Discontinuation of "Discovery Coast" Ferry Service will Hurt Tourism Throughout the Province
The release of the 2013 B.C. Coastal Ferries Engagement Summary Report made public by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure February 5, announcing significant service reductions and elimination of the Discovery Coast ferry service (Route 40), will have major consequences for the tourism industry and communities throughout the province.
“Our industry is extremely disappointed with the news that this ferry service is being discontinued. The ‘circle’ route connecting Vancouver, Port Hardy, Bella Coola with the Cariboo Chilcotin is one of BC’s most scenic journeys that attracts tourists from around the world”, said Ian Robertson, Executive Director of the Tourism Association of BC (TIABC). Read press release.
Media articles and interviews on TIABC's concerns re cuts to BC Ferries "Discovery Coast" Route available on the TIABC News page.
Ferry cuts to "Discovery Coast" Route to have Negative Economic Impact on Tourism. Read Report commissioned by the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) which looks at the effects of ferry cuts to the 'circle route' that runs from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to Bella Coola on BC's northern mainland and shows that many local tourism and other businesses that serve Route 40 will face near certain hardship - including permanent business closures. Read more.
TIABC Appoints Executive Director
Christine Willow, Chair of the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) announced, on November 12, 2013, the appointment of Ian Robertson as Executive Director of TIABC effective immediately. “The Board is thrilled to have Ian working with us,” said Christine Willow, Chair of TIABC. "His background and experience in the tourism industry will be a huge asset and we look forward to having Ian engage with our members and work collaboratively with the other industry associations and tourism businesses in BC."
Ian spent over eight years in various senior roles in sustainability, communications & public affairs and sales at Rocky Mountaineer before working with TIABC. Ian was also an elected Park Commissioner in Vancouver from 2005 to 2011 and was Chair of the Park Board in 2007. The full media release is available here.
TIABC Moving Forward
The appointment of Ian Robertson as Executive Director is part of the Moving Forward Plan that TIABC members resoundingly endorsed at the Annual General Meeting, Monday June 24 in Richmond.
The new Moving Forward Plan for the organisation is targeted towards uniting the industry around the issues that significantly impact the travel decisions of our out-of-province customers and BC residents. "Tourism is an important revenue generator to the BC economy and by bringing all the sectors, marketing organizations and businesses together within this diverse industry, we will be able to accomplish more together than we can apart," said Christine Willow (Stoneman), Chair Tourism Industry Association of BC. "An improved business climate for tourism operators will not only benefit business owners but all British Columbians," said Willow.