#BCTIC Earlybird registration ends Sept 30th!
Visit the BC Tourism Industry Conference website today to register: www.bctourismconference.ca
The Federal election is getting closer and there are two items for the BC tourism industry to do:
1) Make sure you vote early if you are attending the BC Tourism Industry Conference (and don't miss our earlybird registration deadline of September 30th!)
2) Read about the political parties' stances on travel & tourism. TIAC (Tourism Industry Association of Canada) surveyed the political parties and the responses received to date are posted on their website.
Happy reading! tiac.travel/Political_Parties_on_Tourism
Gaining the Edge Strategy updated and Visitor Centre Network funding announced
B.C.’s tourism sector and visitor numbers have been strong through the summer, and to ensure that momentum continues into future years, government has updated its provincial Tourism Strategy, Gaining the Edge: 2015-2018. In keeping with this theme, Destination BC will begin a new, three-year base funding model for the community visitor services network that ensures stable and predictable distribution of funding. Read more on the Province of BC website and/or the Destination BC website.
L to R: Marsha Walden (CEO, Destination BC), James Chase (CEO, BC Hotel Association), Honourable Shirley Bond (Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training), Walt Judas (CEO, Tourism Industry Association of BC), Mark von Schellwitz (Vice President - Western Canada, Restaurants Canada) and Ty Speer (CEO, Tourism Vancouver).
#VoteTourism & #BCTIC
In just over one month the BC Tourism Industry Conference will begin on the same night as the federal election - October 19th.
You can take care of your voting early and enjoy the Opening Reception while we await election results.
Ways to vote (advance polls and vote by mail): www.elections.ca
To register for the BC Tourism Industry Conference, visit: www.bctourismconference.ca
To learn more about TIAC's Federal Election ToolKit, visit: tiac.travel/Election_2015
Walt Judas, TIABC CEO has been racking up the kilometres this week visiting TIABC members, and potential members in the Okanagan. Thank you all for the great industry discussions!
L to R (top row): Matt Jennings, BC Fishing Resorts & Outfitters Association; Vivek Sharma, Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre.
L to R (bottom row): Shatha Al-Reihani, GM of the Plaza Hotel and Tourism Kamloops board member and Tourism Kamloops acting CEO Monica Dickinson; Michael J Ballingall, Tourism Big White; Ian Robertson, CEO, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
BC Tourism & Hospitality Awards
The BC Tourism & Hospitality Awards were established in 1999 by Tourism British Columbia and the Tourism Industry Association of BC. Since the inaugural event, this prestigious Awards program has grown substantially and nominees and winners alike receive well-deserved recognition for their leadership within the industry.
More details at: www.BCTourismConference.ca
Read the press release at: www.tiabc.ca/press-releases
Walt Judas named as the new CEO
The Board of Directors has selected Walt Judas as the next Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC), effective May 15, 2015.
Read more about TIABC's new CEO appointment - available here
TIABC Welcomes Four New Board Members
Welcome to the Board Paula Amos, Tony Munday, Paul Nursey and Bruce Okabe! Read more about our recent AGM in our latest media release - available here.
Provincial Budget Update
Visit the newsletter section of our website for TIABC's update on the 2015 Provincial Budget released February 17th.
Beyond Hope: BC Ferries and Northern British Columbia Report on the Economic Impacts of Service Cuts to BC Ferries Northern Routes
March 13, 2014
Discontinuation of "Discovery Coast Ferry Service Will Hurt Tourism Throughout the Province
February 06, 2014
Proposed Ferry Cuts to "Discovery Coast" Route to have Major Negative Economic Impact on Tourism Throughout the Province
January 13, 2014