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City of Nanaimo and Tourism Vancouver Island sign five-year service agreement

The City of Nanaimo has awarded a five-year service contract to Tourism Vancouver Island. The agreement is set for April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2024. The contract will include tourism marketing and visitor servicing.

Tourism Vancouver Island and the City are looking forward to a five year strategy, “celebrating our shared history, building our shared future” to drive visitor volume and increase in tourism infrastructure making Nanaimo an even better place to visit, live and do business. Read More

Regional District of Mount Waddington awards service contracts to Tourism Vancouver Island

The Regional District of Mount Waddington Board has recently approved two contracts with Tourism Vancouver Island. The first is the development of the five-year strategic business plan for Vancouver Island North Tourism and renewal of the MRDT (for the period January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2024) for all communities in the region with the exception of Port Hardy, which is on a different renewal cycle. Read More

BC Tourism Industry Conference Feb 27 – Mar 1, 2019 – Registration open

The Tourism Industry Association of BC’s annual conference brings together industry leaders and professionals from around the province under one roof.  More than 400 delegates attended last year’s BC Tourism Industry Conference in Kelowna. Mark your calendars to join this year at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver.

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Scout out New Recruitment Prospects & Business Ideas at the Vancouver Island Regional Winning Pitch, January 26

Employers, come network and start the recruitment conversation with the best and brightest of BC’s next generation of tourism professionals! go2HR’s Winning Pitch is a competition where post-secondary students pitch business plans to develop a local tourism activity or service, with this year’s theme focused on accessibility. Join us for this exciting event on Jan. 26 at Royal Roads University, where the Vancouver Island regional competition will take place. Read More

Destination BC 2019 Global Marketing Plan available to the tourism industry

Destination BC’s 2019 Global Marketing Plan is now available. The plan provides an overview of key markets, strategies, activities and more. Available to BC tourism industry partners, learn more about the plan in this video, or request a copy at Marketing.Plan@DestinationBC.ca.

Indigenous Tourism BC Shares Record-breaking Tourism Statistics

Coast Salish Territory, (October 25, 2018): Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) has released a three-year Tourism Performance Audit Report that reveals record-breaking growth of the province’s Indigenous tourism industry.Read More

Dawn Black Appointed as Chair of Destination BC

Destination BC is pleased to share that Dawn Black has been appointed Chair of the board of directors, beginning her term January 2019. Ms. Black joined the board in July 2018. Ms. Black is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and former three-term Member of Parliament, first elected in 1988. Read More

Boost your Bottom Line with SuperHost

Great service brings customers back and generates revenue for the community, which in turn boosts your bottom line. And that starts with your front-line staff: the face of your business. Ensuring that they possess the necessary skills and knowledge of handling customer interactions and service recovery is crucial for your business to survive in this competitive industry.Read More

Prince of Whales launch of $1 million Orca Enhancement Investment Strategy

December 3, 2018:  Prince of Whales Whale Watching issued a press release announcing the launch of a $1-million, multi-year investment strategy aimed at supporting the southern resident killer whale population through salmon enhancement, marine conservation and investing in scientific research.Read More

BC Tourism Industry Awards – nominations close January 21, 2019

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.Read More

Island Good is here to stay!

The Results Are In. Island Good Achieves 16.4% Sales Lift!  Licensing Application and Licensing Agreement now available. VIEA members save 20%.

What started as an idea became a point of sale experiment and is now a competitive advantage for anyone in the food & beverage value chain on Vancouver Island (and Gulf Islands). Read More

2017 & 2018 Wildfires and Floods Impact Study

Destination BC and the RDMOs invite you to participate in the 2017 & 2018 Wildfires and Floods Impact Study. The purpose of this survey is to learn the of collective impact wildfires and floods have had on tourism businesses in the past two years. All British Columbia tourism businesses are asked to share their experience, regardless of the level of impact on their business. Share your feedback here.

Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association Wins World’s Responsible Tourism Award

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) — a not-for-profit society that represents business and community tourism interests throughout the region — was declared winner of the highly prestigious World’s Responsible Tourism Award at the 25th annual World Travel Awards (WTA), held December 1st in Lisbon, Portugal. For more details, click here.

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