginal Tourism B.C. READ MORE

13th Golf course added to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail: Campbell River Golf & Country Club to open this summer

It has been a long, long time since a new golf course opened in British Columbia – 2011 to be exact. However, the drought for new golf course starved enthusiasts is about to end with the opening of the new Campbell River Golf & Country Club this summer! Golf Vancouver Island is thrilled to welcome its 13th golf course to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail.

Under new ownership of long-time Campbell River residents, the Mailman Family, the former Sequoia Springs golf course has been completely redesigned by Graham Cooke of Northern Golf Design. The new Campbell River Golf & Country Club promises both READ MORE

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